Schnacke’s Alliance birdie blitz

Bradley Hall's Tim Pollard at Meltham yesterday
Bradley Hall's Tim Pollard at Meltham yesterday

Aaron Schnacke put the disappointment of defeat in Sunday’s Halifax-Huddersfield Union scratch foursomes final firmly behind him at Meltham yesterday.

The Mytholmroyd player blasted around in seven under par as he and Rob Turner had the best return of the day, 43 stableford points, in the second Halifax-Huddersfield Alliance event of the season.

Turner is the head greenkeeper at West End and Schnacke also works at the Norton Tower course, but they played under the Independent Huddersfield banner.

Plus one handicapper Schnacke had eight birdies, taking full advantage of the soft greens to pepper the flag in an event switched from Outlane, where draining work is taking place.

That was in contrast to 48 hours earlier when he and Brad Tupman lost 5 & 3 to Dewsbury’s James Ward and Ben Crowther in the Union final at Saddleworth.

Schnacke and Turner were victors at Meltham by one point from home club pair Neil Paxman (8) & Tony Baier (13).

The pro-am honours were shared between the Bradley Park pairing of Jack Pearcey and Gordon Moffat (15) and last season’s prolific winners Gareth Evans and Nick Day (7) of Crow Nest Park with 40 points.

Pearcey had an eagle at the 295 yard 14th hole while Evans had four birdies.

There were four other nett eagles - from Paul Savage at the sixth, Oliver Shaw at the 13th and Steve Hopkinson and Ronan Bruce at the 15th.

Nine professionals took part in a total entry of 52 pairs - a big improvement on the first event of the season at Hanging Heaton.

The next meeting is at West End on Tuesday, October 29.

Positions - pro-am: 1, J.Pearcey Pro & G.Moffat 15 (Bradley Park) 40 pts; 1, G.Evans Pro & N.Day 7 (Crow Nest Park) 40; 3, N.Reeves Pro & C.Lander 1 (Ind. Direct Golf/Bradley Hall) 38; 3, N.P.Hirst Pro & A.Hays 13 (Dewsbury) 38; 3, S.Race Pro & D.Johnson 11 (Meltham) 38; 3, D.Delaney Pro & S.Sandie 4 (Bradley Hall) 38; 7, T.Wild Pro & B.Workman 12 (Bradley Park) 37; 7 T.Pollard Pro & C.McFadzean 5 (Bradley Hall) 37; 9, R.Lambert Pro & P.Bromley 18 (Crosland Heath) 35.

Am-am: 1, A.Schnacke +1 & R.Turner 7 (Ind. Huddersfield) 43; 2, N.Paxman 8 & T.Baier 13 (Meltham) 42; 3 G.McLean Scr & R.Whiteley 10 (Meltham) 41; 4, D.Hughes 11 & R.Broadley Scr (Ind. Huddersfield) 41; 5,I.Saxton 6 S.Hanley 17 Meltham 41; 6, J.Ward Scr & S.Ward 14 (Dewsbury) 40; 6, D.Senior 10 & S.Frewin 12 (Hebden Bridge) 40; 6 J.Fish 7 & R.Bruce 8 (Meltham) 40; 6, P.Walker 7 & S.McKenzie 9 (Outlane) 40; 10, P.Marsland 13 & N.Bawn 20 (Crosland Heath) 39; 11, A.Holmes 18 & P.Wilding 17 (Meltham) 38; 11, R.Wimpenney 14 & S.Whitham 11 (Crosland Heath) 38; 11, P.Hesselden 12 & D.Peel 7 (Bradley Hall) 38; 11, G.Ward 8 & M.O’Hara 7 (Bradley Park) 38; 11, D.Stafford 1 & F.Greaves 1 (Todmorden/West End) 38; 16, T.Stead 14 & R.Sharp 20 (Outlane) 37; 16, C.McCreadie 14 & A.Davis 8 (Crosland Heath) 37; 16, M.Appleyard 7 & S.Hopkinson 6 (Bradley Hall) 37; 19, D.Knapton 12 & N.Hirst 11 (Outlane) 36; 19, M.Dempsey 10 & P.Newey 13 (Ind. Huddersfield) 36; 19, L.Pilkington 2 & O.Shaw 7 (Crosland Heath) 36; 22, R.Badrock 15 & F.Leek 18 (Castlefields) 35; 22, H.Bailey 14 & T.Ball 16 (Dewsbury) 35; 22, G.Brazier 13 & D.Rollinson 11 (West End) 35; 22, J.Cain 12 & P.Delaney 12 (Crosland Heath) 35; 22, P.Savage 10 & B.Armitage 12 (Outlane) 35; 22, D.Whitwam 6 & I.Pullar 13 (Marsden) 35; 22, J.Lawton 5 & S.Beeby 5 (Outlane) 35; 29, E.Pearson 17 & M.Russell 19 (Crosland Heath) 34; 29, N.Morrison 13 & S.Hodgson 12 (Outlane) 34; 29 R.T.Williams 13 & P.Smith 20 (Bradley Park) 34; 29, P.Kaye 5 & G.Hunt 6 (Bradley Park) 34; 33, D.Henderson 18 & D.Phare 17 (Outlane) 33; 33, L.Slingsby 13 & D.Illingworth 18 (Crosland Heath) 33; 33, J.Smith 13 & A.Mellor 13 (Longley Park/Outlane) 33; 36, G.Gower 16 & B.Cooper 15 (West End) 32; 36, E.Casper 11 & J.Morris 17 (Outlane) 32; 36, C.Holmes 5 & J.Main 16 (Meltham/Dewsbury) 32; 39, N.Griffiths 20 & R.Stimpson 13 (West End) 31; 39, N.Corcoran 13 & P.Wharton 11 (Meltham) 31; 41, D.Makin 17 & E.Sechi 16 (Outlane) 28; 41, S.Beetlestone 13 & A.Irvine 16 (Meltham) 28; 43, K.Lyons 16 & G.Thornton 20 (West End) 27.