Hosts keen to make bold showing

Todmorden Golf Club is determined to make a bold bid for honours when it hosts this year’s Halifax-Huddersfield Union Nine Hole Clubs’ Championship on Sunday, May 12.

Publication of the Union fixture list for 2013 has confirmed that the event will stay in the Calder Valley, having been hosted by Hebden Bridge last year.

Rive Rocks officials are delighted and their top player Dave Stafford said plans to win the trophy on home soil were well advanced.

Stafford, who helped Todmorden to fifth place last year behind winners Longley Park with the day’s best round of 66, said the three-man team had already been picked.

One-handicapper Stafford, former Union stroke play champion Michael Murray (two) and Chris Thornsby (three) will be the men on duty.

Although it is a handicap event, Stafford believes it makes sense to go with the club’s top players. “Not too many players will be familiar with our course. It is exposed to the elements and is a tough place to score,” he said.

Although Crow Nest Park’s Gareth Evans has scored a 61 in an Alliance over the course, Stafford thinks that was a one-off brilliant performance and high handicap visitors may struggle.

“If we can all shoot below nett 70s we will be up there,” said Stafford.

The club’s Andrew Lupton, vice-captain this year, said it was an honour for Todmorden to host the event and he was sure many of the visitors would be surprised at the quality of a course often described as a hidden gem.