Max, Harry, Captain Chris & Gavin The unprecedented run of Skipton Golf Club’s Scratch Team in the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs Team Championships continued apace today when they gained promotion for the fourth time this season! This is a history making run and will now see them compete in the 2nd Division Team Championships at Doncaster Golf Club on 10th July. This wasn’t an easy day for the team as they were first to tee off at 7.10am in the two round competition held at Bedale Golf Club in North Yorkshire. The course had received a huge amount of rainfall the previous day and it was remarkable that they were able to present it in such great condition albeit there was little run on the ball which made it tough for the early starters. This was reflected in the morning scores where Skipton shot a cumulative 235 strokes with Harry Ayrton suffering particularly on the difficult greens and seeing several putts lip out. The score left them in tenth place and with little optimism that they could gain their fourth consecutive promotion. However, after a team talk from Chris Payne, Harry, Gavin Stocker and Max Berrisford came out with all guns blazing and what a remarkable performance they all put in over the second 18 holes. They recorded the second-best total of the afternoon - 219 strokes, which took them from tenth into second place overall, only being edged out by winners, Hallowes Golf Club. It was fantastic to watch the quality of golf that these three very talented individuals played and we wish the Scratch Team the best of luck as they seek to make further history at Doncaster Golf [...]
The victorious team with a very happy Captain of the squad, Chris Payne. The Skipton Golf Club team comprising Max Berrisford, Gavin Stocker and Harry Ayrton, gained promotion in today’s Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs 4th Division Team Championship held at Scarcroft Golf Club. This is the first time that the Club has achieved promotion to the 3rd Division and they can now look forward to participating in the next Team Championship which takes place at Bedale Golf Club on Wednesday 26th June. The early starters, Skipton being one of them, were met by high winds and driving rain for most of their round and this meant the Championship being decided over just 18 holes instead of the usual 36. Max Berrisford individually finished third overall with a 74 while Gavin carded 77 and Harry a hard earned 83. A terrific team effort which saw their combined score of 234 place them in one of the promotion places. The overall winners were the form team from Scarborough North Cliff who finished on 225. Congratulations to the team and let’s see if we can take some support to Bedale as they try to gain yet another promotion. Well done team.
L-R Rob Windle, Chris Payne and Gavin Stocker More success for Skipton, this time in the shape of Rob Windle, Chris Payne and Gavin Stocker at the Yorkshire Union 5th Division Team Championship at Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club. This is a great result following on closely from their sixth division win at Pike Hills Golf Club a couple of weeks ago. Conditions were much kinder to them this week, let's hope the sun and their form continue through to the fourth division championship at Scarcroft Golf Club on Wednesday 12th June. Good luck boys!
Skipton’s Lucy Eaton, pictured front left with her Florida tech team-mates Skipton Golf Club is celebrating another headline achievement by one of our young members who progressed through the club’s highly acclaimed Junior Academy. Lucy Eaton proved the inspiration in her American university’s ladies team that pulled off a spectacular victory in the NCAA finals in Florida last week, the top annual competition on the US collegiate golf circuit. Lucy, 23, who lives in Skipton and has just completed her fourth and final year of a university golf scholarship in the States, was a member of the Florida Tech team The Panthers, that pulled off an unbelievable finish to the season by winning the NCAA 2nd division. Success was made all the sweeter, as team members had been shocked to learn earlier this year that the women’s golf programme at the university was to be scrapped after the Spring season. Lucy commented at the time: “We all just had our mouths open in shock. No one could say anything. We were just all heartbroken.” Later that day on the team’s group chat, Lucy wrote: “New target acquired. Let’s go win nationals.” The Florida Tech team channelled their anger and frustration into the kind of storybook run that transcends sport, finishing fourth in the Sunshine State regionals in Cleveland - considered to be the most competitive in the US. Lucy had the lowest score in any round for any player at 4 under and finished seventh overall. In the stroke play qualification of the All America Finals she came third individually. The Panthers then advanced to the NCAA Championship staged at Palm Beach Gardens, before going on to land the Division II title [...]
Max Berrisford The Brabazon Trophy is one of England Golf’s major championships and last week Skipton’s very own Max Berrisford came through the recent Northern Qualifier finishing in 19th place on +1. However, that didn’t tell the full story because on the last hole, Max had a quadruple bogey 7 which knocked him off the very top of the Leaderboard! He played some tremendous golf in the qualifier and even had a Hole in One! Max now goes on to play in the final at The Alwoodley Golf Club which takes place between 30th May and 2nd June. He is in some very illustrious company as are the other golfers bearing in mind that Max is the current Yorkshire Amateur Matchplay Champion! Max is a terrific ambassador for Skipton Golf Club and his success through incredibly hard work and determination is a credit to him and we wish him all the best in this very important event. Full details of The Brabazon Trophy can be obtained by clicking here. You will also be able to follow Max’s progress as the event will be live streamed.
An event with a difference was held last night in The Dales Room and provided much to think about for all the golfers attending. This was a talk given by Dr David Houlston, former Director of Sport at Lancaster University and a highly qualified sports psychologist currently working closely with the Professional Football Association. To say it was thought provoking would be an understatement but clearly, everyone in the room was captivated by the presentation and left determined to bring into their own game some of the thoughts and ideas that were outlined by the speaker. Our own highly respected Professional, Peter Robinson, reinforced many of the things highlighted and reaffirmed how many of these were used by Professional golfers at the highest level in the sport. For those of you out there who were unable to attend, we may look at running a further session at a future date. You really did miss a different but excellent event at Skipton Golf Club. A huge vote of thanks goes to our speaker.
As the new season gets into full swing on Skipton Golf Club’s newly remodelled and much praised course, the club is again running its highly successful ‘Get into Golf’ initiative for budding golfers of all ages and abilities keen to learn the game, yet seeking both help and inspiration to do so. The programme tees off on Thursday 2nd May at 6.30pm for ladies only or anyone at 7.45pm, and again on Sunday 5th May at 4.15pm for ladies, 5.30pm for anyone. It offers six one-hour group lessons for up to six people, the first 3 lessons at the nearby Whitehills Golf Driving Range, the following three at the club itself. The cost is just £30, with all equipment provided if required. Last year, the club recruited 12 new members from the initiative. On offer following the lessons is a special three-month membership for £100 to include two half hour individual lessons. “Members will also accompany beginners as mentors on the course as and when they are ready and more lessons can be booked with our pro. We will also provide further support via social golfing events,” explained a spokesperson. Those interested are asked to contact Skipton Golf Club’s professional Peter Robinson on 01756 795657, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Skipton Golf Club Ladies section B team members are pictured in their new Hesper Farm Skyr-sponsored team tops. Lady captain Carolyn Murphy is third from left and vice-captain Janet Emmett second from right. The Ladies section at Skipton Golf Club is sporting a brand-new kit, courtesy of sponsor Sam Moorhouse, of Hesper Farm Skyr in Bell Busk. The Ladies section runs A, B and weekend league teams, playing within the Yorkshire League, with friendly matches organised for later in the season for those new to the game. Sam Moorhouse’s diversification into Icelandic-style Skyr yoghurt has proved a real success story. He uses milk from the award-winning Aireburn dairy herd run by his parents Brian and Judith Moorhouse Lady captain Carolyn Murphy said: “We can’t thank Sam enough and we can only hope the Skyr’s the limit as far as our league performances are concerned this year!”
The Bradford and District Union of Golf Clubs weekly Alliance was held on the revised course at Skipton Golf Club on Wednesday 10th April under beautiful blue skies. Early starters were slightly disadvantaged by the cool breeze but the course was presented in excellent condition for the 140 golfers taking part. The winners with a superb stableford score of 45 points were David Smith and Phil Girdlestone from Clayton Golf Club. Well done to them. The full results are available on the Bradford Union website