The first winter alliance of the season saw a clean sweep of the prizes by the home club at Bradley Park. Played in early autumn, instead of early spring as in previous years, the course was in excellent condition despite recent rain and was played in overcast conditions.

The pro-am was contested by only three pairs with Bradley Park's Tom Wild and Gary Ward (8) on 42 points just edging out Tom's assistant Josh Lester and Ben Kaye (5) by a point.

The am-am was even tighter with three pairs on 42 points, Michael Hanson (10) partnered by new Bradley Park greenkeeper Joel Marsh (9) winning on a back nine count-back, thanks to two net eagles in the last three holes, from Graham Hunt (8) and Barry Workman (15) with Dewsbury's Jonathan Binns (5) and Fergus Barron (3) just missing out in third place.

Meltham Golf Club on Tuesday 4 October 2016

A rather poor entry of 23 pairs enjoyed playing Meltham Golf Course in really good condition with excellent fast and receptive greens although the blustery easterly wind made scoring difficult. There was a good entry by the professionals.

The clear winner in the pro-am was Bradley Hall's Dave Delaney partnered by Steve Sandie (5) with a score of 43 points including a run of four net birdies from the 13th hole. Delaney eagled the 18th when his second shot pitched past the pin and rolled back into the hole.There was a tie for second place on 40 points by Meltham pro Simon Race and Captain Andrew McGrath (13) who finished their round with a net eagle at the 18th. Also on 40 points were Crosland Heath's Rob Booth and Geoff Newton (8) with a birdy on the last hole to Booth.

The home club dominated the am-am with first place going to Mick Maude (3) and Richard Clark (16) on 42 points with a gross eagle and three gross birdies netting 14 points on four holes for Maude. In second place on a back nine count-back were David Law (6) and Maurice Ridgeway (12) from Stephen Beetlestone (15) and Jim Little (17) on 40 points.

Next Tuesday we are taking three teams to the “National” Alliance at Marriott Worsley Park which is being run by the Manchester Alliance.

We are hoping for a much better entry for the next Alliance at Dewsbury District Golf Club on Tuesday 18 October.

Tuesday 18 October 2016 at Dewsbury District Golf Club.

The winning scores in both sections were outstanding in the conditions. The pro-am was won by Dewsbury professional Nigel Hirst and Captain Mark Barron (8) with 45 points and the am-am by Crosland Heath's Ed Pearson (17) and Mathew Russell (20) with 43 points.

The course was in very good condition despite heavy overnight rain. The weather started sunny with showers and turned to rain with very strong gusty winds in the early afternoon later breaking up into showers.

Early clubhouse leaders Rob Booth (pro) and Tom Thompson (17) of Crosland Heath on 41 points and Ben Kaye (5) and Luke Pilkington (1) of Bradley Park and Crosland Heath on 42 points were both relegated to second place by late starters Nigel Hirst (pro) and Mark Barron (8) of the home club with a magnificent 45 points and Ed Pearson (17) and  Mathew Russell (20) of Crosland Heath with a fine 43 points. Outlane's Eddie Casper (11) and Brian Cassidy (13) were third on a back nine count-back.

Mathew Russell dedicated their win to Crosland Heath’s Captain, Les Dyson, who is undergoing treatment for a serious illness. The thoughts of all at the Alliance are with Les and his family.

The scoring today at West End was very close with half the field being within 3 points, a very rare occurance. Played off the white tees to very soft fairways and greens the course played long on a cool if generally sunny day with only light winds.

The pro-am was won by James Ward and Jonathan Binns (5) of Dewsbury with 42 points , despited a double bogey on the long par 3 fifteenth. In second place one point behind were Alliance President Simon Race and Tom Hunt (1) of Meltham.

The am-am was decided on a back nine count-back in favour of Brian Cassidy (13) and Len Campey (19) of Outlane from Steve Hopkinson (6) and Andy Whitworth (1) of Bradley Hall on 42 points. In third place on a count-back from four others on 41 points were Richard Wilson (16) and Kevin Puckering (13) of Outlane.

The next Alliance is at Halifax Golf Club on Tuesday 15 November.

Home club win in unusual playing conditions.

After an hours delay play started at the Ogden course on waterlogged fairways, players having to tee up as relief from casual water was impossible. The greens, although wet and very soft were very good and with a couple of unusual tee positions scoring was very good. Once play was under way the day was fine with pleny of sunshine and a light, although cool, breeze. Halifax Golf Club and their green keepers were commended for enabling the competition to take place.

The am-am was won by the home club's Jamie Smith (plus 1) and Steve Smith (4) with 43 points, closely followed by Crow Nest Parks,s Mark Campbell (8) and Richard Langley-Webb (10) on 42 with Dave Knapton (13) and Eddie Casper (10), Outlane, and Graham McMahon (5) and Jamie Bower (plus 4),Meltham on 41. It was notable that the lower handicap players generally coped best with the conditions.

The pro-am scoring was not so good with Tim Pollard and Mick Appleyard (4) of Bradley Hall winning with 37 points from Tom Wild and Gary Ward (8) of Bradley Park on 36.

The last Alliance of the year is on Tuesday 29 November at Hebden Bridge Golf Club where the Chrismas dinner will be served.

A very closely contested event at Hanging Heaton Golf Club was won by Eddie Casper (11) and John Morris (20) of Outlane Golf Club with 43 points on count-back from Nick Muffitt (15) and Chris Atkinson (13) of Crow Nest Park. Just missing out on the prizes were Murray Powell (15) and Rick Stimpson (11) of West End on 42 points.

Heavy overnight rain left the course very wet and play was from mats on the fairways. The greens were very good and firm enough to stop the ball pugging. There was no wind and it was sunny most of the day and not cold until late in the afternoon.

There were eight gross or net eagles on the day, four on the first/tenth hole, and a fine gross eagle on the fourteenth by Eddie Casper.

With most of the professionals away at the TGI conference at the Belfry there were only two in the pro-am, won by the home club's Garreth Moore and Jacob Scargill (5) with 39 points from Dewsbury District's James Ward and Danny Hartley (1) on 38.

Another win for Outlane

In a very closely contested Am-Am John Lawton (4) and Brent Ashton (13) secured Outlanes third win of the season on a back-six count-back from Crosland Heath's Ray Owen (15) and Paul Crosse (11) with 46 points and in third place were Rob Speight (4) and Fred Speight (10) of Dewsbury District on 45 points. Clear winners in the Pro-Am were Rob Booth and Paul Gledhill (9) of Crosland Heath on 45 points from James Ward and Fergus Barron (3) of Dewsbury with 41 points.

The early starters had the best of the weather as the wind picked up through the afternoon accompanied by heavy drizzel later in the afternoon. Early clubhouse leaders were the home clubs Chris L'Estrange (12) and Brian Milne (12) and Marsdens Graham Simpson (18) and D Shufflebotham (13) on 44 points, soon displaced by eventual winners Lawton and Ashton on 46. Third placed Speight and Speight finished in the dry on 45 points but eventual second placed Owen and Crosse had to contend with the stonger wind and drizzel for the last few holes for a fine 46 points.

The course was in good condition, although very wet in some places off the fairways, and the greens were quite true although a little slow. Played off the forward winter tees and using mats on the fairways the par for the course was about 40 points. There were many net birdies and almost 30 net eagles.

Outlane have now won three of this season's Alliances with different players in each case and they will be looking to make it four when the host the next Alliance in two weeks time.

In a very high scoring competition the pro-am was won by Rob Booth and Tom Murphy of Crosland Heath on 48 points and the am-am by Outlane's John Morris and Carl Livesey on 46 points.

Postponed for a week the course had dried out considerable although the fine weather of last Tuesday was replaced by a wet drizzle this morning. The afternoon, however, was sunny although with a stronger wind. The greens , particularly the first few, were a little unpredictable and all were quite slow but this did not restrict the scoring. Overall the course had recovered very well from the very wet start to the month and was appreciated by the players.

Rob Booth and Tom Murphy (14) put together a very tidy card with 12 birdies and no dropped shots to take the pro-am prize ahead of James Ward and Fred Speight (10) of Dewsbury District, Fred getting one of the rare net eagles on a card again with no dropped shot for 45 points.

The am-am was tightly contested, John Morris (20) and Carl Livesey (17) with only one bogie finishing a point better than Dewsbuy District's Jonathan Binns (5) and Fergus Barron (3) who's 45 points also included one bogie. Just missing out on the prizes were John Crosland (10) and Richard Johnstone (14) of Meltham who's 44 points included a net eagle by Richard. Andy Whitworth (1) and Steve Hopkinson (6) of Bradley Hall on 43 points had the misfortune to lose both balls on the 6th hole with Steve getting a point with his second ball.

The next alliance is next Tuesday , 21 March, at Halifax Bradley Hall Golf Club.

Both the Professional Order of Merit and the Club Championship were wrapped up at Bradley Hall when the weather postponed event was played in ideal scoring conditions with sunshine all day, on a dry course with forward tees.

The pro-am was won by James Ward & Jonathan Binns (4) of Dewsbury District and Gareth Moore & Roger Tolson (11) of Hanging Heaton on 41 points. Both pairs dropped a point on the 4th hole but Moore followed up with an Eagle on the par 4 5th holing out with a well stuck 7 iron. However the Hanging Heaton pairs front nine lead was lost with a level par back nine. In the absence of Rob Booth and Simon Race James Ward has an in-asailable lead in the Professional Order of Merit with one round to go.

The am-am was won by the home club's Graham Lawlar (14) & Paul Wright (19) with a fine 47 points, 11 under par. In second place were Meltham's John Wazniak (11) & John Dyson (15) with 45 points. Both pairs had net eagles on the third hole and also net eagles on the back nine. The Bradley Hall pair held a 2 point lead after the front nine and held that to the end. There were three pairs on 44 points and the median score was 41, 5 under par and there were 22 net eagles recorded.

The Club Championship has been regained by Crosland Heath, 9 points clear of Dewsbury District with Meltham a further 7 points back.

The last Alliance of the season is an individual medal next Tuesday, 25 April, at Dewsbury District for the Page Trophy and the Roger Heap Cup.

Ronnie Parkinson Trophy at Ryburn Golf Club on Tuesday 4 April 2017

Rob Booth and partner Paul Crosse of Crosland Heath took the Ronnie Parkinson Trophy on countback from Andy Mellor and Jake Smith of Outlane / Longley Park with a fine 46 points.

The Ronnie Parkinson Trophy competition returned to its origin at Ryburn Golf Club in its 15th year. Although there was only a small field of 20 pairs the standard was very high reflected by the 10 under par winning scores. Played in the dry for once, and even in sunshine in the afternoon, although with a cold north-westerly wind throughout, play was from the back tees and mats were not used. The course was very well presented but the ball had to be stuck firmly on the still slow greens.

The pro-am was won convincingly by Crosland Heath's Rob Booth and Paul Crosse (11) with 46 points. Rob recorded 3 birdies and Paul also had 3 net birdies plus 2 net eagles and they had no dropped shots. Joint second were both from Dewsbury District, Nigel Hirst and Fergus Barron (3) and James Ward and Jonathan Binns (4) on 42 points.

The am-am was also won convincingly by Outlane's Andy Mellor (13) and Longley Park's Jake Smith (14) with 46 points. A very tidy card with the only shot dropped being at the last hole, Andy recording 6 net birdies and Jake 5. Three Ryburn pairs recorded 42 points each, the second place going to Neal Hessleden (11) and David Crowther (12) on a back nine count-back.

With only 2 more events to go the Professional Order of Merit has James Ward holding on with a just a one point lead over Rob Booth. The Club Championship looks settled with only the Badley Hall event to come. Crosland Heath have 383 points, Dewsbury 375 and Meltham 365.

The next Alliance is the postponed Bradley Hall event on 18 April with the Page Trophy a week later at Dewsbury.

Fergus Barron playing off a handicap of 3 from Dewsbury District Golf Club took the Page Trophy on his home course with the best rounds in both the morning and afternoon sessions to record a one under par total of 141 net. The Colin Swain Trophy for best professional was taken by Dewsbury's James Ward on 143 and the Emmie Smith team trophy went to the Dewsbury team of Jonathan Binns, Chris Gaunt and Ashley Johnson with a total of 441, 15 over par.

Barron had three birdies in his first round tatal of 72 and also three in the second round of 69. Ward also had three birdies in each round to record 73 and 70. The prize for best amateur gross score went to Chris Gaunt (1) with 73 and 71 for 145 and the best net prize went to Danny Hartley (1) with 73 and 71 for 144 net. The prize for best morning round went to Tom Murphy (15) of Crosland Heath with 74 and the afternoon to Ashley Johnson (3) with 71. All but one of the prizes were taken by Dewsbury.

The course was in excellent condition for so early in the year and the greens was as fast as in summer. The weather was very mixed, the morning fine but very cold, occasionally sunny but with a blustery northerly wind. In the afternoon we also had some heavy hail showers but the evening was quite pleasant.

The Roger Heap cup played over 18 holes was won by Len Campey (19) of Outlane Golf Club with a very good 73, including gross birdies on the two front nine par threes, from Ian Ainley (17), also of Outlane, on 76.

The entry for the season finale was very dissapointing and many missed out on a fine days golf.

The professional Order of Merit was awarded to Dewsbury's James Ward who's 73 points was well clear of Meltham's Simon Race on 53 and Rob Booth, Crosland Heath, on 52 . The Club Championship was regained by Crosland Heath with 426 points from Dewsbury, 417 and Meltham, 410.