New Skip record for Iain but will it count?

IAIN Powell faces an anxious wait to see if his new course record at Hebden Bridge Golf Club will stand.

The Halifax-Huddersfield Union representative player shot a superb 60 (nett 58) in the club’s Medal 5 competition last Saturday.

His round included nine birdies, two after 50 foot putts on the 15th and 18th greens.

He had just one bogey, on the third, to beat the previous record of 61 set by David Astin in 1998.

The Union stalwart and Skip’s top golfer had a disappointing season by his standards in club competitions last year but has now laid down a marker to any young pretenders with ideas of knocking him off his lofty perch at Mount Skip.

However, due to wet weather in the days prior to Saturday, the competition was played under preferred lies from the fairways. As a consequence the club is writing to the R & A for verification about the record.

While such a score would not stand on tour in a professional competition, club officials are hopeful that it will be ratified. If not, they intend exhibiting Powell’s card in the clubhouse, stating that the score was made using preferred lies.

Powell set that his putter had done the damage and he thinks the secret to doing well may be to play a little less golf than in the past.

In second place was Jake Allott with a nett 63 playing off a handicap of nine. Darren Clithero and Dave Pickles were joint third with scores of 64.

The Division Two medal was won by Mally Marsden with a nett score of 66, on countback from Mick Robertson.

Meanwhile, Skip’s seniors were happy with a 4-4 draw at Dewsbury in their opening match in the Lawrence Batley League, a result team captain Ken Weatherill thought augured well for the season.

The fixture at home to Outlane had to be called off due to waterlogging, an unusual occurrence at Skip where the greens drain really well.

The club is holding a Spring Invitation competition on Saturday, May 5 and anyone wishing to enter should contact the club on (01422) 842896.