Golf: Harrogate's Nikki through to Daily Telegraph finals in Dubai

Harrogate Golf Club - HARROGATE Golf Club member Nikki Dunn, 15, has qualified for the finals of the Daily Telegraph Junior Golf Championship at Dubai Creek Golf Club in October.

The 15-year-old Harrogate Grammar student achieved this by shooting a one under par gross score (72) at Leeds Golf Club last month which put her into the top six girls in the country who won through with their low scoring.

Nikki, a regular in the England Girls Squad, has also been an integral member of the Yorkshire Ladies Elite Squad.

She played a major role in Yorkshire securing their third successive win in the County Championship by winning all her singles matches in the finals last week at Copt Heath (Birmingham).

Nikki is also the current Harrogate and District ladies scratch champion and plays for Harrogate GC Ladies Scratch team when she is not competing in national tournaments.

She is coached at Harrogate by Bill Ferguson who has been working with her over the last 12 months.

Nikki's mum Phillipa said: "We are all delighted with her success and it is just reward for all the hard work she has put into her game this year.

"Hopefully this will spur her on to even greater things."

The Autumn Stableford was the competition on Saturday.

The conditions were again excellent with the greens veritable oases following the downpours during the week.

The scores reflected the improved quality of the greens, and Brian ( le-putt ) Haines took full advantage.

With a score of 44 points Brian won the day by a margin of two points, clearly after spending the previous week-end at the Oxfordshire, he relished the return to the carpet greens of Harrogate. David Burke collected 42 points to take second place, ahead of Richard Goodwin third and Michael Ulman fourth both with 41, all first class results.

The Autumn, and Spring Stableford scores are combined to give a winner of the Annual Stableford, the winner this season with consistent high scores of 41 and 35, a total of 76, is Kingsley Roberts.

The Mid-week Medal held on Wednesday was won by Martin Brown 80, 13, 67. Second was John Grayson 80, 12, 68 with Johnathan Kingston 76, 8, 68 third.

Ladies Section: The September Medal and LGU Pendant were competed for this week.

The consistent Margaret Gobbi took Bronze B by storm. The sunshine in South Africa has obviously suited Sheila Williams who made a welcome return, to lead Bronze A, but the lady who is in winning form at the moment, Wendy Skaife from the Silver Division took the Pendant with the day's best nett score, reducing her handicap in the process.

The full results are - Silver Division: 1, Wendy Skaife 78-12-66; 2, Judy Leake 84-13-71; 3, Julie Darren 91-17-74.

Bronze A Division: 1, Sheila Williams 93-23-70; 2, Anne Hannah 95-24-71; 3, Sheila Shepherd 101-29-72.

Bronze B Division: 1, Margaret Gobbi 101-31-70; 2, Pat Glendenning 115-35-80; 3, Susie Lax 120-36-84.

Harrogate and District Union

of Golf Clubs

Autumn Greensomes at Rudding Park: Conditions could not have been better for the last men's summer competition in the Harrogate Union calendar.

Sunshine prevailed all day, and there was hardly a breathe of wind. Needless to say the scoring was very good with seven teams beating 70.

The early leaders were Martin Fuller and Keith Davison with a nett 67, which included three twos (at the 5th, 8th, and 14th).

The also led the competition for the best gross prize with 73, until they were pipped at the very end by one stroke by two other Bedale players, Roger Parry and Carl Peirson, who have both represented the Harrogate Union.

Rudding Park members usually put their local knowledge to good effect in union competitions. Brian Goddard and Pete Brown shot a 69, but the outstanding round of the day, 65.6, came from the host club captain and former Yorkshire cricketer, Peter Whiteley, and his partner, Sam Allen.

The highlight of their round was an eagle three at the par five 10th. Sam, 16, only took the game up two years ago, already plays off seven, and is clearly a star of the future.

In third on 68.6 were Pannal's only entrants, Brian Clarke and Peter Birkhead, a previous winner in 1980.

Knaresborough's Nigel Saville and Alan McGinnes claimed fifth place with 69.4.

Result: 1, 65.6 P Whiteley (13) /S Allen (7); 2, 67 M Fuller (4)/ K Davison (9) Bedale; 3, 68.6 B Clarke (13)/P Birkhead (14) Pannal; 4, 69 B Goddard (5)/P Brown (5) Rudding Park; 5, 69.4 N Saville (16)/A McGinnes (12) Knaresborough.

Best Gross: 72 R Parry (3)/C Peirson (3) Bedale.

Photo Caption: Autumn Greensomes winners Sam Allen and Peter Whiteley with the George Holroyd Trophy

Joe Buckley - Player of the Year: Harrogate Golf Club's Joe Buckley is the Harrogate Union Player of the Year.

Joe, 23, finished 55 points ahead of his nearest rival, 16 year-old Bryan Wood, from Romanby.

Joe's nine singles wins helped Harrogate win the H&DU Inter Club League, and he was runner-up in the Union Matchplay Championship (the Ogden Trophy), with scores of 74 and 70 over the demanding Romanby course.

Joe is also regular of the Harrogate Union team.

A tough competitor, who hits the ball a mile, his name is usually one of the first on the teamsheet when work commitments permit.

He will be presented with the Ackrill Trophy at the Harrogate Union dinner at Rudding Park, on October 5. Mike Henson of Bedale finished in third place, ahead of Craig Bradley from the Otley club.

Yorkshire Ladies County Golf

Association

Inter-Club B Team final: The top four teams from the YLCGA Inter-Club B Team Matches played their semi-finals and finals at Oakdale Golf Club on Monday September 11.

In the morning Moor Allerton defeated Halifax Bradley Hall 6-1 and Sandmoor after a hard fought match defeated Hallamshire.

The afternoon Final between Moor Allerton and Sandmoor resulted in a victory for the girls of Moor Allerton 4-3.

Pannal Golf Club

Ladies - Fulford Exchange Day: Pannal Ladies played in their second Exchange Day at Fulford on Tuesday, September 12. They were lucky once again to play on a beautiful warm day.

The Ladies played in teams of four, two scores to count in a 4BBB 3/4 handicap Stableford.

Results: 1, C Hesketh, C Page, J Long, S Rutherford; 2, J Deakin, J Ford, A Kitson, J Smith; 3, G Callander, J Cropper, L Roberts, L Southwell.

Nearest the Pin, E Corn.

Invitation Day: The Men's Autumn Invitation day was held on Saturday.

The course certainly had an autumnal look,with heavily berried Rowan trees and their leaves displaying tints of gold and red.The recent maintenance week and the thunder storms earlier in the week has altered the playing characteristics of the course.

Shots that were easily reaching the green in two are now stopping short and putts needed to be hit a little harder to reach the hole.

However , some players adapted their games quicker than others and some fine scores were recorded.

At the top of the leader board three pairs came in with the same scores of 45 points and on a last nine countback Chris Booth and Paul Hawkridge (Harrogate) with 24 points won from Steve Walker and Tim Wilkinson ( Garforth ) who scored 23 points .

In third place with 22 on the back nine were Craig Hunter and Philip Latty (Oakdale). Bob Kershaw and James Beeston (Worsley Park) with 44 gained fourth prize. Other prize winners were Karl Wilkinson and Adrian Goldacre (Hillsborough) 43, Bob Booth and Mike Ramsey (Ilkley) 42, Simon Kirkby and Andrew Thackray 42.

Open Stableford: The fine Autumn sunshine brought out a good sized field for the Sunday Stableford.Of the 50 competiors five managed to receive handicap reductions.

Results: 1, C Wright 43pts; 2, T Gooden 40 pts; 3, RPB Rhodes 40 pts.

Other Handicap reductions were achieved by P Leese and Mrs J Deakin.

Bedale Golf Club

September Medal: This last monthly medal of the 2006 season was played on Sunday and attracted a very large entry to play in excellent conditions. Congratulations go to Andrew Lawrence who by wining the first division qualified for the medal final next Sunday

Countbacks were required to identify the placings in Divisions Two and Three.

Division 1: 65 Andrew Lawrence (11). 67 Kevin English (12) 69 Derek Harle (12). 70 Simon Gaskell (4).

Division 2: 70 Andrew Stiles (16) and David Williamson (15) 71 Arthur Richmond (19) and Adrian Firth Corner(17). Division 3 71 Phil Jones (24). 73 Jason Hicks (28) and Andrew Fullerton (23).

Seniors: Two further competitions have been played by the 'Riper Years Brigade'

Medal Final: Over the season the section has played a monthly medal and the winners played a final round on Friday to decide who will become the clubs senior section golfer of the year. Leading scores 78 Horace Mitchinson (22) and Brian Knapton (12) card countback required. 81 Walter Raine (19).

Four Ball Better Ball Stableford: A change of format this week with card countbacks required for all but the top spot. 42 points Neil Exelby (24) & Dennis Wilkinson (23). 41 points Gareth Jones (17) & Tudor Keirl (28) .and Noel Winstanley (15) & David Hoult (18) also Alf Cooper (20) & George Wood (22).

Junior Cup: A nett 66 by Michael Butler easily won the cup in this competition and also resulted in his handicap being reduced by two shots. The best gross score, a 78, was returned by Henry Taylor who finished in second place.

Leading scores 66 Michael Butler (28) 70 Henry Taylor (8) and Callum Jonas (13) card countback required. 71 Daniel Brown (12)

Junior Club Championship: Two rounds of golf for the Junior Club Champion played on one day found Henry Taylor the winner by eight clear shots. 157 (79 +78) Henry Taylor. 165 (85 +80) Callum Jonas. 166 (80 + 86 ) Darren Brown. 169 (86 + 83) Paul Garrity.

Hall Shield: One of the oldest competitions for Juniors, the Junior Trophy was played last Saturday in excellent condition and was won on a countback by Garry Lodge. Leading scores: 73 Garry Lodge (20) and Daniel Brown (12). 74 Paul Garrity (10); The lowest gross was returned by Paul Garrity with an 84.

Dales Alliance: Last May the first leg, the spring session, was completed with the Blackwell team holding a three point lead over there nearest challengers Crook.

The first round of the autumn session was due to be played at Richmond but unfortunately was called off due to heavy rain, and has now been re arranged for October 14.

The second round was played at Blackwell last Saturday and home course advantage applied, with the home team scoring 193 points.

They were followed by Bedale 189 points Crook 180 points Catterick 181 points Richmond 167 points and Thirsk & Northallerton 157 points.

Today's prize winners, nearly a clean sweep by Blackwell, were all with 41 points M Cave and J Chapman (Blackwell); T Scott and S Raine (Blackwell), F Chambers and J McCaffrey (Catterick), S Peverley and M Cheesman (Blackwell).

The overall position after the Blackwell round of the autumn series: 35 points Blackwell; 29 Crook, 28 Bedale, 26 Catterick, 17 Thirsk & Northallerton, 16 Richmond.

Ripon Golf Club

Ladies: The Ladies Am Am was held last Tuesday.

The format was a team of four stableford, with only two ladies from Ripon permitted per team.

Two scores were to count on each hole, with three to count on the par threes.

Both the weather and the course were excellent and a good day was had by all.

The winners were Hilary Mckenzie, Noreen Fleming, Margaret English and Sandy Henderson, all from Castle Eden, with 86 points, back nine 40.

Second were Ann O'Neil, Jean Brown and Deidre Naughton from Thirsk and Dorothy Furby from Richmond also with 86 points, back nine 37.

Third were Julie Dransfield and Anne Shepherd from Ripon, Sue Brunt from Burton on Trent and Sue Mayman from Bedale with 85 points.

Fourth were Jenny Atkinson and Judith Webb from Ripon with Clarice Wilkinson from Knaresborough and Rita Thompson from Thirsk Northallerton with 81 points.

Nearest the pin on the 14th was H Crawford, and nearest the pin in two on the ninth was A Shepherd.

Thankyou to all the visitors for coming to play, we hope that you will all return next year. It is always good to see many old friends and make new friends too!

Juniors: The turnout for Junior Sunday was excellent despite several members playing in the Autumn Greensome at Rudding Park. Everyone enjoyed 18 holes of individual stableford golf in glorious sunshine.

Result: 1, Scott Thompson; 2, James Crowley.

Well done to James Riley who played as part of the Junior Section for the first time.

The Junior Team is now preparing for the Northern Regional Finals, having won the Harrogate District League, to be played at Cookridge Hall on September 27.

All our best wishes go with the six-man team of Josh Bassitt, Richard Ebbage, Lewis Hardie, Ben Harker, Tom Moffat and James Crowley, reserve Ben Rowatt. Good Luck.

Men's: The September Medal, which had been rescheduled from a fortnight earlier because of torrential rain, took place last Saturday in near perfect weather. The 115 entrants found the much improved conditions far more conducive to playing good golf, with 21 having a nett score equal to or better than Standard Scratch, and just a few finishing with 'No Return'.

The winning cards in each division were very impressive, Mark Thompson and Chris Mitchell meriting most plaudits for outstanding final results.

Now that all the summer medals are complete, the Annual and Extra Medals will be held this Saturday.

As summer gives way to autumn, more knock-out competitions are reaching their conclusions.

The popular and sociable singles handicap event produced an excellent and close final between Keith Burrill and Tony Hughes.

Tony opened up a gap with consecutive birdies just before the turn, and, despite Keith's valiant fight-back, Tony secured the championship on the 18th green.

The second stage of the Birthday Challenge Cup has a four-man knock-out format, leading this year to a John Waring versus Josh Bassitt last round. Another hard fought tussle went to the last, where Josh won the Cup, one up.

Medal results - Division One: 1, Mark Thompson 72, 9, 63; 2, Ian Sherwin 70, 5, 65; 3, Nick Jackson 71, 6, 65.

Division Two: 1, Chris Mitchell 75, 12, 63; 2, John Snowden 80, 12, 68; 3, Bob Duffield 81,13, 68.

Division Three: 1, Mick Wilkinson 90, 25, 65; 2, Peter Bennett 84,17, 67; 3, David Blakeburn 88, 21, 67.

Flaxby Park Golf Club

Despite the unsettled weather conditions during September, this month's medals have both been excellently supported by our members.

The first of these was the Ladies Medal held on Saturday September 2. This was won by Lorraine Massie with a score of 75 net; while Sam Potter won the 'Two's Sweep' competition.

The Men's Medal was held on Saturday September 9, having to be postponed due to extremely heavy rain on the original date.

In Division One the results were as follows: Alan Borland, 67 net; Simon Newlove 69 net (back 9); Garry Blythe, 69 net; and Michael Logue 70 net (back 9).

While in Division Two the following results were returned: Keith Weston, 68 net; Kevin Anderson, 69 net (last 6); Michael Christon, 69 net (back 9); and Duncan McKenzie 69 net.

Simon Newlove won the Gross Trophy with a score of 77. A 'Two's Sweep' competition was also held with the following members scoring 'Two's': Mike Grewar;James Inglis; Paul Ratcliffe; Simon Robinson; and Keith Rogers.

With a Midweek Medal and Hailey Mattocks memorial competitions still to be held during this month, September is guaranteed to be another busy month for our members.

Wike Ridge Golf Club

We held one of our fun competitions this week, Elke's four club challenge, set up by a former member.

Held on the 18 hole course, the challenge is to pick the best clubs for the job and is the subject of much debate.

Luckily it is a non qualifier as nobody managed to play to their handicap.

Results: 1, Jo Kane Doyle 31; 2, Pat Atkinson 30 cb; 3, Marjorie Jennings 30 cb; 4, Gill Bailey 29 cb; 5, Jenny Bannister 29 cb,

Jo (of hole in one fame) played with a three-wood, a seven-wood, a nine-wood and a 13-wood and even used the 13-wood to get out of a bunker.

At the same time two groups of our ladies were playing in an Open Day at Pike Hills, unfortunately we were not amongst the winners but were in joint second place until the late afternoon.

There was a lower than usual turnout at the Par 3 Club this week as the weather was not very good but once again the ladies were amongst the winners

Results: 1, Carolyn Baker 34; 2, Malcolm Buttress 36; 3, Brian Robinson 36; 4, Shirley Etherington 36

There were six birdies - Carolyn Baker, Gill Swaby, Max Freeman 2, Philip Clark and Stan Collins.

In the Brian Ursell trophy, the irrepressible Sybil Pillar beat the unstoppable Mary Fox. This knockout competition is played throughout the golfing year and is now in its final stages.

Carolyn Baker, winner of this week's Par Three competition and famous for her birdies, played in the Volvo Masters Amateur at Alwoodley Golf Club after qualifying through a stableford competition held at Wike.

It was a 10am shotgun start and Carolyn played with two young men from Preston and Whitley Bay.

It was a good day to play and Carolyn managed to get 23 points playing a course she did not know and off three quarters handicap.

She got two pars and of course a birdie. All the competitors were well looked after before during and after the game.

The winning score was 34 points and the top three from each section will play the next round at Wentworth. Well done Carolyn.

Thirsk and Northallerton

Golf Club

Ladies Section - Sep 13 Open 4 BBB: 1, A Mayhew Thirsk/D Furby Richmond (41 pts); 2, C Withers Aldwark Manor/S Ellis Thirsk (40 pts); 3, A Carter Dinsdale/R Page Thirsk (39 pts); 4,A Smith/D Jefferson Eaglescliffe (38 pts B9); 5, M Tuer Romanby/L Thom Thirsk (38 pts B9); 6, P Myers/O Barley Easingwold (37 pts).

Masham Golf Club

Mens Open Greensomes September 16: Another very competent performance by the Masham duo Andy Binks and David Ward (61) enabled them to claim first place in one of the last open events of the season.

The pair have shown their class on more than one occasion in 2006 with a similar successful performance in the Mens Open Day back in June.

In second place were D Dodsworth and B Selvedge, third S Metcalfe and P Astwood and fourth N Hutchinson and A Dillasier.

Mixed Open Greensomes September 17: A combination of a well attended event, a glorious day and a well presented course ensured a successful competition for this final open day of the season.

A strong performance from Ken and Judy Houlbrook (Masham) with a nett 64.6 won the day.

In second place were Martin and Lorraine Eagle (Dewsbury - 65.8); third Elwyn and Elizabeth Weastell (Brass Castle Middlesborough - 66.6); fourth David and Valerie Abbey (Bedale - 68.6).

Rabbits v Pike Hills September 8: The Masham Rabbits concluded their season with the second leg of the annual match against Pike Hills.

With a 6 -2 advantage from the home leg, the away leg proved to be a tougher encounter with the Masham Rabbits losing by 4 - 3. (Tony Clarkson & Malcolm Wray (); Tony Roebuck and Graham Lawson; Doug Paxton and Richard Walton; Bruce Watson and Dave Broadley).

The result over the two legs meant that Masham won back the trophy.

Junior Stableford Cup: While the Club has few junior members it certainly has quality golfers in the making and none more than the first and second placed entrants in the Junior Stapleford Cup held on August 23.

In first place was M Smith (40) and in second R Roebuck (37).

Oakdale Golf Club

Ladies Section: It was a privilege to attend the final of theYorkshire Ladies Scratch Teams held at The Oaks GC, York on Wednesday.

The standard of golf was very high and all credit to the professionalism of all those that took part.

The sky was foreboding but not the optimism of the four teams, Huddersfield Fixby, Rotherham, Hull and our own Oakdale that took part in the semi-final in the morning with the final following on in the afternoon.

Oakdale were valiant in their attempt to conquer Huddersfield Fixby and there were some excellent matches.

Particular mention must go to Joyce Slater, Penny Baxter and Denise Fagan who held their own right to the end.

Although the outcome was defeat to Fixby, 4,3, Oakdale must be congratulated in their achievement to get so far and particularly as their opponents became the outright winners.Congratulations to Huddersfield Fixby and thank you to all the ladies (and gentlemen) that turned out to support our team.

Saturday September Medal: Following the abandonment due to the poor weather two weeks ago, the September Saturday Medal was rearranged, and played last weekend in good golfing conditions, which saw 130 players participating.

In the First Division, in which 66 players took part, Mark Ward and Graham Ball produced excellent level par gross rounds, with Mark winning the Medal by virtue of his nett 64.

Graham took second place two shots back, on count-back from David Hodgson, and took the lowest gross prize for the Division.

Phil Bond was fourth, courtesy of a nett 67.

The Second Division, in which there were 44 players, saw the lowest nett score of the day returned by Stuart Grant. His nett 64 was three shots clear of Alan Key and Mick Lockwood, with Bob Skaith and Kevin Ayscough two shots further back.

Alan Key's 81 was the lowest gross in this Division.

Finally in the Third Division, there were 20 players. Alan Harvey's nett 68 gave him a two-shot victory over D Gibbs, whose consolation was to receive the lowest gross prize. Brian Johnson was third, a further two shots back.

Results - Division 1: 64 M Ward (71 gross); 66 G Ball (71); D Hodgson (75); 67 P Bond (73); 69 A Whiteley (77), T Perry (73), P Wilding (74), D Wilkinson (81).

Division 2: 64 S Grant (82); 67 A Key (81); M Lockwood (82); 69 R Skaith (85); K Ayscough (82); 71 V Matthews (89); E Winterburn (86).

Division 3: 68 A Harvey (90); 70 D Gibbs (91); 72 B Johnson (93); 75 J Boyd (98), R France (99);

Summer Competitions: With Finals Weekend now upon us, the summer competitions are coming to a conclusion.

Saturday sees Garry Cuthbert taking on Wayne Crick in the Scratch Match Play Final, with two further finals take place on Sunday, the MAP Cup, and the Freeholders Trophy.

In the former, John Robson plays Graeme Fenwick, whilst the latter sees Doug Whyte and Sam Mitchell playing against Russ Thompson and Mervyn Robinson.

In the other two summer competitions, one finalist has already been decided, with the second semi-final to be played.

In the Presidents Prize, Graham Ball awaits the winner of the match between John Robson and Phil Wilding, while in the Jack Wertheimer Trophy, Don Thorpe and Geoff Turner have reached the final, where they will play either Chris and Richard Blunden, or Tim Noddings and Les Sadler.

Knaresborough Golf Club

Unintentionally, it turned into the biggest jamboree of final matches the club has seen for many years – a season's 'terminus' which witnessed no fewer than 18 deciders over the full weekend.

The congestion came because fierce rainstorms had forced the re-scheduling of the Annual Medals to the same weekend as Finals Day.

The twin peaks of this 'golf fest' were the Men's and Ladies' Club Championship.

In the first, Mike Pennington (3) finished one up after a 36-hole battle royal with first team colleague Ivor Roy (4), a matchplay contest in which only once was the difference between them two holes.

That was with Ivor, after just three holes in the morning round.

Thereafter, it was neck and neck, with the first round finishing all square, on gross 78 each – despite the fact that on the 16th, Ivor had to contend with finding his ball perched on a bunker rake!

In the afternoon, they were still all square after the front nine, though Ivor needed two birdies to get back in the race. He then went one ahead at the tenth, but was overtaken when Mike birdied 15 and 16. He came within a whisker of forcing a play-off but his 21 foot putt at the 18th lipped out.

In the Ladies Club Championship, Julie Johnstone (8) came haring out of the blocks to produce two outstanding rounds and a comprehensive win over Moira Eadington (11). She went into the second 18 already five up after an exhibition of fine driving and putting.

Still in command, she parred the first, birdied the long second and escaped a bunker to make par at the third. Another birdie, this at the par five sixth, followed by a couple more pars sealed the win.

Things were much tighter match in the Ladies' Rose Bowl between Bridget Tasker (12) and Brenda Moore (12). They were all square after the first 18 holes but in the second round, Bridget just nosed ahead early in the round and, although Brenda won the fourth after her partner found a bunker, the narrow lead never changed hands.

Bridget had to battle hard to establish her lead. After pulling her shot into bushes on the second hole, she took stroke-and-distance relief, struck an iron to 80 yards short of the green, then pitched three foot from the pin for a half.

Brenda twice came back at the ninth and 13th, but Bridget consolidated her one-hole lead at the 14th when she chipped to 18 inches from off the green and followed up by winning the 15th.

Brenda fought back again to reduce the margin when she made the best of a joint visit to bunkers. Bridget, trying to escape, found herself successively in three close bunkers! Finally, she went three up at the par five 17th with a three-foot putt for par for the match.

In other events, junior Mark Bennison (4) made a remarkable comeback in his President's Trophy match against Barry Morton (9). Two down after 27 holes, he came to the 15th still trailing by two. The young county player then won three of the last four holes including a birdie at the par five 17th.

In the Junior Matchplay Championship, Graeme Steven (7) was unable to produce the form that a day earlier won him division one of the Annual Medals. Ruing a series of near-miss putts, he was beaten five and four by Sean Taylor (11), who, while not driving as long, produced some fine irons into the green and exemplary putting to secure his win.

In the Medal final, Graeme carded a winning 68, which included two birdies, the first at the long ninth where, blocked out by trees after his drive down the left, he smashed a five over them to finish 20 yards short of the green.

His chip for eagle lipped out leaving him a simple birdie. His second was at the last when he sank a ten foot putt.

Despite four double-bogeys, Gee Fisher (15) posted a 69 to top division two, his round being smartly repaired by six good holes over the back nine, while Bruce Wood (23) just missed a hole in one at the third and holed a lot of four and five-footers to card a winning 68 in division three. Lee Potter (13) turned in another good round with a 67 to win the Juniors' Annual Medal.

Finals Day, September 17 results - Club Championship: Winner Mike Pennington; Runner-up Ivor Roy (1 up)

Scales Trophy: Winners Peter Atkinson & John Martin; Runners-up Alan Edmond & Brian Hamilton (9&7)

President's Trophy: Winner Mark Bennison; Runner-up Barry Morton (1 up)

Millennium Trophy: Winner Steve Bradley; Runner-up Rod Milner (9&8)

Ladies' Championship: Winner Julie Johnstone; Runner-up Moyra Eadington (11&10)

Ladies' Rose Bowl: Winner Bridget Tasker; Runner-up Brenda Moore (3&2)

Ladies' Johnston Salver: Winner Beryl Jones; Runner-up Pat Johnstone (2&1)

Ladies' Standage: Winner Helen North; Runner-up Barbara Revell (1 up)

Ladies' Hartley Cup: Winner Gwyneth Swift; Runner-up Christine Fitchett (1 up)

Buck Rabbit: Winner Graeme Atkinson; Runner-up Nigel Harrison (1 up)

Rabbits Cup: Winner Phil Geeney; Runner-up Graeme Atkinson (4&3)

Junior Matchplay: Winner Sean Taylor; Runner-up Graeme Steven (5&4)

Gents Annual Medal – September 16 - Division 1: 1,Graeme Steven 76-8-68.

Division 2: 1, Gee Fisher 84-15-69.

Division 3: 1, Bruce Wood 91-23-68.

Ladies Annual Medal – September 16 - Silver Division: Winner Brenda Hargreaves 96-19-77 (bk9);

Bronze Division (1): Winner Jeanette Denmark 99-25-74.

Bronze Division (2): Winner Sandy Reed 104-31-73.

Junior Annual Medal September 16

Winner: Lee Potter 80-13-67.

Ladies September Medal – September 12

Silver Division: 1, Lindsey Bradley 91-20-71 LGU Pendant Winner; 2, Liz McVey 90-18-72; 3, Rose Tate 88-16-72

Bronze Division (Hcps 21-28): 1, Andrea Robinson 104-28-76; 2, Janice Spink 102-26-76; 3, Maureen Thorndyke 101-25-76.

Bronze Division (Hcps 29-36): 1, Clare Hollis 112-36-76; 2, Pat McKay 114-35-79; 3, Barbara Cummings 110-30-80.

Rudding Park Golf Club

The end of August saw a bright finish to the month with the Seniors beating Calverley 4-2.

Unfortunately September didn't start off as well with torrential rain washing out the monthly medal. By the 4th the Seniors were back in action for their monthly medal with regular Jim Crossman taking the honours. D Fowler came second and B Whitley came third.

The following day the Ladies took part in their monthly LGU Medal with some of the ladies competing on the Sunday in the alternate day.

The medal was won by Mrs D Szawolski with Mrs J Cooper and Mrs J Lamb following up in second and third.

Next saw a return to the midweek medal - the first of the month's big competitions. J Ganderton took his maiden title of the season with a sensational nett 68 narrowly beating S Mason on a count back, G Sharp followed up with a nett 70 to finish third.

Sunday September 10 saw our Monthly Stableford competition. Captain Peter Whiteley won with 40 pts, Master M Clark won division two and Mr P Kitching took the gross prize.

The annual Ryder Cup here at Rudding Park took place last weekend - like the real event, there are foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon.

The teams consist of Rudding Park members from Europe and America, the American team being made up of an elite group of gentlemen from Menwith Hill. Leading them into battle was CJ Swenson for team America and from Europe was P Whiteley.

Sadly the Americans narrowly were beaten 13–3 - another victory for the captain P Whitely. Hopefully this sets a trend for the Ryder cup proper.

On the same day the women competed against the men in the Rudding Park Rosebowl where the men came out narrow victors 3 to 2 .

Lady Captain Gill Roberts did say "the men tried to take an advantage and played off the yellows instead of whites" but the result stands.

On Sunday the Harrogate District Union was back at Rudding Park for the Autumn Greensomes competition. Again, like the junior jamboree, it was a Rudding Park team that edged to victory.

Congratulations to Sam Allen and Peter Whiteley for taking the title for 2006.

Results: 1, P Whiteley/S Allen 65.6; 2, M Fuller/K Davison 67; 3, Clarke/P Birkhead 68.6; 4, B Goddard/P Brown 69; 5, R Parry/C Peirson 69.

Finally congratulations to Liam Wharldall for winning the Total Golf competition at the Belfry.

Wetherby Golf Club

A spate of sneaking thieving of range balls from the practice ground and two break-ins at the 'half-way house' has forced the club to discuss with local police how to improve security on the course.

As a result there will be regular police presence at vulnerable entry and exit points as well as high technology surveillance aimed at identifying those involved.

It has now been confirmed that Wayne Greenwood had his ball the nearest the pin on the first extra hole to win the Birks Memorial trophy, with Rob Paterson on the green as runner-up.

Rob, who has had one of his best seasons ever, was feeling unwell as he played the 16th, but played on believing he had a re-occurrence of an old muscle injury. He recovered later but was persuaded to be checked out in hospital.

After five days and numerous tests it is pleasing to report that he is now home with an encouraging diagnosis. The sad part is that he has had to concede several major trophy semi-finals.

Matthew Streets shot a par round to head the first division in the Wednesday Medal. However it rather more than that, it was 18 pars, no bogies ,no birdies. He hit 16 of the 18 greens in regulation and two putted all of them!

A fine round in Sunday' Stableford from Jonathan Mountford saw him head the First Division with 42 points and that after not scoring at all on the 16th, rated the easiest hole on the course.

His golf this year has been outstanding, reducing his handicap from seven to four.

A first for the club on Sunday with 78 couples competing in the inaugural Mixed B/B open event. The winners, a husband and wife team from Driffield scoring 44pts off three-quarter ha The sunshine in South Africa has obviously suited Sheila Williams who made a welcome return, to lead Bronze A, but the lady who is in winning form at the moment, Wendy Skaife from the Silver Division took the Pendant with the day's best nett score, reducing her handicap in the process.

The full results are - Silver Division: 1, Wendy Skaife 78-12-66; 2, Judy Leake 84-13-71; 3, Julie Darren 91-17-74.

Bronze A Division: 1, Sheila Williams 93-23-70; 2, Anne Hannah 95-24-71; 3, Sheila Shepherd 101-29-72.

Bronze B Division: 1, Margaret Gobbi 101-31-70; 2, Pat Glendenning 115-35-80; 3, Susie Lax 120-36-84.

Harrogate and District Union

of Golf Clubs

Autumn Greensomes at Rudding Park: Conditions could not have been better for the last men's summer competition in the Harrogate Union calendar.

Sunshine prevailed all day, and there was hardly a breathe of wind. Needless to say the scoring was very good with seven teams beating 70.

The early leaders were Martin Fuller and Keith Davison with a nett 67, which included three twos (at the 5th, 8th, and 14th).

The also led the competition for the best gross prize with 73, until they were pipped at the very end by one stroke by two other Bedale players, Roger Parry and Carl Peirson, who have both represented the Harrogate Union.

Rudding Park members usually put their local knowledge to good effect in union competitions. Brian Goddard and Pete Brown shot a 69, but the outstanding round of the day, 65.6, came from the host club captain and former Yorkshire cricketer, Peter Whiteley, and his partner, Sam Allen.

The highlight of their round was an eagle three at the par five 10th. Sam, 16, only took the game up two years ago, already plays off seven, and is clearly a star of the future.

In third on 68.6 were Pannal's only entrants, Brian Clarke and Peter Birkhead, a previous winner in 1980.

Knaresborough's Nigel Saville and Alan McGinnes claimed fifth place with 69.4.

Result: 1, 65.6 P Whiteley (13) /S Allen (7); 2, 67 M Fuller (4)/ K Davison (9) Bedale; 3, 68.6 B Clarke (13)/P Birkhead (14) Pannal; 4, 69 B Goddard (5)/P Brown (5) Rudding Park; 5, 69.4 N Saville (16)/A McGinnes (12) Knaresborough.

Best Gross: 72 R Parry (3)/C Peirson (3) Bedale.

Photo Caption: Autumn Greensomes winners Sam Allen and Peter Whiteley with the George Holroyd Trophy

Joe Buckley - Player of the Year: Harrogate Golf Club’s Joe Buckley is the Harrogate Union Player of the Year.

Joe, 23, finished 55 points ahead of his nearest rival, 16 year-old Bryan Wood, from Romanby.

Joe's nine singles wins helped Harrogate win the H&DU Inter Club League, and he was runner-up in the Union Matchplay Championship (the Ogden Trophy), with scores of 74 and 70 over the demanding Romanby course.

Joe is also regular of the Harrogate Union team.

A tough competitor, who hits the ball a mile, his name is usually one of the first on the teamsheet when work commitments permit.

He will be presented with the Ackrill Trophy at the Harrogate Union dinner at Rudding Park, on October 5. Mike Henson of Bedale finished in third place, ahead of Craig Bradley from the Otley club.

Yorkshire Ladies County Golf

Association

Inter-Club B Team final: The top four teams from the YLCGA Inter-Club B Team Matches played their semi-finals and finals at Oakdale Golf Club on Monday September 11.

In the morning Moor Allerton defeated Halifax Bradley Hall 6-1 and Sandmoor after a hard fought match defeated Hallamshire.

The afternoon Final between Moor Allerton and Sandmoor resulted in a victory for the girls of Moor Allerton 4-3.

Pannal Golf Club

Ladies - Fulford Exchange Day: Pannal Ladies played in their second Exchange Day at Fulford on Tuesday, September 12. They were lucky once again to play on a beautiful warm day.

The Ladies played in teams of four, two scores to count in a 4BBB 3/4 handicap Stableford.

Results: 1, C Hesketh, C Page, J Long, S Rutherford; 2, J Deakin, J Ford, A Kitson, J Smith; 3, G Callander, J Cropper, L Roberts, L Southwell.

Nearest the Pin, E Corn.

Invitation Day: The Men's Autumn Invitation day was held on Saturday.

The course certainly had an autumnal look,with heavily berried Rowan trees and their leaves displaying tints of gold and red.The recent maintenance week and the thunder storms earlier in the week has altered the playing characteristics of the course.

Shots that were easily reaching the green in two are now stopping short and putts needed to be hit a little harder to reach the hole.

However , some players adapted their games quicker than others and some fine scores were recorded.

At the top of the leader board three pairs came in with the same scores of 45 points and on a last nine countback Chris Booth and Paul Hawkridge (Harrogate) with 24 points won from Steve Walker and Tim Wilkinson ( Garforth ) who scored 23 points .

In third place with 22 on the back nine were Craig Hunter and Philip Latty (Oakdale). Bob Kershaw and James Beeston (Worsley Park) with 44 gained fourth prize. Other prize winners were Karl Wilkinson and Adrian Goldacre (Hillsborough) 43, Bob Booth and Mike Ramsey (Ilkley) 42, Simon Kirkby and Andrew Thackray 42.

Open Stableford: The fine Autumn sunshine brought out a good sized field for the Sunday Stableford.Of the 50 competiors five managed to receive handicap reductions.

Results: 1, C Wright 43pts; 2, T Gooden 40 pts; 3, RPB Rhodes 40 pts.

Other Handicap reductions were achieved by P Leese and Mrs J Deakin.

Bedale Golf Club

September Medal: This last monthly medal of the 2006 season was played on Sunday and attracted a very large entry to play in excellent conditions. Congratulations go to Andrew Lawrence who by wining the first division qualified for the medal final next Sunday

Countbacks were required to identify the placings in Divisions Two and Three.

Division 1: 65 Andrew Lawrence (11). 67 Kevin English (12) 69 Derek Harle (12). 70 Simon Gaskell (4).

Division 2: 70 Andrew Stiles (16) and David Williamson (15) 71 Arthur Richmond (19) and Adrian Firth Corner(17). Division 3 71 Phil Jones (24). 73 Jason Hicks (28) and Andrew Fullerton (23).

Seniors: Two further competitions have been played by the ‘Riper Years Brigade’

Medal Final: Over the season the section has played a monthly medal and the winners played a final round on Friday to decide who will become the clubs senior section golfer of the year. Leading scores 78 Horace Mitchinson (22) and Brian Knapton (12) card countback required. 81 Walter Raine (19).

Four Ball Better Ball Stableford: A change of format this week with card countbacks required for all but the top spot. 42 points Neil Exelby (24) & Dennis Wilkinson (23). 41 points Gareth Jones (17) & Tudor Keirl (28) .and Noel Winstanley (15) & David Hoult (18) also Alf Cooper (20) & George Wood (22).

Junior Cup: A nett 66 by Michael Butler easily won the cup in this competition and also resulted in his handicap being reduced by two shots. The best gross score, a 78, was returned by Henry Taylor who finished in second place.

Leading scores 66 Michael Butler (28) 70 Henry Taylor (8) and Callum Jonas (13) card countback required. 71 Daniel Brown (12)

Junior Club Championship: Two rounds of golf for the Junior Club Champion played on one day found Henry Taylor the winner by eight clear shots. 157 (79 +78) Henry Taylor. 165 (85 +80) Callum Jonas. 166 (80 + 86 ) Darren Brown. 169 (86 + 83) Paul Garrity.

Hall Shield: One of the oldest competitions for Juniors, the Junior Trophy was played last Saturday in excellent condition and was won on a countback by Garry Lodge. Leading scores: 73 Garry Lodge (20) and Daniel Brown (12). 74 Paul Garrity (10); The lowest gross was returned by Paul Garrity with an 84.

Dales Alliance: Last May the first leg, the spring session, was completed with the Blackwell team holding a three point lead over there nearest challengers Crook.

The first round of the autumn session was due to be played at Richmond but unfortunately was called off due to heavy rain, and has now been re arranged for October 14.

The second round was played at Blackwell last Saturday and home course advantage applied, with the home team scoring 193 points.

They were followed by Bedale 189 points Crook 180 points Catterick 181 points Richmond 167 points and Thirsk & Northallerton 157 points.

Today’s prize winners, nearly a clean sweep by Blackwell, were all with 41 points M Cave and J Chapman (Blackwell); T Scott and S Raine (Blackwell), F Chambers and J McCaffrey (Catterick), S Peverley and M Cheesman (Blackwell).

The overall position after the Blackwell round of the autumn series: 35 points Blackwell; 29 Crook, 28 Bedale, 26 Catterick, 17 Thirsk & Northallerton, 16 Richmond.

Ripon Golf Club

Ladies: The Ladies Am Am was held last Tuesday.

The format was a team of four stableford, with only two ladies from Ripon permitted per team.

Two scores were to count on each hole, with three to count on the par threes.

Both the weather and the course were excellent and a good day was had by all.

The winners were Hilary Mckenzie, Noreen Fleming, Margaret English and Sandy Henderson, all from Castle Eden, with 86 points, back nine 40.

Second were Ann O'Neil, Jean Brown and Deidre Naughton from Thirsk and Dorothy Furby from Richmond also with 86 points, back nine 37.

Third were Julie Dransfield and Anne Shepherd from Ripon, Sue Brunt from Burton on Trent and Sue Mayman from Bedale with 85 points.

Fourth were Jenny Atkinson and Judith Webb from Ripon with Clarice Wilkinson from Knaresborough and Rita Thompson from Thirsk Northallerton with 81 points.

Nearest the pin on the 14th was H Crawford, and nearest the pin in two on the ninth was A Shepherd.

Thankyou to all the visitors for coming to play, we hope that you will all return next year. It is always good to see many old friends and make new friends too!

Juniors: The turnout for Junior Sunday was excellent despite several members playing in the Autumn Greensome at Rudding Park. Everyone enjoyed 18 holes of individual stableford golf in glorious sunshine.

Result: 1, Scott Thompson; 2, James Crowley.

Well done to James Riley who played as part of the Junior Section for the first time.

The Junior Team is now preparing for the Northern Regional Finals, having won the Harrogate District League, to be played at Cookridge Hall on September 27.

All our best wishes go with the six-man team of Josh Bassitt, Richard Ebbage, Lewis Hardie, Ben Harker, Tom Moffat and James Crowley, reserve Ben Rowatt. Good Luck.

Men’s: The September Medal, which had been rescheduled from a fortnight earlier because of torrential rain, took place last Saturday in near perfect weather. The 115 entrants found the much improved conditions far more conducive to playing good golf, with 21 having a nett score equal to or better than Standard Scratch, and just a few finishing with ‘No Return’.

The winning cards in each division were very impressive, Mark Thompson and Chris Mitchell meriting most plaudits for outstanding final results.

Now that all the summer medals are complete, the Annual and Extra Medals will be held this Saturday.

As summer gives way to autumn, more knock-out competitions are reaching their conclusions.

The popular and sociable singles handicap event produced an excellent and close final between Keith Burrill and Tony Hughes.

Tony opened up a gap with consecutive birdies just before the turn, and, despite Keith’s valiant fight-back, Tony secured the championship on the 18th green.

The second stage of the Birthday Challenge Cup has a four-man knock-out format, leading this year to a John Waring versus Josh Bassitt last round. Another hard fought tussle went to the last, where Josh won the Cup, one up.

Medal results - Division One: 1, Mark Thompson 72, 9, 63; 2, Ian Sherwin 70, 5, 65; 3, Nick Jackson 71, 6, 65.

Division Two: 1, Chris Mitchell 75, 12, 63; 2, John Snowden 80, 12, 68; 3, Bob Duffield 81,13, 68.

Division Three: 1, Mick Wilkinson 90, 25, 65; 2, Peter Bennett 84,17, 67; 3, David Blakeburn 88, 21, 67.

Flaxby Park Golf Club

Despite the unsettled weather conditions during September, this month’s medals have both been excellently supported by our members.

The first of these was the Ladies Medal held on Saturday September 2. This was won by Lorraine Massie with a score of 75 net; while Sam Potter won the ‘Two’s Sweep’ competition.

The Men’s Medal was held on Saturday September 9, having to be postponed due to extremely heavy rain on the original date.

In Division One the results were as follows: Alan Borland, 67 net; Simon Newlove 69 net (back 9); Garry Blythe, 69 net; and Michael Logue 70 net (back 9).

While in Division Two the following results were returned: Keith Weston, 68 net; Kevin Anderson, 69 net (last 6); Michael Christon, 69 net (back 9); and Duncan McKenzie 69 net.

Simon Newlove won the Gross Trophy with a score of 77. A ‘Two’s Sweep’ competition was also held with the following members scoring ‘Two’s’: Mike Grewar;James Inglis; Paul Ratcliffe; Simon Robinson; and Keith Rogers.

With a Midweek Medal and Hailey Mattocks memorial competitions still to be held during this month, September is guaranteed to be another busy month for our members.

Wike Ridge Golf Club

We held one of our fun competitions this week, Elke's four club challenge, set up by a former member.

Held on the 18 hole course, the challenge is to pick the best clubs for the job and is the subject of much debate.

Luckily it is a non qualifier as nobody managed to play to their handicap.

Results: 1, Jo Kane Doyle 31; 2, Pat Atkinson 30 cb; 3, Marjorie Jennings 30 cb; 4, Gill Bailey 29 cb; 5, Jenny Bannister 29 cb,

Jo (of hole in one fame) played with a three-wood, a seven-wood, a nine-wood and a 13-wood and even used the 13-wood to get out of a bunker.

At the same time two groups of our ladies were playing in an Open Day at Pike Hills, unfortunately we were not amongst the winners but were in joint second place until the late afternoon.

There was a lower than usual turnout at the Par 3 Club this week as the weather was not very good but once again the ladies were amongst the winners

Results: 1, Carolyn Baker 34; 2, Malcolm Buttress 36; 3, Brian Robinson 36; 4, Shirley Etherington 36

There were six birdies - Carolyn Baker, Gill Swaby, Max Freeman 2, Philip Clark and Stan Collins.

In the Brian Ursell trophy, the irrepressible Sybil Pillar beat the unstoppable Mary Fox. This knockout competition is played throughout the golfing year and is now in its final stages.

Carolyn Baker, winner of this week's Par Three competition and famous for her birdies, played in the Volvo Masters Amateur at Alwoodley Golf Club after qualifying through a stableford competition held at Wike.

It was a 10am shotgun start and Carolyn played with two young men from Preston and Whitley Bay.

It was a good day to play and Carolyn managed to get 23 points playing a course she did not know and off three quarters handicap.

She got two pars and of course a birdie. All the competitors were well looked after before during and after the game.

The winning score was 34 points and the top three from each section will play the next round at Wentworth. Well done Carolyn.

Thirsk and Northallerton

Golf Club

Ladies Section - Sep 13 Open 4 BBB: 1, A Mayhew Thirsk/D Furby Richmond (41 pts); 2, C Withers Aldwark Manor/S Ellis Thirsk (40 pts); 3, A Carter Dinsdale/R Page Thirsk (39 pts); 4,A Smith/D Jefferson Eaglescliffe (38 pts B9); 5, M Tuer Romanby/L Thom Thirsk (38 pts B9); 6, P Myers/O Barley Easingwold (37 pts).

Masham Golf Club

Mens Open Greensomes September 16: Another very competent performance by the Masham duo Andy Binks and David Ward (61) enabled them to claim first place in one of the last open events of the season.

The pair have shown their class on more than one occasion in 2006 with a similar successful performance in the Mens Open Day back in June.

In second place were D Dodsworth and B Selvedge, third S Metcalfe and P Astwood and fourth N Hutchinson and A Dillasier.

Mixed Open Greensomes September 17: A combination of a well attended event, a glorious day and a well presented course ensured a successful competition for this final open day of the season.

A strong performance from Ken and Judy Houlbrook (Masham) with a nett 64.6 won the day.

In second place were Martin and Lorraine Eagle (Dewsbury - 65.8); third Elwyn and Elizabeth Weastell (Brass Castle Middlesborough - 66.6); fourth David and Valerie Abbey (Bedale - 68.6).

Rabbits v Pike Hills September 8: The Masham Rabbits concluded their season with the second leg of the annual match against Pike Hills.

With a 6 -2 advantage from the home leg, the away leg proved to be a tougher encounter with the Masham Rabbits losing by 4 - 3. (Tony Clarkson & Malcolm Wray (); Tony Roebuck and Graham Lawson; Doug Paxton and Richard Walton; Bruce Watson and Dave Broadley).

The result over the two legs meant that Masham won back the trophy.

Junior Stableford Cup: While the Club has few junior members it certainly has quality golfers in the making and none more than the first and second placed entrants in the Junior Stapleford Cup held on August 23.

In first place was M Smith (40) and in second R Roebuck (37).

Oakdale Golf Club

Ladies Section: It was a privilege to attend the final of theYorkshire Ladies Scratch Teams held at The Oaks GC, York on Wednesday.

The standard of golf was very high and all credit to the professionalism of all those that took part.

The sky was foreboding but not the optimism of the four teams, Huddersfield Fixby, Rotherham, Hull and our own Oakdale that took part in the semi-final in the morning with the final following on in the afternoon.

Oakdale were valiant in their attempt to conquer Huddersfield Fixby and there were some excellent matches.

Particular mention must go to Joyce Slater, Penny Baxter and Denise Fagan who held their own right to the end.

Although the outcome was defeat to Fixby, 4,3, Oakdale must be congratulated in their achievement to get so far and particularly as their opponents became the outright winners.Congratulations to Huddersfield Fixby and thank you to all the ladies (and gentlemen) that turned out to support our team.

Saturday September Medal: Following the abandonment due to the poor weather two weeks ago, the September Saturday Medal was rearranged, and played last weekend in good golfing conditions, which saw 130 players participating.

In the First Division, in which 66 players took part, Mark Ward and Graham Ball produced excellent level par gross rounds, with Mark winning the Medal by virtue of his nett 64.

Graham took second place two shots back, on count-back from David Hodgson, and took the lowest gross prize for the Division.

Phil Bond was fourth, courtesy of a nett 67.

The Second Division, in which there were 44 players, saw the lowest nett score of the day returned by Stuart Grant. His nett 64 was three shots clear of Alan Key and Mick Lockwood, with Bob Skaith and Kevin Ayscough two shots further back.

Alan Key's 81 was the lowest gross in this Division.

Finally in the Third Division, there were 20 players. Alan Harvey's nett 68 gave him a two-shot victory over D Gibbs, whose consolation was to receive the lowest gross prize. Brian Johnson was third, a further two shots back.

Results - Division 1: 64 M Ward (71 gross); 66 G Ball (71); D Hodgson (75); 67 P Bond (73); 69 A Whiteley (77), T Perry (73), P Wilding (74), D Wilkinson (81).

Division 2: 64 S Grant (82); 67 A Key (81); M Lockwood (82); 69 R Skaith (85); K Ayscough (82); 71 V Matthews (89); E Winterburn (86).

Division 3: 68 A Harvey (90); 70 D Gibbs (91); 72 B Johnson (93); 75 J Boyd (98), R France (99);

Summer Competitions: With Finals Weekend now upon us, the summer competitions are coming to a conclusion.

Saturday sees Garry Cuthbert taking on Wayne Crick in the Scratch Match Play Final, with two further finals take place on Sunday, the MAP Cup, and the Freeholders Trophy.

In the former, John Robson plays Graeme Fenwick, whilst the latter sees Doug Whyte and Sam Mitchell playing against Russ Thompson and Mervyn Robinson.

In the other two summer competitions, one finalist has already been decided, with the second semi-final to be played.

In the Presidents Prize, Graham Ball awaits the winner of the match between John Robson and Phil Wilding, while in the Jack Wertheimer Trophy, Don Thorpe and Geoff Turner have reached the final, where they will play either Chris and Richard Blunden, or Tim Noddings and Les Sadler.

Knaresborough Golf Club

Unintentionally, it turned into the biggest jamboree of final matches the club has seen for many years – a season’s ‘terminus’ which witnessed no fewer than 18 deciders over the full weekend.

The congestion came because fierce rainstorms had forced the re-scheduling of the Annual Medals to the same weekend as Finals Day.

The twin peaks of this ‘golf fest’ were the Men’s and Ladies’ Club Championship.

In the first, Mike Pennington (3) finished one up after a 36-hole battle royal with first team colleague Ivor Roy (4), a matchplay contest in which only once was the difference between them two holes.

That was with Ivor, after just three holes in the morning round.

Thereafter, it was neck and neck, with the first round finishing all square, on gross 78 each – despite the fact that on the 16th, Ivor had to contend with finding his ball perched on a bunker rake!

In the afternoon, they were still all square after the front nine, though Ivor needed two birdies to get back in the race. He then went one ahead at the tenth, but was overtaken when Mike birdied 15 and 16. He came within a whisker of forcing a play-off but his 21 foot putt at the 18th lipped out.

In the Ladies Club Championship, Julie Johnstone (8) came haring out of the blocks to produce two outstanding rounds and a comprehensive win over Moira Eadington (11). She went into the second 18 already five up after an exhibition of fine driving and putting.

Still in command, she parred the first, birdied the long second and escaped a bunker to make par at the third. Another birdie, this at the par five sixth, followed by a couple more pars sealed the win.

Things were much tighter match in the Ladies’ Rose Bowl between Bridget Tasker (12) and Brenda Moore (12). They were all square after the first 18 holes but in the second round, Bridget just nosed ahead early in the round and, although Brenda won the fourth after her partner found a bunker, the narrow lead never changed hands.

Bridget had to battle hard to establish her lead. After pulling her shot into bushes on the second hole, she took stroke-and-distance relief, struck an iron to 80 yards short of the green, then pitched three foot from the pin for a half.

Brenda twice came back at the ninth and 13th, but Bridget consolidated her one-hole lead at the 14th when she chipped to 18 inches from off the green and followed up by winning the 15th.

Brenda fought back again to reduce the margin when she made the best of a joint visit to bunkers. Bridget, trying to escape, found herself successively in three close bunkers! Finally, she went three up at the par five 17th with a three-foot putt for par for the match.

In other events, junior Mark Bennison (4) made a remarkable comeback in his President’s Trophy match against Barry Morton (9). Two down after 27 holes, he came to the 15th still trailing by two. The young county player then won three of the last four holes including a birdie at the par five 17th.

In the Junior Matchplay Championship, Graeme Steven (7) was unable to produce the form that a day earlier won him division one of the Annual Medals. Ruing a series of near-miss putts, he was beaten five and four by Sean Taylor (11), who, while not driving as long, produced some fine irons into the green and exemplary putting to secure his win.

In the Medal final, Graeme carded a winning 68, which included two birdies, the first at the long ninth where, blocked out by trees after his drive down the left, he smashed a five over them to finish 20 yards short of the green.

His chip for eagle lipped out leaving him a simple birdie. His second was at the last when he sank a ten foot putt.

Despite four double-bogeys, Gee Fisher (15) posted a 69 to top division two, his round being smartly repaired by six good holes over the back nine, while Bruce Wood (23) just missed a hole in one at the third and holed a lot of four and five-footers to card a winning 68 in division three. Lee Potter (13) turned in another good round with a 67 to win the Juniors’ Annual Medal.

Finals Day, September 17 results - Club Championship: Winner Mike Pennington; Runner-up Ivor Roy (1 up)

Scales Trophy: Winners Peter Atkinson & John Martin; Runners-up Alan Edmond & Brian Hamilton (9&7)

President’s Trophy: Winner Mark Bennison; Runner-up Barry Morton (1 up)

Millennium Trophy: Winner Steve Bradley; Runner-up Rod Milner (9&8)

Ladies’ Championship: Winner Julie Johnstone; Runner-up Moyra Eadington (11&10)

Ladies’ Rose Bowl: Winner Bridget Tasker; Runner-up Brenda Moore (3&2)

Ladies’ Johnston Salver: Winner Beryl Jones; Runner-up Pat Johnstone (2&1)

Ladies’ Standage: Winner Helen North; Runner-up Barbara Revell (1 up)

Ladies’ Hartley Cup: Winner Gwyneth Swift; Runner-up Christine Fitchett (1 up)

Buck Rabbit: Winner Graeme Atkinson; Runner-up Nigel Harrison (1 up)

Rabbits Cup: Winner Phil Geeney; Runner-up Graeme Atkinson (4&3)

Junior Matchplay: Winner Sean Taylor; Runner-up Graeme Steven (5&4)

Gents Annual Medal – September 16 - Division 1: 1,Graeme Steven 76-8-68.

Division 2: 1, Gee Fisher 84-15-69.

Division 3: 1, Bruce Wood 91-23-68.

Ladies Annual Medal – September 16 - Silver Division: Winner Brenda Hargreaves 96-19-77 (bk9);

Bronze Division (1): Winner Jeanette Denmark 99-25-74.

Bronze Division (2): Winner Sandy Reed 104-31-73.

Junior Annual Medal September 16

Winner: Lee Potter 80-13-67.

Ladies September Medal – September 12

Silver Division: 1, Lindsey Bradley 91-20-71 LGU Pendant Winner; 2, Liz McVey 90-18-72; 3, Rose Tate 88-16-72

Bronze Division (Hcps 21-28): 1, Andrea Robinson 104-28-76; 2, Janice Spink 102-26-76; 3, Maureen Thorndyke 101-25-76.

Bronze Division (Hcps 29-36): 1, Clare Hollis 112-36-76; 2, Pat McKay 114-35-79; 3, Barbara Cummings 110-30-80.

Rudding Park Golf Club

The end of August saw a bright finish to the month with the Seniors beating Calverley 4-2.

Unfortunately September didn’t start off as well with torrential rain washing out the monthly medal. By the 4th the Seniors were back in action for their monthly medal with regular Jim Crossman taking the honours. D Fowler came second and B Whitley came third.

The following day the Ladies took part in their monthly LGU Medal with some of the ladies competing on the Sunday in the alternate day.

The medal was won by Mrs D Szawolski with Mrs J Cooper and Mrs J Lamb following up in second and third.

Next saw a return to the midweek medal - the first of the month’s big competitions. J Ganderton took his maiden title of the season with a sensational nett 68 narrowly beating S Mason on a count back, G Sharp followed up with a nett 70 to finish third.

Sunday September 10 saw our Monthly Stableford competition. Captain Peter Whiteley won with 40 pts, Master M Clark won division two and Mr P Kitching took the gross prize.

The annual Ryder Cup here at Rudding Park took place last weekend - like the real event, there are foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon.

The teams consist of Rudding Park members from Europe and America, the American team being made up of an elite group of gentlemen from Menwith Hill. Leading them into battle was CJ Swenson for team America and from Europe was P Whiteley.

Sadly the Americans narrowly were beaten 13–3 - another victory for the captain P Whitely. Hopefully this sets a trend for the Ryder cup proper.

On the same day the women competed against the men in the Rudding Park Rosebowl where the men came out narrow victors 3 to 2 .

Lady Captain Gill Roberts did say “the men tried to take an advantage and played off the yellows instead of whites” but the result stands.

On Sunday the Harrogate District Union was back at Rudding Park for the Autumn Greensomes competition. Again, like the junior jamboree, it was a Rudding Park team that edged to victory.

Congratulations to Sam Allen and Peter Whiteley for taking the title for 2006.

Results: 1, P Whiteley/S Allen 65.6; 2, M Fuller/K Davison 67; 3, Clarke/P Birkhead 68.6; 4, B Goddard/P Brown 69; 5, R Parry/C Peirson 69.

Finally congratulations to Liam Wharldall for winning the Total Golf competition at the Belfry.

Wetherby Golf Club

A spate of sneaking thieving of range balls from the practice ground and two break-ins at the 'half-way house' has forced the club to discuss with local police how to improve security on the course.

As a result there will be regular police presence at vulnerable entry and exit points as well as high technology surveillance aimed at identifying those involved.

It has now been confirmed that Wayne Greenwood had his ball the nearest the pin on the first extra hole to win the Birks Memorial trophy, with Rob Paterson on the green as runner-up.

Rob, who has had one of his best seasons ever, was feeling unwell as he played the 16th, but played on believing he had a re-occurrence of an old muscle injury. He recovered later but was persuaded to be checked out in hospital.

After five days and numerous tests it is pleasing to report that he is now home with an encouraging diagnosis. The sad part is that he has had to concede several major trophy semi-finals.

Matthew Streets shot a par round to head the first division in the Wednesday Medal. However it rather more than that, it was 18 pars, no bogies ,no birdies. He hit 16 of the 18 greens in regulation and two putted all of them!

A fine round in Sunday' Stableford from Jonathan Mountford saw him head the First Division with 42 points and that after not scoring at all on the 16th, rated the easiest hole on the course.

His golf this year has been outstanding, reducing his handicap from seven to four.

A first for the club on Sunday with 78 couples competing in the inaugural Mixed B/B open event. The winners, a husband and wife team from Driffield scoring 44pts off three-quarter handicap.

WThe visitors, it is said made a substantial contribution to the Lady Captain's Charity and the new Half-Way house fund.

Birks Flag Trophy: Winner Wayne Greenwood; Runner-up Rob Paterson.

Men's Mid-week Medal - Div 1: 1, M Streets (4),67; 2, C Ripley (5),68, 3, M Pearson (3), 69.

Div 2: 1, J Hill (13),68; 2, K Sunley (15),70, 3, J Lunham (15),72.

Div 3: 1, H Whiteley (17),72; 2, C Yoxall (22),73, 3. S King (17),75.

September Stableford - Div 1: 1, J Mountford (5), 42pts; 2, A Acton(6),41, 3. M Streets (4), 39.

Div 2: 1, E Cooper (15), 42; 2, R Clark (16),39; 3, K Sivajoti (11), 39.

Div 3: 1, M Youlden (21), 45; 2, D F-Smith (21),41; 3, A Jones (19), 40.

Ladies August Stableford

Div 1 1. Denise Murray(16),37pts; 2. Anne Hoodless(17),31, 3. Joan Waterhouse(12),29.

Div 2 1. Josie Smith(27),31 pts; 2. Margaret Gordon(26),26, 3. Sally Leckie(24),24.

Div 3 1. Carol Peace(34),38 pts 2. Anne Gibbons(34),34, 3. Kate Durkin(29),29.

Presidents Putter:1. Victoria Aston(24),42 pts; 2. Trish O'Donnell(30),40, 3. Kathy Page(12),36.

September Medaln - Div 1. Joan Waterhouse(13), 74.

Div 2. Suzanne Harley(26), 74. (after countback)

Div 3. Christine Hardman(36), 77. 113 - 36 - 77

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