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Junior Jamboree at Bedale

The weather forecasters got it wrong again! After the inclement weather at Ilkley for the Junior Championships, 82 young golfers were treated to a warm sunny day and a light breeze at Bedale.

Ripon City, led by Josh Bassitt, young golfer of the year, were out to win the Thirsk Shield for the third year running.

However, it was the host club that took an early lead with a three pair stableford score of 122, Darren Brown and Steven Durrans contributing 45 points.

The defending champions then took the lead with 124, thanks mainly to Josh Bassitt and Richard Ebbage (44), and Alec Porter and Scott Thompson (42).

However, with Harrogate and Pannal players in the same groups sparks began to fly. Harrogate, with Nicola Dunn in their line-up, just failed to overall Ripon by a point, but Pannal, with a stunning 46 from Simon Parkes and Sam Gascoyne scored 126 to win the trophy by two strokes - their first win since 2000.

Congratulations are also due to the Rudding Park team, taking part in their first Union team event, and finishing joint seventh.

As Simon Parkes and Sam Gascoyne won prizes for being part of the winning team, the prize for the best stableford score went to Scott Brown and Jason Norwood (Oakdale) with 45 points and a back nine of 22. Jason, captain of the Oakdale team, was also presented with the Dorothy Calvert Trophy, awarded to the winners of the Junior Inter Club League.

Results: The Thirsk Shield: 1, 126 Pannal (S Parkes & S Gascoyne 46, D Jesper & C Parker 41, M Clough & M Casey 39); 2, 124 Ripon City; 3, 123 Harrogate; 4, 122 Bedale; 5, 121 Oakdale; 6, Otley 120; 7, 116 Romanby Rudding Park; 9, 113 Knaresborough; 10, 96 Thirsk/Northallerton.

Best Stableford Score: 45 Scott Brown & Jason Norwood (Oakdale).

York Juniors v Harrogate Juniors at Heworth: Harrogate Juniors having finished their highly successful league campaign, played a friendly match away to York. With an eye on next year's campaign, Bill Caw, the Junior Co-ordinator, gave debuts to four promising young local golfers, Michael James (Romanby), Curtis Wilding (Oakdale), Will Marlow (Otley), and Jack Lampkin (Ilkley).

Despite pairing the newcomers with more experienced players the morning foursomes were a bit of a disaster for Harrogate as they lost all six matches to trail 12-0 at the halfway stage.

However, there were some close encounters, with three matches finishing on the 17th, and two going all the way to the last green.

The singles also started badly with Harrogate losing the first three.

However, the Knaresborough duo of James Coldwell and Mark Bennison both won convincingly 5&4, and there were further identical 2&1 victories for David Aston (Romanby), and debutants Michael James, and Will Marlow. In the end York just edged the singles 13-11, winning the match 25-11.

The Juniors finish their season when they participate in the Yorkshire Inter-District Junior Team Championships at Otley on 25 August.

All the top players are available and hopes are high.

Results: Foursomes: (York names first) N Marchant & S Brannon 5&3 v B Wood & J Bassitt, A Wiggins & J Gavin 2up v R Bellerby & M James, K Issit & A Simpson 2up v M Bennison & J Coldwell, J Moss & M Christie 2&1 v M Watson & J Lampkin, T Wheller & C Farnsworth 2&1 v D Aston & C Wilding, D Leaf & G Ashton 3&1 v A Beattie & W Marlow. York 12 Harrogate 0.

Singles: S Brannon 3&2 v B Wood, N Marchant 2up v J Bassitt, A Wiggins 1up v R Bellerby, J Gavin v J Coldwell 5&4, K Issit v M Bennison 5&4, A Simpson v D Aston 2&1, J Moss a/s v M Watson, M Christie 2&1 v A Beattie, T Wheller v M James 2&1, C Farnsworth 2&1 v C Wilding, D Leaf v W Marlow 2&1, G Ashton 5&3 v J Lampkin. York 13 Harrogate 11.

Result: York 25 Harrogate 11.

Harrogate Union v Halifax and Huddersfield Union

The promises of earlier in the season when Harrogate Union achieved victory over the Bradford Union have unfortunately not been repeated and in the penultimate match of the season played at Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Club on a course in magnificent condition.

The Harrogate Union failed to win either the Fourballs or the Singles Matches.

In the Fourballs Simon Gaskell & Oliver Shaw claimed maximum points with a 6 and 4 victory whilst Joe Buckley and David Keywood halved their match.

The afternoon singles followed a similar pattern until early in the matches Chris Hughes halved his match but it was not until Steven Whitwham and James Lagan both claimed maximum points that the hopes of the Harrogate team were kept alive.

Unfortunately only Simon Gaskell and Oliver Shaw with halved matches at the end of the field gave any further points to the team.

Fourballs: Mark Buckley and Henry Flather lost 4 and 3 to Richard Broadley and Edward Oddy.

Chris Hughes and James Lagan lost 3 and 2 to Graham McLean and Richard Oddy.

Phil Kitching and Wayne Crick lost one down to James Fairhurst and Andy Shaw.

Joe Buckley and David Keywood halved with Matthew Broadbent and Martin Cockroft.

Steven Whitwham and Carl Peirson lost one down to Toby Garrett and James Thompson.

Simon Gaskell and Oliver Shaw won 6 and 4 over Paul Taylor and Frank Greaves

Fourballs Harrogate Union 3 point Halifax and Huddersfield Union 9 points

Singles: M Buckley (Ilkley) lost 6&5 to R Broadley (Bradley Hall) H Flather Lost one down to E Oddy (Huddersfield). C Hughes (Ilkley) halved with R Oddy (Huddersfield). W Crick (Ripon) lost one down to G McLean (Meltham); J Buckley (Harrogate lost 3&1 to M Broadbent (Woodsome Hall); D Keywood (Harrogate) lost one down to A Shaw (Bradley Hall); S Whitwham (Bedale) won 2&1 over J Fairhurst (Bradley Hall); C Peirson (Ripon) lost 5&4 to F Greaves (West End); J Lagan (Romanby) won 3&1 over M Cockroft (Bradley Hall); P Kitching (Rudding Park) lost 3&2 to T Garrett (Meltham); O Shaw (Ilkley) halved with J Thompson (Meltham);S Gaskell (Bedale) halved with P Taylor (Bradley Hall)

Singles: Harrogate Union 7 points, Halifax & Huddersfield Union 17 points.

Overall Score: Harrogate & District Union 10 points Halifax & Huddersfield Union 26 points

Harrogate and District

Society of Lady Golf Captains

The Society had a very successful year in their matches.

The first event was held on 9 June at Knaresborough Golf Club v the Past Captains and the result was 7.1/2 - 3.1/2 to the Ladies.

The second match, also held at Knaresborough on 18 July was v the Bradford Lady Captains Society and Harrogate won 7/5.

The final match held at Hull Golf Club v the Hull Lady Captins Society on August 19 was the third win of the season and the result was 7/5.

The Lady President, Mrs Jean Waring thanked Mrs Judy Cropper (Hon. Competition Secretary) for her hard work in organising the matches.

Harrogate Golf Club

To provide an opportunity for the more competitive members to stretch their skills, additional medal competitions have been arranged and on Saturday, some 40 members took their chance to improve their handicaps. Not all managed this but some brilliant golf by the leaders ensured they saw their handicaps fall. The winner with a fine gross 68 was David Keywood who playing off a handicap of 4 had a net of 64. Joe Buckley had a slightly better gross than David but with only one shot to come off finished in second place with a net 65. In third place was James Wall with a gross 82 net 67.

Rabbits: The Rabbit’s Club Captains Prize was played on Saturday, in what was some of the best weather this season. This qualifying event was a full handicap stableford being played from the white tees, and attracted 55 entries. Of those entries eleven will be playing off new lower handicaps. Russ Schneiter (21) won the event with 41 points and will be playing off a 19 handicap in his next event. Second and third place, both on 40 points, was decided by a back 9 count back and Brian Bull took honours over David Bailey. There was also a two’s club with four players scoring birdies on the par 3s, however James Brennan started his round with an eagle on the par 4 first hole netting him 5 stableford points.

Ladies: A full handicap Stableford was the format for Club President's Day. There was a magnificent hamper for the winner of each Division. It was quite remarkable that the winner of the Silver Division was the wife of the President and there was much celebration. The other two winners were delighted with their prizes and gave amusing thank-you speeches.

The results of the Stableford competition are Silver Division: 1, Ruth Martin 20-40; 2, Audrey Craven 19-37 BB 9; 3, Jenny Hill 11-37.

Bronze Division A: 1, Poppy Holt 30-43; 2, Anne Hannah 24-38 BB 9; 3, Mo Scatchard 21-38.

Bronze Division B: 1, Jane Scales 35-48; 2, Margaret Gobbi 33-37 BB 9; 3, Jean Bell 35-37.

Jane Scales' score was so impressive that she drops her handicap to 28.7 and progresses to Bronze Division A.

Catterick Golf Club

Having broken the Ladies’course record at Pontefract(67), Richmond (68) and her home club Catterick (68) it is not surprising that Jodi Ewart is now playing off a plus-one hand-cap.

To her credit, she has been selected to represent England as a full international player in the forthcoming matches and next month she is playing for the Yorkshire Ladiesin the county finals at Brancepeth, Co.Durham.

At the other end of the age spectrum, the seniors competed for the Paul Magurn Memorial Trophy.

To qualify for this 18-hole medal play event a player has to be aged 70 or over.

Because of exvacations at the time, it was played over a shortened course.

The results were: 1, 59 N Wilkinson(28); 2, 60 G Sleightholme(18); 3, 61 C Parker(25); 4, 63 R Flood (18); 5, 63 R Dodds (21) 6, 64 B Bower (28).

The net results of the ladies’ 18-hole stroke play competition, the Jean Overall Trophy were: 1, 70 Margaret Suffell (24); 2, 71(CB) Margaret Ferguson; 3, 71 SueBailey (16).

Oakdale Golf Club

The Second Invitation Day took place in fine weather on Saturday 20 August.

The Competition was a Better Ball Stableford, played off 3/4s handicap, with a maximum handicap of 24. There were 89 pairs taking part, and 22 Twos were recorded.

Scoring proved to be tight with 3 scores of 42 points being recorded, and 7 of 41. However, Doug Whyte and his partner, C Hardman of Woodhall Hills, returned a score of 44 to take the lead, which they held until the penultimate group of the day came in. Graham Whittington and his partner, Roger Cassidy, a former Oakdale Member, produced an excellent score of 45 to win the event.

Results: 1, 45 points G Whittington & R Cassidy (Unattached); 2, 44 points D Whyte & C Hardman (Woodhall Hills); 3, 42 points J Robson & A Jackson (Harrogate); 4, 42 points S Mitchell & J Wood (Pannal); 5, 42 points N Wyatt & D Hughes (Swinton Park).

Team Match -

In the Bainbridge Shield, the Second Team have recorded a 5 - 1 success at home against Romanby.

Juniors: The Eighth Junior Medal took place recently, and saw 11 players take part.

Winner of the First Division was Jason Norwood, who shot a gross 71, nett 65, to win by 4 shots. Jacob Stott won the Second Division by 7 shots, after his gross 86, nett 64.

Ladies: The August Stableford was played in glorious weather last Tuesday; consequently a number of ladies reduced their handicap.

Most noticeable of these was Jane Crosby who having reduced her handicap in the previous week’s medal by scoring a nett 67, this week scored 44 points. Since the beginning of the season, Crosby has reduced her handicap by nine shots from 30 to 21.

August Stableford Silver: 1, M Bradley 43pts (17); 2, J Ogden 42 (14); 3, H Burns 41 (15)

Bronze A: 1, J Crosby 44 (24); 2, C Forshaw 39 (24); 3, B Leeming 38 (21)

Bronze B: 1, A Birtles 40 (34); 2, A Regan 39 (31); 3, K Barker 35bbn (32)

Pannal Golf Club

The Junior Medal on Wednesday was won by Charles Hanen (19) with an excellent nett 65 followed by Alex Palmer (26) with a nett 66.

On Friday, the Junior Team of Chris Parker & Dom Jesper, Matthew Armstrong and Robert Taylor, Sam Gascoyne and Simon Parkes and Matthew Clough and Max Casey won the HDUGC Junior Jamboree Team Trophy played for at Bedale Golf Club.

Sam and Simon also achieved the highest Stableford score with 46 points.

The 36 hole Pannal Salver, for handicaps of 18 and below, was won by Simon Birkhead (8) 73 +67 = 140.

In second place was David White (5) 76 + 65 = 141.

Tied for third place on 144 were Colin Wilding (10) 73 + 71, Ian Douglas (3) 72 + 72, Simon Kippax (3) 71 + 73 and Ed Rhodes (7) 70+74.

Other leading scores in the morning were Alex Bussey (14) nett 70, and in the afternoon John Freeman (17) nett 70 and Vince Chambers (10) nett 70.

Best Gross in the morning was Simon Kippax and Peter Weil with 74 and in the afternoon David White with 70.

In the Family Foursomes the winners were Bill and Joan Caw with a score of 70.5, winning after a back 9 tie from Graham and Lucy Hindmarsh.

In third place were Tim and Ed Rhodes with 72.

Ripon City Golf Club

Juniors: The eight man Junior team who competed in the HDUGC Junior Jamboree at Bedale on Friday all played exceptionally well. Having won the trophy for the last two years, a third success seemed unlikely.

However, with a score of 124 Ripon led the leader board for some time.

Unfortunately they were eventually just beaten into second place.

Well done to Josh Bassitt & Richard Ebbage 44pts (lowest gross 71), Scott Thompson and Alec Porter 42pts, Ben Rowatt & James Crowley 38pts, Ben Harker & Johny Beaumont 32pts.

Junior Sunday: The Junior competition on Sunday resulted in good scores: 1, James Crowley - 42 pts; 2, Ben Harker -38;3, Tom Moffat - 37.

Ladies: The Ladies Club Championship over 36 holes was played on Tuesday August 16.

Best Gross & Club Champion - Sue Brunt - 169; 2, Janet Crack - 182

Best Nett - Sarah Bassitt - 150 - 2nd round 74; 2, Janet Crack - 150

Although there was no single runaway winner, scoring at all standards of play was impressive in the Selwyn Wilson Trophy, a Stableford event played on Saturday August 20.

The 111 competitors enjoyed delightful conditions, despite the ‘one-club’ breeze which continually kept them on their toes.

This format of golf probably favours the mid to high handicapper as the occasional disaster on one hole need not ruin an entire card, and this was reflected in the final leaderboard.

The Sherwin family are currently dominating the Order of Merit table, based on competition results throughout the season, with son Mark ahead of father Ian. Two of the clubs’ most promising juniors, Josh Bassitt and Richard Ebbage, lie third and fourth respectively. Not surprisingly, the Sherwins are also leading the cumulative birdie count.

The Second Team returns to action this week with a home fixture against Romanby, followed a week later by a match at Oakdale.

Under the leadership of Captain, Ian Guest, Ripon City is carrying out, during August, a consultation process with its membership, entitled ‘The Way Forward’, seeking priorities and fresh ideas, which may prove useful in developing further what is already a successful club.

Results - Selwn Wilson Trophy stableford August 20 (one division only): 1, Rod Dransfield (16) 41pts; 2, Martin Dowson (20) 40; 3, Phil Walters (12) 40; 4, Steve Blaken (18) 39.

Knaresborough Golf Club

Five months ago he couldn’t walk. After a slipped disc incurred in a misunderstanding with a sun-bed, Ron Townend had to be flown back from Lanzarote lying in a hammock. He spent weeks in physiotherapy including swimming exercises and only recently graduated from walking sticks.

Twice in the last few weeks he had to walk off the course unable to finish games. Yet in the Theakston’s Trophy on Saturday, the old adage, “Beware the wounded golfer” proved just how well-founded it is.

Ron and his partner Mike Thom hit complementary form to run out winners of two golf-bags and the splendid newly-donated cup, courtesy of Theakston’s brewery, which also furnished as first prize a night’s hotel stay in Masham for four, a slap-up meal and a tour of the brewery. From down-and-out to dining out! A delighted Ron admitted he’d sometimes wondered if he’d ever play again.

He and Mike, Knaresborough members for the best of three decades, have played in most of the club’s four-ball competitions over the years. Individually, they’ve had successes. But the Theakstons was the first competition they’ve ever won as a pair.

Ron (22 handicap) set the tone early on with a birdie at the third, another at the eighth and again, at the sixteenth – pocketing in all 11 points, two of them four-pointers. Mike, a 16-handicapper, polished the match off with crucial pars at the long 17th and the par four 18th. Club humorist Ron attributed his more relaxed swing late in the game to the intake of “Old Peculiar” at the half way house!

Ian Pickles enjoyed a second successful outing following his shared victory in the previous week’s AM AM Invitation, this time with partner Mark Foster who sank a birdie four at the 10th and holed out from the fringe on the 11th for a par four. The pair finished with 45 points, ahead of juniors James Thomas and Graeme Steven on a count back.

As per custom the prize winners duly appeared in formal collar and tie for the evening presentation – which made them all the more conspicuous in a packed clubhouse where open-neck casual shirts and jeans were sported by members enjoying a Hog Roast , strongly supported by the sponsors Theakstons. The re-vamped presentation and barbecue enjoyed a glorious evening of sunshine, good food and a stirring ceilidh.

In the ladies’ Brown Horsley trophy, Margaret Reed and Pam Dawson produced a match-winning 73.5, playing their way out of a few bunkers to achieve their victory and picking up a birdie three on the 16th.

Pam Dawson had shared in the first prize last year and with another partner a few years ago. Margaret, wife of President Graham Reed, was clearly able to put all her recent house-moving concerns behind her as she collected more honours on the course in a successful year.

Theakston’s Trophy – 20th August: 1, Mike Thom/Ron Townend 46 pts; 2, Ian Pickles/Mark Foster 45; 3, James Thomas/Graeme Steven 45; 4, David Wilkinson/WilliamSmith 41; 5, Steve Grayson/Dave Grayson 41; 6, Steve Stancer/Bruce Taylor 41.

Longest Drive: Graeme Steven

Nearest Pin: George Forbes

Ladies Brown Horsley Trophy – 21st August: 1, Pam Dawson/Margaret Reed 73.5; 2, Hilda Fisher/Moira Morten 74.5; 3, Maria Grayson/Sylvia Noble 75.

Junior Medal – August 14: 1, Lee Potter 85 – 24 – 61; 2, Chris Ibbotson 85 – 21 – 64; 3, Mark Bennison 70 – 5 – 65; 4, James Blood 85 – 17 – 68; 5, Graeme Steven 82 – 13 – 69.

Bedale Golf Club

Rouse Cup

The oldest competition in the Club for a trophy presented in 1896 was played for again on Sunday and this years winner is Andrew Bailey who won on a countback.

Division One: 1, Craig Johnston (12) 66; 2, Dan Murdoch (11) 68.

Division Two: 1, Andrew Bailey (14) 66; 2, Colin Baines (15) 68.

Division Three: 1, David Kaye (21) 66; 2, Terry Gregory (25) 70.

Seniors Open Day Stableford

With entries from all over the north of England and further afield the competition started before 8am and the last fourball set off at 4pm on an excellent day for weather the condition of the course and the catering.

How often does it happen in competitions that a score returned early in the morning stays unchallenged for the best part of the day.

In today’s competition Tony Howard and Dennis Thompson who started at 8am posted a score of 47 points which remained in the lead until late in the day and was finally won with a score of 50 points by A.Best & R.Spence who started their round at 3 p.m.

More than 200 competitors took part in this very popular competition.

Leading Scores :- 50 points A.Best & R Speer (Sandmoor).48 points A.Collingwood & D.Rudland (Eaglescliffe). 47 Points D.Thompson & A. Howard (Bedale). also C.Harrison & K.Clinton (Bedale). and A.Alexander & M.Pond (Scarcroft) card countback required. 46 points H.Young & E.Clark (Bedale/Masham)

The best gross score was 38 points returned by A.Howard & D.Thompson but as they had already taken a nett prize it went to P.Standage & T. Ineram (Colne) with 37 points.

Nearest the pin J.Sterling (Dinsdale Spa) Longest Drive L. Kitching (Bedale)

Seniors: Heavy rain affected the Riper years brigade on Friday and only two players completed their round whilst others failed to start or retired wet and miserable after a few holes. Who says retirement is all about enjoying yourself!. Better luck next week.

Ladies - August Medal: Pauline Morris Returned a 72 in this months medal which not only won Division 1 but also resulted in a handicap reduction to 14. Gillian Petrie with an 80 was the best gross score of the day but she did not feature in the prizes in this nett competition.

Results: Division One: 1, 72 Pauline Morris (16) 72; 2, Mavis Burton (11) 73; 3, Barbara Webster (15) 74.

Division Two: 1, 76 Yvonne Forrester (22) 76; 2, Delma Bode (25) 80; 3, Margaret Gant (25) 81.

Division Three: 1, Barbara Channon (34) 69; 2, Dulcie Exelby (29) 72; 3, Elizabeth Lawson (30) 73.

Peacock Cup: Presented by Mrs Peacock when she retired out of the area to Barnard Castle in 1952.

It would be interesting to hear what she would think about the club in 2005 if she was ever to come back.

In those days the course was only nine holes at Furby. How things have changed!

Played as a bogey competition excellent scores were returned by the leading players.

Results: 1, + 4 Christine Barbour (35); 2, + 3 Marjorie Taylor (27); 3, + 2 Jean Harvey (16), Susan Hill (24), Caroline George (34), Belle Brown (20), Marilyn Dawson (16), and Yvonne Clinton(34). Card countback required.

Rudding Park Golf Club

Seniors Medal August 8

Once again the seniors competitions seem to be the venue for some the best scoring at Rudding Park and the Seniors August medal was no exception.

Trevor Rowe won the competition with a quite superb nett 64 in tricky scoring conditions.

In a close second was Nicol Bilsland with a nett 66 and rounding up the field in third place was the ever dedicated senior Colin Smith with a nett 67.

There aren’t many competitions where a good score such as that would warrant a third place finish.

Ladies v Otley (Away) August 8 - Unfortunately the ladies lost a close match, 2.5-1.5

Ladies Medal August 9: On a rather chilly Tuesday morning a slim field of 15 ladies rolled up to enter the ladies medal. In ever worsening conditions dedicated lady member Brenda Edmondson won the competition posting a solid score of nett 71.

Second place was a closely fought affair with two ladies both shooting a nett 74 thus a count back decided the following 2 places. In second was Gill Roberts and loosing second on a count back was Jaqui Mason in third.

RPG Mixed AM-AM August 14

Always an eagerly anticipated event, this year was no exception with over 160 players coming to Rudding from a variety of courses across the country.

The field gathered ready to take on the course in blustery but dry conditions, the competition format this year was a 4 ball better ball format with the best lady and best male score to count on each hole.

The day was enjoyed by everyone but it was one of the early starting groups who won a very closely fought affair.

Bill Ferguson, Brenda Moore, G.Collinson and B.Thompson won the top prize with 77 points but only won by a point from Mr & Mrs Worthington and Mr & Mrs Marshall in second with 76.

Third place was even closer with two groups finishing on 71 points, eventually D & B Searby and C & M Soanes took third place on a count back of the front nine.

Well done to all who entered!

Ladies Stableford August 16

The ladies competitions are coming thick and fast as we begin to head towards the end of summer, this week saw the ladies Stableford take place.

Twenty-two Ladies entered on what was a poor summer’s day.

The poor weather however did not dampen the ladies spirits and the scores reflected this.

The Lady Captain Sue Rowe was the eventual winner notching up a brilliant 42 points.

In addition to winning she also had the only birdie scooping the birdie club. In second place was Janet Cooper with a good 38 and the in form Gill Roberts took third with 34 points.

August Midweek Stableford August 17

The midweek Stableford saw 53 entries on a good but cool summer’s day.

Once again many juniors featured within the results, the in form Brandon Stanford came in with a massive 44 points and was leading but came second on a count back on the front nine to the winner Simon Midgley. Third place went to another junior Francis Randall who’s form of late justifies his good performance. Congratulations to all and lets hope the juniors keep improving but not winning everything!

Masham Golf Club


LGU Medal -Silver Division: 1, V Kirkbride (18) 73; 2, J Moorhouse (18) 84.

Bronze Division One: 1, B Loveday (23) 64; 2, J Clarke (28) 75.

Bronze Division Two: 1, J Derwick (29) 63; 2, M Willis (30) 71.

Flaxby Park Golf Club

Results of Men’s May Mid Week Medal 17 August, 2005.

Division One: 1, John Kirkby Net 70; 2, Paul Burns 71 (last 9); 3, Luke Mudd 71.

Division Two: 1, Stephen Shaw 68; 2, Bob Muir 69 (last 9); 3, Morris Lightfoot 69.

Gross Trophy: Paul Burns Gross 77.

Net Trophy: Stephen Shaw, 68.

Two's Winners: Jerry Dawson Bob Grainger John Leahy Mick Scott Steve Lee

Wetherby Golf Club

A disappointing season in the Leeds and District Scratch League resulted in Wetherby dropping to the bottom spot in Division 3 and relegation into Division 4.

Of the 36 matches played there were only six wins and four halved games for a total of 16pts. Mid-Yorkshire who are also relegated, achieved 13 wins and three drawn games for 29pts.

The club will now play against Middleton Park, City of Wakefield, Cookridge Hall, Roundhay and Mid-Yorkshire in 2006.

Most of our lower handicapped players have been fully committed to their business activities, which has made picking a team to compete against some of the full-time 'amateur' golfers difficult.

However several of the fast improving juniors feel confident that next year the club can regain their place in the higher division.

A busy bank holiday weekend starts on Saturday with the Birks Memorial Trophy, the club's only flag competition.

Then on Sunday the older generation can show there is still a lot of life in the 'old dogs' with trophy competitions for the over 55s, over 65s and over 75s.

In between the Veterans tee-off times, the Juniors are holding their 36-hole Championship. With around 50 members eligible to enter the over 75s event it could be a busy day.

Mens Stableford Championship

Div1: 1, P Holmes(2),40pts; 2, K A Millar(9),40; 3, A Doran(6), 40.

Div 2:1, N Lofthouse(15) 42; 2, K Reilly (11) 41; 3, P Shaw (13) 40.

Div 3:1, J Hamilton (17) 40; 2, J Harrowsmith (18) 40; 3, S Jackson (17) 38.