Butterworth the star as Bridge go two from two

Hitting some balls: juniors at a Hebden Bridge Golf Club coaching session
Hitting some balls: juniors at a Hebden Bridge Golf Club coaching session

Hebden Bridge GC’s scratch team continued their winning start to the season with a 6-4 victory against Crosland Heath GC.

The visitors were playing in Division One last year so this represented a step up in class for the home team.

Conditions were breezy and at times bordering on unplayable.

In the top match Iain Powell managed to control his ball better than his opponent Luke Edmonds.

Powell’s relentless par golf proved too much for the Heath youngster and the handshake took place on the 14th green after a 5 & 4 win.

George Bamford’s natural ball flight is quite low and penetrating and so he was expected to do well in the wind.

His opponent Joe Graham had other ideas and began the match by playing some solid golf of his own.

After tangling with the gorse again on number nine, George reached the turn two down and was then hit with birdies on holes 10, 12 and 13. The match was lost 6 & 5.

Henry Butterworth’s good run continued and he played the best golf of the night. Opponent Liam Collier was out of sorts and Butterworth showed him no mercy, running away with the match 6 & 5.

In contest number four home club Captain Jonathan Sutcliffe was drafted in to replace Mark Powell.

Sutty’s smooth swing took a buffeting in the wind and his young, lithe opponent Harry Boothroyd coped with the conditions much better and won 4 & 3.

It’s not often that Jonny Cockroft is dwarfed by his opponent but Heath’s Sam Burns proved he wasn’t just big in stature by out-hitting Skip’s own big man from the tee.

There’s much more than brute force to Cockroft’s game these days and after a mid-round wobble he sent solid, long putts to set up pars on holes 14 through 17.

That meant that the final game went to Hebden 2 & 1 and two good wins should put Skip near the top of Division Two.

However, the real acid test will come with their first away game at Outlane.