Booth and Bower a formidable combination

Bradley Hall's Dave Middleton
Bradley Hall's Dave Middleton

The cream came to the top in difficult conditions at Crosland Heath yesterday in the first Halifax, Huddersfield and District Alliance event of 2015.

All the am-am prize winners were single figure golfers and ex-Bradley Hall man Rob Booth partnered Meltham’s England A squad member Jamie Bower to the best stableford score of the day, 42 points, in the pro-am section.

Overnight snow had cleared by morning but had left five greens unplayable and play from the forward winter tees reduced three of the par fives so the effective par for the course was 39 points.

In cold, strong blustery westerly winds, with hail and rain showers, the average score was only 34 points.

The greens had been hand-cut the previous day and were nearly as quick as in summer and the temporary greens were good.

Most of the best scores came from early starters who suffered the wettest conditions, although Alliance President Darren Arber and his West End partner Michael Clegg were pro-am runners up in the brighter afternoon weather.

Two home club partnerships finished top of the am-am leaderboard with Luke Pilkington and Michael Dunne the winners with 41 points.

Halifax’s Steve Smith (4) and Darren Davidson (3) were pipped on countback for second place with Crow Nest Park’s Nick Day (6) & Chris Mowl (2) fourth.

The next Alliance is at Bradley Hall on Tuesday, 10 March.

Pro-am: 1, R.Booth Pro & J.Bower plus 4 (Crosland Heath/Meltham) 42; 2, D.Arber Pro & M.Clegg 16 (West End) 40; 3, J.Pearcey Pro & K.Waddington 20 (Bradley Park) 37; 3, D.Delaney Pro & P.Caldwell 12 (Bradley Hall) 37; 3, R.Lambert Pro & K.Walker 13 (Crosland Heath) 37; 6, J.Ward Pro & J.Main 15 (Dewsbury) 35; 6, D.Chapman Pro & M.Cullimore 14 (Outlane) 35; 8, T.Wild Pro & M.O’Hara 6 (Bradley Park) 34; 8, T.Pollard Pro & M.Appleyard 6 (Bradley Hall) 34; 8, R.Stansfield Pro & G.Ward 6 (Bradley Park) 34; 11, N.Reeves Pro & S.Blanchard 14 (Ind Stadium/Halifax) 33; 11, G.Evans Pro & M.Mcampbell 7 (Crow Nest Park) 33; 13, S.Race Pro & R.P.Johnstone 12 (Meltham) 32.

Am-am: 1, L.Pilkington 2 & M.Dunne 5 (Crosland Heath) 41; 2, A.Wallis 8 & S.Hitchenor 8 (Crosland Heath) 40; 3, S.Smith 4 & D.Davidson 3 (Halifax) 40; 4, N.Day 6 & C.Mowl 2 (Crow Nest Park) 38; 5,D.Shufflebotham 13 & G.Simpson 18 (Marsden) 38; 6, C.Holmes 7 & R.Johnson 16 (Meltham) 38; 7, M.Dempsey 11 & P.Newey 14 (Ind Huddersfield) 37; 7, S.Hopkinson 6 & G.Shuttleworth 9 (Bradley Hall) 37; 7, A.Crum 1 & M.McGrath 14 (Dewsbury) 37; 10, D.Hartley scr & M.Colcombe scr (Dewsbury) 36; 10, R.Potts 20 & C.Lander 1 (Bradley Hall) 36; 10, P.Marsland 13 & G.Procter 9 (Crosland Heath) 36; 10, P.Heywood 11 & D.Mallinson 13 (Marsden) 36; 10, E.Casper 10 & J.Morris 18 (Outlane) 36; 10, G.Newton 8 & R.H.Hanson 6 (Crosland Heath) 36; 10, P.Walker 8 & G.Atkin 9 (Outlane) 36; 17, G.Gower 15 & G.Thornton 20 (West End) 35; 17, R.Badrock 15 & M.Wilson 18 (Castlefields) 35; 17, J.Newsome 14 & P.Ratcliffe 5 (Hanging Heaton) 35; 17, J.Smith 14 & A.Mellor 14 (Outlane) 35; 17, T.Stead 13 & A.Henderson 16 (Outlane) 35; 17, C.Hoyle 11 & K.Weatherill 9 (Hebden Bridge) 35; 17, N.Paxman 8 & T.Baier 13 (Meltham) 35; 17, R.Turner 8 & D.Hughes 12 (Ind Huddersfield) 35; 17, A.Malins 5 & O.Shaw 5 (Crosland Heath) 35; 17, M.Maude 5 & J.Crossland 13 (Meltham) 35; 17, D.Campbell 5 & A.Hirst 13 (Meltham) 35; 28, H.Bailey 16 & R.Ely 20 (Dewsbury) 34; 28, P.Booth 7 & R.Burgin 11 (Crosland Heath) 34; 28, D.Law 6 & M.Hillingworth 15 (Meltham) 34; 28, J.Binns 5 & S.Atkinson 1 (Dewsbury) 34; 32, E.Pearson 19 & M.Russell 19 (Crosland Heath) 33; 32, K.Puckering 14 R.Wilson 17 (Outlane) 33; 32, P.Land 11 & R.A.Burns 14 (Crosland Heath) 33; 32, A.Stringer 10 & P.Smith 20 (Bradley Park) 33; 32, M.Holdroyd 10 & R.Stimpson 12 (West End) 33; 32, I.Saxton 6 & S.Hanley 17 (Meltham) 33; 38, A.Hollingworth 13 & C.Tayor 14 (Crow Nest Park) 32; 38, C.L’Estrange 12 & G.Booth 14 (Crosland Heath) 32; 38, D.Knapton 11 & M.Atkinson 14 (Outlane) 32; 38, J.Crosland 8 & D.Hansom (Meltham) 32; 38, T.Gerrard 8 & J Broadbent 12 (Halifax) 32; 38, C Whiteley 5 & B.Barrett 11 (Meltham) 32; 44, R.Greenwood scr & M.Greenwood 12 (Elland) 31; 44, J.Firth 13 & P.Reynolds 13 (Outlane) 31; 44, D.Mitcheson 12 & D.Middleton 11 (Bradley Hall) 31; 44, R.T.Williams 12 & R.Pearson 18 (Bradley Park) 31; 44, K.Aldridge 12 S.Sandy 5 (Bradley Hall) 31; 44, J.Lawton 6 & S Beeby 6 (Outlane) 31; 50, E.Howker 17 & T.Bedis 16 (Bradley Hall) 30; 50, P.Mason 16 & D.Wright 19 (Crow Nest Park) 30; 50, A.Hirst 14 & J.Thorn 9 (Bradley Hall/Dewsbury) 30; 50, M.Connolly 14 J.Harrison 13 (Crosland Heath) 30; 50, R.T.Owen 13 & L.Dyson 14 (Crosland Heath) 30; 55, D.Rollinson 12 & G.Brazier 11 (West End) 29; 55, K.Bruce 20 & D.Elwood 20 (Marsden) 29; 55, K.Powell 17 & G.Bolton 18 (Hebden Bridge) 29; 55, N.Hirst 11 & L.Campey 20 (Outlane) 29; 55, O.Barstow (7) & M.Hanson 12 Bradley Park 29; 60, H.Bradley 13 & M.Kenny 10 (Elland) 27; 60, R.Wimpenny 12 & S.Whitham 12 (Crosland Heath) 27; 62, J.Turner 17 & T.Dow 20 (Crow Nest Park) 24; 63, P.Pitchforth 13 & C.Hartley 20 (Bradley Hall) 22.