Hole in one boosts Steve’s hopes of winter success

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More than 30 golfers took advantage of a blue sky, light winds and warm sunshine at Hebden Bridge GC last Sunday and produced some superb play in the winter league.

First out of the hat were Gav Brumby and Martin Whiley, paired against last year’s winner Jonny Cockroft and second-placed Chris Hoyle. The first nine holes produced five gross birdies with Brumby and Whiley eventually winning 3 & 2.

Ash Hewitt and Dave Pickles beat Ray Tighe and Dave Clegg 3 & 1. Clegg injured his back due, according to Tighe, from having to ‘carry’ his partner for most of the match.

The really strong pairing of Nigel Fielden and Steve Scholes comfortably beat Gavin Degnan and new boy John Potkins 4 & 3. Scholes had a hole in one on the seventh and apparently fancies his chances of success this winter.

Stuart Spencer and Dave Copping were shown no mercy by Gary Earle and Noel Russell, their 8 & 7 defeat being the biggest of the day.

Rob Dutson and Chad Allott, joint leaders at the start of the day, met their match against Graham Boulton and Dave Copping, who had a comfortable 4 & 3 win.

Harry Wade and Michael Turner lost on the final hole to Lenny Webster and Mark Wade in the only match that went the full distance.

Young Harry was losing on the last for the second consecutive week and his father Mark thought it prudent to be somewhat apologetic in victory.

In arguably the match of the day, Martyn Astin and Lee Amos were four under gross after six holes yet still found themselves two holes down.

Such excellent golf was eventually rewarded when they fought back to win 3 & 2 against Andy Hutchinson and Matt Fisher.

Finally, Terry Clancey and Sam Scholes destroyed Keith Law and Brian Coukham 6 & 4 with Terry singing the praises of his young partner, who was in top form.