THE Theakston Trophies, sponsored by T&R Theakston, Masham, saw a surprising number of competitors turning up to play, knowing that temperatures were expected to reach the low 30s centigrade at some time during the day. Aware of this fact, the majority of men set off very early in order to stay relatively cool whilst on the course. Those that did not were very grateful for their free pint of Theakstons waiting on the bar after the game, by kind permission of Theakston’s Executive Director, Simon Theakston. Over the past few years there has been a Ladies Trophy as well as Men’s Theakston’s Trophy and although there were plenty of umbrellas to be seen on the course this year they were providing players with shade from the intense heat. Everybody who went out a bit later in the day all said how they had suffered from the heat but it was clear from the results that the majority of the placings for the competition came from those later starters.

In his presentation speech, Simon Theakston reiterated his words of congratulations to Masham Golf Club for continuing to hold the Theakston Trophies Competition. His father, Michael Theakston had started the day in the 1970s and he was proud to continue sponsoring in his father’s name for what he hoped would be “a good few years to come”.

Results:- Ladies Theakston Trophy.

This year’s winner with a clear winning score was Amanda Boak, in first place. In second place was Pam Brown followed by Pat Watts in third place. And to complete the quartet, Masham Lady Captain, Julia Baker.

Julia also won the nearest the pin competition.

Men’s Theakston Trophy.

Relatively new to Masham Golf Club, the first prize went to Jon Bain with a 71 net. When receiving his Theakston Tankard from Simon, Jon said how much he had appreciated the friendly nature of the club and how welcome he had been made to feel by the membership. He also mentioned, within Simon’s ear shot that the reason for moving to Masham in the first place was to be near where they brewed his favourite pint! Simon thanked him for his kind words but it did not earn another free drink.

In second place with 72 net and a back nine count back was Neil Garbutt. On the same net score of 72 was Terry Pickard, with Tony Roebuck, bring up the rear with a net 73.

Norman Shepherd won the nearest the pin prize.

Thanks went to Robin Elias for being the score card “manager” on the day and for Pam providing good food throughout the day and not forgetting Arthur Franks for his strong arm work behind the bar providing all those dry throats with their free pints and more.