Another fine year to applaud as Ladies are honoured

Strong season for the ladies
Strong season for the ladies

IT seems winning things runs in the Tracey family with 91-year-old Leonard Tracey winning the Huddersfield Vets League over 80’s bowling competition and his daughter-in-law scooping the honours at last week’s Huddersfield Golf Club’s Ladies Presentation Evening as Golfer of the Year.

Over 80 Fixby Hall lady members gathered at the annual prize presentation evening along with visiting Lady Captains from Meltham, Bradley Park, Marsden, Woodsome Hall, Crosland Heath, Dewsbury and Longley Park. It was a glittering occasion with prizes running the length of the top table.

Lady Vice-Captain Liz Roberts did an excellent job of officiating the proceedings and keeping the ladies to time. Lady Captain Jean Gee introduced all her visitors before the dinner, which took the gathering to over 90, and it was clear the visiting captains had a wealth of talents ranging from dentists, violinists, cyclists, pilots and even an OBE among them.

The evening was in full swing by the time the guest speaker took to the floor when Sue Maddocks was introduced. Lady Captain had kept the guest speaker a closely-guarded secret so it was a real surprise when the former owner and landlady of the Roundhill public house, Rastrick, arose from her dinner table to take to the top table.

Sue is also a Huddersfield golfer herself but is perhaps more well known for her achievements on the flower circuit. Sue has been involved on the Yorkshire Executive and has prepared bouquets for Princess Anne on two occasions. She has also prepared flowers for Westminister Abbey at the Order of the Garter Service in 2014 attended by the Queen.

She has also competed four times in the Chelsea Flower Show, winning one silver and three silver gilt medals. Sue gave an interesting and amusing talk of her exploits in the world of flowers.

Joyce Ironside, the Ladies secretary, then invited Lady Captain Jean to present the trophies.

Some 29 trophies were presented with Octegenarian Ann Crowther taking home the Senior Ladies Vets and 9 hole trophies. Sue Ramsbottom, Val Gothard and Kathryn O’Hara all took two trophies each with Pat Wrightson and Cathy Burger stepping forward for three.

The final award of the evening, Pat Wrightson Golfer of the Year, was awarded to Alison Tracey who, with wins in the Florence Pickles and Challenge Trophies and runners up in the Winter and Summer 11 holes and Wee Vase competitions, amassed enough points to take the prestigious Wrightson Trophy.

Once again, an excellent evening had been enjoyed by all and the attendance was testament to the fine golfing traditions of this ever-popular golf club. Roll on next season!

Winners – Winter 11 hole: Amanda Hill. Frozen Fingers: Pat Wrightson, Florence Pickles, Alison Tracey. Ladies Foursomes: T.Jeffries & J.Elam. Diamond Jubilee: Anita Mandl. 24-30 Handicap: Peta Oxley. Rabbits Trophy: Eva Lambert. Senior Trophy: Sue Ramsbottom. Junior Trophy: Megan Clarke. Summer 11 hole: Kathryn O’Hara. Challenge Trophy: Alison Tracey, Carrie Barker, Brenda Parker. Midsummer Bowl: Cathy Burger. Wee Vase: Linda Mallinson. Second Division Trophy: Sue Ramsbottom. Four Club: Val Gothard. Four-Ball Better Ball Trophy: A.Tracey and H.Benson. Veterans Trophy: Linda Smith. Senior Ladies Veterans Trophy: Ann Crowther, Grannie Trophy, Joyce Ironside. Putting Cup: Chris Bullock. Millennium Bowl: Pat Wrightson, Harry Huth, Megan Lockett. Silver Salver: Claire Greenwood. Bronze Salver: Pat Poole. Nine-hole Competition: Ann Crowther. Calcutta: Carin Scrader. The Durrans Trophy: Cathy Burger. Stableford Trophy: Fiona Miller. Hordern Casket: Cathy Burger. LGU Quaiche: Maxine Rowlands. Sue Johnson Trophy: Val Gothard. Meg Brierley Best Gross: P.Wrightson and M.Lockett. Armitage Bowl: Jess Hoskings. Green Trophy: Alison Graham. Pet Wrightson Trophy: Alison Tracey.