Lewis in hot form for win­ter-sea­son fi­nale

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Lewis Collier fol­lowed up his win in the Meltham Tro­phy by pro­duc­ing a su­perb sec­ond round to win the Page Tro­phy on Tues­day. The four hand­i­cap­per used his knowl­edge of his home Crosland Heath course to shoot nine un­der par and over­haul first round leader Luke Pilk­ing­ton, of Bradley Park, by four shots.

The fi­nal event of the Hal­i­fax-Hud­der­s­field Al­liance’s win­ter sea­son was tak­ing place shortly af­ter the sum­mer sol­stice, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been rained off.

En­tries for the 36-hole Page Tro­phy and the 18-hole Roger Heap Cup, won by Out­lane’s Dave Knap­ton (12), were well down but those who did take part did so in ideal weather.

The course was also in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, the “ironed” greens pro­vid­ing very true sur­faces.

Pilk­ing­ton (1) held a slen­der lead af­ter the first round of 69 from Collier and two more Crosland Heath player, Si­mon Whitham (13) and Richard Wim­penny (12).

Pilk­ing­ton pro­duced a very good sec­ond round, start­ing with birdies on the first five holes and an ea­gle on the par five 13th. How­ever, he had a triple bo­gey on the 15th for a 67 and a to­tal of 135.

Collier had seven gross birdies and two gross bo­gies for a nett 62 for a to­tal of 131 to take the tro­phy.

A fine sec­ond round 69 by Gra­ham Proctor (10) of Crosland Heath gave him third place from Wim­penny due to his bet­ter sec­ond round as both had to­tals of 140.

The prize for best gross score went to Chris Gaunt (1) of Dews­bury with 147. The best in the nett first round was Whitham’s 69 and best nett in the sec­ond round was Wim­penny’s 71.

The team tro­phy was not con­tested as only Crosland Heath could field a full team.

Nigel Hirst of Dews­bury won the Colin H Swain cup for top pro­fes­sional with a 76 and 70 for a to­tal of 146. His as­sis­tant James Ward was run­nerup with 76 and 71 for 147.

Knap­ton won the Roger Heap Cup by one shot, with a nett 69, from Richard Bark- er (15) of Crosland Heath and Char­lie Bur­ton (12) of Castle­fields, Barker took sec­ond on a back nine count-back.

A new cup do­nated by Al­liance pres­i­dent Dar­ren Ar­ber from West End was pre­sented to the Pro­fes­sional Or­der of Merit win­ner Richard Lam­bert of Crosland Heath.

He ex­tended his lead over Tom Wild of Bradley Park from one point to three in the Page Tro­phy. Page Tro­phy: Sec­tion A: Dews­bury District 5 Silk­stone 3, Mars­den 6 Low Laithes 2, Ry­burn v El­land P, West Bradford 2 Bradley Hall 6. Sec­tion B: Bradley Park 6 Wood­some Hall 2, Heb­den Bridge 5 Crosland Heath 3, Light­cliffe 4 Bran­shaw 4, Wort­ley 5 Meltham 3. Sec­tion C: Calver­ley v Sad­dle­worth P, Crow Nest Park 4 Bradford Moor 4, Tod­mor­den v Black­ley P, Wer­neth v Hud­der­s­field P. Sec­tion D: Hal­i­fax 6 South Leeds 2, Out­lane 5 Old­ham 3, Queens­bury 6 Hang­ing Heaton 2, West End 5 South Bradford 3.

Al­liance pres­i­dent Dar­ren Ar­ber cen­tre with Tues­day’s win­ners, from the left, Dave Knap­ton, Richard Lam­bert, Nigel Hirst and Lewis Collier.

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