Roundhay are the first winners in new trophy event at West End

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IT has taken 89 years, but West End’s status as the birthplace of the West Yorkshire Alliance is finally starting to be recognised on an annual basis.

The club has presented the Founders Trophy, which will be played for at the end of each winter season, to mark the organisation’s setting up at the Paddock Lane club on January 5, 1923.

Twelve teams of four competed for the trophy on Monday and a line-up from Roundhay, headed by professional Phil Darlison, took first place.

They had a score of 126 with the best two scores from four to count on each hole. With the course a par 69, their total was 12 under.

Temple Newsam and Bingley St Ives filled the places with a Willow Valley team headed by Julian Howarth edged out of third place on countback.

Other local teams taking part came from Crow Nest Park and Bradley Park and they had Gareth Evans and Tom Wild as their respective professionals.

Darren Arber, who headed one West End team with David Rishworth, his predecessor as club professional, leading the other, said the event had gone very well.

“The weather was great, there was some good golf and Roundhay were worthy winners,” he said.