Stafford misses out on Union Matchplay final

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Todmorden’s Dave Stafford saw his hopes of competing in the Halifax Huddersfield and District union Matchplay final end at the quarter final stage.

Stafford was beaten 2 up by Matthew Colcombe who in turn beat Ed Battye to set up a final showdown with Andy Whitworth at West End GC on Sunday.

Nevertheless, Stafford and clubmate Mike Murray have still enjoyed a decent season having helped the Halifax and Huddersfield Golf Union team enjoy a good season with team wins against East Riding at Dewsbury in August and Harrogate away at Knaresborough in the last game of the season.

That left them second in the Yorkshire Inter District League behind Sheffield.

David Hollows and David Setterfield emerged victorious at Todmorden Golf Club’s Midweek Pairs Knockout after defeating Steve Hill and Warren Duckworth on the 19th.

Matt Brown and Michael Hartley tied for the Presidents Prize and will now play another round of Stableford to determine a winner.

The Invitation Day competition was well supported. Winners with 41 points, playing off handicaps of one and two respectively were Michael Murray and his guest from West End golf club, Frank Greaves.

Irena Brown produced a comfortable win in a recent stableford competition after cardingh 36 points and reducing her handicap to 22.

Edna Snook came second with 32 points beating Jane Studd on the back nine holes, also with 32 points.

The September medal was won with a gross 96 net 69 by Ann Dewhurst.

Julia White had the lowest gross score of the day, 86, net 71, making her second. Linda Bell was third with a net 72.

Players at Ashley Hewitt’s Birthday Bash at Hebden Bridge were treated to a lesson in how to play the course.

In a Texas Scramble format, the team of Charles Bamford, Clive Richards, Nigel Fielden and Philip Moran came in with a winning score of 57 gross, 52.1 nett demolishing the favorite team captained by Neeve Fisher, with her dad Dave and friends Andrew Hutchinson and Andy Greenwood into second place with an excellent score of nett 56.8.

The winning round started with an eagle on the par four fourth. Charles Bamford hitting his drive onto the green and Nigel Fielden sinking a 35 foot putt. The round continued to include the eagle, nine birdies and eight pars.

The George Whittaker Trophy was a keenly fought match with Gary and his son Jack Earle winning against John Connelly and Lindsey Powell on the 18th hole.

Andy Hutchinson won the Rabbits four ball knockout with his dad Ricky by beating another father and son team David and Dan Wilby 4 and 2.