MELTHAM’S Jamie Bower won both his matches as Yorkshire Under 15/16 boys beat their Wales counterparts 12.5 to 5.5 at Fixby.
He scored a best-of-the-day 7&5 success in partnership with Dean Hawksworth, from Hollins Hall, to help Yorkshire to a 4.5-1.5 lead from the foursomes, then won his singles by one hole as Yorkshire ran out comfortable victors.
The ‘senior’ Yorkshire boys team went down 10.5-7.5 to Derbyshire at Chesterfield after taking a 4-2 lead in the foursomes.
A dismal run of defeats in the first seven singles handed Derbyshire the overall victory.
English strokeplay champion Steve Uzzell headlines a top field in the first Eagle Golf-Yorkshire Order of Merit event of the season, the Auchterlonie Spoon, at Selby tomorrow.
The Hornsea left hander, off plus four, is one of 15 with handicaps better than scratch. Rotherham’s Sam Haywood, runner-up a year ago to Howley Hall’s Marcus Armitage, now a professional, is off plus three.
The Earl of Dartmouth Trophy at Woodsome Hall, one of 17 36-hole events on the merit list, will be staged on Friday, August 7.
The Links Challenge Trophy kick starts the Yorkshire PGA Tour at Bridlington Links on Tuesday, when Willow Valley trio Lee Shepherd, Wayne Pendlebury and Darren Rands are the only locals entered for the first of six Yorkshire Bank Order of Merit counting events.
A big field features Doncaster’s Ian Garbutt, who has just stepped down after 16 years on the European Tour and Challenge Tour.
Crosland Heath tournament professional Chris Hanson has entered the Yorkshire PGA matchplay championship.
Hanson will meet Andy Rossington, from Doncaster, in the first round, which has to be completed by the end of July. Robert Kershaw (Mirfield Driving Range), a semi-finalist last season, faces Selby assistant Marcus Maith.
Yorkshire PGA-Mizuno Trainees No2 Order of Merit event (Howley Hall): Leading scores: 73 - C Fricker (Styrrup Hall). 74 - J Lennox (Rotherham), A Ledger (Selby). Others included: 75 - P Gotheridge (Willow Valley). 76 - R Stansfield (Bradley Park). 80 - C Foster (Bradley Park). 84 - A Cranston (Willow Valley).