The penultimate fixture of the league season saw the men's team travel to the far side of the county, to face the Bradford Union at Bracken Ghyll, a short and hilly course to the west of Ilkley. A strong wind on the top of the moor made control of the ball flight a priority.
East Riding came into the match with a much changed side, as eight regular players were unavailable through other commitments and injury. Making their first appearance of the year were three former players, Steve Pybus, Jamie Gregory and Steve Bennett, plus two of the Under 18s squad, George Clark and Tommy Risker.
The top four foursome matches all went the distance, unfortunately, Bradford winning games 1 and 3 whilst Matt Raybould & Rich Webster at 2 and Tom Duck & Dan Swales at 4 halved. The fifth match, featuring Bennett and Phil Scott, got off to the worst possible start with a wrong ball penalty on the first hole and the match was soon over by the 12th hole. However, the two youngsters, Clark and Risker, showed off their credentials, by closing out the final foursome match by 3&2.
Foursomes Score: Bradford 8, East Riding 4
As the singles got under way, the mood was positive and six of the later games got an early lead. However, in the top four games, where East Riding was looking to win three of them to eliminate the lunchtime deficit, Bradford was in control throughout, with only Leigh Gawley taking his opponent to the final green, losing 1 down. The other three matches were lost 3&2.
The next two matches brought some relief to East Riding with Gregory winning by 5&3 and Pybus securing a half but the next four all fell to Bradford. In the final two games, Clark, having been 2 up with 5 to play, finally ran out of steam and ended with a half but the scoreline of the day belonged to Scott, who triumphed by 8&7, meaning he didn't play any of the last six holes during the day!
Singles score: Bradford 18, East Riding 6
Overall score: Bradford 26, East Riding 10
Nick Raybould, despite missing the match, retains his position at the top of the Order of Merit on 30 points, with Tom Duck, Leigh Gawley and Luke Robinson all on 25 points. Assuming Raybould plays in the final match, his challengers will need to score maximum points to stand any chance of overhauling him to the Player of the Year Title.
The final league match is against the Sheffield Union at Hessle on 1st September.