Ken Stoneman, the then Captain of Dore & Totley Golf Club, was
travelling with Harry Parkin, a Past Captain of Dore & Totley,
to the Sheffield Union dinner. Harry was trying to interest Captains
in forming a society and coerced Ken to become Secretary.
1973 a number of meetings were held to which Clarie Clough, Captain
of Hillsborough Golf Club, was invited. Rules of other societies
were obtained and help was received from Jack Parker and Clem Bailey,
who were involved with the Bolton Society. The area to be covered
by the Society was agreed to be within a radius of 25 miles from
Sheffield Cathedral and the rules of the Society were agreed upon.
By November of 1973 a meeting was called at Dore & Totley Golf
Club and Captains and Past Captains from local clubs invited to
attend. The meeting was well attended, a life subscription of £3.00
was agreed and a further meeting was arranged for January 1974.
the meeting in January 1974 the Rules were accepted and The Society
was officially started with the appointment of a committee and officials
for an initial term of nine months.
President: G W Nunn Hallowes Golf Club
Captain of Captains: W H Parkin Dore & Totley Golf Club
Vice Captain: J L Southorn Hallowes Golf Club
Secretary/Treasurer: K M C Stoneman Dore & Totley Golf Club
The Committee was made up of members from the following Golf Clubs:
Rotherham, Renishaw Park, Wath, Lindrick Artisans, Hillsborough,
Abbeydale, Grange Park, Silkstone.
Two events were held in 1974, Presidents Day at Abbeydale on 20th
May and Captains Day at Rotherham on 20th September. George Nunn
presented a carriage clock to be played for annually on Presidents
Day and Harry Parkin a rose bowl for Captains Day. The first Annual
Dinner and AGM were held on the 30th October 1974 at Tapton Hall,
Sheffield when the officers elected in January were all re-elected.
During 1975 a Society tie was introduced, however, this was changed
to the current one in the nineties followed by the introduction
of a bow tie in early two thousand.
first Inter Society match was in 1977 against Leeds followed by
matches with Bradford and Harrogate in 1978, Hull in 1980, Scarborough
and Halifax in 1989, Derbyshire in 2001 and York in 2007.
of office for Captain and President were introduced in the mid eighties
along with badges for Past Captains and Presidents.
Silver Jubilee of The Society was celebrated in 1999 with a dinner
at Rotherham Golf Club when Ken Stoneman, Honorary Life Vice President,
presented the Jubilee Trophy to be played for annually, on a knockout
basis, by the first four winners of Captain and President Day competitions.
Society continues to flourish with a current membership of over
six hundred but we continue to encourage new members to join what
is a very friendly society.