99 not out for Chessy!

THERE’S no puttering around for Irene Chesterton, who celebrated her 99th birthday with her usual round of golf at Doncaster Town Moor “Chessy”, as she is known around the club, has been a member at Town Moor for 59 years and was chauffeured in her suitably birthday-adorned golf buggy around nine holes that she played in the company of her regular playing partners. Her round was followed by a celebration in the clubhouse, which was attended by more friends and club captain Ricky Brentnall. Having thoroughly enjoyed her day she stood up to thank everyone profusely and regaled guests with stories from her past. Over her time at Town Moor Golf Club, situated in the middle of Doncaster Racecours

Hague lands Yorkshire Amateur

DAVID HAGUE’S purple patch continued with a two-shot victory in the Yorkshire Amateur Championship at Pannal. Malton & Norton’s Hague won’t forget the month of August in a hurry as it saw him win the York Open, pick up the Westwood Trophy and triumph at Pannal over Otley’s Phil Tomkinson, who had led after 36 and 54 holes. England international Hague was in constant pursuit of former Yorkshire Order of Merit winner Tomkinson, who led by four after opening with rounds of 70 68, and the two were already ‘course and distance’ winners having collected the Pannal Rose Bowl in the past. That advantage was halved in the final morning when Hague added a 71 to his opening rounds of 72 70 when the Ot

Hague on a roll...

MALTON & NORTON’S David Hague dashed local hopes with a final-hole birdie to win the prestigious Lee Westwood Trophy at Rotherham Golf Club. The England squad player was in the mix for a Walker Cup place later this month, but struggled with a virus at the start of the season that seriously curtailed his golf. However, he bounced back in dramatic fashion to pip local hero and Rotherham member Lewis Hollingsworth. Spurred on by family, friends and Rotherham members, Hollingsworth was bidding to become the second home winner in consecutive years following Ben Schmidt’s victory last year and had a one-shot lead over the field playing the 72nd and final hole. But his drive found the trees to the

Alex Fitz in, Schmidt is omitted

BEN SCHMIDT’S omission from the ten-man 2019 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team to face America at Royal Liverpool has drawn mixed reactions. Danny Willett’s caddie Sam Haywood, a fellow member of Schmidt’s at Rotherham Golf Club, hit out at the “baffling” decision by selectors to leave out one of the rising stars of English golf. Haywood took to social media after the side was confirmed for the match, which will be played over the weekend of September 7 and 8. Haywood’s message read: ‘Nothing quite like some Walker Cup drama every time it comes round it just baffles everyone cheers to the old boys that know their golf.” The decision rather overshadowed the inclusion of Hallamshire’s Al

Jodi gets Solheim Cup call

NORTH Yorkshire’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff will line up for Europe in this month’s Solheim Cup at Gleneagles after being named as one of four captain’s picks for the match against the USA. European captain Catriona Matthew also chose France’s Celine Boutier, English star Bronte Law and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen for the biennial contest, which will be played from September 13-15. Middleham-born Ewart Shadoff has played in two Solheim Cups, 2013 and 2017, and has had four top-ten finishes this season. Scotland’s Matthew, who has played in nine Solheim Cups, explained the reasoning behind her four selections, said: “Bronte’s and Celine’s excellent recent form speaks for itself in terms of why I selec

Leeds Cup stays in Yorkshire

ABBEYDALE’S Gareth Davies prevailed in tough conditions to claim the Leeds Cup and add his name to an illustrious list of winners. In its 104th edition the Leeds Cup, golf’s oldest professional trophy, returned to its original home of Leeds Golf Club where it was first played for in 1902 and won by one of the founding fathers of the modern game, Harry Vardon. While much has changed from Vardon’s days, the course remains one of the toughest tests in the Leeds area and provides worthy champions year on year. 2019 was no exception with Davies, who started the final round two back of overnight leader Christopher Crowder, claiming the spoils by virtue of a birdie on the 17th hole. Crowder had suf

Holly's a One-Day wonder

SHEFFIELD professional Holly Morgan sealed her meteoric dominance of the Women’s PGA One-Day Series at Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club by winning the 2019 Order of Merit – but only just. The margin separating the PGA Assistant, from Hallamshire Golf Club, and Marie Martindale, an experienced campaigner from Hampstead Golf Club, was the narrowest possible – half-a-point. However, the 22-year-old’s accumulation of sufficient points to top the Order of Merit from playing in the last three of the seven-event series is testament to the quality of her golf. Likewise her achievement in posting sub-par scores in all three. Two of those resulted in victory – at Kedleston Park and Chestfield Golf

Going wild out west

THE Halifax, Huddersfield & District Union of Golf Clubs is celebrating a unique treble by its juniors. Crosland Heath’s Oliver Caton took the Yorkshire Boys’ title before Woodsome Hall’s Lily Hirst captured the Yorkshire Ladies’ County Golf Association Junior Championship. Making up the triumvirate was Dylan Shaw-Radford, from Huddersfield Golf Club, who won the Yorkshire Under-14s title. Caton’s rounds of 71 and 70 at Selby saw him triumph and he will now go on to represent Yorkshire at the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions, won last year by Rotherham’s Ben Schmidt. Lily set the course record at Hessle with her opening round of 70, which she followed with a 71, and will also go on

So close for county girls

YORKSHIRE girls went agonisingly close to landing the Northern Counties junior title, losing out to Cheshire by a single point at York Golf Club. The White Rose team got off to a quick start in the stableford format on day one thanks to the Thirsk & Northallerton trio of Isabel Stirk, Hope Williams and Isabella Knowles. Stirk, playing off 26, scored 43 points and was backed up by Williams (15 handicap) who notched 38 before Knowles (17) added 34. Ilkley’s Evie Graves (18) then carded 35 points, Hessle’s Grace Lambert (21) added an impressive 37 and South Yorkshire’s representative from Lindrick, Lucia Maturi (24) finished with 39 points as day one ended with Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshir

The comeback kids...

PAUL CARRIGILL was pipped at the post in his return to competitive golf after a nine-year absence. The son of Dewsbury bookmaker George Carrigill, Paul and his amateur partner Dave McCarthy from Moortown lost on a card countback in the PGA Super 60s Championship at Leeds Golf Centre. The tournament is contested by a PGA pro and amateur partner, both of whom must be 60 or over, and was won by Lincolnshire professional Stephen Bennett played alongside Eric Davis from Bennett’s club Waltham Windmill. Ironically, Carrigill and Bennett last went head to head in the matchplay stages of the Amateur Championship at Royal Troon in 1978 when the Yorkshireman triumphed before both went on to compete on

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