Golfer Murray tops a quality field

From the left The PS Cockroft winner Michael Murray'Todmorden Golf Club, The HHDU President Richard Kaye and the Captain of Bradley Park GC Mr Colin Robinson
From the left The PS Cockroft winner Michael Murray'Todmorden Golf Club, The HHDU President Richard Kaye and the Captain of Bradley Park GC Mr Colin Robinson

TODMORDEN golfer Michael Murray had a brilliant result in the P.S.Cockroft Trophy at Bradley Park as he beat a quality field of 68 players in the Halifax-Huddersfield Union event.

His two great rounds of 72 was enough to secure top spot and make history as the first player from Todmorden to win this 36-hole competition.

It is the third season back at Todmorden, for the former full time footballer with Rochdale. Now a physio, he played at right back in the reserve team and youth team.

“It’s hard to sink in, but I’m sat here with this big trophy in my sitting room,” said 24-year-old Michael.

That win has put him straight into the Union representative side to play York on Sunday at Easingwold.

There he will play in the foursomes partnering former Todmorden player Dave Stafford.

Michael admits to being relatively unknown within the district. “But now I’ve put myself on the map.”

He won on countback from Nick Marsh of Elland and said: “ I just kept the ball straight, playing from fairway to green.

“I had to make sure I stayed out of the trees. I putted quite consistently, and only three putted on one green and that was on the first hole in the first round.”

l A three-man Texas Scramble at Todmorden Golf Club on Saturday saw the team of David Hollows, Mark Hamer and David Setterfield come out on top. Peter Bailey also had a hole in one on the par three fifth hole.

The final Silver Rabbit qualifier was held with Nigel Halstead in first place with a net 62. Mick Wardrobe took the last qualifying place with a 65. The supporting Open Stroke was won by Chris Redmond with a net 68, followed by Paul Gale with a net 70.