Heroic fightback falls just short as Men's Team lose to Teesside

East Riding travelled to Catterick for their third match to find a quirky course with multiple dog-leg holes, changes in elevation, and small fast running sloping greens, where even a six foot lag putt was problematic. Add in the fact that none of the players had seen the course before and most pairings were untried due to a couple of absentees, meant that the morning foursomes would be no walk in the park.

 

And so it transpired as Teesside took a commanding lunchtime lead, with the only East Riding win coming from Hornsea pair, Leigh Gawley & Tom Broadley, 1 up, whilst Team Manager, Andy Woodhead, playing with Cottingham's Dan Swales, secured a half. The other Hornsea pair of Luke Robinson & Nick Raybould were unlucky not to gain points, as their opponents holed a 20 foot birdie putt across the final green to win 1 up, after Luke had all but holed out for birdie from a greenside bunker.

 

Foursomes score: Teesside 9, East Riding 3

 

With a mountain to climb, East Riding needed a fast start and they got it in spades, as match after match came in, adding points to their tally. Five wins and a half were recorded from the top seven matches as Luke Robinson, Nick Raybould  and Andy Lockwood all won 1 up, Leigh Gawley romped home 7&5, Tom Broadley won on the 17th and Tom Duck secured a half.

 

At that point, East Riding were leading by a couple of points but the fightback faltered and died, as Teesside won four of the remaining five games, with Dan Swales the only winner from the East Riding tail. Withernsea's Steve Dale, on debut, having lost narrowly in the foursomes, found himself two up at the turn in the bottom match but was unable to hold on, losing on the final green.

 

A closely contested match saw ten of the eighteen matches finish on the final green, with a further six concluding on the 17th.

 

Singles score: Teesside 11, East Riding 13

 

Overall score: Teesside 20, East Riding 16

 

Leigh Gawley, with another maximum, moves to the top of the Order of Merit table on 19 points, followed by Nick Raybould on 18, with Tom Duck and Luke Robinson a further point behind.

 

The next match is against Harrogate Union at Hornsea GC on 14th July when it is anticipated that Alan Wright will make his 200th appearance for the Men's Team. Why not come along and give Alan the reception he richly deserves.

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