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1 Jul 2019

Another windy Alliance saw the Meltham course playing quite hard and this was reflected in the scoring. There was a good entry of 38 pairs and half of these were within 3 points of the winning scores.

There was a tie for first place in the Pro-Am with James Ward and Jonathan Binns (4) of Dewsbury District and Toby Garrett and Richard Hanson (5) of Crosland Heath on 41 points. Toby, playing on the course where he was natured as a junior, and Richard had a very tidy card spoiled by a blob on the 8th hole which cost them the win. The Dewsbury pair also had a tidy card brightened by a net eagle for Jonathan on the 13th. There was an eagle by Woodsome Hall assistant Adam Durie on the 11th and a net eagle by Graham Thornton of West End at the 12th.

The home club's Chris Holmes (8) and Roy Johnson (18) won the Am-Am with 40 points thanks to net eagle on the 14th by Roy. There were 3 pairs on 39 points and on count-back second place went to Andy Holmes (12 and Charlie Adams (13) of Meltham from Bradley Parks Ben Kaye (4) and Harry Dews (16) and Oliver Shaw (4) and Oliver Hague (11) of Crosland Heath and Bradley Hall. The Holmes / Adams back nine was boosted by a net eagle for Charlie on the 16th while Kaye / Dews lost out with a blob on the 7th. There were net eagles on the 1st by Tony Baier (15) of Meltham and John Clay (12) of Crosland Heath and Cliff Froggett (20) of Bradley Park had two net eagles, at the 14th and 17th.

The Meltham course was presented in fine condition, the greens being quite fast having been freshly cut and “ironed”. There was a quite strong Westerly wind of varying strength all day with drizzle and light rain in the morning and some sunny intervals in the afternoon..

There will be two teams of five pairs representing the Alliance at the “National Alliance” on Monday at Chesterfield Golf Club and the next Winter Alliance is at Dewsbury District Golf Club on Tuesday 16 October.

James Ward

Toby Garrett