AROUND THE GOLF CLUBS

Alnwick

THE penultimate week of the winter league saw the title clinched by a player with an unassailable lead in the overall standings.

With the top two places identical to the previous week, Steve ‘easyway.co.uk’ Barron – formerly known as The Weatherman – secured the title with yet another first place.

Wayne Belisle kept his hopes of runners-up spot very much alive by once again securing the points for second.

In third and making himself one of at least five players in with a chance to be runner-up in the overall standings was John Pentleton.

Thirty seven members played on a course which is shaping up nicely thanks to the noticeable efforts of head greenkeeper Alan and his team.

Winter League (Sunday): 1 S Barron 38pts; 2 W Belisle 36pts; 3 J Pentleton 35pts. Current overall points (top six): 1 S Barron 74; 2 K Murphy 58; 3 G Taylor 54; 4 W Belisle 52; 5 G Johnstone 50; 6 J Pentleton 49.

The summer season tees off with the Les Cooper Memorial Bowl on Saturday, March 26. The start sheets for this and the club knockout competitions are now posted on the clubhouse noticeboard.

l The eagle-eyed of you will have noticed my deliberate mistake last week. The AGM is in fact on Friday, March 27, at 7.30pm, in the clubhouse. Apologies and thanks to all those who spotted it.

Alnmouth (Foxton)

4BBB Winter Stableford: 1 J Ovenden & I Long 43pts; 2 M Farrell & J Stanley 42; 3 R Gander & D Appleby 42.

Alnmouth (Foxton) have introduced two new membership categories for 2011 aimed at the casual golfer.

Pay and Play Membership with an annual subscription of £250 which entitles the member to 15 rounds of golf per season and a summer evening membership for £150, which offers golf after 3pm from May through to October.

Further details are available from Peter Simpson on 016656 830231 or email secretary@alnmouthgolfclub.com

Warkworth

THE penultimate winter knock on Saturday at the Old Links was a stableford bottle bash held over from Christmas.

This saw Colin Mitchell emerge from his hibernation to bludgeon 38 points. This put him one clear of P ‘Eddie’ Cochrane and Malcolm Allan, who in turn held off Gary Scott and last year’s skip Dave Arkley by one point.

Gary was doubly unlucky as his tee shot on the par three sixth was kept out of the hole by the infamous peak and stopped, teetering on the brink, for an easy two, though.

Also in the twos were Clan Gray, with three between them in an ominous return to form.

All this before the J Gray empty Claret Jug this weekend which is presented to the winter champion. Strokeplay is the format so beware the ‘easy’ third and 12th holes.

Wooler

GEOFF Brown won the penultimate round of the winter league on 18 points ahead of his grandson James Spencer on 17.

This moves Geoff into second place overall on 48 points behind winner Geoff Tong, who now stands on 77.

A reminder to everyone that the 2011 summer season kicks off on the weekend of March 26 and 27, as Peter Patrick and Barbara Williamson drive into office.