Yorkshire golf: Fell forced to extra holes by McGuinness before winning Sheffield crown

Lindrick GC's Nathan Fell, right, and Rotherham GC's Aaron Nairn (Pictures: drivinggolf.co.uk).

Lindrick GC's Nathan Fell, right, and Rotherham GC's Aaron Nairn (Pictures: drivinggolf.co.uk).

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The last main event of Sheffield Union’s season produced its customary tight finishes in the match play finals held at Lindrick on Sunday.

Nathan Fell edged out Mick McGuinness on the second extra hole to secure victory in a thrilling day’s golf.

Phoenix GC's Mick McGuinness.

Phoenix GC's Mick McGuinness.

Fell, playing on his home course, needed a birdie to clinch the match after a spirited assault from his Phoenix GC rival.

The 18-year-old was two down after 11, but he managed to win four consecutive holes to put him within striking distance of victory.

However, McGuinness put up a great fight with a birdie at 16 and a remarkable half with a sand save on the next to set up a tense finale.

He found the green on Lindrick’s par-3 finishing hole while his opponent put himself in the first left-hand bunker up against the lip.

Sitwell Park GC's Daniel Cox.

Sitwell Park GC's Daniel Cox.

His rescue attempt hit the face of the hazard and the ball ended up in the adjacent bunker. Fell’s resultant four was not enough to finish the match as McGuinness rolled his putt close for a tap-in win.

The pair halved the 19th hole, with Fell’s long birdie putt spinning around the hole and staying out to deny him victory.

The match was over on the next, however, when Fell’s approach dropped five feet from the pin and his birdie ended a great fight by McGuinness.

Rotherham’s Aaron Nairn won the junior matchplay title with a 2& 1 victory over Sitwell Park’s Daniel Cox.

He was one down after 14 holes, but three consecutive birdies from the 15th were enough to win the John Jarman Trophy.

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