“Walking in the footsteps of Harry Vardon”

The “Vardon Grip” sculpture outside the Harrogate clubhouse

Harry Vardon won six Open Championships and one US Open Championship, and was the most famous golfer of his day. He is associated with Harrogate Golf Club because, when the club celebrated the opening of their new clubhouse extension in 1908, they arranged an Exhibition Match consisting of Harry Vardon, Arnaud Massey, Ted Ray and J.H. Taylor, all famous golfers in their own right.

During the event, Harry Vardon allowed the club to make a bust of his, just as famous, “Vardon Grip”. The bust has been displayed in the clubhouse for many years, and many visitors make a bee-line to look at it.

More recently, the club commissioned a sculpture of the Vardon Grip, which can be seen outside the clubhouse.

It was at the Harrogate Golf Club that the second County Members’ Meeting of 2016 took place, the Spring Meeting No.2, and it attracted a large entry of 184 County members.

The weather stayed kind for most of the day, but the late starters had to endure some nasty rain that started at about 4pm.

Nevertheless the scores were good and only the odd point separated the top five places. 42 points was the winning mark, with 40 points required to make it onto the prize winners “podium”.

The winners, Messrs Keightley and Muir, on the first tee with playing partners Messrs Mullins and Fitzimmons

The winners, Messrs Keightley and Muir, (Hessle Golf Club), on the first tee with playing partners Messrs Mullins and Fitzimmons, (Ganstead Park Golf Club).

Prize Winners:

 Position  Names  Club Points
 1st  M.S. Keightley & N. Muir
Hessle
42
 2nd J.P. Rishworth & B. Soppitt
Ben Rhydding and Ilkley
41
 3rd G. West & I. Goulding
Tankersley Park
41
4th M. Carmody & D. Oliver
Wheatley
40
5th B. Marsden & P. Earp
Wetherby and Moor Allerton
40

 

“My thanks to the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs and all her representatives for the lovely whisky tumblers and the voucher for yesterday’s win with Martin. A superb day on a wonderful golf course which I had never played before, organisation without fault as usual…these really are great social and golfing events and I hope I am able to play in them for many years to come”.

Neil Muir (Hessle)

 

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

The President of the Yorkshire Union, Mr Jonathan Plaxton, presented the prizes and thanked Harrogate G.C. for an excellently prepared course.

 

You can see all of the results by clicking SPR2 Results

 

There are more pictures on the image slideshow below.

  • SPR1 winners Messrs Bodle and Elwis with playing partners Messrs Turner and Hodgson
    SPR1 winners Messrs Bodle and Elwis with playing partners Messrs Turner and Hodgson
  • The Harrogate Clubhouse
    The Harrogate Clubhouse
  • Setting off down the first hole
    Setting off down the first hole
  • "Fore"
    "Fore"
  • "Under starters orders"
    "Under starters orders"
  • Refreshments on the patio, outside the splendid Harrogate clubhouse
    Refreshments on the patio, outside the splendid Harrogate clubhouse
  • Refreshments in the lounge
    Refreshments in the lounge
  • Messrs Atkinson, Emmett, Carr and Black on the tee.
    Messrs Atkinson, Emmett, Carr and Black on the tee.
  • Messrs O'Connor, Atkinson, Marsden and Earp on the tee
    Messrs O'Connor, Atkinson, Marsden and Earp on the tee
  • A view over the course
    A view over the course
  • The Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs President, Mr Jonathan Plaxton, presents second place prizes to Messrs Rishworth and Soppitt
    The Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs President, Mr Jonathan Plaxton, presents second place prizes to Messrs Rishworth and Soppitt