Men's Team stage fightback to beat Leeds

Round 2 of the YIDU Men's League saw East Riding take on Leeds at Hull GC. At lunchtime, the home team was trailing by six points, after a disappointing set of morning foursomes. All the matches were close-run affairs with four of them going to the last and the other two finishing 2&1.

Jack Maxey & Matty Raybould was the only paring to win, having been down for most of the match, whereas Steve Uzzell & Mark Lamb had an up-and-down game, exchanging holes throughout, to secure a half.

 

Foursomes Score: East Riding 3, Leeds 9.

 

The afternoon singles began well for East Riding with an indication that the majority of matches were favouring the home team and this proved to be the case as matches finished. Despite Lewis Nicholls losing his match, the top four matches produced wins for Uzzell and Raybould plus a half from Maxey to reduce the deficit to four points.

 

East Riding were dominant in the middle of the order with first Leigh Gawley closing out his match 4&3, shortly followed by Steve Lynch winning 3&2. Jamie Gregory came to the last one up but found trouble off the tee and had to play sideways onto the neighbouring fairway from where he found the greenside bunker. His escape shot guaranteed a bogey and the match when his opponent missed his short put for par. This put East Riding in the lead which was, however, short-lived, as Lewis Blanchard was unable to overturn a one hole deficit.

 

With the scores level, attention turned to the last four matches. Will Storr, a Hull GC member and regular in the Under 18s Team, had stepped in on the morning of the match as a replacement for an injured Andy Woodhead. His local knowledge helped him secure a win by 2&1 but his fellow player from the junior ranks, Tommy Risker, lost to a final hole birdie. Scores still tied!

 

Dan Digby, one up through 16 was deep in the trees on the left of 17, when he produced a match-winning shot. Aiming at the adjacent 3rd green, he hooked the ball round, narrowly missing the greenside bunker to finish pin high on the 17th green, to the applause of his assembled team-mates. That win meant that East Riding could not lose and when reports came through that Mark Lamb, in the anchor role, was dormie 2 up, the fightback was complete. Lamb went on to win his match on the final green.

 

Singles Score: East Riding 17, Leeds 7

 

Overall Score: East Riding 20, Leeds 16

 

What a match!

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