The under 18’s got their season started at Thirsk and Northallerton Golf club against a Harrogate team fresh from a win earlier in the week.
The East Riding team found themselves up against it early on with Harrogate flying out of the blocks to lead in the top 3 games. Captain Tom Duck and Jake Sowden fought valiantly, but could not haul in their opponents and lost 2&1. Charlie Milner and ?Tommy Risker also start slowly and found themselves 3 down, but an inspired back 9 led them to a 3&2 victory. Brendan Wright and Kye Steventon lost a close game 2 down, that could have gone either way and George Clark and George Davies finally lost their unbeaten record with a 5&4 defeat. The team rallied with Matt McDonnell and Tom Benson claiming half and Luke Thornton and last minute call up Will Storr claiming a fantastic 6&5 win. 7-5 at half way and the East Riding were still in it.
We needed a fast start in the afternoon and Captain Tom Duck led from the front and did exactly that with a comfortable 5&4 victory. The next 6 games all went the way of the home team with all but 1 reaching the 17th - Jake Sowden, George Davies, Charlie Milner, Kye Steventon, Brendan Wright and Tommy Risker were the guys that couldn’t quite bridge the gap on this occasion. Late wins for George Clark, Matt McDonnell and Will Storr, who was 3 down with 4 made the score respectable.
In the end it was a closer game than the score suggests with a lot of games going to the 17th or 18th hole, that on another day would have gone in our favour. We now look forward to our next match on Sunday 12th May against Halifax and Huddersfield.
ERUGC Under 18s' Team Manager