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1 Jul 2019
There were some very high scores and close results in very good playing conditions at Outlane Golf Club. Following the downpour on Saturday it was expected that there would have to be a postponement but by Tuesday the course had dried out and was in excellent condition.
James Ward and Andy McMahon (5) of Dewsbury District held a convincing lead with 45 points, the highlight being an Albatross for James on the par five 7th hole. Having taken the driver off the tee he was left with 190 yards to the green and took a 6 iron for the blind shot only to not see the ball as the approached the green, it only being found after a fruitless search around the green. In the next to last group out Rob Booth had an Eagle at the 7th and after 14 holes was 11 under par on his own ball to eventually record a score of 48 points with his partner, the home club Captain, Bob Sharp (19) to take first place in the Pro-Am. Nigel Hirst has had his lead in Order of Merit reduced and is now just 2 points ahead of James Ward.
In the Am-Am there were several pairs in contention on 42 points until Crosland Heath's Paul Crosse (7) and Doug Smith (20) came in with a fine 46 points. Doug, a past member at Outlane and quite successful on his few return visits, came on the card 15 times with 2 net Eagles and 7 net Birdies while Paul had a rare off day. They were almost caut by Pete Newey (17) and Mile Dempsey (11), independent members from Huddersfield G.C., only for Mike's par put on the last hole to stop short leaving them in 2nd place on 45 points. There were 4 pairs on 42 points. With just the Ron Parkinson Trophy to come the Club Championship lead is held by Dewsbury on 335 points with Crosland Heath and Outlane tied on 331.
The course was remarkably dry with very few wet places and the greens were in realy good condition. There was occasional drizzel and light rain with a light westerly breeze and the scoring was very good with only 3 scores not breaking par.
The next Alliance is the Ron Parkinson Trophy at Longley Park on Tuesday 2 April.