Hornsea win the 2021 Team Championship!

The first East Riding Union Championship since July 2019 brought a welcome return to competitive golf at district level. A full field of 24 teams had entered but the reality was that only a handful was to be the likely winner.

ERUGC Official Starter, Andy Pittaway, got the event underway at 07.30 in the presence of Hornsea GC Captain Tom Elder. First group out commenced under leaden skies with the portents of rain as Nick Raybould from the home club hit the first shot. He was followed by Burstwick Country Golf’s Rob Draper and Ryan Gray from Driffield GC.

 

After a prolonged dry, cold spell the course was subjected to 20mm of rain during Saturday and overnight rain could have threatened cancellation. Strangely the weather forecast was inaccurate and no further rain materialised, the event went ahead as planned although preferred lies were in operation. Many thanks to Gareth Williams and his team for turning out the course as well as they did given the lack of growth in the preceding weeks.

 

At the end of round one it was clear that the A.B. Care Trophy was either returning to holders Hessle or being handed to their chief protagonists, Hornsea.

 

Raybould returned a 71, brother Matt a 75 and Jack Maxey a 73 for a lunchtime leading score of 219. Only 2 shots back were Hessle with new recruit Stuart Easton 73, East Riding Past President, Andy Woodhead 72 and Lewis Blanchard 76. Indeed it could have been closer but for Easton taking 7 on the par 4 10th hole. After a flyer over the green resulted in an unplayable lie he was unfortunate to move his ball for a further penalty shot. On such fine margins are championships decided.

 

Other contenders couldn’t quite manage to put the pressure on as, Beverley & East Riding, Boothferry, Cottingham, Hornsea B, Hull and both Scarborough North Cliff teams had one poor score.

 

A brighter afternoon but with a freshening breeze saw round 2 commence just after noon. Reports from the course intimated that the Championship was on a knife edge and local supporters sought solace with refreshments from the clubhouse.

 

Hornsea’s afternoon efforts were six worse at 225 and when, further down the field, Easton produced a best of the day equalling, 71 a “grandstand” finish looked on the cards. Blanchard matched his morning round of 76 but, by his own admission, a tiring Woodhead slipped to a 79.

 

Hornsea clearly have the strength in depth with their B and C teams finishing third and fourth respectively. It was a pleasure to see a team from Filey, featuring a return to the amateur ranks by Fraser Kelley, who finished fifth with six solid cards. They are the hosts in 2022 which happens to be their 125th anniversary.

 

It was also great to see the return of Steve and Dave Raybould representing Scarborough North Cliff, not quite rolling back the years, but still getting the ball around very respectably. At the other end of the age spectrum, juniors Tommy Risker and Tom Benson impressed with (74 + 75 = 149) and (75 & 75 = 150) respectively for Scarborough North Cliff B.

 

In the end it was Hornsea’s day though and many congratulations to them with their fantastic score of 444.

Results

Gross Scores

Pos. Club Round 1 Round 2 Total
1st Hornsea A 219 225 444
2nd Hessle 221 226 447
3rd  Hornsea B 224 223 457
4th

Hornsea C

237 227 464
5th Filey 239 229 468
6th Beverley & ER  238 231 469
7th Hull  238 233 471
8th Scarborough NC B  242 233 475
9th Scarborough NC A 233 248 481
10th Driffield 245 242 487

Net Scores

Pos. Club Total
1st Hornsea C 448
2nd Hornsea B 449
3rd Hornsea A 458

Individual Scores

Pos. Name (Club) Round 1 Round 2 Total
1st S. Easton (Hessle) 73 71 144
2nd  N. Raybould (Hornsea) 71 74 145
3rd R. Norton (Beverley & ER) 74 72 146
4th J. Maxey (Hornsea) 73 74 147
5th A. Crawford (Cottingham) 76 73 149
6th S. Lynch (Boothferry) 75 74 149
7th L. Gawley (Hornsea) 75 74 149
8th T. Risker (Scarborough NC) 74 75 149