Raybould named Yorkshire under 18s captain

Matty Raybould was winner of the ERUGC Junior Cup at Driffield 2015
Matty Raybould was winner of the ERUGC Junior Cup at Driffield 2015

In a first for the East Riding Union, Bridlington Golf Club’s Matty Raybould is the 2016 Yorkshire Union’s under 18s team captain.

Raybould, who currently plays off a two handicap, has a strong family golfing pedigree with his father Steve having been the professional at Bridlington Links and his elder brother Nick, a one-handicap regular in the East Riding Union side.

Seventeen-year-old Matty is no stranger to leading from the front, being the current East Riding Union under 18s team captain, plus he has already made a number of appearances in Andy Woodhead’s senior side.

A product of the Yorkshire Union’s structured junior coaching set-up, Raybould has been involved since his pre-teenage days and 2015 saw him continue to mature as a rising star, adding the East Riding Boys Championship to his trophy cabinet.

This success was complimented by a top 20 finish in his first appearance in the Yorkshire Amateur and a top 10 in the Yorkshire Boys.

Yorkshire representative honours came relatively early in Raybould’s golfing career playing for the under 16s when aged 13 and moving up two years later to play for the under-18s.

Yorkshire Union executive member David Johnson, who has long been involved in the county junior development scheme, said: ‘This is a first for the East Riding Union and is well-deserved recognition for Matty, who has come up through the county’s junior coaching system and is developing into a fine young golfer.

“He has displayed the necessary qualities to lead the team.”

Speaking following the announcement of his appointment as captain, Raybould said: “Firstly, thanks to the Yorkshire Union executive for giving me this opportunity, it is a huge privilege.

“I feel proud to represent not only Yorkshire, but also the East Riding Union and my home club Bridlington.

“I must thank my family and friends, who have guided me, including my coaches Gary Brown, Graham Walker and Steve Robinson.

“My role as team captain will include not only playing but also involvement in team selection and pairings.

“My experience and friendship among my fellow players will, I’m sure, lead us to more success this coming season.”