Whitby golfer crowned county’s finest

Richard and Karen Marshall with Yorkshire cup winner Chris Halley and Club manager Pete Brown''w132801a
Richard and Karen Marshall with Yorkshire cup winner Chris Halley and Club manager Pete Brown''w132801a

A Whitby golfer has been crowned the new Yorkshire Amateur Golf Champion after winning a gruelling 6,500-yard course.

Whitby-based Chris Halley, a +3 handicapper who plays his golf out of Malton & Norton, won the prestigious title at the challenging par 71 championship course at Huddersfield Golf Club.

In recognition of his achievement, Halley has been awarded honorary life membership by Whitby Golf Club.

Halley (28) told the Whitby Gazette this week: “It takes some winning because you have got to play well every day.

“If you have abad day, you get knocked out. It was a nice tribute from Whitby Golf Club to give me life membership too, as I have started playing up there.

“It was a real honour.”

Caddying for Halley was Whitby Golf Club director and Hudderfield member Pete Brown. Caddy Brown said of the 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, beginning 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 in temperatures of 25C.

At the point of victory Halley had completed almost 160 holes of golf. Halley made the cut of 149 comfortably on day two with rounds of 74 and 72 .

He then beat Ben Brewster (+1) a fellow Yorkshire squad member from Bawtry GC on the 18th hole,and in the afternoon a 4&2 victory over Jamie Kelley (scr) from Otley GC saw him through to the quarter finals.

Day four provided a 20th hole win over Yorkshire player Jamie Harrison (+2) from Rotherham GC in the morning followed by a 7&5 win over promising youngster Ben Hutchinson (scr) of the Howley Hall GC 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 clinched a 4&2 win on the 16th after his opponent had missed puts on the previous three holes in the afternoon session.

Caddy Brown added: “I was so proud to have caddied for Chris and am delighted that he lifted the trophy after such an outstanding display of golf against top-class opposition.”

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.