Success for Tod and Nest in Alliance

Halifax / Huddersfield Golf Alliance event at Todmorden Golf Club. Darren Clithero from Hebden Bridge GC.
Halifax / Huddersfield Golf Alliance event at Todmorden Golf Club. Darren Clithero from Hebden Bridge GC.

Home club players provided some success when Todmorden Golf Club hosted its first Halifax, Huddersfield and District Alliance event for five years on Tuesday.

Dave Stafford (3 handicap)and Warren Duckworth (13) won the am-am section with 37 stableford points in tough conditions.

They edged out two pairs on 36 points - West End’s James Dix (3) and Graham Brazier (12) and Bradley Park’s Donald Harrison (14) and Andy Bemrose (14).

However, the Ron Parkinson Trophy for the best score went to Crow Nest Park’s pro-am pair Gareth Evans and Mark Campbell (8).

They have enjoyed plenty of Alliance success and Evans shot 61 in the last Alliance at Rive Rocks, but the format meant it could not stand as a course record.

Their 39 point score was one better than Meltham’s James Fish and Tom Hunt (2).

Todmorden President Steve Packer presented the trophy.

As usual at nine hole courses, the field was split into morning and afternoon sections. The average score in the morning’s wind and rain was 28. That improved to 33 in the afternoon.

Elland’s Stan Gledhill had a fright on the first green. As he prepared to putt, another ball plugged within a foot of his. It had been struck from the first tee, 335 yards away, by Fixby assistant Jack Pearcey.

Although the last Alliance was held at Rive Rocks in 2011, official Trevor Williams is hoping it will not be as long again before they return.

Williams said that officials were trying to include three nine hole courses in their annual fixture list rather than two and Todmorden was a popular venue.

Williams said: “The course played well considering the conditions.

“We were made very welcome - we always are at Todmorden. It is a very nice course and everyone likes to go there.”

Scores - pro-am: 1, G.Evans Pro & M.Campbell 8 (Crow Nest Park) 39; 2, J.Fish Pro & T.Hunt 2 (Meltham) 38; 3, Josh.Lester Pro & L.Pilkington 1 (Bradley Park) 37; 3, A.Cryer Pro & A.Cryer 10 (West End) 37; 5, J.Ward Pro & F.Barron 2 (Dewsbury) 35; 6, R.Booth Pro & D.Ford 20 (Crosland Heath) 33; 6, J.Pearcey Pro & P.Sellen 13 (Ind.Huddersfield) 33; 8, Joe.Lester Pro & B.Kaye 5 (Bradley Park) 32; 8, N.P.Hirst Pro & S.Atkinson 1 (Dewsbury) 32; 8, S.Race Pro & M.Maude 4 (Meltham) 32.

An-am: 1, D.Stafford 3 & W.Duckworth 13 (Todmorden) 37; 2, J.Dix 5 & G.Brazier 12 (West End) 36; 3, D.Harrison 14 & A.Bemrose 14 (Bradley Park) 36; 4, D.Senior 10 & D.Clitheroe 11 (Hebden Bridge) 35; 4, G.Thornton 20 & M.Clegg 17 (West End) 35; 4, B.Seymore 15 & J.Campbell 5 (Crow Nest Park) 35; 7, B.Minto 11 & S.Minto 2 (Hanging Heaton) 34; 7, P.Heywood 9 & K.Bruce 18 (Marsden) 34; 7, D.Knapton 12 & P.Reynolds 13 (Outlane) 34; 10, R.Badrock 15 & C.Burton 10 (Castlefields) 33; 11, P.Smith 19 & N.Witty 16 (Bradley Park/Dewsbury) 32; 11, A.Platten 11 & G.Dobby 6 (Todmorden/Halifax) 32; 11, S.Hitchenor 9 & A.Wallis 9 (Crosland Heath) 32; 11, J.Crosland 8 & P.Brammall 12 (Meltham) 32; 11, F.Greaves 2 & P.Bailey 8 (Todmorden) 32; 16, M.Pattison 18 & A.Payne 17 (Todmorden) 31; 16, J.Smith 14 & A.Mellor 13 (Outlane) 31; 16, C.L’Estrange 11 & N.Swift 11 (Crosland Heath) 31; 19, E.Pearson 18 & M.Russell 19 (Crosland Heath) 30; 19, G.McMahon 6 & P.Wood 17 (Meltham/Marsden) 30; 21, E.Howker 17 & T.Beddis 16 (Bradley Hall) 29; 21, P.Kelly 15 & D.Oldham 11 (Meltham) 29; 21, D.Mitcheson 14 & P.Kinghorn 18 (Bradley Park) 29; 21, R.T.Williams 13 & R.Pearson 18 (Bradley Park) 29; 21, R.Wimpenny 11 & S.Whitham 12 (Crosland Heath) 29; 26, J.Binns 4 & R.Binns 11 (Dewsbury) 28; 27, C.Selby 12 & P.Land 11 (Crosland Heath) 27; 27, H.Bradley 10 & S.Gledhill 20 (Elland) 27; 29, T.Hirst 14 & P.Pitchforth 13 (Bradley Hall) 26; 29, R.Butters 12 & L.Bolton 15 (Meltham) 26; 31, G.Gower 17 & H.Whitaker 20 (West End) 25; 32, N.Sweeney 17 & A.Kendall 20 (Longley Park) 22; 33, I.Tootell 20 & K.Lambshead 20 (Todmorden) 19; 34, J.Thompson 20 & W.Aitken 15 (Longley Park) 17. Disq: R.A.Burns 15 R.T.Owen 16 (Crosland Heath), W.Jessop 6 C.Jackson 12 (Meltham).