CLITHEROE hosts the final Northern Order of Merit event of the season tomorrow with an array of top names set to take part.

The Pendle Witch is the last of 26 events which make up the series and will feature a field of 60 players.

Series leader Cameron Massey (Northenden) is not set to be among the competitors leaving the door open for Bury's Ciaran Doherty to take the overall title, he starts the weekend just 10 points off the pace meaning a finish of 11th or better would see him crowned champion.

Local interest will be led by defending Witch champion Mark Ashworth from the host club while Accrington's Chris Nuttall will also hope to feature highly.

Tom Dolan (Heswall), third in the overall standings and defending Order of Merit champion, is also a contender for victory at Clitheroe.

And Clitheroe Golf Club spokesperson Susan Broadley is looking forward to an exciting day of competition.

She said: "We have a full entry of 60 players and it is always nice for the Merit to finish at Clitheroe.

"The course is looking good, it is wet in places but the greens have stood up really well and the greenkeepers have been doing an amazing job and they will be out all weekend to make sure the course is in good condition.

"It is an exciting day with the two round format and hopefully the weather holds for us."

The competition, sponsored by Moorhouses and played over a 36-hole scratch medal format, gets underway with at 8am with the first starters. Round two is expected to start around 12.30pm with the winner set to be crowned around 6.30pm.