Smiths shine at soggy Ogden

editorial image

Jamie and Steve Smith made home course knowledge pay in yesterday’s Halifax, Huddersfield and District Alliance meeting at Ogden.

The Halifax pair scored 43 stableford points in an am-am section which produced some good scoring and a tight finish in unusual playing conditions.

The start of play was delayed by an hour due to waterlogged fairways with teeing up as relief from casual water impossible.

Once conditions improved enough for play to get under way the day was fine with plenty of sunshine and a light, cool breeze.

The greens, although wet and very soft, were very good and with a couple of unusual tee positions scoring was good.

The green keepers were commended for enabling the competition to take place.

Jamie Smith, who won the local Union stroke play at Bradley Hall in July, was playing off plus one but he was not the lowest handicapper in the field.

That honour went to England amateur Jamie Bower from Meltham off plus four.

He and Graham McMahon (5) had to settle for joint third place on 41 points with Dave Knapton (13) and Eddie Casper (10) of Outlane.

Sandwiched between those pairs and the winners were Crow Nest Park’s Mark Campbell (8) and Richard Langley-Webb (10) with 42 points.

The pro-am scoring was not as good with ex-Halifax player Tim Pollard and Mick Appleyard (4) of Bradley Hall winning with 37 points.

The last Alliance of the year is at Hebden Bridge GC on Tuesday, November 29 when Christmas dinner will be served.

Pro-am: 1, T.Pollard Pro & M.Appleyard 7 Bradley Hall 37pts; 2, T.Wild Pro & G.Ward 8 Bradley Park 36; 3, J.Fish Pro & T.Hunt 1 Meltham 35; 3, S.Race Pro & T.Irving 13 Meltham 35; 5, D.Delaney Pro & P.Caldwell 9 Bradley Hall 32.

Am-am: 1, J.Smith plus 1 & S.Smith 4 Halifax 43 pts; 2, M.Campbell 8 & R.Langley-Webb 10 Crow Nest Park 42; 3, D.Knapton 13 & E.Casper 10 Outlane 41; 3, G.McMahon 5 & J.Bower plus 4 Meltham 41; 5, J.Lawton 4 & B.Ashton 13 (Outlane 40; 6, F.Barron 3 & R.Speight 4 Dewsbury 39; 6, C.Holmes 7 & J.Crosland 10 Meltham 39; 8, J.Wozniak 13 & D.Campbell 4 Meltham 38; 8, D.Hartley 1 & A.Johnson 3 (Dewsbury) 38; 10, E.Pearson 17 & C.L’Estrange 12 Crosland Heath 37; 10, B.Workman 15 & B.Martin 9 Bradley Park 37; 10, P.Pither 12 & P.Crosse11 Crosland Heath 37; 10, T.Gerrard 9 & M.Halliday 17 Halifax 37; 14, R.Wilson 16 & K.Puckering 13 Outlane 36; 14, R.Popps 14 & S.Sandie 5 Bradley Hall 36; 14 N.Hirst 12 & B.Cassidy 13 Outlane 36; 14, A.Stringer 9 & P.Smith 20 Bradley Park 36; 14, L.Lawson 12 & R.Turner 6 Halifax 36; 19, R.Wimpenny 12 & S.Whitham 13 Crosland Heath 35; 20, A.Wallis 9 & S.Hitchenor 9 Crosland Heath 34; 20 P.Heywood 7 & J.Booth 14 Marsden 34; 20, A.Whitworth 1 & S.Hopkinson 6 Bradley Hall 34; 23, D.Oldham 12 & F.Parker 14 Meltham 33; 23, C.Richards 11 & C.Hoyle 12 Hebden Bridge 33; 25, R.Johnson 18 & R.Johnstone 14 Meltham 29.