Winning's a Rotherham thing!
It’s been some kind of year at Rotherham Golf Club and not half. Whatever they are putting in the water at the South Yorkshire track that produced 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett and both Men’s and Boys’ Amateur champion Ben Schmidt, it’s been going down well for the 2023 men’s squads. The club was founded in 1903 and was designed firstly by Sandy Herd and refined by James Braid, putting it in the category of clubs like the Kings & Queens Courses at Gleneagles and Carnoustie, all crafted by the famed designer. The club has a full membership with a waiting list but out of only 423 male and female playing members, it makes this year’s successes on the course even more outstanding. Rotherham members this year have won the Sheffield Union Team Championship, the Sheffield Union Division 1 league title, the Sheffield Union Turner Shield. Yorkshire Union Team Championship, Yorkshire Senior Team Championship, a member of the England Senior Home International and European Championship winners in Richard Jones, and the men were 3rd place finishers in the England Team Championship. The Rotherham squad has been: Jack Whaley, Charlie Daughtrey, Lucas Martin, Lewis Hollingworth, Richard Bee, Craig Billups, Dean Longden, Brandon Perry, Jamie Harrison, Peter Daughtrey, Peter Chadwick, Dave Sanby, Gary Sykes, Richard Jones.
Rotherham's 'golden oldies' were crowned the inaugural winners of the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs’ Seniors Teams Championship. Qualifying clubs from the events which were staged alongside the regular Men’s Team Divisional Championships, gathered at Malton & Norton for their own finals day, while the Men’s teams had headed to Hornsea – where Rotherham also lifted the trophy. Malton’s Welham course proved a tough challenge with Rotherham’s Dave Sanby signing for a +1 73 to finish top individual. His teammates Gary Sykes (77) and Peter Daughtrey (80) put them on a 230 total, to win by four strokes from Hallowes, who had a best of +2 74 from Stefan Priest, alongside Mark Cooper (78) and Mark Nolan (82). Three strokes further back were the teams from Garforth and Rudding Park. The Seniors Teams will be back in 2024 with the format yet to be announced by the YUGC. Pictured above
(from left) are Dave Sanby, Peter Daughtrey and Gary Sykes.