RICHARDSON TROPHY TEAM MATCHES

 

 

 

                                     

Oakdale Golf Club, Harrogate 

 

 YSLGA V Durham 3 June 2024

The YSLGA First Team had an excellent first match, with a win against Durham by six matches to one. The matches were played in a friendly spirit on a dry, sunny but windy day. There were some tricky greens but all enjoyed the challenge with some  superb skills displayed. Lynn Wass had an excellent first match as a 'Senior' and we wish her every success in future matches.

The team  of Emma Brown, Karen Jobling, Lynn Wass, Julie Wheeldon, Heather Butcher, Carol Simpson, Alison Clark and reserve, Jane Oliver were supported by a number of YSLGA players and Past Presidents in addition to YLCGA Captain Marlene Dixon. Many thanks to all.

The course was in excellent condition and all enjoyed a meal in the clubhouse after the matches and an opportunity to catch up with Durham players in an informal setting.

Thanks must go to the Manager, Mike Scahill, the Oakdale Greens Team, the Professional team, bar and catering staff for making everyone so welcome.

 

                                        

 

2024 FIXTURE DATES

June 2/3 v Durham - Oakdale GC

July 2/3 v Cheshire - Heswall GC 

July 14/15 v Lancashire - Pleasington GC

July 25/26 v Northumberland - Oakdale GC

August 27/28 v Cumbria - Penrith GC 

 


 

 


Huddersfield GC 

2023 FIXTURE DATES 

June 7th/8th Durham - Houghton-Le-Spring

June 25th/26th Lancashire - Huddersfield GC

July 23rd/24th Cheshire - Huddersfield GC 

 July 30th/31st Cumbria - Huddersfield

August 14th/15th Northumberland - City of Newcastle 



 

Yorkshire v Northumberland

15th August 2023

The YVLGA 1st Team played Northumberland County Veteran Ladies’ Golf Association, 1st Team in our fifth match of the 2023 season, at the City of Newcastle Golf Club.

Following a difficult journey north in torrential rain, the players were lucky to have lighter rainfall for the first 9 holes, before the downpour reached Newcastle, all players being very wet on completion of 18 holes. Heavy rain continued through Monday night, resulting in the tee-times being delayed by two and a half hours, to allow the course to dry out.

The Greenkeeping team are to be congratulated on preparing the course, in order that play could take place following the exceptional weather, preferred lies were required throughout the course, due to the conditions.

The course played very long, with pin placements on ‘high spots’, those at the front of the green making club selection difficult. The Yorkshire Team rose to the challenge the course presented playing some excellent golf. Jane Oliver, dormy one down, secured a half point by holing a monstrous putt across the 18th green for a birdie 3.

Thanks go to the City of Newcastle Golf Club for the courtesy of their course and accommodating rescheduled tee-times. Special thanks go to Angie Heads, Captain NCVLGA, who worked tirelessly with their Manager and Head Greenkeeper to enable the match to go ahead.

Players, officials and trolley pullers enjoyed an excellent meal after the match, which provided an opportunity to chat with old and new friends.

Thanks go to Gill Travis, President, Patsy Rochester, Vice-Captain, Karen Leake and Jo Davy for supporting a number of players, by undertaking the role of trolley puller, a bonus in the wet conditions.

 

Left to right: Gill Travis (President), Alison Clark, Pat Smillie, Jane Oliver, Julie Wheeldon, Mary Pat Moore, Karen Jobling, Pat Wrightson (Captain), Patsy Rochester (Vice-Captain), Heather Butcher 

 

Yorkshire and Northumberland teams 

 

Protective equipment for the wet weather from Candy Brown (Northumberland)! 


 

Yorkshire v Cumbria

31st July 2023 at Huddersfield Golf Club

The YVLGA 1st Team played Cumbria Ladies Veteran Ladies Golf Association, 1st Team in our fourth match of the 2023 season, at the challenging championship course at Fixby.

Players playing a practice round on Sunday, had to cope with strong winds, with gusts of up to 30 mph, a particular challenge in the exposed second nine holes. Although the winds had eased slightly for the match on Monday, the rain was ever present and at times heavy, making playing conditions exceedingly difficult.

The Greenkeeping team are to be congratulated on presenting the course to a high standard, in spite of the on-going poor weather conditions of the previous week. The two teams rose to the challenge of the weather and the course, to play some excellent golf. The overall match was a win for Yorkshire by 6 matches to 1.

Thank you to the Huddersfield Golf Club for the courtesy of the course. Special thanks to the Catering and Front of House teams, who again served us an excellent meal after play. Players and officials enjoyed the opportunity to socialise, catch up on golfing news and chat with friends old and new. It was a pleasure to welcome Janette McWhirter and her team to Yorkshire.

Also, thanks go to Gill Travis, President and Patsy Rochester, Vice-Captain, for their invaluable support during the match.

  

 Yorkshire

 From left: Jane Oliver, Gill Travis, Patsy Rochester, Pat Smillie, Pat Wrightson, Emma Brown, Julie Wheeldon, Karen Jobling, Mary Pat Moore, Heather Butcher

 

 

 Cumbria


 

Yorkshire v Cheshire

24th July 2023 at Huddersfield Golf Club

The YVLGA 1st Team played Cheshire County Ladies Senior Golf Association, 1st Team in our third match of the 2023 season, at the challenging championship course at Fixby.

Heavy rain on Sunday, prevented the teams having a practice round and necessitated the tee-times being moved to the afternoon to allow time for the course to dry out. The Greenkeeping team are to be congratulated on presenting the course to an extremely high standard following the exceptional weather, providing excellent playing conditions for this match. Although the pace of the greens was reduced due to the prolonged heavy rain, course strategy was key, to enable a player to attack difficult pin positions placed on ‘high spots,’ due to the weather. The Yorkshire Team rose to the challenge the course presented and played some excellent golf. The overall match was halved. Yorkshire won the first three matches, halved the fourth, but sadly lost the last three matches, in all four matches went to the 18th green.

Thank you to the Huddersfield Golf Club for the courtesy of the course and accommodating rescheduled tee-times. Special thanks go to the Catering and Front of House teams, who adjusted their schedules due to the change of tee times. Players, officials and trolley pullers enjoyed an excellent meal after the match, which provided an opportunity to chat with old and new friends.

Also, thanks go to Gill Travis, President and Patsy Rochester, Vice-Captain, for their invaluable support during the match.

 

From left to right: Karen Jobling, Pat Wrightson(Captain), Heather Butcher, Julie Wheeldon, Gill Travis (President), Pat Smillie, Emma Brown, Patsy Rochester (Vice Captain), MaryPat Moore

  


 Yorkshire v Lancashire

25th/26th June at Huddersfield Golf Club

The YVLGA 1st Team played Lancashire County Senior Ladies’ Golf Association, 1st Team in our second match of the 2023 season, at the challenging championship course at Fixby. The weather was fine, but very windy with strong gusts, which added to the fast running and sloping fairways made club selection difficult.

The course was presented in excellent condition, with the greens at medium pace due to the prolonged dry weather, course strategy was key to enable a player to attack the more difficult pin positions with their shot to the green. The Yorkshire Team were up to the challenge and played some excellent golf. The Yorkshire team won by 4.5 to 2.5 games, with 2nd and 3rd games being closely fought, going to the 18th green.

Thank you to the Huddersfield Golf Club for the courtesy of the course, for both the match and practice day. Players, officials and trolley pullers enjoyed an excellent meal after the match, which provided an opportunity to chat with old and new friends.

Congratulations go to Emma Brown who played her third 1st Team match, she was awarded her Team colours.

Also, thanks go to Gill Travis, President and Patsy Rochester, Vice-Captain, for their invaluable support during the match.

   

 

 

From left to right: MaryPat Moore, Patsy Rochester (Vice Captain), Julie Wheeldon, Pat Wrightson(Captain), Alison Clark, Gill Travis (President), Pat Smillie, Karen Jobling, Emma Brown & Heather Butcher.


Yorkshire v Durham

7th/8th June 2023 at Houghton Le Spring Golf Club

On a dry but cold June day in Durham the YVLGA 1st Team played Durham County Senior Ladies’ Golf Association, 1st Team in our opening match of the 2023 Season.

A well-presented hilly course, with a number of blind shots, ditches crossing a few fairways and sloping greens making putting challenging, proved a good test for the players; the Yorkshire Team were up to the challenge and played some excellent golf. The Yorkshire team won by 5.5 to 1.5 games, with 1st and 7th games being closely fought, going to the 18th green.

Thank you to DCSLGA for their hospitality, we were treated to an excellent meal after the match, players, officials and supporters were able to enjoy the opportunity to chat with old and new friends.

Congratulations go to Alison Clark who played her third 1st Team match, she was awarded her Team colours.

Also, thanks go to Gill Travis, President, Patsy Rochester, Vice-Captain, Karen Leake and Fiona Wood for their support and also acting as trolley pullers.

 

 

 

 

Back Row: Alison Clark, Heather Butcher, Karen Jobling, Karen Leake (Past Captain), Heather Staniforth,

Julie Wheeldon & Mary Pat Moore 

Front Row: Patsy Rochester (Vice Captain), Pat Wrightson (Captain), Pat Smillie & Gill Travis (President)

  


  

 

2022 RICHARDSON TROPHY TEAM FIXTURES

Yorkshire vs Northumberland

June 9/10 at Richmond (Yorks) Golf Club 

                       

                       Our 2022 Mascot - Bailey!!!                          Lady Captain and President in the sunshine

 

On a sunny, but very windy morning in Richmond the YVLGA Richardson Trophy Team of the day took on Northumberland in the first match of the 2022 Season.  I am pleased to report that we won the match 5.5 - 1.5 and I would like to thank all the players for the quality of the golf considering the very difficult conditions.

The course was presented beautifully by the Greenkeepers and both teams were well fed and watered on both the practice and match day. 

Thank you to the players on both teams, caddies, supporters and our Team Mascot of 2022 pictured above!  The players were : Emma Brown, Karen Jobling, Bet Sworowski, Heather Biutcher, Julie Wheeldon, Pat Smillie and Sue Dye.

Sadly we did not manage a Team photo today as a couple of the players had to leave as soon as the match was completed but next time ............

 

Yorkshire vs Cumbria

June 19/20 at Furness Golf Club

                                                     

 Back Row : Heather Butcher, Heather Staniforth, Emma Brown, President Gill Travis, MaryPat Moore, Vice Captain Pat Wrightson, Julie Wheeldon 

Front Row : Captain Penny Holroyd, Pat Smillie, Bet Sworowski, Karen Jobling 

 

                 

Views of Furness Golf Club and the Lakeland Fells

On a glorious day our Richardson Trophy Team took to the links of Furness Golf Club.  The wind had been blowing strongly during our practise round, but this morning it was sunny and calm so a completely different course to that played yesterday.  I am pleased to report that again we won 5.5 - 1.5.  A great start to our season and I, again, must say thank you to the team for their efforts and for the wonderful camaraderie and support their show each other.  

Also thanks to our President, Gill Travis, our Vice Captain, Pat Wrightson and travelling reserve MaryPat Moore  - today they even went out trolley pulling!  Believe me, watching is far more stressful than playing!

 

Yorkshire vs Durham 

June 30/July 1 at Richmond (Yorks) Golf Club

After overnight rain the day dawned relatively sunny and with little wind - though as the day progressed this did begin to blow gustily and the rain started to fall as the last match got to the 18th. All 7 matches were tightly contested and played in a really friendly spirit.  I am delighted to say that our ladies again managed to win 4.5 - 2.5.  I also had the pleasure of presenting Pat Smillie with her team colours having today played in her 3rd Team Match.

Again, many thanks to Gill Travis, Pat Wrightson (Happy Birthday again! and enjoy your holiday and cake) and MaryPat Moore did a sterling job of trolley pulling.

   

  Julia Elliott and Karen Jobling                                     Karen Lee & Bet Sworowski                          Marianne Moore & Julie Wheeldon

 

  

          Sarah Hirst & Heather Butcher                                  Pat Smillie & Helen Robson                                 Heather Staniforth & Claire Miller 

 

 

 Louise Richardson & Sue Dye

 

Yorkshire vs Lancashire 

July 10/11 at Hesketh Golf Club

 On a sunny, warm morning in Southport the teams started out thinking it was only going to get hotter, luckily it didn't do so.  I think being quite near the coast was an advantage today.

I am pleased to say that Yorkshire won 5:2 in a series of very closely fought matches, 5 of which went to the 18th green.  Lancashire were great hosts and were magnanimous in defeat.

Many thanks again to Pat Wrightson and Gill Travis for trolley pulling and for Ros Lumb, Past President, for coming along to support. 

                            

 

 

Yorkshire vs Cheshire 

July 31/August 1 at Bromborough Golf Club

 

We went over to Bromborough with a 0.5 point lead, knowing that all the games against Cheshire would be very tough. The weather was very kind for both our practice round and for the matches which kicked off at 0940 this morning - Yorkshire Day.  Very sadly, my magnificent players did not get that lucky bounce or putt that would have made all the difference to the result on the day and we ended up second best yet again.  In the end we lost 5:2, and ended up 0.5 points adrift.

I cannot thank the players this year enough for their commitment, a truly magnificent squad.  I must also thank our President, Gill Travis, my Vice Captain, Pat Wrightson and also our Past Captain, Karen Leake for their support and help during the year. 

          

 Karen Jobling vs Cath Rawthore            Bet Sworowski vs Caroline Berry          

           

Jeanne Bell vs Julie Wheeldon               Barbara Jamieson vs Heather Butcher

          

   Barbara Laird vs Heather Staniforth                Gill Mellor vs MaryPat Moore                                      

 

 

 Jane Burke vs Sue Dye