Marking the past

Catterrick Golf Club has honoured its long association with the Green Howards Regiment.

Catterrick Golf Club has honoured its long association with the Green Howards Regiment.

The Green Howards were formed in 1688 but were merged with The Prince of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment and the Duke of Wellington's Regiment to form the Yorkshire Regiment last summer.

They were one of only two English regiments that had never been amalgamated or merged with others and with over 300 years of campaign service, their history is legendary.

The regiment recruited from North Yorkshire and Cleveland with Richmond being the home of the regimental headquarters.

When the 1st Battalion was on operations in Northern Ireland, the idea was conceived to hold their Tercentenary Open Golf Championship at Catterick in the presence of their recently appointed president of the Green Howards Golfing Society, Ulsterman Fred Daly MBE.

Fred, the ex shilling-a-round caddie from Royal Portrush Golf Club, was the only Irishman ever to win the British Open Championship, which he achieved in 947 at Hoylake.

He was also a member of the UK Ryder Cup team in the years 1947, 1949, 1951 and 1953.

In 1990, accompanied by his life-long friend John Frazer, a past-president of Balmoral Golf Club in Northern Ireland, Fred again visited Catterick, and when on the 10th tee he watched the then club champion, Ian Doughty, drive the green from the white tee with a three-wood and decided to recommend to the club executive that they should moving the tee further back.

This was agreed and a new tee was constructed, funded by donations from the Green Howards Golf Society. In 2006, the Green Howards Association Society decided to mark this by commissioning Matthew Hazell, a master stonemason and builder from Norton, to produce a stone plinth from Yorkshire stone to be sited on the path leading to the 10th tee.

The plinth was recently unveiled by Mr Hazell in the presence of GHAGS captain Tommy Wharton and president Eddie Conway, Major Bob Martin of the GHA Catterick club captain Joe Cawley.

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