Painful defeat for title hopefuls

Golf - Halifax / Huddersfield v Sheffield at Halifax GC, Ogden. Jarrad Hazelden from Outlane GC.
Golf - Halifax / Huddersfield v Sheffield at Halifax GC, Ogden. Jarrad Hazelden from Outlane GC.
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Halifax-Huddersfield’s hopes of winning the Yorkshire Inter-District Union title received a potentially shattering blow yesterday.

Dave Pullen’s side were crushed 30-6 by powerful Sheffield in the battle of the top two at Halifax Golf Club.

Halifax-Huddersfield had gone into the contest with four wins out of four this season while Sheffield, a Union with many more clubs to draw players from, had lost just once.

The writing was on the wall after the morning foursomes, in which the hosts won only the bottom match out of six through Dewsbury’s Dan Hartley and Crow Nest Park’s Ben Adamson.

Home club player Jamie Smith was the only Halifax-Huddersfield winner in 12 afternoon singles matches.

He was a 4 & 3 victor while Outlane’s Jarrad Hazelden and Halifax’s Mark Birkett halved their matches.

One-handicapper Sam Bridges won Saturday’s 36-hole Lord Mexborough Cup, the climax to Bradley Hall’s Open Week.

Bridges had a nett 139 to win by two shots from Paul Taylor.

Scores: 1, Sam Bridges 139; 2, Paul Taylor 141; 3, Andy Fitzpatrick 142; 4, Andy Shaw 142; 5, A Hare 143; 6, A.T.Guest 143; 7, M.E.Lord 144; 8, A.Park 144; 9, M.Holroyde 144; 10, M.Shea 144.