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Family's golf trophy success
ON a variation of the saying the family that prays together, stays together – how about the family that pars together, stars together.
Well, that’s true of a sparkling generation game at Fulford Golf Club, where the Cass and Jackson family celebrated a remarkable knockout double.
And at the core of the one-two triumph was teenager James Cass.
In the space of a giddy 24 hours he partnered his dad Richard Cass to victory in the club’s annual Wills Trophy competition and then teamed up with his grandfather, Steve Jackson, to land the Harrower Trophy.
Said Cass senior, who is joint captain of Fulford GC: “This has been a truly fantastic year for me as joint captain with the club successfully hosting the European Amateur Ladies Team Championship, which was spectacular.
“But it is very special to take part and win an event with your own son. It has made me very proud of James.”
The Cass duo conquered the rest of the field to win the Wills Trophy (scratch) foursomes final against Cass senior’s brother-in-law, Matt Kelly, who plays off a handicap of two, and four-handicapper Peter Huddlestone.
Cass and Cass won the final 2 and 1 to hold on to the trophy they first gained as a team last year.
Indeed, the Wills Trophy has formed something of a close alliance with the Cass clan as it was the fifth final appearance for the club captain, who won the first two with his brother-in-law Kelly.
In the first round this year, Cass and son James had beaten Jamie Miller and Lee Grant, again by a 2 and 1 margin.
However, the weekend of celebration was only just halfway through for the youngest member of the Cass triumvirate.
He formed another family axis with his granddad Steve Jackson to capture Fulford GC’s Harrower Trophy, an event with a pedigree stretching back over a century.
Jackson, a member at the Heslington-based club for 49 years, had never made the final, but, in tandem with his grandson, lifted the trophy after beating Alan Heels and Kevin Atmore, to whom they gave five shots, by that familiar 2 and 1 divide.
The second victory in as many days was a crowning glory for the 16-year-old pupil of Archbishop Holgate’s School. Now down to a handicap of two from four earlier this year, the youngest Cass chip off the block is a member of the Yorkshire Coaching (young development squad) headed by national coach Steve Robinson at Sandburn Hall GC.
He has also just been selected to be part of the Intermediate Coaching for Yorkshire programme through the winter.
Just three weeks ago, the teenager aced his third hole in one when playing with his dad at the fifth hole at Fulford.
He was also runner-up with Miller in the Fulford scratch strokeplay championship earlier this year, though little will surpass the weekend he underpinned a memorable family occasion with a wonderful one-two.
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