Abbeydale pull off a Trophy success repeat in convincing fashion

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THERE was a repeat by Abbeydale GC when they retained the Second Teams Championship trophy by a huge 12 shot margin in a field of 30 clubs across the Sheffield Union area.

After winning in 2011, Abbeydale were forced to turn out a completely different team this time and their aggregate gross score of 239 was just too good for the rest.

Fine individual scores of 76 from Tim Banks and 77 from Steve Barker were backed up by a workmanlike 86 from Brian Murphy.

Rotherham Golf Club were runners up with 251, followed in third place by Beauchief on 254. Remarkably in 1977 and 1978 Abbeydale also recorded back-to-back wins in this championship and have now won the Second Teams Championship 14 times in total.

The Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs’ Senior team comfortably defeated the Bolton GA 13.5 to 4.5 at Renishaw Park Golf Club in their first competitive outing of the season.

Playing for the Sheffton Trophy, Sheffield got their noses in front in the morning foursomes by four points to two, the best performance from Jamie Harrison (Rotherham GC) and John Bragger (Tinsley Park GC) with a 4 & 3 win.

In the afternoon singles, Sheffield ran away with it in style with wins for Sam Young (Rotherham GC) by 3 & 2, David Briggs (Renishaw Park GC) 2 & 1, Jamie Harrison 4 & 3, John Bragger 2 & 1, Richard Oades (Abbeydale GC) 4 & 3, Tim Brind (Abbeydale GC) 5 & 3, Tom Perry (Abbeydale) 5 & 4, Nathan Rogers (Wortley GC) 3 & 2, and Lewis Hollingworth (Tankersley Park GC) 2 & 1, plus a halved match from Neil Stones (Bawtry GC).

Sheffield’s first Yorkshire Inter-District League match is against Harrogate at Hillsborough GC on Sunday, May 20.