Experience wins the day in tough golfing conditions

Mike Sunderland receives the J.H.J.Barker trophy from Todmorden Golf Club Captain Vincent Korobczyc
Mike Sunderland receives the J.H.J.Barker trophy from Todmorden Golf Club Captain Vincent Korobczyc

IT was the senior members of Todmorden Golf Club who came out the best over 36 holes in a day for the J.H.J.Barker Trophy.

The trophy was presented to the club in 1923 by Mr W.A.Barker,in memory of Lt John.H.J.Barker of the East Lancashire Regiment, who fell in action on the Gallipoli Peninsula in August 1915, aged 22.

This competition is played over 36 holes in the same day, which should favour the younger members of the club, especially considering the strong North Easterly wind and difficult pin positions.

However, it was the senior members who scored the better, especially Mike Sunderland with a net 67, who led the way after 18 holes.

Young Andy Barker with a net 69 was in second, closely followed by a “young senior” Michael Hartley in third with a net 70.

The players in contention battled for another 18 holes in the evening to try and topple Mike for the coveted trophy.

But an excellent second round score of net 68, total 135, was enough to give Sunderland his first “major” prize at the club.

A net 71, total 140, gave past winner Barker the runners-up spot while Hartley with a net 71, total 141, was third.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Trevor Hopson on the fifth and Warren Duckworth on the 16th.

The twos were scored by Andy Barker, Warren Duckworth, Michael Murray, Rick Lupton (twice) and Mike Sunderland on the par four ninth hole.

Prizes were presented by the Captain Vincent Korobczyc who gave a brief history of how the trophy was presented to the club.