Three bid for the title at climax of winter league

Ash Hewitt  is in front heading into the last Sunday of the winter league
Ash Hewitt is in front heading into the last Sunday of the winter league
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There will be a three-way battle for honours when the Hebden Bridge GC’s winter league concludes on Sunday.

Ash Hewitt, Steve Scholes and Gav Brumby are in contention for the Sheamus Russell Trophy.

Fair weather and very little wind prompted another excellent turn out last Sunday.

The draw pitched Sam Scholes against Noël Russell in the two-ball. The son of the late Sheamus hit back from three down with five holes to play to halve the match.

Andy Hutchinson and Lee Amos had an excellent 3 & 1 win against low handicapper Martyn Astin and Paul Elliott.

Steve Scholes and Matt Fisher had a comfortable 3 & 2 win over Terry Clancy and Gav Degnan, with the modest Scholesy remarking that he had played like Rory Mclroy.

Steve also won the birdie hole on the par four ninth by ‘flunking’ his second shot to within an inch of the hole.

The draw was not kind to leader Brumby. He and Mark Wade were drawn against the in-form Jonny Cockroft, last year’s winner, and Keith Law.

‘The Lawman’ took a heavy tumble in the gorse during the match but staggered around the course covered in blood like someone from a ‘Rocky’ movie to win on the last hole, ably assisted by Cockroft.

Brumby was knocked off the top perch by Hewitt, who partnered Des Senior to a 3 & 1 win against Charles Bamford and Colin Greenwood.

Harry Wade and Michael Turner halved their match against Rod Dutson and Matt Richards. Both need wins next week to have any chance of making the top 16 play offs in two weeks’ time.

Hewitt leads by two points from Scholes, who is one point in front of Brumby. With five points for a win it is all to play for in the match play format.

Mount Skip ladies played their last Winter League competition on Sunday.

Like the men, the ladies have shown remarkable resilience to play their nine holes in all weathers and the contest went down to the last game.

Linda Powell edged out Jan Cox, who is finding form for the start of the season, by the narrowest of margins.

The ladies’ 18-hole summer competitions start on Sunday.

A programme of junior coaching will run on Sunday mornings from May to October.

Limited places are still available and details are available from the club or by phoning 07761260367.