ANOTHER EXCITING FINISH BUT HHDUGC LOSE TO BRADFORD
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After another days enthralling golf, it once again came down to the last match on the course, on the last hole and a chance with the last putt to salvage a draw but it wasn’t to be!
On a windy day which swirled around the Cleckheaton course making clubbing decisions challenging a close confrontation began. The Bradford team wishing to bounce back after a defeat to favourites Sheffield and including Mark Birkett and Oliver Tasker both familiar names to the HHDUGC players.
All afternoon this looked like a narrow win to Bradford and a game needed to swing HHDUGC’s way unfortunately this time it didn’t but the steeliness to turn games around was undoubted.
The foursomes could have been 6 all but for a lapse of concentration in the 2nd match (Chris Lander and Matthew Colcombe), which resulted in them losing their game instead of halving. Having said that Tom Hunt and Josh Morton were 2 down with 6 to play in game 1 and with the help of the Team Manager secured a half point when they may not have got one. The Huddersfield pairing of Adam Robinson and Tom Calvert secured a good 2 and 1 win with a birdie 2 at 17th. Jim Fairhurst playing his first match since 2010 and fellow Bradley Hall member Andy Hare winning their match 4 and 3. The Dewsbury contingent of Fergus Barron and Dan Hartley in game 5 and Stuart Atkinson and Ben Crowther in game 6 being the other pairings but not adding to the HHDUGC team score.
All to play for, Match play champion Chris Lander leads us off and Ben Rhodes who wasn’t consistent in the morning put that behind him and although Chris held on for the most part lost the last to a birdie to lose 2 down in less than 2 hours and 45 minutes. Matthew Colcombe 2 up through 9 and surprised at how well he was playing held on to record his 2nd singles win of the year. Josh Morton always in control of game 3 with efficient golf won at the 16th but the steady eddie from Bradley Hall Andy Hare lost at the 17th. Tom Hunt won his game at the 17th just as Adam Robinson lost 1 down but not before he won the 17th to keep his game alive. 6 singles completed 3 each. Still to play for. Jim Fairhurst although always behind to Rob Hillas was playing well and thoroughly enjoying the day, whilst he was 4 down with 4 to play, Stuart Atkinson looking for his first singles win in his 3rd game in 25 years was 4 up through 13, Jim took his match to the 17th and Stuart was pegged back by some wonderful short game play from Bradford Captain Martin Gaffney on his home course. 8 games completed four apiece.
With Ben Crowther 4 up through 12 against Dane Bairstow focus turned to the games between Dan Hartley and Oliver Tasker, Andy Busfield against Fergus Barron and Tom Calvert v Jamie Lavin all Cleckheaton players.
The fairway at the short par 4 16th which is drivable in normal conditions proved difficult to hit due to the swirling wind, Dan Hartley lost the hole to be 2 down with 2 to play but a fabulous par 3 from behind the 17th green gave him an opportunity down the last. Unfortunately he overshot the green removing the chance to halve his match. Over to Tom and Fergus.
Tom lost the 16th hole to be one down but immediately bounced back at 17th with a super putt for par. All square playing the last, Fergus made a superb par at 16th from the trees and then made a good putt to halve 17. All square going down the last.
Tom and Jamie had safe pars at the last, could Fergus win the 18th, his game and halve the match. ‘Bus’ played his approach to 20 feet and Fergus to 9 feet. Greaves was asked “should we tell Fergus he needs to win the hole.” Greaves answered “I think with 30 people watching he may know.”
No birdie putts holed at the last, match result 19 – 17 to Bradford.
9 games throughout the day went to the last in what was another close encounter.
Next for HHDUGC are East Riding who are joint top with Sheffield at Saddleworth on 25th June.
The Tom Wild sponsored Order of Merit is led by Josh Morton, the Team’s other sponsors Stromberg Menswear and Glenbrae are thanked for the way in which they have shown support in the early stages of the season.