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Bradford must be at best to beat rivals
Tim Wade expects Sheffield and York to be the top challengers as his Bradford side bid to win their first Yorkshire Inter-District Team Championship for six years on Sunday.
Bradford head to Wynyard Golf Club in County Durham as one of the form union teams, having won their final three league games of the season.
And their skipper sees no reason why they can’t claim their first six-man team title since 2007, when they won on home turf at Shipley. But he is under no illusions about the size of their task.
Wade said: “It would be nice to win the trophy again and we have a side capable of doing it.
“But looking at the strength of York and Sheffield, we will have to play well if we are going to beat them.”
York include Yorkshire Amateur champion Chris Halley, from Malton & Norton, who has dominated the Yorkshire Order of Merit with six titles this season.
Sheffield retained the Inter-District League title last Sunday and are packed with Yorkshire players, plus England A squad member Joe Dean.
Bradford have their own current county player in Will Whiteoak, who will be their first player out on the course which staged the Seve Trophy in 2005.
They also include two former professionals in Richard Wheatley and Chris Green, who have both performed well in the league.
Since making his debut at the start of the season, Cleckheaton member Green has won all his five singles matches. Wade is delighted with the impact the former Howley Hall assistant has had and believes he will be ideal for the 36-hole medal format, where every shot matters.
The captain said: “He has been very impressive and, with his experience, he will not get ruffled.”
Nigel Colbeck, Matthew Atter and Bradford Open champion Calum Hey make up the rest of Bradford’s side.
Wade knows success in the six-man team format means every player must step up to the plate, even if they are not on their game.
He said: “It is so difficult getting six players to all play well on the same day.
“That doesn’t just apply to us – that’s for everyone.
“There’s usually always somebody who has a bad or mediocre day.
“And if that happens, then that player has to keep plodding on and remember that it’s like a marathon.
“There can be no room for silly mistakes. If you lose by just two shots it can be soul-destroying.”
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