Lan­cashire hold on for vic­tory

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY RICHARD WIL­LIAMSON

LAN­CASHIRE made a win­ning start to the new county golf sea­son – but only af­ter with­stand­ing a fight­back in the sin­gles.

The Red Rose county had started brightly against the South­port and District Golf As­so­ci­a­tion at Formby in the tra­di­tional cur­tain­raiser to the cam­paign.

They took the four­somes 4½-1½ to hold a healthy ad­van­tage at half­way, but the host team bat­tled back af­ter the break in the sin­gles.

How­ever the tail of the Lan­cashire team proved strong enough to hold off South­port and se­cure an 11-7 suc­cess.

For the SDGA team, 16-year-old scratch player Greg Holmes of Royal Birk­dale won his debut sin­gles match 1up against Joe Brice of Manch­ester.

Greg will fea­ture in the Lan­cashire Boys team aim­ing to re­tain the Four Coun­ties ti­tle at Shif­nal GC from April 11-13.

Pleas­ing­ton’s Michael Hunt marked his come­back af­ter a year out with a shoul­der in­jury by team­ing up with Cur­tis Clarkin to edge out Mark Dun­calf and Greg McIl­roy 1up in the four­somes.

Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Sean Towndrow, from South­port and Ains­dale Golf Club, led the af­ter­noon fight­back with a 4&3 win over the ex­pe­ri­enced John Car­roll, and was fol­lowed in by Dun­calf, An­drew Mol­loy and An­thony Stir­ling.

But Lan­cashire took four of the last five matches to pull clear in the fi­nal reck­on­ing. RE­SULTS

Mark Wynne and Kirsty Longley at Hale and (inset) Jenny Py­att

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