Last Sunday’s forecast for storm force winds at Hebden Bridge Golf Club proved inaccurate.
The 22 golfers who rolled out of bed early for their ‘fix’ of winter league golf only had to cope with gale force winds, with sleet and intermittent hail - almost mild by Mount Skip standards!
In the two-ball match, Mathew Richards played really well and thoroughly deserved a 4 & 2 win over ‘old stager’ Chris Hoyle, who by his own admission is struggling this season.
The ever popular and somewhat modest Steve Scholes kept up his winning form. He and partner Terry Clancey had an easy 5 & 4 win over Dave Pickles and Lee Amos, who both had a rare off day.
Clancey insisted afterwards that it was he who did all the damage but Scholesy had different views!
Ash Hewitt kept up his challenge for honours, partnering Andy Hutchinson to a 3 & 1 win over Matthew Fisher and Mick Robertson.
Gavin Degnan lost ground on the leaders when he and Mark Wade went down to Jonny Cockroft and Colin Greenwood by one hole. ‘Degsy’ sportingly commented that it had been a most enjoyable match.
Keith Law, playing alongside leader Gav Brumby, had a 1 up win against Noel Russell and Harry Wade.
The highlight of the day was on the ninth tee, some 1,000 feet above sea level, when Brumby decided to play a trick shot.
He hooked his drive high into the air and a strong head wind ballooned the back over his head and was last seen heading along Heights road towards Midgley.
Charles Bamford rolled in a birdie putt to secure the half for him and partner Sam Scholes against Michael Turner and Darren ‘Cowboy’ Clithero.
Twelve past and present members of Hebden Bridge Golf Club enjoyed warm, sunny weather on their annual golf trip to Spain last week.
They played all three courses at the La Cala Resort in Mijas.
The individual event was won by local coalman Andy Greenwood (back row, far right) on the Asia Course.
On other days there were team events and on the last day a Heavyweights line-up of Rick Pickles, Geoff ‘Robo’ Holmes, Gary Earle and Alan Platten came out on top at the Europa Course.