It’s in our hands: KGC First Team Needs Two Wins from Two

A slightly mixed week for our Men's teams saw the firsts suffering a second defeat of the season away at Ilkley on Monday. The second team, meanwhile, enjoyed a well-earned draw away at Ripon in the Bainbridge Shield.

To be fair, the first team always expected a tough night at Ilkley, who had wheeled out all their "0 and +1" scratch team. On their tricky home track it was a very tall order to ask our own scratch four, however superb they've been all season, to garner any points, and so it turned out, with all four suffering painful defeats. The four balls were a different matter though, with three of four bringing home solid, battling wins. It's been an absolute pleasure to watch the emerging pairs setting off with glassy eyed determination and coming home with yet another hatful of points. So it was again this week as Graham Oxley and Sam Moore, Ben Cairns and Josh Reid and Mark Teal and Paul Wilcox did the business. The only blot in the four balls was Captain Nick and Pro Andy, who suffered a one hole defeat despite playing some of their best golf of the year together. Fighting back from two down to get to one up with four to play, the tricky par 3 15th saw a speedy downhill putt from Ilkley's pro drop slightly fortuitously into the hole for 2... a miss and it would have been six feet past. Then Ilkley's Captain, Ian Whitaker delivered an unlikely win on shot hole 16, ultimately followed by an even more unlikely up and down to hold on 18... by which time it was chucking it down.

So 10/6, but a night from which we can take many positives, the main one being that the fate of the trophy is still in our hands.

Where do we stand? Well, it seems Romanby did us a favour by holding title rivals Thirsk and Northallerton to a draw this week, leaving Thirsk one point ahead of us, with two matches to play. They have to meet Harrogate at home next week while we're playing Masham at KGC, so given a fair wind we'll be meeting at Thirsk for the title decider on August 2nd! What a season!

And we're still in the race for the scratch trophy, albeit aspirations were a bit dented at Ilkley. We're there or thereabouts with Rudding, Ilkley and Otley, so fingers crossed.


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