Settle & Giggleswick Golf Club
Mens Captain 2018
Sunday 8th April Monthly Medal
After the previous weeks runaway victory it was ecouraging to see a far more competitive leaderboard for the first Summer medal of the new season at Settle and Giggleswick golf club this weekend. In fact there was a 3 way tie for first place, with Peter Morton, Peter Wroe, and Ray Jones all signing for nett 73s. However, it was Morton who took the honours on countback with his outstanding 4 gross pars over the back 9. Jones just edged out Winter League winner Wroe to take the runners up spot.
Sunday 1st April John Moore Foursomes
With the Winter League competition finally over, Peter Wroe just managed to hold off the late challenge from Colin Green and thus getting his name on the prestigious trophy for the first time, it was the start of the new season's events over the weekend at Settle. There was a disapppointing turnout for the John Moore foursomes, which is the only occasion that the men's pairings get the opportunity to participate in this unique format. Last year's winnners, Martin Scaife and Brian Hartley were unable to defend their title, due to the unavailability of the latter, so Scaife called upon theservices of the experienced Andrew Mills. This proved to be an inspired choice as this newly formed partnership strolled away to a convincing victory. Howeve,r both must have been slightly surprised that their relatively modest nett 74 was 8 shots better than the runnersup, John Read and Peter Johnson. Scaife and Mills will now represent their club in the national Daily Mail foursomes competition.
Sunday 29th April Bernard Cox Trophy
There was a reasonably good turnout at Settle golf club over the weekend with members competing for the Bernard Cox Trophy. Despite the course showing considerable improvement, virtually all the players are tending to struggle with the punitive rough. This was clearly reflected in the scores returned, with none of the competitors managing to achieve a par, or better, score.
Seniors captain Mike Elstub came home with 33 stableford points and this proved good enough for him to take the trophy. Fellow senior player John Read also came in with 33 points but lost on countback over the back 9 holes. Peter Morton took 3rd place with 31.
Sunday 22nd April Riseley Trophy
There was a disappointing turnout at Settle over the weekend where the Riseley trophy was the prize for the best score of the day. Results were extremely moderate with the ultimate winner, former captain Chris Ward, being quite surprised that his 6 over par gave him a two shot victory over the remainder of the field. Ward did however have an outstanding 2 under par back 9. Second place went to Stephen O'Shea who beat Peter Johnson on countback over the back nine holes.
Earlier in the week the Seniors were out in looking to get their hands on the Roger Wright cup.It was the consistency of Peter Morton which enabled him to hold of Colin Green's challenge. Both players finishing with 33 Stableford points, Morton winning on countback over the last six holes.
Sunday 6th May Monthly Medal
In the monthly medal at Settle over the weekend it was John Read who went out in the first group who set the target for the remaining golfers to chase. Read put together a solid round which contained 7 pars and enabled him to return a final nett score of 69. Of the other morning starters it was only club captain, Stephen Robinson, the lowest handicapper in the field, who looked likely to challenge Read's total. Robinson's card included 10 pars and a birdie, but a triple bogey on the par 4 third proved to be his undoing, despite having the lowest gross score of the day the vagaries of the handicap system meant that he finished 2 shots behind Read with a nett 71. Peter Morton had the best return of the afternoon starters. His back nine holes in which he achievied 5 gross pars was quite outstanding but unfortunately his front nine contained too many double bogies and he finished with a nett 73
Sunday 13th May Harold Lambert 4BBB Trophy
There were some strong pairings at Settle this weekend with competitors looking to get their hands on the Harold Lambert 4 ball better ball trophy.
Current club captain Stephen Robinson teamed up with Chris Ward and they would certainly have been the favourites to take the trophy. However, it was the Mike Elstub and Peter Morton who produced an excellent round which contained just the one bogey. Their final score of 39 stableford points setting a formidable target for the remaining pairs to chase. Robinson and Ward however were up to the challenge, playing some superb golf over the front nine. Their 2 birdies and 4 pars helping them to reach the turn with 22 points.
Their back nine was not quite the same quality as the front but they did manage to add a further 18 points , giving them a 1 point victory.
Monday 7th May Butterfield Cup
Earlier in the week mixed pairs competed for the Butterfield cup. This is a foursomes game where the players take alternate shots throughout the competition, a format designed to test the strongest of relationships. It was rumoured that one couple fell out before the first ball was struck, whilst another pair were delighted to complete the first hole before before suffering the same fate. However Anne and Peter Morton simply complemented one another throughout the competition, finishing with a comfortable victory and taking the trophy.
Sunday 27th May Paul Dutton Memorial Trophy
There was a strong field turned out on Sunday at Settle with the Paul Dutton memorial trophy up for grabs. After all the morning starters had completed their rounds it was rather surprising that Peter Eccleston's modest 30 Stableford points should see him at the top of the leaderboard.
The afternoon starters produced very similar results with the course obviously playing quite difficult. However it was club stalwart Andrew Mills who turned back the clock and put together the best round of the day. His front 9 was the model of consistency, containing 9 nett pars, and although he was unable to maintain the same level over the back 9 his final score of 31 was good enough for him to take the trophy. Seniors' captain MIke Elstub also came in with 30 points but was edged out of second place on countback by Peter Eccleston.
Saturday 2nd June Monthly Medal
1st John Terry Net 72*
2nd Peter Morton Net 72
3rd Michael Elstub Net 73
* Better back 9
Sunday 3rd June Three Counties Trophy - venue Settle&Giggleswick Golf Club
Teams from Settle&Giggleswick, Lansil and Casterton competed for the 'Three Counties Trophy'. Scoring was impressive from the visiting teams with nearly all pairs coming in with stableford scores in the thirties. However outstanding scores from the home side,
Stephen Robinson / Chris Ward 45pts
Peter Morton / John Read 43pts
Frankie Eccleston / Pat Daley 42pts
Michael Elstub / Steve O'Shea 38pts
Succured the trophy for the home side
Sunday 10th June Millenium Cup
There was a good turnout for the Millennium cup at Settle over the weekend. The competition ultimately turned into a two man race with Club President, John Read, and Club Captain, Stephen Robinson, setting a target which proved to be beyond the other competitiors.
Both players scored better over the front nine, with Robinson,playing off his handicap of 7, putting together a string of 6 successive gross pars which gave him 19 Stableford points after 9 holes. Read matched his playing partner also coming in with 19 points. The back nine proved to be just as competitive with both players again matching one another, this time with 17 points each. The result then came down to a countback which had eventually to be taken over the last 3 holes, and it was Robinson's better consistency which resulted in him winning the Millennium cup.
Sunday 8th July Mens Open
The Open competition held at Settle over the weekend took the form of an individual Stableford. The continuing dry spell of weather made for some difficult playing conditions, particular when players were looking to stop the ball on the green. The ultimate winner of the competition, Settle's Peter Morton, proved to be the only competitor who managed to score on all 18 holes. This gave him a score of 37 points, 4 ahead of runner up Chris Ward who will be disappointed that he missed scoring on both par 3 holes on the front 9. Skipton golfer Mark Fearnley came in with the highest score of the visiting players.
Sunday 24th June Captains Day
The two club captains put on the competitions at Settle over the weekend and despite the attraction of the football World Cup there was an encouraging turnout. All competitors stuggled to cope with the punitive rough areas on the course, and it was no surprise that not a single player managed to score par or better. John Holliday came in with the best score of the day, courtesy of an exceptional last 3 holes in which he collected 9 points. This enabled him to finish with 35 Stableford points giving him a 2 point victory over Chris Ward and Colin Green who took 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
Sunday 17th June David Percy Memorial Trophy
There was some outstanding scores recorded in the weekend competition at Settle. The prospect of winning the David Percy memorial trophy clearly bringing out the best from many of the competitors. Any of the leading six players would have expected their scores to have given them a good chance of getting their hands on the trophy. However, it was a scintillating round round from club secretary, Peter Johnson, which left him 7 shots clear of the chasing pack. Johnson played the front 9 six shots under his generous 20 handicap, and although he couldn't match this on the back 9 he still finished with a nett 5 under par 65. The ever consistent Peter Morton came home in 2nd place with an excellent 88 - 16 = 72. Stephen Robinson, in 3rd place had the consolation of shooting the lowest gross round of the daywith a gross 80.
Sunday 1st July PO Scratch
1st Chris Ward
2nd Stephen Robinson
Sunday 1st July Lawson Trophy
1st John Terry
2nd Colin Green
3rd Robert Bancroft
Sunday 22nd July Bogey Competition
The Settle golfers enjoyed a bogey competition this weekend. The early pace was set by club captain Stephen Robinson who continues to play consistent golf off his handicap of 7. Robinson came in with an all square round which meant that he had played to his handicap. Of the later starters it was Martin Scaife who looked most likely to challenge Robinson's score, but despite producing some excellent golf he finished one adrift of the leader. However, it was John Lassey's welcome return to form which enabled him to take the winner's spot. After a par front 9 Lassey produced an outstanding 2 under par back nine which gave him a two shot victory.
President's Day Sunday 12th August
There was an excellent turnout at Settle over the weekend with members showing their support for the fine work done by the club President John Read.
With generous prizes up for grabs there were some outstanding scores recorded in the individual stableford competition. Robert Bancroft' 36 points would often have been good enough to win competitions earlier in the season, but on Sunday it put him only in 6th place. Chris Ward and Mary Gooch both had returns of 37 points, but even these were not enough to get into medal positions. Mary played with great consistency, managing to score on all 18 holes, whilst Ward would have been delighted with his score, particularly having missed out on scoring on 3 holes over the back 9. Taking 3rd place was seniors' captain Mike Elstub who must have thought his excellent 39 points would have been good enough to grab 1st place. In 2nd place, club captain Stephen Robinson, playing off his 7 handicap shot his best round of the season, his 39 points meant that he had played to a handicap of 4. However, even this didn't take the 1st prize, this honour going to Greta Hargreaves who also came in with 39 points but took the main prize by virtue of her 21 points on the back 9 giving her the win on countback. After the competition all players enjoyed an superb buffet provided by the Read family. Donations were made to the captains' charity, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
With such high scoring some credit must go to the excellent work being carried out by the Giggleswic School greens staff who despite the unprecedented difficult weather conditions have almost brought the course back to its best.
Sunday 19th August The Peter Robinson Cup
The Peter Robinson cup, played for this weekend at the Settle club attracted a competitive field. It proved to be a closely contested affair with Raymond Jones eventually taking the top spot. Jones's nett 74, the lowest gross score of the day, gave him a 2 shot victory over his nearest challenger Peter Johnson. Peter Dransfield came home in 3rd place with a nett 78.
The winner's task was made slightly easier by the fact that a number of competitors stuggled with the playing conditions and subsequently found it necessary to hand in a nil return card.
Sunday 2nd September Ingleborough Trophy
The club hosted the Ingleborough Trophy in which teams from Kirkby Lonsdale, Casterton, Bentham and Settle competed for the trophy. Settle took full advantage of home conditions, winning comfortably from Kirby Lonsdale who took the runners up spot 11 points behind the leaders.
A number of the internal competitions have come to a conclusion; the men's doubles was won by Mike Elstub and Patrick Daley who overcame the much fancied pairing of Steve Robinson and Chris Ward.
Ward made up for this disappointment by defeating Chris Sharp in the final of the club singles.
The Centenary cup was won by Peter Wroe whose 35 points gave him a comfortable victory over his closest rival, Steve Robinson.
Sunday 9th September Centenary Cup
1st Peter Wroe 35 pts
2nd Stephen Robinson 31pts
3rd John Terry 28 pts
Sunday 23rd Captain v President
The annual Captain v President match was fiercely contested between 'The Captain' Stephen Robinson and 'The President' John Read. The Presidents team coming out on top. The competition was a stableford and the result as follows;
1st Colin Green
2nd John Read
3rd Stephen Robinson
Sunday 30th Summer Medal Final
1st John Read 73 pts
2nd Peter Johnson 73 pts
3rd John Terry 74 pts
Sunday 7th October 3 Clubs & Putter
With the Summer programme coming to a close Settle men held their annual 3 clubs and a putter competition, after which most members question why they have been carrying up to 14 clubs in their bag throughout the season. John Read continued his impressive recent form, having won the Summer medal final last week.
He set the early pace this weekend with a highly creditable 34 stableford points. This proved too good for the other competitors with only Colin Green and Peter Johnson making a realistic challenge .However they both finished well short of Read's score with just 30 points each.
Sunday 21st October Birkbeck Cup Medal
The first competition of the Winter League at Settle also incorporated the Birkbeck Cup. This combination resulted in some keen competition between the consistent John Read( playing off 17) and newcomer Steve O'Shea. Read registered an outstanding gross 40 on the front nine, which included 4 pars. He was unable to maintain this form over the back nine, although his 45 gross still resulted in him finishing with a 1 under par 69.
O'Shea ( playing off 14) had a steadier front nine, his 3 pars helping him to a gross 42. However, he produced an amazing back nine, which included 5 pars, and a birdie on the par 5 18th. This gave him a final 4 below par nett 66. O'Shea is clearly coming to terms with the difficult conditions encountered on the Settle course. None of the remaining players got anywhere near his outstanding score, although club captain Steve Robinson's 2 on the difficult Huntsworth hole will provide a talking point for some time at the club. Few players can have ever holed out with a 4 iron from 190 yards!!