Duckworths hit double top

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The Duckworth twins, Warren and Glen, have moved to the top of the leader board in Todmorden Golf Club’s winter league.

They are on 187 pts after Sunday’s action on a Rive Rocks course which was wet but perfectly playable following Saturday’s downpour.

Eddie Orlinski took first place on the day with 39 points. Vince Korobczyc was second with 38 points, just missing out on back to back victories. He put his return to form down to his waterproof socks.

Gareth Marshall and Scott Noakes missed an opportunity to move up the leaderboard when they played from the wrong tee and were disqualified.

Other notable names yet to have an impact include short game specialist John Stobbs and usually reliant Pete Borders.

The highlight of the day for many was the visit of Santa for the annual children’s Christmas party. Lots of golfers will be hoping Santa brings them an improved golf game come Christmas morning.

There was fog in the valley at 9am, which is probably why only 17 members turned out for Hebden Bridge GC’s winter league.

Had others taken the trouble to take a trip higher up the hill on Sunday they would have found it perfectly clear, albeit a little frosty.

The frost necessitated a switch to winter greens, despite the proper greens thawing quite quickly.

In the two ball, Steve Scholes gave Michael Turner a golf lesson, beating him 8 & 6. Obviously no shots into the car park this week.

The three ball Calcutta was won by Jonny Cockroft. The other points were shared equally between Gavin Degnan and Paul Gibson, a very unusual happening in this format.

Matt Fisher was second at the start of play and drawn with Terry Clancey, who has only won one match so far in this winter league.

They came up against an in-form Henry Butterworth and Gavin Brumby, who was third at start of play. A solid 4 & 3 win moved Henry up eighth place and Gav into second, leapfrogging Matt.

Gary Earle looks invincible this season. He made it eight out of eight when teaming up with Andy Hutchinson to thump Martin Whiley and Clive Richards 5 & 4.

Clive said that he and Martin had played quite well, but Hutchy was in such good putting form that they just couldn’t compete.

In the final match Ash Hewitt and his partner Mick Robertson had more jam than Hartleys.

Ash hit a wall and instead of losing his ball he found it on the next fairway, hit his second close to the green and came away with a very unexpected half.

On the previous hole Mick’s third shot hit the pin and stopped dead. An inch either way and it would have been off the green.

With all this luck their opponents Paul Elliot and Chris Hoyle had little chance and duly went down 3 & 2.