2010 / 2011 Season Summary

EventPro-Am WinnersAm-Am Winners
MarsdenGareth Evans / Rob GeeCrownest ParkPaul Saxon / Peter DoolanMarsden
Bradley ParkTom Wild / Lee PickupBradley ParkMick O’Hara / Steve PickupBradley Park
Halifax (Ogden)Mike Allinson / Tony GerardOgdenTom Pollard / Nick BennettOgden
OutlaneRob Stansfield / Luke PilkintonCrosland HeathDave Petts / Alan HendersonOutlane
DewsburyNigel Hirst / Paul JacksonDewsburyAdam Crum / Jimmy MainDewsbury
EllandChris Hanson / Toby GarrettInd / C.H.Mark Campbell / Craig HellewellCrow Nest Park
Hebden BridgeCANCELLED
Crosland HeathRob Booth / Andy HareWest EndMick Connolly / John WadsworthCrosland Heath
Longley ParkRob Booth / Steve HopkinsonWest EndJake Smith / Andy MellorOutlane
John Ambler / Paul PhillipsLongley Park
West EndGareth Evans / David WilcockCrow Nest ParkJimmy Cain / Martin TravisCrosland Heath
John Ambler / Adam WalkerLongley Park
Bradley HallRob Booth / Andy HareBradley HallPat O.Flynn / Andy McLaughlinOutlane

Professional Order of Merit

R. BoothBradley Hall62284610105101073
G. EvansCrow Nest Park108855461056
C. HansonInd Woodsome Hall8381066647
J. AmblerLongley Park1101086843
D. ArberWest End44814310337
J. PearceyBradley Park4525158434
N.P. HirstDewsbury610452532
R. StansfieldCrosland Heath51063529
T. WildBradley Park1061219
J. CoverleyBradley Park48214
R.JoyceBradley Park61411
M. AllinsonHalifax1010
D. DelaneyHalifax88
D. RishworhWest End347
L. ShepherdInd (Stadium)516
D. AstinHebden Bridge66
A. CransonWillow Valley55
R. LambertCrosland Heath415
D. ChapmanOutlane33
S. CorpInd33
N. KrzywickiElland22
C. FosterBradley Park11
P. DavisMeltham11

Club Order of Merit

Bradley Hall3538374437394139384240430
Bradley Park3643353741344033373640412
Crosland Heath33404541324540423639393
Crow Nest Park424134423942354135351
Hebden Bridge30283935323936353240346
West End4037413730423539301
Longley Park3541413934190
Willow Valley373774
Hanging Heaton0

Season Summary

The first event of the season had a disappointing entry of only 14 pairs on a day of sunshine and light breeze. The Marsden course was in excellent condition with fairly fast and very smooth greens.

Gareth Evens, newly qualified Assistant at Crownest Park G.C., with Rob Gee won the Pro-Am section with 39 points from Chris Hanson partnered by D. Whitwam of Marsden on 38 points.

The Am-Am section was won by the Marsden pairing of Paul Saxon and Peter Doolan with 37 points from Bernard Smith and Paul Stringer of Bradley Park on 36 points, a very creditable performance on their first visit to Marsden.

Last seasons Order of Merit winner Rob Booth, Assistant at Bradley Hall, was installed as President of the Alliance for the 2010/11 season.

Bradley Park GC. The scoring was dominated by the Pro-Am section with 1st prize going to Tom Wild (scr) and Lee Pickup (12), Bradley Park, with 43 points. 2nd were Gareth Evens (scr) and Dean Wilson (4), Crow Nest Park, with 42 points.

The Am-Am section was won by Mick O’Hara (9) and Steve Pickup (14), Bradley Park / Castlefields, with 39 points on a countback from Adam Cryer (scr) and Andy Cryer , Ind (Woodsome) / Hebden Bridge.

The players enjoyed warm sunny weather in the morning, becoming cloudier in the afternoon. The course though was quite wet following the recent rains, the greens being particularly soft although reasonably paced.

Five net eagles were recorded, Lee Pickup had a gross 3 on the 385 yd 1st, Jack Pearcey a 2 on the 303 yd 7th, P. Hessletine a 3 on the 386 yd 16th and Steve Pickup a 4 on the 491 yd 18th and a 2 on the 175 yd 6th.

Although the entry was well up from the season’s first event at Marsden it was still very disappointing and clubs are asked to promote the next events.

Halifax GC. The top prizes went to home teams in both sections with past and present Halifax pros taking the top 2 places in the pro-am.

The event was played in sunny weather with the wind picking up as the day progressed. The course was in fine condition with the only wet patches being off the fairways and the greens were quite firm despite the recent heavy rains.

The pro-am was won by Mike Allinson partnered by Ogden asst head greenkeeper Tony Gerard (6) with an excellent 44 points from Dave Delaney with Rabbits Captain John Broadbent (15) with 41 points on a back 9 countback from Gareth Evens and Mark Campbell (7) of Crow Nest Park.

The am-am section was won by the Halifax assistant Tom Pollard (4) and Nick Bennett (9) with 43 points. Runners-up were Mike Dempsey (10) and Pete Newey (15), Ind Huddersfield G.C. with 42 points on a back 6 countback from Halifax Captain David Peel (6) and Chairman Les Lawson (12).

There were 3 gross eagles, Tony Gerard and Chris Hanson on the 501 yd par 5 15th and Les Lawson on the 263yd par 4 12th. Net eagles were obtained on the 353 yd par 4 11th by M. Sunderland (14) of Todmorden and R. Pearson (15) of Bradley Park.

Outlane GC.The Pro-Am section was won by Rob Stansfield and Luke Pilkinton (4) of Crosland Heath G.C. with 45 points from Alliance President Rob Booth and Frank Booth (10) of Bradley Hall with 44 points.

The Am-Am section was won by Dave Petts (12) and Alan Henderson (17) of Outlane with 43 points from another Outlane pair, Patrick O’Flynn (13) and Graham Boyle (15) on 41 points.

Luke Pilkinton had 6 gross birdies with a net eagle on the long par 4 13th. The winners only bogy came at the par 3 5th as did the runners up with Rob Booth having 7 Birdies.

Am-Am section winners started with a gross birdie for Alan Henderson on the 1st and their only bogy came on the 11th. The runners up had a gross birdie on the 11th by Patrick O’Flynn and 2 bogies, at the 6th and 16th.

Crosland Heath GC. It was a relief to find the snow had cleared and the mist lifted just before the start of what turned out to be a generally fine and still day.

Performance of the day must go to Adam Walker of Longley Park playing off 3 who shot a back nine gross score of 30 which included 6 birdies. With partner Steve Pickup of Castlefields off 15 they held the clubhouse lead with 44 points for 3 hours until the very last grouping produced a winning 45. The winning Am-Am pair was Mick Connolly (14) and John Wadsworth (8) of host club Crosland Heath with a very consistent round with no dropped shots and only one gross birdie, a 4 at the par 5 13th. Third place went to the Marsden pairing of Paul Saxon (6) and Pete Doolan (14) with 43 points. Only one gross eagle was recorded, by N. Sutton (7) of Outlane at the par 5 15th.

The pro-Am section was just as closely contested with Rob Booth and Andy Hare (3) of West End coming out on top with a score of 41 points from Jamie Coverley and Gary Ward (8) of Bradley Park on 40 points and Chris Hanson and A Appleyard (5) of Woodsome Hall / Bradley Hall on 39.

Longley Park GC. The pro-am prize was shared by the home pro John Ambler and Captain Paul Phillips (11) and Alliance President Rob Booth and Steve Hopkinson (7) of Bradley Hall with 37 points. Rob now has a 2 point lead over Gareth Evens in the Pro Order of Merit.

The am-am first prize went to Jake Smith (13) and Andy Mellor (14) of Outlane with 41 points on a back nine count-back from Barry Stacey (11) and Adam Walker (3) of Longley Park. Three pairs were on 40 points and another three on 39. Jake had a net Eagle on the 366 yd 11th and Barry had a net eagle on the 378 yd 8th. Other net eagles were scored by Pete Newey on the 7th, S. Whitham on the 14th, P. Henshaw on the 11th and N. Wilson on the 7th.

Longley Park was in very good condition so early in the year with the greens being quite fast, consistent and true. The catering was excellent with food and drink before, during and after the round.

Conditions could hardly have been better at West End, more like summer than early spring, with sunshine and negligible wind. The course was in fine condition although play was from forward tees and some tee mats. The greens were quite fast and true, very good for the end of winter.

Scoring was generally fairly steady with not too many blobs or an excess of eagles.

The pro-am section was won jointly by Gareth Evans (scr) and David Wilcock (20) of Crow Nest Park and John Ambler (scr) and Adam Walker (3) of Longley Park with 41 points. Both pairs managed an eagle, gross on the 17th for Evans, chip in from 10yds off the green, and net on the 14th for Walker.

The am-am section was won on a back 6 countback by Jimmy Cain (2) and Martin Travis (6) of Crosland Heath from Murray Powell (15) and Steve Ambler (13) of West End on 42 points. Third were Steve Robinson (12) and Richard Hanson (6) of Crosland Heath on 40 points.

Blustery strong winds greeted the players at Bradley Hall but fortunately the predicted rain held off and later starters even had some sunshine although the wind did not abate much. The green-keepers had worked hard to get the course into very good condition for early season and play was from the back white tees and mats for the par threes. The greens were just slow enough to keep balls from being blown off the green but were still quite quick.

The Pro-Am section was won by the home pairing of Rob Booth and Andy Hare (3) with a very good 42 points made up entirely of 2 and 3 point scores. Second were John Ambler and Brian Stacey (11) of Longley Park with 39 points who had all the scores from 0 to 4. John’s eagle on the 480 yd 16th with a 3 wood, 5 iron and 30ft put, he claims to be his best 3 shots in a very long time. Third were Chris Hanson paired with Andy Appleyard (3) of the home club with 38 points.

The Am-Am section was won by Patrick O’Flynn (13), Outlane, and Andy McLaughlin (8) Ind. Woodsome Hall, with 40 points. Second were Mick Dempsey (10) and Pete Newey (15), Ind. Fixby, with 38 points on a back nine countback from Garry Shuttleworth (11) and Simon Kent (20) of Bradley Hall.

Rob Booth now moves to the top of the Order of Merit with 63 points from Gareth Evans on 56 and Chris Hanson on 47.

Todmorden Golf Club presented the course in excelent condition for mid April and the contestants generally welcomed the fast greens. The weather was more like June than April with warm sunshine and a light breeze.

The am-am section was closely contested with Adam Walker (3) / Aaron Schnake (1), Longley Park / Ind Huddersfield, with 42 points on a card with 4 gross birdies and no bogies for a gross 4 under par round looked likely winners. However they were headed by Mike Dempsey (10) / Pete Newey (15), Ind. Huddersfield, with 43 points. A further 43 points card was returned by Terry Makin (10) / Michael Hartley (10), Todmorden, who lost out on a back 9 countback.

A poorly supported pro-am section was won by Darren Arber / Steve Boustead (17), West End, with 39 points.

The Ronnie Parkinson Trophy was presented to Dempsey and Newey by Todmorden Captain Vincent Korobczkc.

There is no change to the Pro Order of Merit with Rob Booth on 63 and Gareth Evans on 56.

On his first visit to Meltham G.C. Simon Garside of Willow Valley playing off 19 scored 70 and 71 to just hold off Alliance President Rob Booth, pro from Bradley Hall, on 72 and 70 and Adam Cryer of Hebden Bridge off scratch on 70 and 73 to win the Page Trophy. Early starter John Ambler of Longley Park looked to have the Professional Cup won with 72 and 73 until he was pipped by late starter Rob Booth.

The Club Team Trophy was won by Hebden Bridge.

Adam Cryer opted for the Best Gross Prize which gave the Amateur runner up prize to fellow Hebden Bridge player Des Senior. Third was Craig Regan, West End and fourth was Aaron Schnake, Ind. Huddersfield.

Consolation prize for best first round went to Alliance Assistant Sec. Trevor Williams, Bradley Park, with 70 and best second round to Pat O’Flynn, Outlane with 71.

Meltham Golf Club presented the course in excellent condition producing a stern test of golf. The greens were true and quite fast and despite the dry conditions were receptive to well struck shots. The fairways were fast and very hard resulting in severe bounces which had to be allowed for. The morning was overcast with a cold wind but the afternoon was better with some sunshine and a lighter breeze.


Page Trophy Simon Garside (19) Willow Valley 70 + 71 = 141

Colin H. Swain Trophy Rob Booth (Pro) Bradley Hall 72 + 70 = 142

Best Gross Adam Cryer (Scr) Hebden Bridge 70 + 73 = 143

2nd Pro John Ambler (Pro) Longley Park 72 + 73 = 145

2nd Amateur Des Senior (9) Hebden Bridge 73 + 73 = 146

3rd Amateur Craig Regan (10) West End 72 + 74 = 146

4th Amateur Aaron Schnake (1) Ind. Huddersfield 75 + 72 = 147

Best 1st Round Trevor Williams (13) Bradley Park 70  + 78 = 148

Best 2nd Round Patrick O’Flynn (13) Outlane 77 + 71  = 178

3rd Pro Dave Astin (Pro) Hebden Bridge 73 + 79 = 152

Emmie Smith Trophy  Hebden Bridge 448

Best Club Team          Martin Astin (4) 78 + 81 = 159

                                Adam Cryer (Scr) 70 + 73 = 143

                                Des Senior (9) 73 + 73 = 146

National Alliance Championship at Halifax G.C.

This year the National Alliance Championship has moved north from the Midlands, were it has been held for the previous 4 years, to be hosted by the Halifax Huddersfield Alliance at Halifax Golf Club.

The championship trophy is contested by teams of 5 better balls with the best 4 scores to count. There is also an individual competition for the professionals with a prize fund of £1000 and prizes for the best pairs not in the team prizes.

The competition was played from the new Blue tees at Ogden which gives added interest to the start as the carry from in front of the clubhouse to the fairway is 200 yards and in front of a much larger audience than usual.

For most of the day Halifax Huddersfield were lying in second place on countback from East Lancs with 154 points but the last two teams out claimed the honours. The championship was won by Derbyshire 2 with 160 points from Nottinghamshire 2 who were 1 point behind on 159. A 40 point average over the new layout by players who had not seen the course before was a fine performance.

The top professional honour was shared by Manchester’s Dave Smith (Swindon Park) and Nottinghamshire’s Chris Hall (Rushcliffe) on 38 points. Joint third were K. Taylor and L. Woodward, both playing for team champions Derbyshire 2, with 36 points. Best of the local professionals were Gareth Evans (Crow Nest Park), 34, Dave Delaney (Halifax), 33, and Alliance President Rob Booth (Bradley Hall), 33.

Mike Dempsey and Pete Newey of Fixby claimed the best pair prize with 43 points with other best pairs from the Halifax Huddersfield Alliance being D. Delaney / T. Gerrard (Halifax),41, G. Evans / D. May (Crow Nest Park), 40, C.McFadzean / P. Airey, 41.

Next year this event will be held at Crosland Heath Golf Club.

A summary of the results is given below.

Teams.        points

Derbyshire 2.  160

Nottinghamshire 2.  159

East Lancs.  154

Halifax Huddersfield 1.  154

Liverpool 2.  152

Halifax Huddersfield 3  152

Manchester & Dist.  151

Nottinghamshire 1.  151

Halifax Huddersfield 2. 148

Derbyshire 1. 142

Halifax Huddersfield 4. 142

Liverpool 1. 138

Leicester & Rutland 128




Manchester & Dist



Nottinghamshire 2



Derbyshire 2



Derbyshire 2



East Lancs



Manchester & Dist



Manchester & Dist



Manchester & Dist



Derbyshire 2



Halifax Huddersfield 2



Halifax Huddersfield 1



Halifax Huddersfield 2




C.Hall (Pro) / P.Higgins (4)

Nottinghamshire 2


M.Dempsey (10) / P.Newey (15)

Halifax Huddersfield 3


J.Staffford (Pro) / A.Hession (4)

Derbyshire 2


D.Delaney (Pro) / T.Gerard (5)

Halifax Huddersfield 1


D.Smith (pro) / J.O’Reiley (11)

Manchester & Dist


P.Edwards (Pro) / J.Giles (4)

Nottinghamshire 2


J.Lines (Pro) / M.Walley (9)

Derbyshire 2


K.Taylor (Pro) / I.Bailey (9)

Derbyshire 2


A.Willey (Pro) / C.Wright (8)

Nottinghamshire 1


G.Evans (Pro) / D.May (5)

Halifax Huddersfield 2


C.McFadzean (4) / P.Airey (12)

Halifax Huddersfield 4


D.Hesselden (11) / D.Peel (6)

Halifax Huddersfield 1


D.Astin (Pro) / A.Cryer (8)

Halifax Huddersfield 1


D.Arber (Pro) / C.Regan (11)

Halifax Huddersfield 1


S.Corp (Pro) / L.Lander (3)

Halifax Huddersfield 3