Stansfield in the money after his winter league eagle

Picture perfect: the view for  Winter League golfers at Mount Skip last Sunday
Picture perfect: the view for Winter League golfers at Mount Skip last Sunday

Last Sunday was one of those magical days at Mount Skip when you felt as if you were playing above the clouds.

Plenty missed the opportunity to look down at the mist in the valley with the forecast for a heavy frost leading to the worst turnout this season in the winter league.

It was one of those rare occasions when winter greens were in use.

Leader Jonny Cockroft was drawn in a three ball Calcutta with Rob Stansfield and Martin ‘Smiley’ Whiley.

The match highlight was an eagle for Stansfield on the par four second. That won him the ‘birdie’ hole and a share in the money pot.

Cockroft was second to Stansfield with Whiley third and had his lead cut as Lee Amos and Andy Hutchinson both won.

An over-confident Steve Scholes, partnered by Gary Earle, had apparently predicted “a walk in the park” against Gav Brumby and Hutchinson, who duly won by two holes.

Scholes still managed a share in the birdie hole pot but was obviously still in shock at losing his match, short-changing Stansfield when divvying up the money!

Mick Robertson and Chris Hoyle were drawn against Charles Bamford and Gavin Degnan for the second week running.

Hoyle and Robertson were two down after nine but won five holes on the trot to win 3 & 1.

Nigel Fielden and newly- elected Junior Captain Sam Scholes were drawn against ‘old stager’ Brian Coukham and Matt Fisher.

Wounded after several heavy defeats, Coukham and Fisher came out top 2 & 1.

Low handicapper Jon Sutcliffe played superbly but he and Anthony Hoyle still lost 3 & 2 to Amos and Keith Law, who used his extra shots wisely.

Last Sunday was also a big day for Dave Fisher, who was elected Club Captain at the AGM. He will undoubtedly be a popular Captain and continue to move the club forward.

Todmorden GC will stage a major Halifax-Huddersfield Union event for the second year running this summer.

Rive Rocks will host the Second Division Scratch Team Championship on Sunday, June 15.

Last year Todmorden hosted the Nine Hole Clubs’ Championship on Sunday, May 12.

Twenty hardy souls turned out on a cold, frosty morning for the latest round of the winter league at Rive Rocks.

Playing off threequarter handicap on winter greens, the winner was Glen Duckworth with 35 points.