RAWDON pulled off a fine win over South Bradford in the Nine Hole Clubs Team Championship on Sunday, beating them by five strokes, with young and old coming to the fore.

The competition was held at South Bradford, with all of the Bradford Golf Union's nine hole clubs represented.

The hosts were expected to win, and star men Chris Foster and Mark Scott did their best with rounds of 74, but Union president Simon Tabel said they could have had no complaints about the result.

He said: "It was a fine performance by Rawdon, as certainly South Bradford were the favourites.

"It would have been disappointing for South Bradford to come second, as it would have been nice for them to claim the title on their home course.

"But everyone agreed that Rawdon's performance was first class and they did really well in testing, damp conditions. I think they only dropped 13 shots in total.

"It was good from all four of them (though only the best three scores from each team counted) and I thought they were worthy winners."

Asked to pick out the individual stars on the day, Tabel said: "I thought Cameron Dale (72) put in a very good performance for Rawdon.

"He represented Bradford Juniors for several seasons and has matured very well as a golfer.

"Their whole team had a real mix of youth and experience as Peter Davies, who got the second best score (73), is getting on a little bit. I'm sure he won't mind me saying that!"

Tabel was full of praise for South Bradford Golf Club's efforts as hosts too, saying: "The course was in excellent condition and they had several volunteers who were out raking the bunkers and tending the flags.

"I have to thank the club for their hospitality too, as they provided free refreshments for everyone.

"It was a good turnout on the day, with all the nine hole clubs in the district represented."

It is not the only Union tournament which has taken place over the last few days.

The Bradford Charities event was held this Wednesday at Shipley Golf Club and was won by Keighley pair Geoff Shrimpton and Wayne Fenton.

Tabel said: "We raised about £700 with collections on the day and clubs have contributed too, so that total will rise.

"The money will go towards the three charities that we were raising money for, which are the Bradford Cinderella Club, Sue Ryder and Tommy's, a Manchester charity that deals with stillbirth and miscarriage research."