Golf news from Mount Skip and Rive Rocks

At Mount Skip, from the left, are, Charles Bamford, Rick Hutchinson,  Andy Hutchinson (Rabbit Captain) and Dave Fisher (Vice-Captain)
At Mount Skip, from the left, are, Charles Bamford, Rick Hutchinson, Andy Hutchinson (Rabbit Captain) and Dave Fisher (Vice-Captain)

Dan Wilby, playing off a handicap of 19, was the winner on popular Mount Skip Rabbit Captain Andy Hutchinson’s big day last Saturday.

Fast improving and only in his second season as a golfer, Wilby won was an easy winner with 41 Stableford points.

George Bamford (4) was second with 38 points on count back from Colin Greenwood, who took the Past Captain’s Prize.

Lady Captain Linda Powell had an outstanding day, winning the top ladies prize with 31 points.

She was also ‘Queen of the Mountains’ for gaining 13 points on the seventh, eight, 16th and 17th holes, which are more than 1,000 feet above sea level.

Nearest the pin on the par three eighth green was David Wilby, keeping yet another prize within the family.

The guest prize was won by Alfie Walker with 34 points, an ex-Skip member.

Iain Powell had 11 gross pars, showing why he is still Skip’s top scratch golfer, albeit not amongst the prizes on this occasion.

Hutchinson’s day was rounded off with a well-attended presentation evening and disco.

The ninth Junior Claret Cup was played at Hebden Bridge last Wednesday when 40 juniors from clubs in the Halifax and Huddersfield Union took part.

This was the first time since the inaugural event that it had been held at Mount Skip. Although overcast, the weather stayed fine and was concluded before the afternoon downpour.

The joint winners of the Claret Cup were Matthew Beaumont and Tom Wimpenny of Outlane with 73 points.

Runners up were Harry Wade and Sam Scholes of Hebden Bridge on a count back.

The individual winner was Matthew Beaumont from Outlane with 38 points and the runner up was Matthew Holden from Lightcliffe with 37 points.

The best girl was Georgina Holden with 31 points from Lightcliffe.

The nearest the pin prize for the second shot on the par four sixth went to Jacob Roach, who chipped in his second shot from 50 yards for a fabulous eagle.

The event was again sponsored and organised by Skip stalwart Dave Cox with the invaluable help of Bob Hazeldene from Outlane.

Gareth Jones won Todmorden Golf Club’s June medal on Saturday, when the weather was lovely but a breeze led to some no returns.

Jones, playing off 16, had a nett 63 to win from Mike Murray (2), who went round in 67 shots for the best gross of the day.

Richard Lupton (7) also had a nett 65 which included six birdies, including on the first three holes.

Gareth Jones won the silver rabbit qualifier the week before.

There were twos from Alan Payne and Ben Whitham on the fifth, Andrew Lupton and Gareth Jones on the seventh, Jones and Murray on the 14th and Chris Thornsby, Steve Mcarron and Matt Edwards on the 16th.

Simon Hemmington won the Sunday competition with 36 points from Pete Borders (33) and Stuart Jackson (33).

Todmorden beat visitors Branshaw from Oakworth 6-2 in the Lawrence Batley League with wins for Pete Bailey and Mike Sunderland, Tony Spiers and Ian Tootell and Geoff Clayton and Colin Greenwood

Gill Neely won the ladies medal last Thursday, when rain coats and hats were required.

She had a nett 72 to win by four shots from Louisa Lupton and both players qualify for the Helen Grey knock out.

Julia White came third.

All the ladies are hoping for better weather this week when they play the first round of the Lady Captain’s prize.