IT went to a thrilling last hole of the last match but Halifax, Huddersfield, who went down 19-17 to Bradford at Ogden in their opening Yorkshire Inter Union League match.
“A bit more application would have seen us through to the victory,” said team captain Chris Mear.
“The final three holes of the singles proved to be our undoing. Although Bradford were relatively inexperienced, they battled to the end, digging deep to win.”
The wind on the moorland course was in totally the opposite direction from normal, making for difficult conditions that didn’t favour the home team at all.
The foursomes were evenly contested with three wins for each team, the home men’s winners being Ian Powell and Sam Bridges, Jim Fairhurst and Graham McLean and Frank Greaves and young Ryan Greenwood, who stepped into the team at short notice due to James Thompson being involved in a car accident the night before.
It was disappointing that Ben Crowther and Jerrod Ellison, after holding a healthy lead going into the back nine, lost on the18th. This was to prove to be a pointer as to what followed in the singles.
The top three matches were all lost, Union champion Richard Broadley bogeying the last to lose out to last year’s Yorkshire Under 16 champion Liam O’Neill after leading one up with four to play.
Wins by Fairhurst and Crowther got Halifax, Huddersfield back into the match but McLean’s defeat on the last after being one up with two to play sounded the alarm bells.
A fine win by Bridges made the game neck and neck, with the knowledge that Greaves and Matthew Colcombe were well up in their matches though Ellison was struggling in his.
The outcome was to hinge on two matches. Mark Birkett, one down with one to play, made a battling par four up the last to share his game and leave the team in with a chance with the last match to complete.
Greenwood battled to the 17th tee all square, but unfortunately lost that hole and a half at the last left him and the team beaten.
European Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo will not compete in this year’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
It is the first time since he failed to qualify as an amateur in 1975 that he will not play in the tournament.
Faldo, 50, is preferring to concentrate on his Ryder Cup duties this year.