Whitworth benefits from rival’s absence

Working: Ben Adamson will miss his matchplay quarter-final
Working: Ben Adamson will miss his matchplay quarter-final

ANDREW Whitworth looks set to move a step nearer an 11th Halifax-Huddersfield Union matchplay title without swinging a club on Saturday.

The Bradley Hall ace, whose first success came in 1983 and his most recent in 2006, is due to play Crow Nest Park’s Ben Adamson in the third quarter final to tee off at West End.

However, Adamson has revealed he will not be able to take part, having been caught out by the event continuing on a Saturday.

“It is usually on a Sunday and I am working this Saturday,” said Adamson, who is employed by Marks & Spencer in Huddersfield.

Adamson is hugely disappointed to miss a contest against Whitworth, having put out one of the favourites in Elland’s Nick Marsh at Crosland Heath in mid-August.

However, he will be rooting for clubmate Nathan Scott, who plays experienced Huddersfield player Brad Tupman in the first match out.

Adamson said Scott was suited by matchplay and added: “I think he has got a very good chance of winning it.”

The victors in the Scott versus Tupman clash will take on the winners of the all-Fixby contest between youngsters Tom Williams and Gary Moolman in the afternoon.

Whitworth faces a semi-final against either Adam Cryer of Woodsome Hall or Tom Calvert of Willow Valley.

The final is at Bradley Park on Saturday, September 25.

MATCHPLAY quarter-finals: 10.0, N.Scott (Crow Nest Park) v B.Tupman (Huddersfield); 10.10, T.Williams (Huddersfield) v G.Moolman (Huddersfield); 10.20, B.Adamson (Crow Nest park) v A.Whitworth (Bradley Hall); 10.30, A.Cryer (Woodsome Hall) v T.Calvert (Willow Valley).

Semi-finals at 2.20 and 2.30.

THE Halifax-Huddersfield Union’s scratch, handicap and junior foursomes finals take place over 36 holes at Outlane on Sunday.

West End are involved in the scratch and junior events, playing Huddersfield in the former which tees off at 10.0 and Halifax in the junior event at 10.15.

Woodsome Hall face Willow Valley in the handicap event, teeing off for the first round at 10.30.

More local golf in Wednesday’s Courier