Soldiers and civilians tee off for revived golf match

For the first time since 2019, an annual tournament between soldiers and civilians from North Yorkshire took place at the famous Fulford Golf Course in June.

The Challenge Cup, which has been played since 1920 but was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, is contested by York Garrison and the local civilian golf team.

This iteration, billed as the Centenary Match due to the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 versions, ended in a hard-fought 10-8 victory for Fulford Golf Club in splendid weather.

In a joint statement, team captains Bob Taylor and Mick Collins said: “This is a momentous occasion for both teams and is the oldest competitive match at the club. The day flew by.”

After the match, both teams made their way to Imphal Barracks to celebrate their friendship with a Regimental dinner.

Fulford Golf Course is a Par 72 facility of 6,900 yards, where the course record is still held by Welsh legend Ian Woosnam.

The club has a history of military association; in 1906, the original nine-hole course was envisaged by local man Colonel Robert Key, while club members lay a poppy wreath annually to commemorate the seven crew who died when a Halifax bomber crashed on the third hole in 1943.

North Yorkshire will celebrate its links with the Army during Armed Forces Week between 20 – 25 June this year, with Scarborough set to host the main national event of Armed Forces Day.