Matt and Irena victorious in Tod’s Centenary Competition

Hx-Hudds Union handicap team championship. Todmmorden team Matthew Saxon, Eddie Orlinski, Marvin Bonny and David Setterfield
Hx-Hudds Union handicap team championship. Todmmorden team Matthew Saxon, Eddie Orlinski, Marvin Bonny and David Setterfield

Todmorden Golf Club’s first ‘major’ event of the season, the Centenary Competition, was won by Matt Saxon on Saturday.

Conditions were good, with fine weather and a cool westerly breeze, but the course came out on top with only Saxon beating par.

Playing late in the day, the competition secretary scored 39 points to win his first ‘major’ by a three-point margin from David Blake.

Conditions for the equivalent ladies competition were far from ideal with wind and rain. Irena Brown coped best and took the honours with 32 points.

Todmorden member Paul Siddall performed with the excellent Guiseley Brothers at the presentation evening.

The first of the Silver Rabbit competitions took place on Sunday morning. Stuart Jackson and Trevor Hemmington, who had been in the top 10 the previous day, qualified with 71s.

Todmorden members Frank Greaves and Ian Tootell are in training for the Tour de France.

They are volunteers for the big race and could be at either Knaresborough or Hebden Bridge on July 6.

Hebden Bridge GC’s premier team continued their fine start to the league season with a resounding 7-1 home victory against Outlane.

The result was not as convincing as it might first appear with two of the four matches decided on the final green and both in the home team’s favour.

Henry Butterworth was in the team for Neil Clegg, who was captaining the handicap team.

Butterworth was one down playing the last but hit a wedge to 6 feet and holed the putt for a birdie while Outlane’s Bryn Jenkinson could only manage a par.

Mark Powell’s steely determination was also on display. He kept his composure to par the last while Steve Beeby’s bogey five meant Powell kept his 100 per cent record intact.

George Bamford played the best golf of the night, beating John Lawton 3&2. He was never behind and after a run of pars through the back nine he produced birdies at 13 and 16 to close out his game.

Captain Iain Powell led by example, his consistency proving too much for Outlane number one Jarred Hazelden.
He won 2 &1 to set up the Skip boys for next week’s derby at Todmorden GC.

Hebden Bridge and Todmorden finished down the field in last Sunday’s Halifax Huddersfield Union Team Championship at Bradley Park.

Willow Valley retained the title and 21 teams took part.

Individual positions: 22. Lee Amos (14) Hebden Bridge nett 76; 23, Darren M Clithero (9) Hebden Bridge 76; 28, D L Setterfield (11) Todmorden 78; 31, M Saxon (8) Todmorden 79; 46, Andy R Hutchinson (16) Hebden Bridge 82; 75, M Bonny (15) Todmorden 89; 76, Eddie Orlinskie (20) Todmorden 89; 77, Clive Richards (10) Hebden Bridge 90.