Golf - Harrogate's new lady captain

Harrogate Golf Club - Meet the Lady Captain Pat Capps has been a member of Harrogate Golf Club for 14 years, and has a handicap of 23. Married with two children and two grandchildren, Pat loves to spend time with them.

She now lives near Thirsk but was born in South Shields where she was educated at the local Grammar School for Girls. Pat returns regularly to the seaside town to walk the beautiful beaches and cliff tops.

Pat is a past member of the tennis club at Linton near Wetherby and worked as a fundraiser for the West Riding Medical Research Trust. The charity she has chosen to support this year is "Friends of Alfie Martin" who raise funds for Special Care Baby Transportation.

The Autumn Foursomes' was played on Saturday in true autumn conditions of clear skies and sunshine. However the heavy overnight rain and the generally wet preceding week left the course playing very long. The not unfamiliar name of Jason Thornton appears on the leaderboard again, this time partnering David Sharples into first place with 41 points but only by virtue of a card count over the last six holes. In second place Richard Goodwin and Jim Goodwin also scored an excellent 41 points. In third place with 39 points were Bobby Caygill and Tim Bleasedale

After postponement for bad weather earlier in the year this Saturday sees the eventual staging of the Foreigners Cup. This competition has one team led by the Captain John Keane comprising of the Yorkshire born players in the club, against the other led by President, Barry Martin, containing the foreigners in the club. Barry is particularly well qualified to do so being originally from Zimbabwe, although he could also qualify should he have wished, to play for the Yorkshire side by his residency in God's County for the necessary 20 years.

Club members were highly delighted to see Gordon Meadows appointed Captain elect for 2007. Gordon a member for over 20 years has been extremely effective in his role of Chairman of Match and Competitions for several years and we look forward to him giving the same dedication to his year of Captaincy.

Ladies

The first event of the new Lady Captain's year is traditionally All Prize Day. Nine holes were played in a Medal format and the player with the best score had first choice of the prizes to which everyone had contributed.

The leading ladies were Maggie Gobbie with 34.5 , Anne Lancaster 35, Poppy Holt and Liz Milburn both with 35.5 , then according to their scores the rest of the ladies chose their prizes. It was a very pleasant day and we were glad that only nine holes were played because the heavens opened as we finished.

Oakdale Golf Club

Winter Stableford - Saturday November 5.

Twenty-nine players took part, and they achieved eight two's between them.

Roger Cassidy was the winner, achieving an impressive 45 points. He finished three points clear of his nearest challengers, who were John Robson, Harry Taylor and Russ Thompson.

Results:1, 45 points R Cassidy; 2, 42 points J Robson, H Taylor and R Thompson; 3, 41 points P Ashton, C Westerman and D Boyd; 4, 40 points I Somerville, B Cairns and J Noble.

Captains Charity

A Cross-Country Event was staged on Sunday, November 13 in support of the Captains Charity, with approximately 100 people taking part.

A new course was devised. The first, measuring 705 yards, ran from the 10th tee to the 3rd green.

The second of 300 yards went from the 4th tee to the 12th green, and the third from the 13th tee to the 4th green was 399 yards. The longest hole was the fourth, which went from the 5th tee to the 17th green, measured 1,205 yards, with players having to play down the normal 5th before going cross-country around the 150 yard marker on that hole. The final two holes were relatively short, being from the 18th tee to the 8th green and the 9th tee to the 18th green, and measured 216 yards and 175 yards (over the trees) respectively. Par was 29, and handicap allowance was one-third.

Despite the propensity to lose balls, everyone had a great time, and the winners were:

Men - First Division: Mike Hickling (nett 28); Second Division: Les Mitchell (31); Third Division: Ken Bagshaw (33).

Ladies: Silver Division, Julie Hewson (47); Bronze 'A' Division:Maureen Atkinson (46); Bronze 'B' Division:Carol Ball (46).

Juniors: Ben McGrail (28).

Bedale Golf Club

Past Captains Dinner

A round of golf for the trophy presented by Past Captain Alan Isbister, followed by a dinner for the nomination to the Annual General Meeting of the 2006 Club Vice Captain was the order of the day but golf had to be abandoned as most Past Captains were attending Roy Stebbings memorial service and golf was now taking place at a later date.

Past Captains joined the present Captain Craig Harrison to enjoy his wine and a memorable dinner preceding the formal part of the evening which in the event took a very short time as the choice of the name of Jim Shaw, at present Chairman of the Dales Alliance, to assume this honour was the unanimous choice of the Captains and was accepted by Jim without hesitation.

Seniors

A four ball better ball competition for the riper year's brigade was played this Friday and although the weather was not at its best and the ground was very heavy following the rain members enjoyed the change of format.

Leading scores 60 Simon Channon (17) & Les Oyston (18) 65 Alec Crow (18) & Tony Leach (27). 69 Brian Knapton (12) & Noel Winstanley (14).

Thirsk and Northallerton

Golf Club

Ocotber results - Ladies Section: 5 Oct Medal: Silver: 1 S Christon (69); 2 G Benstead (72); Bronze A: 1P Thorp (73); 2 J Read (75); Bronze B: 1 V McLeod (80); 2 D Covell (84).

12 Oct Stableford: Silver: 1 D Pedler (38); 2 S Smith (35); Bronze A: 1 J Hamilton (36): 2 M Philp (31 B9/19): Bronze B: 1 D Covell (34); 2 P Brown (32 L6/13).

15 Oct Prize Giving: Barton Trophy: 1 S Smith; 2 T Williamson; Sawdon Trophy: 1 T Williamson/E Docherty; Fox Trophy: 1 T Williamson; 2 S Bland;

Johnston Grany Cup: 1 R Thompson; 2 P Thorp; Vets Vase: 1 P Thorp; 2 J Knight; Read Salver: 1 V Raper; 2 J Knight; Simpson Salver: 1 V White; 2 J Read; E Climie Salver: 1 C Hall; 2 H Dea;

Leathers Trophy: 1 D Pepler; 2 P Thorp; Par Cup: 1 L Thom; 2 C Richards;

Medal Cup: 1 S Smith; 2 E Docherty; Guthe Cup: 1 T Williamson; 2 S Smith;

Rose Bowl: 1 R Thompson; 2 S Smith; Lockey Bowl: 1 J Knight/M Wheelhouse; 2 S Smith/J Hamilton; Durrant Salver: 1 T Tilliamson; 2 D Pepler; Lady Champion: 1 J Knight; 2 T Williamson; Bob McCallum: 1 J Knight/V Raper; Presidents Putter: 1 P Brown;

Fred Gibson: D Pepler;

19 Oct 4 B B B S'ford: Winners: D Pepler/P Thorp (41); Runners-up: J Hamilton/M Hopps (40);

26 Oct Daily Mail Foursomes: Winners: S Christon/G Benstead 74 nett; Runners-up:

R Thompson/C Richards 75 nett;

Mens Section:

2 Oct Stableford:

Prize Giving: Noel Trophy: 1 J Harris; 2 I Richardson; Ransomes Trophy: 1 N Fox/M Hardcastle;

2 S Fletcher/A Hastie; All Winners: 1 R Bulmer; 2 I Richardson; Stableford Final: 1 I Richardson;

2 M Watson; Wheeler Trophy: 1 I Richardson; 2 B Connell; Warren Trophy:1 D Griffin;

2 D Jenkinson; Bob McCallum: 1 A Robinson/R Wayman; 2 I Warnock/G Wilson; Forster Trophy:

1 M/S Horsfield; 2 P/S Brown; Presidents Putter: 1 K Whorlton; Grandads Cup: 1 K Lane; 2 G Davies; Veterans Cup: 1 D Williamson; 2 D Griffin; Captains Cup: 1 R Helliwell;

Emmerson Tankard: 1R Bulmer; 2 S Matthews; Irving Trophy: 1 T Bennett; 2 M Fisk;

Tyne Tankard: 1 N Stafford; 2 R Helliwell; Club Champion: 1 I Richardson; 2 I Warnock;

Fred Gibson: 1 R Cartman; 2 D Murphy; Metcalfe Cup: 1 T Keanie; 2 M Watson;

Medal Final: 1 B Blake; 2 D Ramsbottom; JR Trophy: 1 S Anderson; 2 M Wright;

Average Medal: 1 M Muxlow; 2 D Williamson; Ernie Gibson Salver: R Knight;

Collinson Trophy: 1 I Richardson; 2 D Williamson; Raper Sheild: S Hunt;

Williamson Wood: 1 J Porritt; 2 S Lambert; Junior Champion nett: T Burrell; Junior Champion gross: M Watson.

Ladies November results: Ladies Section:

Nov 2 Stableford: Silver:1 S Bland (32); 2 S Smith (30 B9/18); Bronze A: 1 A Moody (40);

2 P Thorp (39); Bronze B: 1 D Covell (34); 2 O Backhouse (27 B9/11);

Nov 9 TRI-AM Stableford: Winners: T Williamson/R Thompson/J Knight (76); Runners-up:

J Read/C Richards/P Brown (73);

Although the weather has been very wet we have been very lucky as Ladies' Day has been dry. For the time of year we are still achieving good entry levels due to the Course being in very good condition. Thanks to our great ground staff.

Pannal Golf Club

Pannal Ladies

Stableford - NQ - 7/8 handicap, played on November 16th, a beautiful sunny day.

Results: Silver - 1st J. Cropper 12, 34 points - on back 9 2nd M. Rusling 9, 34

points 3rd H. Smyth 5, 32 points

Bronze 1 - 1st E. Dyson 25, 30 points 2nd M. Cooper 22, 27 points - on

back 9 3rd R. White 25, 27 points

Bronze 2 - 1st A. Kitson 33, 29 points 2nd J. Deakin 35, 24 points

Catterick Golf Club

Once a junior member of Catterick, and later their professional, David Edwards, now the director of golf at Forest Pines, has been honoured by being made a Fellow of the PGA.

Jodi Ewart has told coach Andy Marshall that she has accepted a scholarship to New Mexico University.

She will start there in August 2006. Meanwhile, Jodi will continue playing at Catterick which she quotes as being one of the most challenging courses in the north of England.

The ladies section held a tea party to celebrate Beryl Callender's 80th birthday. Beryl is still playing a full round of golf, and this year won the Bennion Slade summer knock-out competition playing off a 21 handicap.

The Fawcett Trophy, an 18-hole medal competition, was won by Helen Flood (23)with 71 net.

The runner-up, Pat Weymes (15) returned a net 74.

A tribute to the condition of the course was evidenced by the results of the Tesco Trophy, and 18-hole medal play event. R Harris 82-16-66; D Lear 80-14-66; and C Carveth 69-3-66.

The seniors played in a 3-ball Texas Scramble (1/10th combined handicap).

The winners with an impressive lead were A Ridgeway, H Beatham and R Dodds with 63.8 net, followed by D Downing, N Wilkinson and J Scott 67.7 net,

Flaxby Park Golf Club

The busy season of winter competitions continued here at Flaxby with a four ball team Stableford last Sunday.

This was extremely well supported by our members.

The first team were K Rogers, D Fraser, P Rhodes, and S Childs with 117 points; in second position were T Robinson, M Lightfoot and K Gibson with 109 points. An individual 2's competition was also held and was won by T Robinson, K Gibson and P Martin.

This was followed by a Yellow Ball Stableford on Tuesday 8th November with first place being taken by L Simms, G Simms, D Gregory, and G Gibson. A second Yellow Ball Stableford is being held on Saturday 19th November.

Meanwhile at the driving range our Head Professional, Guy Wills, will be holding weekly competitions every Wednesday from 5.30.

The competitions will test your golfing skills to the limit by incorporating six aspects of the game and are open to everyone, with prizes given to the best placed players.

Ripon Golf Club

Thoughts turned to sage and onion stuffing and brandy butter for the one hundred competitors in the annual Turkey Trot event which was staged on Saturday in surprisingly good weather and on a course suitably set up for so late in the season. Traditionally, prize money earned in this contest is put towards Christmas fare, although gone are the days when the winners had actually to collect a turkey from a local butchers.

The high standard of the scoring suggests that many members at Ripon City have a serious interest in gastronomy as well as golf.

In Division One, Alan Nelson made an overdue return to winning ways, while Mark Sherwin is completing the year as he began, with the lowest gross total, a fine 72. Lewis Hardie of Division Two, and Edward Breatcliffe of Division Three, both had double triumphs, carding the best nett score and the lowest gross in their respective sections, and each by decisive margins.

Turkey Trot Medal results:

Division 1: 1, Alan Nelson 76,10, 66; 2, Stuart Easdon 74, 7, 67; 3, Ian Harland 76, 8, 68.

Division Two: 1, Lewis Hardie 75, 12, 63; 2, Brian Bushell 79, 12, 67; 3, Rod Dransfield 81, 13, 68.

Division Three: 1, Edward Breatcliffe 82, 17, 65; 2, A Emsley 88, 20, 68; 3, John Oxley 88, 19, 69.

Knaresborough Golf Club

Handicaps Chairman John Martin (8) had to overcome his own personal handicap to lift the annual Committee Cup on Sunday. An attack of gout overnight found him hobbling painfully round the course despite downing a pain-killer an hour before going out to play.

In typically steady form, the ailing John found nine greens in regulation and incurred only one three-putt – taking six on the long 13th– and he reckoned he only missed the fairway four times.

Staying on the fairways was paramount under Sunday's combination of thickly-growing rough, carpets of leaves and often blinding, low sunshine.

When he did find the rough, on the first, John pulled out his trusty old seven-wood, his "Rough Buster", and to the surprise of his two partners slung a 145 yard escape to 12 feet from the pin. The handicaps and comps chairman prides himself on his improvisational shots, in particular his use of the seven-wood, something he had to develop after shoulder surgery some years ago restricted his use of more conventional clubs.

Although John admitted he "didn't have a clue" about his precise point-scoring progress, he knew the rivalry between himself and one of his partners, Ivor Roy (5), was close. Ivor, who frequently deputises for John in handicapping duties, was using the full range of his long driving, often 40 yards ahead of his colleague.

And he started imposingly, collecting birdies on the second and third. Even so, he was two points adrift of John at the turn, having saved par on the sixth by punching a four-iron from among the trees to one foot from the flag. The boisterous Scot hit back with a birdie at the dog-leg 11th which brought him level, but John squeezed ahead again by a point on the 17th and going down the final hole, he had to ensure a par to preserve his slender lead.

To do so he had to execute one of his much-practised wedge shots from left-hand rough, which he did and finished the winner by one point. Ivor, who rued only a couple of putts of three-feet or less, nonetheless paid tribute to his partner's resolutely steady golf. Full credit also to those Committee competitors who managed to complete a respectable round so soon after the previous night's typically spirited Rabbits' Buffet Dance.

Sadly, the heavy rainfall earlier in the week resulted in cancellation of the Ladies' weekly competition and, on Friday, the much-celebrated annual Night Golf for charity.

However, the tombola competition went ahead as planned with the prize table left in the clubhouse for punters to try their luck.

lNight Golf has been re-arranged for Thursday, December 1 – entry sheet now on the noticeboard.

Wetherby Golf Club

Tony Page, a former Notts county cricketer and a former Captain of the combined English State and Public Schools Touring side to India has been nominated as the Vice-Captain for 2006, when the current Vice-Captain Brian Kelly takes office as club Captain.

Tony later combined a teaching career with nearly 17 years as a semi- professional in the Bradford League, initially with Pudsey St.Lawrence, Len Hutton's club, then as Captain of the Yorkshire Bank team.

Club President Philip Rushbrook completes his two years in March and his nomination to succeed him is Barry Kershaw, just 20 years after he was elected Captain.

It has also been announced that Terry Duffy, a former Captain and President has been awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his past service to the club. In his youth his soccer skills were such that he was on the playing staff of Leeds United before deciding on a career in banking. His wife Jackie is the daughter of Percy Woodward for many years a Leeds United Director and then Chairman.

Later at a time when most people were looking forward to retirement, Terry moved into golf administration at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai where he was appointed Director of Golf and launched and ran, the now prestigious European Tour Dubai Classic.

After last Wednesday's extra-ordinary meeting, membership applications have been expanded from an existing eight mile residence to 15 miles, which will open the door to residents of Leeds, Otley, Harrogate and York.

As a result of further proposals, honorary membership will now only be awarded to those over 77 who have completed 35 years of continuous membership. However, it was agreed that a new category be created which would give non-playing status to those, who for reasons of age or infirmity can no longer golf, but wish to retain a social relationship with the club.

The current discounted subscription for those over 65 with 15 years continuous membership, will be phased out over the next ten years.

Sunday Morning League leaders Philippe Lopez and Damian Sivajoti had their unbeaten run brought to an abrupt halt when they went down by five holes to Peter Bentley and Mark Bowling. Philippe attributed the loss to lack of sleep after a hectic night in his French restaurant.

However they still hold top spot as their nearest challengers also failed to add points, leaving the fast improving Wilkinson team to leap-frog into second place.

Although still propping up the table with no points and a losing hole deficit of 43 after five matches, Maurice Pinder was celebrating in the 19th as he and his sub-partner took the game to the 18th to lose by only one.

There is no doubt Maurice is missing his partner from last year, grandson Ben Ragg.

Ben now partners trainee professional Matthew Pearson in the Winter League and the pair notched another win this week to go three points clear of the field.

It was a close game against Bill Bentley and seasoned campaigner George Leafe, with Bill receiving a bucket full of shots, but the boys held their nerve to win by one hole at the 18th.

Most of the matches were close fought with only Rushbrook and Lister and Matthews and Rostron coming home three holes up. Second place John Davis and Matthew Streets won by a comfortable two holes against Stephenson and Hughes.

The Junior section have been growing from strength to strength and this was aptly shown when over 90 guests supported the prize presentation.

Not only by the proud parents of the winners but by the families of those without a trophy to take home. brought their families to

Organised by Colin Struthers and David Atkinson, the barbeque and firework display was voted a huge success.

Junior Prize Winners -

Junior Championship:Craig Ripley; runner-up Gregg Turner.

Junior Members Trophy: Damian Sivojoti; runner-up J Walkden Lions Trophy - Gregg Turner; runner-up Matthew Pearson Ken Edwards Trophy - Alister Curry; runner-up James Berry.

Junior Captain's Trophy: Michael Large; runner-up Will Atkinson.

Four-ball - B Ragg & S Yoxall. Foursomes - D Sivajoti & J Vince.

Junior Knock-out: D. Sivajoti; runner-up M. Pearson

Edna Rose Bowl: Erica Ballantyne

Most improved girl: Katie Longbottom. Most improved boy - Will Atkinson. He finished three points clear of his nearest challengers, who were John Robson, Harry Taylor and Russ Thompson.

Results:1, 45 points R Cassidy; 2, 42 points J Robson, H Taylor and R Thompson; 3, 41 points P Ashton, C Westerman and D Boyd; 4, 40 points I Somerville, B Cairns and J Noble.

Captains Charity

A Cross-Country Event was staged on Sunday, November 13 in support of the Captains Charity, with approximately 100 people taking part.

A new course was devised. The first, measuring 705 yards, ran from the 10th tee to the 3rd green.

The second of 300 yards went from the 4th tee to the 12th green, and the third from the 13th tee to the 4th green was 399 yards. The longest hole was the fourth, which went from the 5th tee to the 17th green, measured 1,205 yards, with players having to play down the normal 5th before going cross-country around the 150 yard marker on that hole. The final two holes were relatively short, being from the 18th tee to the 8th green and the 9th tee to the 18th green, and measured 216 yards and 175 yards (over the trees) respectively. Par was 29, and handicap allowance was one-third.

Despite the propensity to lose balls, everyone had a great time, and the winners were:

Men - First Division: Mike Hickling (nett 28); Second Division: Les Mitchell (31); Third Division: Ken Bagshaw (33).

Ladies: Silver Division, Julie Hewson (47); Bronze 'A' Division:Maureen Atkinson (46); Bronze 'B' Division:Carol Ball (46).

Juniors: Ben McGrail (28).

Bedale Golf Club

Past Captains Dinner

A round of golf for the trophy presented by Past Captain Alan Isbister, followed by a dinner for the nomination to the Annual General Meeting of the 2006 Club Vice Captain was the order of the day but golf had to be abandoned as most Past Captains were attending Roy Stebbings memorial service and golf was now taking place at a later date.

Past Captains joined the present Captain Craig Harrison to enjoy his wine and a memorable dinner preceding the formal part of the evening which in the event took a very short time as the choice of the name of Jim Shaw, at present Chairman of the Dales Alliance, to assume this honour was the unanimous choice of the Captains and was accepted by Jim without hesitation.

Seniors

A four ball better ball competition for the riper year’s brigade was played this Friday and although the weather was not at its best and the ground was very heavy following the rain members enjoyed the change of format.

Leading scores 60 Simon Channon (17) & Les Oyston (18) 65 Alec Crow (18) & Tony Leach (27). 69 Brian Knapton (12) & Noel Winstanley (14).

Thirsk and Northallerton

Golf Club

Ocotber results - Ladies Section: 5 Oct Medal: Silver: 1 S Christon (69); 2 G Benstead (72); Bronze A: 1P Thorp (73); 2 J Read (75); Bronze B: 1 V McLeod (80); 2 D Covell (84).

12 Oct Stableford: Silver: 1 D Pedler (38); 2 S Smith (35); Bronze A: 1 J Hamilton (36): 2 M Philp (31 B9/19): Bronze B: 1 D Covell (34); 2 P Brown (32 L6/13).

15 Oct Prize Giving: Barton Trophy: 1 S Smith; 2 T Williamson; Sawdon Trophy: 1 T Williamson/E Docherty; Fox Trophy: 1 T Williamson; 2 S Bland;

Johnston Grany Cup: 1 R Thompson; 2 P Thorp; Vets Vase: 1 P Thorp; 2 J Knight; Read Salver: 1 V Raper; 2 J Knight; Simpson Salver: 1 V White; 2 J Read; E Climie Salver: 1 C Hall; 2 H Dea;

Leathers Trophy: 1 D Pepler; 2 P Thorp; Par Cup: 1 L Thom; 2 C Richards;

Medal Cup: 1 S Smith; 2 E Docherty; Guthe Cup: 1 T Williamson; 2 S Smith;

Rose Bowl: 1 R Thompson; 2 S Smith; Lockey Bowl: 1 J Knight/M Wheelhouse; 2 S Smith/J Hamilton; Durrant Salver: 1 T Tilliamson; 2 D Pepler; Lady Champion: 1 J Knight; 2 T Williamson; Bob McCallum: 1 J Knight/V Raper; Presidents Putter: 1 P Brown;

Fred Gibson: D Pepler;

19 Oct 4 B B B S’ford: Winners: D Pepler/P Thorp (41); Runners-up: J Hamilton/M Hopps (40);

26 Oct Daily Mail Foursomes: Winners: S Christon/G Benstead 74 nett; Runners-up:

R Thompson/C Richards 75 nett;

Mens Section:

2 Oct Stableford:

Prize Giving: Noel Trophy: 1 J Harris; 2 I Richardson; Ransomes Trophy: 1 N Fox/M Hardcastle;

2 S Fletcher/A Hastie; All Winners: 1 R Bulmer; 2 I Richardson; Stableford Final: 1 I Richardson;

2 M Watson; Wheeler Trophy: 1 I Richardson; 2 B Connell; Warren Trophy:1 D Griffin;

2 D Jenkinson; Bob McCallum: 1 A Robinson/R Wayman; 2 I Warnock/G Wilson; Forster Trophy:

1 M/S Horsfield; 2 P/S Brown; Presidents Putter: 1 K Whorlton; Grandads Cup: 1 K Lane; 2 G Davies; Veterans Cup: 1 D Williamson; 2 D Griffin; Captains Cup: 1 R Helliwell;

Emmerson Tankard: 1R Bulmer; 2 S Matthews; Irving Trophy: 1 T Bennett; 2 M Fisk;

Tyne Tankard: 1 N Stafford; 2 R Helliwell; Club Champion: 1 I Richardson; 2 I Warnock;

Fred Gibson: 1 R Cartman; 2 D Murphy; Metcalfe Cup: 1 T Keanie; 2 M Watson;

Medal Final: 1 B Blake; 2 D Ramsbottom; JR Trophy: 1 S Anderson; 2 M Wright;

Average Medal: 1 M Muxlow; 2 D Williamson; Ernie Gibson Salver: R Knight;

Collinson Trophy: 1 I Richardson; 2 D Williamson; Raper Sheild: S Hunt;

Williamson Wood: 1 J Porritt; 2 S Lambert; Junior Champion nett: T Burrell; Junior Champion gross: M Watson.

Ladies November results: Ladies Section:

Nov 2 Stableford: Silver:1 S Bland (32); 2 S Smith (30 B9/18); Bronze A: 1 A Moody (40);

2 P Thorp (39); Bronze B: 1 D Covell (34); 2 O Backhouse (27 B9/11);

Nov 9 TRI-AM Stableford: Winners: T Williamson/R Thompson/J Knight (76); Runners-up:

J Read/C Richards/P Brown (73);

Although the weather has been very wet we have been very lucky as Ladies' Day has been dry. For the time of year we are still achieving good entry levels due to the Course being in very good condition. Thanks to our great ground staff.

Pannal Golf Club

Pannal Ladies

Stableford - NQ - 7/8 handicap, played on November 16th, a beautiful sunny day.

Results: Silver - 1st J. Cropper 12, 34 points - on back 9 2nd M. Rusling 9, 34

points 3rd H. Smyth 5, 32 points

Bronze 1 - 1st E. Dyson 25, 30 points 2nd M. Cooper 22, 27 points - on

back 9 3rd R. White 25, 27 points

Bronze 2 - 1st A. Kitson 33, 29 points 2nd J. Deakin 35, 24 points

Catterick Golf Club

Once a junior member of Catterick, and later their professional, David Edwards, now the director of golf at Forest Pines, has been honoured by being made a Fellow of the PGA.

Jodi Ewart has told coach Andy Marshall that she has accepted a scholarship to New Mexico University.

She will start there in August 2006. Meanwhile, Jodi will continue playing at Catterick which she quotes as being one of the most challenging courses in the north of England.

The ladies section held a tea party to celebrate Beryl Callender’s 80th birthday. Beryl is still playing a full round of golf, and this year won the Bennion Slade summer knock-out competition playing off a 21 handicap.

The Fawcett Trophy, an 18-hole medal competition, was won by Helen Flood (23)with 71 net.

The runner-up, Pat Weymes (15) returned a net 74.

A tribute to the condition of the course was evidenced by the results of the Tesco Trophy, and 18-hole medal play event. R Harris 82-16-66; D Lear 80-14-66; and C Carveth 69-3-66.

The seniors played in a 3-ball Texas Scramble (1/10th combined handicap).

The winners with an impressive lead were A Ridgeway, H Beatham and R Dodds with 63.8 net, followed by D Downing, N Wilkinson and J Scott 67.7 net,

Flaxby Park Golf Club

The busy season of winter competitions continued here at Flaxby with a four ball team Stableford last Sunday.

This was extremely well supported by our members.

The first team were K Rogers, D Fraser, P Rhodes, and S Childs with 117 points; in second position were T Robinson, M Lightfoot and K Gibson with 109 points. An individual 2’s competition was also held and was won by T Robinson, K Gibson and P Martin.

This was followed by a Yellow Ball Stableford on Tuesday 8th November with first place being taken by L Simms, G Simms, D Gregory, and G Gibson. A second Yellow Ball Stableford is being held on Saturday 19th November.

Meanwhile at the driving range our Head Professional, Guy Wills, will be holding weekly competitions every Wednesday from 5.30.

The competitions will test your golfing skills to the limit by incorporating six aspects of the game and are open to everyone, with prizes given to the best placed players.

Ripon Golf Club

Thoughts turned to sage and onion stuffing and brandy butter for the one hundred competitors in the annual Turkey Trot event which was staged on Saturday in surprisingly good weather and on a course suitably set up for so late in the season. Traditionally, prize money earned in this contest is put towards Christmas fare, although gone are the days when the winners had actually to collect a turkey from a local butchers.

The high standard of the scoring suggests that many members at Ripon City have a serious interest in gastronomy as well as golf.

In Division One, Alan Nelson made an overdue return to winning ways, while Mark Sherwin is completing the year as he began, with the lowest gross total, a fine 72. Lewis Hardie of Division Two, and Edward Breatcliffe of Division Three, both had double triumphs, carding the best nett score and the lowest gross in their respective sections, and each by decisive margins.

Turkey Trot Medal results:

Division 1: 1, Alan Nelson 76,10, 66; 2, Stuart Easdon 74, 7, 67; 3, Ian Harland 76, 8, 68.

Division Two: 1, Lewis Hardie 75, 12, 63; 2, Brian Bushell 79, 12, 67; 3, Rod Dransfield 81, 13, 68.

Division Three: 1, Edward Breatcliffe 82, 17, 65; 2, A Emsley 88, 20, 68; 3, John Oxley 88, 19, 69.

Knaresborough Golf Club

Handicaps Chairman John Martin (8) had to overcome his own personal handicap to lift the annual Committee Cup on Sunday. An attack of gout overnight found him hobbling painfully round the course despite downing a pain-killer an hour before going out to play.

In typically steady form, the ailing John found nine greens in regulation and incurred only one three-putt – taking six on the long 13th– and he reckoned he only missed the fairway four times.

Staying on the fairways was paramount under Sunday’s combination of thickly-growing rough, carpets of leaves and often blinding, low sunshine.

When he did find the rough, on the first, John pulled out his trusty old seven-wood, his “Rough Buster”, and to the surprise of his two partners slung a 145 yard escape to 12 feet from the pin. The handicaps and comps chairman prides himself on his improvisational shots, in particular his use of the seven-wood, something he had to develop after shoulder surgery some years ago restricted his use of more conventional clubs.

Although John admitted he “didn’t have a clue” about his precise point-scoring progress, he knew the rivalry between himself and one of his partners, Ivor Roy (5), was close. Ivor, who frequently deputises for John in handicapping duties, was using the full range of his long driving, often 40 yards ahead of his colleague.

And he started imposingly, collecting birdies on the second and third. Even so, he was two points adrift of John at the turn, having saved par on the sixth by punching a four-iron from among the trees to one foot from the flag. The boisterous Scot hit back with a birdie at the dog-leg 11th which brought him level, but John squeezed ahead again by a point on the 17th and going down the final hole, he had to ensure a par to preserve his slender lead.

To do so he had to execute one of his much-practised wedge shots from left-hand rough, which he did and finished the winner by one point. Ivor, who rued only a couple of putts of three-feet or less, nonetheless paid tribute to his partner’s resolutely steady golf. Full credit also to those Committee competitors who managed to complete a respectable round so soon after the previous night’s typically spirited Rabbits’ Buffet Dance.

Sadly, the heavy rainfall earlier in the week resulted in cancellation of the Ladies’ weekly competition and, on Friday, the much-celebrated annual Night Golf for charity.

However, the tombola competition went ahead as planned with the prize table left in the clubhouse for punters to try their luck.

lNight Golf has been re-arranged for Thursday, December 1 – entry sheet now on the noticeboard.

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Tony Page, a former Notts county cricketer and a former Captain of the combined English State and Public Schools Touring side to India has been nominated as the Vice-Captain for 2006, when the current Vice-Captain Brian Kelly takes office as club Captain.

Tony later combined a teaching career with nearly 17 years as a semi- professional in the Bradford League, initially with Pudsey St.Lawrence, Len Hutton's club, then as Captain of the Yorkshire Bank team.

Club President Philip Rushbrook completes his two years in March and his nomination to succeed him is Barry Kershaw, just 20 years after he was elected Captain.

It has also been announced that Terry Duffy, a former Captain and President has been awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his past service to the club. In his youth his soccer skills were such that he was on the playing staff of Leeds United before deciding on a career in banking. His wife Jackie is the daughter of Percy Woodward for many years a Leeds United Director and then Chairman.

Later at a time when most people were looking forward to retirement, Terry moved into golf administration at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai where he was appointed Director of Golf and launched and ran, the now prestigious European Tour Dubai Classic.

After last Wednesday's extra-ordinary meeting, membership applications have been expanded from an existing eight mile residence to 15 miles, which will open the door to residents of Leeds, Otley, Harrogate and York.

As a result of further proposals, honorary membership will now only be awarded to those over 77 who have completed 35 years of continuous membership. However, it was agreed that a new category be created which would give non-playing status to those, who for reasons of age or infirmity can no longer golf, but wish to retain a social relationship with the club.

The current discounted subscription for those over 65 with 15 years continuous membership, will be phased out over the next ten years.

Sunday Morning League leaders Philippe Lopez and Damian Sivajoti had their unbeaten run brought to an abrupt halt when they went down by five holes to Peter Bentley and Mark Bowling. Philippe attributed the loss to lack of sleep after a hectic night in his French restaurant.

However they still hold top spot as their nearest challengers also failed to add points, leaving the fast improving Wilkinson team to leap-frog into second place.

Although still propping up the table with no points and a losing hole deficit of 43 after five matches, Maurice Pinder was celebrating in the 19th as he and his sub-partner took the game to the 18th to lose by only one.

There is no doubt Maurice is missing his partner from last year, grandson Ben Ragg.

Ben now partners trainee professional Matthew Pearson in the Winter League and the pair notched another win this week to go three points clear of the field.

It was a close game against Bill Bentley and seasoned campaigner George Leafe, with Bill receiving a bucket full of shots, but the boys held their nerve to win by one hole at the 18th.

Most of the matches were close fought with only Rushbrook and Lister and Matthews and Rostron coming home three holes up. Second place John Davis and Matthew Streets won by a comfortable two holes against Stephenson and Hughes.

The Junior section have been growing from strength to strength and this was aptly shown when over 90 guests supported the prize presentation.

Not only by the proud parents of the winners but by the families of those without a trophy to take home. brought their families to

Organised by Colin Struthers and David Atkinson, the barbeque and firework display was voted a huge success.

Junior Prize Winners -

Junior Championship:Craig Ripley; runner-up Gregg Turner.

Junior Members Trophy: Damian Sivojoti; runner-up J Walkden Lions Trophy - Gregg Turner; runner-up Matthew Pearson Ken Edwards Trophy - Alister Curry; runner-up James Berry.

Junior Captain's Trophy: Michael Large; runner-up Will Atkinson.

Four-ball - B Ragg & S Yoxall. Foursomes - D Sivajoti & J Vince.

Junior Knock-out: D. Sivajoti; runner-up M. Pearson

Edna Rose Bowl: Erica Ballantyne

Most improved girl: Katie Longbottom. Most improved boy - Will Atkinson.