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1 Jul 2019
Excellent Scores and a Hole in One at Crosland Heath.
On a day of mixed weather there were some remarkable scores and a rare hole in one. With a full entry of 60 pairs, including 11 professionals the early starters had finished before the late starters got under way. The early wet and windy conditions eased as the day progressed but it got even colder at the end. The course was a fine condition, the greens being excellent having been cut on Monday and ironed on the morning of the competition. Quite a few pin positions provided a stern test of the putter.
The Pro-Am was very closely contested with scores in the range 37 to 40 points until at the very end Bradley Hall's Elliot Lister and Paul Caldwell (10) came in with 45 points for the win and Dave Delaney and Steve Sandie (5) carded 43 for second. The winners had an eagle for Lister on the 3rd and 7 net birdies with no dropped shots while the runners up had 8 net birdies with Sandie carding on all his shot holes.
In the Am-Am the early leaders were Scot Minto (1) and Joe Ratcliffe (7) of Hanging Heaton on 45 points and Peter Heywood (10) and Chris L'Estrange (11) of Crosland Heath on 43. They were soon joined by Brian Thomson (11) and Anthony Kendall (20) of Crosland Heath and Longley Park with 42 points. Thomson had a Hole in One on the 17th and by coincidence the only other recorded Alliance hole in one was by Kendall at Crosland Heath's 12th in the 2016 Alliance. Meltham's Sam Summers (5) and Mick Maude (4) then came in with a 45 which was later matched by Meltham's Graham McLean (1) and Damon Hansom (4) to be immediately beaten by an astonishing 49 points from Tim Hirst (11) and Michael Illingworth (14) of Meltham and Crosland Heath. Their score included 2 net eagles and 9 net birdies with no dropped shots. With 3 tied on 45 points a card countback relegated Summers and Maude to 4th on the back nine but we had to go to the last hole before 3rd went to McLean and Hansom and 2nd to Minto and Ratcliffe.
The next Alliance is at Hanging Heaton on Tuesday 5 March.