The Hawksworth Trophy 2012
SUDDEN DEATH PLAY OFF SETTLES THE 2012 HAWKSWORTH TROPHY
The Hawksworth Trophy is one of the major regional competitions throughout the season which, together, constitute the Yorkshire Order of Merit. It attracts a top class field and has been a prominent feature in The Bradford Golf Club calendar for 40 years. This year the competition saw the Yorkshire Union President, Mr. Stephen Larard and the Bradford Union President, Mr. John Head in attendance along with a good number of spectators. Special thanks must be given to Stephen as he stayed throughout the day, watched the playoff and as can be seen below was part of the prize presentation committee.
The prestigious Hawksworth Trophy, a 36-hole strokeplay competition for the leading amateur golfers throughout the north of England, was held at The Bradford Golf Club on Saturday 16th June.
On a day when the playing conditions were far from conducive for low scoring, the quality of the field was borne out by two players tying for first place on 139, 3-under par when competition standard scratch was 73 for round 1 and 71 for round 2.
As is normal with The Hawksworth Trophy, when players tie at the end of the day a sudden death play off over holes 11, 12, 16, 17 and 18 prevails. Unfortunately for Nigel Colbeck, playing out of Moor Allerton Golf Club, and Nick Marsh, playing out of Huddersfield Golf Club having both played excellent golf to tie on 139, they then had to endure the worst weather of the day when they started their play off.
Heading down the 11th hole, the hole was halved in par four’s as was the short par 3 12th. Next came the 16th hole where both Nigel and Nick hit good drives given the playing conditions which resulted in Nigel being pin high left of the green for two while Nick was on the bottom tier of the green about twenty five feet short of the pin. Nigel hit a sublime chip which looked like it may go in until it turned its nose up in the last foot, a simple four in any case. Nick hit a great putt up the MacKenzie green which finished just inches short of the hole, again the hole was halved. On to the 17th, where once again great tee shots were hit, setting up another good match play situation. After their second shots, Nick was short right of the green while Nigel was past the pin on the left. By now the conditions were taking their toll, but it was Nigel who held his nerve to win the hole and claim his first Hawksworth Trophy. Both players received warm applause from the mini gallery who had thoroughly enjoyed an excellent play off played in an excellent sporting manner despite the difficult conditions.
After managing to dry off, the prize presentation saw four of the five top competitors still present to collect their prizes and each had nothing but praise for the way that the day was organised and run and for the excellent condition of the course, especially given the difficult weather conditions.
For The Bradford Golf Club, it was a case of so nearly as our very own Ben Mountain finished in third with an excellent pair of seventy’s which has now made him the lowest handicapped golfer at The Bradford.
The Club Head Professional Andrew Hall commented "The Hawksworth Trophy proved once again to be a challenging competition for the region's top players and we very much look forward to hosting the event again in 2013"
For further information about the Hawksworth Trophy, please contact James Washington, Club Manager on 01943 875570, or click here to view the final results from the 2012 Hawksworth Trophy.