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10-5 win for Boys v Cheshire

10-5 win for Boys v Cheshire

This was our third match, a crucial one too in the Boys Northern Counties League played at Hessle Golf Club in Hull and for a change on a lovely day, no rain!

I put the two young boys of Harry Phillips and Ewan MacKenzie out first. They got off to a reasonable start parring the first two, but sadly bogeyed on the par 5 third to put them 1Down. A quick birdie on four put them back to level and followed this with a par to take a lead of 1Up and birdie on the par 3 eighth to go 2Up. They continued with their momentum on the back nine to win 3&1, a great start for them and the team.

Tai and Sam had a very comfortable 8&6 win in our second match against two youngsters who just didn’t get going but showed plenty of promise for the future.

Our third pairing of George and Benjy took control of this game over Tommy Fleetwood’s stepson, Oscar playing off +4.5 and U16 manager’s son Harry by the ninth going 2Up. At one stage they were 5Up on the back nine but lost fourteen and fifteen to finally win 3&2, a good win too.

Boys Captain Josh and Luke struggled in their game to get going, but it was still good enough to win 2&1.

Our final pairing sadly got off to a bad start with a double bogey and bogey on the first two holes so were 2Down. They made a comeback on five and six to tie the game, but then lost the next two to pars to go back to 2Down. The Cheshire pair bombarded them with four birdies on the back nine to lose 4&3.

Still a great start to the morning foursomes going into lunch 4 – 1.

Harry Phillips was first out in the afternoon getting off to a cracking start with a birdie to go 1UP, then it was like ping pong to be level after five, then with two pars and birdies from six he went 3Up to the turn. Two further birdies on the back secured a 3&2 win.

On the other hand, though Ewan lost the first to a birdie where it remained until five where he birdied, then lost seven to be 1Down. Winning eight and nine saw him turn in 1Up. He lost twelve to a par, but secured wins on thirteen and fourteen to go 2Up and with par on seventeen he closed the game out 3&1.

Sam had a comfortable front nine to be out in 3Up, but with an errant tee shot on twelve and birdies on thirteen and sixteen the game was all square. Both parred the seventeenth and with a tremendous birdie on eighteen Sam won the game 1Up. All credit to his young opponent who put up a great fight to take the game down the last, a good learning experience for him and I see a good player there.

Tai was in control of his game after losing the first to a birdie going out in 2Up. A mixture of birdies and bogeys took him to the sixteenth where a par secured his game 3&2.

George was a game of two nines, he, performing well on the front nine and harry Kell performing better on the back nine to lose 2Up.

Benjy had a battle on his hand with Oscar Craig where he was never Up in the game in the first eight holes, but with a good birdie on nine he tied the game and here it remained for the next four holes. Oscar birdied the fourteenth then Benjy parred the next to be back tied. Sadly, Benjy’s putting let him down on the next two to lose2&1.

Ethan played steady golf to the turn, but pity he let it slip on the back nine to lose 4&3.

Luke Thornton playing his home course was on good form, both birdieing the first and went then 1Up at the second for which he improved on to be 4Up at the turn. Back nine was a bit of battle, but he managed to get across the line with a good par 3 on sixteen to win 3&2.

Josh played steady golf and recovering from a back injury he sadly lost his game 3&2.

Jonty had a terrific game and was never Up in the game until the fifteenth where a par secured a 1Up, but with a bad tee short on the par 3 lost sixteen. The seventeenth looked like been tied, but the Cheshire player missed a very short putt to give Jonty the hole, so down the final hole we all went! Jonty hitting a bad drive over the right trees to be on the ninth with Hopley down the middle of the fairway and an easy shot in, but he pulled it slightly sort and with a poor chip followed by a poor putt to leave him several feet. Jonty played a short iron down nine to leave a wedge in over the trees landing off the back of the green on a downslope and a tricky chip to come! He played it well and was given the putt, so it was down to the seven-footer which he missed for Jonty to take the game 1Up.

Result  10 – 5

This was a terrific win for Team Yorkshire and once again I was so proud of the guys who as always played as a team.

 

Philip Woodcock

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