WEATHER DOESN'T HALT FIXBY TRIO.
Byline: Linda Whitwam Golf Reporter email@example.com
LADY golfers of Hudders-field and Halifax are a hardy lot.
Not snow, gale force winds nor a rare phenomenon called graupel could deter 94 of them from taking part in the Ladies' Winter Alliance at Longley Park this week.
Early starters caught the tail end of Tuesday's storm and the last out, a pairing from Queensbury were "swept into the clubhouse" at the end of their round, according to organisers.
Somewhere in between was a flurry of the rarelyseen graupel, which the golfers described as "little balls of snow."
This occurs when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake, forming a two to five-millimetre ball of frost.
Undeterred, the ladies donned their thermals and windproof suits and took to the course.
The Longley Park event market a hat trick of three successful Alliances in a row - with only West End and Dewsbury to go.
This winter organisers have been trying different formats to attract more ladies - and their efforts are reaping rewards.
Wednesday was the first time that a tri-am was played and it proved popular with the golfers. Attendances this year have been higher than last year.
Alliance chair Julie Langfield, who is also lady captain of Crow Nest Park, said: "I don't know how we did it, but we did.
"It was wet at the beginning and very windy at the end, with flurries of little snowballs in the middle - it was quite a phenomenon.
"We were absolutely delighted that so many played and were very impressed with the hardiness of the competitors. "The Winter League competitors are a very enthusiastic bunch of ladies and they are easy to please; happy with soup, sandwiches and a cup of tea when they come in.
"The tri-am format was successful and we are very pleased with the way the Alliances are running this winter. We have been running nine-hole competitions at the nine-hole courses and 18 holes at the 18-hole courses, with a variety of formats."
The competition was won by the Fixby trio of Alison Tracey, Maxine Rowlands and Alison Graham with 35 points, and a five-point margin over runners-up Van Whitehill, Julie Langfield and Ann Stafford, of Crow Nest Park.
The remaining two events are at West End on February 25 and Dewsbury District on March 25 - both are 18-hole.
Results in the H H&D Winter League Ladies Tri-Am Stableford at Longley Park were: 1st Alison Tracy, Maxine Rowlands & Alison Graham (Huddersfield GC) 35 points, 2nd Van Whitehill, Julie Lang-field& Ann Stafford (Crow Nest Park GC) 30 on countback, 3rd C Broadbent, G Barker & L White (Meltham GC) 30, 4th M Atkinson, D Riley & B Shuff (Longley Park GC) 29, 5th I Battye, G Goodlass & C Crowther (Outlane) 28 on countback, 6th P Wallace, S Ralph & G Thompson (Queensbury) 28.
Bradley Hall's Carol Arden plays an approach shot during the Ladies Winter Golf League at Longley Park JULIAN HUGHES (280115BGOLF)
Jan Cox of Hebden Bridge (above) plays out of a bunker watched by club colleague Frances Tighe, while Queensbury golfer Julia Hitchcock (below) |looks to get out of trouble during the Ladies Winter Golf League at Huddersfield's Longley Park course
JULIAN HUGHES (280115BGOLF)