THE Village Golf Club, whose members play over the oldest nine-hole course in England, has honoured one of its longest standing members.
Geoff Lillico, 68, who joined the ‘Village’ in 1951 has been made an honorary life member in recognition of his enormous contribution to the club. Born in Chapel Lane, Alnmouth, Geoff was introduced to golf by near-neighbour Bill Donaldson and won his first trophy in 1957.
It is quite remarkable that the ‘Village’ is the only club that Geoff has been a member of in 60 years and, even though he has never had a lesson, he has maintained a handicap between four and seven for the past 50 years.
On the course, he has been a great ambassador for the club and has represented the team in the Inter County Foursomes and the North Northumberland League.
In 1983, when he was club captain, he played in the league-winning team and in 1968, he captured the coveted club championship title.
Geoff has also worked tirelessly in administrative roles having been on the committee for 35 years. He has been greens chairman for the past 12 years, served as a vice-president and is the current club chairman.
At the forthcoming AGM, Geoff will stand down as chairman. However, he will continue his strong links with the club as he is president-elect.
SADLY, or rather sensibly, only 13 turned out last Sunday in the mist, rain and ever-decreasing visibility and therefore no points were awarded towards the Winter League.
The winner of the sweep money was Barry Farrar, who is making a habit of coming first when there are no points to be gained towards the overall total. Barry had an outstanding two-under-par 68, only two shots short of the course record which with his handicap of four gave him a stableford score of 42pts.
Seemingly miles behind in second was Russell Cooke with a nevertheless very respectable 36pts. In third spot was Cyril Jobson on 32.
A DOUBLE dose of the Old Links with two winter competition results to report.
A singles stableford win was dug out by Andy Burrows with a fine 39pts. He held off the challenge of Steph White and Tango Lilburn by a single point. The big winner was Jack Hindhaugh with the only two of the day to collect £70.
Last week, saw a fourball betterball and the duo of Pete Holleran and Steve Shanks took care of business with 45pts, ahead of Michael Moyle and his jockey, Mark Nicholson, who had 44pts.
A clutch of pairs had 43 points and there was no 2’s so a hefty 49 GBP carries over to this weeks singles stableford.
Anytime tee off’s for this week again so just arrive and drive and finish before five.