The Unions Junior Golfers come close in tremendous contest
The Halifax and Huddersfield Junior team put in a brilliant performance against a very strong East Riding Union side but just came up short after a match that went to the very last hole and last putt which just lipped out . It was a 20- 16 loss but a thrilling finale meant all the finished players were out on the Outlane balcony and around the green to watch the outcome as a win would have given them a most deserved draw for the juniors . The scale of the challenge was a huge one as all the East Riding players had a great advantage in the match ups as the event is played off scratch and not handicaps of which the Halifax and Huddersfield team were giving away 45 shots due to the very low handicaps of the East Riding players . The morning foursomes saw the locals get off to an opening first match win with Harry Mowl and Oliver Caton but then their opponents won the next 2 matches to give them a slender lead and the next 3 matches meant the Halifax and Huddersfield partnerships had to dig deep if a halfway lead was to be made and this they certainly did with first Dylan Shaw- Radford and Louie Walsh winning on the last hole and they were followed by the Crosland Heath pairing of George Hanson and Joel Rushworth who clinched an exciting 17th hole finish to give their team a 6-4 lead .The final match saw Nick Crane and Mason Baimbridge combining in superb fashion to easily win 6 & 5 and the halfway stage was a 8 - 4 advantage to the team .
The afternoon singles also saw several of the matches going one way then the other and it was the East Riding side taking advantage of their superior handicaps in each of their match ups to achieve a 16 - 8 win which gave them their final 20-16 success but it was a brilliant effort from the Halifax and Huddersfield team who were playing their final league match against one who had only lost 1 match up to this fixture. The league season is over for the team but there is high hopes for next season as all the players but one of this team have several years left in the junior ranks and after this performance it was a credit to them to see all the players and supporters of both sides out on the balcony and around the last green watching the outcome of what had been a tremendous day of golf but unfortunately for the Halifax and Huddersfield team they just came up short .
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