Yorkshire golf: Khan doubles up at Willow Valley GC as Catteralls take Catterick GC pairs crown

ZIA KHAN was in top form at the weekend at Willow Valley GC, winning competitions on both Saturday and Sunday.

Catterick GC Open Pairs winners George and Jack Catterall.

In the Saturday Stableford first- class section Khan triumphed with a score of 37pts, two ahead of runner-up John Rhodes.

Victory in the second-class section went to Steve Palk with 36pts, beating Neil Emery via count back.

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Thirteen-handicapper Khan followed up Saturday’s victory with a net 71 the following day to win the April medal, George Branch placing second on count back. Branch’s 76 was the lowest gross score of the day.

West Bradford GC captain Mick Gration pictured taking part in the nearest the pin competition.

The second-class section was won by Michael Conboy with an excellent net 67, four shots clear of Steve Emsley.

Catterick GC’s Gents’ Pairs Open was won with an excellent 46pt tally from George Catterall, who plays off four, and his nine-handicapper brother Jack.

John Amos (18 handicap) and David Amos (12) were second, two points adrift.

Nearest the pin on the fifth hole was Dave Brown with John Scully taking the honours on the 16th.

West Bradford GC captain Mick Gration pictured taking part in the nearest the pin competition.

A total of 142 players took part despite the poor weather.

West Bradford GC’s Rabbits’ Angus Binns Trophy was lifted by David Thornton and James Dunn with a 64, three shots fewer than runners-up David Weston and Paul Armitage 67. Rex Littler and Brian Roberts were third on 72.

The ladies’ Mitchell Qualifier was won by Emma Watkinson with 33pts, enabling her to edge Pauline Luccock (32) into second and Maureen Watkinson (31) into third.

Michael Hall, Richie McPike, John Barraclough amassed 75pts to come out on top in the Cha Cha Cha Team Challenge.

A point back in second were David Jubb, Elaine Pearson and Janet Clark, who bested Ian Houldsworth, Russell Newton and Liam Houldsworth on count back.

The April nearest the pin competition, which simulated playing of Teton Pines’ 150-yard 16th hole, was extremely close with six players recording shots within three yards.

The winner was club member Gerry Pearson, who struck a superb six iron to 11 inches. He wins a £30 pro shop voucher, and also qualifies for the grand final in December.

Stephanie Robinson and Peter Rhodes have emerged as the clear winners of Ghyll GC’s 2015-16 Mixed Winter League, accumulating 120 points. 

Anne Preston and Andrew Harling came second with 114, while Hilary Hardacre and Derick Hartley (109) pipped Lesley Nash and Trevor Towers by a single point to secure third spot.

Of the 11 rounds of matches only five could be completed during one of the wettest winters on record.

Midweek conditions were drier and all 13 rounds were completed in the Senior Winter League.

John Cowgill and Bob Presland triumphed with 20 points, partly because the latter shrewdly recruited Graham Reeder as his ‘super sub’, while he spent the depths of winter in the sunnier climes of Portugal. 

Keith Nash and Norman Shapland tied with Ken Davison and Bill Eccles on 18pts to share second place.

On Sunday, the father and son combination of Craig and Shaun Lemon returned 44pts to win the Spring Fourball on a card play-off from Jonny McGeachie and Jason Wright. Third place on 42 went to Colin Maud and Trevor Towers.

Waterton Park GC’s April Medal and Derek Smith Qualifier was won by Ryan Jennings with a net 64, which helped him extend his lead at the top of the order of merit.

The 18-handicapper had nine net birdies and his round saw him par all four of the course’s short holes.

Halifax West End GC’s men’s fourball qualifier, played under CONGU’s new 90 per cent rule for fourball competitions, saw 31 pairings in the 69-strong field return a score of better than par.

The winners were Leigh Tomlinson and Danny Marshall, who carded a superb net 60, although this was only just good enough for a one-shot victory over Rabbits’ vice captain Peter Searle and John Kaye.

The top 16 pairs go forward to the match play stages of the competition, and the leading three pairs will represent Halifax West End at the Halifax & Huddersfield Union fourball championships held later in the year.

Bracken Ghyll GC’s men’s monthly Stableford saw Alan Pritchard, with 38pts, win by two points from runner-up David Lampkin and third-placed David Houlston.

Division Two saw Martin Collins require a point more to win the section, with Ashley Weir second on 36 and Ian Moore third with 35.

Headley GC’s Spring Cup competitors had expected damp conditions, but were met by glorious sunshine and only light to moderate winds.

Eleven-handicapper Mark Newton carded a gross 72 for a net 61 to take the first trophy of the year.

East Bierley GC’s Spring medal winner was Ian Crawshaw with a 62 on Saturday while two good rounds of 63 65 gave Kevin Perrow the best aggregate score for the weekend.

Wakefield GC’s immediate past captain, Steve Whitaker, helped raise £1,200 during his year in office on behalf of Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Whitaker nominated CRY as his charity and various fund raising events, plus “fines” for ending in the captain’s bunker, realised this amount. The money raised will fund a day’s testing in the area to detect possible fatal heart defects in the young.