ERUGC Men's Matchplay 2017

The East Riding Union of Golf Clubs Match-play Championship final was played at Ganton Golf Club on Tuesday 29th August between Alan Wright and Andy Woodhead both Hessle Golf Club members.

The damp drizzling conditions on the day proved to be a key factor in this duel between the two East Riding veterans making the dense heavy rough an area to be avoided at all costs. Alan (57) and Andy (53), had both fought their way through the elimination stages of the Championship to reach the final. Alan was ably assisted by caddie Charlie Fountain and Andy had young rising star Joe Allenby on his bag.

 

The match began with two magnificent drives on the first 369 yard hole leaving both players with less than a hundred yards to the pin but poor seconds left both players struggling to achieve par, however, Woodhead managed to get down in two putts to win the hole with a four. An errant tee shot from the second tee left Woodhead in deep rough and struggling so Wrights par was good enough to square the match. From the 3rd tee, Woodhead again found trouble finding the deep cavernous bunker just short of the green. Although playing his second from the rough, Wright found the green whilst Woodhead’s bunker shot disappeared over the green, a weak chip followed and he gifted the hole to Wright who went one ahead with a par four. The 4th hole saw Wright in trouble when he lost his ball in the deep gorse to the left, whilst Woodhead had played the hole well and Wright had no option but to concede the hole for the match to go back to level.

The short 5th was won by Wright with a par 3 after Woodhead had overshot the green. A magnificent drive down the 6th left Wright with no more than a 180 yards to the pin leaving him in the driving seat but when he failed to hit the green, a par five from Woodhead was good enough to halve the hole. The challenging 7th hole saw both players in trouble off the tee with Wright in deep rough left and Woodhead bunkered. A bogey five from both players left Wright one up on the 8th Tee.

 

The following three holes were won by Wright with pars as Woodhead continued to find problems off the tee. By the 11th hole, Wright was 4 up and seemed to be taking control, however, he found himself bunkered and after taking two shots to get out he conceded the hole. On the 12th, Woodhead hit a magnificent 3 iron to the centre of this dog-leg hole, less than a 100 yards from the pin but when he missed the green left and failed to get down in two more he allowed Wright to halve the hole with a bogey 5. The players halved the par 5 - 13th in par. The following three holes saw three concessions, two from Wright and one from Woodhead leaving Wright in the lead by two holes. The 17th saw the first birdies of the day when both players scored 3’s at this 247 yard hole. A par 4 down the 18th saw a much relieved Woodhead leave the course at the half way stage with only a one hole deficit.

The second round began much like the first with both players hitting perfect drives to the centre of the 1st fairway some 80 yards short of the pin, this time both players got their pitches to within 10 feet of the pin but neither could convert these fine shots into birdies so the hole was halved in par. The second hole was a repeat of the first round as far as Woodhead was concerned as he again pulled his drive into deep rough and after failing to get near the pin after four shots conceded the hole to Wright who was certain of a par 4. The 3rd hole saw Woodhead’s driving woes continue when again he pulled the ball left and lost his ball in the deep undergrowth. So very quickly Wright had re-established a 3-hole lead which was extended to 4 when Wright hit a pin-point iron to within a foot at the 407 yard par 4 to make birdie.

 

At this stage, it looked as if Wright was back on his game and Woodhead was struggling, but in this game of golf, especially in match-play, you can never write the script as by the turn on the second round, Woodhead had got the game back to level. Wright had 3 putted the 5th to lose it to a Woodhead par, at the 6th Wright missed a 5 footer to lose the hole, at the 8th he conceded the hole when he found deep rough to the right and on the 9th hole he found green-side bunker from which he took three shots to get out. The game settled briefly at the 10th with both players returning par 3’s but on the 11th Woodhead took the lead when his par 4 was good enough to win the hole. The tricky 12th dog leg saw Woodhead in trouble in the trees so Wright’s par 4 was good enough to restore his lead. The 13th was halved in birdie fours and the 14th in par 4’s. Both players found trouble at the difficult 436 yard par 4 15th.

 

Wright had an excellent drive leaving him only 156 yards to the pin but inexplicably he missed the green to the right and chipped poorly to record a double bogey 6 whilst Woodhead managed a bogey 5 to win the hole and go one hole ahead. The match was back to level at the 16th when Wright, who was bunkered greenside for two, played a remarkable bunker shot to within a foot and return a par 4 to Woodhead’s bogey 5.

 

When Wrights tee shot on the 17th hit a tree Woodhead had the chance to regain the lead but a wayward tee shot and lost ball meant he was one hole down on the 18th tee. The final tee shots saw both players in the deep rough to the right of the fairway, both failed to find the green but, Wright’s bogey 5 was enough to achieve a half and so win the 36-hole Championship by 1 hole.

At the after match dinner in the Ganton clubhouse the players and ERUGC executive were warmly welcomed by Ganton Captain Stephen Larard. Mrs. Julie West representing her husband Chris West of Bridlington Building Supplies, sponsors of the event was thanked by East Riding President Steve Thornton who then presented the winners salver to Alan Wright. This was Alan’s second victory in the Match-play Championship with him previously winning in 1998.


Semi Finals

To be played by Sunday 20th August. (Winners in bold)

Match   Player A Club   Player B Club
1   Andy Woodhead Hessle v Andy Lockwood Hessle
2   A. Wright Hessle v Ben Borman Cottingham Parks

The matches shall be played on a course neutral to both players.

 

1st Semi Final: Andy Woodhead v Andy Lockwood to be played at Hessle GC.

2nd Semi Final: Alan Wright v Ben Borman to be played at Hull GC.

 


Quarter Finals

To be played by Sunday 30th July. (Winners in bold)

Match   Home Player Club   Away Player Club
1   Andy Lockwood Hessle v Andy Allcock Scarborough NC
2   Alan Wright Hessle v Ioan Pearce Brough
3   Martin Osbourne Hull v Andy Woodhead Hessle
4   Jon Samuel Hull v Ben Borman Cottingham

The matches shall be played on a course neutral to both players.

 

1st Quarter Final: Andy Lockwood v Andy Allcock to be played at Driffield GC

2nd Quarter Final: Alan Wright v Ioan Pearce to be played at Hull GC

3rd Quarter Final: Martin Osbourne v Andy Woodhead to be played at Beverley & ER GC

4th Quarter Final: Jon Samuel v Ben Borman to be played at Hessle GC


3rd Round

To be played by Sunday 2nd July. (Winners in bold)

Match   Home Player Club   Away Player Club
1   Steven Lynch Boothferry 3&2 Andy Lockwood Hessle
2   Ioan Pearce Brough 1 Up Simon Boddy Scarborough NC
3   Martin Osbourne Hull 19th Leigh Gawley Hornsea
4   Andy Woodhead Hessle 6&5 Dave Cockerham Ganstead Park
5   Kristian Smith Springhead 2&1 Alan Wright Hessle
6   Andy Allcock Scarborough NC Con. Charlie Milner Hull
7   Ben Borman Cottingham Con. David Tarbotton Hull
8   Jon Samuel Hull Con. Neil Burnley Beverley & ER

2nd Round

To be played by Sunday 4th June. (Winners in bold)

Match   Home Player Club   Away Player Club
1   Andy Woodhead Hessle 8&7 Adrian Rosindale Hornsea
2   Leigh Gawley Hornsea 4&3 Jack Maxey Burstwick
3   Ioan Pearce Brough 4&3 John Thorpe Boothferry
4   Neil Burnley Beverley & ER W/O Richard Ferraby Hull
5   Oliver Beckett Bridlington 1 up Charlie Milner Hull
6   Alan Wright Hessle 4&3 Jamie Bancroft Boothferry
7   David Peasgood Hornsea 1 up Ben Borman Cottingham
8   Billy Hewitt Ganstead 3&2 Andy Allcock Scarborough NC
9   Dave Cockerham Ganstead 5&4 Eddie Pearson Hessle
10   Joey Thornham Hull 2&1 Martin Osbourne Hull
11   Michael Patterson Ganton 3&2 Simon Boddy Scarborough NC
12   Tom Duck Ganton 2 up Andy Lockwood Hessle
13   Keith Williamson Hessle 20th David Tarbotton Hull
14   Steve Lynch Boothferry 2&1 Connor Eyles Ganstead
15   Ben Rozenbroek Hull 5&3 Kristian Smith Springhead
16   Dan Digby Hessle 4&3 Jon Samuel Hull

1st Round

To be played by Sunday 7th May. (Winners in bold)

Match   Home Player Club   Away Player Club
1   Nick Raybould Bridlington Conceded Jamie Bancroft Boothferry
2   Chris Clarkson  Brough 3&1 Jack Maxey Burstwick
3   Leigh Gawley Hornsea 4&3 Marc Tyson Scarborough NC
4   Jon Samuel Hull 1 up Rees Brown Hornsea
5   Simon Boddy Scarborough NC 3&1 Ryan Gray Driffield
6   Ioan Pearce Brough 5&4 Adrian Hartley Beverley & ER
7   Keith Williamson Hessle 20th Alex Stark Beverley & ER
8   Michael Patterson Ganton 5&3 Shaun Neill Cottingham
9   Lewis Hunt Burstwick 3&2 Tom Duck Ganton
10   Connor Eyles Ganstead Conceded Ashley Pheasant The KP
11   Richard Hornby Hessle 4&3 Kristian Smith Springhead
12   Andy Allcock Scarborough NC 19th Brian Drake Hessle
13   Dave Cockerham Ganstead 2&1 Will Webster Cottingham
14   Jonnie Fisher Hornsea Conceded Dan Digby Hessle
15   James Halford Cottingham 3&2 Andy Lockwood Hessle
16   Paul Smith Beverley Conceded Ben Rozenbroek Hull
17   Scott Jackson Burstwick Conceded Oliver Beckett Bridlington
18   Richard Ferraby Hull Conceded Ethan Gott Cave Castle
19   Neil Burnley Beverley & ER 6&5 Jude Tarbotton Hull
20   Gary Parker Driffield 21st Eddie Pearson Hessle
             
Byes   Ben Borman  Cottingham   Ady Rosindale Hornsea
    Billy Hewitt Ganstead   David Tarbotton Hull
    Steve Lynch Boothferry   Joey Thornham Hull
    Charlie Milner Hull   Jon Thorpe Boothferry
    Martin Osbourne Hull   Andy Woodhead Hessle
    Dave Peasgood Hornsea   Alan Wright Hessle