Golf: County title is tailor made for York amateur

Julian Taylor
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The young pretenders and the old guard of Leeds golf could not stop the Yorkshire Amateur Championship trophy leaving the county in the golf bag of another last week.

Julian Taylor, 21, of York, is the new Yorkshire Amateur champion after prevailing after five days of glorious golf at Alwoodley.

But away from Taylor’s triumph Moor Allerton’s Ben Sardo continued to show his promise with another strong performance.

The 20-year-old, who reached the final last year, fought his way all the way through to the semi-final of this year’s event.

He was beaten in the semi by Hallamshire’s Oliver Smith, who then went on to lose 9&7 to Taylor (York) in a one-sided 36-hole final.

At the other end of the age spectrum, 48-year-old Nigel Sweet, the golf operations manager at Leeds Golf Centre, and former Yorkshire champion reached the quarter-final before being beaten by England amateur Jamie Bower (Masham).

“He birdied six of the first 10 holes,” laughed Sweet.

“It’s a long way back from there.”

Smith’s was arguably the outstanding performance as he finished runner-up in the qualifying strokeplay event contested by 165 players. Smith then defeated D Hague (Malton & Norton) 5&3; Tom Broxup (Cookridge Hall) at the 20th hole; Jack Kelley (Moortown) 3&2 and Sardo by one hole.

Taylor, who begins his fourth year studying maths at university in Missouri, beat Harry Woolfall (Hessle) 2&1; Matthew Pearson (Wetherby) at the 23rd hole; Luke Robinson (Hornsea) 3&2; Jamie Bower (Meltham) also 3&2, to reach the final.

Steve Robins took the Alvin Trophy back to Hull Golf Club with an aggregate score of 142 after topping the sheets in the 36-hole strokeplay qualifying event.

Home player William Shucksmith finished third in the stroekplay after rounds of 74, 72 while Ben Hutchinson (Howley Hall) finished fourth; 73, 74.

Alwoodley played tough with the length of the rough meaning many players went with irons while the magnificent condition of the greens allowed good players to flourish.

Drax's Liam Ridgill, top left, and Leeds Golf Centre's Nigel Sweet, front second right, take their places among the Englanf Golf award winners.

Yorkshire twice among the winners at Engl;and Golf Awards night