Golf: Consistency key for home boys

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SICKLEHOLME Golf Club created a spot of history by winning the Sheffield Union Team Championship for the first time - and on their home course as well.

They had the narrowest of victories over Rotherham GC in the four-man, 36-hole event - and it went down to the final putt as they eventually triumphed by just one shot, 605 to 606.

Rotherham held a one-shot advantage at lunchtime on 295 thanks to rounds of 69 from Sam Young, 71 from Jamie Harrison, 75 from Andy Unwin and 80 from Josh Shaw.

On 296 were Sickleholme with Oliver Smith their pick with a 70. Within striking distance and still very much in contention were Wath, 303, Abbeydale, 305, Phoenix, 307, Bawtry 308 and Sandhill 311.

However, blustery showers made afternoon conditions more difficult, scores rose and it became a two-horse race with Sickleholme’s consistency eventually edging it.

Their scores were Oliver Smith 143 (70, 73), Nigel Athorn (152 (76, 76), and 155s from Sean Needham (74, 81), and Josh Newell (76, 79).

Rotherham totals were Sam Young 137 (69, 68), Jamie Harrison 150 (71, 79), Josh Shaw 159 (80, 79), Andy Unwin 160 (75, 85).

Phoenix were third, 612 through Richard Bee 147 (74, 73), Dean Longden 152 (81, 71), Mike Harrison 153 (77, 76) and Jordan Perry 160 (76, 84).

Fourth were Sandhill, 615 after the best afternoon round of 304. Their team was Tom Peasgood 148 (76, 72), Thomas Keating 152 (77, 75) Andrew Herbert, 156 (77, 79) and Kurtis Keating 159 (81, 78).

The outstanding individual golf of the day came from Rotherham GC’s former Yorkshire Boys champio,n Sam Young.

He was the only player to break par, doing so with a one under 137. His one-under round came with his afternoon 68, an outstanding effort in such difficult conditions.

He was three shots clear of Scott Campbell (Hallowes GC) who shot two 70s. A further three shots back on 143 was the home club’s Oliver Smith after 70 and 73,.