Ber­ris­ford claims county crown

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

GOLF: Teenager Max Ber­ris­ford, of Skip­ton, is the new York­shire am­a­teur match play cham­pion, writes Chris Strat­ford.

Ber­ris­ford edged York­shire county player James Cass, from Ful­ford, by one hole in the fi­nal at York to lift the crown.

And he had needed to see off new York­shire am­a­teur stroke play cham­pion Sam Rook (Lin­drick) on his way to cham­pi­onship suc­cess.

The top 32 avail­able play­ers from last month’s cham­pi­onship at Gan­ton took part at York where Ber­ris­ford was im­pe­ri­ous in round one, de­feat­ing Ot­ley’s Will Bradley 6&5.

It was in round two that he de­feated Rook, who was lead­ing qual­i­fier at the English men’s am­a­teur cham­pi­onship at Formby, by 4&2.

Rook had needed an ex­tra hole to de­feat Phoenix’s Oliver Sul­li­van in his open­ing match.

Hud­der­s­field’s Josh Mor­ton, who has en­joyed a suc­cess­ful de­but sea­son with York­shire as a mem­ber of their tri­umphant North­ern Coun­ties League team, was de­feated 4&3 by Ber­ris­ford in round three, and in the semi­fi­nals Ship­ley’s Daniel Thomas was downed 5&4.

Cass edged a close open­ing match by one hole against Ilk­ley’s Chris Atkins be­fore de­feat­ing York­shire county team-mate Char­lie Daugh­trey (Rother­ham) 3&2.

Round three pre­sented an even more fa­mil­iar foe for Cass in for­mer Eng­land Boys’ Or­der of Merit cham­pion Char­lie Thorn­ton, a Ful­ford club-mate.

Thorn­ton was de­feated 4&2 and in his last-four en­counter Cass got the bet­ter of Hal­lowes’ Sam Bairstow - run­ner-up to Rook at Gan­ton - one up.

Bairstow lost the third-place play-off at the 19th hole to Thomas.

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