Whatever the location and regardless of the weather, John Winter always organises a thoroughly enjoyable tour! This year’s three day return trip to Yorkshire proved to be no exception.

The tour party of 26 members and six guests, met at Moortown Golf Club – venue for the 1929 Ryder Cup – on Sunday 5th September. Having recently hosted the English Amateur Championship, the course was in tip-top, if somewhat tough, condition. Nevertheless, several players stepped up to the task and managed to play to, or better than, their handicaps.  Among performances of note was that of Brian Reid, who recorded an eagle on the par four, 5th even though he had no idea of the green layout or flag position!

Well earned refreshment at Kirkbymoorside GC

After enjoying our first night’s stay in the excellent York Hilton, on Day two we were made very welcome at Immediate Past CILT GS Captain Gus Whyte’s home course, Kirkbymoorside Golf Club. Flat and featureless would not be an accurate description of this course. Challenging, well presented and great fun would be more like it. It is easy to see why Gus spends his spare time raising money for charity by climbing hills!

At La Vecchia Scuola 1

On the Monday evening, although we had to make a late change of venue for our traditional Tour Gala Dinner (to the La Vecchia Scuola restaurant in the centre of York), it proved to be a great success. After a superb meal with wine sponsored by Cameron Grant from the OEM Group of Companies, the various competition winners from Days one and two were announced – no trophies or prizes were presented on the night to avoid later loss or breakage!

At La Vecchia Scuola 2
View of Ganton Church from the course

On the final day of the tour we revisited Ganton Golf Club – another past Ryder Cup venue, in 1949. Recent host to the 2021 Brabazon Trophy this superb golf course was also in great condition and, thanks to the exceptionally hot weather, proceeded to overpower many of the players. This made the performance of those who managed to avoid Ganton’s ball-swallowing bunkers and score more than 30 Stableford points even more noteworthy.

The winner escapes from a bunker

The tour party then partook of a cold luncheon and much-needed rehydration in the clubhouse, after which the day’s competition results were announced by Cameron Grant and appropriate trophies for all three days were presented by CILT GS Captain, Bob Harper.

The full day-by-day and overall tour competition results were as follows:-

DAY ONE – RESULTS:

Team Winners: John Winter, Steve Murray, Mark Smith, Paul Ritchie (86 pts)

Runners-Up: Malcolm Maycock, Keith Mellish, Richard Healey, Nick Willis (82 pts)

Leading Guest: Pat Carrol – 33 points

Members Runner-Up (on count back): Cameron Grant – 37 points

Winner of the ATMS Trophy: Paul Ritchie – 37 points

DAY TWO – RESULTS:

Team Winners: Peter Taylor, Steve Gawler, Nick Edwards, Keith Mellish (90 pts)

Runners-Up: Pat Carrol, Cameron Grant, Adrian Malupa, Paul Ritchie (88 pts)

Leading Guest: Keith Mellish – 37 points

Members Runner-Up: Alan Swinley – 37 points

Winner of the Mandata Trophy: Cameron Grant – 39 points

DAY THREE – RESULTS:

Leading Guest: Keith Mellish – 37 points

Members Runner-Up: Mark Smith – 35 points

Winner of the Sponsors Trophy: Steve Murray – 36 points

OVERALL TOUR RESULTS:

Over the three days, members of the tour party managed to lose a total of 135 golf balls on (or sometimes off) the course. This figure was guessed correctly by Pat Carrol.

Winner of the prize for best total Stableford points score by a Guest, was Keith Mellish with 103 points.

Winner of the Tour Trophy (for the fourth time in 20 years!) was Paul Ritchie, with a cumulative score of 102 Stableford points.

CILT GS Captain, Bob Harper, presents Paul Ritchie with the Tour Trophy

Once again our thanks go to John Winter for overall organisation of such a fantastic trip, but also to Cameron Grant for keeping the scores, to Gus Whyte as Day Two host and for last minute re-arrangement of the venue for our Gala Dinner and to Alan Swinley as host for the final day.

We now look forward to Tour 2022 – when we plan to visit some top class venues in North Norfolk between 4th and 6th September.