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1 Jul 2019

Back Nine Count-back Decides the Ronnie Parkinson Trophy.

The Ronnie Parkinson Trophy held at Longley Park Golf Club was won by Crosland Heath's Ed Pearson and Matthew Russell on 42 points with a back nine of 21 points from the holders Outlane professional Rob Booth and John Lawton with 19 and Bradley Park's Dave Mitcheson and Paul Kinghorn also on 19.

The early clubhouse leaders were Dewsbury's Michael Toon (12) and Andy McMahon (5) on 39 points with 6 net birdies. They were supplanted an hour later by Meltham's Chris Whiteley (6) and Jason Crossland (13) on 41 points with a gross eagle on the 1st and 7 net birdies. In the afternoon they were overtaken by the home club's Matthew Collcombe (1) and Adam Collcome (8) with a better back nine with a gross eagle on the 2nd and 5 birdies. The next 4 ball brought in the first of the 42 points scores by the Alliance President Ed Pearson (16) and Matthew Russell (20) of Crosland Heath with 8 birdies on the card and a back nine of 21. They were immediately followed by Dave Mitcheson (14) and Paul Kinghorn (20) of Bradley Park on the same total but with a back nine 19 with 3 eagles and 3 birdies on the card. This just left one 4 ball out containing the current holders of the Trophy, Outlane's professional Rob Booth and John Lawton (4) who also matched the winning total but with a back nine of 19 on a very tidy card with an eagle and 4 birdies and no dropped shots to take the Pro-Am prize.

With James Ward away at the EuroPro Q-school Nigel Hirst now heads the Pro Order of Merit by 7 points from James with just the Page Trophy to come. The Club Championship has been retained by Dewsbury District by the slenderest margin of 1 point from Crosland Heath and Outlane who tied for second place.

Longley Park was presented in excellent condition by the greenkeepers Matthew Collcome and his brother Adam and was very picturesque with a variety of trees in full blossom. It was a generally sunny day with a light breeze but quite cold under cloud cover. There was a short rain shower in the afternoon.

The last event of the season is the Page Trophy and Roger Heap Cup individual medals at Bradley Hall on Tuesday 30 April, 2 weeks later than originally scheduled.