Close finish at West End

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Andrew Whitworth, the most decorated amateur golfer in the area, narrowly missed out on another prize on Tuesday.

The 11 times Halifax-Huddersfield Union match play champion made a rare appearance in a local Winter Alliance, partnering Bradley Hall clubmate Steve Hopkinson.

They were pipped on count back for the am-am honours in a blanket finish to the fourth event of the season at West End.

Half of the field of 44 pairs were separated by three Stableford points and this year’s Union seniors champion Whitworth (1 handicap) and Hopkinson (6) notched 42 points.

That was matched by Outlane’s Brian Cassidy (13) and Len Campey (19), who after an examination of the cards got the verdict due to a superior back nine.

Count back was also needed to determine third place with five pairs on 41 points, Richard Wilson (16) and Kevin Puckering (13) of Outlane getting the verdict.

The pro-am was won by James Ward and Jonathan Binns (5) of Dewsbury with 42 points, despite a double bogey on the long par three 15th.

One point behind were Alliance President Simon Race and Tom Hunt (1) of Meltham.

Play was off the white tees to very soft fairways and greens. The course played long on a cool if generally sunny day with only light winds.

The next Alliance is at Halifax Golf Club on Tuesday, November 15.

Pro-am: 1, J.Ward Pro & J.Binns 5 (Dewsbury) 42 pts; 2, S.Race Pro & T.Hunt 1 (Meltham) 41; 3, R.Booth Pro & N.Daniel 6 (Crosland Heath) 40; 3, N.P.Hirst Pro & B.Binns 12 (Dewsbury 40; 5, T.Pollard Pro & R.Popps 13 (Bradley Hall) 38; 6, J.Fish Pro & S.Beetlestone 11 (Meltham) 37; 7, D.Arber Pro & M.Holroyde 8 West End 36.

Am-am: 1, B.Cassidy 13 & L.Campey 19 (Outlane) 42; 2, S.Hopkinson 6 & A.Whitworth 1 Bradley Hall 42; 3, R.Wilson 16 & K.Puckering 13 (Outlane) 41; 4, K.Woolford 15 & I.Hunter 0 (Hanging Heaton) 41; 4, P.Smith 20 & A.Stringer 9 (Bradley Park) 41; 4, C.L’Estrange 12 & P.Crosse 11 (Crosland Heath) 41; 4, C.Atkinson 13 & N.Muffitt 15 (Crow Nest Park) 41; 8, B.Kaye 5 & M.Beaumont 7 (Bradley Park/Outlane) 40; 8, A.Crum 0 & G.McMahon 6 (Dewsbury) 40; 8, M.Campbell 7 & R.Langley-Webb 9 (Crow Nest Park) 40; 11, E.Pearson 17 & M.Russell 20 (Crosland Heath) 39; 11, D.Mitcheson 15 & D.Middleton 12 (Bradley Hall) 39; 11, R.Ingham 14 & S.Hobson 9 (Crow Nest Park) 39; 11, J.Smith1 4 & A.Mellor 17 (Outlane) 39; 11, D.Harrison 13 & R.Pearson 20 (Bradley Park) 39; 11, A.Hodgson 11 & B.Hoyle 15 (Dewsbury) 39; 11, C.McFadzean 5 & M.Reddy 19 (Bradley Hall) 39; 18, R.Wimpenny 12 & S.Whitham 13 (Crosland Heath) 38; 8, P.Bramall 9 & P.Kelly 15 (Meltham) 38; 18, C.Holmes 7 & S.Mourne 11 (Meltham) 38; 18, I.Saxton 5 & D.Campbell 4 (Meltham) 38; 18, M.Maude 3 & B.Barrett 12 (Meltham) 38; 23, S.Sandie 5 & P.Caldwell 9 (Bradley Hall) 37; 24, A.Wallis 9 & S.Hitchenor 9 (Crosland Heath) 36; 24, D.Hartley 1 & F.Barron 3 (Dewsbury) 36; 26, R.Johnson 18 & T.Bedford 16 (Meltham) 35; 26, C.Taylor 14 & A.Goodman 16 (Crow Nest Park) 35; 26, M.Rooney 11 & M.Wood 12 (Bradley Hall/Crow Nest Park) 35; 29, J.Turner 19 & A.Hollingworth 13 (Crow Nest Park) 34; 29, R.Sharp 18 & P.Phare 19 Outlane 34; 29, K.Booth 13 & A.Kendall 20 (Longley Park) 34; 32, G.Thornton 20 & W.Parker 14 (West End) 33; 32, R.Horsfall1 4 & D.Liversedge 13 (Crosland Heath) 33; 32, D.Knapton 13 & P.Reynolds 12 (Outlane) 33; 32, N.Paxman 9 & T.Baier 13 (Meltham) 33; 36, J.Tolley 13 & T.Copley 14 (Ryburn) 32; 37, N.Hirst 12 & C.Twigg 12 (Outlane) 31.