The Charlestown Trophy pt1 – TGC Win Twice Away

The annual Rabbits dual between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden teed off at Mount Skip on Wednesday. TGC took a team captained by Dez Crossley hoping to avoid the 0-5 drubbing received last year in the away leg that rendered the challenge to win the trophy back futile. A better ball match play off scratch, the holders only need a total of 5 wins home and away to retain the trophy.

Rabbits Captain Andy Wade put Dez Crossley in charge for the trophy and The Showman showed the way with a Captain’s performance with Andy Hutchison beating HBGC’s Captain and experienced pair of Gordon Ackroyd and Colin Greenwood 5&4. After being 2 down early on TGC’s Captain and partner kept their heads and Dez’s putter did the business on what we very slow greens.

Andy Hutchinson, Dez Crossly, Gorden Ackroyd and Colin Greenwood tee off for the Charlestown Trophy
Dez’s putter was on fire as an early set back was over come to win by a handsome 5&4

That victory was preceded by an almighty win by the in form Steve Hill and Clive Cook who absolutely battered their opponents 7&5 which put TGC 2 up after two games. Steve sunk an almighty 40ft putt to clinch the final hole needed right in front of the clubhouse for good measure.

6up already and Steve Hill nonchalantly pops this one in for victory
Steve Hill is congratulated Clive cook after his monster putt sealed the first point of the match for TGC.

But elsewhere the Hebden Bridge had the games under control. Al Stobbs and Steve Scholes were edged out 3&2. After a brave attempt, Craig Vest and David Marshall went down to the same score. Even a birdie for Marshy on the 2nd couldn’t win a hole in a game full of par golf. So at 2-2 it was down to Mark Wallis and Alan Payne to see of they could get something on the board. Going down to the wire it was Hebden Bridge that made their home advantage count and make the score 3-2 before coming to Todmorden.

Even though the score is not in TGC’s favour, Dez is more than happy to take home two points and then face the opponents at Tod. “3-2 not bad going into next week. That course was tricky and the greens really slow. We played really well.” Mount Skip is a quirky track with lots of blind holes – certainly one for the home player. Todmorden is harder in comparison and the greens are much, much quicker so with 3 and 1/2 point to get the trophy the show is definitely on for Weds 23rd.

Here are the possible pairs that will bring the trophy home:

Steve Hill & Ryan Gaffney

Craig Vest & Steve Scholes

Allan Stobbs & David Marshall

Alan Payne & Mark Wallis

Dez Crossley (c) & Andy Hutchinson

Good luck, lads.

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