IT was countback time on Saturday after a remarkable four-way tie on 62nett in the Roger Ellison-Fenwick Cup – a four-ball better-ball pairs competition which was decided on the better back nine. Leading returns: 62 (on last nine) M Farrell and C Strickland;62 M McCracken and S Butler; 62 J Ovenden and M Moult; 62 B Heppell and J Redpath.
Alnmouth (Foxton) Ladies
COMPETITION EWGA Medal, Silver Medal: A Hansen 79-4-75. Bronze Medal: L Betteridge 109-30-79.
BILL Patrick Shield (Texas Scramble - postponed from Boxing Day 2010): 63-6.3-56.7 RA Hill, M Hill, T Harris, D Fairbairn; 65-5.7-59.3 S Forman, G Batson, R Archibald, G Forman; 64-4.6-59.4 J Clark, G Clark, D Trotter, R Boyle; 66-6.3-59.7 I Simpson, J Kidd, J Wright, N Holden.
l ‘The Village’ hosted the annual seniors friendly against Morpeth, the match ending with honours even. Promoting the ties between the clubs, Village players can play 10 free games at Morpeth with a reciprocal offer for Morpeth golfers at Alnmouth in an agreement drawn up for 2011. Details from both club secretaries.
Alnmouth Village Ladies
BOOTH Shield: 1 Barbara Biesterfield 31pts; 2 Eileen Meek 29pts; 3 Hilary Buckley 27pts; 4 Lin Osgood 25pts.
DRYBROUGH Cup: 39pts J Watson; 38 J Whitelaw; 37 P Hinson; 36 K Whitfield; 36 E Wealleans; 36 P Lorraine; 36 J Woodman; 36 R Taylor; 36 W Brook.
Seniors Open (4bbb): 43pts (on last nine) P O’Hara and R Graham (Westerhope); 43 T Vinton and W O’Hara; 43 T Cresswell and G Morgan; 43 S Mundell and A Hall; 42 G McEvoy and G Clark.
Bamburgh Castle Ladies
CORONATION Foursomes, 1 Fiona Southern & Lorraine Bewley 35pts; 2 Nicky Rose & Ann McNeil 33pts; 3 Julie Dawson & Jill Hodge 30pts on the back 9 from Hilary Hulley 30pts.
BRIAN Walker Memorial: 1 D Banbury, M Brewis, G Mallaburn, D Williams 61.7; 2 G Davison, G Stephenson, N Wallace, J Wilkin 61.8; 3 R Jamieson, G Paul, J Paul, S Potts 62.2.
THE Seniors first competition back to 18 holes, playing from grassed tees, was the April Medal. Scores were particulary high considering all the changes that have been made to the course over the winter. Results: 1 Hamish Manson 85 -16-69; 2 John Thompson 90-17-73; 3 Chris Steel 93-19- 74; 4 Mike Corner 93-17-76.
Percy Wood Ladies
MEDAL One: 1 Mary Stevens; 2 Cath Debbage; 3 Hilary Birkmyre. Captain’s Charity Cup: 1 Hazel Clark 30pts; 2 Ade Stewart 30pts; 3 June Ormston 29pts.
BISQUE Bogey: 1 Brian White 40pts; 2 Rob Jackson 38pts; 3 Richard Wallhead 36pts; 4 Dave Hebson 36pts. Plumber Brian White matched the weather and was red hot with his score of 41 points.
Ford Trophy: 1 Paul Arkle 77-6-71; 2 Peter Snaith 85-14-71; 3 Graham Cadwallader 90-19-71; 4 David Phillips 86-15-71. Once again the sun shone in the Coquet Valley with the ex-greens chairman conquering the course with the best of the batch of 71s.
SHILTON Shield: 1 Eileen Clark 95-18-77; 2 Mary Tully 99-20-79; 3 Angela Robinson 101-17-84.
COMPETITORS took advantage of the favourable conditions to return some low scores in Sunday’s Lacson Tankard.
Leading returns: 78-16-62 (on last nine) D Taylor; 77-15-62 R Renner; 70-7-63 A Laidler; 78-14-64 K Blake; 86-21-65 K Pearson; 83-17-66 M Arthurs; 84-17-67 I Hiscock; 71-4-67 T Gilholm. CSS 68.
ON Tuesday, only four ladies turned out in gale force winds to play for the medal. This resulted in high scoring with Jean Bladen taking first place, Anne Nicholson in second and Jan Allan was third.
Conditions were much kinder on Sunday when the Bell Trophy was played. The result was: 1 Anne Locke 76-8-68; 2 Gillian Blair 95-24-71; 3 Lynne Bannister 84-12-74 on countback from Val Sim 86-14-72. Anne Locke also carded the best gross of 76.
THERE were three surprises at the Old Links last weekend in the Wm Robinson Trophy – it was windy, the greens were a tad hirsute and last year’s captain Dave Arkley’s luck changed.
The stableford format normally produces high points totals but the aforementioned surprises put paid to that and Dave’s score of 40 points was enough to secure the trophy, first sweep and a quarter share of the 2s pot. There is no truth to the rumour that he was last seen dancing around the tractor shed shouting “mine all mine, at last!”.
In second place on his own on 39 points was Colin Mitchell, whose big-hitting into the wind held off the chasing pack. The pack on 38 points were the in-form John Forsyth, Mark Nicholson, Gary Scott, Paul Wilson and Alan Jamieson. Other 2s were recorded by Dave Gray, Ken Park, and T Hall.
This weekend sees the final of the Inter County foursomes at Houghton-le-Spring and the North Northumberland leagues’ sole representatives are Ross Young and Robert Balmbra from the Old Links. They play City of Newcastle.
ALISON’S Quaich: 1 L Langland 107-27=80; 2 J Gray 105-21=84; 3 J Hardy 107-23=84; 4 D Coney 112-27=85.
GLORIOUS weather greeted everyone this weekend on Dod Law and on Saturday it turned into a sibling rivalry at the head of the field. Richard Lowrey took first place in the Chairman’s Cup first round with 38 points ahead of younger brother Stuart on 35. Brian Tait was the best of four scores of 34 on a countback.
And on Sunday, Richard kept up his good form to also win the Medal with a score of 81-13-68, ahead of Davy Allan on 91-22-69. Paul Routledge and Martyn Redpath both scored 78-8-70 with Paul edging third place on a count-back. Would members please see the noticeboard for the knock-out competitions, to be drawn at the end of next week?
In the ladies section, Anne Smithson beat Di Sim on a countback to win the April Stableford, while Sheilagh Curle won the Logan Rosebowl ahead of Anne Brown. Anne was also runner-up in the Par Competition, this time to Susan Brown and in the Coronation Fours, Pat Tatters and Susan Brown beat Di Sim and Janet Moor into second place.