The strength and depth of women’s golf in Huddersfield was on display for all to see.
Huddersfield and Woodsome Hall both made it through to the Yorkshire Scratch Team Finals at Brough.
The two local clubs won their semi finals, making it an all-Huddersfield final for the first time in living memory - with Fixby emerging triumphant yet again.
Weather conditions were near perfect as the ladies did battle for the Inter-club Scratch Team Championship in East Yorkshire.
In the morning’s semi finals Woodsome Hall took on top qualifiers Pannal and Fixby played arch rivals Ganton.
The matches were hard fought, with both Huddersfield clubs emerging victorious by four games to three, setting up a local derby for the afternoon.
Hannah Holden led the Fixby charge, taking on Rochelle Morris, the England number four.
It was always going to be an epic battle between the two Yorkshire county players who know each other’s games. Holden was two down at the turn and found herself three down with only four holes to play.
She staged a gritty fightback, with Morris opening the door at the 15th after a poor bunker shot. Back-to-back birdies by Holden at the 17th and 18th levelled the match and paved the way for a sudden-death play-off.
There was not a lot to separate these two classy players, but Morris eventually took the match at the third extra hole after 21 holes of exhibition golf.
Huddersfield’s Megan Clarke and Welsh international Megan Lockett had already secured two victories before Holden set off down the 19th.
Clarke won her match against Melissa Wood 1 up and Lockett beat Woodsome Hall lady captain Anne Taylor 5&3.
It was a family affair for Anne with mother Elizabeth caddying and daughter Emma following in the match behind.
Things could still have gone Woodsome’s way with four matches still alive, but Harriet Richardson clocked up win number three, 6&4 against Pamela Blake, swiftly followed by teenager Georgia Holden securing a 4&3 victory against Charlotte Edwards.
This was enough for Huddersfield to retain the YLCGA Inter-club Trophy.
With victory celebrations in full swing, Huddersfield stalwart Pat Wrightson clinched a fifth victory after a spirited fightback against Emma Taylor.
And with the trophy already won, Huddersfield’s Sandra Paul conceded against Woodsome Hall’s Celia Mansfield in the last match with two holes remaining.
Since 2000 Huddersfield have reached the Yorkshire finals no fewer than 13 times, and during that period have won the title seven times.
Huddersfield lady captain Jean Gee received the trophy on behalf of the team and praised the caddies and supporters for their efforts, as well as thanking Brough for their hospitality.
She also praised the other members of the Huddersfield squad who had played qualifying matches. These were Claire Roberts, Claire Greenwood, Anita Mandl, Alison Tracey, Joan Webb, Christine Barnett, and Amelia and Imogen Eden-Covell.
Huddersfield’s Alison Tracey said: “It was a fabulous demonstration of what golf should be all about: camaraderie, team spirit, and fierce competition conducted with passion and integrity; young playing harmoniously with old and when it’s all over, hearty congratulations to the victors.
“They’ll all be back for more next year.”
Woodsome Hall general manager Dave Carlisle added: “It was a much closer match than the score would suggest, with a number of very closely-fought games.
“Rochelle Morris won at the third extra hole, while Melissa Wood came from five down only to lose on the final hole.
“This enthralling encounter was played in the finest spirit of the game, providing a fitting conclusion to such a prestigious event in the ladies’ golfing calendar.
“Congratulations to Huddersfield ladies on their fine victory.”