The Society of Sheffield Golf Captains

 

History of The Society of Sheffield Golf Captains


In 1972 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.

During 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.

At 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.

The 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.

Badges of office for Captain and President were introduced in the mid eighties along with badges for Past Captains and Presidents.

The 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.

The 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.

 

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