Crosland Heath’s Collier digs deep to hold off Towers in Meltham Trophy

CROSLAND Heath’s Lewis Collier showed excellent consistency to fire net rounds of 68 and 70 to win the Meltham Trophy, the flagship competition at Meltham GC.

Meltham's Captain, Jim Hemmings, presents the Meltham Trophy to Lewis Collier, of Crosland Heath.

The 36-hole stroke play competition attracted a field of 98, including 38 visitors from 14 different clubs.

The course had been prepared to an exceptional standard, with pin positions chosen to provide a substantial challenge for the district’s best golfers.

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There were some impressive morning scores with Tony Hellawell, a member of Meltham, posting what proved to be the lowest round of the day with a 66 net off 13 handicap.

In the afternoon the wind gathered in strength, making for an even sterner test.

Three-handicapper Chris Mear, a familiar face at Meltham who is now a member at Halifax, showed he had not forgotten his way round the course and carded the best gross score over the two rounds with a five-over 148.

Collier, playing off four, found his 138 aggregate enough to give him a slender one-shot win from Meltham’s Ian Towers, a 10-handicapper.