Bradford put in a below-par performance to finish sixth in the 38th Yorkshire Inter-District Golf Union Team Championship last weekend.
The competition brings together the best 48 golfers from the county, with six players per team.
Despite winning the event in 2008 and finishing as runners-up last year, Bradford’s total of 910 was 30 above winners York.
Team captain Tim Wade admitted hopes were high going into the tournament but conceded his side didn’t do enough.
He said: “We prepared well but we just didn’t do it on the day. It’s just down to who performs well on the day really.
“It was the strongest side we could have put out. I thought we may have finished second or third but it just wasn’t to be.”
One consolation for the Bradford team was the individual performance of 18-year-old Matthew Atter.
The youngster shot rounds of 71 and 72 to leave him with the joint fourth lowest score overall.
Wade says the Bradford Golf Club member may be capable of forging a career in the game and that his emergence reflects a burgeoning group of young golfers in the city.
He said: “He’s got the potential, definitely but it’s so difficult nowadays. He’s certainly one of the best golfers in Bradford.
“Matthew had a very good day but unfortunately the others didn’t follow suit.
“In our last match at Knaresborough we had a 14-year-old and two 16-year-olds. It’s like Sir Alex Ferguson says, if they’re good enough, they’re old enough.
“The future’s bright, there’s no doubt about it but they’ve still got to go and do it.”