2015 Meeting Reports

Invitation Meeting - The Middlesbrough Golf Club - 24th September

"Sunshine all the way - as Oakdale sweep up " Prizes - Thomas Wilson

For the County Members' final meeting of the year, the Invitation Day at Middlesbrough, it was dawn to dusk sunshine once again. County Members have been very fortunate this year to have such good weather for nearly every event, bringing smiles to everyone's faces.

There were one hundred and forty four competitors at Middlesbrough, consisting mostly of Member and Guest pairs. Scoring was not easy as, despite the warm sunshine, there was a strong breeze, which made clubbing difficult.

Oakdale members and guests swept the top two prizes, with Messrs Dobinson (Member) and Birchall (Guest) claiming first place with 42 points and Messrs Thomas (Member) and Wilson (Guest) taking seconnd prize with 41 points.

The photograph shows Messrs Thomas and Wilson receiving the first prizes from the President of the Yorkshire Union, Mr Peter Finnegan, on behalf of the victors.

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  J. Dobinson & C. Birchall
Oakdale 42
 2nd R.C. Thomas & S.Wilson
Oakdale 41
 3rd  J.M. Illingworth & E. Gott
Cave Castle
41
4th G. West & I. Goulding
Tankersley Park
39
5th T. Oliver & A. Myers
Baildon 38

 

The Middlesbrough Golf Club were exellent hosts, with many compliments from County Members about the course.

The President of the Yorkshire Union, Mr Peter Finnegan, presented the prizes and thanked Middlesbrough G.C. for an excellently prepared course. The Middlesbrough Chairman, Mr Mark Braithwaite, said that hoped that everyone had enjoyed the course, and that they would return in the future.

The President made special mention of and thanked those members of the Yorkshire Executive Committee who had organised and helped out at all of the County Members' events throughout the year.

You can see all of the results by clicking INV Results


Autumn Meeting No.2 - The Otley Golf Club - 10th September

"The Sun continued to shine on the County Members at Otley" first tee Dickinson

The sun shone from dawn to dusk at Otley where one hundred and forty eight members gathered to participate in the County Members' Autumn Meeting No 2.

The scoring was good and very competitive at the top with many competitors saying how good the course was presented. The photograph shows Messrs Dobson, West, Goulding and Dickinson on the first tee in the bright sunshine.

The competition was so fierce that there were eleven scores of 40 or more points that did not make the prize list.

Congratulations to Messrs Fisher and Pratt from The Mid Yorkshire Golf Club who won on countback from Messrs Bentley and Makepeace.

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  M. Fisher & J.T. Pratt
Mid Yorkshire
44
 2nd P.A. Bentley & C.A. Makepeace
Hessle & Brough
44
 3rd  M.S. Keightly & M.J. Britton
Hessle 43
4th N. Simpson & D. Simpson
Wooley Park & Waterton Park
43
5th J. Dobinson & R.C. Thomas
Oakdale 42

 

Otley Golf Club looked after everyone splendidly with many compliments from County Members about the course, the food and the service.

The President of the Yorkshire Union, Mr Peter Finnegan, presented the prizes and thanked Otley G.C. for an excellently prepared course and for their hospitality. The Otley Captain, Mr Steve Jex, thanked everyone for attending, hoped that everyone had enjoyed the course and Club facilities, and that they would return in the future.

You can see all the results by clicking AUT2 Results


Autumn Meeting No.1 - The York Golf Club - 27th August

Whittam group first tee 2

"The Sun Shines on the Largest Entry of the Year at York"

The York Golf Club attracted the largest field of the year with one hundred and eighty four County Members participating in the County Members' Autumn Meeting No.1.

This being the 125th aniversary of York Golf Club's formation, it was appropriate that everything ran smoothly, and so it turned out, with the sun shining from dawn to dusk and there was not a drop of rain. Everyone commented on how fantastic the course was and, in particular, how true and quick the greens were. The photograph shows Past Yorkshire President J T Whittam and D.I. Loker, who won second prize, with playing partners on the first tee at 8:51 am with the sun shining strongly.

York is well known for being a flat course with easy walking: however being flat does not make the York course easy, with many of the scores reflecting this. But overall the scoring was excellent, illustrated by the fact that there were nine scores of 40 points returned, none of which won a prize, with 41 points or more being required to get on the winners "podium".

Congratulations to Messrs Hallam and Barrigan who won the event with 46 points, a score which brought gasps from the other competitors and which has drawn the attention of the IOC who are asking for a blood test!!. This really was an excellent score and it is clear that many of their putts found the bottom of the cup. The sort of day that we all dream of!

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  M.R. Hallam & R. Barrigan
Middlesbrough and Thirsk & Northallerton
46
 2nd J.T. Whittam & D.I. Loker
Howley Hall
42
 3rd  N. Simpson & D. Simpson
Woolley Park and Waterton Park
42
4th R.A. Stevenson & J.M. Jackson
Hessle & Hull
41
5th R.H. Jenkins & P. Scott
Halifax Bradley Hall
41

The President of the Yorkshire Union, Mr Peter Finnegan, presented the prizes and thanked York G.C. for an excellently prepared course and for their hospitality. The York Captain, Mr Ralph Magee, thanked everyone for attending and hoped that everyone had enjoyed the course and Club facilities.

You can see all the results by clicking AUT1 Results


Summer Meeting No.2 - The Woodsome Hall Golf Club - 23rd July

"Woodsome Hall attracts large entry"SUM2 Cooper Kelly President Moody

The Woodsome Hall Golf Club attracted one hundred and seventy two County Members to participate in the County Members' Summer Meeting No.2.

An overcast morning turned into a bright warm afternoon, very pleasant for playing golf, but the challenging course kept the high scores in check; and the undulating course meant that most players were in need of sustenance and refreshment when they finished. Consequently, the unique, fabulous looking period clubhouse, overlooking the surrounding hills and vales, was busy from 7.30 in the morning until 8.30 in the evening.

The photograph show Messrs Cooper, Kelly and Moody with the President on the first tee, with the clubhouse in the background.

A host of pairs scored 38 or 39 points but 40 or more points was required to win a prize. Indeed it was the last pair to finish, Messrs Fretwell and Squire who pipped the rest with 42 points.

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  K. Fretwell & M.A. Squire
Garforth & Scarcroft
42
 2nd A. Bloomfield & L.G. Chambers
Renishaw Park
41
 3rd  J.M. Deeming & J.M. Illingworth
Hessle and Cave Castle
41
4th S.J. Wheelhouse & J.M Haywood
Howley Hll
40
5th J.R. Atkinson & A.G. Emmett
Shipley 40

The President of the Yorkshire Union, Mr Peter Finnegan, presented the prizes and thanked York G.C. for an excellently prepared course and for their hospitality. The York Captain, Mr Ralph Magee, thanked everyone for attending and hoped that everyone had enjoyed the course and Club facilities.

You can see all the results by clicking SUM2 Results


Summer Meeting No.1 - The Scarthingwell Golf Club - 9th July

"Bright and Beautiful........."Sitting outside 2b

What a beautiful, bright day for playing golf, when one hundred and twelve County Members descended on Scarthingwell Golf Club for the Summer Meeting No.1.

This was the first time the club at played host to a County event and they really did themselves proud as everyone commented on how much they had enjoyed the day.

The photo shows County members enjoying the sunshine after their rounds

It was very tight at the top for the prizes, with 43 points being required to get into the prizes and 44 points claiming top spot.

The wnning pair were Messrs Fitzmaurice from Fulford and McLeod from Forest of Galtres.

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  K.C. Fitzmaurice & M.J. McLeod
Fulford & Forest of Galtres
44
 2nd T.D. Burdock & D. Mitchell
Wheatley 44
 3rd  D.L. Kelly & G.D. Cooper
Fulford 43
4th P Smith & M. Davies
Scarthingwell 43
5th J.A. Britton & A.D. Best
Hessle 43

 

The President of the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs, Mr Peter Finnegan, presented the prizes and thanked Scarthingwell Golf Club for their hospitality. The Scarthingwell Captain, Mr Geoff Bowes said how much the club had enjoyed hosting the event and were looking forward to the next County event at the club.

You can see all the results by clicking SUM1 Results


Seniors Meeting No.2 - The Easingwold Golf Club - 18th June

"Come back Summer........." Scenic view first tee

Broken sunshine greeted the early starters, but the sun quickly disappeared and we were left with an overcast, cloudy day with a cool westerly wind for the Seniors Meeting No. 2 at Easingwold Golf Club.

This is an ideal course for Seniors with easy flat walking; but a course that offers significant challenges for the unwary. The course attracted 178 players to enjoy the golf and the chat in the bar afterwards. Many of those who regularly attend County Members events could be considered single figures in the latter, if not in the former.

During the first part of the day the scores were reasonable but not eyebrow-raising with lots of 37, 38 and 39 points being returned. It was in the second half of the day that we saw a plethora of 40 plus scores being returned, so many that some scores of 40 and 41 points did not make the prizes.

The winning score of 45 points was returned by Messrs Stringer and Newsome of Wakefield G.C, pictured. They waited nearly three hours between finishing their round and the prize presentation, which was very nice to see.

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  P.J. Stringer & J.O. Newsome
Wakefield 45
 2nd B. Marsden & P. Earp Moor Allerton
44
 3rd  J. Moore & J. Wragg
Sandburn Hall
42
4th R.M. Stansfield & B.M Jarvis
Scarborough North Cliff & Hickleton
41
5th G. Seale & S. Hitchenor Crosland Heath 41

The President of the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs, Mr Peter Finnegan, presented the prizes and thanked Easingwold Golf Club for their hospitality and for presenting the course in such good order. The Easingwold President, Mr Alan North responded on behalf of the club.

You can see all of the results by clicking SEN2 Results


Seniors Meeting No.1 - The Shipley Golf Club - 4th June

"Here comes Summer......."

What a pleasant and welcome change! Jack Smith  partners

Warm sunshine with a gentle breeze was the order of the day for the players in the Seniors Meeting No. 1 at Shipley Golf Club. It was a smaller than normal field with 110 players, but they all enjoyed themselves, with sweaters being abandoned for the day.

We normally don't request a half-way house from the host club, but the Shipley Ladies insisted, and we began to wonder what the queue was for at the half-way house. It soon transpired that some players were receiving more than just a cup of tea, and were also receiving a massage from the Ladies. We considered disqualification was as a result of help from an outside agency, but only in jest.

Messrs Birch and Mutch of Moortown were early front runners with 43 points, and whilst others threatened their score, they were never surpassed. Messrs Kelly & Cooper of Fulford came second with 41 points for a second successive "podium" finish.

The photograph of Messrs Hodges, Smith, Spencer and Barrett on the first tee, shows the bright sunshine.

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  D. Birch & W.A. Mutch
Moortown 43
 2nd D.L. Kelly & G.D. Cooper
Fulford 41
 3rd  J.M. Wilson & J.F. Holder
Baildon 41
4th P. Scott & R.H. Jenkins
Halifax Bradley Hall
40
5th J.P. O'Brien & J.I. Robinson

Harrogate & Knaresborough
40

The President of the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs, Mr Peter Finnegan presented the prizes and thanked the Shipley Golf Club for hosting the event. The Shipley Vice-Captain Mr Baxter Ireland responded on behalf of the club.

You can see all of the results by clicking SEN1 Results


Spring Meeting No.2 - The Cleckheaton Golf Club - 21st May

"Fair Nithered"President on tee

It was a fresh northwesterly nithering wind that greeted the players at Cleckheaton for the Spring Meeting No.2. The temperature barely rose into double figures all day, but the 144 County Members who played put all that to one side and enjoyed their day.

Just like the Spring Meeting No.1 at Leeds two weeks earlier, the cold start to the year meant that there was very little growth on the greens, so putting was just as tricky. However, that did not stop some good scores being returned, with forty plus points was required to get into the prizes.

A closely fought competition saw Messrs Hallam and Clemmit edge the top place, on countback, from Messrs Johnson and Brierley.

 

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  M.R. Hallam & A.F. Clemmit
Midddlesbrough and Thirsk & Northallerton
42
 2nd P. Johnson & S. Brierley
 Crosland Heath
42
 3rd  N.C. Rusling & S.J. Bradburn
Pannal
41
4th J. Dickinson & R.C. Thomas
Oakdale 40
5th D.L. Kelly & G.D. Cooper
Fulford 40

One amusing episode, although not amusing for the pair involved, was when they were informed that they had been disqualified. The pair had scored 40 points and they had just been given £5 each as a result of a side-bet with another pair from the same club, and so they had to hand the fiver back, to much merriment from their pals.

The lesson is that the player is responsible for checking that the scores have been recorded correctly.

You can see all the results by clicking SPR2 Results


Spring Meeting No.1 - The Leeds Golf Club - 7th May

"Presidents" Day

The early morning saw a cloudless blue sky, soon to cloud over and become cold and mizzly, but by lunchtime the players were experiencing sunny intervals, with warm sunshine on their backs. There were 144 County Members taking part and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves on the challenging Leeds Golf Club course.Winners, Mr Bentley and Mr Deeming with County President, Mr Peter Finnegan

The cold start to the year, that we have all experienced, meant that the greens had not seen much growth during the preceding springtime and were therefore quite quick and tricky. Many players seemed to have hard luck stories about three putts or missed tiddlers, and the scoring reflected this, with 37 points being in the frame for much of the day. However some good scores in the second half of the day increased the score required to win a prize. In the event 38 points gained fifth spot, with three sets of 39 points, but the winners with 41 points outshone everyone else.

The winners were Messrs Deeming and Bentley from Hessle Golf Club. Mr Deeming is a recent Past President of the Yorkshire Union, and although he counted on most holes on the front nine, he admitted choosing a good partner, as his partner, Mr Bentley, counted on every hole of the back nine, with 22 points off his own bat.

So it was very fitting that the new President, Mr Peter Finnegan, should present the winners prize to one of his predecessors.

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  P.A. Bentley & J.M. Deeming   Hessle 41
 2nd A. Maplesden & F. Morton  Saltburn by the Sea 39
 3rd  J.H. Fowler & T. Aitchison De Vere Oulton Hall  39
4th R. Blackburn & B. Parker Wakefield 39
5th J.E. Boardman & S. Alford Phoenix 38

The Leeds Club staff did an excellent job with food and drinks being served throughout the day from 7.30AM to 8.00PM.

You can see all of the scores and prize winners by clicking SPR1 Results