AROUND THE GOLF CLUBS

News and results from clubs in north Northumberland

Alnmouth Village Ladies

ANN Covell Trophy, Mary Percy Qualifier and Medal: 1 Viv Archibald 103-34=69; 2 Pat Addy 99-28=71; 3 Margaret Gray 87-15=72; 4 Fyona Robson 96-21=75.

Alnmouth Village

A NEW competition in memory of a popular member who died last year at the age of 43 is being held on Saturday, July 23.

The Peter Braidford Charity Day is in support of St Oswald’s Hospice who cared for Peter in the last few weeks of his life.

The competition is an Open Texas Scramble incorporating men’s, ladies’ and mixed teams and with practically all tee times taken its success is already assured.

It is planned to make it an annual event and Peter’s sister, Joan, has donated a cup in his memory.

There will be an auction in the clubhouse at night following the presentation of prizes to boost the day’s funds.

l Congratulations are due to the club’s leading player, Richard Campbell, on an outstanding achievement.

Richard, who plays off two handicap, has been in top form this season in both club and league events.

He has played in four of the Kaims Country Park North Northumberland League Open Days and topped the gross section each time. His latest win came on Saturday when he posted a par round of 71 over the challenging Burgam Park course.

*Leading returns in the previously postponed Pentleton Putter, played on Sunday, were as follows: 94-26-68 (on countback) M Dawson; 78-10-68 T Jackson; 79-10-69 S Forman; 71-2-69 RI Campbell; 84-14-70 I Simpson.

Alnmouth (Foxton)

JULY Stableford results: Division One: 6up J Nickless; 5up M Kilmister; 5up J Wright. Division Two: 6up J Hall; 4up S Inglis; 4up J Forrester. Division Three: 2up R Armstrong; 2up R Fielding; 1up A Turvey. Seniors: 4up T Grey; 1up L Bilboe; all square J Browell. Winner of Junior Patrons Trophy: J Hall. M McCracken holed in one on the 11th.

Alnmouth (Foxton) Ladies

DINAH McIlroy’s Ladies President’s Day: Lady President’s Salver: Barbara Biesterfield 42pts; 2 Diane Lillie 38 (better back nine) from S Brierley, E Ross, S Temple.

Nine hole winner: Mary Tait 19pts.

Lady President’s Charity, £242 for the Air Ambulance.

Alnwick

ON a beautiful sunny day with little or no wind to speak of, Alnwick members invited guests to Swansfield last Sunday to contest the annual Invitation Day.

This year the competition was staged as a 4BBB competition off three quarters handicap.

The winning pair on the day were Bob Chalmers and his partner S Howie with an impressive 42pts.

In second place was new Alnwick member Neil Aitchison and Richie Campbell from Alnmouth Village golf club who were beaten only on countback. Third and fourth placed pairs of last years winners Gerry McInally and Tim Mohon and Ian ‘The Toad’ Ferguson and C Gooding were only one point adrift on 41pts also separated by countback.

Other prizes on the day were presented to Andrew Tate for the longest drive at the sixth and nearest the pin for Guy Ridley at both the second and 17th, Alan Craigs at the fourth and finally Steve Miller at the 15th.

A great day was had by members and their partners from other clubs in the area with huge praise given by all on the condition of the course and the fantastic Sunday lunch provided by caterer Melanie. Thanks must also go to Mick McGrechan and Mick and Anna Hubbard for their starters and raffle seller roles.

Bob Chalmers had a further reason to celebrate as he had scored a hole-in-one a couple of days earlier. While playing with Michael Bedford and Ray Baston he holed his tee shot at the difficult par three 15th hole using a seven iron.

Invitation Day: 1 R Chalmers and S Howie 42pts (on back six); 2 N Aitchi-son and R Campbell 42; 3 G McInally and T Mohon 41; (on back three); 4 I Ferguson and C Gooding 41.

Alnwick Castle Ladies

MEDAL/Carter Four: L Tate 92-20=72; N Thompson 94-21=73; G Gordon 89-14=75.

In the Ladies Evening League, Alnwick gained a creditable draw against their experienced opponents from Linden Hall: Alnwick 2½ Linden 2½.

Bamburgh

ON a day of amazingly good scoring, Peter Sanderson held off several challengers to record his eighth victory in the 36-hole Club Championship for the EG Hill Trophy on Saturday.

He posted rounds of 67 and 66 for a three-under-par total of 133 and a two-shot victory over Graham Forrest and Johnny Moffet junior with the latter’s father, John, one shot back. Mark Dawson was a further two strokes behind.

Peter, 53, has been a prolific winner since he first became a member of the club at the age of 12, but his eight championship victories is not a club record. That belongs to the late Stuart Rutter who won the title on no fewer than 12 occasions.

Peter, who plays off one handicap, said: “The scoring on Saturday was the best I can remember for some years.”

It was a similar story in the nett competition for the Victory Cup, which finished in a three-way tie on 131, Graham Forrest declared the winner by virtue of a better last 18.

Results: Club Championship: 133 Peter Sanderson 67 66; 135 Graham Forrest 69 66; 135 Johnny Moffet 67 68; 136 John Moffet sen 68 68; 138 Mark Dawson 69 69.

Victory Cup (nett): 131 (on last 18) G Forrest 67 64; 131 P Sanderson 66 65; 131 J Moffet jun 65 66; 132 A Smith 66 66.

18-hole medal: 77-12-65 (on last nine) M Botham; 77-12-65 W Robson; 72-7-65 I Miller.

Dunstanburgh Castle Ladies

EWGA and County Medal and Sutherland Qualifier: 1 Alison O’Neill 91-16=75; 2 Louise Tate 103-27=76; 3 Kathy Wilson 106-28=78.

Dunstanburgh Castle

ROBSON Bowl: 1 D Gilroy 39pts; 2 F Leet 37 (on countback); 3 N Cairns 37 (on countback); S Monkhouse 37.

Tim Trophy: 1 P Kingsland and G Paul 73-9-64; 2 R Jamieson and S Potts 70-5.4-65.6; 3 D Harrison and G Temple 76-9-67.

Percy Wood

TWO events to report on, firstly our Seniors enjoyed fine hospitality and decent weather when we visited Linden Hall for the Captain’s away day. With a field of 36 including our special guests club professional Peter Richie and clubhouse manager Mel Harmison. Some very good rounds of golf were played.

My thanks to all who donated prizes and all those who helped to make the day a success.

Results: 1 Dave Angus 36; 2 Ray Kenney 35; 3 Paul Davison 33; 4 Danny Finlay 32.

Over 65 trophy winner Mike Corner.

This week the members competed in the Greensome Doubles (partners drawn ) never an easy format at the best of times, but always popular and well attended.

Results: 1 Colin Wilson and John Thompson 67.2; 2 Gary Cowman and Peter Dawson 69; 3 Malcolm Nesbitt and Alan Fisher 72.4.

Percy Wood Ladies

THE Charity Spoon: 1 Julia Roxburgh 32pts; 2 Mary Stevens 30pts (won on back nine); 3 Mandy Scott 30pts.

The Martyn Stephenson Trophy mixed foursome: 1 Alan & Pat Fisher 90-19.5-70.5; 2 Keith & June Ormston 92-21-71; 3 Mel Harmison & Lisa Jarvis 84-12-72; 4 Colin Wilson & Maureen Baggaley 94-19.5-73.5.

Rothbury

S AND D CARR Trophy: 1 Mary Tully 93-20=73; 2 Lindy Smith 105-31=74; 3 Helen Foggon 95-20=75.

Seasiders Challenge

Once again greenkeeper Graham Stephenson and his staff presented the course in excellent condition, plus glorious sunshine resulted in perfect conditions to play this competition.

With scoring as bright as the weather the top dog was Steve Thompson with 40pts; 2 Peter Edminson 38; 3 Phillip (the bandit) Gregory 38.

Seahouses

LOCAL businessman Chris Taylor drove into office as the club’s new captain on Saturday when there was an excellent turn-out.

Results: Captain’s Prize: 39pts (on last nine) M Hedley; 39 K Potts; 36 T Taylor. Past Captain’s: I Hiscock 31. Best gross: 70 G Hornsby.

Nearest pin on first J Dawson. Longest drive on fifth: W Hewitt.

l Leading returns in Sunday’s Mary Day Memorial: 76-13-63 W Fawcus; 76-12-64 R White; 76-11-65 J Kidd; 68-3-65 G Hornsby; 70-4-66 K Wright; 71-3-68 J Hogg.

Seahouses Ladies

MEDAL No 14 was won by Anne Nicholson with 77-13-64. Second was Lynne Swann with 104-36-68 while Marie Graham was third with 91-17-74.

On Sunday afternoon, in perfect weather, the Mary Day Memorial Trophy and Ida Douglas Trophy were played for.

The winner of the Mary Day was Susan Hornsby on 79-15-64, with Lynne Bannister second on 81-12-69 and Eileen Robinson third on 106-36-70.

Susan Hornsby took the Ida Douglas Trophy for best gross of 79.

Warkworth Ladies

ROBINSON Cup: 1 Mr & Mrs A Wrigglesworth 89-22=67; 2 Mr I Willis & Mrs V Clark 83-21=72; 3 Mr D Robertson & Miss J Robertson 98-28.5=74.5.

Holy Island Trophy: 1 J Gray 91-21=70; 2 J Straughan 93-20=73; 3 K Dalby 94-20=74.

Warkworth

A GLORIOUS day at the Old Links greeted the large field for the Maurice Gaskin Memorial Trophy but once again the pin positions on the lightning fast greens proved too much for all but three golfers.

The top man of the three par breakers was the tipster himself, Terry Powton, who cantered home a full three lengths clear with his nett 65. Terry was first out of the stalls and managed to hold on to his lead all day.

Second placed Stephen Lamb certainly didn’t need his fleece in the blazing sunshine to shoot his nett 68 and grab second sweep on his own.

Also doing a sun dance was Southpaw John Cassidy who was in sole possession of third place with his nett 69, Butch also notched a two to boost the coffers along with the two Bills, Laidlaw and Lilburn.

Next Thursday sees the inaugural nine hole power play event at the Old Links and a few slots are still left on a first come first served basis, starting sheet is in the locked clubhouse.

Scores: T Powton 80-15=65; S Lamb 86-18=68; J Cassidy 84-15=69.

Wooler

DI Sim has once again won the Ladies Club Championship at Wooler.

Sunday saw all the play-offs when Di beat Kathleen Brydon in the semi-final, and in the other semi-final, Heather Allan beat Janet Moor. Di just scraped home against Heather to win the final by the score of 1up.

In the other categories, winner of the Silver Net Prize was Susan Brown and the Bronze Net went to Ann Smithson.

Last weekend saw the gents’ trip to Scarborough. Winner on Friday at Malton and Norton was Paul Wardlaw on 38pts ahead of Les Johnson on 32. Saturday saw Ron Stenhouse win on 34 at Scarborough South Cliff, with Keith Robinson second losing on a countback, and on the final day at Scarborough North Cliff Alistair Sharp won on 39 followed by Paul Wardlaw again on 34.

This meant that for the second year in a row Paul Wardlaw won the Dave Dickinson Memorial Trophy as the overall winner on 101 points ahead of Paul Routledge on 98.

The draws for the gents’ club championship and salver on Sunday will be made tonight (Thursday).

The club championship will tee off at 8.30am with the salver at about 10.30am. Sunday lunches available.