Outlane pair’s Trophy win

Rob Booth (right) and John Lawton with the Ronnie Parkinson Trophy. at Crow Nest Park
Rob Booth (right) and John Lawton with the Ronnie Parkinson Trophy. at Crow Nest Park

Outlane professional Rob Booth and his four-handicap partner John Lawton won a very tightly contested Ronnie Parkinson Trophy at Crow Nest Park Golf Club on Tuesday.

They pipped two all-amateur combinations on countback in a Halifax-Huddersfield Alliance event which had been postponed seven days earlier due to waterlogging just before play was due to start.

The three pairs had scores of 42 points and the Outlane due got the better of Crosland Heath’s Oliver Shaw (5) and Bradley Hall’s Oliver Hague (11) on a back six count-back.

Another Outlane pair, late starters Steve Spencer (16) and Gerry Quinn (20), were third. They were aided by a nett albatross for Spencer on the 10th hole but their back nine return of 18 points was no match for the two Olivers’ 20 points.

The greenkeepers had worked wonders to present the course in very good condition. It was remarkably dry for the most part and the greens were very good. The day was mostly cloudy with a blustery breeze and occasional showers.

Booth and Lawton had six nett birdies and no dropped shots although Booth did miss some short putts.

The Club Championship is still very close with Dewsbury on 291 points, Meltham and Crosland Heath on 288 and Outlane on 284.

The Professional Order of Merit looks likely to go to Dewsbury’s James Ward, who has a healthy 14 points lead over his boss Nigel Hirst and Booth.

After the very wet early spring the Outlane Alliance will now be on May 1 and the Page Trophy and Roger Heap Cup at Bradley Park on May 15.

Scores - Pro-am: 1, R.Booth Pro & J.Lawton 4 (Outlane) 42; 2, J.Ward Pro & M.Turner 9 (Dewsbury) 41; 2, R.Law Pro & M.Anderton 12 (Bradley Park/Lightcliffe) 41; 2, N.P.Hirst Pro & J.Binns 4 (Dewsbury) 41; 5, P.Everett Pro & M.Campbell 8 (Crow Nest Park) 40.

Am-am: 1, O.Shaw 5 & O.Hague 11 (Crosland Heath/Bradley Hall) 42; 2, S.Spencer 16 & G.Quinn 20 (Outlane) 42; 3, G.Hollingdrake 6 & B.Tupman 2 (Bradley Park/Ind Hudd) 41; 4, B.Thomson 11 & P.Crosse 9 (Crosland Heath) 41; 5, R.Langley-Webb 10 & B.Seymoor 15 (Crow Nest Park) 41; 6, P.Ledgard 15 & P.Wilbraham 11 (Dewsbury) 40; 7, M.Wood 13 & J.Potkins 16 (Crow Nest Park) 40; 6, S.Thacker 16 & S.Howard 19 (Crow Nest Park/Willow Valley) 40; 6, R.Walker 15 & A.Young 15 (Dewsbury) 40; 6, C.Atkinson 13 & N.Muffitt 15 (Crow Nest Park) 40; 11, M.Dempsey 12 & P.Newey 16 (Ind Huddersfield) 39; 11, D.Campbell 5 & P.Farnsworth 13 (Meltham) 39; 13, C.L’Estrange 12 & G.Newton 7 (Crosland Heath) 38; 14, P.Pither 11 & I.Wallis 8 (Crosland Heath) 37; 15, C.Froggett 18 & D.Harrison 13 (Bradley Park) 36; 16, A.Hirst 15 & P.Pitchforth 14 (Bradley Hall) 35; 16, P.Reynolds 14 & E.Casper 10 (Outlane) 35; 16, R.Wilson 13 & V.Sechi 17 (Outlane) 35; 19, M.Simmons 25 & G.Simpson 17 (Marsden) 34; 19, J.Smith 13 & A.Mellor 12 (Longley Park/Outlane) 34; 19, S.Hitchenor 8 & A.Wallis 9 (Crosland Heath) 34; 22, M.Myer 12 & C.Howell 12 (Dewsbury) 33; 22, R.Wimpenny 12 & S.Whitham 14 (Crosland Heath) 33; 24, P.Ford 20 & D.Bull 24 (Outlane) 31; 24, D.Wise 10 & C.Moorhouse 9 (Meltham/Crosland Heath) 31.