Sheffield Unionof Golf Clubs
A successful start to the 2018 season of the Yorkshire Inter-District Union league.
Memories of the last match of the 2017 season were clearly in the minds of both sets of players: Halifax/Huddersfield had won by the last putt of the last player on the last green! So, the foursomes teed off, expectations high, with the sun rising high over the well manicured Worksop course, the players armed with a pin sheet and the stimp reading of 10.8. By lunchtime the Sheffield Union players had recorded four wins. Three of the pairings, Sam Bairstow/Charlie Daughtrey, Tim Brind/Neil Stones and the Hallamshire pair of Jim Tasker/Nick King achieved 5 and 3 or 4up wins, as well as the oldest and youngest pairing from Lindrick, Richard Hodgkinson/Callum MacFie, with a 2up win.
With an 8 – 4 points lead, our players moved to the singles, everyone with their water bottles topped up with iced water by (Mi)Chelle, the captain’s wife. 11 points would secure the overall match win, which looked possible when we won 4 of the first 6 matches with good scores. BUT almost all the remaining games were in a losing position as our SU officials surrounded the 14th green. This hole is a fairly innocuous dog-leg hole, but with its left sloping green flanked by bunkers it proved a crucial turning point as our players invariably scored birdies or pars to win the hole. Subsequentially on the home stretch Nick King, as well as Jack Leversidge and Richard Hodgkinson, recorded positive scores with Jim Tasker topping off our success with a fine 5 and 3 win, thus securing an overall match score of 23 – 13 points.
We were delighted to welcome a couple of new players to our team: Nick King who at the last minute to replace an injured player delayed his business trip to Scotland and achieved two positive results; and, a junior league player, Callum MacFie, who after his fine foursomes win with Richard H, faced a barrage of 4 birdies from his opponent early on in his singles match, but to his credit he kept playing some splendid golf to lose by no greater margin – well done, both!