IT was the turn of the golden oldies in the Bradford Golf Union on Wednesday, as the Seniors’ & Veterans’ Championship took place at Northcliffe.

And it was double success for Skipton, as Paul Pethybridge retained his Seniors title from last year with a gross score of 74, while David Grant scooped the Veterans crown with his 75.

The stableford format was used to determine divisional winners, with Division One champion Steven Wilber, of Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club, having the best overall score of the day with a magnificent 40.

Discussing the tournament, Bradford Union president Simon Tabel said: “I actually played nine holes myself but had to pull out with a wrist injury.

“The conditions were poor. There was a bit of wind and some horrendous weather for the later starters.

“In terms of the format, the Seniors and Veterans events are strokeplay medal competitions, while we also use stableford for the age ranges.

“The winner of the Seniors tournament, and retaining his trophy, was Paul Pethybridge and the age winner for the Veterans was David Grant.

“It was great for the pair of them and for Skipton, who they’re both a part of.

“The divisional winners, on stableford, were all age related. So Steven Wilber won the 55-59 age group (Division One) with his 40 points.

“Graham Abbey won the 60-64 category (Division Two) with 39, Keith Greed won the 65-70 (Division Three) with 35 and David Hirst won the over 70s (Division Four) with 37.”

Asked about the golfers who stood out for him, Tabel said: “The two standouts were probably Steven Wilber and Paul Pethybridge.

“In Steven’s case, anyone getting to 40 points played exceptionally well.

“But Paul was defending his title and came in when the weather was at its worst. He played the last six holes in torrential downpours, so did well to beat his clubmate, who finished before the weather turned.”