WHEN Halifax, Huddersfield take on Bradford in the Yorkshire Inter-Union League at Bradley Hall on July 12 they could be up against their former champion Peter Fenton.
Fenton, who as a member at Fixby also joined the distinguished band to have won the English amateur strokeplay championship for the Brabazon Trophy, made a surprise return to Inter-Union action last weekend as a member of the Bradford team that beat York, having rejoined his former club Cleckheaton.
Fenton turned professional not too long after his Brabazon triumph at Royal St Georges in 1996, but eventually regained his amateur status and rejoined at Fixby where for a time he was a honorary member, though he kept a low profile in competitive terms.
Fixby scratch team captain David Jagger said not a lot was seen of Fenton on his return to the club and added: “He didn’t play in club competitions and didn’t have a handicap. I wish him well at Cleckheaton – Peter is a nice lad.”
Union team manager Chris Mear, whose team went down 23-13 away to Leeds, promising to gain something from their opening match before the Leeds tail wagged, said when Fenton, who played five times for England winning four of those matches, regained amateur status and returned to Fixby he contacted him, asking him to put in cards for a handicap with a view to returning to the Union side to which he would have been a big asset.
“His response was that he wasn’t playing competitively. If he decided to do so I asked him to let me know but he never got back.”
Fenton’s turning out for Bradford was his first league appearance since 1997, the year he scored a Halifax, Huddersfield double success in the matchplay championship and PS Cockroft Trophy.
He played three matches that season, beating Alan Wright (East Riding), that year’s Yorkshire strokeplay champion, in his last match following other singles wins against Simon Dyson (Leeds), who went on to Walker Cup selection then won on the European Tour, and England international Roger Roper (Teesside).
Also adding to Bradford’s strength – they accounted for 2007 champions York 20-16 but had the match won before York gained six points from the last three singles – was veteran Cec Bloice, a former Walker Cup man who latercaptained Yorkshire with distinction. Bloice, who rejoined at Cleckheaton after spells at Howley Hall and Moortown, returned to Inter-Union golf after a long absence. He had represented Bradford and also Leeds.
Fenton and Bloice won their singles against York and teamed up in the foursomes to gain a half. Tim Wade, the Bradford captain, said: “Both attended our pre-season get-together and I was very pleased that Fenton, who now has a scratch handicap, said he’d like to play for Bradford. Both are keen as mustard.”
IT will be back to Division Six of the Yorkshire Team championship for Crosland Heath next year after they finished bottom of the pile in the Division Five event at Horsforth.
The last of the six relegated clubs, the Heath’s four-man team finished 32 strokes away from the promotion zone and 55 behind winners Bondhay.
Also promoted were Low Laithes, Flaxby Park, Flamborough, Hunley Hall and Wakefield. Retaining Division Five status were Brough, Waterton Park, Sickleholme, Abbeydale, Kirkbymoorside and Hickleton. Relegated along with the Heath were Bingley St Ives, Leeds, Bradford Moor, Pannal and Middlesbrough.
Crosland Heath details: R A Dyson 81 78; C Hall 84 82; T Goldstein 85 82, R Morris 80 80.
VICTORIES in his last two events have sent Jason Jones to the top of the Eagle Golf-Yorkshire Order of Merit.
The Yorkshire county squad member from Saltburn added the Seaton Salver at Seaton Carew to his win in the York Rose Bowl.
Fixby pair Andy Shaw and Richard Broadley fill 20th and 25th places respectively having played one event, the Hawksworth Trophy.