Bigger field at West End?

Actions from the inaugural WYGA Founders Trophy competition golf at West End GC'Pictured is West End's pro Darren Arber
Actions from the inaugural WYGA Founders Trophy competition golf at West End GC'Pictured is West End's pro Darren Arber

Organisers of the Halifax-Huddersfield Winter Alliance are hoping for a much better turnout at West End later this month after only 39 pairs took part in the second meeting of the season.

Perhaps the unusual Thursday slot didn’t suit players at Dewsbury, where there were some excellent performances from Meltham players in particular.

It is back to a Tuesday at the Halifax club on October 28 and Alliance official Trevor Williams said: “The entry at Dewsbury was well down on what we usually have and we hope for better support at West End.”

This year’s Alliance president is from West End, club pro Darren Arber, who finished joint third in the pro-am section at Dewsbury with general manager Steve Boustead.

Their score of 42 points was respectable but well adrift of the 45 scored by Meltham’s Simon Race and Chris Holmes on 45 points.

But even that was eclipsed by another Meltham combination, Mike Maude and Simon Mourne, who took the am-am honours with a superb 47 points - 11 under par.

After heavy over-night rain the course was wet but with negligible casual water and the greens were soft and receptive. With no wind or rain and some sunshine, target golf was the order of the day and the scoring reflected this.

All the leading duos had very tidy cards with dropped shots rare. The average score was three under par at 39 points.

There were three gross eagles - Luke Pilkington at the drivable par four 15th, John Lawton at the par five 10th and James Ward at the par five 11th.

There were also 14 nett eagles and eagles were recorded on 10 different holes.

Pro-am: 1, S.Race Pro & C.Holmes 7 Meltham 45; 2, R.Booth Pro & J.Bower +4 Crosland Heath/Meltham 44; 3, J.Pearcey Pro & L.Pilkington 1 Bradley Park/Crosland Heath 42; 3, D.Arber Pro & S.Bowstead 16 West End 42; 5, T.Pollard Pro & C.McFadzean 4 Bradley Hall 41; 5, P.Everitt Pro & N.Day 7 Crow Nest Park 41; 7, T.Wild Pro & O.Shaw 5 Bradley Park/Crosland Heath 38; 7, N.P.Hirst Pro & H.Summer 12 Dewsbury 38.

Am-am: 1, M.Maude 5 & S.Mourne 10 Meltham 47; 2, J.Lawton 6 & S.Beeby 6 Outlane 45; 3, J.Binns 5 & B.Binns 11 Dewsbury 44; 3, C.Smallpage 5 & R.Towler 9 Dewsbury 44; 3, D.Hartley Scr & J.Ward Scr Dewsbury 44; 6, S.Whitham 12 & R.Wimpenny 12 Crosland Heath 43; 6, J.Fish 5 & T.Hunt 4 Meltham 43; 6, A.Crum 1 & M.Weston 1 Dewsbury 43; 9, N.Rooney 12 & M.Wood 16 Crow Nest Park 42; 10, P.Caldwell 12 & A.Guest 12 Bradley Hall 41; 10, P.Heywood 11 & D.Mallinson 13 Marsden 41; 10, M.Appleyard 6 & S.Sandie 5 Bradley Hall 41; 13, G.Brazier 11 & M.Powell 13 West End 40; 14, A.Hirst 14 & M.Sanders 9 Bradley Hall 39; 14, J.Smith 14 & A.Mellor 14 Longley Pk/Outlane 39; 14, A.McMahon 7 & M.Myer 11 Dewsbury 39; 17 E.Casper 10 & J.Morris 18 Outlane 38; 17, N.Paxman 8 & T.Baier 13 Meltham 38; 19, K.Woolford 16 & I.Hunter 8 Hanging Heaton 37; 19, D.Harrison 13 & P.Kinghorn 20 Bradley Park 37; 19, P.Hesselden 12 & C.Walker 16 Bradley Hall 37; 22, M.Russell 19 & E.Pearson 19 Crosland Heath 36; 22, R.T.Williams 12 & R.Pearson 18 Bradley Park 36; 22, N.Hirst 11 & D.Knapton 11 Outlane 36; 25, C.L’Estrange 11 & J.Conneely 20 Crosland Heath 35; 26, J.P.Ford 18 & S.Dar 16 Outlane 34; 26, D.Phare 18 & A.Henderson 16 Outlane 34; 28, G.Gower 15 & B.Cooper 16 West End 33; 28, H.Bradley 13 & S.Gledhill 20 Elland 33; 30, R.Badrock 15 & F.Leak 18 Castlefields 32; 31, D.McAuliffe 18 & C.Taylor 14 Crow Nest Park 31.