The dark holds no terrors for Davies

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Phil Davies has a special claim to fame at West End GC - he is the newly-crowned champion at playing in the dark.

Davies won with seven stableford points when 25 members and guests played four holes after lights out last Saturday.

West End head pro Darren Arber and the Rabbits section ran the competition using LED lights to illuminate the fairways, hazards, greens and flags. They also used special golf balls, which light up when you hit them.

Arber said “All the lights on the course created a fantastic spectacle. It was a bizarre experience, but it was great fun.”

Rabbit Captain Mike Holroyde came second.

Wayne Massey has atoned for last year’s near miss by winning West End’s individual Winter League competition.

Seven people were still in with a chance last Saturday morning but Massey, who led going into the final day for the second year running , made no mistake this time.

His score of 18 gave him victory by three points from his usual playing partner Craig Hunneybell (21 pts), Dr Roger Lucas (22), Mike Holyroyde (30), Melvin Russell (31) and Paul Russell (32) .

The play-off for the afternoon pairs also took place with Sam Shibil and partner Kevin Crowley sharing the lead with Russell Tiffany and Simon Jones.

However, victory went to Richard Turner and Howard Granton with 40 points from Steve Priestley and David Greenwood on 36 points.

Both of West End’s teams have progressed in the Mail on Sunday competition.

Early morning snow meant the ladies had to relinquish home advantage and goto Crosland Heath but they still won 5-3. The men were also at home, against Clayton, and were fortunate to be teeing off later in the day. They avenged last year’s defeat, winning 4-1.

Over the winter months West End’s ladies have played a winter foursomes competition.

The winners of the knock out event were Rachel Gledhill and Michaela McMahon with Bryony Brazier and Angela Stevens the runners-up.

West End are holding their Rabbits Open on Sunday, April 28. The event is a stableford four ball better ball competition. All golfers with a handicap of 12 can play.

Entries can be made through the West End web site or by contacting the administration manager. Entry is £25 per team of two which includes a bacon sandwich and a drink. One must be a rabbit with a handicap of 15.5 or more.

There will be prizes for the first five pairs, six hole in one prizes including £3000 cash, golf clubs and golf breaks, plus nearest the pin prizes and longest drive.

The funeral of John Hanson, Halifax-Huddersfield Union president in 2001, will take place at Huddersfield Credmatorium, Fixby next Monday (10.00am).

Bradley Hall is holding a junior open evening at the club next Thursday (5.30).

Youngsters will get a chance to meet the club’s new professional Dave Delaney and his assistant Tim Pollard, who will be on hand to give free advice at the new practice ground and around the putting green.

Peter Olson, who will become club captain at the previous night’s AGM, will also be present with the new lady captain Helen Hemstridge.

The next Huddersfield/Halifax Ladies Winter League meeting is at Crosland Heath on Wednesday, March 27.

Start times: 9.00, H Taylor & G Travis (Crosland Heath), J Quarmby & P Lunn (Marsden); 9.07, J Burton & G. Fielding (Crosland Heath), C. Marshall & R Lumb (Meltham); 9.15, L. Land & N. Lightowlers (Crosland Heath), S. Couch & C. Baxter (Meltham); 9.22, D. Sutcliffe & B Lockwood (Crosland Heath), S. Wickens & N. Tittterington (Lightcliffe); 9.30, M. Duffield & R. Andrews (Crosland Heath), H. Jacques & J.Killian (Lightcliffe); 9.37, V. McAllister & W. Linley (Crosland Heath), A. Tracey & V. Young (Huddersfield); 9.45, A. Robinson & J. Speight (Crosland Heath), S. Aspinall & M. Turner (Longley Park); 9.52, W. Walker & J. Vickerman (Crosland Heath), M. Shaw & S. Guest (Meltham).

10.00, J. Armitage & S. Kaye (Crosland Heath), M. Bottomore & B. Ansell (Meltham); 10.07, M.Haigh & V. Goggs (Crosland Heath), J. White & R.James (Meltham); 10.15, D. Sykes & R. Bottomley (Crosland Heath), V. Holden & L. Turner (Lightcliffe); 10.22, G. Clutterbuck & J. Thomson (Halifax Ogden), S. Hodgkinson & C. Fisher (Bradley Hall); 10.30, S. Featherstone & J. Crowther (Lightcliffe), E. Hartley & J. Teale (Bradley Hall); 10.37, B. Bates & C. Crowther (Outlane), E. Abbott & S. Howker (Hx Bradley Hall); 10.45, S. Shaw & L. Armitage (Woodsome Hall), M. Atkinson & G. Wrigley (Longley Park); 10.52, S. McFadzean & J. Crane(Bradley Hall), G. Goodlass & I. Battye (Outlane).

11.07, C. Arden & P.A. Middleton (Bradley Hall), P. Coukham & B. Leeming (Hebden Bridge); 11.15, C.Gaunt & K. Widdop (Elland), S. Eastwood & P. Hoyes (Outlane); 11.22, A. Hesselden & L. Easton (Outlane), N. Willingham & M. Workman (Bradley Park); 11.30, M. Smith & F. Shaw (Woodsome Hall), H. Dukes & L.Castle (Meltham); 11.37, J. Jones & J. Stangroom (Meltham), P. Brewster & J. Dyson (Woodsome Hall); 11.45, P. Smith & P. Hazelden (Meltham), J. Walker & E. Whiteley (Queensbury); 11.52, J. Wailes & S. Gorembenski (Hanging Heaton), D. Lindley & J. Dalton (Meltham); 12 noon, J. Tingle & D. Tingle (Hanging Heaton), B. Horrocks & C. Hampson (Crow Nest Park); 12.07, S. Ralph & P. Wallace (Queensbury), V. Whitehill & J. Langfield (Crow Nest Park).

Tuesday’s Halifax-Huddersfield Alliance meeting at Willow Valley was cancelled.