News and results from around the golf clubs
Shop Sweep: 1 J Hunter 32pts; 2 Jon Young 31; 3 M Latto 29.
The Jeff Covell Trophy (Stableford): On a bitterly cold day with a howling gale coming in off the North Sea, only 13 members braved the wintry conditions. There is now enough sand on the car park to fill all our bunkers. Nevertheless, the result of the first 18-hole competition of the year was: 1 Andrew Stanton 34pts; Joint 2, father and son Geoff Baston Snr and Geoff Baston Jnr 33; 4 Neville Holden 30; 5 Darryl Taylor 28; 6 Ian Simpson 24.
Members are reminded that it’s Captain’s Day on Good Friday, with the 2013 honour falling upon Steve McKee who will be driving off at 1.30pm.
The Brewery Cup: 4BBB is scheduled for Sunday, April 7. The entry sheet is on the board in the men’s locker room.
Also on the board are the entry sheets for the two annual singles and the doubles knockout competitions. The original closing dates were to be May 19, but have been brought forward and are now April 7.
Men’s Senior: The final round of the Seniors Easter Sweeps League was played, also in extremely tough, chilling conditions, with 17 brave souls testing their skills against the elements. Leading scorers: 1 Tommy Harris 18pts; Joint 2 Russell Archibold and Bruce Armstrong 16; Joint 4 Jackie Ross, Bob Stephenson and George Ridgway 15.
The overall winner of the 11-week competition will be announced in the clubhouse, (Thursday, April 18.) Senior captain’s drive-in, which will also include a skins competition plus hot broth afterwards in the clubhouse.
Winter League: As promised, the final week and the results of the overall standings in the Winter League and it couldn’t have been closer. Going into the final day, Wayne Belisle was a very healthy nine points in front of Alan Dodd and Malcolm Peart, but the final day was indeed like cup final day, with Alan blitzing his way into the top slot with a magnificent score of 42 points. Wayne could sadly only manage 32 points and sixth place which meant that Alan was declared the overall winter league winner for the 2012 season. Commenting on his win Alan, who joined Alnwick when he took up golf only 18 months ago, said: “It is a privilege to be a new member in such a friendly and welcoming club.”
Winter League (Week 21): 1 A Dodd 42pts; 2 B Farrar 39; 3 A Black 36.
Winter League 2012 final leaderboard: 1 A Dodd 58pts; 2 W Belisle 57; 3 M Smith 48; 4= PD Lewis and M Peart 43.
Cooper Memorial Trophy: Last Saturday was supposed to be the start of the summer season, but sadly the Les Cooper Memorial Trophy had to be postponed due to the weather. Play did, however, get under way with the Serginson Cup on Sunday. Fresh from their winter league success, Alan Dodd and Michael Smith paired up to take first place ahead of Joe Henderson and Wayne Belisle, John Pentleton and Ray Baston were third on countback.
Serginson Cup: 1 M Smith and A Dodd 37pts; 2 J Henderson and W Belisle 33 (on back nine); 3 J Pentleton and RA Baston 33.
On Saturday, secretary Dave Arkley dropped his matchball onto the putting surface and watched as it was blown into the Marianas trench. He dropped another with the same result due to the howling easterly gale. Rather than waste another Donnay, he cancelled the Whittle Trophy for the first time in its history. It will be re-scheduled as soon as possible, but this week it is the Warkworth House Cup to play for.
More importantly, at 12.30pm to be precise, 2013 captain Michael ‘Lucky’ Lucas will drive into office after receiving the traditional ‘captain’s vice’ on the first tee. All members, friends and family are invited to offer their support and wish him well for the year ahead. Let’s hope the weather gods feel the same way too.