BRADFORD Golf Union made a bright start in the Yorkshire Inter-District Team Championship at Knaresborough last Sunday, but a disastrous afternoon saw them finish dead last.

Club captain Martin Gaffney lamented: "We were actually leading in the morning, but it was disappointing to fall all the way down the leaderboard after getting the biggest afternoon score.

"It was tricky conditions and in a packed field you'd be surprised at how close the competition is between the teams after the scores are all added together.

"Although it has an end-of-season feel, it's a prestigious event which is taken very seriously.

"It was nice to see someone other than Sheffield win too, so congratulations to East Riding on their success."

There were some impressive individual performances for Bradford and Gaffney said: "It was nice to have Max Berrisford in the ranks after his Yorkshire Amateur Matchplay win and he shot two good rounds of 74.

"Terry Brushwood's second place for the team has given him the lead over Dan Thomas in the Karl Curran Trophy, although Ben Rhodes, who sits third in the standings, is still in the Bradford Amateur Matchplay."

The semis and final take place in that event at Northcliffe Golf Club tomorrow. On the morning, Rhodes faces Gaffney, while Andy Town takes on Mark Cook.

The winners of each last-four clash will then go head-to-head for the title on the same day. Town will be as keen to secure victory as Rhodes as he prepares for a crucial tournament.

Town and Brushwood will represent Bingley St Ives in the Yorkshire Foursomes final on Sunday, October 14, as they take on Beverley at Moortown Golf Club in Leeds.

South Bradford's Andy Busfield came third at Knaresborough in the Team Championship, which ensured that Northcliffe's James Darcy is this year's winner of the Captain's Salver.