28th July 2015
Len Price provides an update on this year’s Old Boys’ golf competitions.
The competition was played at Skipton Golf Club on Monday 11th May. This is not played with players following each other out as in normal competitions, players book a tee-time with the professional’s shop, play their round and leave their scorecards with the bar steward.
A total of 10 players submitted scorecards on the day. The weather was blustery with scattered showers, and the course was in excellent condition.
The winner, 43 years after he first played in the competition, was David Smith. He will be presented with the trophy, known as “The Old Dog”, at the Founders’ Day Dinner later this year. The winner of the Hitchin Trophy is nominally the Society Golf Captain for the year.
Team match against Giggleswick Old Boys
This a team match, played in four-balls, under Match play rules. It has traditionally been played at Skipton Golf Club, although originally it was decided that it would be played “Home and Away”. The match is always played in a friendly manner, the day ends with Dinner in the Golf Club, when the trophy, “The Craven Plate” is presented to the winning captain by the losing captain.
After a run of 2 defeats, followed by 2 tied matches, I am pleased to report that Ermysted’s Old Boys were successful this year. In the last 20 years the score is:-
Ermysted’s – 9 wins.
Giggleswick – 4 wins.
Tied matches – 6.
Match abandoned – 1.
Old Boys v School
This match is played for the A. T. Taylor Trophy. In recent years it has been played at Ghyll Golf Club, Barnoldswick, where we are always given a great welcome.
Until the last few years this match was regularly won by the Old Boys’ Society team. However, things have changed, since the Skipton Golf Club Junior Section, who provide most of the School team, became a force to be reckoned with – the tide has turned in the School’s way.
After a very enjoyable competition, the EGS team won 3 and a half to a lone half. Afterwards an enjoyable Buffet tea was taken, after which, normally the losing Captain presents the A. T. Taylor Trophy to the winning Captain. This year, however, the Trophy was still in the Headmaster’s study.
As golfers in the Society can see, there are chances to meet up with like-minded old schoolmates – keep an eye on the website for details of next year’s competitions.
Old Boys’ Society Secretary (and Golf organiser)