DEWSBURY’S long-serving professional Nigel Hirst claimed his first victory of the season in the latest Halifax, Huddersfield Alliance meeting when he teamed up with Peter Jackson to win the event at Ogden.
Hirst was in fine form, carding three birdies, while his seven-handicap partner Jackson weighed in with three nett birdies as the Dewsbury duo came in with 42 points, to finish just ahead of Bradley Hall assistant Tim Pollard and John Jennings from the host club.
And that victory took Hirst up to third place in the Professionals Order of Merit table behind Gareth Evans and Jack Pearcey, while the Dewsbury District Club currently head the Clubs Order of Merit.
Tied for third place in the Pro-Am were Bradley Park’s Pearcey and Mick O’Hara and Independent Huddersfield duo Adam Walker and Aaron Schnacke, both coming home with 41 points.
One of the day’s highlights was provided by the big-hitting Schnacke, who at the par four sixth, drove the green – 320-yards (downwind) over the corner and ditch – for a superb birdie three.
Schacke’s Huddersfield club colleagues Rob Turner (8) and David Hughes (12) won the Am-Am section, courtesy of 22 points on the back nine as no fewer than five combinations all came in with 40 points.
Second wereTodmorden’s Dave Stafford (1) and West End’s Frank Greaves (1) on a back six countback, while Bradley Hall’s Richard Fairburn (7) and Richard Popps (20) finished third.
Next week, the Alliance members will be looking forward to enjoying an ‘away day’ at Cobble Hall, and already the start list is full.
42–Dewsbury (N P Hirst scr, P Jackson 7).
41–Bradley Hall/Halifax (T Pollard scr, J Jennings 6).
40–Bradley Park (J Pearcey scr, M O’Hara 8); Ind Huddersfield (A Walker scr, A Schnacke scr).
39–Crow Nest Park (G Evans scr, M Campbell 7).
38–Bradley Park (T Wild scr, G Ward 9).
37–Bradley Park (R Stansfield scr, M Wadington 10); West End (D Arber scr, K Higgins 15).
36–Crosland Heath (A Cranston scr, L Pilkington 3).
33–Bradley Hall (D Delaney scr, M Appleyard 7); Meltham (S Race scr, I Saxton 6).
40–Ind Huddersfield (R Turner 8, D Hugehs 12); Todmorden/West End (D Stafford 1, F Greaves 1); Bradley Hall (R Fairburn 7 R Popps 20); Dewsbury (D Hartley 2, R Speight 5); West End/Dewsbury (G Broadbent 11, A McMahon 8).
39–Halifax (G Dobby 6, K Pell 15).
38–Bradley Hall (T Morrison 8, P Hesselden 12); Castlefields (R Badrock 15, F Leek 18); Halifax (T Gerrard 6, J Broadbent 14).
37–Outlane (J Lawton 5, M Atkinson 12); Meltham (R Johnson 15, M Guymer 7); Outlane (N Hirst 10, G Hirst 7); Outlane (D Knapton 11, G Shuttleworth 11); Halifax (J Gerrard 10, A Holdroyud 12); Dewsbury (J Ward 1, C Ward 13).
36–West End (M Sheldrake 9, Whilby 19); Bradley Hall (E Howker 15, P Binks 13); Bradley Park (B Martin 12, B Workman 14); Crosland Heath (R Wimpenny 13, S Whitham 15); Ind Huddersfield (M Dempsey 9, P Newey 13).
35–Marsden (D Mallinson 11, P Heywood 13); Bradley Hall (S Hopkinson 7, S Sandie 6).
34–Crosland Heath (R T Owen 12, R T Williams 14); Marsden (D Braithwaite 12, A Harper 18); Bradley Hall (S Wilkinson 13, K Ellis 15); Outlane (A Harrison (20, T Stead 16); Hebden Bridge/Halifax (D Senior 10, R Bright 18).
33–Dewsbury (A Curley 7, J Horner 14); West End (G Gower 16, B Cooper 16); Outlane (K Puckering 15, R Wilson 19); Meltham (N Paxman 9, T Baier 13).
32–Hebden Bridge (R Allott 14, C Richards 10).
31–Bradley Hall (J M Taylor 12, A Hirst 13); Bradley Park (E Doherty 12, A Brown 20).
30–Outlane (B Cassidy 9, S Senior 10).
29–Marsden (E Shaw 1, K Bruce 19).
28–Meltham (J Hemmings 14, P Wharton 12); Heben Bridge (C Hoyle 12, S Frewin 12).
27–Meltham (S Hanley 16, A Mills 12).
25–Hebden Bridge (G Botlon 17, K Law 20).
23–Hebden Bridge (R Tighe 20, M Robertson 20).