Yorkshire Boys Win on Yorkshire Day
This match was held at Bolton GC on a sunny day with a slight breeze. Once again due to International call up for the Home I’s we were without Dylan Shaw Radford, Ben Brown playing for the England Boys and Josh Berry playing for the England Men. We had much the same players as with Cheshire match, the inclusion of our Captain Jake and Benjy Saia playing his first team match for the U18’s.
We got off to a cracking start in the foursomes at one stage were up in all six games, sadly Tai Naylor and Benjy Saia faltered towards the end to lose 2&1, still we went into lunch 5 – 1 up. The pairings worked well for us with some convincing wins.
The afternoon singles were a different situation with the Lancashire Boys coming out determined not to fail! At one stage we were only up in 3 games, shock, horror!!!!! Our initial three games were all down 3,2 & 2 having spoken to Jack on 15 suggesting we needed at least one win from one of the three, he gladly produced a superb finish to turn his game round with 2 birdies and 2 pars to win 1Up on the last, well played Jack! Out of the next six games we lost 5 and tied one! So, it was coming down to the last 5 where we got convincing wins from both George Hanson and Louie Walsh with the score standing at 8.5 – 6.5 with Lancashire up in two and tied in our last game. Tai Naylor unfortunately let it slip to lose 1 Down so now 8.5 – 7.5!
The team certainly know how to make their manager suffer!!!!
Luke Thornton pulled his game back to A/S after 16 with a par after his opponent went into the edge of the trees with a poor lie, 17 was halved so all down to the last where he hit a conservative drive short of a ravine and then onto the middle of the last. Zak, his opponent pushed his second right chipped on past the hole by about 15 feet and missed with Luke having two putts to win, score now 9.5 – 7.5 so an overall win! Benjy was 1 Downplaying the last and managed a 4 to secure a halve.
Overall, the team played well against a good and determined Lancashire side to produce a result of 10 – 8 on “Yorkshire Day” and progression now to the Northern Boys County Finals in October with a venue to be confirmed.