Bridge out of comfort zone at Nest

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After a blistering start to the season, Hebden Bridge GC’s scratch team was brought down to earth with an 8-2 defeat away to strugglers Crow Nest Park.

The Hipperholme course is tree-lined parkland with sloping greens and numerous blind tee shots. With the local lads used to the breezy open moorland of Mount Skip the away fixture posed a challenge that proved beyond them.

First off the tee was Hebden Bridge’s club Captain Jonathan Sutcliffe, who played at a brisk pace but was unable to cope with the skills of Luke Higgins, who ran away with the match 5 & 4.

Iain Powell struggled from the tee, missing several fairways and having to play plenty of recovery shots from under the huge birch and oak trees that lined the fairways.

Powell’s short game was razor sharp though and after repeatedly getting up and down from the most unlikely of situations he defeated Chris Mowl, Crow Nest’s number one, by 3 & 2.

George Bamford was up against Dean Wilson and never got into his stride. Missed fairways and a succession of bogeys did for George as he succumbed 6 & 5.

Henry Butterwoth lost to Jacob Campbell by the same score and both Hebden Bridge’s young guns know how fickle a game golf can be.

In the last match of the night, Jonny Cockroft lost his season-long unbeaten record against Steve May by 7 & 5.

The result leaves Hebden in second place, two points behind Halifax Ogden who visit the Great Mount course in next week’s fixture.