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|2017 Men's YIDU Fixtures|
|Leeds||18-18||H'Fax & H'Field||at||Wakefield|
|11th June||Bradford||19-17||H'Fax & H'Field||at||Cleckheaton|
|H'Fax & H'Field||22-14||East Riding||at||Saddleworth|
|9th July||Bradford||18-18||East Riding||at||Branshaw|
|Harrogate||19-17||H'Fax & H'Field||at||Oakdale|
|6th August||Bradford||v||Leeds||at||Bracken Ghyll|
|East Riding||v||Sheffield||at||Beverley & ER|
|H'Fax & H'Field||v||York||at||Huddersfield|
|20th August||York||v||Bradford||at||Malton & Norton|
|Leeds||v||East Riding||at||Cookridge Hall|
|Teesside||v||H'Fax & H'Field||at||Eaglescliffe|
|3rd September||Bradford||v||Teesside||at||Bingley St. Ives|
|H'Fax & H'Field||v||Sheffield||at||West End (Halifax)|
|27th June||Past Presidents Day||Forest Park|
|10th September||Team Championship||Cleveland|
THE TAIL WAGS TO SECURE A HALF AT BRANSHAW
For the second time in a fortnight, the East Riding Mens’ Team had to travel to within sight of the Lancashire border when they played the Bradford Union at the hill top course of Branshaw above Keighley. This was an unknown course to all the players with many blind tee shots and penal rough and heather, so provisional balls were commonplace. Fortunately, the weather was benign with sunshine and only a light breeze to contend with.
East Riding took the early initiative, leading in three games to two at the turn in the morning foursomes, with one match all square. The Hornsea pairing of Leigh Gawley and Rees Brown dominated their opponents on the back nine turning a one hole advantage into a win by 4&2 and the Hessle duo of Dan Digby and Andy Woodhead held onto their one hole lead to the end.
The other Hessle pairing of Joe Allenby and Andy Lockwood finished all square, as they had been after nine holes but the father and son combination of Steve and Matt Raybould had their two hole advantage pegged back to lose on the last. With the other two matches finishing in Bradford’s favour, the match score at lunch was 7 points to 5 in Bradford’s favour.
In the afternoon singles, East Riding quickly cleared the deficit with wins from Leigh Gawley and Rees Brown at the top of the order but the temporary lead was soon washed away as Bradford took the next five matches to stand on 17 points, needing just one win in the last five games to take victory.
At this point, East Riding was comfortably ahead in three of the remaining matches, with the other two at 1 up and all square. Steve Raybould, Dan Digby and Lewis Nichols duly delivered wins to make the scoreline 17 points to 15 and with two matches outstanding any one of three results was possible.
At Match 10, Andy Woodhead came to the 17th hole 1 up but found deep rough off the tee to lose the hole and with a half up the last, finished all square. That left Rich Webster, playing in his 99th match for the Union, needing to win his game and tie the scores.
1 up after 16 holes, the quirky 17th was halved when the Bradford player missed from three feet and the same fate befell him on the 18th when Rich could only make bogey, having been within a whisker of being out of bounds from the tee. So a 1 up win gave a final scoreline of 18 points apiece.
Rees Brown, with maximum points, moves to the top of the Player of the Year Order of Merit alongside Lewis Nichols. Two other players, Leigh Gawley and Dan Digby, also took maximum points on the day.
The Team now takes a well-deserved rest for a month with the next match being against the Sheffield Union at Beverley & East Riding GC on 6th August.
EAST RIDING GOES DOWN FIGHTING
The third series of matches on Sunday 25th June saw the East Riding team travelling the full breadth of Yorkshire to take on the Halifax & Huddersfield Union at Saddleworth Golf Club on the Lancashire border. Persistent drizzle dogged the players during the morning, which did not finally disperse until the afternoon singles were under way.
In the morning foursomes, the Halifax boys took early control in three of the matches, leading at halfway by five, three and three holes. However, the other three matches were evenly balanced with East Riding 1 up in one and all square in the other two, so there was hope that the foursomes might be shared at lunchtime. Unfortunately, on the back nine, both the matches that had been all square, fell to the home team leaving only the pairing of Alan Wright and Rich Webster to hold on to their one hole advantage to the end. So, with a five games to one advantage, the home side led by 10 points to 2 after the foursomes.
This left East Riding with a mountain to climb but the team set off in the singles with a positive attitude and the objective of winning five of the top six matches to square the scores, leaving the bottom six games to bring home three wins and a half.
By the time the last match teed off, this strategy appeared to be on track with no East Riding player down in the first seven matches and Luke Robinson in the top match soon had the first points on the board with a 7&6 victory. There was some time to wait for the next victory, which came from Dan Digby at match 3 with a 3&2 winning margin and Leigh Gawley at match 2 soon followed with a win, courtesy of his opponent, who thinned his bunker shot at the last into heavy rough and then took two more shots to make the green. The overall score was now 10 points to 8 and the comeback was well and truly under way.
Matches 4 and 5 were shared with Mark Woodall winning on the last whilst Matty Raybould lost 2&1, despite being two under par. Meanwhile, Nick Raybould at match 6 finished all square to make the scoreline 13 points to 11, one point shy of the target of equality.
This left East Riding now requiring 8 points from the last six games but, unlike at Cleveland and Hull, where the bottom six had scored 10 and 9 points respectively, this time they were unable to deliver with only Lewis Nicholls at match 11 winning by 1 hole and Rees Brown at match 12 bringing home a half. That meant that the singles were shared 12 points apiece giving an overall score of 22 points to 14 in Halifax & Huddersfield’s favour.
Luke Robinson’s win puts him top of the Player of the Year Order of Merit, one point ahead of Lewis Nicholls and Nick Raybould.
For the next match on 9th July, East Riding will again be heading to the far west of the county to play the Bradford Union at Branshaw Golf Club near Keighly.
ANOTHER WIN FOR EAST RIDING
The East Riding Mens’ Team were hosts to the Harrogate Union Team at Hull Golf Club on Sunday 11th June in the second round of the 2017 YIDU League. Once again, there was a strong westerly wind blowing, so keeping the ball in the fairway was quite a challenge.
East Riding had the better of the early exchanges in the morning foursomes and all but one of the matches had clear leaders at halfway. East Riding were leading in four matches by 5 up, 3 up, 3 up and 1 up whilst Harrogate were 5 up and 3 up. There was no change in the status of any of the six matches in the back nine and consequently, East Riding took the foursomes by four matches to two, giving them an 8 points to 4 advantage at lunchtime.
In the afternoon singles, East Riding maintained their overall advantage during the front nine, leading in six matches to five at halfway, with one match all square. However, as Luke Robinson, at the top of the order, brought home a win and two points, Harrogate were fighting back, leading in the next five matches, with few holes remaining. If these matches fell to Harrogate it would give them a lead of 14 points to 10 overall, with six matches still on the course. With 19 points the winning line and holes running out, it was looking doubtful that East Riding could find four wins and a half from the remaining six matches.
However, the tide began to turn back in East Riding’s favour as Alan Wright at match 4 secured a half from a losing position and Joe Allenby at match 6 who, having squared his match at 16, proceeded to put his drive at 17 deep into the trees, was only able to play his second shot to the back of the 3rd green. Having dropped behind the green, Joe played an amazing pitch across to the 17th green to within a foot of the hole for a par and a win as his opponent failed to get up and down from the greenside bunker. Ten minutes later East Riding had another two points in the bag making the score 13 points to 11 for East Riding after six matches.
Lewis Nicholls at match 8 was all square at the turn but then hit a string of birdies to win the next five holes and secure victory, shortly followed by Andy Woodhead at match 9. This took East Riding to 17 points and with match 12 standing at dormie it fell to Rich Webster at match 7 to hole from six feet at the last for a half and the winning point.
The win became more emphatic as Nick Raybould at match 10 turned a deficit into a 1 hole victory, whilst Rees Brown as anchorman came home, a 4&2 winner.
The final score was 22 points to 14, with Luke Robinson, Lewis Nicholls, Andy Woodhead, Nick Raybould and Rees Brown scoring maximum points. The next round is against the Halifax & Huddersfield Union at Saddleworth on 25th June.
EAST RIDING OFF TO A WINNING START
The East Riding Mens’ Team travelled to Cleveland GC on Sunday 21st May, to play Teesside Union in the opening round of the 2017 YIDU League. Despite heavy rain during the week, the course was fast-running but thankfully, the rough was not too penal and the greens were true. A nagging wind kept the golfers on their mettle and the observers well clothed.
Teesside started the stronger in the morning foursomes, leading after six holes in four games to one but East Riding had recovered by the 9th to turn down in two and up in one, with three games level. The losing games looked to be lost causes, with the top match 6 down and the other 3 down but both pairings rallied on the back nine with the former taking their game to the 15th and the latter (Nick Raybould and Andy Woodhead) turning their’s around to win on the 18th. Joe Allenby and Will Webster also secured a win for East Riding.
The second match (Luke Robinson and Alan Wright) looked to be in the bag for East Riding. One up with two to play, Luke’s birdie putt at the 17th was agonisingly close and Teesside then holed from 15 feet for par to halve the hole and take the game down the par five 18th. Both pairings found the green in two, with East Riding pin-high, 18 feet from the hole. Thinking they would have two putts to close out the match, the East Riding pair was taken aback when Teesside holed out from all of 60 feet for an eagle three, which Alan narrowly failed to match and the game was halved. So the teams lunched with Teesside holding a narrow lead of 7 points to 5.
In the afternoon singles, it was East Riding who took the early initiative leading in six games to four after the 6th. The first points of the afternoon were claimed by Luke Robinson in the top match but then matches 2, 3 and 4 all fell to Teesside to give the home side a six point lead overall. However, East Riding’s youngsters (Joe Allenby, Will Webster, Nick Raybould and Ryan Gray) all had convincing wins at matches 7, 8, 9 and 11 to turn the tide in East Riding’s favour and with matches 5 and 6 being shared (Lewis Nicholls winning on the last), East Riding needed one more win or two halves from the remaining two matches to clinch victory.
First up was Team Manager Andy Woodhead in match 10, who had squared his match on the 17th. After a blocked tee shot, Andy was able to recover to within 12 feet of the green in two but elected to putt, only to see the ball take a huge break to the left. Two putts later secured the par but his opponent played a deft chip over the greenside bunker to secure a birdie and a win.
The bottom match featured Rees Brown, who also came to the 18th tee all square. Word had filtered back that the overall scores were now level and any one of three results was possible. With his opponent in the rough short and left of the green, Rees played into the mouth of the green in two and was able to putt to within three feet after Teesside’s third shot caught the grass bunker beside the green. However a chip to four feet and a holed putt for par meant that Rees had to hole his three-footer for a winning birdie, which he duly did to the delight of his eleven colleagues, massed beside the green.
So, a winning margin of 19 points to 17 will see the East Riding full of confidence when they take on Harrogate Union in the next round at Hull GC on 11th June.