The Men's Open took place in glorious sunshine on Sunday 8 May with many competitors complimenting the course. The results were:- 1st with 42 points were Michael Aldred and Phil Jennings from Breightmet GC winning an £80 voucher each 2nd with 42 points after a countback were Dave Gosden & Paul Hodgkinson also from Breightmet GC collecting a £50 voucher each 3rd with 41 points were David Dawson & Ronnie Dawson from Colne GC & Bingley St Ives respectively who won £30 vouchers 4th place went to John Bullock and Al Shields from Otley GC & Fairfield GC with 39 points, collecting a £20 voucher each
Our inaugural Ladies Open TRI AM took place on Sunday 24 April on a very blustery, sunny day! Congratulations to the winners: 1st 71 Points Linda Hacking, Linda Collinson & Sally Tyrer from Longridge GC winning £40 each 2nd 69 Points Lisa Walling, Ann Robinsons & Lindsay Smithies from Longridge GC winning £30 each 3rd 68 Points Julia Markham, Jean Shkurka & Sue /Dennis from Shipley GC winning £20 each We would love to see you again at Skipton GC, perhaps at our next Opens on 24 June or 7 October 2022 !
The first Open of 2022 took place on Thursday 21 April on a sunny but cool spring day. Congratulations to all the winners :- 1st £100 each 48 points Paul Dunn & Dave Harrison from Greenmount GC 2nd £80 each 47 points Jason Foreman & Anthony Schott from Middlesbrough GC 3rd £60 each 46 points Gordon Bolton & Paul Cutter from Penwortham GC 4th £45 each 41 points Paul West & John West from Castlefields GC 5th £30 each 41 points Richard Jenkins & John Ainley from Elland GC We have two more Senior Opens this year on 16 June & 15 September as well as Men’s Opens on 8 May & 25 September and a Rabbit’s Open (Handicaps 15.5 to 36.0 only) on Sunday 10 July.
The 200 Club April draw took place on Friday 1 April and the winners were:- First prize £100 went to David Seymour (198), second prize of £50 went to Danny Hughes (13), third prize went to Steve Bond (199) and the accumulator number 99 was not claimed by the greenstaff. Next months draw will take place on Friday 6 May when the accumulator will rise to £40 !
February Draw £100 (12) Bob Jarman £50 (193) Ralph Wynn £30 (33) Clifford Lawson Accumulator £20 not claimed (61) Brian Pearson March Draw £100 (91) Sarah Hargreaves £50 (73) Derek Hickie £30 (49) Stuart Harrison Accumulator £40 claimed by Captain Roger Moore (6)
The first draw of 2022 took place on Friday night. First place of £100 went to Stuart Harrison (49), second place £50 to Bob Bethall (178) and third place £30 to Chris Swindlehurst (142). The accumulator of £40 was claimed by Mike Thornett. The next draw will take place on Friday 4 February. Book a table with Angus or Tash and make a night of it !
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 [...]
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.