Marsh helps Yorkshire to success

Elland’s Nick Marsh maintained his excellent form to help Yorkshire win the English Boys’ County Championship at Cotswold Hills GC.

Marsh, who now plays out of Huddersfield Golf Club, was an easy winner of his singles match as the white rose side thrashed their closest rivals Stafforshire 7-2 in the deciding contest of the four-team finals.

Yorkshire, who were winning the title for the seventh time, had beaten Devon and a combined team from Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands in the first two days of the round robin competition.

Marsh, who won all his singles contests, pushed his claims for further England Boys honours with his performances over the three days.

Beaten Staffordshire boss Mike Tunnicliffe said: “We got flattened by a steamroller.”

Halifax-Huddersfield finished joint fifth of the eight teams in the 28th Yorkshire Inter-District Union Junior Team Championships which they hosted at Bradley Hall.

It was a creditable outcome for Tommy Ward’s team of relatively high handicap players after they had finished bottom of the league this summer.

The contest was reduced from 36 holes to 18 holes by rain with a two tee start at 1pm.

Leeds won with a score of 461 from Teesside (465), Sheffield (465), York (480), Harrogate (482), Halifax-Huddersfield (482), Bradford (485) and East Riding (493).

Home club player and junior order of merit winner Josh Bailes did best for the hosts with a 78. Brad Hardcastle and Connah Judson shot 80s and Josh Morton and Josh McAspurn had 81s while Jon Fleetwood went round in 82.