Yorkshire golf: Harrogate up and running in YIDU with victory at Bradford

Rudding Park's Phil Kitching helped return two wins for Harrogate in the win against Bradford.
Rudding Park's Phil Kitching helped return two wins for Harrogate in the win against Bradford.
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HARROGATE clinched their first win of the Yorkshire Inter-District Union season, defeating hosts Bradford 21-15 at West Bradford.

In the morning foursomes the visitors put points on the board through excellent wins from Marc Rice and Phil Kitching - 3&2 against Dane Bairstow and Nigel Colbeck - and Robert Nesbitt and Chris Henderson, Oliver Tasker and Andy Couzens hammered 6&5.

The Harrogate pairings of Will Rushworth and Dan White, and Jason Taylor and Steve Whitwham halved their matches, and the scores were level thanks to home victories from leading pair Terry Brushwood and Andy Town and anchor duo Rob Malloy and Ben Rhodes.

Following lunch, Brushwood put Bradford in front, but after George Muscroft gained a half in the second match for the visitors they took control.

Wins by Kitching, Rushworth, Rice and Nesbitt put them 15-9 in the lead. Overall victory was then secured through Chris Henderson winning a nail-biter one up against Warren Kemp, and White defeating Danny Rowley 2&1.

Whitwham made the scoreline more emphatic winning the last match 4&3 against Malloy.

Harrogate's next match is at Dewsbury, against Halifax-Huddersfield while Bradford travel to the KP Club for a match-up with East Riding.