Golf: All the news from around the district clubs

Harrogate Golf Club

BRIAN Mathews is the new Harrogate Golf Club President.

Brian came to the Harrogate area in 1993 following retirement as a research chemist, spending most of his career working in biosciences research and development. Club Captain in 2001, Brian’s hobbies include walking, travel and of course golf which he started playing in his student years.

Rabbits Presidents Day - Saturday May 10: Roger Bancroft, the President of the Rabbits section, hosted the latest Rabbits competition held on Saturday. Roger and all of the competitors were able to play in excellent early summer conditions.

A field of 58 players entered to compete for the Presidents trophy by playing in this stableford competition.

The course had responded well to the first real warm weather for weeks and was presented in excellent condition.

The only problem the competitors had to contend with was slower than normal greens due to the rapid and lush growth. Bob Ritchie played very consistent golf scoring 19 points going out and returning with 20 points.

A close fought contest for second and third ended with three players recording 36 points.

Chris Leake, just being edged out of the top three on a back 12 countback. John Aldington had to settle for third after a back nine countback.

Results: 1,Bob Ritchie 39pts (19 h/cap); 2, Stephen Price 36pts (21 h/cap); 3, John Aldington 36pts (16 h/cap).

A Stableford competition was also played on 10th May for those not taking part in the Rabbits competition the results were :

Division 1: 1, Gavin Nicholls 39 points; 2, Martin Gobbi 38; 3,Paul Mitchell 38.

Division 2: 1,Greg Franks 43; 2,Patrick Altoft 42; 3, John Grayson 37.

Division 3: 1,Robin Jackson 33; 2, Bob Nash 33; 3, Gordon Meadows 33.

Saturday’s stableford competition provided some excellent results with a number of players having their handicaps reduced. Results :

Divison 1: 1, Alistair Wildridge 41; 2, Paul Lee 38; 3, Charles Lupton 37.

Division 2: 1,Dominic Creamer 42; 2, Neville Corner 40; 3, Jonathan Voller 38.

Divsion 3: 1, Bruce McIntosh 44; 2, James Carlisle 39; 3, Jonathan Davies 38.

Ladies Report – 13.5.08: The Daily Mail Foursomes attracted a field of 12 couples, 8 of whom went through to a knock-out competition. The maximum handicap allowance was 30, with the pairs playing off half their combined handicaps. It proved to be a close contest with Cheryl Lewis and Fiona Gillies squeezing home in first place, closely followed by Maggie Chamberlain and Ann Lancaster.

Results: 1, Cheryl Lewis and Fiona Gillies 101 27.5 73.5 2, Maggie Chamberlain and Ann Lancaster 93 19 74; 3, Jane Moorhouse and Helen Frankland 97 21.5 75.5

Juniors: With the course in excellent condition, the monthly Junior Tiger competition took place over 5 holes. In the Beginner class there was a first win for Elliot Nichols, second was Edward Kerr and third was Bruno Wray.

In the Intermediate A class, Nathan Seal was first, James Riley was a close second and George Layfield third.

Harrogate and District

Society of Golf Captains

The Society started their season being entertained by the Hull & District Association of Golf Captains at Brough Golf Club on Thursday May 15.

Richard Buchanan the Captain of Captains led the team in his first match since taking office in April.

The Harrogate Captains started their campaign with a win over the Hull Captains by 7.5 matches to 3.5. The Brough course lived up to its reputation and was in excellent condition and the weather was excellent.

The match was played in a great spirit and all competitors thoroughly enjoyed the day. The caterers provided an excellent meal in the evening with both teams renewing and establishing friendships.

Results Harrogate names first: R Buchanan & S Taylor lost 3 & 2 to K Hilton & G Atkinson, J Davies & K Ward lost 2 down to C Edgar & R Mainprize, D Farrar & S T U Rhodes won 4 & 3 against R Brown & J McMannus, D Newton & S Fountain won 4 & 3 against B Holme & M Shaw, I Crawford & J Shaw won 4 & 3 against A Harmer & I Galloway, C Benstead & A Ridyard halved with S Collins & J Francis, S Wetherall & B Perry lost 2 down to H Wilson & P Clark , D McFadden & D Moorhouse won 6 & 5 against T Barker & C McClusky, J Parsons & B McLellan won 2 up against D Briggs & B Howes, M McKay & M Ellis won 4 & 3 against D Weatherall & C Chrystal, I Elliot & D Spenley won 2 & 1 against A Higgins & M Fawcett.

The Society play their next match against the Harrogate Lady Captains at Romanby Golf Club on June 5.

Harrogate and District

Union of Golf Clubs

Yorkshire Inter-District Union Golf League - Harrogate 17 East Riding 19: Apart from the unavailable Phil Kitchen, Captain Ian Smith fielded a full strength team for Harrogate's first Yorkshire League match. Meetings between the sides are usually close, with the visitors winning the last two encounters 20-16. The host club, Oakdale, had three representatives in the Harrogate team, and it was the home side that had reasons to be confident after winning the morning foursomes 7-5.

Mike Henson and Matt Fowler, and Ollie Shaw and Ian Douglas, won their matches convincingly 4&3 and 4&2 respectively.

Joe Buckley and Tim Moorhouse won a tight match by one hole, and Steve Whitwham and James Coldwell gained an extra point.

However, East Riding came back strongly in the afternoon singles and turned the game around. They won six out of the first seven matches, with only junior, Josh Bassitt, securing a win for Harrogate.

However, the home team then fought back, Matt Fowler and Ian Douglas followed up their impressive displays in the foursomes by trouncing their opponents 6&4 and 5&4 respectively, followed by a one hole win by Curtis Wilding.

This brought Harrogate to within two points of the visitors but unfortunately they could only half the two remaining matches. Foursomes: (Harrogate first) T Hesketh/W Crick v A Lockwood/N Burnley 3&2, M Henson/M Fowler 4&3 v D Raybould/L Adamson, J Buckley/T Moorhouse 1up v R Webster/L Nicholls, J Bassitt/C Wilding v A Wright/M Daley 2&1, O Shaw/I Douglas 4&2 v M Lill/P Blanchard, S Whitwham/J Coldwell a/s v J Robinson/M Willey. Harrogate 7 East Riding 5. Singles: M Henson v A Lockwood 2&1, J Buckley v N Burnley 4&3, O Shaw v L Adamson 4&3, W Crick v M Daley 5&4, J Bassitt 1up v D Raybould, T Hesketh v P Blanchard 2&1, T Moorhouse v A Wright 6&4, M Fowler 6&4 v M Lill, C Wilding 1up v R Webster, S Whitwham a/s v L Nicholls, I Douglas 5&4 v J Robinson, J Coldwell a/s v M Willey. Harrogate 10 East Riding 14. Result: Harrogate 17 East Riding 19.

Romanby Golf Club

The Bainbridge Shield team achieved another HU success, this time against Oakdale GC away where they won 31/2 to 21/2.

The Seniors held their annual charity competitions in aid of Cancer Research UK on May 15.

The winner, Dave Owen, who scored 40 points, goes on to represent Romanby at the next round of the 'Hall of Fame' at Barnard Castle GC. Nearest the pin was won by Gordon Almond and the longest drive by Chris York. A total of 213 was raised for the charity.

Also on May 15 the ladies section held their May Medal.

Div 1 - 1st Julia Grainger (22) 74; 2nd Susan He (15) 75. Div 2 - 1st susan Caygill (35) 70; 2nd Lois Andrew (30) 77.

Susan Caygill was also the winner of the Franco Tolu Trophy which had been cancelled earlier in the month for bad weather and was held in conjuction with the medal.

Catterick Golf Club

Your press officer will be on holiday for the next two weeks. However, I could not go without wishing Catterick golfer Jodi Ewart, a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis cup team good luck from all the Catterick golf club members in her matches against the United States of America at the home of golf, St Andrews between period May 30 to June 1.

Jodi has been an inspiration, particularly to all our members and I suspect to all aspiring golfers in the area no matter where they play their golf.

Her natural talent combined with dedication, hours of practice and her coaching has produced a wonderful golfer who sets a fine example for the youth of today. Wherever your future lies Jodi, we all applaud your achievement and are extremely proud of you, good luck against the Americans and in the rest of your career.

Ladies: Here are the results of recently held competitions at Catterick Golf Club

Medal 4 played on May 8 was well represented and won by Carole Anne Lennon with a score of 98-28-70, Susan McKellar was second on count back 100-23-77 and in third place Anne Guy112-35-77. The silver winner was Sandra Jones.

Cheeseman Trophy Silver Division Played on May 10 was won by Cath McMahon with a score of 90-19-71 and in second place was Joan Braginton 97-20-77

Shoppee Salver Bronze Division played on May 10 was a close contest but won eventually by Stella Birch with a score of 102-31-71 from Ann Hargreaves who was three shots behind with 98-24-74

Golf Foundation incorporating the Mike Lee Trophy (Stableford) Played on May 17 was yet another close event which was eventually won by Pat Weymes with a score of 34 points (who also suffered a handicap reduction to 15) with second place going to Carole Anne Lennon on 32 points playing from her new handicap of 26.

Gentlemen: Golf North East Qualifier played on May 11 was won by one of the club’s juniors Jake Davies on count back with a score of 79-11-68 from SJ Cousen 75-7-68 and Allan Martin finished in third place with 80-9-71.

Northern Counties Veteran

Ladies Golf Association

Yorkshire was represented by 36 members at the Northern Counties Veteran Ladies Championship held at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club from May 13-15.

It was a test for the scratch-16 golfers from the six Northern Counties however, Yorkshire Veteran Ladies Champion, Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) was top qualifier on the first day with a gross score of 75.

Sandra Paul (Huddersfield) was runner-up with 80 and Hilary Smyth (Pannal) 81.

Yorkshire won the Gross Shield for the three best gross scores and also won the Nett Shield for the three best nett scores by Pat Wrightson (72), Sandra Paul (75) and Clare Wish (76 Lindrick), both these shields having been won by Yorkshire in 2007 when the event was held at Ilkley.

Unfortunately on the second day Pat Wrightson and Sandra Paul were unsuccessful in progressing in the match play but Hilary Smyth won her two matches and played in the Semi-Final against Barbara Laird (Cheshire). In a closely fought match Barbara Laird was the winner by 4/3. The final on the third day between Sue Dye and Barbara Laird, both of Cheshire, saw Sue emerge the winner.

Yorkshire played Cheshire at The Alwoodley Golf Club on Wednesday in their first match of the season when the team included Pannal’s Hilary Smyth.

Pannal Golf Club

Men’s “Harewood Cup Qualifier”: Soft winds, warm air, and a course not yet fully grown with its usual problematic rough, was an invitation for good scoring, within the large entry. The standard scratch reduced to 71, and not all cards returned with that score, secured a place in the qualifying 16. Leader of the field was Mr. D Morgan, with a gross 82, h’cap 16, nett 66.

Men’s extra medal: The increased frequency of these Monday events are already proving popular with members. Richard Leonard , fresh from a mixed fourball win, was out to prove he had contributed to the win as well as his 3 handicap lady partner, and did so in some style, with a nett 69, and a new handicap of 10 achieving two wins in back to back competitions, and a consequent three shot handicap reduction.

Douglas Bader Charity Greensomes: The Captain and his lady are demonstrating a real affinity for such mixed events.

They followed up the Easter “Save the Children” Foursomes win, with a high scoring (44 points) performance in the Bader competition, to win handsomely from Mr. & Mrs Hindmarsh (41 points), with Mr. &. Mrs. Cropper on third, with 39 points.

The club looks forward to Tony and Linda repeating the performance of last year’s winners, who fought through to a handsome holiday in Portugal, as grand finalists.

Ladies’ NSPCC fourball/better ball qualifier: Won by Mrs. S Taylor and Mrs J Smart, with 42 points.

Bedale Golf Club

Claret Jug: Two rounds of golf played over consecutive days is a good test of stamina and this major competition should have been played earlier but because of bad weather was postponed until Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, with prizes in the form of Claret Jugs all presented by a former Captain Dr. C. Ian Smith to celebrate his Captaincy. Trophies were awarded to Gentlemen, Ladies Juniors, in both Gross and Net Categories.

Gentlemen: Overall Gross 146 (74 +76 . Darren Brown; Overall Net 143 (71 + 72) John Condon (13); Gross Sunday 73 Neil Brown; Gross Monday 75 James Faulkner; Net Sunday 71 Andrew Hawkswell (13); Net Monday 71 John McAuley (14).

Ladies: Overall Gross 176 (89 + 87) Sue Mayman; Overall Net 149 (78 + 71 ). Val Abbey (15); Gross Sunday 90 Jane Robinson; Net Sunday 76 Joan Manley (27); Gross Monday 91 Jackie White; Net Monday 77 Kath Tate (24).

Juniors: Overall Gross 158 (78 + 80) Dan Brown; Overall Net 134 (67 + 67) Alex Morris (32); Gross Sunday 82 Alex Johnson; Net Sunday 72 Matt Kettlewell (23); Gross Monday 90 James Dalton; Net Monday 65 Colin Boland (18).

Divisional Winners: Division 1 145 (71 +74) Adrian Hall (7). 146 (75 + 71 ) Tom Kipling (5). And Richard Harding (8). Also Simon Gaskell (4). Card countback required. Division 2 151 ( 72 + 79) Thompson Brown (14). 152 (75 + 77) Keith Lawson (16). 152 (75 +77) Ron Noble (13). Division 3 148 ( 75 + 73) Michael Haw (21). 154 (82 + 72) Paul Jones (23).

Harrogate Union . (Bill Dobson Spring Greensome): Played at Masham Golf Course the home course of the late Bill Dobson in extremely wet conditions, a score of 40 points by the Bedale Pairing of Geoff Bush & David Brown won this Spring competition.

Harrogate Union A Team Matches: After a washout in the fist match at Otley the Bedale Team played a home match against Oakdale in the second round.

Whilst the singles were only able to claim a 2&1 victory by Michael Henson, wins in the foursomes by Captain & Professional Bill Barclay & Chris Smith and Neil Brown & Craig Elsworth managed a Drawn result.

Ladies - May Medal: Played over two days to allow working Ladies to Compete fine weather was enjoyed on both times. Division 1 77 Gillian Petrie (5). 78 Joan Sanderson (12). Division 2 76 Margaret McMahon (26). 77 Doreen Bainbridge ( 25) Division 3 81 Janicke Aitken (26). 84 Margaret Hill (30).

Oakdale Golf Club

With the golf course now looking in near pristine condition, thanks to the hard working Oakdale greenstaff and a little help from some settled and sunny weather in this unpredictable climate of ours, the annual Rabbits Captain’s Day was held last Saturday May 17.

The competition standard scratch score was 69 with 46 Rabbits supporting Captain Phil Grant.

Handicap reductions were the order of the day as the leading contenders enjoyed some great golf. The winner with a magnificent gross score of 81 nett 62 which included 12 gross pars and an eight on the par four 4th was John Noble who reduced his handicap by two shots to 17 from Dave Sanderson in second place on 83 nett 64 and Jamie Letts also on 83 nett 65, both Dave and Jamie also qualified for two stroke handicap reductions. Bert Wrigglesworth with a gross 93 and Jim Wood with gross 89 followed with nett 67’s and a reduction of one shot each.

Ron Johnson completed the list of golfers who turned in scores under the CSS of 69 by recording a gross 93 nett 68.

Further down the list were Anthony Glazier, 70, John Cowan, 71 and John Bullock, Ralph Bradley, Peter Ashton and George Atkinson who returned nett 72’s.

There were six twos scored by Ron Johnson (9th), Gordon Methven (16th), Dave Sanderson (16th), David Abbott (16th), R Whittaker (16th) and Ted Exley at the 6th. Nearest the pin on the ninth was Keith Chisholm with Martin Turner taking the longest drive on the eighteenth.

The summer knockout competitions are now well underway with wins for James Ireland beating Shane Stanley, Mike Wilding beating Les Brown, David Hodgson beating Julian Monaghan, Richard Richardson beating Dave Cowham, Keith Askew beating David West, Ian Graham beating Mike Claydon, Roger McGivern beating Darren Pitt, R Bowles beating Jim Harrington, Clive Brazier beating Jerry Dexter, Mark Hewson beating Harvey Burns, Clive Todd beating Phil Ireland, Richard Herrington beating Mike Franklin, Daniel Stalker beating Carl Westerman, Peter Chambers beating Graham Horn, Nigel Hall beating Phil Wilding, Craig McAllister beating Steve Jones and Tony Onslow beating Jack Walls in the preliminary round of The Presidents Prize.

In The Scratch Matchplay Curtis Wilding has beaten Richard Walker, whilst in The Jack Wertheimer foursomes Steve Jones &Matt Edmiston have beaten Bob Fagan & Jerry Smith. The extra preliminary round of The Freeholders fourball competition has seen wins for Dave Norwood & Carl Westerman over Vice Captain Jerry Sedcole & Dave Smart and Roger McGivern & Mark Hustwit have beaten Martin Turner & Daniel Stalker.

The early pacesetters in this year’s Golfer of the Year competition up to May 13 are Patrick Allen and Matt Edmiston with 9 points each from Chris McVey and E Rivera on 8, followed by Wayne Crick, G Scrimger and John Webster on 7 points.

In the Oakdale Rabbits Get Together Cup knockout stages Morris Lightfoot has progressed to the next round by beating John Cowan, as has Patrick Turner who beat Lynn Musselman and in The Nelson Trophy Mick Holohan has beaten Roger Hutton.

All members are encouraged to enter The Simpson Trophy mixed foursomes by adding their names to the list on the lounge notice board.

Other notable competition dates coming up this month include the monthly stableford qualifier tomorrow Saturday May 24, just turn up and play, the mixed invitation on Sunday, Ladies Ping 4BBB on Tuesday 27, Seniors v Masham on the 28th and the Oakdale 2nd team v Knaresborough and Ladies B v Bracken Ghyll on Thursday 29.

Oakdale Juniors held their annual dinner and prize giving last Friday May 15.

Those presented with prizes by Oakdale Lady Captain Gaye Richardson included Junior Cup winner J Taylor and runner up Chris Hart, Junior New Course Cup winner Curtis Wilding and runner up Ross Wilding, Junior Stableford winner R Evans and runner up E Read, 1st Division Annual Medal winner Greg Kidd and runner up Chris Henderson, 2nd Division Annual Medal winner E Hall and runner up Ross Wilding.

Monthly Medal winners throughout the season included Jack Walls, R Evans, Chris Henderson, M Wood, Greg Kidd, J Taylor, E Read, Ross Wilding, R Scrimger and E Hall.

Winners of the Junior Foursomes were Ross Wilding & Jack Walls who beat E Hart & Scott Brown. G Robinson & E Read won the Fourball better ball in beating Ross Wilding & R Evans. The Junior Matchplay final was won by Greg Kidd who beat J Robinson. The U14 matchplay final winner was Jack Walls from E Hall and winner of The Captains Prize was Ross Wilding, runner up was A Buller.

Junior Golfer of the Year for 2007 was Gregg Kidd with Ross Wilding claiming the runners up spot.

Special mention was made regarding the Oakdale Junior team performance in finishing a respectable fourth, equal with Ilkley in the H&DGU league and in beating the previous years Champions Ripon by a score of 6-2. Congratulations to Scott Brown in remaining unbeaten all season and to the four Oakdale boys, Curtis Wilding, Chris Henderson, Mike Bond and Matt Edmiston who formed part of the H&DGU squad that not only won the Yorkshire Inter – District league championships for the 2nd year running but also won the Yorkshire six man championships.

Congratulations also to Ross Wilding in reducing his playing handicap by a staggering 18 shots during the season and to brother Curtis Wilding who won the 2007 Bingley St Ives Yorkshire Order of Merit competition.

Captain of Oakdale Juniors in 2008 is Mike Bond who has also been selected as H&DGU Junior Captain for the year, the third Oakdale Junior to achieve this honour.

It has been a busy week for teams representing Oakdale Ladies this week with mixed fortunes.

The Ladies A team (Muriel Bradley, Ann Jones, Denise Fagan, Julie Hewson, Jean Ogden, Jane Henderson & Helen Burns) had a good home win by five and a half to one and a half against Sickleholme. The Scratch Team (Karen leake, Cath Varley, Olivia Lambert, Joyce Slater, Mary Gray-Smith, Muriel Bradley and Jean Ogden) played away at Shipley Beckfoot and lost their match 2-5.

In the ‘Daily Mail’ Foursomes Karen Leake and Julie Hewson continued their winning form by beating Selby in a close match by 2 & 1, they now progress to the fifth round.

A club stableford competition was held on Sunday 11th and Tuesday 13th May, the format was High, Medium and Low handicap players playing together. Two players reduced their handicaps by one shot each, Brenda Wade from 18 to 17 and Patsy Rochester from 22 to 21.

Results of the May Stableford:Silver: Brenda Wade (37); Muriel Bradley (36) (bb9); Anne Jones (36)

Bronze A: Patsy Rochester (38); Joyce Fountain (37); Julia Whittington (33)

Bronze B: Judith Trevorrow (33); Esther Bolton (32) bb9; Christine Schlegel (32)

Scarcroft Golf Club

The Ladies held a very successful Open Day on Monday.

The competition was a team event, two scores to count on all holes except 5&14 where all 4 were to count.

The winners were: Otley:- 87pts S.Wilyman (10) J.Dent (12), A.Lord (14), A.Smithies (8). 2nd:- Bingley St. Ives, 82pts,H.Plummer (8), J.Halliwell (6), L.Randerson (12), S.Bayton (11). 3rd:-Malton & Norton,81pts, L.Bowen (15), C.Glendenning (13), J.Roberts (6), R.Thomas (14).

The weather was good, the flowers were beautiful and the halfway house was full of delicious home-made cakes.

Thanks to all who helped to make this an excellent days golf for the visiting ladies and to those who gave so generously to the Lady Captain Ursula Turner's charity. Over 300 pounds was raised to help the Leeds District Childrens Holiday Scheme.

Scarcroft are very pleased to announce that Lyn Aspland & Helen Walker are through to the next round of the Daily Mail Competition.

Knaresborough Golf Club

Despite a birdie blitz by former Junior Captain Jim Coldwell (3), he and partner Chris Henderson (4) couldn’t quite overhaul the older partnership of Nigel Saville (20) and Kevin Birtwistle (9) in Knaresborough’s Spring Invitation. Only a back-six count-back split the two pairings.

The competition, a four-ball betterball off three-quarters handicap, was the first to be played off the imposing new first tees.

It was a hesitant start by the older pair, scraping a point from Kevin’s five.

But he followed it with a four for three points at the lengthy dog-leg second and Nigel shaved the hole to just miss a two on the third.

Home player Nigel then made up for it at the par three fifth when he chipped in for four points and went on to close out the front nine with pars at the par fives, eighth and ninth - the latter after Kevin, a Harrogate member, had just missed the green with his second shot and found the bunker.

His splash shot ran off the green.

Kevin then carried the corner trees left down the 10th, then hit a six-iron up the long slope into the green for two putts and the par – three points. When Nigel pulled his shot out of bounds on the par three 11th, he was relieved to see Kevin hole out for par after landing behind a bunker and chipping close.

The pair shared the honours over the last five holes, but the clincher was Nigel’s gross par five and four at the last two holes – the final one with a raking putt the length of the green - to add six invaluable points for a trophy-winning 43 points.

Pals Jim Coldwell and Chris Henderson, from Oakdale, ex-Harrogate Union Juniors’ team-mates, knew they’d be in close contention after a near-faultless matching 43 points. With Chris producing pars which permitted his partner to go for the birdies, Jim’s first came at the fourth where he struck a gap wed to six foot; then a huge drive down the long eighth and a three-wood to just short of the right-hand bunker gave him a chip to 13 foot for his second.

Like Saville and Birtwistle, they turned with 21 points and with Chris sewing up pars, Jim fired his birdie of the day at the long dog-leg 10th. Chris had carried the corner trees ensuring a shot to the green and Jim followed suit.

The Knaresborough man then over-hit an eight iron which ran up the bank at the back of the green. No problem: he chipped in for the birdie. He followed that with an 18-foot putt for the two at the short 11th.

Chris again secured pars at the challenging 14th and 15th but Jim had two more birdies up his sleeve – a three at the 16th and a driver, five-iron and sand-wedge to five feet for a four at the 17th. It was at the 18th that a superb round was just denied first place as both men produced a real rarity – two three-putts. Despite 22 points over the back nine, they were edged out over the back six holes. Former Rabbits captain Bob Archibold (22) and partner N Dawson (15) matched the first two pairs with 43 points but were shaded over the back nine despite hoovering up 16 points over the last five holes including a birdie thee at the 18th.

Rudding Park Golf Club

The May Club Stableford and Hall of Fame Qualifier was held on Sunday 18. 112 competitors faced some tricky pin positions in the Hall of Fame Qualifier which was won by Simon Midgley with 42 points. Chris Warren was a point behind in second place and the Congu adjustment of score brought Alice Boothroyd into 3rd place.

Alice also won Division 1 and her handicap is now in single figures.

Divisional winners were Division 1:1, Alice Boothroyd; 2. Sam Moulson;3. Seb Crawford

Division 2 winners: 1. Simon Midgley; 2. Chris Warren; 3. Gary Steele

Rudding Park’s 1st team played Masham and won 13 – 3. Compliments go to both the Clubhouse and Greens staff for the welcome and presentation of the course.

The Seniors’ Players Friendly against Wike Ridge offered good food, great weather and new friendships, and Rudding Park won 5 – 1. Prior to that, Rudding Park Seniors played Calverley with a win of 6 – 0. Congratulations to our very strong Seniors section.

Rudding Park’s 1st team also won away at Oakdale.

Wetherby Golf Club

The Junior Team playing in the Leeds & District Union unfortunately lost their place last season in Division 1, but made an excellent start in their quest for promotion by beating Wakefield Juniors at Woodthorpe.

A resounding five points to one victory has got them off to a great start with two wins and a hard fought half.

Captain Michael Large(9) opened the scoring by winning 2 & 1, his vice-Capt William Atkinson(10) won 5 & 4.

Third man Jack Vince (12) gained a very creditable point on the 18th green, after coming back from two down and four to play. His opponent a young lady golfer, also off a handicap of 12, gave him a testing match and they came to the last all square. Short puts for them both to seal victory, but the ball failed to drop to give a fair result.

This week the team are at home to Cookridge Hall followed by a first round Cup match, also at home on Thursday against near neighbours Wike Ridge.

In the L&D Scratch League the Mens' Team have also made a great start in the Third division, sharing the points against Scarcroft last week and on Monday night in an away fixture against Mid-Yorkshire they collected five points with two wins and a half to head the table.

After nine individual matches the squad have four wins, three losses and two halves for ten points.

Back at the club, the Medal on Saturday was sponsored by the Greg Norman organisation, offering substantial prizes for the two best net scores.

The winner with a voucher for Greg Norman clothing or equipment was junior Tom Shires. Playing off a handicap of 25 he shot a net 65, eight below the SSS to collect the voucher for 120. Bob Wild(14), took the runners-up prize in Division 2 and the club's lowest handicapper Phil Holmes(2) made his entry worth while with the best gross score of 76.

The club's tournament professional Andrew Herridge is to take part in the Great North Run later this year for Betty's Tea Shop to raise money for the local charity, Martin House at Boston Spa.

Andrew is running in the event for the first time and as an additional incentive to do well, it takes places on his birthday.

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