Temple Newsam defy odds to win Leeds Union's junior knockout competition

Temple Newsam's, l-r, Patrick Cassidy, Sheridan Linley and Harry Briggs after winning Leeds Union's Inter Club Junior Knockout competition.
Temple Newsam's, l-r, Patrick Cassidy, Sheridan Linley and Harry Briggs after winning Leeds Union's Inter Club Junior Knockout competition.
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TEMPLE Newsam's junior section boasts only three members – enough, though, to give the club plenty about which to boast.

For Harry Briggs, Sheridan Linley and Patrick Cassidy beat Wetherby 2-1 in the final to capture the Leeds Union's Inter Club Junior Knockout competition.

“The lads did really well,” said Tony Nevison, who is junior team organiser as part of his year as vice-captain.

“Harry plays off nine, Sheridan plays off 13 and this is Patrick's first year and he plays off 28, so he is in the process of learning.”

By all accounts, Patrick is a fast learner for not only did he provide the decisive point in the final, he had also displayed both nerve and skill to win his semi-final encounter in a sudden-death play-off.

With the tie level at one apiece, and after his match was all square after 18, the youngster prevailed at the second extra hole.

“It was a cracking final,” continued Nevison. “Harry lost his match on the last hole and then Sheridan won 4&3.

“It meant that Patrick and the lad he was playing against had all the people who were there for the final watching, so it made for a bit of a tense affair, but it was great.

“All the trophies go in one big locker-type arrangement and we have already brought the Junior Knockout Cup around the club so everybody can see it.”

Because of the age limit of 18 neither Harry nor Sheridan will be eligible to play next year when Temple Newsam defend the trophy.

“Unfortunately we have only had three juniors available this year so they are the team,” said Nevison. “They did brilliantly to win it although we did not do too well in the league, I will be honest with you -we got relegated.

“But in the cup the lads have stepped up and done really well. They all played great in the final on that particular day.

“We are in the process of trying to recruit some more juniors for next year so if anyone would like to join they should get in touch.

“There are a couple of clubs, Cookridge Hall, for example, who have got a very large junior section; Moor Allerton also do very well. But on the whole there are a lot of clubs struggling for juniors, it is not just us.”

One of Cookridge Hall's talented youngsters, Nathan Ali, has won the Leeds Union's Junior Order of Merit, sponsored by The Copier Company.

The final event, the Horsforth Junior Open, involved 28 competitors with joint leaders of the Order of Merit, Ali and Jamie Dunion (Moortown) in the final group to tee off.

Jamie played stunning golf to birdie four of the first six holes to take a two-shot lead over Nathan. However, a bogey on the eighth and a double on the ninth meant that he reached the turn in 34 to Nathan's 33.

The par-4th 14th hole proved crucial as there was a four-shot swing, Nathan claiming a birdie while Jamie endured a triple bogey.

It helped Nathan to triumph with a 73 to Jamie's 75 and claim The Copier Company's prize of a Nike driver for the best gross score and the Order of Merit prize of a golf bag.

Jamie's consolation was to reverse matters the net Order of Merit where he finished first and Nathan second.

In the net competition on the day at Horsforth, Amaan Iqbal (Wike Ridge) shot a superb 66 with club-mate Maclain Simpson carding a 69.

In the Junior leagues, Division One champions were Moor Allerton, who won eight and drew one of their 10 matches. Howley Hall took the Division Two title with eight wins, while Division Three champions were Oulton Hall with a perfect 10.