The Halifax-Huddersfield Alliance is in rude health, if yesterday’s record field at Crosland Heath is anything to go by, and it took a special score to win.
Stadium Golf’s Lee Shepherd teamed up with Bradley Hall one-handicaper Chris Lander to notch 46 stableford points and take the honours in the first event of 2014.
That was at least two points better than the 75 other pairs in what Alliance secretary Barry Isles said was a best-ever turnout.
The hill top course was in excellent condition considering the recent deluge and Shepherd and Lander, who set out in mid-morning, took full advantage.
They were chased home in the pro-am section by two pairs on 43 points.
Last year’s pro order of merit winner Gareth Evans made up ground on this winter’s leader Nigel Hirst when he partnered Barry Seymour (17).
The Crow Nest duo shared second place with Woodsome Hall’s Chris Hanson, who had shot 66 to win an 1836 Tour pro-am event at Fulford on Monday, and another Bradley Hall player, 10-handicap Gary Shuttleworth.
Scoring in the am-am section was also very good, headed by Meltham’s Chris Holmes (5) and Roy Johnson (16) with 44 points.
Six pairs finished on 42 and Outlane 14-handicappers Brent Ashton and Darren Godino took second on countback.
There was further success for Bradley Hall, who stage the next event on Tuesday, March 4, with third and fourth places.
Current Alliance president Mick Appleyard (7) and Steve Hopkinson (6) were third and Steve Wilkinson (13) and Keith Ellis (14) fourth.