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10-5 Win for Boys v Lancashire

Win for Boys Against Lancashire

Our Boys third league match in the Northern Counties against Lancashire was played at the infamous Moortown Golf Club, home to the second Ryder Cup match in 1929. The course was in fine condition despite all the heavy rain we have had of late, indeed majority of the summer!

We were missing Jake Wallis, who was down at Broadstones getting ready for the English Amateur Championship, but this gave me the opportunity to play Jonty Butcher from Silkstone GC.

The foursomes were played under cloudy skies, our first pairing of Jack Northgraves and George Hanson had a tough battle against their top pairing with them loosing the game on the seventeenth hole 2&1. Our regular pairing of Alfie Baldwin and Tai Naylor were 2Up with two to play but lost the seventeenth due to an errant tee shot then managed to half the last hole to win 1 Up. Josh Stephens and Tom Hartshorne who had recently played in the McGregor U16 Trophy were on fire with three birdies and the rest pars in the front nine to be 8 Up and game over on the tenth, 9&8. Benjy Saia and Jonty Butcher were off to a poor start by their standards and were 2 Down by the third hole, but a good fight back they hit the turn tied and then with birdies on fourteen and fifteen were 3 Up halving the sixteenth gave them the game 3&2. Our final pairing of Kyle John-Rolfe and Luke Thornton started poorly and were 2 Down at the turn, sadly not able to pull the game around and lost 2&1. At lunch the score was 4 – 2 so a good lead.

As we started the singles in the afternoon the rain came and was persistent for most of the day. Robbo had given Jack Northgraves some advice regarding his posture, and he came out on fire, beating Joel Berry by 2&1 with three birdies in the front nine. Alfie played steady golf and was 1 Up playing the last but sadly bogged it to finish all square. George was certainly not on form in the afternoon and was 3 Down at thirteen, but with a terrific fight back managed a halved game. Tai had a close game which was level playing seventeen and alas he lost it to a par and the game 1 Down. Both Josh and Tom had a good tussle with their opponents to come out winners. Benjy was not on form and lost his game 2&1. Jonty in his first appearance for the Boys team was on fine form with a level par game to win 5&4. Luke also played well in the afternoon to win his game 2&1 and Kyle played very well to win his game 5&4.

A great team effort by all to win 10 – 5 overall, this a good win against Lancashire. I must say I was delighted with our team; they always deliver as a unit and the team spirit amongst the players is so good. Once again well played Team Yorkshire!

A big thank you to Moortown Golf Club for their hospitality and assistance on the day making both sides feel very welcome.


Philip Woodcock

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