Yorkshire golf: John Wells follows in Alex Belt's footsteps by posting Snainton GC win at Malton & Norton GC

Jimmy Pape (Yorkshire PGA), Dave Smith (Tadweld), Dan Gilbank (Malton & Norton GC captain) and John Wells.Jimmy Pape (Yorkshire PGA), Dave Smith (Tadweld), Dan Gilbank (Malton & Norton GC captain) and John Wells.
Jimmy Pape (Yorkshire PGA), Dave Smith (Tadweld), Dan Gilbank (Malton & Norton GC captain) and John Wells.
JOHN WELLS took full advantage of his Snainton GC stablemate Alex Belt's absence by winning Malton & Norton GC's annual pro-am.

Belt was unable to defend his Tadweld Steel-sponsored title, which was usurped by Wells thanks to a superb five-under-par 67 in a fixture that signals the start of the Yorkshire PGA pro-am season.

The course was presented excellent condition and 30 teams battled it out on the Welham course.

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Wells earned £1,000 for his victory while the winning team, on 19 under par, was led home by professional Nial Murphy, who partnered amateurs, M Kensit, S Moyser and D Sanderson.

Another fine Friday enabled a full programme of sixteen fixtures to

be completed.

Comprehensive 7-1 home wins for Halifax and Woodsome Hall, over South Bradford and Calverley respectively, saw them move to the head of Section A in the Lawrence Batley Seniors League.

However, a 6-2 away win by West Bradford at Marsden - the only victory for a visiting side in the section - and Crosland Heath's narrow 5-3 defeat at Bradford Moor leaves it very tight at the top.

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Halifax and Woodsome lead on 13pts, but the latter have played one match fewer.

The away teams fared better in Section B with Crow Nest Park in particular enjoying a good win, on their travel 6-2, at West End.

Draws for Todmorden at Outlane and for Elland at Branshaw plus a narrow 5-3 defeat for Hebden Bridge at Silkstone completed the section's fixtures.

Crow Nest Park lead the way by a point from Elland and Branshaw with Silkstone in close attendance.

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In Section C, Werneth’s fine start to the season continued with an 8-0 home win over Dewsbury District seeing them romp to the top of the table.

An away win for Hanging Heaton, 5-3 at Bradley Park, kept them in touch, while Meltham recovered from the previous week’s heavy defeat to post a 7-1 home victory against Saddleworth.

Another home win saw Low Laithes, 6-2 over South Leeds, means they remain in charge in Section D, four points ahead of Queensbury, who lost 5-3 at Lightcliffe.

However, with a game in hand, Bradley Hall are well placed following a commendable 6-2 win at Wortley.

Similarly, Blackley’s 7-1 home win over Huddersfield kept them level with Bradley Hall on 11 points from only two fixtures.