JUNIOR golf was alive and kicking at Skipton Golf Club recently when more than 30 students from various schools across the region took part in an inaugural tournament staged towards the end of term.

In the individuals, girls champion was Lily Dunn, of Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley, with Evie Graves, of Ilkley Grammar School, finishing runner-up.

Boys champion was Oliver Cage, of Prince Henry’s, and runner-up was Huey Cunningham, of South Craven School.

Team champions were the Prince Henry’s B team, Ilkley were runners-up, Prince Henry’s C team claimed third and South Craven were fourth.

Matt Brooks won the Ermysted's Open, a standalone competition, with Mark Nelson claiming the runners-up slot.

Skipton Golf Club committee member Jim Fox and ladies captain Carolyn Murphy presented the prizes and Sam Steward came up with the idea for the tournament.

Fox said: “Thanks must go to Sam for organising the whole event. We hope he can see his way into repeating the competition next year. Many thanks also to Sylvia Eastwood, who is in charge of our junior section, for financing the refreshments, and to Tash and her catering team for their hard work on the day.”

* The latest changes at Skipton Golf Club saw the reconstruction of the two bunkers on the third hole.

The £3,000 required for this work, said to be the final piece in the jigsaw concerning the club’s newly remodelled course, came from funds raised by the men’s senior section.

Both members and visitors continue to sing the praises of the new course, launched last August, with two brand-new par 4 holes among many improvements now in place.

The major redevelopment work, involving significant investment, was necessitated by the Environment Agency’s Flood Alleviation Scheme for Skipton.