Men's team open their season with a win at Leeds

An East Riding team missing two of its regulars, Alan Wright and Andy Lockwood and the Yorkshire Boys' Captain, Jack Maxey, was nevertheless strong enough to overcome a Leeds Union team, when the two sides met at the Leeds Golf Club (Cobble Hall) on 19th May.

East Riding seemingly had the advantage throughout the morning foursomes but the lunchtime score of 7:5 was disappointing as it had looked as if the margin would be greater until two of the matches lost the final hole, converting a potential win into a half and a potential half into a loss.

 

The top match was an all Yorkshire County players affair with Matt Raybould and Luke Robinson taking on Tom Broxup and David Houlding. With the match evenly balanced throughout, the game was finally won by the East Riding pairing by 2&1.

 

In the second match, Rich Webster and Lewis Hunt, who won all six matches in which they were paired in 2018, finally came unstuck, conceding a 1 hole defeat to a pairing with a red-hot putter.

 

Dan Digby and Andy Woodhead, having reached the turn 2 up, were then hit by a barrage of five birdies in six holes to lose by 2&1, whilst Leigh Gawley, playing with fellow Hornsea member and debutant, Tom Broadley, maintained a small advantage throughout to win by 1 hole.

 

Lewis Nicholls and Under 18s Captain, Tom Duck, gained a relatively comfortable victory by 3&2 but Lewis Blanchard and Nick Raybould were denied a win by a monster putt across the final green to grab Leeds a half.

 

Foursomes score: Leeds 5, East Riding 7

 

The Yorkshire County players continued their battle in the top two afternoon singles, resulting in a loss for Matt Raybould by 3&2 and a half for Luke Robinson,which made their personal contest all square but more importantly, brought the overall points tally level. The third game fell to Leeds as Rich Webster once more came up against the player with the hot putter, thus giving the home side the overall lead in the match.

 

The fourth and fifth games were shared. Lewis Hunt, stung by his morning loss, was back to winning ways in the afternoon with a 2&1 victory but Dan Digby, despite playing some high quality golf, was undone by 1 hole.

 

Next to finish was the eighth game, with Tom Broadley, losing by 4&3, which put Leeds ahead by 14 points to 10 but Nick Raybould in the final match and Andy Woodhead in the sixth game restored the equilibrium with 5&3 and 2&1 wins respectively.

 

Tom Duck, playing against a former East Riding player, Michael Helyard, regained the away side's advantage, winning by 3&2 and Leigh Gawley took East Riding to 17 points with a hard-earned half.

 

It fell to Lewis Nicholls to secure the winning points when his opponent failed to make par on the final hole and conceded the match. The remaining game left out on the course, featuring Lewis Blanchard, was finally won by 2&1.

 

Singles score: Leeds 10, East Riding 14.

 

Overall score: Leeds 15, East Riding 21.