Huddersfield defeat Lindrick to claim first YLCGA A Team title since 1998

Huddersfield pose with the trophy after their A Team Interclub success at Scarcroft.
Huddersfield pose with the trophy after their A Team Interclub success at Scarcroft.
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HUDDERSFIELD have ended a 19-year wait for success in the Yorkshire Ladies County Golf Association's A Team Interclub championship.

The semi-finals and final at Scarcroft appeared under threat when, the day before the event, torrential rain left the course closed.

However, the greens staff did a superb job to make the course playable while preferred lies on the fairways were implemented and blue flags were placed in the flooded bunkers to indicate that players could take a free drop outside the bunker.

Huddersfield's semi-final opponents were Shipley and, after a series of tight matches, the former prevailed 4-3 with one match that went to a first extra hole proving decisive.

Lindrick defeated Moortown by the same score in the other semi-final.

Huddersfield managed to reach the required four points for championship success with one match still out on the course in the final and they were called in at the 16th hole.

Huddersfield captain Alison Tracy, a winner in the final, received the trophy from YLCGA captain Fran Dickson.

Shipley, the top points scorer of the 110 clubs in qualifying, were winners of the Huddersfield Salver under captain Judith Walton.

Calverley hosted the YLCGA Interclub Weekend League match-play finals, which saw Skidby Lakes come out on top.

On a blustery morning, Richmond beat Waterton Park 2-1 and Skidby Lakes defeated Howley Hall by the same score in the semi-finals.

The afternoon saw the winds strengthen and a few squally showers made for challenging playing conditions.

All three games were very tight, but Jan Minns, of Skidby Lakes, broke the deadlock on the 16th with a 3&2 victory.

In the final pairing, Skidby Lakes' Annette Jackson stood one up on the 17th tee, but Richmond's Eileen McMullan won the hole to return to all square and also took the 18th to level up the final at 1-1.

The first game out was still in progress, with Richmond's Lynda Thorpe taking on Skidby Lakes' Emma Baldwin, and the pair were all square going down the 18th.

Baldwin appeared to have the upper hand, but Thorpe sank a putt from just off the green to halve the hole.

The outcome of the contest was resolved on the first extra hole with Baldwin using the shot she received to win the hole and the match for Skidby Lakes.