AROUND THE GOLF CLUBS

Saturday saw the start of the golfing season with the Captains Drive In at Percy Wood Golf Club. The photograph shows (left) Danny Truman - Captain, Hilary Birkmyre - Lady Captain, Alan Birkmyre, Seniors Captain. All 18 holes are open having seen some major improvements to the course during the winter months. The Drive In results were, 1st - Tom Donnelly jnr, Alison Arkle, and Ken Hickman, 2nd were John Taylor, Lisa Jarvis, and Tom Dodds, 3rd were Davey Reay, Dawn Falcus, and Pat Fisher, 4th was Kelvin Hird, Hazel Rutter, and Keith Ormston.
Saturday saw the start of the golfing season with the Captains Drive In at Percy Wood Golf Club. The photograph shows (left) Danny Truman - Captain, Hilary Birkmyre - Lady Captain, Alan Birkmyre, Seniors Captain. All 18 holes are open having seen some major improvements to the course during the winter months. The Drive In results were, 1st - Tom Donnelly jnr, Alison Arkle, and Ken Hickman, 2nd were John Taylor, Lisa Jarvis, and Tom Dodds, 3rd were Davey Reay, Dawn Falcus, and Pat Fisher, 4th was Kelvin Hird, Hazel Rutter, and Keith Ormston.

Results and news from clubs around north Northumberland

Alnmouth Foxton

MEN’S Competition: 1 D Lillico, 41pts; 2 D Westwell, 36pts; 3 T Hogg, 35pts; 4 J Eggleston, 35pts; 5 T Lilburn, 34pts; 6 J Hunter, 34pts.

Alnmouth Village

WHILE the rain earlier in the week was just what the course needed after a prolonged dry spell, officials are hoping for an improvement in the weather as the club prepares for a big weekend ahead.

The traditional Easter Weekend is one of the highlights of the golfing calendar and eagerly anticipated.

It begins tomorrow, Good Friday, with the men’s Captain’s Day which attracts one of the biggest entries of the season.

The new captain, Stephen Yeadon, will drive into office at 2pm, supported by vice-captain Steve McKee.

On Saturday it’s the turn of the ladies with captain Margaret Gray driving in at 12.30pm accompanied by vice-captain Barbara Clark.

Presentations in the clubhouse each evening as usual.

Sunday sees a family fun day with a variety of events to complete a busy weekend.

l Sunday’s Brewery Cup results (4bbb Stableford): 45pts M McQueen and RI Campbell; 43 (on last nine) A Stanton and S McKee; 43 G Batson and S Forman; 42 M Conroy and N Aitchison.

Alnwick Castle

FIRSTLY I have an apology. In last week’s report I named Lewis Denny as Duy Lam’s partner who claimed second place in the Les Cooper Memorial Bowl.

I humbly beg the pardon of young master Luke Denny who was in fact partnering Duy and not his elder brother Lewis, who, incidentally, although not a golfer, may need your vote on a certain TV talent show in the near future for his wonderful singing voice.

Back to golf, last Sunday and the first singles competition of the year – the April Medal, which is also a qualifier for the Reavell Cup and forms the first round of the Sponsors Trophy and Pacitti Cup.

On a decidedly chilly start in the morning, 55 members were headed by Tim Pearson who carded a net 67, a one-shot lead over Joe Henderson on nett 68 whose gross score of 73 was the best of the day.

Dan Swordy claimed third position on countback from three others all on net 70 namely, Steve Barron, Tom Greaves and Peter Smith who proved that he has made a speedy and successful recovery following a hip replacement last year.

Notable was Joe’s remarkable hat-trick of consecutive birdies on the 10th, 11th and difficult stroke two 12th hole.

The twos club contained three members – Colin Donaldson at the 4th, Lawrie Stewart at the 17th and Dan Swordy, who amazingly holed his second shot at the par four 13th for an eagle two.

Results – April Medal/Reavell (Q): 1 T A Pearson 78-11=67; 2 J Henderson 73-5=68; 3 D Swordy 75-5=70.

Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubhouse on the evening of Wednesday, April 18.

Bamburgh

Northumberland Junior Qualifier: 36pts Mark Dawson; 34 (on last nine) Bill Robson; 34 Trevor Thompson.

Bamburgh Castle Ladies

Stableford: Winner Lorraine Bewley, 37 pts; runner-up Nicky Downs, 33 pts.

Dunstanburgh Caste

Dunstanburgh Castle

BRIAN Walker Memorial Texas Scramble: 1 D Gilroy, A Gilroy, R Carr, D Williams (jun) 63 - 5 - 58; 2 G Barber, K Baldwin, B Price, K Wilson 68 - 6 - 62; 3 J Kingston, N Richardson, P Richardson, T Rodger 69 - 5.8 - 63.2

Rothbury Ladies

Opening Stableford: 1Roger Bowmer, 44 points; 2 Andrew Richardson, 39 points; 3 Colin Ayre, 38 points.

Three Club: 1 Julia Stott; 2 Gay Penn; 3 Angela Robinson.

Thelma Lamb Salver: 1 Diane Cairns, 35 points; 2 Hazel Bennett, 34 points; 3 Maureen Robson, 33 points.

Lloyds Bank Trophy: 1 Maureen Day, 100-30-70; 2 Gay Penn, 85-14-71; 3 Eileen Clark, 90-18-72.

We still have a few free places for the following open competitions: Saturday, May 12, is an Mixed Texas Scramble (two men and two women) £20 per team, contact Michael Arkle 01669 620487; Thursday, May 17, is a ladies competition, Coquetdale Classic (teams of four), £24 per team, contact Anne Spence 01665 570450; Monday, July 2, is the Lady Captain’s Charity Day,in aid of North Northumberland Hospice, a Tex Mex (teams of three), £18 per team, contact Mary Tully 01669 620602.

Seahouses

CLUB barman Philip Broadley was the toast of members on Sunday after securing his maiden victory in club competitions.

A member and employee for five years, he carried off the Miss Runciman Cup with a six-under-par nett 61, playing off 20 handicap.

Leading returns: 81-20-61 Philip Broadley; 85-20-65 Duncan Mason; 76-10-66 Alan Donaldson; 75-8-67 Graeme Preston; 80-11-69 Ron Bewley; 86-17-69 Ian Hiscock; 81-12-69 John Collin; 90-21-69 John McNish.

l Saturday’s Open 4bbb: 43pts R Leonard and K Mannering; 41 B Ord and R Passara; 41 A Barker and S Wilson; 40 N Wilson and P Clark. Nearest pin on 10th, A Watson; nearest pin on 15th, P Clark.

Seahouses Ladies

THE season started for the Ladies of Seahouses Golf Club with a competition on Sunday, March 25, using only three clubs and a putter.

The winner was Louise Henstock, second was Val Sim and third was Brenda Stevens. Shirley Baird won the nine-hole competition.

On Sunday, Lady Captain, Jan Allan drove into office with a fine shot to the first. The Early Bird competition followed and the winner was Val Sim with a very good score of 39pts.

Second was Gillian Blair with 36pts and third was Jean Bladen with 35pts on countback from Anne Locke.

Pat Bell won the nine-hole competition with 18pts.

Warkworth Ladies

TEMPLE Trophy: 1 M Routledge 2 up; 2 R Hopkinson 2 up; 3 L Wraith 1 up.

Wooler

SUNNY weather greeted the drive in weekend on Dod Law.

Les Johnson drove in on Saturday but also saw his side lose six matches to three against vice-captain Paul Routledge. Alison Hilton took centre stage on Sunday against vice-captain Eileen Jeffrey and the match was declared an honourable half.

This weekend sees the start of the official summer competitions.

To keep up to date with what is going on at the club please supply Alistair Sharp your email address to be included in a regular mail shot. For contact details and for details of open competitions, please log on to our website www.woolergolf.co.uk

A reminder that under 18 junior membership is free for 2012. Contact Stuart Lowrey to join.