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Boys Finish 3rd – County Finals

Yorkshire Boys Finish Third in EG Boys County Finals

The Yorkshire Boys Team assembled for the England Golf Boys County Finals at Furness Old Links Golf Club was as follows:

Jake Wallis (Captain) Garforth GC
Ben Brown Romanby GC
George Hanson Crosland Heath Gc
Jack Northgraves Ganton
Isaac Smith Moortown GC
Josh Stephens Moortown GC
Luke Thornton Hessle GC

The week was of mixed weather, but in the main it was dry, slight wind with varying directions although nothing to detract from some good golf!

Our first day’s match was against Kent with the foursomes in the morning comprising three games. Ben and jack got off to a great start with them being up at the turn and continued to hold their lead winning 2Up. Luke & Josh were down after the first hole but managed to pull it back to tied after nine winning ten, a difficult Par 3 with a magnificent 2, but losing out on the next hole to a par. A good battle for the two young ones to finish A/S and half a point. Jake and George, our final game also had a battle halving the first five holes in birdie, par, birdie, birdie, par to win the sixth with a par to go 1Up. The Kent duo went 1Up at the fifteenth but with a tremendous birdie on the last by ours we took the match A/S. Morning score 2 – 1 to Yorkshire.

In the singles we were up in three, tied in one and down in two after 9 holes so plenty to play for. Ben had a battle on his hands with Jack Lee, probably their best player and sadly lost 2Down. Isaac struggled against his opponent who was 2under at the turn and again it was another defeat for Yorkshire, along with Jack and Jake who both lost too. Thanks to Josh and George we managed to win two games and the final score was a disappointing 5 – 4 to Kent.

On to the second day where we met Leicestershire & Rutland and we sent out the same pairings, but in a different order. Ben & Jack struggled with their opponents who once were up early doors managed to hold on and increase their lead to win 4&3. Our young pairing of Josh 7 Luke got off to a cracking start being 3Up after three holes, alas losing a couple before the turn, but holding on to their lead to win 2Up. Jake and George were 2Up after three holes, but then losing 6, 8 and 9 to be 1 Down going through nine. They then lost 10 & 11 to be 3Down, but winning 3 holes from 14, par, birdie, par to finish all square after 18. Morning score 1.5 – 1.5.

Jake got off to a fine start with birdies at holes one & two to be 2Up and this is where the game finished with him having a great birdie down the last to win 2Up. Josh’s game was back and forth for the first nine but going into the back nine 1Up he managed to hold on to win on the last 2Up. George got off to a sizzling start with birdies at the first three holes, followed by wins on 7, 8 & 9 to be 6Up at the turn where he remained closing the game out on thirteen, 6&5. Luke was 1Up at the turn but was up against a player who was holing everything on the back nine losing 4&3. Jack again was up against it, 1Down at the turn with both playing great golf and with birdies on twelve, thirteen, fifteen and sixteen he swung the game around to win 2&1, tremendous effort! Finally, Ben was playing Will Plant, good player and he got to the turn 3Up, but sadly Will pulled it back to all square on seventeen with a good birdie and won on the last with a par. Final score 5.5 – 3.5 to Yorkshire.

Finally, to the last day’s match against Gloucestershire. At this stage all the counties had won one match and thus it relied on games won, where we had a slight lead of half a point over Kent & Gloucestershire and 1 point over L&R.

We got off to a cracking start in the foursomes winning two of the three games. Jake and George were up against the Millington brothers, two good players. They were only 1Down at the turn, but alas they birdied eleven and twelve to go 3Down, battling hard they managed to get back to 1 Down, but again the Millington’s birdied sixteen and seventeen to win 3&2. Once again the two young ones, Josh and Luke were on fire having been 1Down after 2 birdies in first three holes, but then they went on a birdie barrage at four, five and seven to be 4Up at the turn, some sparkling golf from them both! Another birdie and game over, a win 6&5, terrific stuff! Ben and Jack started well, 2Up after two holes and going out in level par they were 1Up followed by 3 birdies and a par to win 5&4. Match score 2 -1 to Yorkshire.

Jake was first out in the singles playing against Ash Millington and at the turn was 1Up, but a birdie but Ash at 10 tied the game, however Jake bounced back to be 2Up after 14, then a birdie barrage from Ash turned the game, 3 birdies in the last four holes beating Jake 1Up. Josh was second out against the other Millington Josh. Our Josh was out in 1 under to their Josh 3 under to be 2Down and that’s how it remained with a 2Up win for Gloucestershire. Jack played solid golf and was always up in his game to win 2Up. Ben had a very tough game against Milan Reed, another good player. At the turn the game was all square with both players being 4 under par! Milan was on fire, holing everything with four birdies in the back nine to close Ben out 3&2 with a score of 8 under to Ben’s 3under, not much you can do there! Luke had a sparkling front nine with birdies on three, five, seven and nine to be out in 4 under and 5Up in the game, closing it out on fifteen 4&3. So here we were level on games 4 – 4 with only George to finish where he was 2UP at the half-way mark and looking good, but two birdies on ten and eleven brought the game all square where it remained to the sixteenth and a birdie by the opposition put them 1Up, both pared the seventeenth, so it was down to the last hole. Both hit good drives down the 345yd eighteenth with them having the easier shot with both now on the green, they holed for a three and sadly George failed to lose 1Down. Match score 5 – 4 to Gloucestershire.

A valiant effort by our team, but alas it was not to be! Some great golf being played by all four county’s players during the week emphasising the reason why they were there!

It has been a great experience for the guys who have all said, “it’s been the best golfing week yet”. They enjoyed the team atmosphere and supporting each other on and off the course. Plenty of laughter and enthusiastic team spirit all week.

I can honestly say I am very proud of all our players, who have played golf in the true spirit of the game coming together as one.

My thanks must also go to Craig Fricker, our coach who was in attendance all week doing a fantastic role from the beginning, giving advice, and assisting the guys when necessary.

Team Yorkshire now moves on to our next event!


England Golf Report

Philip Woodcock

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