Neil’s magic touch helps Bridge make a winning start in scratch league

Star performer: 'Neil Clegg
Star performer: 'Neil Clegg

Hebden Bridge GC’s scratch team started the season in fine style with a 5-3 away win at Longley Park.

The star performer was Neil Clegg, who won his match comfortably by 6&4.

Clegg is widely regarded as one of the club’s best putters and his touch on the greens was decisive against Stephen McClean.

Mark Powell won his game 2&1 in contradictory style to his team mate, using his length from the tee to overpower Longley’s captain Steve Ruta.

It was a bad night for Skip’s captain with Iain Powell losing 3&2 to Karl Smith, but the multi-talented George Bamford made sure of the team’s overall victory by slotting a 10ft putt on the final green to halve his game with Justin Brown.

Earlier in the week Bamford had teamed up with Hebden’s golfing prodigy Henry Butterworth to pull off the shock result in round one of the district foursomes knockout.

The match was played at neutral venue Bradley Hall and their opponents were local rivals Todmorden GC.

Tod were represented by the vastly experienced Dave Stafford and Frank Greaves, who would have been amongst the favourites for this prestigious competition.

Bamford and Butterworth were behind early in the game but a relentless run of par golf through the back nine ground down their opponents and they won 2&1.

With Hebden and Tod scheduled to meet in two league fixtures later in the scratch season, this win should give the Skip boys a huge psychological boost.

Calder Valley golfer Adam Cryer shot a 76 to finish joint 23rd out of 37 players in Sunday’s 1836 Tour event at Moortown.

Three players shared £2,500 in prize money with 67s - Adam Runcie from Abergele, Liam O’Neill from Cookridge Hall and Ryan Brown from Worksop.

Rob Booth, formerly of Halifax club Bradley Hall, fired a 75.