Team spirit key says Powell as Bridge maintain winning start, Keogh hits form in Tod’s prize competition

editorial image

Hebden Bridge Golf Club’s scratch team maintained their flying start to the season with an 8-2 victory at Outlane.

Home advantage plays a huge part in golf at this level and to win so convincingly makes the result all the more impressive.

Team captain Iain Powell said the side was showing fantastic team spirit.

“We haven’t got a big squad so it has required all our players to pull together in order to put a strong side out each week.” said Powell

Against Outlane the top four matches were all won convincingly. George Bamford, Henry Butterworth, Mark and Iain Powell all walked back out onto the course to support the last man in.

Martyn Astin, 57, was in a battle against the much younger Bryn Jenkinson and stood three down with four to play.

Astin drove the green on the par four 15th hole and with the pressure duly applied Jenkinson sliced his tee shot into the long grass.

A lost ball followed and the Outlane golfer was furious that his team mates were in the bar when he needed their help.

After matching pars on the 16th Astin, now playing in the gathering gloom, hit what appeared to be a straight, true tee shot down the 17th fairway, but the ball was never found and the last match was lost.

Much earlier, Iain Powell had out putted Ged Hazedean to win 3 & 1.

Bamford, wanting to kick-start his matchplay season, hit some peerless iron shots in dispatching John Lawton by 6 & 4.

Butterworth, fresh off his second place at the Union junior strokeplay, put Steve Beeby to the sword 4 & 3.

Mark Powell, now playing with a fade instead of his more familiar draw, didn’t miss a fairway all night and crushed Jack Bates 6 & 5.

The next match is at Crow Nest Park and Hebden Bridge share the leadership of Division Two in the Halifax and Huddersfield Scratch League with Halifax on 23 points from Outlane (​15), Saddleworth (​14), Crosland Heath (​8) and Crow Nest Park​ (7).

At Todmorden Jill Keogh takes a two shot lead into second round of the lady captains prize after an opening round nett71.

The chasing pack includes Joyce Jesson nett 73 Gill Neely and Janet Taylor one shot back with nett 74 and hoping for a good second round to clinch the deal . Janet Taylor immediately went into spring hibernation after round one in preparation for the next test such is the importance of the event

On Saturday in the mens 4ball better ball competitors played in near hurricane winds Ben Whitham and Eddie Orlinski came out on top with a combined total of 41 points .Alan Payne and returning member Dion Webber finished second with 39pts with ex-Rabbits captain Alan showing his experience in difficult conditions and once again playing golf way below that which his handicap suggests.

Friday was a charity day organised by Jamie Bennison . Gary Fisher .

Last minute stand in Pete Borders produced a solid display to win with 45pt .

As a result he shredded his bridesmaid tag and may spend the next few weeks awaiting a visit from the handicap fairy. Local celebrity DJ Stocks and his partner were left to rue a missed putt on the 18th hole which would of given them 2nd place.

Attention now switches this Saturday to the first round of the JH Barker Trophy to be played over two Saturdays.

The returning golfers from the annual Scottish trip will be fully practised and hoping for a good showing