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Bradley Park, Tuesday 18 September 2018
Very fine golf in testing conditions by retiring Alliance President Nick Hirst partnered by Brian Cassidy produced a winning 42 stableford points at the excellent Bradley Park golf course. The Pro-am was won by Bradley Park's Richard Law partnered by Dewsbury's Fergus Barron with 39 points.
First out in the mornings wind and rain were Richard Law and Fergus Barron (3) and James Ward and Martin Eagle (7) of Dewsbury District who despite having the worst of the weather returned the two best, and only sub-par, Pro-Am scores. Law and Barron dropped a couple of points on the front nine but in the drier late morning produced 4 birdies and no dropped shots for a total score of 39 points. Ward and Eagle had a more balanced card with 2 birdies in each half but more dropped shots on the back nine for a total of 37. Joe Lester and Martin Shaw (5) of Bradley Park, going out last, just missed out on the prizes due to failing to score on the last hole.
Both Am-Am prize winners started in the rain and were both 5 under par at the turn but the earlier starters, youngsters Ben Kay (4) and Harry Dews (16) of Bradley Park, dropped a shot on the back nine for a total of 40 points while starting an hour later Nick Hirst (10) and Brian Cassidy (12) of Outlane picked up a shot to take first place with an excellent 42 points. Just out of the prizes were John Vickerman (14) and Alan Hays (13) of Dewsbury with 39, Pete Newey (19) and Mike Dempsey (12) of Fixby and Chris L'Estrange (11) and Brian Thomson (11) of Crosland Heath on 38 points.
In a relatively low scoring competition with a median score of 2 over par there was just one net eagle scored by Mathew Russell (20) of Crosland Heath at the par 4 8th hole. The course was in really good condition with fast true greens but played from the back tees to some very tricky pins. The strong gusty wind made play quite difficult, particularly down-wind and keeping line clear of leaves on the green was virtually impossible. The light, squally, rain of the early morning cleared after a couple of hours but the wind remained strong and blustery.
The next Alliance is on Tuesday 2 October at Meltham Golf Club and a week later we are sending 2 teams to the “National Alliance” to be held at Chesterfield Golf Club.
Martin Shaw and Joe Lester on the 4th tee.