After five years of Lancashire holding the Roses Challenge Salver it has finally made its’ way into Yorkshire following victory by the Yorkshire Boys over Lancashire Boys 12.5 – 5.5 at Whitefield Golf Club, Manchester.
The weather was kind in the morning, cloudy with occasional sunny intervals and a light breeze! Ben Schmidt and Jack Maxey led the way, but after seven holes were 3 down, however a good birdie on 8 followed by a terrific tee shot on the 190yd par 3 from Ben ensured a certain par too bring the match back to 1 down. They then took command of the match playing some good golf to eventually win 3&2. Michael Hay and Charlie Daughtrey, always a good pairing had a fight on their hands against George Holland and Jamie Van Wyke, with no more than one hole in it until the 18th where they won 2Up. The formidable H&H pairing of James Edwards and Harry Mowl confidential won their game 3&1. Again, Tom Kelly and George Robson also winning their game 4&3. Our other two pairings could not over come their Lancashire opponents to lose both their matches, however going into lunch 4 – 2 up was a great position to be in.
Following lunch Ben was off to a cracking start following on from the previous couple of weeks tremendous golf to be 4Up after nine holes. Ben is certainly in form at this current time! Michael struggled with his game to lose 3&2. Charlie had a great game against George Holland, again no more than one in it until the latter holes where he finally succeeded with a 3&1 victory. Jack Maxey played solid golf to overcome his opponent 4&3. George Robson was in commend of his game beating Jack Wallbank 6&4. Sadly, James Edwards lost his 6&5, but the score does not reflect the tremendous golf played by both players, halving and winning holes in birdies, not many bogeys were evident! Josh Berry who recently competed in the British Junior Open at St Andrews (Eden) played very well indeed and was Up most of the way with James Andrews holing a birdie putt on the last to halve the game, Josh resting on the lip with his attempt. Josh Stead had a good fight back from being 3Down at 13 to level the match on 17, but sadly an errant second shot into the green side wet bunker did not help with his opponent, Ryan Anderton on the green for two securing a four to win the game 1Up. Tom Kelly and Harry Mowl both played solid golf winning their matches 5&4 and 6&4 respectively. Jake Sowden had a tough game 1Up being the score really from the beginning, but a terrific birdie on the last after a magnificent second shot secured a 2Up win.
Phil Woodcock commented “Today was a great victory for us, having missed out in recent years with halved matches it feels good to finally have the trophy home, especially as our past President Jay Whittham had originally presented it and was there today to witness! I had a few new face’s playing today, the pairings worked especially well in the morning foursomes giving us a good lead at lunch. I was very impressed with all our players who contributed significantly in winning the match for us. I had included some younger members into the team and they too performed very well indeed, and I feel confident going forward that we have plenty of players of all ages who can deliver when needed. Well done Team Yorkshire.”