Booth maintains superb run

Meltham Alliance'Bradley Hall's Gary Shuttleworth

Meltham Alliance'Bradley Hall's Gary Shuttleworth

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Former Bradley Hall man Rob Booth brought in some expert help to notch his fifth win in eight Halifax-Huddersfield Alliance events this winter.

Booth, now playing out of Crosland Heath, teamed up with plus four handicapper and England A squad member Jamie Bower to win the pro-am section at Meltham yesterday with 41 stableford points.

They scored one point more than the Bradley Park/Crosland Heath combination of Tom Wild and Luke Pilkington (1) and Crow Nest Park pair Gareth Evans and Nick Day (6).

Bower was making his home course knowledge count and four Meltham clubmates did likewise in the am-am section on a day of mixed weather with little wind.

Tom Hunt (3) and Tom Irving (14) bagged an excellent 45 points to win by one from Chris Holes (6) and Ronnie Mellor (14).

They finished three points clear of Elland’s Ryan Greenwood (scr) and Bradey Park’s M.Smith (7) who took third from Marsden’s Josh McAspurn (5) and Meltham’s Gareth McMahon (11) on a back six count-back.

The only eagles of the day came from Woodsome Hall assistant Adam Drury, who took three stokes on each of the two par fives.

Alliance official Trevor Williams (12) of Crosland Heath had a gross eagle on the par four 15th, holing out of the rough from 95 yards, and there were a total of 11 nett eagles.

The winter course was in very good condition, benefiting from the dry late winter and early spring and the greens were excellent.

Booth, previously successful at West End, Outlane, Crosland Heath and Bradley Hall, has an unassailable lead in the Order of Merit but is not a club pro so cannot take the prize money.

Richard Lambert is next on 32 points, followed by Darren Arber on 30 and Tom Wild on 29 with three events to go.

The next Alliance is at Bradley Park on Tuesday, April 7.

Pro-am: 1, R.Booth Pro & J.Bower plus 4 (Crosland Heath/Meltham) 41; 2, T.Wild Pro & L.Pilkington 1 (Bradley Park) 40; 2, G.Evans Pro & N.Day 6 (Crow Nest Park) 40; 4, J.Ward Pro & F.Barron 5 (Dewsbury) 39; 4, N.P.Hirst Pro & J.Binns 5 (Dewsbury) 39; 6, J.Pearcey Pro & B.Kaye 6 (Ind Huddersfield/Bradley Park) 38; 6, T.Pollard Pro & J.Smith scr (Bradley Hall) 38; 6, D.Arber Pro & S.Boustead 16 (West End) 38; 9, R.Stansfield Pro & O.Shaw 5 (Bradley Park/Crosland Heath) 37; 9, D.Delaney Pro & C.McFadzean 4 (Bradley Hall) 37; 11, R.Lambert Pro & C.L’Estrange 12 (Crosland Heath) 35; 11, A.Drury Pro & S.Hooley 6 (Ind Woodsome Hall) 35; 13, S.Race Pro & N.Corcoran 13 (Meltham) 33.

Am-am: 1, T.Hunt 3 & T.Irving 14 (Meltham) 45; 2, C.Holmes 6 & R.Mellor 14 (Meltham) 44; 3, R.Greenwood scr & M.Smith 7 (Elland/Bradley Park) 42; 4, J.McAspurn 5 & G.McMahon 11 (Marsden/Meltham) 42; 5, J.Lawton 6 & S.Beeby 6 (Outlane) 41; 6, D.Taylor 14 & N.Smith 12 (Outlane) 40; 7, D.Mitcheson 13 & G.Bedford 19 (Bradley Hall) 39; 8, P.Caldwell 12 & D.Vickerman 10 (Bradley Hall) 38; 8, N.Paxman 8 & T.Baier 13 (Meltham) 38; 8, G.Ward 6 & A.Davison 9 (Bradley Park) 38; 8, M.Maude 5 & D.Hallas 10 (Meltham) 38; 8, C.Whiteley 5 & D.Hansom 4 (Meltham) 38; 13, K.Bruce 20 & D.Ellwood 20 (Marsden) 37; 13, G.Thornton 20 & B.Fee 8 (West End) 37; 13, T.Murphy 14 & J.Vickerman 9 (Crosland Heath) 37; 13, C.Selby 12 & R.Hanson 6 (Crosland Heath) 37; 13, D.Baxter 11 & P.Liall 14 (Crosland Heath) 37; 13, D.Knapton 11 & P.Reynolds 13 (Outlane) 37; 13, S.Wilson 5 & G.Byrnes 6 (Halifax) 37; 13, D.Campbell 5 & A.Hirst 13 (Meltham) 37; 21, M.Reddy 17 & K.Parker 12 (Bradley Hall) 36; 21, M.Clowery 15 & J.Thompson 19 (Longley Park) 36; 21, R.Barker 14 & T.Garrett 1 (Crosland Heath) 36; 21, L.Dyson 14 & M.Haigh 14 (Crosland Heath) 36; 21, S.Hopkinson 6 & G.Shuttleworth 9 (Bradley Hall) 36; 26, D.Hartley scr & M.Colcombe scr (Dewsbury) 35; 26, R.Johnson 16 & J.Hemmings 19 (Meltham) 35; 26, S.Whitham 12 & T.Thompson 18 (Crosland Heath) 35; 26, B.Cassidy 11 & L.Campey 20 (Outlane) 35; 26, M.Dempsey 11 & P.Newey 14 (Ind Huddersfield) 35; 26, E.Casper 10 & J.Morris 18 (Outlane) 35; 26, L.Collier 5 & J.Fleetwood 2 (Crosland Heath) 35; 26, C.Mowl 2 & C.Lander 1 (Crow Nest Park/Bradley Hall) 35; 34, H.Bailey 16 & R.Ely 20 (Dewsbury) 34; 34, N.Hirst 11 & K.Pendlebury 14 (Outlane) 34; 34, N.Sutton 7 & G.Atkin 9 (Outlane) 34; 37, M.Russell 19 & E.Pearson 19 (Crosland Heath) 33; 37, B.Workman 13 & G.Moffett 15 (Bradley Park) 33; 37, K.Walker 13 & R.T.Owen 13 (Crosland Heath) 33; 37, H.Bradley 13 & M.Bradley 14 (Elland) 33.