Snow dashes Noel’s bid for poignant win

Gav Brumby and Gary Earle have shared the honours in the winter league at Hebden Bridge GC.

After some 36 hours of snow, there was no play at Mount Skip last weekend, meaning the pair becoming joint holders of the Sheamus Russell Trophy with 58 points prior to the top 16 play offs.

The pair were no doubt delighted that there was no play as Earle was again away while Brumby was injured.

Indeed, Earle had played two fewer matches than Brumby due to his business commitments.

The only real loser on the day was Noel Russell, son of the late Sheamus, who was deprived of a chance of winning. He finished third, three points behind the leading pair, when a five point win would have given him top spot outright.

Incredibly the course was almost bare of snow in certain places, yet there were drifts several feet deep in other parts due to the strong wind.

During the winter 47 golfers played, often in adverse weather, proving what a hardy lot the Skip golfers are.

Scraping into 16th place with 36 points was last year’s captain Martyn Astin, edging out Lee Amos by two points.

The question now is whether the snow will clear for Sunday’s play-offs. Looking at the forecast it may be unlikely.

Organisers of the Halifax-Huddersfield Winter Alliance have changed the date of the next scheduled meeting.

It was due to take place at Meltham on Tuesday, April 9 but due to worries about the continued bad weather it will now be at the same course on Tuesday, April 23.

Last Wednesday’s Huddersfield and Halifax Ladies Winter League golf fixture at Crosland Heath have cancelled the fixture due to snow.

Fifty pairs from 15 clubs had been due to take part.

Bradley Hall were forced to postpone their junior open evening at the club on Wednesday evening due to the poor weather.