Bradley Hall pair Steve Hopkinson and Declan Wadcock came out on top at Bradley Park in the Union Alliance.
A total of 53 pairs, including 11 professionals, entered the Alliance and, after all the recent rain, the Bradley Park course was very wet with some casual water on fairways, with preferred lies in operation and all bunkers were deemed ‘Ground Under Repair’.
The greens were very soft, allowing target golf, but footmarks on the soft ground resulted in some bumpy surfaces.
Play was from the back tees and, with no run on the ball, the course played very long and the pins were also in some difficult locations.
In the Pro-Am, there was a very close result with three tied for first place on 40 points.
Tom Wild and Gary Ward (8), of host club Bradley Park, Nigel Hirst and Jonathan Binns (6), of Dewsbury, and Gareth Evans and Rob Gee (5), of Crow Nest Park.
A net eagle by Gee on the 18th was the only real highlight on a day when consistency was the key.
In the Am-Am, first place went to Hopkinson (6) and Wadcock (17), of Bradley Hall, on countback from Trevor Williams (13) and Ed Pearson (18), of Crosland Heath, with 40 points.
A five-way tie for third on 39 points was resolved on countback in favour of Dave Mitcheson (13) and Donald Harrison (13,) of Bradley Park.
Again, the highlight was a net eagle on the 18th by Wadcock, with consistency being the feature of all the leading scores.
The next Alliance is on Tuesday, April 15, at Ryburn Golf Club when players will compete for the Ron Parkinson Trophy.