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 Coy from Skipton and Lil Dykes from Accrington who both played 36 holes on a warm day and demanding golf course. Accrington Golf Club’s organisation of the day was superb. We need to pull out all the stops to match them – and we will.