AARON Schnacke will defend his Halifax, Huddersfield Union match-play title next season on his home course at Fixby – if he qualifies via the PS Cockroft Trophy stroke-play and wins through the early stages of the knock-out.
He could, however, be unavailable as he aims to take up a golf scholarship at an American college and term could be under way by the time the final of the championship comes round on September 26.
More definite is the chance of Dewsbury’s Mark Hepworth retaining the stroke-play crown when next season it goes to Crosland Heath on August 8.
Crosland Heath’s Bob Wallace will have two defences in his sights within a fortnight next summer – the Union Seniors championship at Elland on Tuesday, June 29, following the county equivalent at Scarcroft, Leeds on June 14-15.
Events diary: Apr: 18 - Union team v juniors, Bradley Park; 25 - St Annes Old Links v Union. May 2 - Nine hole Club championship, Longley Park; Juniors v Leeds, Meltham; 9 - East Riding v Juniors, Kilnwick Percy; 16 - Union v Leeds, Woodsome Hall; 21 - Junior foursomes, first round, Castlefields, Crow Nest Park, Elland; 23 - Fourball stroke play championship, Willow Valley; 24 - Scratch Foursomes, preliminary round: Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Longley Park, Outlane, West.End; 30 - Juniors v Sheffield, Meltham. June 6 - Junior Team championship, Outlane; 7 - Scratch and Handicap Foursomes first round, Bradley Hall, Todmorden, Willow Valley, Woodsome Hall; 13 - East Riding v Union, Hull (Kirkella); 18 - Junior Foursomes second round, Hanging Heaton, Hebden Bridge, Marsden; 20 - Division Two Scratch Team championship, Queensbury; 21 -Scratch and Handicap Foursomes second round, Saddleworth. Crosland Heath, Meltham; 27 - Union match v Harrogate, Huddersfield; 29 - Seniors championship, Elland. July 4 - Junior Stroke-play championship, Bradley Hall; 9 - Junior Foursomes third round, Ryburn, Queensbury;11 - Bradford v Union, Bingley St.Ives; 11 - Yorkshire Inter Union Junior Club Team championship, Brough; 19 - Scratch and Handicap Foursomes third round, Meltham, Lightcliffe; 25 - Scratch Team championship, West End; 26 - Bradford v Juniors, Northcliffe. Aug 1 - Union v York, Dewsbury; 2 - Scratch, Handicap and Junior Foursomes semi-finals, Crosland Heath, Dewsbury; 8 - PS Cockroft Trophy stroke-play, Jubilee Trophy (match play qualifiers), Crosland Heath;12 - Harrogate v Juniors, Harrogate (Starbeck); 15 - Teesside v Union, Catterick, Junior League quarter and semi-finals, Halifax; 17 - Juniors v Teesside, Bradley Hall; 22 - Match- play championship, first and second rounds, Saddleworth; 26 - Yorkshire Inter-Union Junior Team championship, Wakefield (Woodthorpe); 29 - Handicap Team championship, Outlane. Sept 5 - Union v Sheffield, West End;12 - Yorkshire Inter-Union Team championship, Doncaster (Bessacarr); 18 -Match-play quarter and semi-finals and Junior League final, Bradley Hall; 19 - Foursome Finals, Halifax; 26 - Match-play and Junior Match -play finals, Huddersfield. Oct 10 - Union v St Annes Old Links, Woodsome Hall.
Fixby will host the Yorkshire-Lancashire Roses match on May 8.
Selected Yorkshire county dates: June 2 - Boys championship, Moortown; June 14/15 - Seniors championship, Scarcroft; July 6/10 - Amateur championship, Fulford; July 28 - Under 16 championship, Wheatley.; Sept 15 - Mid Amateur championship, Cookridge Hall. Team championship: Apr 13 - Div 7 north qualifying, Sandburn Hall, Apr 15 - Div 7 south qualifying, Tankersley Park; Apr 21 - Div 7, Teesside; May 5 - Div 6, Silkstone; May 19 - Div 5, Rudding Park.