HALIFAX, Huddersfield golfers made a clean sweep of the top prizes in the West Yorkshire Alliance event at Ilkley.
Longley Park professional John Ambler, above, led his four-man team to victory but a card play-off was required to separate them from the Willow Valley quartet headed by Lee Shepherd after they tied on eight under par in the two from four to count contest.
Ilkley’s course, where the opening holes hug the banks of the River Wharfe, was in tip-top condition despite the recent bad weather which had ruled out the original date of the event, yet still presented a stern challenge.
“It’s not the easiest of courses for amateurs, especially off the back tees which we used. The pins were also cut in testing positions,” said Shepherd, who praised the performance of young Tom Calvert, a member of Willow Valley junior team which qualified to represent England in the Home Nations Junior Team championship at La Manga, Spain recently.
“He made three birdies as he counted a lot on the card, and he was our best player,” said Shepherd.
Longley Park and Willow Valley finished a shot ahead of Alliance professional captain Derek Johnson’s Lofthouse Hill team and a composite side led by Mirfield Driving Range professional Robert Kershaw, which included Alliance president David Hughes, from Huddersfield.
Next month’s West Yorkshire event is at Pontefract on March 5 and the following month’s tournament has been fixed for Scarcroft, Leeds on April 1.
Again it will be a four-man team event (three amateurs, handicap limit 20) with two scores to count. Entry costs £120 per team, including breakfast, and should be sent to secretary Jimmy Pape at 22, The Locks, Pottery Lane, Woodlesford, Leeds LS26 8PU.
Ilkley scores: 130 - Longley Park : J Ambler (scr), A Walker (5), J Doherty (5), A Colcombe (8); Willow Valley: L Shepherd (scr), T Calvert (5), J Shaw (8), N Hartley (12) 131 - Lofthouse Hill: D Johnson (scr), D Simpson (6), M Schofield (8) N Simpson (19); Composite team: R Kershaw (scr), D Hughes (10), R Turner (9), C Gill (14). 134 - Lightcliffe: R Tickle (scr), J Denham (6), C Cox (9), C Bancroft (11).
136 - Ilkley: A Driver (scr), K Lakin (14), S Clarkson (2), P Mason (18); Sand Moor: B Mason (scr), L Johnson (9), J Heasman (11), S Brown (10); Skipton: P Robinson (scr), R Stevens (12), D James (14), C Mitchell (16). 137 - Wakefield: D Mansell (scr), D Walton (1), S Blaydon (13), P Burton (13). 138 - Moortown: C Helliwell (scr), G Etherington (5), S Boldy (9), D Averbach (20).
143 - Hanging Heaton: G Moore (scr), R Spurr (8), R Mosby (11), P Haggerty (17). 148 - Bradley Park: P Reilly (scr), R Pearson (17), K Waddington (19), B Suddick (14). 149 - Scalm Park: L Turner (scr), C Houston (20), M Phillips (20), B Phillips (20).
l Shepherd shot 74 to tie 11th in the PGA North Region Fairhaven Pro-am. Kershaw tied 16th on 76.
Fixby’s Paul Carman, John Eyre, from Woodsome Hall, and Shepherd are in a big field for the next North Region Mansell Finishes event at Royal Liverpool on Wednesday.