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Malton & Norton Golf Club's Chris Halley wins sixth trophy
SIX of the best is underpinning golf star Chris Halley’s sunburst summer of success.
Halley took his haul in the county’s 2013 treasure trove to six when he won the Mackenzie Salver held annually at Fulford Golf Club – an even more astounding statistic given that he has only played in seven Yorkshire Order of Merit tournaments this summer.
His victory by three shots maintained a superb record of at least one victory every month in this year’s Order, which he now heads by more than 200 points with just one event to play.
In April he won the coveted opener, the Auchterlonie Spoon, and since then has amassed the Cleveland Salver, The Pannal Rose Bowl, the Oakdale Acorn and the Moor Allerton Amateur Classic before swelling his trophy cabinet with the Mackenzie Salver, which is a tournament for players playing off scratch.
Besides those scintillating successes, Halley is currently the reigning Yorkshire Amateur champion, and earlier this month he also reached the quarter-finals of the English Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath in Surrey.
He agreed it was his best ever competitive season, but he still wants more, explaining how he has targeted the Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa in just under two weeks’ time, plus the final Yorkshire Order of Merit tournament, the Moortown Masters, at the end of the month.
Halley attributed his ascent to a sharper focus placed on his short game in which he has worked with national coaches Steve Robinson, the head pro at Sandburn Hall GC, and Graham Walker, who holds a similar position at The Oaks GC in Aughton.
Said Halley: “I’ve worked a lot harder at my game and I’ve put a lot of time into my short game – chipping and putting.
“The rest of my play has been mostly the same but after working with Graham Walker and Steve Robinson the putts have dropped more and more.
“It’s been my most successful year by far and I just want it to go on as long as possible.”
To land his sixth Order of Merit crown at Fulford, Halley posted a level-par opening round of 72 before surging ahead with a three-under 69 to win by three shots from Harrogate GC’s Joe Buckley.
Fulford’s Damon Coulson, winner of the Order of Merit’s Hornsea Gutty earlier in the year, was fourth after rounds of 71 and 74.
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