Hebden and Todmorden golf news - Powell sets Skip course record

Hebden Bridge Golf Club’s Iain Powell is showing great early season form by hopefully setting a new course record.

In the club’s Medal 5 competition last Saturday he got a superb gross score of 60 (58 net).

His round included nine birdies, two of which resulted from 50ft putts on the 15th and 18th greens, and with just one bogey on the third he beat the previous record of 61 set by David Astin in 1998.

Union stalwart and Skip’s top golfer had for him a disappointing season in club competitions last year but has laid down the marker already.

Due to bad weather in the days prior to Saturday, the competition was played under preferred lies from the fairways, as a consequence the club is writing to the R & A for verification.

While such a record score would not stand on tour in a professional competition, the club is hopeful that it will be ratified thereby setting a new course record.

If not, they intend exhibiting his card in the clubhouse stating that the score was made playing under preferred lies.

Powell said it was his putter that did the damage and he thinks the secret is to play less golf in the future in order to play well.

In second place was Jake Allott with a net 63 playing off a handicap of nine. Darren Clithero and Dave Pickles were joint third with scores of 64 net.

The Division 2 medal was won by Mally Marsden with a net score of 66 on countback from Mick Robertson.

l MOUNT Skip seniors’ opening league fixture in the Lawrence Batley League ended in a 4 – 4 draw away to Dewsbury, never an easy place to go and win.

Captain Ken Weatherill was delighted to come away with a share of the spoils, a result he feels augurs well for the coming season.

With nearly half of the country on drought restrictions last week’s home fixture against Outlane had to be called off on the Thursday due to the atrocious weather.

The decision proved correct with the greens still waterlogged on the Friday when the match should have been played - an occurrence that does not happen often at Mount Skip as the greens normally drain really well.

l THE club is holding a Spring Invitation golf competition on Saturday 5th May, anyone wishing to enter should contact Hebden Bridge Golf Club on 01422-842896.

l AGAIN the women members of Todmorden Golf Club had to play their Stabelford competition, last Thursday in poor weather conditions, but most finished the round.

Pauline Stafford, who was second, also had a birdie on the 10th.

Irene Muldowney was the winner with 31 points. She had a birdie on the 15th.

The third birdie after a long put on the seventh hole, was by Irena Brown.

The men also played their first monthly medal in April showers.

The winner with a net 65 and reducing his handicap from 18 to 16 was Fred Stutter.

Second was Paul Lukaszyk with a net 65 also with a handicap reduction to 10 from 11.