PAUL CARMAN bids to turn back the clock when he challenges for the Leeds Cup, the famous PGA North Region tournament that is the oldest in professional golf and which is played over three days at Leeds (Cobble Hall), starting on Tuesday.
The Fixby man won the North’s flagship event in 1992, counting it among a raft of regional titles to come his way.
A repeat is a big call as age is not on his side, but Carman is a craftsman and should all parts of his game come together, who is to say one more big win is beyond him?
In a similar age group is Dewsbury-born Paul Carrigill. He spent 13 years on the European Tour and once had the Spanish Open in his grasp until Bernhard Langer’s late charge snatched it from him, while he won the Zambia Open. He makes a rare appearance in Yorkshire’s biggest pro event as he plies his trade these days as a referee on the major tour.
John Wells says he has run into form just at the right time to defend the title.
The 145-strong field in the 54-hole tournament, sponsored by E-Z-Go golf buggies in association with Kronenbourg 1664, includes local men Robert Kershaw (Mirfield Driving Range), Tom Denby (Stadium Golf), Queensbury’s Nathan Stead, David Astin (Woodsome Hall), Lee Shepherd (Willow Valley) and Huddersfield-based Warren Lockett (Cleckheaton), who has returned some good scores lately.