|2016 Table (To be updated once other results are in)|
|5||Halifax & Huddersfield||7||3||4||0||116||136||-20||6|
|2016 Men's YIDU Fixtures|
|12th June||Bradford||15-21||Harrogate||at||West Bradford|
|26th June||East Riding||17-19||Bradford||at||The KP|
|Harrogate||17-19||Sheffield||at||Thirsk & North Allerton|
|21st August||Teesside||21-15||Bradford||at||Blackwell Grange|
|11th September||Team Championship||Halifax Bradley Hall|
East Riding v Teesside at Driffield Golf Club, 4th September 2016
Following heavy rain on the previous day and overnight, the Driffield greens were holding, giving both teams the opportunity to go for the pins in this final match of the season.
The early stages of the morning foursomes found East Riding making the running, being up in three, all square in two and down in one after 6 holes. However, as the players crossed the bridge after the 11th hole, the match was firmly in the host’s court, with five pairings leading and the remaining pair all square. And that is how the matches finished giving East Riding an impressive 11 points to 1 advantage at lunch.
As the afternoon singles progressed, it soon became apparent that Teesside were not going to stage a miraculous recovery. After the 11th hole, all but one of the top eight singles were showing East Riding ahead and these matches were concluded with six wins and two losses.
So, with the match already won, attention turned to who would win the Player of the Year award. At the start of play, Team Manager, Andy Woodhead (Brough) led the competition by 2 points from Mark Woodall (Brough) and Nick Raybould (Bridlington Links) with Leigh Gawley (Hornsea) a further point behind. All four contenders won their foursomes so the outcome depended on the singles matches with 4 points for a win and 2 points for a half.
Gawley lost his match at the top of the order to put him out of the running, whereas Woodall, immediately behind, won 3&2 to go top of the table. This result was soon followed by Raybould’s in the bottom match, who romped to an 8&7 victory to tie Woodall. Which meant that Woodhead, in the penultimate match, had to win to lift the title, whereas a half would result in a three way tie.
Woodhead came to the 18th tee all square and was on the green in two, 15 feet from the hole. His opponent putted from the fringe, just missing the hole and the par was conceded. Woodhead, who has recently been living a nightmare with his putter, gave his birdie putt every chance but was too strong and he was left with a 3 foot return. To the relief of the watching gallery, the putter behaved and the ball found the bottom of the cup to halve the match and tie Woodhead with Woodall and Raybould at the top of the table.
This halved game meant that the singles were won by 15 points to 9, making the final score in the match, East Riding 26, Teesside 10
York Union v East Riding Union, played at Easingwold Golf Club on Sunday 21st August 2016.
On another breezy, yet sunny day, the Men’s Team travelled to Easingwold, to take on a strong York Union Team, which is vying with the Sheffield Union for top spot in the Inter-District League.
The morning foursomes saw East Riding make a promising start but after 10 holes, only two of our pairings were in positive territory. As the rounds unfolded, however, York fought back and these two matches ended all square, leaving the lunchtime score-line 10 points to 2 in York’s favour.
Once again, in the afternoon singles, after a steady start from East Riding, the strength of the York Team came through, winning 7 matches to 4 with one halved, making the final score-line 25 points to 11.
The best performance on the day came from Ryan Gray (Driffield), winning the top match 2up, having halved his foursomes with Lewis Blanchard (Hessle), whose pre-match preparation was spent in and around York, attempting to locate the A19 (North). Also, credit to Rees Brown (Hornsea), who fought back from dormie three down to snatch a half.
The Player of the Year award is now finely balanced with just one match remaining. Heading the field with 24 points is Team Manager, Andy Woodhead (Brough), closely followed by Nick Raybould (Brid Links) and Mark Woodhead on 22 points, with Leigh Gawley (Hornsea) a further point behind.
East Riding Union v Leeds Union, played at Filey Golf Club on Sunday 7th August 2016
On a day when even the seagulls refused to fly, the match between East Riding and Leeds was played at Filey in one of the strongest winds most players had experienced. On the exposed 1st green one player saw his putt into the wind run a yard past the hole, only for it to be blown back into the cup. At the relatively sheltered 7th green shots were flying over the flag by 20 yards and others would fall a similar distance short as the wind swirled around the green.
In the morning foursomes, all matches were close at the turn with each side either 1 or 2 up in three matches. The back nine, however, saw those leads extended, with the exception of the final match where East Riding turned a 1 hole deficit into a 3&1 victory, to give the home side an 8 points to 4 advantage at lunch.
The afternoon singles saw Leeds start the stronger and after seven holes, they were leading in all of the top eight matches and all square in two of the last four. Those eight matches finally fell five to two in Leeds’s favour with one halved. Credit must go to young Joe Allenby (Hessle) who came back from 4 down to clinch that vital half point for East Riding.
At this juncture, Leeds were ahead by 15 points to 13 but East Riding managed to secure two wins and a half from the next three matches to regain the lead, leaving the final match to decide the outcome. Paddy Noble (Leeds) had fought back from 5 down to square his match at the 15th and after 16 and 17 were halved, the game came down the last with the match result in the balance. After two excellent approach shots, Paddy’s attempt for birdie shaved the hole leaving Kevin Beattie (The KP) with the luxury of two putts from eight feet to secure a half and a win for East Riding by 19 points to 17.
Maximum points on the day were scored by Matty Raybould (Bridlington), Andy Woodhead (Brough) and Leigh Gawley (Hornsea) for East Riding, and for Leeds, Neil Clark (Selby).
East Riding Union v Sheffield Union, played at Wath GC on Sunday 10th July 2016
With many of East Riding’s senior players unavailable, Team Manager, Andy Woodhead took the opportunity to introduce some new blood into the team to play Sheffield, as well as calling upon one of its veterans.
Kevin Beattie from The KP made his debut along with Mike Wray of Hull GC, who was formerly a member of the Under 18s Team. Chris Clarkson (Brid. Links/Brough) had made 45 appearances for the Union in his younger days and it was good to see him donning the Team shirt once again.
Sheffield appeared to be at full strength and they were certainly enjoying the run of play in the morning foursomes. Dan Digby and Rees Brown must have wondered what hit them as their opponents reeled off eight birdies in the thirteen holes it took to close out the match. However, despite at one stage looking at a potential whitewash, East Riding rallied in the closing holes to win two of the six matches and lunch only 8:4 down.
The afternoon singles were decidedly one way traffic with Sheffield taking the top four matches, despite Lewis Nicholls’s best efforts to grab a half when his approach to the last almost screwed into the hole for a certain birdie three. His opponent, however, calmly holed a downhill curling twelve-foot putt for a matching birdie and a one up victory.
Dan Digby provided some respite with a 2&1 victory to avenge his morning mauling but Rees Brown, having been three up through 7, was hit by another birdie barrage to lose by the same score. Mark Woodall, added some brightness in the afternoon proceedings, having been four down after 10, he went on a run of birdies and somehow rescued a half when he holed a swinging ten-footer on the final green.
The best performance of the day came from Nick Raybould, who, with Andy Woodhead, secured a 3&1 victory in the foursomes and then won his singles by 4&3.
So, East Riding’s tally from the singles was only 5 points from a possible 24 making the overall result 27:9 in Sheffield’s favour.
East Riding Union v Bradford Union, played at The KP on Sunday 26th June 2016
On a warm yet windy day at The KP, two evenly matched teams from the East Riding and Bradford Unions produced a thriller of a match, the result being in doubt to the final match.
East Riding were the stronger starters in the morning foursomes, leading comfortably in four matches at the turn and down in only two. However, Bradford rallied on the back nine to limit East Riding’s advantage to 7 points to 5 at lunch and in fact, this score line could have been reversed had East Riding not holed two missable puts on the final green.
Bradford came out strongly in the afternoon singles, winning the top two matches comfortably to take an overall lead, which they only briefly relinquished. East Riding were playing catch-up, winning one match only to lose the next, winning two then losing two and so, with one match remaining, the scores were tied. That final match fell to Bradford on the 17th hole, making the overall result 19 points to 17 in Bradford’s favour.
Scoring maximum points for East Riding were Rich Webster (Bridlington) and Ryan Gray (Driffield) and for Bradford, Chris Green (Cleckheaton), Dane Bairstow (Bingley St Ives), Andy Busfield (South Bradford) and Warren Kemp (Hollins Hall).
East Riding Union v Halifax & Huddersfield Union, played at Hornsea Golf Club on Sunday 12th June 2016
On a day when rain was falling almost everywhere in Yorkshire, the Halifax & Huddersfield team crossed the breadth of the county to the east coast to find Hornsea cloudy but dry and unusually, without wind. After coffee and bacon rolls, the two teams set out at 10.00 am.
The morning foursomes appeared to be going in favour of East Riding who, at halfway, found themselves up in four matches and down in two. However, a reversal for Nick Jones and Leigh Gawley saw their lead eroded, finally losing on the final green. Acting Captain, Alan Wright and his partner Luke Robinson, however, turned a 3 hole deficit into a half with Luke holing a twelve foot putt on the final green, to leave the lunchtime score at 7:5 in favour of East Riding.
Setting out at 2.00 pm for the afternoon singles, East Riding were soon into their stride and the first seven matches to pass through the 9th hole all had the East Riding player comfortably in charge. The next two matches were all square, followed by a one hole advantage to each team in the next two. It was not until the final match that Halifax & Huddersfield had a significant advantage.
Once again, Nick Jones had his lead overturned to lose on the last green and the same fate befell Mark Woodall. Big-hitting Harry Woolfall blitzed his opponent 6&4, winning the first three holes with birdies, whilst Ryan Gray almost pulled off a stirring comeback, having been 3 down at the turn, he took his opponent to the final green before conceding to a closing birdie. The singles finished 15:9 in East Riding’s favour, making the overall score 22:14. Rich Webster, Andy Lockwood and Nick Raybould all scored maximum points.
Both teams were welcomed by Paul Lockwood Snr., the Chairman of Hornsea Golf Club and Howard Palmer, the President of East Riding, thanked him for all the support that Hornsea was giving the Union in 2016 in hosting four fixtures. Stuart Naylor, the President of Halifax & Huddersfield announced the result and made reference to the fact that his only previous visit to Hornsea had not been filled with success either.
Harrogate vs East Riding, 15th May 2016
To the left is the result sheet, the report will be uploaded shortly.