Yorkshire close in on senior championship

Andy King Mark Lawson Yorkshire

Yorkshire edged closer to victory in the English Senior men’s County Championship when they battled to a 2-1 lead over Warwickshire after this morning’s foursomes. In the other match, Sussex also lead Gloucestershire 2-1.

For much of the morning at Goswick Golf Club, Northumberland, it looked as though Warwickshire would be ahead at the lunchtime break. But Yorkshire’s final pair of Garry Cuthbert and Peter Ward grabbed their point with gritty play over the closing holes.

They were 1 down after 15 but managed to win 16 and 17 to get ahead and, after Warwickshire’s birdie attempt slid by on 18, they finished 1up.

Andy King and Mark Lawson (pictured) had already won 2/1 for Yorkshire, while Warwickshire’s point was scored by Tony Allen and Martin Fell. They were always in front and although their opponents reduced their lead from four holes to two with a couple of birdies on the back nine, they won 3/1.

Yorkshire need to win or halve the match to secure their first victory in this championship and 2.5 points from the singles will see them over the line. However, if they’re beaten, the result will be decided on countback and Sussex are keeping their fingers crossed for this outcome.

So their mission today is to win as many games as possible and they were rewarded with two big wins this morning. Martin Galway and Malcolm Cawte wasted no time as they powered to an 8/7 win with an impressive display of par golf.

Behind them, Colin Jones and Doug Park raced to the turn and a 4up lead with the help of three birdies. Steady play as they turned for home gave them a comfortable 5/4 win.

Gloucestershire’s Michael Jarvis and Vernon Chappell kept their team in touch with a strong finish. They didn’t get ahead in the game until the 14th, but once there they surged forward, winning the 15th with a birdie two and closing out the game with a winning par on 17.

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