Leeds and District Union of Golf Clubs to celebrate centenary in 2021

The Leeds and District Union of Golf Clubs has announced plans to celebrate its 100th birthday during 2021.

The Union was officially 100 years old in September 2020 and the original plans for the Centenary were postponed due to the Covid pandemic. A revised programme of celebrations will take throughout 2021, culminating in a Grand Centenary Dinner in March 2022.

Leeds & District Union of Golf Clubs centenary president 2020-21 Geoff Mortimer, a member and past captain of Moortown, said: “On September 15, 1920 nine of the thirteen golf clubs who were founded in Leeds between 1891, when Wakefield opened, closely followed by Headingley in 1892, had a vision and sense of purpose to join together and create the Leeds and District Union of Golf Clubs. Its purpose was, and still is, to further the interests of golf within the Leeds region, to provide opportunities for discussing the matters of common interest among the member clubs, as well as to arrange competitions and team matches. Today we have 28 clubs affiliated and active.

“During the year, I’m planning to take a four-man team out to play at every member club. We hope to have a little fun, hand out some centenary plaques and special prizes, and push on with our charity fundraising for the Leeds Children’s Charity.”

Building on the union’s original aims, the Executive is committed to raising awareness of the Union among potential member clubs and players within the affiliated clubs while recognising contributions to the union, promoting competitions, build on its fundraising for charity – which to-date has contributed more than £230,000 to local charities and celebrating 100 years of golfing history.

Events in 2021 will include A Centenary Launch Luncheon at Moortown GC, the president’s tour of member clubs and a full calendar of competitions, including the Leeds Open Strokeplay Championship and team matches.

For more information on the Leeds & District Union of Golf Clubs centenary, head over to www.ldugc.co.uk