Our Seniors’ Open, originally planned for November 2020, then March 2021 finally went ahead on 15th April with glorious sunshine. It was worth the wait! The winners were a pairing from Scarcroft, Messrs Barrett and Hall who scored 46 points in the 4BBB Stableford competition. Second just a point behind were the Skipton newcomers, Mick Dobson and Mick Hawksworth and third prize went to Bryan Schofield and Nigel Clough from Cleckheaton and Hanging Heaton respectively with 43 points. Well done to the winners and we hope you all enjoyed your day.
Sylvia Eastwood - President 2021 Skipton Golf Club has elected its first-ever female President, Sylvia Eastwood. Sylvia started her golfing 'career' in 1983 at nearby Silsden GC, joining Skipton in 1991, since when she has proved a true stalwart of the club both on and off the course. She was Ladies Captain in 1996, Lady President in 1998, has served on numerous club committees and was Ladies Handicap Secretary for a good number of years before handing over the reins prior to becoming Club President. Up until last year Sylvia had also been Junior Section organiser for eight years She has lived in Skipton since 1987 and has two sons and two grandchildren. Retired for a number of years, she formerly worked for National & Provincial Building Society (now Santander) both in Skipton and Keighley. The club was founded in 1893 and Sylvia said: “I am both honoured and deeply proud to be Skipton's first female President, a clear reflection of the club’s commitment to all golfers, regardless of gender. I look forward to supporting all sections of the club during the coming golf year.” During her term of office Sylvia said she was hoping to introduce a new a tree planting initiative to further enhance the renowned course, now officially ranked as one of most challenging in the region and among the top 5% in Yorkshire. In addition to regular annual competitions for members Sylvia said she would also like to see new competitions with more of a fun element and was planning to reintroduce the men versus ladies annual matchplay competition in late summer. Her President's Days will also be held in July. Sylvia added: “This is a great club [...]
After the success of opening to visitors last week, we're very pleased to announce that a decision has been made to continue with our remaining opens this year. The first open is on Thursday 18th June for the seniors, followed the next day by the ladies. Sunday 21st June will be our Mixed 4BBB open. All Opens must be booked and paid for online and we ask you all to read our Play Safe guidelines before arrival at the course. We've had some wonderful feedback about the course over the last couple of weeks from our members and visitors and we would encourage you to come and see it for yourselves. We expect there to be a high demand for places, so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!
After trialling the opening of the golf course to members over the last couple of weeks, we are pleased to announce that we are now opening to visitors. The course is in fabulous condition thanks to our greenkeepers, Ian and Darren and we would recommend you come and visit us soon. We ask that you follow the following rules carefully to ensure everyone’s safety at the club. 1. All golfers must play in 2 balls only. 2. Visitors must book and pay online. Access to the course will not be allowed unless pre-booked. 3. Dates are available up to 4 days in advance. 4. All golfers must adhere to the England Golf ‘Play Safe’ guidelines. We hope to be able to give further guidance on our upcoming Opens shortly. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our website, for further information.
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 [...]
Newly appointed at Skipton Golf Club are, from left, Nick Shaikh, president, Ros Moloney, ladies captain, and Ian Sewell, men’s captain. Skipton Golf Club has elected new officials for 2020. Nick Shaikh succeeds Tom Hayes as president, while Ian Sewell takes over from Bill Simpson as men’s captain, and Ros Moloney from Carolyn Murphy as ladies captain. Nick, who lives in Ilkley, came to Yorkshire 26 years ago as a consultant urologist at Airedale General Hospital, Steeton, and has been a member at Skipton ever since he arrived. “I considered it to be an honour to be elected captain of the club in 2011 and feel the same for being the president this year,” he said. New men’s captain Ian Sewell also has a medical background. He was born in Barrow in Furness and has lived in Sutton-in-Craven for the past 40 years, moving there initially to work at Johnson & Johnson in Gargrave for 17 years, where he finished in the role of site production manager, before setting up his own business consultancy advising and managing projects on medical manufacturing. From 2011 to 2017, he headed a decontamination company, IHSS, in London as managing director for six years before retiring. He and his wife Christina have two children and three grandchildren. Ian joined Skipton Golf Club in 2014. He commented: “Despite the inclement weather last year, the greens staff managed to maintain the course to an excellent standard and our strategic aim will be to maintain the continuous improvement that’s been seen over the last few years in presenting the course in an ever-improving condition.” Ian noted that the junior organiser role was now open due to Sylvia Eastwood’s retirement and [...]
Our latest Get Into Golf lessons got off to a great start last week as 13 ladies took to the driving range with Professional, Ben Mallinson. It might be a winter’s evening but as you can see from the photos, there were plenty of smiles and enthusiasm. The ladies will complete an 8 week course after which they have an opportunity to join our Club on the new Academy membership. If you know of anyone else wanting to ‘Get Into Golf’, email email@example.com as we hope to run these sessions throughout the year.
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!