This week's Golf news

Harrogate Golf Club

Ladies: The Ladies Section B Team competed in the Yorkshire County Ladies 'B' Team Championships at Cleckheaton. They had an exciting day playing successfully against Skipton in the morning.

The final, played in the afternoon was against Alwoodley, it went right to the last putt on the last hole when Cynthia Parker beat her opponent. The winning team are photographed with the team captain Pat Capps holding the trophy.

The competition this week was the September Medal and LGU Pendant. On a very pleasant early autumn day 36 ladies took part. The results of the Medal are:

Silver Div: 1, Anne Lawson 80-13-67; 2, Linda Savage 89-20-69; 3, Gwen Griffiths 85-15-70.

Bronze Div A: 1, Cynthia Parker 99-25-74; 2, Jane Moorhouse 96-21-75; 3, Liz Helme 102-26-76.

Bronze Div B: 1, Margaret Gobbi 103-33-70 (BB9); 2, Margaret Walker 104-34-70; 3, Vicky Gaunt 106-34-72.

The winner of the LGU Pendant was Anne Lawson.

Sheila Haffey, the doyen of the Ladies Section, has had a remarkable result, winning the Lawrence Batley over 80s competition played at Moortown.

Men’s Section: The Autumn Stableford, which is the second leg of the Annual Stableford competition, was held on Saturday. The course was in very good condition having recovered remarkably well following greens week. This a fine testament of the good work that Tony Baxby and his team of ground staff have consistently put in over the year. However, the weather intervened to ensure the ball did not fly as far through the air and nor did it run upon landing and as a consequence scoring was harder than in the previous weeks golf.

This week’s third division winner was Paul Chamberlain, with a score of 38 points who was able to add this score to the same number of points scored in the spring stableford, and in doing so claimed the Annual Stableford prize.

Annual Stableford Winner: Paul ChamberlainSpring 38 pts, Autumn 38 pts

Autumn Stableford Division One:1, Richard Weddall 11, 40; 2, Andrew Keywood 11, 38; 3, Terry Wetherell 12, 37.

Division Two: 1, John Drumey 13, 39; 2, Peter Bainbridge 17, 38; 3, David Trueman 15, 37.

Division Three: 1, Paul Chamberlain 19, 38; 2, Brian Haines 21, 38; 3, Alan Everson 18, 36.

Harrogate and District Union

of Golf Clubs

Inter-Union Team

Championship

All the competitive golf played in Inter-Union Matches over the Summer months reached its final stages with the Six Man Team Match played over 36 holes at the beautiful and testing Rotherham Golf Club.

The Harrogate Union Team was represented by Chris Hughes, Michael Henson, Kevin Ward, Roger Parry, Carl Peirson and Bill Crick.

With the eight teams representing all Unions this competition can be looked upon a as probably one of the toughest test in amateur golf.

After the morning round the Harrogate team total of 462 left them lying one place from the bottom jointly with Teesside.

The afternoon round proved the stamina of the Harrogate team who returned 443, nineteen shots better than their morning round, which helped lift them to fifth overall position, an excellent performance.

Chris Hughes rounds of two 73’s was the best score of the Harrogate Team, equalled by Carl Peirson with 76 and 70, and followed closely by Mike Henson with 73 and 75, with Kevin Ward and Bill Crick both with 79 and 75 and finally Roger Parry with 82 and 75.

Winners on the day were Leeds with a score of 852, followed by Sheffield 859, Bradford 867, Halifax and Huddersfield 873, Harrogate 905, East Riding 907, Teesside 913 and York 931.

The performance of the Harrogate team, representing the smallest Union, was a great credit to the team captain, John Waring and all those actively involved with the team matches over the season.

Autumn Greensomes

at Ripon City: The entry of only 32 pairings for the Autumn Greensomes, the last Union men's competition of the season, was disappointing. Those who chose not to play were the losers, the weather was sunny with a light breeze, and the condition of the course, particularly the greens, attracted comments such as - 'fantastic', 'magnificent', 'superb' and wonderful' .

Oakdale Captain, John Hewson, and his partner, Tim Thorley, set the early pace with a nett 67, but in such favourable conditions it was never going to be low enough. So it proved, scores of 64.8 were recorded by Scott and Mark Thompson from the host club, and David Blake and Neil Bellerby from Romanby. They did not hold the lead for long as Knaresborough's Barry Morton and his son, Rob, a late substitute for Ivor Roy, carded 64.6.

However, they were pipped at the post by Paul Mitchell and Andy Tipling of Harrogate, who had an outstanding round of 64. Paul and Andy were later presented with the George Holroyd Trophy by Union President-Elect, Tony Clarke.

The prize for the best gross went to Carl Peirson and Wayne Crick, from the host club, with a round of 72. This was the second year running Wayne has won this competition.

Results: 1, 64 P Mitchell (5) & A Tipling (5) Harrogate; 2, 64.6 B Morton (11) & R Morton (17) Knaresborough; 3, 64.8 S Thompson (12) & M Thompson (9) Ripon City; 4, D Blake (18) & N Bellerby (15) Romanby; 5, 67 J Hewson (20) & T Thorley (20) Oakdale.

Best Gross: 72 C Peirson(2) & W Crick (2) Ripon City

Flaxby Park Golf Club

Results of Men’s Mid Week Medal 14 September, 2005.

Division One: 1, Paul Burns Net 67; 2, Tony Robinson 69; 3, Stephen Childs 70 (last 9).

Division Two: 1, Bob Muir 65; 2, Arthur Manning 70; 3, David Randall 72.

Gross Trophy: Paul Burns Gross 72

Net Trophy: Bob Muir Nett 65

Two's Winners: Bob Fox Andrew Little Arthur Manning Ray Shortland Tony Robinson

Ripon Golf Club

Ladies: The Ladies Am-Am on Tuesday September 13 was played in excellent weather conditions, resulting in some good scores being returned. The format was stableford with two to count, and three on the par 3s.

The winning team was from Seaton Carew: 1, Jane Longhorn, Debra Frankland, Aileen Carter, Cathy Bowerbank 89, bk9 47; 2, Sue Clark, Jill Hayton, Julie Lawman, Carolyn Townsley (Ripon City and Woodhall Hills) 89, bk9 44; 3, Margaret Brown, Pat Watts, Rotha Fryer, Judith Porter (Ripon, Masham, Harrogate, Maton & Norton) 89, Bk9 42; 4, Marry Parry, Kay Fawell, Joan Harrison, Jan Rogerson (Ripon, Forest Park,York) 87.

Nearest the Pin with second shot on nine: Michele Reynolds -Baildon-1.94mts

Nearest the pin on 14: Hilda Fisher -Knaresborough - 67cms

The two club was shared by 13 ladies.

The annual ‘Am-Am’ tournament, which took place in superb autumn weather on Saturday and celebrates the opening some dozen years ago of the ‘new’ nine holes, featured teams of four players each in a stableford format, with the best two scores to count on each hole.

The camaraderie generated by such teamwork made a welcome change from the normal individual focus of stroke play.

It also serves to remind members what a fine facility we have at Ripon City these days and that it was not so many years ago that we had a short nine-hole course and an aged clubhouse.

The Frake Walters competition, with an entry restricted to husband and wife pairings, was won by a clear margin by Robin and Marguerite Richardson with Dennis and June Bramley taking second place.

Congratulations go to two of our leading players, Wayne Crick and Carl Peirson, who compiled the best gross score in the Harrogate area autumn foursomes event.

The Presentation Evening, for all trophy winners in the 2005 season, will be held on Friday October 14 at the clubhouse, and this is followed one week later by the Gentleman’s Annual Dinner.

Results Am-Am Stableford:1, M Canavan N Price R Lyons G Livingston 88; 2, K Hutton J Bean T Hughes S Hatcher 84; 3, S Simpkin R Smith P Johnston J Havenhand 83; 4, M Howie A Nelson A Horrocks A Dilasser 83.

Bainbridge Shield

Bainbridge Shield results at September 16: Oakdale GC played11, points 43; Bedale GC 12, 37; Rudding Park GC 12, 36.5; Thirsk & NA GC 12, 36.5;

Romanby GC 12, 32; Ripon GC 11, 31; Knaresborough GC 12,30; Romanby GC 12, 32.

With one game left to Play Oakdalw GC have retained the trophy.

Bedale Golf Club

September Medal: With only the Medal final still to be played, another year’s golfing is rapidly approaching the Winter Rules season, when summer clothing gives way to pullovers and waterproofs.

The final players for the next week’s Medal have now been completed and Heath Johns, Alexander Johnson and Nathan Corner have earned their places for next Sunday.

A 74 by John Webster won the best gross prize this month although he did not figure in the top places in this nett competition. With close scoring card countbacks were required for Divisions One and Two.

Division One: 1, 65 Heath Johns (11); 2, 66 Stephen Black (10), and Michael Burns (9).

Division Two: 1, 63 Alexander Johnson (17); 2, 66 Mark Edmondson (13) and Ian Johnston (13).

Division Three: 66 Nathan Corner (24), 70 Mark Williams (26), 71 Tom Brodrick (23).

Yorkshire Inter- Union Team Championship

Played over the testing Rotherham Golf course by six man teams representing all the eight district unions, the Harrogate Union team included three Bedale members, a first for the club, all who performed creditably over 36 holes with scores of 148 ( 73+75) Mike Henson. 154 (79+75) Kevin Ward. 157 (82+75) Roger Parry which together with the other three players left the Harrogate team in fifth place its highest finish an excellent result considering the size of the Harrogate Union which is by far the smallest in Yorkshire.

This proves once again Bedale’s progress in the wider fields of golf over this season, and indeed over recent years.

Catterick Golf Club

Gaining yet further valuable experience in the world of international golf, 17-year old Jodi Ewart (+1), was a member of the victorious England team playing in the Women’s Home International, at Dundalk, Ireland, last week.

The ladies played in the 18-hole Rapkins-Byrne (bogey) Competition on Saturday.

The winners were: 1, Ruth Suffell (8); 2, Beryl Callender(36); 3,Joan Braginton.

The seniors competition, the Bennion Putter, had to be postponed until later in the year because of heavy rain.

On Sunday, the mens 18-hole 4BBB medal competition, the Catterick Bowl, was won by S Marshall (2) and I Schofield (9); 64 net; 2, A Shepherd (12) and G Shepherd (23) 65 net; 3, R Baker (6) and N Allardice (7) 66 net.

Harrogate and District

Society of Lady Golf Captains

The Society held its Autumn Meeting at Thirsk/Northallerton Golf Club on September 19. The golf course was in superb condition, the weather was bright and sunny and there were some good results.

The President, Jean Waring thanked the ladies of Thirsk/Northallerton for all their assistance, and the Competition Secretary, Judy Cropper for her hard work.

The Cecile Poyser Trophy (best gross): Jean Waring 86

Fletcher Trophy, best nett: Rose Tate, Knaresborough 71 who was also 1st Silver Division: 2, Brenda Williams (Oakdale) 73 (B6); 3, Liz Downs (Ilkley) 73.

Bronze Division: 1,Margaret Kershaw (Pannal) 73 (B9); 2, Faith Bishop (Ripon) – 73; 3, Joyce Dowson (Ripon) - 75;

Knaresborough Golf Club

A brave and dogged effort by Juniors’ Captain James Coldwell finally succumbed to the superior experience and fire-power of Dean Sleight, himself a former juniors’ captain, in the Club Championship competition on Finals Day. James had overcome some excellent opponents to make it to the last round.

In Scratch conditions, Dean (1) led James (5) by seven holes after the morning round, providing evidence once again of his own sharp improvement in a year in which he’s peeled four shots off his handicap.

But James, who is 16, fought hard to stay in the game, picked up a birdie on the par three fifth and went to the turn on the front nine in the afternoon one shot adrift of Dean.

But when the older player parred the tenth, a par five, and James took six, it was time to shake hands with the score at 9 and 8.

Eleven of the major finals were played on a fine, sunny day.

In the Men’s Cornish Matchplay, Ivor Roy – already winner of the Scratch Strokeplay title - ran out winner 4 and 3 after a tense, toe-to-toe battle with David Burrow.

Both five-handicappers, they finished the first 18 holes with David leading by gross 73 to Ivor’s gross 75.

In the afternoon, there was never more than a hole between the two, but Ivor birdied the 416 yard ninth to level.

The long, dog-leg downhill 15th proved decisive.

For their second shot, both men hit six-irons to the tight narrow green; Ivor’s ball hit the left bank and ran down to nine feet, David’s slithered down the right bank off the green Ivor’s birdie putt settled the match.

In the Ladies’ Champion final, Julie Johnstone held off a tenacious rear-guard action from Ruth Allen after going into the second round eight up.

In the second 18, Ruth won the third, sixth, seventh and the 11th with an excellent four. But the fight-back came too late to change the outcome and when the pair halved the par three 12th, it left Julie the winner on 7 and 6.

In other events, Mike and Pat Eve, in a nervy Mixed Foursomes final, had to go to the 20th hole to wrest victory from Graeme Atkinson and Joanne McBratney, Phil Hudson overcame Mauricio Contreras for the Millennium Trophy, Peter Atkinson claimed the President’s Trophy after an uneven match with Brian Marshall and Colin Holgate and Mike Benson triumphed in the Buck Rabbit and Rabbits’ Cup.

Sue Meeke took the Ladies’ Rose Bowl two up against Liz McVey, Brenda Moore finished one up against Moyra Eadington in the Johnston Salver and Sharon Braithwaite defeated Avril Brown to win the Hartley Cup.

Earlier in the week, Beryl Jones and Clarice Wilkinson won through to the next round of the Daily Mail Foursomes after finishing four shots ahead of their nearest rivals. There was a touch of pessimism as Beryl and Clarice ended their round after hearing rumour of a 72 in the Clubhouse.

They’d posted the same score as they did last year – 73.5 - and come second.

But Beryl had been putting consistently, until the last few holes, and despite a wobble on the par three 12th, when the pair had to take a drop out of bushes and then three-putted, the reprise of last year’s score was enough to secure the win.

Finals Day on Sunday September 18

Club Championship Winner: Dean Sleight, Runner up: James Coldwell 9/8

Men’s Matchplay Winner: Ivor Roy, Runner up: David Burrow 4/3

President’s Trophy Winner: Peter Atkinson, Runner up: Brian Marshall 1 up

Millennium Trophy Winner: Phil Hudson, Runner up Mauricio Contreras 4/3

Ladies’ Championship: Winner: Julie Johnstone, Runner up: Ruth Allen 7/6

Ladies’ Rose Bowl Winner: Sue Meeke, Runner up: Liz McVey 2 up

Ladies’ Johnston Salver Winner: Brenda Moore, Runner up: Moyra Eadington 1 up

Ladies’ Hartley Cup Winner: Sharon Braithwaite, Runner up: Avril Brown

Mixed Foursomes Winners: Mike & Pat Eve, Runners up: Graeme Atkinson/Joanne McBratney 20th hole

Buck Rabbit Winner: Colin Holgate, Runner up: Trevor Mead 3/2

Rabbits Cup Winner: Mike Benson, Runner up: Ian Pickles 5/4

Annual Medals Day – Saturday September 10

Gents

Division 1: 1, Roger Thomson 67; 2, Paul Wilcox 69; 3, Mark Thompson 70.

Division 2: 1, Bob Hough 68; 2, Simon Reed 75; 3, David Wilkinson 76.

Division 3: 1, Mike Curston 71; 2, Mike Laughton 73 (bk 9); 3, Alan Mitchell 73.

Gents Midweek Stableford – September 12: 1, Alexander May 41 pts (bk 9); 2, Richard Errington 41; 3, John Potter 40; 4, George Tennock 38; 5, Martin Roskrow 37.

Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes – 13th September: 1, Beryl Jones/Clarice Wilkinson 95 – 21.5 - 75.5; 2, Jean Johnston/Liz McVey 102 – 24.5- 77.5; 3, Jessie Reid/Pru Walker 99 – 21.5 - 77.5.

Pannal Golf Club

On Saturday, 46 teams competed in a Fourball Better Ball Medal.

Competition was fierce, resulting in three teams recording scores of 63 but the back 9 of Simon Kippax and Mike Smith with 29 shots just eased out Tim Clough and Peter Weil by one shot.

Third place was taken by Nick Shannon and Geoff Hickling.

Club Championship - Congratulations to all the players who battled their way through to the Club Championships on Sunday.

Results: Barber Bratby Trophy (36holes) M. Hudson beat Mike Armstrong 4/2; Pannal Tiger Trophy (36holes) B. Long beat I. Douglas 2/1; Veterans Cup B. Clarke beat I. Chippindale; Quaich Trophy D. Lister beat R. Slater. 1hole; Harewood Cup S. Kippax beat S. Birkhead 1 hole; Pannal Handicap Trophy. S. Smales beat T. Craven 8/7; Summer Foursomes. R. Booth&D.Kinsey beat M.Hewlett&C.Hunter 1hole; Beanland Foursomes. K. Mansell& S.R.Macfarland.

Juniors: In the annual Junior Match Play Final, Robert Taylor beat Charles Murray 5/4

Ladies: Lady Captain's Day was held at Pannal on a beautiful sunny day on the 13th of September. It was a special and momentous day for the Lady Captain, Lesley Southwell, because it coincided with her birthday. That special occasion was marked by 'corks popping' at the Half Way House, organised by Chris Southwell, Brian Hemingway and Roger Firth and by the surprise visit of Jane Tomlinson, who very kindly joined the ladies for tea and later spoke a few words. The charity, 'Jane's Appeal' is being supported by the ladies section.

A rose tree was presented to the lady captain from her committee.

Roger Taylor was in his usual position as starter on these occasions and Bill Caw and Tony Farrar were wielding their cameras. Tony Booth and John Cooper kindly gave of their time to finish the Stableford Qualifying Competition. After the celebratory tea, Lady Captain gave her speech thanking all concerned and especially Jane for coming, and in turn, Jane spoke a few words to the ladies and left with the words, "I have to get home now to make the tea for the family." Finally the Lady Captain thanked her husband, Chris, for all his support and understanding, so necessary to the Lady Captain in her year of office. Results of the Stableford Competition and Prize Presentation then took place:-

Lady Captain's Day Prizes

Lady Captain's Prize was won by and presented to Hilary Smyth by Linda Booth, the Lady Vice Captain. She received an original water-colour painting by the artist, Tony Farrar, of the 17th on Pannal Golf Course. It was a double celebration for Hilary on account of her elevation to the England Squad for the Senior Home Internationals Team. Hilary gave her sincere thanks for her prize and gave a short speech and verse to encourage us all to play better golf with the right attitude!

Lady Captain's Prize - Hilary Smyth 42 points Silver Division Winner - Joan Caw 38; Runner up - Moira Rusling 37; Bronze A Division Winner, Alison Roscoe 36; Runner up Victoria Aston 35; Bronze B Division Winner Janet Deakin 30; Runner up, Jenny Colquitt 30;Seniors' Competition, Winners Pauline Cousin and Vera Ponsford; New Members' Putting Winners Suzanne Guiltard (back 9 from Julie Smith); Junior Putting Winner, Christine Thompson; Nearest the Pin on 10th Winner, Lynne Roberts Nearest the Pin in 2 on 18th, Linda Cook.

Lady Captain's Prize Presentation

Winter Knock Out, Winner Betsy Haldon;Runner up Lesley Southwell; Winter Eclectic, Winner Silver Division Lesley Southwell; Runners up, Judy Cropper and Hilary Smyth Winter Eclectic, Winner Bronze Division; Shirley Hemingway; Runner up Dianne Beeston; Mad March Hare Winner Silver Division Ann Whiteley; Winner Bronze A Liz Dyson; Winner Bronze B Alison Kitson.

Finals Day: In the Ladies' Championship over 36 holes, Helen Barugh beat Hilary Smyth in the Ladies' Pannal Scratch Trophy Moira Rusling beat Anne Thomas in the Ladies Pannal Handicap Trophy

Masham Golf Club

Men’s Section

September Medal results - Division One: 1, G Beckett 76, 12, 64; 2, H Falchan 86,16, 70; 3, K Jones 86, 14, 72.

Division Two: 1, D Smith 84, 17, 67; 2, H Macdonald 95, 27, 68; 3, B Wynn 97, 22, 75.

Veterans Trophy: 1, B Hunter 87, 6, 71; 2, D Wheatley 83, 12, 71 (b9); 3, J Anderton 90, 18, 72.

Oakdale Golf Club

Ladies

Annual Medal Results

Silver: 1, M Bradley 67 (16); 2, B Wade 71 (16); 3, J Slater 74 (11).

Bronze A: 1, L Holt 70 (24); 2, L Venters 72 (23); 3, W Hyam 78 (23).

Bronze B: 1, K Barker 74 (29); 2, C Ball 81 (34); 3, D Bracht 84 (35).

September Stableford

Taking place on Saturday, the September Stableford attracted a field of 51 members.

Excellent scoring again reduced the Standard Scratch by one shot, and saw 9 twos being recorded.

Competition was extremely close for the minor places, with count-back being required to sort these out as seven players tied on 38 points.

However, Sodesh Jaymal produced a fantastic score of 44 points to be the clear winner. Ben Leslie was second, and Iain Scrimger was third.

Results: 1, S Jaymal 44pts; 2, B Leslie, I Scrimger, G Whittington, S Ramplin, M Ward, A Draper, M Emmerson, 38; 2, A McColl, J Drake, B Perry, P Kirsopp, R Bancroft 37; 3, T Thorley 36.

Summer Competitions

Following successes in their semi-finals, the Scratch Matchplay final will be between Adrian Ezard and Garry Cuthbert. Adrian overcame Mike Bond in his semi-final, while Garry beat Graham Ball.

The final of the Jack Wertheimer Trophy will see Peter Kirsopp and Jonathan Craig face Chris and Richard Blunden, after their wins against Kieran McKeever and John Webster, and Messrs Birchall and Smith respectively.

In the Freeholders Trophy, John Dobinson and Peter Shepherd have beaten John Bartle and Martin Fountain to reach their semi-final. They will now play Ian Clark and Kevin Ayscough.

Finally, Graham Ball beat Martin Fountain in the Presidents Prize, and will play Iain Scrimger in the semi-final.

Juniors: Junior Medal - The recent Junior Medal had 6 participants, 3 in each of Division One and Two.

The First Division saw Curtis Wilding and Chris Henderson sharing the Medal, each recording a nett 68.

The Second Division was won by Jack Walls, who shot a nett 70.

Results - First Division: 68 C Wilding (gross 75), C Henderson (79); 73 J Norwood

Second Division: 70 J Walls, 73 S Brown, 81 J Robinson.

Juniors v Tigers

Played last Sunday, the Tigers were triumphant by 8 points to 6.However, the talent in the Junior Section was shown by virtue of them taking the singles by 6 points to 2, where each match was played off scratch.

Wetherby Golf Club

A Sunday afternoon devoid of competitions is a certain recipe for millionaires' golf for those that hanker after the long lost 'friendly fourball'.

Not last Sunday however, the two friendly four-balls that ventured onto the deserted fairways were overwhelmed by the six ladies from Malton and Norton and Shipley Beckfoot playing the final of the Yorkshire Business Ladies Inter-Club Final.

They moved through the course at such speed it was if they have taken a wrong turning on the Great North Run.

Although listed in the club's fixture book, members did not fully appreciate until later the enthusiasm of the four teams reaching the semi-final nor the magnificent support from their clubs.

Applause echoed around the course not only for a winning putt on a green, but for almost every shot that was played.

Wetherby failed to reach the final four, but it was their turn to host the semi and final rounds.

This they did in style offering a course in excellent condition together with every facility in the club-house.

In the semi-finals Malton beat Horsforth by 3-0, Shipley beat Headingley 2 and 1.

The final looked certain to be a close match and so it proved. Shipley gained first blood when Natalie Ireland(17) beat 8 handicap Janet Rushworth at the 14th by 6 and 4. Malton fought back with Jean Mackenzie winning 5 and 4.

Poised at one match each the pressure was on the last two competitors who took the game to the 18th where Juliet Kitching won the silver trophy for Shipley by winning one up to give an overall score of 2 & 1.

It is not generally known but there is a certain situation known in golf betting circles as the 'Baby Factor'.

Put simply, if a punter backs a professional tournament player for the first four matches after his wife has given birth the odds on winning or gaining a top place are substantially reduced.

Obviously Peter Shaw this week's winner in Division Two of the Stableford event did not know this, though he should have suspected something when his wife won an event last week.

Although the new birth was not theirs they have just become grandparents. All the fun without the disturbed nights.

Men's Stableford

Div 1:1, W Greenwood (9), 43pts; 2, S Kettlewell ((9), 39; 3, B Ragg (9), 39.

Div 2:1, P Shaw(12), 42; 2, J Hudson (16), 41; 3, D Atkinson (16), 41.

Div 3:1, G Crooks (18), 42; 2, A H Jones (20), 40; 3, S Moulds (21),39.