Golf: No change at the top as hardy golfers survive a battering

Gary Earle
Gary Earle

The weather the previous Sunday was wonderful, but last weekend was the polar opposite, but it didn’t deter 24 hardy Hebden Bridge Golf Club members from turning out for the 9 o’clock draw.

Had it been 10am, then maybe there wouldn’t have been quite as many.

First out of the hat were Matt Fisher and Eric Charnley, drawn against low handicapper Henry Butterworth and appearing for the first time this season Harry Wade.

Fisher and Charnley won one up, but Butterworth can’t figure out how it’s possible to beat Fisher when he has such a high handicap and yet hits it further than almost anyone else playing Winter League.

Charnley is flying high in the table but says that this is probably his last match as he doesn’t like playing in the rain.

Colin Greenwood and Terry Clancey were always going to find it hard against Paul Elliot and Gav Brumby.

Elliot has just recovered from a back problem and was “up” for this one and sure enough he and Brumby won 3&1 to help with the latter’s rise up the table.

Gary Earle was leading the table at start of play and was drawn with Gavin Degnan against Earle’s good friend and single-figure golfer Martin Astin along with the improving Matthew Richards.

This was a close match but it didn’t help their cause when Richards played the wrong ball and put himself out of that hole. Earle stays at the head of the table having won this one 2&1.

Jonny Cockroft would be a formidable opponent at any time, but when drawn with Charles Bamford it would take a pair with lots of shots at the top of their game to beat them.

Sam Scholes and Michael Turner were that pair, and although they had plenty of shots it would appear that they were not in good enough form and went down to a 5&3 defeat.

Steve Scholes is never short of confidence and was drawn with Noel Russell, and would have expected to win because even though Russell says that he’s not playing very well, everyone except him knows that he’s in top form.

The unfortunate pair drawn against them were Lee Amos and Mark Wade, who hasn’t played for months. The result was a 4&3 win for Scholes and Russell.

The last match to be drawn was Ash Hewitt and Chris Hoyle against Andy Hutchinson and Clive Richards. On paper this should have been a very close match, but in reality it was a very easy win for Hewitt and Hoyle, 7&5. Richards and Hutchinson had no luck, lipping out at least three times.

However, despite Richards chipping in from off the green at the eighth it didn’t matter as their opponents were just too good on the day.

Richards estimated that they had gone round without dropping a shot.

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Adverse weather made for a reduced field of 19 golfers in the latest Todmorden GC Winter League outing.

Although 19 set off, only nine hardy souls actually completed the round as the comfort of the clubhouse proved to be too much of a temptation.

Warren Duckworth followed up his twin Glens victory the previous Sunday, and, as previously predicted, the Duckworth twins are beginning to revel in the worst of conditions, wearing their winter waterproofs like a badge of honour.

Todmorden Golf Club’s Winter League is a marathon affair and there is still a long way to go before the infamous Winter League dinner in April.