Darren Hargreaves, celebrating 30 years as deputy head green keeper at Skipton Golf Club, is pictured on the 18th green. Darren Hargreaves has clocked up a 30-year milestone as deputy head greenkeeper at Skipton Golf Club. Darren has been involved in golf as an occupation virtually since leaving Greenhead Grammar School in Keighley, though he first dabbled with a course in engineering. “However, I soon realised it wasn’t for me as no way did I want to be tied to a bench all my life,” he said. He teed up a lifetime career in golf via an 18-month Youth Training Scheme at Riddlesden Golf Club, before becoming a greenkeeper at Chorley Golf Club in 1984, following his parents who had moved to live across the border. Keen to return nearer to his roots, Darren was appointed deputy head greenkeeper at Skipton in 1990 and over the past three decades has been involved in all aspects of course management, maintenance and ongoing improvements. In fact, he and head greenkeeper Ian Brown have between them been responsible for keeping the course in peak condition during the Covid-19 lockdown and while both say it’s allowed them to crack on with the ongoing work still required by not having to break off while golfers take their shots, it’s great to see people playing again. Mr Brown said: “Darren is a highly experienced and a key member of the team. He also has a great sense of humour, which makes him popular with the other greenkeepers. He’s a real attribute to both course and club.” Since play resumed, congratulations on Darren’s 30-year landmark have been flowing in from many members, with the golf club’s board also planning [...]
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.
Skipton Golf Club greens team honoured in high profile awards Skipton Golf Club’s head greenkeeper Ian Brown and his hard-working team won through to the finals of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) 2019 Awards for their outstanding contribution to the project to remodel the course. The team was nominated by the club for the high profile awards, staged as part of BIGGA’s recent Turf Management Exhibition in Harrogate Convention Centre. It was attended by more than 5,000 greenkeepers, trade members, club managers and other representatives, who came together to network and share the latest education and innovation opportunities at Europe’s premier turf management event. The awards were hosted by the BBC’s Naga Munchetty and both the Skipton greenkeepers and the club said were delighted and honoured to finish as runners-up in the 2019 Greenkeeping Project of the Year. BIGGA Chief Executive Officer Jim Croxton said: “Congratulations to the team at Skipton Golf Club, who overcame massive challenges to complete an incredible project at their club during 2018. They are a credit to BIGGA and the greenkeeping industry as a whole.” When the Environment Agency informed Skipton GC of its intention to build a 14-metre high dam across the club’s 16th green and 17th hole as part of the town’s Flood Alleviation Scheme, the greenkeeping team, led by Ian Brown, undertook to completely remodel the existing course with the ambition of making it one of the premier courses in Yorkshire. Working alongside golf architect David Jones and contractors MJ Abbott and Oliver Sugden, the layout of the course was drastically altered to suite the land available and to improve upon the existing course. The project also [...]
Skipton Golf Club is celebrating a sizzling hat-trick of high profile championship successes. The first came when the club’s Andrew Knowles and Paul Pethybridge came from three points back to claim the title of Supreme Champions at the Yorkshire Challenge. In the three-day event played over Yorkshire’s trio of Ryder Cup venues – Ganton, Lindrick and Moortown – they compiled 131pts to overhaul second-round leaders Michael Williams and Guy Henderson, of Eaglescliffe GC, and win by four. 2018 Yorkshire Challenge winners Andrew Knowles and Paul Pethybridge, left. The Skipton duo, who were tied for third after 36 holes, having scored 42pts at Moortown and 43 at Lindrick, had three birdies in their first four holes on the final day at Ganton, plus another at the seventh. Knowles then birdied the 501-yard par-5 ninth for a net eagle that took them to 24pts for the outward run.They repeated their start to the round by clinching three birdies in the first four holes on the way back to the clubhouse, plus two more at 15 and 17. The second coup for Skipton was victory in the 2 018 Yorkshire Amateur Matchplay Championship at York GC for Steeton’s Max Berrisford, also a key member of the club’s junior team which this year won Bradford & District Union of Golf Clubs Junior League Division 1 championship. A prodigious talent, but also one of the nicest young men you could ever wish to meet, Max’s achievement is huge, as he is first Skipton golfer to win this competition, following in the footsteps of some famous former victors, among them ex-Walker Cup captain, Rodney Foster, Masters winner Danny Willett and Howard Clark. The championship hat-trick came when the [...]