Crow Nest pair’s near miss

Halifax Huddersfield Alliance golf event at Crow Nest Park Golf Club, Hove Edge.'Mark Campbell.
Halifax Huddersfield Alliance golf event at Crow Nest Park Golf Club, Hove Edge.'Mark Campbell.

Crow Nest Park’s Mark Campbell was narrowly denied a second success of the Halifax-Huddersfield Alliance season at Longley Park yesterday.

The eight handicapper, victorious with professional Gareth Evans in the opening fixture at Outlane, teamed up with 15-handicapper Barry Seymour in the last event of 2015.

They were one of four pairs to finish clear of the rest with 43 stableford points but the only ones not to emerge with a victory.

Early section leaders Rob Booth and Chris L’Estrange (12) of Crosland Heath shared the pro-am honours with late finishers James Ward and Jimmy Main (17) of Dewsbury.

But countback is used to determine outright winners in the am-am section and the Crow Nest Park pair had an inferior back nine to Richard Johnstone (13) and Fred Parker (16) of Meltham.

Campbell was in sparkling form with four nett birdies and a nett eagle on the 10th.

With the previous two events at West End and Ogden cancelled due to fog and waterlogging respectively, Alliance officials were relieved that nine-hole Longley Park, near Huddersfield town centre, had recovered sufficiently from heavy rain for the Christmas event to be held.

The ground was wet but there was no casual water. The fairways, bunkers and greens were in good shape but the rough and fallen leaves made finding wayward balls difficult and at times impossible.

This was reflected in the pace of play and the last pair finished in the dark, although this did not prevent Adam Crum birdying the last hole.

The next Alliance is at Hanging Heaton on Tuesday, February 9.

Scores - pro-am: 1, R.Booth Pro & C.L’Estrange 12 (Crosland Heath) 43; 1, J.Ward Pro & J.Main 17 (Dewsbury) 43; 3, Joe Lester Pro & O.Shaw 5 (Bradley Park/Crosland Heath) 39; 3, S.Race Pro & T.Hunt 2 (Meltham) 39; 5, T.Pollard Pro & S.Sandie 5 (Bradley Hall) 34; 6, P.Everett Pro & J.Turner 18 (Crow Nest Park) 33; 7 D.Rishworth Pro & G.Thornton 20 (West End) 28.

Am-am: 1, R.P.Johnstone 13 & F.Parker 16 (Meltham) 43; 2, M.Campbell 8 & B.Seymour 15 (Crow Nest Park) 41; 3, M.Clowery 12 & J.Thompson 20 (Longley Park) 41; 4, A.Kendall 20 & K.Booth 12 (Longley Park) 40; 4, M.Russell 19 & E.Pearson 19 (Crosland Heath) 40; 4, R.D.Johnson 17 & D.Campbell 5 (Meltham) 40; 4, M.Powell 14 & R.Stimpson 13 (West End) 40; 4, D.Hartley 1 & M.Colcombe Scr (Dewsbury) 40; 4, A.Crum 1 & M.Weston 9 (Dewsbury) 40; 10, N.Hirst 12 & B.Cassidy 13 (Outlane) 39; 10, P.Heywood 9 & K.Bruce 18 (Marsden) 39; 10, I.Saxton 6 & M.Maude 4 (Meltham) 39; 13, J.Sykes 12 & N.Brooks 20 (Castlefields) 38; 14, L.Dyson 14 & M.Haigh 15 (Crosland Heath) 37; 14, S.M.Tann 13 & A.Smith 17 (Longley Park) 37; 14, A.Wallis 9 & S.Hitchenor 8 (Crosland Heath) 37; 14, J.Crosland 7 & C.Holmes 6 (Meltham) 37; 18, A.Brown 18 & P.Smith 19 (Bradley Park) 36; 18, P.Kelly 15 & P.Bramall 11 (Meltham) 36; 18, M.Galway 12 & W.Keenan 13 (Longley Park) 36; 18, P.Walker 6 & R.Wilson 16 (Outlane) 36; 22, R.Inglesfield 13 & P.Gilbert 15 (Longley Park) 35; 22, M.Dempsey 12 & P.Newey 14 (Ind Huddersfield) 35; 22, J.Dix 5 & G.Brazier 12 (West End) 35; 25, R.T.Owen 14 & D.Ford 20 (Crosland Heath) 34; 26, H.Bailey 17 & T.Ball 16 (Dewsbury) 33; 26, R.Badrock 14 & C.Burton 10 (Castlefields) 33; 28, D.Harrison 13 & P.Kinghorn 18 (Bradley Park) 32; 29, D.McAuliffe 20 & C.Taylor 15 (Crow Nest Park) 31; 30, R.T.Williams 13 & R.Pearson 18 (Bradley Park) 28; 30, M.Sanders 9 & A.Hirst 12 (Bradley Hall) 28.