The Yorkshire Boys retain their Northern Counties Boys Champions title for a second year at Warrington GC with a spectacular display of golf scoring. As the winning team, they now progress to the England Golf County Boys Championship at The Northampton GC, Northamptonshire, in August.
The day started off overcast with sunshine appearing at lunchtime with little wind to speak of initially then turning into a slight breeze. The boys had been well prepped by our coach, Steve Robinson, the day before, so it was now over to them to deliver the golf! The course was 6200yds, par 71 and in superb condition, the boys were very complimentary about the greens.
Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire GC) led the team away, playing with Luke Kelly from Lancashire. He got off to a steady start and was 2 under after 10, at the par 14 he 3 putted to drop a shot, but then proceeded to birdie the next three holes (par 5, 3, 5) to go 4 under, finishing with a 67,a new course record which was to be short lived, all of 2 hours!. Unfortunately the putts didn’t drop for him, 31 putts in total, however it still was a great round.
Callum MacFie (Lindrick GC) was next out again and was 2 over after 6, but birdies at 9 & 10 got him back to level, playing steady golf to come in with a level par 71.
Jack Leversidge (Abbeydale GC) has been playing some great golf of late and on some difficult courses, St Georges, Princes and Burhill to name a few. He recently came 4th at Hallamshire in the Sheffield Plate with his handicap coming down over the last 3 months from 3.7 to 1.7. He played some good golf for his round with 32 putts, birdies at 15 and 17 both par 5’s to finish 2 under for 69. This was a tremendous effort by Jack, our reserve, who replaced Captain Dan Bradbury who was unfortunately unwell.
James Swash (Middlesbrough GC) played some great golf; he was 2 under after 5 but then dropped a shot to be 1 under after 10. Like his team mate, Alex he then had a birdie charge at 15, 16 & 17 to go 4 under and finish with a 67 too. James had 29 putts in his round, excellent effort.
Charlie Daughtrey (Rotherham GC) didn’t get off to a great start with a bogey in the early holes, followed by another after overshooting the par 5 5th hole, a poor chip leaving him short then after a good chip missing the putt for a 6.Dan Bradbury the non-playing Captain stepped in to caddy for Charlie for a few holes and lift his spirits which he did to finish with a level par 71.
Our last man was Michael Hay (Hunley Hall GC) was last out getting off to a great start with a birdie at the first. He followed this with others at 6 & 7 to be 3 under at the turn. Michael played some excellent golf with an eagle at 12 having bogeyed 11, then a birdie at 15 to be 5 under. Good drive down the par 5, 17th set him up with a 6 iron into the green leaving him a successful 40 foot putt for eagle, now 7 under. A par 4 at the last ensured he had a 64, new course record. Michael had a fabulous 26 putts.
The five best scores in the morning count which was 64, 67, 67, 69, 71 = 338 Charlie’s score being discounted as he was our last player in. All par or better and finishing 17 under par! We were a clear 18 shots in front of our nearest rivals Durham with Cheshire 1 shot back of them. At lunch Philip said “they could not be complacent, they needed to go out again and repeat their morning’s performance as the other teams would be out to get us!”
Alex led the way again and was 1 over after 6, but soon got it back to level after 7. He had a birdie at 12 then repeated his morning efforts with birdies at 15, 16 & 17. At par 3, 16 he nearly holed out leaving it 12 inches away. A final birdie at 17 set him up with another 67 and a 36 total of 8 under.
Callum didn’t get off to a great start in the afternoon and was 3 over after 3, but he managed to steady the ship and pulled his round back to finish with another 71.
Jack was steady away playing to par in the main and finishing with a par 71.
James started poorly and unfortunately was 2 over after 6 and with bogeys at 12 & 13 he went to 5 over. He managed a birdie at 15 to finish with a disappointing 75.
Charlie Daughtrey had a spring in his step in the afternoon, his first birdie coming at 5 and with birdies at 10 & 12 he was 3 under. Unfortunately dropping a shot at the par 3, 13 with a poor three putt took him back to 2 under. Birdies at 15 & 17 both par 5’s gave him a total of 67.
Michael birdied the 1st hole yet again in the afternoon but missed a couple of 4 foot putts to remain at 1 under after 4. Dropping a shot on the par 5 with a poor chip shot took him back to level. He struggled from then to go 3 over after 10, but birdies at 12, 13 & 14 pulled him back level only to bogey 16 having missed the green right to go 1 over playing the 17th, the par 5, unfortunately he could not manage a birdie here finishing with a par and a 1 over total 72.
Our afternoon scores to count were 67, 67, 71, 71, 72 = 348 with only one score above par. James’s score was discounted. We beat Durham by 9 shots.
Our nearest rivals Durham put up a tremendous fight back with scores of 66, 67, 67, 69, and 70 = 339, one shot worse than our morning score. Luke Kelly (Lancashire) playing with Alex had a 63 in the afternoon to beat Michael’s short lived course record.
Philip Woodcock, Boys Team Manager commented on the quality of golf seen by all players during the day, with some exceptional scoring! He thanked the team coach Steve Robinson for his excellent preparation of the team in the practice sessions. He went on to thank the team including the non-playing Captain Dan Bradbury for their fantastic team spirit over the three days and their determination in wanting to win. He said, ‘I am tremendously proud of my team, they are just wonderful to be around, we have fun, but ultimately they all know we have a job to do! I look forward to the England Golf Boys County Finals in late August at The Northampton Golf Club, Northamptonshire.