Lily's in the pink of form!

LILY HIRST produced a commanding performance to become the first Yorkshire player to win the English Girls’ County Champion of Champions tournament, at Woodhall Spa. The Woodsome Hall golfer and Yorkshire junior champion carded rounds of 72 and 78 over the demanding Hotchkin course to win by six shots from England Girls’ squad member Rafiah Banday, from Surrey. It is the biggest win of a career that started aged five at Outlane Golf Club, which became her back garden when her parents took over as steward and stewardess. She still lives in the clubhouse with mum Caroline and dad Nicholas who has moved on to a similar role at Normanton Golf Club. “I just wandered out one day when I was about f

Trolls are a sad fact of social media

THERE are many reasons on a personal level why I enjoy social media – Facebook is great for keeping in the loop with old college friends, Twitter I love to use as my daily news feed and for keeping an eye on what interests me, along with following the path of fellow golfers, and then I also use Instagram for keeping up to date with things of interest. I know there is so much trash, lies, fake news, and forced marketing etc in the social world, and you really can portray whatever you want, but if it wasn’t for these platforms we would miss out on so many of the amazing, motivational, hilarious and inspiring videos that are filmed around the world. So, you take it with a pinch of salt I guess,

Thomas doesn't tank it in Matchplay

SHIPLEY’S Dan Thomas leant on his experience as a former EuroPro Tour player to defeat Fulford 17-year-old George Robson in the Yorkshire amateur match play final at Woodsome Hall. Thomas’s tournament experience surfaced at the 18th when – trailing by one hole – he took the risk-and-reward line over trees on the right with his drive, wedged to 20ft and holed for a birdie that took the battle to a sudden-death climax, in which he won after two extra holes. Both players made four at the first additional hole before Thomas parred the next to claim the championship after Robson had put his drive behind a tree, an error that led to a bogey. The Fulford teenager had shown commendable composure in

Berry good, Darryl - go round again!

THE Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs has confirmed the reappointment of Darryl Berry as county captain for 2020. Berry, from Baildon Golf Club, had intended to step down after the 2019 campaign, during which Yorkshire prevailed in the Daily Telegraph Northern League for the fifth consecutive year. But a change in circumstances resulted in his continued availability for 2020, much to the delight of the YUGC Executive Committee. Berry, who played in 45 county matches for Yorkshire between 1999 and 2014, was a member of team that won the Northern Counties title In 1999 and 2000. He represented Yorkshire at four English County Finals and was in the teams that were crowned champions in 2001 at Burnh

Senior service, chaps

YORKSHIRE is rich in depth and talent when it comes to senior golf and that proved to be the key as the Tykes captured the Northern Counties Seniors’ Qualifying Championship at Garforth Golf Club. Despite being without Rotherham’s Richard Jones and Richard Norton (Beverley & East Riding), who were on international duty with England, Yorkshire won by five shots from the old enemy Lancashire and progressed to the England Golf County Finals at Effingham GC this week (October 8-10). Captain John Grimbleby said: “With two players on international duty our strength in depth was put to the test and I am pleased to say that the team put up a magnificent performance to secure the title by a five-stro

Rachael means business...

JUST look what can happen when you practise what you preach. Golf fitness and performance coach Rachael Tibbs collected a record haul of six trophies when the ladies of Howley Hall held their presentation night. Rachael is the founder of Dynamic Golf and is a TPI Fitness 2 Certified and FMS Level 1 Certified strength and conditioning coach. She works with players of all levels including Yorkshire Golfer columnist Chris Hanson, but spent three years away from the game to focus on work and family, She said: “It was great to get back playing golf. It took me a while to find my game again, but I made it my goal to get back to the golf I had played prior to my break. “Thanks to some great tuition

Great year for Halifax-Hudds

TEAM MANAGER Frank Greaves has led Halifax-Huddersfield to victory in three of Yorkshire Inter-District Union's four championships in just two seasons in charge of both their teams. And already the Huddersfield GC member has set his sights on completing a YIDU 'grand slam' by annexing the senior six-man team championship in 2020. Halifax-Huddersfield juniors won the YIDU junior league last year, with seven wins out of seven, and complemented claiming that crown for the first time by succeeding in their level's six-man team championship this season – also for the first time in the union's history. The seniors then bridged a 25-year gap last month when they won their league for only the second

Hessle pair rise to Challenge

FORMER RAF serviceman Rod Shimwell’s sage advice helped keep Andy Greetham grounded as they tackled the Yorkshire Challenge for the first time – and led to the Hessle duo (pictured) lifting the prestigious title. They had to come from 10 shots back with a round to play in the seventh staging of the pairs event held over the county’s three Ryder Cup venues, Lindrick, Ganton and Moortown. And Greetham, 55, heaped praise on his partner for sharpening the mental side of his game, regarding it as the main factor behind his drop in handicap from six to three. “He’s got me to realise that it’s not like a game of cricket where if someone hits you for six you bowl it a bit quicker,” said Greetham. “Y

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