BRADFORD Golf Union captain Martin Gaffney was delighted as his team ended their Yorkshire Inter-District League season with a win at home to York.

A stunning effort in the foursomes saw the hosts establish a commanding 10-2 lead at Woodhall Hills Golf Club. However, a disastrous start in the singles left the game in the balance.

Bradford roared back to win five of their last six matches though, as they recorded a 21-15 victory over the league's bottom side to finish joint-third.

Gaffney enthused: "The tail wagged and it was a strong finish. Reflecting on the league as a whole, we won four games and lost three, with two of those victories coming away from home, so I'm pleased.

"It's been nice to see the youngsters coming through and Harry Ayrton has been doing very well for us in particular. He won his foursomes and his singles at the weekend and he is developing into a strong player."

Bradford are now looking ahead to tomorrow's Team Championship at Knaresborough Golf Club and Gaffney said: "It looks to be fairly open this year, although Sheffield are probably favourites.

"I've selected our team, which has to consist of people who have played at least three Inter-District matches this season, and I'm optimistic we can put in a good performance."

"The course at Knaresborough is a parkland one and it is a fair test of golf. The key is going to be keeping the ball in play."

Unless Andrew Busfield claims maximum points at Knaresborough, Northcliffe's James Darcy is near certain to claim the 2018 Captain's Salver but the battle for the Karl Curran Trophy is hotting up.

Shipley's Dan Thomas still leads the way on 48 points but he will not be adding to that total.

Gaffney explained: "Dan is ineligible for the Team Championship and he isn't competing in the Amateur Matchplay. Terry Brushwood is only three points behind and he is playing tomorrow.

"Ben Rhodes is on 35 points, but he's in the team this weekend and he reached the final of the Amateur Matchplay this week after beating me in the semis."


Dane Bairstow (West Bradford)

Max Berrisford (Skipton)

Terry Brushwood (Bingley St Ives)

Andy Busfield (South Bradford)

Ben Rhodes (Woodhall Hills)

Andy Town (Bingley St Ives)

Reserve: James Darcy (Northcliffe)