Men's Team suffer a big defeat at Huddersfield GC

On 4th August, the Men's Team, weakened by the absence of senior players, Alan Wright, Rich Webster and Leigh Gawley, faced a Halifax & Huddersfield Union Team fielding nine current or past members of the host club and were roundly beaten.


A last minute substitution of 13year old Luke Thornton (Hessle) for the injured Gawley saw probably the largest ever age difference in a foursomes pairing, as he set out in the final morning match with Phil Scott, 43 years his senior. Unfortunately, they were up against a Huddersfield duo with hot putters and despite a rally early in the back nine, they lost by 4&3.


All the other foursome matches were also lost, three of them on the final green, leaving East Riding with little hope of taking anything from the match, other than their self-esteem.


Foursomes score: Halifax & Huddersfield 12, East Riding 0


In the top singles match, the Huddersfield Club Champion, Josh Morton, who had shot 66, 71 the previous day for the title, continued in the same vein by beating level par, Luke Robinson, by 3&2. Next up was Matt Raybould who, having missed a curly three footer on the 17th to go 1 down, produced an amazing 8 iron from 185 yards on the last to pin high and holed out for eagle and a hard-earned half.


Jack Maxey struggled to match his opponent's game and finally succumbed by 4&3 but then the next three games went East Riding's way to give some respectability to the scoreline. Andy Lockwood had a tight game to win by 3&1, whilst Nick Raybould powered his way to a 5&4 victory. But the biggest cheer was for Hornsea's Tom Broadley who, standing 1 down on the 17th tee, nestled a six iron close enough for a birdie 2 and followed it with an approach from 170 yards to three feet at the last for an eagle 3 and the match.


The last six games all went to the home team with the exception of Andy Woodhead's match, which finished all square.


Singles score: Halifax & Huddersfield 16, East Riding 8


Overall score: Halifax & Huddersfield 28, East Riding 8


With so few win points, the Order of Merit is little changed with Nick Raybould increasing his lead to 5 points over Luke Robinson with Leigh Gawley and Tom Duck still in contention.

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