AROUND THE GOLF CLUBS

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Alnwick

THE full 18 holes are now open again at Swansfield.

The power of the press was proven with 34 members turning out to contest the latest round of the winter league last week and hopefully a few more may resume their challenge this Sunday.

For the second week running, Kevin Murphy saw off the rest of the field to take the 10 points and rocket him up the leader board into second place overall only one point behind Colin Donaldson.

However, the margin of victory was minimal and only decided on countback, the man hot on his heels was Barry Farrar. Making up the top three was Stephen Cooper who moved into the top six of the overall standings by virtue of his result.

Winter League: 1 K Murphy 39pts (on second nine); 2 B Farrar 39; 3 S Cooper 36.

Current overall leader board: C Donaldson 37pts; K Murphy 35; G Taylor 33; S Cooper 32; K Richardson 31; S Barron 28.

With the new head greenkeeper now in post, the new caterer expected to start this weekend and the clubhouse benefiting from a lick of paint and new carpeting it is exciting times for Alnwick Golf Club. Full membership details can be found on the website www.alnwickgolfclub.co.uk

Warkworth

THE ‘Old Links’ has a new look to it after a joint venture with the Coquet Caravan Park, Northumberland Estates and the Environment Agency brought about a new shallow pond behind the already daunting first hole.

Due to increasing water levels and a desire to reinstate the tidal area on the old river course for the coastal flora and fauna, large ‘scrapes’ have been created which will fill up when the existing dam is breached to let the sea back in. The dam will be partly replaced by a walkway from the caravan site to the beach and the existing paths and roadway from the toilets will also remain for the public to use. The pond behind the first hole will be filled with reeds and in the future may even become incorporated into what is already considered to be one of the finest opening golf holes around.

The full course was back in action on Saturday in a two-ball Texas scramble format that attracted a 50-plus field, which produced some fine scores on the excellent winter greens that have been nurtured back to life by greenkeeper Alan Dalby.

The what-might-have-been team of Ba Knox and George Walker lost out with their 55 by disqualification due to playing off a wrong teebox thus allowing Mark Nick and his Butler to grab first place.

Sharing the top slot with another 56 were Mick Lucas and ‘Auld’ Jack who ensured the Hindhaughs didn’t go home empty handed.

Anytime 18 hole stableford next Saturday folks and new memberships now available at only £270/annum. Ring clubhouse on 01665711596 for details.

Wooler

AFTER a lengthy break due to the snow, the Henry Curry Winter League is back into action and Geoff Tong is the man on form, winning the first week back and runner-up last week, just being pipped by David Crisp.

Geoff leads overall on 37 points ahead of Jamie Bissett on 28 and David Crisp on 22.

In the recent winter trip to Bedlington, Michael Stenhouse took the honours on 38 points ahead of Colin Daley on 38, Gordon Lamb on 37 and David ‘The Pub Landlord’ Hogg on 36.