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CHRIS SHOWS CLASS; Dyson shines in Woodsome Hall triumph.

Byline: By JOHN MARTIN Sports Reporter

IN-FORM Chris Dyson carried his classy form at the Yorkshire Amateur championship into the Halifax, Huddersfield Union Team Champion ship, turning in two top scores to lead Woodsome Hall to the title in what developed into a thrilling shoot-out with defending champions Bradley Hall.

Playing over their home course was an advantage but Woodsome Hall's quartet of Dyson, Richard Holt, Adam Durie and Graham Cox had only a single stroke edge on Bradley Hall in the final analysis.

It was largely down to Dyson's storming 67 that Woodsome led by a couple of shots at the halfway mark, a lead that was halved by Bradley Hall despite Jim Fairhurst finding it a struggle and posting 80.

Plus one player Dyson, 35, had proved his class at Alwoodley in beating the home club's Will Shucksmith, a former British Universities champion who had claimed the coveted Alvin Trophy as leading qualifier then going out to eventual finalist Nigel Sweet in a memorable match, both being five under par going into the back nine and the Woodsome Hall man losing out only over the closing holes.

He took that form into the team champion ship, an event sponsored by Woodsome pro John Eyre, and by tagging on a second round 70 carried off the individual prize by a shot from Bradley Hall's Andy Whitworth.

Fine back-up to Dyson came from Holt, Dunne and Cox, who all carded two rounds in the 70s.

The shot of the day came from Meltham's Graham McLean who, on the 17th, pushed his tee shot into the middle of the professional's practice ground, his ball ending up in a cluster of practice balls. It was found in the allotted time and McLean produced a masterly recovery to the heart of the green and holed for a birdie.

Dyson was the man of the moment, however. Woodsome Hall non-playing captain John Hirst, on receiving the Founders Trophy after the club's second title win in three years, expressed his pride in his team, particularly Dyson, remarking on his splendid show in the Yorkshire Amateur.

593 Woodsome Hall: C Dyson 67 70; R Holt 75 73; A Durie 76 76; G Cox 78 78.

594 Bradley Hall: A Whitworth 69 70; A Shaw 74 74; M Cockroft 77 72; J Fairhurst 78 80.

602 Huddersfield: R Broadley 73 73; D Stocchero 75 74; B Tupman 76 77; C Webb 75 79.

615 Meltham: G McLean 72 72; J Bower 77 78; C Mear 79 77; J Thompson 81 79.

622 Dewsbury: E Battye 77 73; C Darbyshire 79 77; A Crum 82 76;BCrowther80 78.

632 Hanging Heaton: P Wood 75 79; D Overend 79 78; T Goodaire 80 78; T Hill 78 85.

633 West End: S Martin 79 76; R Greenwood 7778; F Greaves 74 81; K Richmond 83 85.

639 Hebden Bridge: I Powell 81 73; G Bamford 73 87; P Richardson 82 80; A Cryer 83 80; Outlane: A Wilford 73 77; J Hazelden 82 78; A Lister 79 85; H Pearcey 84 81.

657 Saddleworth: M Wray 79 81; M Orme 83 82; N Marner 80 85; PLaverty85 82.

660 Crosland Heath: M Lawrie 77 77; S Thompson 76 85; G Floyd 83 85; A Brown 85 92.

662 Halifax: S Sweeney 80 75; T Cowie 82 80; L Mudd 89 81;T Pollard 86 89. 683 Queensbury: S Town 81 86; R Heslop 86 85; A Earnshaw 85 87; K Smith 82 91.

693 Elland: N Smith 81 85; J Lord 83 86; C Norton 82 89; C Lawler 102 85. N R Castlefields: C McFadzean 85 83; N Bell8485; M SpinkSI 89; N Kelly 84 NR.

Best gross 137 - C Dyson (Woodsome Hall). Best first round prize: 69 - A Whitworth (Bradley Hall);best second round prize: 72 - G McLean (Meltham).

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MAIN MAN: Chris Dyson was a star performer for Woodsome Hall; LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Ian Powell was at the heart of the Hebden Bridge challenge
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2008
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