Yorkshire Challenge: Howley Hall's Appleyard and Foster claim Supreme title

Howley Hall's James Appleyard, left, and Miles Foster - Yorkshire Challenge 2017 Supreme champions.
Howley Hall's James Appleyard, left, and Miles Foster - Yorkshire Challenge 2017 Supreme champions.
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A BIRDIE on the final hole of the three-day Yorkshire Challenge earned Howley Hall's James Appleyard and Miles Foster the title of Supreme champions for 2017.

It meant, after leading by three points overnight, that they finished a point clear of Lindrick's Julian Maturi and Bailey Gill.

Bailey Gill, left, and Julian Maturi placed second by a point in the 2017 Yorkshire Challenge.

Bailey Gill, left, and Julian Maturi placed second by a point in the 2017 Yorkshire Challenge.

More than 200 pairings competed in the event staged on the county's trio of Ryder Cup courses and Appleyard and Foster closed with 38pts at Ganton after accumulating 44pts at Moortown followed by 44pts at Lindrick.

Maturi and Yorkshire county player Gill did their best to overhaul Appleyard and Foster's 36-hole advantage with a tally of 40 around their home track, but it was not enough.

They did, however, win the Ganton division while Appleyard and Foster triumphed in the Moortown division and Bawtry's Neale House and John Davies in the Lindrick division after carding 44 40 38. The three divisions were named after the course on which the pairings began their pursuit of overall as well as divisional and daily triumphs.

Appleyard and Foster will not have known it, but a no-point return on hole eight, which led to a 17-point outward total on the final day, meant Maturi and Gill – with 20pts after nine – had drawn level.

However, Foster had a net eagle at the 13th worth four points and Appleyard birdied the next two and, crucially as it transpired, also the last.

Maturi and Gill had two birdies on the front nine and two more on the back, but had to settle for runner-up spot.

Third place overall went to former Manchester United and Leeds United winger Lee Sharpe, of Moortown, and Scarcroft's Ian Miles. They carded 40 41 43 at Moortown, Lindrick and Ganton respectively, the latter giving them victory on the day.