On Thursday 7 September 2023 Skipton held an invitational golf day for some 72 members of various Harrogate Union Golf Clubs. It is hoped that this will be the start of a new period in the history of Skipton GC as we move from the Bradford Union to the Harrogate Union in April 2024. The results were:- 1st - Roger Moore (Skipton), David Wem, Graham Sharp, Tom Halliday (Knaresborough) - 93 Points. 2nd - Jonathan Smith (Skipton), Paul Monaghan, Chris King, Matt Creighton (Thirsk & Northallerton) - 90 Points Ladies - Sarah Howes (Skipton), Julie Gibbs, Karen Ritter, Mary Kennedy (Rudding Park) - 84 Points
This years' Captains Day held on Saturday 24 June was kindly sponsored by Lloyd Colne BMW Lloyd Colne BMW donated a “BMW M4 Ignition” prize voucher for the best individual score which was won by Mick Hirst. Mick will receive a BMW-hosted track experience driving the M4 at a choice of Oulton Park, Donnington Park or Brands Hatch. The prize, which is valid for two years, can be upgraded at an additional cost, to extend the track driving experience and include a spectator ticket for a race meeting at the winner’s chosen track. Lloyd Colne BMW also held a draw at their marketing stand to win a “BMW for the Weekend” congratulations to Sam Potter whose name came out of the hat! Lloyd Colne BMW also be donated 2 Celebrity Chef tickets for the Yorkshire Food & Drink Festival being held in Skipton on 21-23 July and Gerald Corrigan was the lucky winner.
Skipton Golf Club’s Men’s and Ladies’ Captains, Bob Jarman and Lorraine Raeburn, have swung into action with the annual 'drive-in' to mark the traditional tee-off to the new 2023 season, staged as part of an extremely well-supported mixed competition day on Saturday. (April 1) With the club in fine heart both on and off the course, both Captains say they are looking forward to a highly successful season. Bob commented: “I hope to bring the various sections of the Club together more often and promote the social side of golf as much as we can. I think the opening day’s turnout of over 140 golfers was fantastic and hopefully signifies the start of a superb year of golf for all at Skipton Golf Club.” Lorraine said: “Wherever possible I am keen to encourage new children members to attend our junior coaching sessions - two of my own grandchildren are already involved. We also have beginners coaching and academy membership leading into full membership, while new lady members will be assigned an individual mentor from our ladies committee to integrate them into our section and assist them in obtaining their handicap.” Both captains will be staging a series of fund-raising events throughout their year in office in aid of their joint charity, Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope. These include a standalone charity golf day on Saturday, April 22, further fund-raisers at Open Events and selling season tickets for the Captains’ Charity Bunker and Stream – two hazards for which a nominal fine is normally paid. Lorraine is also planning a coffee morning in May at a home venue to further boost the kitty, while Bob will continue to auction off his [...]
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.
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
As part of our 125th anniversary, Skipton Golf Club were contacted by fellow quasquicentennials, Accrington Golf Club. A seed of an idea then developed for a “Ryder Cup” style competition played home and away during both clubs’ 125th year. The obvious red and white rose county locations of our respective clubs lent itself to the tag line “War of the Roses”. Both clubs were keen to include members from all areas of the club and so on the 19th July 2018 under beautiful blue skies 43 golfers from our club made the journey over the county border to Accrington Golf Club where we received a warm welcome. The 22 pairs matches were played in a “Ryder Cup” style format. This included Men’s and Ladies 4BBB, Men’s Greensomes and Mixed Greensomes. The range of ability went from our own club professional to the highest male and female handicap available. This proved to be a memorable day for all who took part. Competitors took pride in representing their county and their club. Indeed, I personally took great pleasure in pointing out to the Lancastrians in our team that they were representing the White Rose County. What was especially pleasing was seeing the cross section of male and female golfers with handicaps from 0-36 all playing, rooting for each other and competing for their respective clubs. Unfortunately we were unable to bring the trophy back to Yorkshire, but we live to fight another day and look forward to hosting Accrington in the home leg on Thursday 27th September. My thanks go to all competitors on the day and especially our Lady Captain, Pat Eaton for her help in selecting the ladies who took part. Special mention goes to Sarah [...]
The latest draw for the fully subscribed 200 Club took place recently with the following winners being drawn: 1st Prize– Sylvia Eastwood - £100 2nd Prize – Rita Ogden - £50 3rd Prize – David Rasche - £30 Accumulator – Not Claimed £80 The monthly 200 Club draws, which take place on the first Friday of every month, have become a very popular social event with many people taking advantage of chef Andrew’s ever changing menus. Why not book a table for the next draw on Friday 2nd December. Don't forget December has a bonus draw!
Skipton Golf Club is hosting a coffee morning on Thursday 27th October in aid of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. The club is very proud of the money we have raised for Manorlands recently, a cause which is very close to the heart of many of our members, and we look forward to welcoming members and visitors to the coffee morning between 10am and 1pm.
A slightly belated report regarding the fantastic effort put in by Jenny Williscroft in organising a Charity Auction night at the club which raised £1,600 to be split equally between Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support. It was a very successful event with the amount raised totally exceeding Jenny’s expectations. Hospice fund raiser Karen Jones said, “we are so thankful to Skipton Golf Club for choosing to support Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice”. Thank you to everyone who supported this event with special thanks to Jenny for her energy and enthusiasm in driving this charitable effort on behalf of the club.
Coffee Morning Friday 25th September saw the Club hold our Macmillan Coffee morning, kindly arranged by Jenny, our assistant chef. Some amazing cakes, and buns were baked by Jenny and some of our members, and we managed to raise an amazing £575!!! Thank you to everybody that attended, and donated and a special thank you and well done to Jenny for making the morning so successful. Quiz Night Thursday 15th October at 7pm will see us host a general knowledge quiz in support of Macmillan Cancer. The cost is £6 per team (of which £3 will be donated to Macmillan Cancer) and it is a maximum of 4 players per team. The price includes a pie and pea supper which will be served at the interval. The prizes for up for grabs on the evening are- 1st place wins Sunday Dinner for up to 4 people 2ndplace wins a bottle of wine 3rd place wins a box of chocolates Best team name will win a free round of drinks for your team. We will obviously draw the line at a bottle of Bollinger each! We are trying to raise money for a great cause and we would grateful for your support in making this event a success. Please book your teams in well in advance. Email email@example.com or call 01756 793922 Thank you to Chris Payne, who has volunteered his services to host our quiz night!