Shaw takes union president role

The Ackrill Newspapers' golf round-up

Harrogate and District Union

The 2003 president of the Harrogate Union is Bedale Golf Club member, thoroughbred Yorkshireman and retired police inspector John Shaw (pictured above).

Shaw joined Malton and Norton Golf Club in 1964 and when the club was extended from nine to 18 holes, was involved in the construction of the clubhouse for which he was granted courtesy after he left the area.

On moving to Northallerton, Shaw joined Bedale Golf Club and was competition secretary for many years before becoming captain in 1995.

The Harrogate Union competition secretary for six years, Shaw is well versed in golf administration and organisation – a fact recognised by his second term as a very active member of the Yorkshire County Executive.

Married to Angela, a non-golfing wife, Shaw's busy life will be even busier for the next 12 months.


Harrogate Union Juniors put in a solid display against Halifax/Huddersfield Juniors in their latest Junior Yorkshire Inter-District Union match but were beaten 25-11 overall.

Junior co-ordinator Bill Caw took the opportunity to blood four new juniors and things looked good in the morning foursomes as Daniel Dunn (Pannal) and Ben Johnson (Harrogate) finished all square with the Halifax top pairing.

But three very close matches were won by Halifax before Knaresborough pair Stuart Allen and Alex Carter finished two up.

Excellent wins for Dunn, Johnson, David Fowler (Harrogate) and Stuart Allen (Knaresborough) followed for Harrogate in the singles but Halifax won the afternoon event 16-8 to take the overall victory.


Meet the Captain:

At the club's annual meeting, Brian Milburn (pictured above) was formally confirmed as Harrogate Golf Club's 93rd Captain in its 111 year history.

The drive-in the following day was attended by a large gathering of members despite the biting wind on a markedly cooler day.

Milburn who has been a member for some 18 years, was born in Northumberland and educated at Tynemouth High School where he played for the rugby XV as well as captaining the athletics team in 1952 and later at Rutherford College, Newcastle on Tyne.

He has been married for 40 years to Liz, who herself is a past lady captain of the club. Following National Service in the Navy, Brian moved to London and into the retail sector working for such companies as Maynards Cartier and BHS, as well as being a director of Debenhams.

In 1984 Brian joined ASDA in Leeds as trading director where he remained until his retirement in 1996. He continues as non-executive chairman of Stateside Foods in Manchester.

In his address to the members after the drive-in, Milburn thanked the outgoing captain for a splendid year and said that he was both proud and privileged to be appointed captain and hoped members would fully participate in the year to come, particularly in the Harrogate Open Golf Week in August.

Foreigner's Cup:

Saturday saw the playing of the Foreigner's Cup in which the Captain's Yorkshiremen took on the President's Remainder of the World.

The President being a Lancastrian was always going to struggle. And so it proved, when the Yorkshiremen edged home 5-4 (after an anxious wait for the final match to give them the required point). Hostilities were suspended to toast Captain Brian Milburns victorious team.

The Ladies' April Medal was played amid glorious sunshine with the course conditions making for some very reasonable scoring.

Vice-captain Audrey Craven took the outright lead with a nett 69 closely followed by Anne Lawson in the Silver Division with a 71.

Lynn Peacock in the Bronze B Division posted a very respectable nett 71 (on the countback) from Diane Massa who also had a 71.

Results – Silver Division: 1, A Lawson 71; 2, J Hearld 73; 3, J Hill 77.

Bronze A: 1, A Craven 69; 2, A Lancaster 74; 3, L Savage 75.

Bronze B: 1, L Peacock 71 (back nine); 2, D Massa 71; 3, L Bancroft 76.

On Sunday the Alf Atkinson Trophy, a mixed foursomes, took place. It was enjoyed by all who participated and despite weather predictions of rain it remained fine with some good scores being posted.

Results: 1, Carole Roberts and Steve Dunn 70 nett; 2, Enid Brumwell and Arnold Hindley 71; 3, Liz Helme and Peter Noble 71.5.


Saturday saw the Queen Mothers Cup played on a calm day and an ever drying course.

The competition was a full handicap stableford and Peter Weil (5) triumphed with an excellent 41 points, including a back nine covered in just 34 strokes.

Weil now goes on to represent the club at a regional qualifier in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Trust. His winning margin was two shots over the field with no fewer than five players recording 39 points, those being David Craiggs (14, now 13), Jamie Mair (14, now 13), Craig Hunter (four, now 3), Tony Booth (13, now 12) and Tony Lavagnilio (28, now 26).

A total of 49 competitors took part in the April Monday medal. John Sharratt (19), 65 took the honours with an extremely steady round of golf, and will now compete off a handicap of 17. Richard Search (12), 67 took the runners-up spot on a card count back from Graham Douglas (6), 67 with the latter also winning the best gross.

Richard Saynor (24), 68 took fourth place and the consistent Brian Hemingway (8), 69 completed the top five.

Belated congratulations go to Linda Cook and Caroline Page for their victory in last week's Coronation Foursomes competition. Their nett 70 score now takes them through to the northern finals at Fairhaven in June.

Cook carried her fine form into the April stableford on Tuesday recording 41 points to win the Silver Division and earning a much deserved handicap reduction to nine. June Lawson-Brown earned the runners-up spot with a solid 38 points with Susan Brown completing the top three with the same score.

In the Bronze Division One, Janet Brearley recorded a fine 445 points for victory, to win the division by seven points from Heather Swarbrick (37) and Moira Cooper (36). This competition was run in conjunction with the Macmillan Spoon, which will be presented at the annual meeting to overall winner Caroline Page after an outstanding 46 points.

Her score also took the Bronze Division Two from Mary Martin (41) and Dianne Beeston (39).


There was a good turn out for the April Wednesday Medal and playing conditions were ideal.

In Division One, Adrian Wood had an excellent nett 64 to take first place. Barry Holland was a close second just one shot behind and shared the lowest gross 76 with Kieron McKeever who finished third in nett 69. Stuart Fountain recorded a nett 70 to take fourth place.

A very good nett 66 gave Geoff Turner first place in Division Two with John Leggett (lowest gross 81) and Jim Harrington finishing second and third respectively, both with nett 68's. David Baugh shot a nett 69 to finish fourth.

Reg Pratt finished with a superb nett 63 to take the honours in Division Three. Graham Squire was second with lowest gross 87 nett 67. In third place was Bernie McGee with a nett 68 and Trevor Nuttall finished fourth on nett 70.

The main club winter competitions are now reaching a conclusion with two of the three finals having been completed. In the final of the Appleyard Trophy, Gary Maskill was unsuccessful against Peter Kirsopp in a very close encounter. Maskill was one up after 17 and won the 18th to claim victory by two up.

An even closer win was achieved by Harvey Lambley and Brian Holmes against Kevin Ayscough and Ian Clark in the final of the Empire Shield. The match was all square after 18 and the victory was only secured at the second extra hole.

Ladies' section:

The ladies played their April Medal in near-perfect conditions on Tuesday. The sun shone and the ball ran, so it was surprising that scores were only moderate. Even more surprising was that the CSS went up to 75.

Ann Maclean won the Silver Division with a nett 75 from a group on 76. Maggie Bullock emerged from the pack into second place on count-back with Anne Jones in third.

The Bronze A Division was won by Muriel Bradley, the only player in the field to break par, with a nett 71.

Brenda Leeming came in next with a 73 then Jacky Berry with 75.

All three places in Bronze B Division had to be calculated on countback. Anne Perry, Joy Able and Kath Barker all having done nett 72s

Results – Silver Division: 1, A Maclean (20), 75; 2, M Bullock (16), 76 bb9; 3, A Jones (20), 76.

Bronze A Division: 1, M Bradley (21), 71; 2, B Leeming (24), 73; 3, J Berry (26), 75.

Bronze Division B: 1, A Perry (39), 72 bb9; 2, J Able (39), 72; 3, K Barker (36), 72.

Rudding Park

The past week has been quiet on the competitions front compared to recent weeks.

The only competition was the Ladies' April Medal, which attracted a good field, 16 on the Tuesday and one on the alternate day, Saturday.

Third place was occupied by Mrs A Brewster (19), scoring (19), 75. Second place went to the fast improving Mrs A Atkinson (36), 75.

Top spot was taken by Mrs A Langton (26), 68. Langton and Brewster shared the best gross score of 94 and Mrs Langton reduced her handicap by two to 24.

April 9 saw the inaugural captain's roll-up, which was well attended. The ever impressive Phil Kitching amassed a super 41 points playing off six. This event is an attempt to introduce committee members, both old and new to one another and create new playing partnerships.

The captain followed this up by taking on the immediate past captain, John Gilbert and past club champion Peter Brown, with club pro Mark Moore. The match was tight all the way with the eventual outcome being a halved match.

The club wish to remind members that they have a month in which to book their tee-times – to avoid disappointment during peak periods.


Results – April Medal and Lombard Qualifier, Division One: 1, Lee Pedal (8), 65; 2, Tim Anson (6), 67; 3, Richard Nicol (8), 67.

Division Two: 1, Neil Little (13), 66; 2, Harry Sadler (17), 66; 3, Phil Daniel (16), 66.

Division Three: 1, Harry Boucher (23), 65; 2, Simon Reed (21), 66; 3, Alan Redmond (22), 67.

The members of Knaresborough took full advantage of fine weather to post some excellent scores. Of the nine winners winners listed above only one did not receive a playing handicap reduction.

With an excellent nett 65, Harry Boucher will now represent the club with professional Gary Vickers in the National Lombard Competition.

Friday evening saw The Knaresborough Golf Club once again buzzing for the Rabbits Annual Dinner.

The evening was hosted by the new rabbits captain, Dr John Statham, who said he looked forward to the year ahead with anticipation.

Guest of honour was new club captain Stewart Taylor, ably supported by club president Bill Balsdon and vice-captain Mike McKay.

The formalities of the evening were excellently presided over by Bob Smith, with the main speaker past captain and many times club champion John McVicar.

The Rabbits Open on Saturday, May 31 still has a few slots available at a cost of 24 per pair. Bookings can be made through Stewart Ibbotson on (01423) 868663.

Ladies' section:

Results – Ladies LGU April Medal, Silver Division: 1, Chris Hobster (20), 73; 2, Ruth Allan (17), 75; 3, Julie Johnstone (8), 78.

Bronze Division (handicap 21-28): 1, Liz McVey (24), 70; 2, Viv Hare (23), 74; 3, Sue Meeke (22), 76.

Bronze Division (handicap 29-40): 1, Pat Harper (34), 65; 2, Nuala Whorley (29), 72; 3, Marie Tiernan (28), 74.

Coronation Foursomes: 1, Gwyneth Swift/Linda Thomas, 71 pts; 2, Val Blackburn/Sandra Garbutt, 75; 3, Pat Johnstone/Rose Tate, 76.5.

Swift and Thomas now progress to the next round at Durham City on June 10.

Junior section:

Knaresborough Golf Club are launching the new Young Master Golf Programme aimed at both males and females between the ages of six and 16.

Hosted by club professional Mike Nicholson, the unique programme offers the most comprehensive introduction to golf and is open to everyone, whether they are a member of a golf club or not as all equipment is provided.

The next YMG Junior golf programme starts at Knaresborough Golf Club on Sunday, April 27 and for more information contact Mike Nicholson on (01423) 864865 or call in at the Pro Shop.


Although the Winter Leagues have finished until the re-start in October there was one more result to be decided.

This was the play-off between the winners of the Morning League and the Winter League pitting Ernest Gilchrist and Matthew Streets against Karuna Sivajoti and Peter Bentley, for an elegant Trophy presented some years ago by Gerry Connelly.

The Morning League pairing of Sivajoti and Bentley were in fine form on the day, beating the opposition 4 and 3. Accuracy was the key to their success, both hitting the pin with approach shots on the par four 12th and 15th holes.

The Generation Cup, originally a father and son competition now open to a wider field of direct family relations, produced new winners this year when Joe Breeze and son Michael scored 40pts, with Phil Pearson and son Matthew as runners-up just one point adrift.

The only other event over the weekend was the annual Tigers versus Rabbits. In the interest of club harmony the result in the Tigers' favour will be glossed over on this occasion.

Ladies' results – Par Competition, Silver Division One: 1, Sandra Castle; 2, Jennifer Wright; 3, Jean Thornton.

Bronze Division Two: 1, Sylvia Hickling; 2, Lis Wetherhead; 3, Louise Mortimer.

Bronze Division Two: 1, Pat Rollason; 2, Josephine Gilchrist; 3, Pat Bailey.

April Extra Medal – Silver Division One: 1, Jennifer Wright (15), 71; 2, Joan Ball (13), 73; 3, Jean Thornton (18), 76.

Bronze Division Two: 1, Vivienne Ball (24), 72; 2, Susan Jacklin (22), 73; 3, Susan Herridge (22), 73.

Bronze Division Three: 1, Muriel Leafe (31), 69; 2, Mary McGettigan (30), 78; 3, Pat Ison (29), 79.

Ripon City

Ladies' section:

Pauline Bolton and Maureen Wilkinson proved a good pairing when they won the Yorkshire 4s competition with a nett score of 74 (gross 100 h'cap 26). They go forward to the next round at Knaresborough together with the next five couples.

The April medal produced sparkling golf by Pat Parkin who won the Bronze Division with a gross 94, eight shots under her handicap of 29 to produce a nett 65.

Josie Long also had an excellent score of gross (30), nett 69 to come second.

Jean Waring won the Silver Division with (14), 73 and Jane Blackburn scored (11), 78 to come second.


Yorkshire Ladies County Golf Association Foursomes:

The qualifying round was won by Pat Watts and Muriel Willis (24), 69. The other qualifiers who will also go on to Saltburn in July were Val Kirkbride and Judy Houlbrook (nett 72) Brenda Loveday and Val Davis (nett 74) and Madeleine Daffern and Di Lewis (nett 76.5).

LGU Coronation Foursomes:

The qualifying round was won by Shirley Bibby and Brenda Loveday (23), 66 who will represent the club at Durham City in June. Jan McGee and Jean Harvey were second (nett 73 back nine) and third Pat Watts and Val Kirkbride (nett 73).

Dales Alliance

Probably the toughest course at this time of the year is the round played at the overall leaders home course Crook, and home course advantage was definitely the order of the day with Crook claiming the first position from Richmond.

This week's team scores were: Crook 192 points; Richmond 184; Catterick Garrison 179; Bedale 178; Blackwell Grange 177; Thirsk and Northallerton 163 points.

Prizewinners – leading scores: C Johnson and R Severs (Blackwell Grange) 43 points; S Simpson and D Smith (Catterick Garrison) 42; P Grimshaw and A Mayo (Crook) 40 also J Johnson and R Hird (Crook) (countback required).

Overall positions: 1, Crook 763; 2, Catterick Garrison 735; 3, Richmond 723; 4, Blackwell Grange 721; 5, Bedale 714; 6, Thirsk and Northallerton 689.


The opening medal of the season was played by 149 competitors in good weather with the course playing well.

The best gross was returned by Julian Beer who returned an 80 against a standard scratch of 71 for the day.

Close scoring required card countbacks being necessary in all divisions.

Results – Division One: Scott Wilson (10) and Stephen Black (10), 70; Noel Winstanley (12), 71.

Division Two: Michael Greenwood (16) and Eddie Adair (18), 69; John French (20) and Stephen Butterworth (16), 70.

Division Three: David Hennesy (23), 70; Patrick Garnet (26) and Mark Leigh-Howarth (23), 73.

Although many months away Scott Wilson, Michael Greenwood and David Hennesy by winning their respective divisions have qualified for the medal final played in September.

Ladies' April Medal:

Congratulations to the lady captain Liz Stubbs who won the first medal of the captaincy year in the top division.

Sue Mayman returned the best gross with an 87 but could only claim third place in this nett competition.

Results – Division One: Liz Stubbs (17), 75; Mavis Burton (12), 78; Sue Mayman (6), 81.

Division Two: Gillian Gent (22) and 6 Belle Brown (21), 74 ; Marjorie Taylor (27), 79.

Division Three: Elizabeth Lawson (39), 69; Wendy Mitchinson (30), 79; June Thomas (29), 77.

The Seniors played their first medal of the season on Friday with the following leading scores: Eric Wass (21), 73; Jeff Hulse (26), 74; Roger Hole (18), 75. The best gross was 86 returned by Les Kitching.