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.
Skipton Golf Club held its annual presentation evening to celebrate the winners throughout the season. In the Junior section Jacob Clayton took the Junior Order of Merit award and Alex Topper the Centenary Salver, with Thomas Berry claiming the Junior Future Masters prize. Bobbie Dixon had his hands full with three trophies - the Junior Cup, the Peter Tupling Trophy and Junior Matchplay, with Ethan Wilson awarded the most improved golfer title and Junior Player of the Year. Ethan also claimed two prizes in the men’s section, the Knowles Bowl and Centenary Trophy. The ladies section prizes were dominated by Sarah Coy, who won the Victory Cup, Brooksbank Bowl and Scratch Trophy. The Centenary Quaiche prize went the way of Andrea Walker, who also claimed the Laffoley Cup. The Centenary Trophy winner was Dagmar Hecker-Woodhead and alongside Pat Eaton also took top spot in the Aire Wharfe Trophy. Jo Robinson won her first prize at the club with the YLCGA Centenary Plate, while Sophie Eddison took the Belles Wyke Trophy and Lorraine Reaburn the PK Putter. In the mixed pairs events, Pat Eaton and David Grant won the Raleigh Hargreaves, while husband and wife team, Alex and Anne Acornley, took top spot in the Harold Ideson Trophy. Also in the mixed events, Rob Watson won the New Year Cup and the team of Rob Windle, Steve Robinson, Roger Moore and Josh Carlos the 125th Anniversary Cup. Steve Robinson also won the Rabbits Jubilee Trophy, while Ben Murphy picked up the Liversedge Trophy and John Chacksfield the Rabbits Matchplay in that section. The winter winners were Dave Daggett and John Chacksfield for divisions 1 & 2 in the league format, while Chris Howick won the [...]
Barrett Cup Finalists 2017 This year's final saw two “has-beens” (their words –not mine!) of the Club square up in the shape of Jez Harding and Paul Pethybridge. The match produced a high standard of golf more reminiscent of their former years. It was a tight affair being all square through the first 4 holes though Jez should probably have had a slight lead after 3 putting the 3rd to only halve the hole. It was Paul who started to make the running winning both the 5th and 6th with pars to be two up. The par of the day came at the 8th when Pep’s second shot hit the bin on the 9th tee and flew across the green. He followed this up by thinning his chip but calmly rolled in the putt from 20 feet for a 4 and a half. Jez, despite this setback, pulled himself together to make a birdie down the 9th and only be one down. Peps then birdied the 11th to get back to two up but Jez was not done yet and won both the 15th and 16th to get the match back to all square. The turning point came on the 17th where Jez found the railway line off the tee so was one down playing the last. With Jez unable to make a birdie down the 18th Peps closed out the match for a 1 up victory and claim his second knockout trophy win of 2017. Well done to both on a great match played in excellent spirit.
This year's Craven Herald 8-15 Trophy Final was contested at the weekend between George Myles and Mick Riddiough. These two were well matched, both playing off 11, and this proved to be the case with the contest finally settled on the second extra hole. Both struggled for their best form over the first few holes leaving them level on the 5th tee. A succession of excellent pitch shots leading to 4 out of 5 pars on the remaining holes on the front 9 left George 3 up. However bunker problems on 11 and 12 for George allowed pars from Mick to reduced the match to 1. Both made par on the 13th and the match really came to life around amen corner. Mick had an excellent birdie on 14, sinking a twenty foot putt to level the match. He followed this by chipping in on the 15th to take the lead for the first time. With a decisive momentum shift in the air Mick hit the green on 16 to pile pressure on George. He responded with the shot of the match, a 4 iron which never left the 16th flag. Both missed birdie putts and Mick was still one up on 17. It was Mick's turn to find the green side bunker and a par from George left the match All Square on the 18th tee. A 15 foot putt by Mick for par left George with a 5 foot knee knocker to prolong the match. He drained this and we walked back to the 1st. Both made pars on the first extra hole. Mick's recovery from 3 down was based on a succession of excellent tee shots, this made it all [...]
1st place Gregory Davies, M Booth, A Sohal, G Hodgkinson 2nd place John Ward, Carl Tyler , G Kilner, R Whiteley 3rd place Graham Wild, Leon Holland, John Thornton, I Sellick
1st - S O'Keefe, L O'Keefe, D Neville & G Neville - 96 points 2nd - M Bamber, J Bamber, S Maynard & R Davenport - 87 points (Back 6 32) 3rd - P Miller, R Miller, M Pratt & R Suffey - 87 points (Back 6 29)
Skipton Golf Club have been crowned the Bradford Union Champion Club for the second time in the last three years. The team of Matt Ryder, Darron Parker , Mel Morgan-Davis, Darren Hey and Rob Nesbitt produced golf of the highest standard in the team stableford event. Skipton’s top scorer on the day being Rob Nesbitt with 40 points from a handicap of two. He was more than well supported by Ryder (35) , Parker (36) , Hey (35) , and Morgan-Davis (33).
Seniors’ Open – Thursday 23rd June 2016 1st-P West and J West 2nd-P Turner and A Bentley 3rd T Rhodes and T Joblin 4th J Atkins and G Pitt Ladies’ Open – Friday 24th June 2016 1st - 89 Points - Christine Isherwood, Penny Davison, Lynda Hunter & Sylvia Meadows (Wilpshire GC) 2nd - 87 Points - Rebecca Larmuth, Jas Kaur, Linda Cameron & Jo Worral (Cookridge GC) 3rd - 83 Points - Pamela Hillas, Brenda Hargreaves, Maria Towland & Vicky Binns (Knaresborough GC) Men’s Open – Saturday 25th June 2016 1st - 99 Points - Dave Bliss , Charles Barker , P Bradley , Kevin Caine ( Owston Hall) 2nd - 97 Points - C Wood , T Burns , M Lister, S Earl (Bentham & Morecambe) Mixed Open – Sunday 26th June 2016 1st – 45 Points - Bobby Hutt , Jackie Hutt ( Catterick ) 2nd – 42 Points (Back 9 – 23 Points) - Nigel Robinson , Julie North ( Kendal ) 3rd - 42 Points (Back 9 – 22 Points) - Paul Miller , Rachel Miller ( Catterick )
Bradford Union Sue Ryder Salver The Bradford Union held their annual Sue Ryder Salver competition at Skipton on Thursday 9th June. The winners were the trio from West Bradford Golf Club of Mark Ryan, Glen Burrage and Craig Shaw winning with a 77 point total. Close on their heels were Clayton's Mark Wilber, Chris Foster and Carol Bray with 75 points. It was the first time a Union event has been held at Skipton since the temporary course alterations due to the EA work have been implemented and the comments were very favourable on the great state of our course. Click here to read more on the Yorkshire Post website (opens in new tab). Junior Centenary Trophy Congratulations to Max Berrisford in winning the Junior Centenary Trophy and in doing so set a new Junior Course Record! His 69-5-64 was 7 shots better than his nearest rival Ben Topper who returned a net score of 71. Max's score is the best score received so far on the new course layout and will set a target for others in the junior section to aim for
Captain’s Day Skipton Golf Club Captain Steve Clayton held his annual competition for both the men’s and ladies’ sections recently. Top of the pile in men’s division one was up and coming junior golfer Ben Topper with 41 points just ahead of Alastair Woodhead. Division two was a closer contest with Richie Forrest on 39 points taking first place after a countback with another junior Harry Ayrton. The winners of each ladies’ division respectively were Gillian Brown, Pat Eaton and Kay Donoghue. Bradford Team Championship The Skipton outfit of Matt Ryder, Chris Payne, Rob Nesbitt and Max Berrisford secured 4th place in the Bradford Team Qualifying medal at Cleckheaton last week. Matt Ryder was the standout performer with the best gross score on the day of 71. The team now qualifies for the finals to be held in July. A particular mention should go to Robert who didn’t score too well on the 9th hole at Cleckheaton but who showed the resolve and metal to not let it bother him too much and finished strongly. Well done team! Ladies’ Team Matches The A Team were back in action against Headingley on Monday. On what was described as a lovely course and very enjoyable rounds, the team played some excellent golf but were unfortunately beaten on the day 6-1. However, they will be out for revenge next Wednesday when they return for the home leg. Good Luck Ladies! The B team managed a 5 to 2 home win against Ilkley this week in revenge for a similar win by Ilkley on their home course. Rabbits Last Sunday, the in-form player, Jason Titorenko and Matthew Oxley played at Bradford Moor Golf Club in the BDRGA Chippendale Trophy. [...]