The East Riding hosted the 36 hole strokeplay championship at Hessle GC on Thursday 25th August.
The overnight rain just stopped in time as play started at 8.30am with Tom Duck hitting the opening shot and splitting the first fairway in style. The morning play was a mixture of good and bad from the East Riding boys with Jack Maxey (Burstwick) struggling to an 84, Tom Duck and Michael Patterson (Scarborough North Cliff) 80’s and Brendan Wright (Bridlington) 79. Leading the way for the union were Ben Ratcliffe (Hull) who played some great golf in his round of 75 and Lewis Hunt (Burstwick) who split every fairway adding another 75 to the team total.
At the halfway stage we were on the score of 473 and lying in 4th position behind Harrogate (471), Sheffield (457), Teesside (452). Teesside had a five stroke lead going into the afternoon.
With great support from President Howard Palmer, secretary John Illingworth, Steve Thornton, Steve Robinson, Steven Wright, Cameron Thompson, Mike Clarke, John Deeming and local members from Hessle, the boys set off once again. It wasn’t long before the heavens opened and play became very difficult. Tom Duck was in determined mood and finished 5 shots better with a solid 75.
Michael played the first 7 holes of his second round in 2 under par but the rain hindered his progress as he added a round of 80. Jack showed his battling qualities as he fought all the way round and showed great mental strength adding another 80.
Brendan started his second round in the worst of the rain and shots slipped away reaching the turn in 43 shots. Again he re-grouped and played the back nine in 37 for an 81. Lewis continued his great driving as he missed only 4 fairways all day. He was only 2 over par with 6 holes left to play but with a few bad breaks he added a 78. Finally Ben was the leading East Riding player as he added another solid round of 76 for a great 36 hole total of 151. This was only six shots off the leading individual score of the day set by Cameron Wallace a plus 1 handicapper from Teesside. Next year Ben…
This left the East Riding with an afternoon total of 470 and secured a fantastic 3rd place finish. With a young team this bodes well for the coming years and we are confident that we will improve our position in the future.
A proud team organiser Steve Raybould was full of praise and delighted with everyone's efforts throughout the day. This along with a second place finish in the Inter District League has been the East Ridings best season for many years.