Staffords thrive in tough golfing conditions

Dave Stafford being congratulated by Todmorden Golf Club Captain Vincent Korobczyc (left)
Dave Stafford being congratulated by Todmorden Golf Club Captain Vincent Korobczyc (left)

THERE was almost a washout at the Autumn Invitation Day at Todmorden Golf Club as heavy rain deluged the course, especially in the afternoon, which saw a suspension of play for half an hour to allow water to drain from the greens.

Credit went to the condition of the course as the players returned to almost perfect greens and to record some tremendous scores, considering the conditions.

An unbelievable score of 44 points from former club champion Dave Stafford and his brother Andy claimed first prize, as they relished the conditions and had several birdies along the way.

Fourth place went to Chris Redmond and S.Murray on 38 points, third placed were Rod Hunt and Andy Hutchinson on 39 points and runners-up were Trevor Hopson and C.Bostock on 40 points.

The nearest the pin prizes were won by Rochdale’s Peter Ogden and Todmorden’s Rod Hunt on the fifth and 16th holes.Birdie twos were scored by S.Martin, C.Bamford and T.Barnes.

Sunday saw competition secretary John Whitham’s donated prize competition which was won by Rod Hunt with a creditable 39 points, followed by Steve Hughes with 38 points in second and third on a card playoff was David Hollows. Next week sees the Fred Hirst Final between two in-form players, Steve Shone and Andrew Lupton.