SIMON GARSIDE had never played the Meltham golf course before – but when he did, he enjoyed it so much he carded rounds of 70 and 71 and walked off with the Halifax, Huddersfield Alliance’s Page Trophy!
The Willow Valley 19-handicapper had two shots to spare over Adam Cryer, from Hebden Bridge (scr), who took the Best Gross prize.
Garside was five shots better thanamateur runner-up Des Senior, also of Hebden Bridge, who nicked second spot ahead of West End’s Craig Regan who, like Senior, came in with a 146 total but an inferior second round.
Fourth was independent Fixby member Aaron Schnake on 147.
Thanks to Cryer and Senior, Hebden Bridge also took the Team Award, the Emmie Smith Trophy, in which they were joined by Martin Astin as the day turned out to be almost a clean sweep by the Calderdale area clubs.
It did look for a long time as though Longley Park professional John Ambler would take the Professionals Cup, but having been first out at 7am and holding the lead all day with a combined total of 145 (72 and 73), he was beaten at the death by Alliance president Rob Booth, from Bradley Hall, who returned a second round 70 to finish with a level par 142 to win the Colin H Swain Trophy.
That relegated Ambler to second place, with Dave Astin taking third for the very successful Hebden Bridge club.
A total of 61 golfers tackled the Thick Hollins course, which proved very dry and bouncy, but with receptive greens, although the wind played havoc with some of the scoring.
Assistant Alliance secretary Trevor Williams, from Bradley Park, had a superb opening 70 to win the First Round prize, while Outlane’s Patrick O’Flynn won the Second Round prize with a level par 71.