WHO was it that said “big is beautiful”? Masham Ladies proved last Wednesday, July 29, that you do not have to be a big club to be beautiful.

This year, the Harrogate and District Union of Golf Clubs (HDUGC) held its Bronze Division Championships at Rudding Park, where teams from all the Harrogate area golf clubs met to compete in this competition.

Masham’s team, Mandy Boak, Jackie Thirsk, Sue Whitehead and Penny Nicklas were successful in winning the Championship with six points to spare over their nearest rivals, Oakdale Ladies.

Alongside the main event there was an individual competition in which Masham’s Mandy Boak was placed second and Masham’s Sue whitehead was placed third.

Other ladies results: Thursday, July 30, ladies 18 hole qualifying Stableford: 1st Jackie Thirsk, 2nd Jan McGee, 3rd Julia Baker. Ladies Super Vets: 1st Barbara Jameson, 2nd Pat Watts, 3rd Madeleine Daffern.

Sunday, August 2, ladies Prince of Wales Trophy: 1st Mandy Boak, 2nd Jackie Thirsk (back 6 holes), 3rd Penny Nicklas.

In the junior section, congratulations to Ben Brown who played for the Yorks under 16 boys team versus Lancs at Bradford on Monday, July 20 and halved the pairs match and won the singles.

Ben also played for Yorkshire boys versus Lancashire at St Annes Old Links on Tuesday, July 28, but unfortunately wasn’t so successful as the week previously.

Men's section: Peter Hanby Newton Cup 2020, aggregate result of the Competition played on July 12 and 19.

Having seen Ben Brown’s name above, we say congratulations again as we see that Ben came in with a 67 and 70 to make an aggregate score of 137 and therefore win this year’s competition. However, it was close with only one point in it as his friend and fellow Masham junior, Charlie Abbot, came second with scores of 67 and 71 to make a 138. In third place with a credible 73 and 71, making 144 was Will I’Anson.

And finally, a great day's golf was had by all who played in the HDUGC Mixed AM/AM at Masham on Sunday, July 26 at Masham.

The club's nine hole course had no problems hosting this popular event, with all Covid-19 precautions and restrictions being strictly observed.

A spokesperson for the club said: "Thanks must go to all those that made the day possible, with special mention, as always, to Andy and Neil, our wonderful green keepers for all their hard work in making the course a delight to play on."

As reported on the HDUGC website, the team from Bedale won the competition. Mike Mayman, club secretary and his wife Sue, played with Steve Knox and Lady Captain Patricia Knox and scored 93 points and had the best score. Runners up were a team from Otley (Wilcock, Leach, Parker and Lamb) with 88 points, and third were another Bedale team, (Lawrence, Morris, Petrie, and Morris) with 83 points.

The Oakdale Jubilee Trophy is won by the club with the best two team scores, so Bedale won this with a total of 176 points, and Otley were runners up.