Golf: Cain shines as Leeds Union are blown off course

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THE Leeds Union side were blown off course at Hillsborough and slipped to a 26-10 defeat against a powerful Sheffield team.

One of the few bright spots for the Leeds outfit was a fine display by Scarcroft’s Steve Cain, who took three points out of four on his first appearance of the season.

Having won their opening inter-district union fixture against York, plus friendlies against the Yorkshire Federation and the Royal Navy, Leeds went into the fixture with confidence high.

But the home side adapted best to the difficult wet and windy conditions and eased to a comprehensive win, leaving Leeds needing to bounce back when they entertain Teesside in their next fixture at Cookridge Hall on June 26.

Match details:

(Sheffield names first)

Foursomes: Dan Wasteney & Sam Young bt David Appleyard & Richard Law 8&7; Richard Jones & Richard Hodgkinson halved with Steve Cain & Chris Benton; John Bragger & Nathan Rogers bt Kavan Smith & Cosmos Mufaya 2&1; David Briggs & Richard Oades lost 1 down to Joe Barshaw & Matt Brighton; Neil Parker & Mike Hammond bt Chris Nichol & Bradley Hudson 5&4; Gary Fullwood & Neil Stones bt Andy Stringer & Scott Douglas 4&3.

Singles: Dan Wasteney bt David Appleyard 6&5; Sam Young lost 2&1 to Richard Law; Richard Jones lost 2&1 to Steve Cain; Richard Hodkinson bt Chris Benton 3&2; Richard Oades halved with Kavan Smith; John Bragger bt Matt Brighton 4&3; Nathan Rogers halved with Chris Nichol; Neil Parker bt Cosmos Mufaya 3&2; Mike Hammond bt Joe Bagshaw 3&1; David Briggs halved with Bradley Hudson; Gary Fullwood bt Andy Stringer 3&2; Neil Stones bt Scott Douglas 3&2.

Meanwhile, the Yorkshire side have enjoyed mixed fortunes in their opening two fixtures, beating Cumbria in the opener at Alwoodley before losing to Cheshire at Selby.

The White Rose team romped to a resounding 13-5 win at Alwoodley, foursomes victories from Richard Law (Low Laithes) and Sam Young (Rotherham), Scott Campbell (Hallowes) and Matt Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) and Chris Halley (Malton & Norton) and Martin Brown (Pike Hills) setting them on their way.

Only Campbell and Tom Perry (Abbeydale) lost in the subsequent singles as the hosts racked up nine points to seal an impressive success.

The latest fixture was a far tighter affair and only David Appleyard (South Leeds) and his playing partner Adam Frontal (Cookridge Hall) and Halley and Brown managed to pick up points in the foursomes.

Victories for Adam Best (Saltburn), Young, Alwoodley’s William Shucksmith, Julian Taylor (York) and Halley, plus halves for Campbell and Brown ensured Yorkshire shared the spoils in the singles, but it was not enough to overturn the deficit.

Match details

Yorkshire 13 Cumbria 5

(At Alwoodley)

Foursomes (Yorkshire names first): Scott Campbell (Hallowes) & Matt Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) bt Will Bowe (Workington) & John Longcake (Silloth) 4&3; Tom Perry (Abbeydale) & David Appleyard (Sth Leeds) lost 2&1 to James Atkinson (Kendal) & Seb Crookhall-Nixon (Workington); Richard Law (Low Laithes) & Sam Young (Rotherham) bt Rob Spence (Furness) & Andrew Millray (Windermere) 6&5; Peter Fenton (Cleckheaton) & Nigel Sweet (Wike Ridge) lost 5&4 to Nicky Bell (Eden) Olly Carr (Ulverston); Chris Halley (Malton & Norton) & Martin Brown (Pike Hills) bt Mike Jack (Carlisle) & Martin Hand (Eden) 2&1; Jamie Bower (Meltham) & Julian Taylor (York) bt Geoff Nixon (Brampton) & Grant Little (Brampton) 1 up. Singles: Scott Campbell lost 5&3 to Will Bowe; David Appleyard bt John Longcake 2&1; Richard Law bt James Atkinson 1 up; Matt Fitzpatrick bt Seb Crookhall-Nixon 4&3; Tom Perry lost 1 down to Nicky Eden; Sam Young bt Rob Spence 5&3; Peter Fenton bt Andrew Millray 3&2; Chris Halley halved with Olly Carr; Martin Brown bt Mike Jack 2&1; Nigel Sweet bt Martin Hand 5&3; Julian Taylor halved with Geoff Nixon; Jamie Bower bt Grant Little 1 up.

Yorkshire 8.5 Cheshire 9.5

(At Selby)

Foursomes (Yorkshire names first): Scott Campbell (Hallowes) & Matt Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) lost 2&1 to Michael Bedford (Prestbury) & Oliver Carr (Heswall); David Appleyard (South Leeds) & Adam Frontal (Cookridge) bt Dominic Barnes (Caldy) & Jonathan Little (Heswall) 3&2; Richard Law (Low Laithes) & Ssam Young (Rotherham) halved with David Peel (Stockport) & Barry Barker (Reddish Vale); William Shucksmith (Alwoodley) & Adam Best (Saltburn) lost 3&2 to Mark Geddes (Prenton) & Luke Mighall (Prenton); Chris Halley (Malton & Norton) & Martin Brown (Pike Hills) bt Luke Burrows (Lymm) & David Hird (Leasowe) 3&2; Jamie Bower (Meltham) & Julian Taylor (York) lost 2&1 to Josh Sims (Caldy) and Ray Hughes (Caldy). Singles: Adam Frontal lost 2&1 to Michael Bedford; Scott Campbell halved with Oliver Carr; Matt Fitzpatrick lost 1 down to Dominic Barnes; David Appleyard lost 1 down to Jonathan Little; Richard Law lost 2&1 to David Peel; Adam Best bt Barry Barker 2&1; Sam Young bt Mark Geddes 3&2; William Shucksmith bt Luke Mighall 5&3; Martin Brown halved with Luke Burrows; Julian Taylor bt David Hird 3&1; Jamie Bower lost 2&1 to Josh Sims; Chris Halley bt Ray Hughes 4&3.

Hallamshire ace Fitzpatrick priduced stunning rounds of 70, 69 to win the Yorkshire Boys Amateur Championship at The Oaks club.

It was enough to give him a four-shot margin over runner-up Daniel Hawksworth (Hollins Hall) and Silkstone’s Jamie Gibson with East Yorkshire duo Daniel Gray (Driffield) and Stephen Robins (Hull) a shot further back on 144.

Moortown’s David Houlding was the top-ranked Leeds player – rounds of 78, 73 earning him a 20th-place finish.

Cookridge Hall’s Bradley Hudson took the under-16 title after carding 74, 76 for a 150 total, leaving Fulford’s Sam Wilkinson second a shot further back.

The host club’s James Walker carded the best first round score with a stunning 67 and Driffield’s Gray was top of the pile in round two after a fine 68.


Yorkshire Seniors Amateur Championship

(at Garforth)

Seniors champion: PA Crosby (Shipley) 70, 77 – 147; Veterans champion: DL Kelly (Fulford) 80, 78 – 158; 55-59 age group: B Christie (Wilton) 77, 73 – 150; 60-64 age group: J Grimbleby (Howley Hall) 77, 76 – 153; 65-69 age group: L Trukujla (West Bradford) 80, 80 – 160; 70 & over: D Slingsby (Hallowes) 80, 79 – 159.

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