Here are the latest results and table from the Men's YIDU season.
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|2019 Men's YIDU Fixtures|
|19th May||York||16-20||Bradford||at||Malton & Norton|
|Teesside||14-22||H'Fax & H'Field||at||Cleveland|
|9th June||Bradford||24-12||Teesside||at||West Bradford|
|H'Fax & H'Field||22-14||Sheffield||at||West End (Halifax)|
|Leeds||vs||H'Fax & H'Field||at||Leeds|
|14th July||Bradford||vs||H'Fax & H'Field||at||Bingley St. Ives|
|4th August||Harrogate||vs||Bradford||at||Thirsk & Northallerton|
|H'Fax & H'Field||vs||East Riding||at||Huddersfield|
|18th August||Bradford||vs||East Riding||at||Bracken Ghyll|
|Harrogate||vs||H'Fax & H'Field||at||Ilkley|
|H'Fax & H'Field||vs||York||at||West End (Halifax)|
|25th June||Past Presidents Day||Forest Park|
|8th September||Team Championship||The Oaks|
Men's Team top the table after Round 2
The first home match of the season was held at Boothferry GC on 9th June and it probably felt like a home match for the visitors, York, as the Club was, until recently, affiliated to the York Union.
East Riding soon established a firm grip on the morning foursomes with the top five matches all reaching the turn two holes or more to the good. None of these games would progress beyond the 15th green, giving East Riding 10 points with wins from Luke Robinson & Matt Raybould (6&4), Jack Maxey & Alan Wright (5&4), Nick Raybould & Leigh Gawley (7&6) and Andy Woodhead & Phil Scott (4&3).
The final match, featuring Boothferry members, Steve Lynch & Jamie Bancroft, was a close-fought encounter with never more than two holes in it. However some deft chipping and inspired putting saw the York pair prevail on the final green.
Foursomes score: East Riding 10, York 2
In order to get back into the match, York needed a fast start in the afternoon singles and, despite East Riding taking the top match through Luke Robinson (4&3) it looked possible with York winning the second and fourth games and coming back strongly from 3 down to only 1 down with two to play in the third game. However, Jack Maxey held on to win that match on the final green and with that the York challenge collapsed, East Riding winning all but one of the remaining eight games.
Nick Raybould, Leigh Gawley and Steve Lynch all ran riot on the back nine to close out their matches by 5&4, the same scoreline achieved by Jamie Bancroft who won his opening five holes. Lewis Nicholls, Tom Duck and Andy Woodhead all won on the 17th green, the latter rounding off a winning run of five consecutive holes with a chip-in.
Singles score: East Riding 18, York 6
Overall score : East Riding 28, York 8
The team was well supported during the day by the President, Chris Clarkson, the President Elect, John Chambers, the Men's Team Administrator, Howard Palmer, the Starter, Steve Robinson, the Secretary, John Illingworth and former Presidents, Steve Thornton, Stephen Wright and Edward Clark. Also present were Mrs Chambers and Mrs Wright, together with a posse of Boothferry members following their own.
Thanks to all the supporters and others involved, especially to Chris Mowforth and the Boothferry Club for hosting the event.
Tom Duck and Lewis Nicholls head the Player of the Year table with maximum points (14) with Nick Raybould on 13, followed by Leigh Gawley, Luke Robinson and Andy Woodhead on 12.
East Riding open their season with a win at Leeds
An East Riding team missing two of its regulars, Alan Wright and Andy Lockwood and the Yorkshire Boys' Captain, Jack Maxey, was nevertheless strong enough to overcome a Leeds Union team, when the two sides met at the Leeds Golf Club (Cobble Hall) on 19th May.
East Riding seemingly had the advantage throughout the morning foursomes but the lunchtime score of 7:5 was disappointing as it had looked as if the margin would be greater until two of the matches lost the final hole, converting a potential win into a half and a potential half into a loss.
The top match was an all Yorkshire County players affair with Matt Raybould and Luke Robinson taking on Tom Broxup and David Houlding. With the match evenly balanced throughout, the game was finally won by the East Riding pairing by 2&1.
In the second match, Rich Webster and Lewis Hunt, who won all six matches in which they were paired in 2018, finally came unstuck, conceding a 1 hole defeat to a pairing with a red-hot putter.
Dan Digby and Andy Woodhead, having reached the turn 2 up, were then hit by a barrage of five birdies in six holes to lose by 2&1, whilst Leigh Gawley, playing with fellow Hornsea member and debutant, Tom Broadley, maintained a small advantage throughout to win by 1 hole.
Lewis Nicholls and Under 18s Captain, Tom Duck, gained a relatively comfortable victory by 3&2 but Lewis Blanchard and Nick Raybould were denied a win by a monster putt across the final green to grab Leeds a half.
Foursomes score: Leeds 5, East Riding 7
The Yorkshire County players continued their battle in the top two afternoon singles, resulting in a loss for Matt Raybould by 3&2 and a half for Luke Robinson,which made their personal contest all square but more importantly, brought the overall points tally level. The third game fell to Leeds as Rich Webster once more came up against the player with the hot putter, thus giving the home side the overall lead in the match.
The fourth and fifth games were shared. Lewis Hunt, stung by his morning loss, was back to winning ways in the afternoon with a 2&1 victory but Dan Digby, despite playing some high quality golf, was undone by 1 hole.
Next to finish was the eighth game, with Tom Broadley, losing by 4&3, which put Leeds ahead by 14 points to 10 but Nick Raybould in the final match and Andy Woodhead in the sixth game restored the equilibrium with 5&3 and 2&1 wins respectively.
Tom Duck, playing against a former East Riding player, Michael Helyard, regained the away side's advantage, winning by 3&2 and Leigh Gawley took East Riding to 17 points with a hard-earned half.
It fell to Lewis Nicholls to secure the winning points when his opponent failed to make par on the final hole and conceded the match. The remaining game left out on the course, featuring Lewis Blanchard, was finally won by 2&1.
Singles score: Leeds 10, East Riding 14.
Overall score: Leeds 15, East Riding 21.