THE Halifax, Huddersfield Union team struggled with windy conditions and came away from Shipley Golf Club with a 26-10 defeat to start this year’s Inter-district campaign.
Bradford had the match wrapped up in the Foursomes, when their players adapted to the conditions which included fast, bumpy greens, and only Jamie Bower and Tom Goodair managed to halve their match and earn Halifax, Huddersfield a solitary point.
They felt they had let a point slip away as they led by four holes at one point, before ending all square, giving Bradford an 11-1 lead which they were unlikely to lose in the singles.
Current Union matchplay champion Matthew Colcombe led from the front against former Fixby man Peter Fenton (now at Cleckheaton), getting away to a stunning start which saw him open up a six-hole lead after just 10.
But then the wheels came off and the Longley Park man lost confidence and four of those holes to par, and by the time he reached the 16th tee he was just one up – and then it was all level as Fenton birdied the hole!
Both players hit the par three 17th off the tee, Colcombe to within 20ft and Fenton a bit further away.
The Bradford player left his approach putt six feet short, while Colcombe two putted for his par, and took the lead again when Fenton missed his third.
Colcombe then hit a towering drive down the 350-yard par four 18th, leaving himself about 15 yards shy of the putting surface, while Fenton found a fairway bunker with his drive and, although he recovered well and sank his putt for par, Colcombe pitched to within three foot and then sank the putt for a two-hole victory.
Bower had a constant battle with his putter, but was still one up by the 17th where he missed the green and failed to get up and down, which allowed opponent Nigel Colbeck to win the hole and level with one to play.
Bower then found the same bunker as Fenton, but got out and onto the green and completed his par, and with Colbeck doing no better, it was another point for Halifax, Huddersfield.
Unfortunately there followed a string of defeats.
“Although it was a disappointing result, the team stuck to their task in the singles, winning four and halving another, but after the foursomes it was always going to be very difficult to salvage anything,” said team manager Chris Mear.
The Union’s seniors now have three weeks to re-group before entertaining the East Riding at Bradley Park on Sunday, June 12.
Foursome: (Bradford names first): Darryl Berry & Terry Brushwood bt Mathew Colcombe & Adam Cryer 2 & 1; Peter Fenton & Nigel Colbeck halved with Jamie Bower & Tom Goodair; James Firth & Matt Roche bt Iain Powell & Brad Tupman two holes; Dane Bairstow & Jamie Mountain bt Andy Shaw & Toby Garrett 4 & 3; Matthew Atter & Andy Fitzpatrick bt Aaron Schnacke & Ben Adamson two holes; Chris Howe & Mark Evans bt Tom Calvert & Dave Stafford 3 & 1.
Bradford 11 Halifax, Huddersfield 1.
Singles: Fenton (Cleckheaton) lost to Colcombe (Longley Park) two holes; Colbeck (Cleckheaton) halved with Bower (Meltham); Firth (Baildon) bt Cryer (Woodsome Hall) two holes; Brushwood (Bingley St Ives) bt Goodair (Woodsome Hall) 7 & 6; Berry (Bingley St Ives) bt Powell (Hebden Bridge) 2 & 1; Atter (Bradford ) bt Shaw (Huddersfield ) 2 & 1; Bairstow (Bingley St Ives) bt Adamson (Crow Nest Park) two holes; Howe (Hollins Hall) lost to Schnacke (Huddersfield 3 & 2; Roche (Baildon) bt Tupman (Huddersfield) 4 & 3; Evans (Hollins Hall) lost to Calvert (Willow Valley ) 2 & 1; Fitzparick (Keighley ) bt Garrett (Crosland Heath) 6 & 5; Mountain (Hollins Hall) lost to Stafford (Halifax West End) 4 & 3.
Doubles: Bradford 15 Halifax, Huddersfield 9.
Total: Bradford 26 Halifax, Huddersfield 10.
The Juniors are in action tomorrow at home against Harrogate at Outlane.