Monday 27th September 2021
2021 Scratch Championships & IDU Order of Merit Results
Yesterdays resolution of the Matchplay Finals meant the Scratch Championship season is now complete and of the 63 players who qualified for points this year, we now have a winner in Marcus Brigham of Malton & Norton GC.
Marcus pipped George Robson by 1 point and Matty Dolling by 3, so it was a really close run season. Congratulations to Marcus on retaining the OOM title and for claiming the Chilton Bowl which goes to the player with the most points awarded for the Inter District Union matches.
Sunday 26th September 2021
Matchplay Finals, Pike Hills GC, Sunday 26th September 2021
A beautiful day at the equally beautiful Pike Hills awaited the 2 semi finals this morning with the matches reduced to 16 holes as the 5th and 6th were closed due to a partly fallen and dangerous tree flanking both fairways.
With walkovers in both the Wilkinson Trophy (Scratch Matchplay) for Ryan Diuga and the Pike Hills Cup (Handicap Matchplay) for Richard White (Heworth) it was left to Pike Hill's Mick Yates and York's David Spofforth to contest the Pike Hills Cup semi-final and Matthew Dolling (York) and George Robson (Fulford) likewise the Wilkinson Trophy semi-final.
Pike Hills Captain Mick proved difficult to overcome on home soil and won 3 & 2 against the current holder in David. Mick's attempt to himself win back the Trophy he won in 2018 was then against Richard, however it was Richard who prevailed 4 & 2
In the scratch matchplay, semi-final there was never more than 1 hole in it, with past Champion, George Robson holding off a 1 hole margin for most of the round. Matthew levelled on 11 and again on 16. With both players putters misbehaving somewhat, it was a case of whose nerve would hold. In the end, it was George who won through to the final with solid pars down 17 and 18. Matty's 3 putt bogey on the 17th and par on the last wasn't enough to send it to extra holes.
George then played Ryan, fresh from winning last week's York Open. This was match swung both ways with George going 1 up on the 2nd, Ryan getting 2 up after 4, all square by the 10th then George was 3 up after 15 after holing a long birdie putt from the back of the famous 15th green. Ryan made the margin 2 holes on winning 16, however a wayward drive on 17 and George well placed on 17th green meant the hole and match was conceded to George winning 3 & 1.
Ever present President, Michael Ward was on hand to congratulate both winners.
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
Sunday 19th September 2021, Forest Park GC
Due to very heavy overnight rain back in August, this years York Open Championship was rearranged back at Forest Park GC and thankfully, play went ahead on a very warm, pleasant day that was briefly affected by a 20 minute down pour at mid-morning.
For the first time in History, the York Open was open to Lady golfers meeting the traditional handicap index limit of 6.4 and together with 5 PGA Professionals and 7 Juniors, the 2 Ladies from Fulford, Helen Barugh and Ashley Lambert pitted their skills against a very strong field of York's finest Amateurs. York Union can be very proud of this landmark moment and one would hope this competition goes from strength to strength with more Cat 1 Ladies and PGA Professionals and Assistants connected with York Union Affiliated Clubs in years to come.
One other change to the days format, due to a restriction on tee times and the nights drawing in, the Championship was reduced to 18 holes and so hightened the jeopordy of medal golf over 18 holes which argueably increased the field of likely winners. It was great to see some Legends of York Union golf return to the more attractive 18 hole format with Richard Cass (Fulford) and York GC's Dave Holder and Mark Metcalfe.
Making the opening tee shot was Heworth's Cameron Ferguson who was playing for the Seward Trophy, which is a Junior Nett Strokeplay Championship. This was previously played in conjunction with the Amateur Championship, but now moved to the Open as it is traditionally a mixed event. Cameron was one of 11 Juniors competing, 7 of which also taking a shot at the Open Trophy.
The Seward Trophy however may this year be remembered for all the wrong reasons with Competitions Secretary Andy Robson making a huge mistake with the count-backs of those tied on nett 73 in Matty Dolling (York) and Alfie Messias (Malton & Norton). In front of a busy terrace of golfers and spectators, Matty Dolling was presented with the Trophy and made a great speech. Unfortunately, the following morning, on closing out the competition, Andy realised that off Matt's +2.0 handicap, his nett back nine had been added up wrong. Alfie was in fact the winner on the countback and some apologetic telephone conversations ensued. Typically classy Matt was very gracious and accepted the news and obviously Alfie was equally understanding and obviously pleased.
Matt's gross 71(with a 2-3-4, birdie, birdie, birdie finish!) was good enough though to put him in a tie for 2nd along with James Walsh (Pro at The Oaks) and Fulford's Jamie Miller.
The Champion however with a 2 shot margin, gross 69 was Kirkbymoorside's Ryan Diuga who was delighted to be presented with the impressive Trophy from President Michael Ward. Well played Ryan!
We look forward to next Year's Championship at Easingwold GC and more drama no doubt!