Mear’s men march on with Ogden win

THE Halifax-Huddersfield Union’s senior side completed a superb hat-trick of wins when they blitzed Teesside 25-11 at Halifax Golf Club on Sunday.

Chris Mear’s men followed up their successes against Leeds at West End and York at Easingwold to lie joint third in the Yorkshire Inter-District League table with just a match against champions Sheffield at Dore and Totley GC on Sunday, September 4 to come.

The visitors included several of the youngsters who had helped them beat their Halifax-Huddersfield counterparts the day before to clinch the junior title but they bit off more than they could chew over the blue course at Ogden.

The hosts took an iron grip on the contest in the morning foursomes, building a 9-3 advantage.

Matthew Colcombe and home club debutant Clive Crawshaw provided the first points and there were further wins for West End’s Steve Martin and Chris Ingham, home club pair Mark Birkett and debutant Chris Lander, Andy Stafford and Michael Murray and Andy Wilford and Brad Tupman.

There was also a halved match involving Mytholmroyd pair Aaron Schnacke and Adam Cryer, who rallied strongly after being four down after 12 holes.

Halifax-Huddersfield went about their golf in a very professional fashion in the afternoon singles.

Although Colcombe struggled with his putting he was too good for his opponent, winning 3 & 2.

Martin played his usual solid golf round Ogden, where he holds the course record, and closed out his opponent 2 & 1.

Cryer had a really tough match but showed what a class golfer he is with a creditable win against arguably Teesside’s best player, Simon Calvert.

Ingham had a battle royale and the first 11 holes were halved before his opponent three putted the 12th. Ingham stood on the 17th tee one up but lost the hole to a par three. However, a solid four down the last was enough to give him victory.

Crawshaw was three up after seven holes and kept the pressure on to win 2 & 1.

Lander played excellent golf on the front nine to build a lead but his opponent then produced a birdie barrage to gain a half.

Stafford won 2 & 1 to show he has become a formidable singles player. He also reduced Schnacke’s lead at the top of the order of merit to two points.

Wilford battled all the way to the end, losing the 17th to go all square, but a great up and down from behind the 18th green ensured another point for Halifax-Huddersfield.

Tupman wrapped up the match, also winning the last hole and his match.

Mear said: “The Halifax course was in excellent condition and certainly helped my team to their third win on the bounce.

“Confidence is up and we are all looking forward to our last game.

“Although we cannot catch Sheffield I am sure we will put up a good show.”

SCORES (Halifax-Huddersfield Union names first) - foursomes: M.Colcombe and C.Crawshaw bt D.Innes and N.Hunter-Smith 6 & 5, S.Martin and C.Ingham bt S.Calvert and J.Cowper 3 & 2, A.Schnacke and A.Cryer halved with L.Bond andf J.Austwick, M.Birkett abnd C.Lander bt A.Gray and J.Kneeshaw 3 & 2, D.Stafford and M.Murray bt L.Nixon and S.Millington 1 up, A.Wilford and B.Tupman lost to W.Gallafant and A.Dhillon 2 & 1.

Singles: Colcombe (Longley Park) bt Innes 3 & 2, Martin (West End) bt Bond 2 & 1, Cryer (Woodsome Hall) bt Calvert 2 & 1, Ingham (West End) bt Hunter-Smith 1 hole, Crawshaw (Halifax) bt Gray 2 & 1, Birkett (Halifax) lost to Cowper 2 & 1, Lander finished all square with Kneeshaw, Schnacke lost to Millington 2 & 1, Stafford (West End) bt Nixon 2 & 1, Murray (Todmorden) lost to Austwick 4 & 3, Wilford (Huddersfield) finished all square with Dhillon, Tupman (Huddersfield) bt Gallafant 1 hole.

WEST End still have tee times available for their mixed open am-am on Sunday. The cost is £36 per team, ring the 01422 341878 to book.