The Yorkshire Seniors team, which included four newly qualified players, opened their season with a convincing win against Northumberland 131/2 to 41/2 at The Northumberland Golf Club. This is the strongest team on paper that Yorkshire have selected in recent League matches but similarly the Northumberland team had new players competing for the first time.
The morning Greensomes started with a loss for our first pair, Johnny Lawrence and Andy Whitworth, 2 down but Ian Clarke and Peter Ward leveled the scores with a 3/1 win.
Andy King, playing for the first time with club mate Mark Lawson, chiseled out a half against experienced opponents. With Steve Mason and Gary Cuthbert losing 2 down Yorkshire were behind but ex England player Jonathan Plaxton and ex Walker Cup player Cecil Bloice, both playing for the first time came in with a 3/2 win followed by another new player Charles Webb partnered with Chris Ingham who won on the last hole.
Taking a valuable 31/2 to 21/2 lead into the six afternoon four ball matches gave the team confidence to produce excellent golf in extremely poor weather which had started early in the day. Yorkshire won the first four matches to secure the team victory but Northumberland took the spoils in the penultimate match against Plaxton and Bloice 2/1
with Webb and Ingham taking their match 4/2.
This is a good start to our League campaign and we can not be complacent as the level of competition is improving each year.