The 2017 East Riding Union’s Boys championship was held on August 3rd at the beautifully presented Hainsworth Park Golf Club in Brandesburton. After the dramatic closing events of the Senior Amateur Championship at Hessle Golf Club 5 days previously only the prescient amongst those in attendance would have predicted an equally thrilling outcome.
A week of inclement weather continued to sweep the area as 34 budding golfers aged between 17 and 9, teed it up for championship glory. The field included recent Rob McLeish Cup winner Tom Duck, Burstwick Club Champion Jack Maxey and Yorkshire’s Joe Allenby and Lewis Hunt.
The morning results produced a procession rather than a competition with Maxey playing unmatched, quality golf. Out in one under par 34 and back in one over 37, his level par round of 3 birdies and 3 bogies eclipsed his rivals with nonchalant ease who could only manage an indifferent 78 at best. It was, as they say, all over bar the shouting wasn’t it?
A more than unsettling strong westerly breeze continued to drag squally weather across the course until late afternoon testing the mental fortitude of the young players. Maxey, out in 37 continued to play solid golf. He started for home with back to back par 4’s before “hitting the wall” in spectacular style. A quadruple bogey 8 at the innocuous 12th was followed by a wildly erratic bogey at the long 13th. A further 3 shots went before he signed for an 82 and his face failed to conceal his huge disappointment.
Duck by contrast despite making the odd mistake here and there remained focussed on the job in hand. Out in 3 over par 38 he appeared to be too far back from the inexplicably, faltering Maxey. Indeed, when he “launched a monster” down 17 which found the water when still 3 behind, his chance appeared to have gone.
Displaying maturity beyond his years, Ganton and Scarborough North Cliff member, Duck took his penalty drop and then sent a soaring long iron at the flag for a superb birdie. A steely 10 foot putt on the last for par meant he signed for a 75 and a Championship tying cumulative score of 143.
The loquacious Hunt and reserved Allenby, 2 and 3 shots back respectively, no doubt spent the evening reflecting on missed opportunities whilst the tie at the top had the Officials reacquainting themselves with the rule book.
As in Sunday’s Amateur, a playoff ensued, this time over 2 holes, Hainsworth’s par 4 first and par 3 last. Despite the heightened tension both protagonists split the fairway with Maxey putting his second safely on the green. Duck, however, slightly misjudged his approach and found a poor lie over the green from which he crucially failed to get up and down. Maxey made 4.
A sizable crowd of spectators greeted these fine young men as they approached the 18th green. Swimming in a sea of adrenaline both players reached the back of the long green featuring a front pin. Duck putting first, knocked his 30 footer stone dead for a certain 3 leaving Maxey with 2 putts for the title. Showing no signs of his earlier meltdown, he calmly stroked the ball to the hole side and tapped in – job done.
The trophy for the net prize was won by Hull Golf Club’s George Clark, grandson of the venerable East Riding Past President Edward Clark, who proudly watched on. His net score of (72 + 66) 138 was 3 ahead of Hornsea Golf Club’s Will Marshall (71 + 70) and 5 ahead of Cottingham Parks’ Cooper Beck (71 +72), George Bell (69 +74) and George Davies (68 + 75) both of Scarborough North Cliff.
A fine days golf will no doubt be viewed in hindsight in differing hues and lights by all the players.
Scars earned in a tough afternoon’s golf will hopefully soon be forgotten and the Union sincerely hopes to see all those that are still eligible at next year’s event. Hopefully they will also manage to mark their cards correctly…..
|Pos.||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|8th||G. W. P. Clark||84||78||162|
* Winner in play-off
|Pos.||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|1st||G. W. P. Clark||72||66||138|