Malton & Norton Golf Club member Chris Halley has snapped up a top Yorkshire title thanks to a marathon effort.
Halley, a three-handicapper, who is a member at the Welham Road club, won the prestigious Yorkshire Amateur Championship at the challenging 6,500 yard Par 71 championship course at Huddersfield Golf Club.
Chris’s caddy Pete Brown said of the Huddersfield course: “With the rough, knee-deep,narrowed fairways and lightning fast greens the course presented a real test of golf for the competitors.”
The demanding contest took place over six days began with an 18-hole practice day followed by two days of 18- hole strokeplay with the top 32 players making the cut.
Then followed two days of 36 holes of matchplay each day and then 36 holes of matchplay in the final.
All this was played out in temperatures of 25C plus, with lunch breaks of less than 30 minutes. At the point of victory Halley had completed almost 160 holes of golf .
On the second day, Halley made the cut of 149 comfortably with rounds of 74 and 72 .
The following day Halley beat Ben Brewster (+1), a fellow Yorkshire squad member from Bawtry GC on the 18th which saw him through to the quarter-finals.
Day four provided a 20th- hole win for the Malton hot-shot against another fellow Yorkshire player Jamie Harrison (+2), from Rotherham GC in the morning, followed by a 7&5 win over promising Howley Hall youngster Ben Hutchinson (scratch)‑ in the afternoon.
Halley’s opponent in the 36-hole final was Yorkshire player Ben Sardo (+2) of Moor Allerton GC .
A close match throughout, Halley was one hole up after the morning round of 18 holes, and went on to clinch a 4&2 win on the 16th hole after his opponent had missed putts on the previous three holes in the afternoon session.
Halley will now lead the Yorkshire team out in county matches and goes on to play in the County Champions Championship at Woodhall Spa in September.
Inter-club competitions continue aplenty with Malton & Norton’s Gwen Lownsbrough winning the Ladies Centenary Vase on a countback from vice-captain Pat Ruddock.
A countback also decided the Peter Bower Trophy with I Charlton just pipping promising youngster J Marucci to the spoils.
In the Lady President’s Day Ann Triffitt, Isabel Rogerson and Pat Robinson won with Judy Butler and Yvonne Laws claiming the nearest the pin prizes.
The Malton Ladies scratch team recorded two more wins beating Moortown at home 7-0 and Garforth away.
Bryan Hone had a day to remember, holing in one while playing with the assistant pro.
He managed his feat with a five iron on the par three 23rd hole.
Malton and Norton GC.
Lady President’s Day: 1 A Triffitt, I Rogerson, P Robinson, 2 J Butler, C Drury, J Culley, 3 P Hague, R Black, H Webster
Dinah Trophy: 1 J Culley 37pts, 2 K Burnett 34pts, 3 K Llewellyn 34pts
Peter Bower Trophy: 1 I Charlton 41pts, 2 J Marucci 41pts, 3 C Webster 40pts
William Bower Trophy: 1 A Vermeulen 42pts, 2 M Bellinger 39pts, 3 J Gilbert 38pts
Centenary Vase: 1 G Lownsbrough 73, 2 P Ruddock 73, 3 J Culley 74
Ladies July Medal:
Division 1: 1 K Burnett 76,
Division 2: 1 D Jones 81, 2 A Hester 83, 3 J Suggett 92
Men’s Midweek medal
Division one: 1 D Williamson 68, 2 J Eborall 68, 3 R Baker 68
Division two: 1 K Farrow 67, 2 R McGinty 67, 3 J Hubery 68