Humberside's golfers were amongst the prizes at the prestigious FiresportUK Sheriff's Cup held last week near Aberdeen.
Held at Newmachar Golf Club, 200 golfers from over 40 fire services were tested to the limit on the difficult par 72 Hawkshill Course. Fast greens, cavernous bunkers, numerous water hazards and knee deep rough kept scoring very much in check, but some excellent golf by many of the two Humberside teams got them in the shake-up for the major prizes.
Humberside 2 were tied for the lead in the four man Sheriff's Cup after the day one pairs better ball. The team of section organiser Alistair Johnson, Paul Russell, Jonathan Clark and Neil Scutt then lost a bit of ground on day two in the singles and were overhauled by eventual champions Hampshire and runners up London. Third place overall was, however, a great result and hopes are high to go a couple of spots better in 2017 when the Sheriff's goes to Lough Erne in Ireland.
The Humberside 1 team of Danny Hague, Jamie Pidd, Rhyl Jones and Andy Caley were well placed after the pairs, but fell away on day two in the tough conditions. Jamie however took home the best individual nett prize for a remarkable 70 - one of the few scores to break par on the day.
Team shirts were sponsored by Howden's Joinery, d3 Office Group and AaronPheasant.com and were the envy of many of the other sides in the competition.