Sheffield ‘Scratch’ title itch that lasted three years

Cheers: Sheffield Union golfers raise a glass after winning the Yorkshire Inter-District Union title - centre is Sheffield Union president Eric Ledbury.
Cheers: Sheffield Union golfers raise a glass after winning the Yorkshire Inter-District Union title - centre is Sheffield Union president Eric Ledbury.
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THE strength of golf at the very top of the Sheffield Union has been emphasised by the Union’s Scratch team winning the Yorkshire Inter-District Union League title.

They duly crowned themselves when beating Halifax/Huddersfield 24-12 at Dore and Totley in their final match which meant they remained unbeaten throughout 2011.

They held off the strong challenge of last year’s champions Bradford, who finished runners-up this time, with East Riding in third place.

Sheffield’s last title was in 2008 and it is a particularly prestigious title to win, the competition featuring many of the top amateur golfers in Yorkshire representing their respective Union.

Going into the final fixture, the Sheffield squad knew the title was there for the taking barring a complete miracle from Bradford in their last fixture and a complete collapse from the SUGC side.

In the event, a morning foursomes victory by 7-5 set Sheffield up nicely and indicated that there was more good golf to come from them in the afternoon.

The afternoon singles saw Sheffield move into top gear, winning seven of the twelve matches and halving a further three.

Recently-crowned Sheffield Strokeplay Champion Lewis Hollingworth from Tankersley Park had a convincing 5 and 4 win and there were valuable victories from Gary Fullwood, Mike Hammond, Daniel Wasteney, Joe Dean, Richard Oades and Nathan Rogers, plus hard fought halves from Richard Hodgkinson, David Briggs and Neil Stones. Scratch Team Manager Ian Clarke was delighted by the way things have turned out this season.

He praised the very strong team spirit that has been evident throughout all of the matches and added: “I am greatly looking forward to defending the title next season,” added Ian.

Sheffield Union President Eric Ledbury congratulated the squad at the final fixture.