Second Tod title for Murray but Stafford runs him very close

Michael Murray with club captain Peter  Bailey
Michael Murray with club captain Peter Bailey

Michael Murray won the Club Championship with a 36 hole total of 153 at Todmorden Golf Club last Saturday .

He beat Dave Stafford into second place by virtue of a better last 18 hole score.

Played over two rounds off scratch, the club championship is one of the most sought after prizes at Rive Rocks.

Local physiotherapist Murray was delighted to take the trophy for a second time.

A stiff breeze and tricky pin positions made scoring difficult, although club captain Peter Bailey’s good form continued with second place after round one.

Fitness then told and Bailey limped home with a disappointing second round tally.

The lesser players were attempting to qualify in the divisions and war horse Paul Snook led Division Two with the best nett of the day, a 68.

Pete Borders shed his bridesmaid tag to claim top qualifying spot in Division Three with a nett 69.

Gill Neely, sporting a natty line in headgear, won the ladies stableford on Thursday with 34 points.

Linda Bell was second, beating Janet Taylor on count back after both had scored 30 points.

A convincing 8-0 win in the derby against Hebden Bridge lifted the handicap team a point clear in Division Four.

A visit to Ryburn is their next fixture.

A 6-2 victory over Marsden moved the scratch team into joint first place in Division Three of the scratch league.