Huddersfield played host to the 5th match in the 7 match league season as third place Halifax, Huddersfield and District Union of Golf Clubs (HHDUGC) took on leaders East Riding.
Team Manager Frank Greaves selecting Huddersfield as the venue for a number of reasons, “the boys from East Riding are used to playing flattish greens, the bulk of my squad plays at Huddersfield, those that don’t play the course at least once a year in the scratch league.”
East Riding attended without their strongest team but including the team champion players from Hornsea.
Foursomes set which pitches East Riding’s oldest and youngest player with HHDUGC ‘S oldest and youngest, Ben Walker receiving his senior team debut around his home course, Greaves collecting his 49th appearance.
Mr Captain in attendance from the first foursomes until it’s time to go some 10 hours later!
No weariness from the 6 players (possibly 5) included in the HHDUGC team from Huddersfield that played 36 holes the day before Josh Morton, Ben Walker, James Edwards, Adam Walker, James Skirrow and Frank Greaves.
12 – 0 at lunchtime, is that a first, has it been done before, I can’t remember that, many suggest.
Greaves the man with the stats, “happened 2 years ago when we did the same to York” That’ll be another reason we play at Huddersfield; home advantage should be exactly that.
Josh Morton leads us off as always, reliable, winning, Tom from the Pro’s shop gets a half, Aaron Schnacke beats the Yorkshire Boys Captain and Yorkshire player Jack Maxey, then a couple of losses to offer encouragement to the opposition, then some Huddersfield guys in the middle Ben and Adam Walker being well up and winning their matches 6 and 5, Greaves tired but not wanting to lose, 3 down 6 to play “I can’t let the boys down”, birdies the last to win 1 up.
Last Huddersfield man James Skirrow playing 12th singles just in case, wins 6 and 5 as well.
HHDUGC v East Riding 28 - 8, a fantastic result better than expected. Other league results filter through including Bradford beat Harrogate (unexpected) put HHDUGC top of the table.
Talk of a title first since 1994 only the second since the league started in 1987. Of course but we’ve won nothing else “but an opportunity”
“Nothing has changed since we went to play Bradford at Bingley St Ives, win the last four and you’ll be Champions” adds Greave
Exciting, hopefully we’ll be ready at Ilkley to play Harrogate on 18th August where undoubtedly there will be large contingent from Huddersfield in the team.
HHDUGC Team Manager