Colcombe beats Whitworth in final

Andrew Whitworth (left) and Matthew Colcombe at West End on Sunday
Andrew Whitworth (left) and Matthew Colcombe at West End on Sunday

Matthew Colcombe foiled Andrew Whitworth’s attempt to win the Halifax-Huddersfield Union match play title for an astonishing 12th time yesterday.

Woodsome Hall’s Colcombe came out on top 5 and 4 in the 36 hole final at West End, leaving a disappointed Whitworth to feel that time was running out on his efforts to claim another success.

The 52-year-old Whitworth, who has earned himself legendary status in local golfing circles with his record in this event, had shown he can still be a match for the area’s best over 18 holes in his charge to the final of the BM Howarth-sponsored event.

However, the Bradley Hall player admits that holding it together over two rounds on the same day is getting to be more difficult.

He had managed it the previous weekend at Willow Valley, beating Richard Broadley in the quarter-finals and then taking advantage of errors from Tom Calvert to come through in the afternoon.

However, he couldn’t manage a repeat against Colcombe, who was following up his success in 2010.

Colcombe led by one hole at lunch but Whitworth had nosed in front by the time they had played 23.

“I was looking OK but I played a lot of tired shots after that,” said Whitworth, who was full of praise for his much younger rival.

Whitworth said: “Matthew is a super player and it is very heartening to see that we have some good young lads coming through in the area.”

Whitworth admitted to feeling “a bit down” at the manner of Sunday’s defeat in what was his 17th matchplay final but said he would probably keep trying to add to his title tally as long as he was good enough to qualify from the strokeplay competition.

The junior match play final, also at West End on Sunday, was an all-Fixby affair in which Josh Morton beat Jake Hamilton 6 and 5.

The trophies were presented by Union President Philip Thompson, who is a West End member.