Results and news from clubs around north Northumberland
AN end-of-season Ryder Cup-style match between the captain’s team (oldies), skippered by Dickie Campbell, and the vice-captain’s team (young ones) led by Stephen Yeadon, was played over the old course at the weekend.
The morning matches resulted in a 9.5 to 6.5 lead for the vice-captain but the captain’s side recovered in the afternoon foursomes to tie the contest at 16 each.
A putt-off in the clubhouse resulted in Stan Willis (playing for the oldies) being the only player to score a hole in one and thereby winning the match for the captain’s team.
Pie and peas prepared by member Craig Simcoe was well received and washed down by quantities of ale to round off an enjoyable event which it is hoped to repeat next year.
The first of the nine-hole winter sweeps resulted as follows: Week one: 22pts C Simcoe; 22 G Batson; 20 N Holden; 20 G Ross; 18 R Boyle; 17 J Ross; 17 V Wilkinson.
Week two: 20pts S Forman; 19 N Holden; 19 AW Stephenson; 18 A Shell; 18 G Batson; 18 M Henderson; 17 C Simcoe; 17 T Harris; 17 J Ross; 17 G Forman.
FOUR bbb Stableford: 39pts (on last six) R Wilson and T Lilburn; 39 J Eggleston and J Eggleston jun; 38 D Leath and J Aitken.
WINTER League (Sunday, October 16): 1 A Johnson 40pts; 2 B Farrar 37; 3 JA Craiggs 36; 4 CW Jobson 36; 5 G McInally 34; 6 KW Darlow 34; 7 K Murphy 33.
Winter League (Sunday): 1 J Cookson 39pts; 2 K Murphy 38; 3 IM Bell 37; 4 KW Richardson 36; 5 M Smith 35; 6 WG B35; 7 D Lam 35.
Alnwick Castle Golf Club Anniversary Pro-Am
ON Saturday, October 15, London businessman Simon Kimble celebrated the first anniversary of taking over Alnwick Castle Golf Club with a sell-out Pro-Am of 25 teams.
In perfect conditions, only four of the 25 professionals broke par, proving how difficult the course can be. Many of the professionals commented on how the greens were the best they have played all season.
The winning professional was ex-European tour player Gary Lockerbie, from Cumbria, who shot a fine 64 gross to take the £400 top prize, which included a fine finish of five under for the last five holes.
Gary Lockerbie said: “I did feel a little lucky to win as I didn’t play great but the game got hot with a few holes to play.”
Lockerbie’s team also took the team prize with a fantastic score of 14 under, with Phil Waugh’s team coming second with 11 under.
During the presentation, Gary thanked the green keepers for the condition of the course: “The greens were just in superb condition especially for the time of year. They would be some of the best surfaces I’ve played all year and I’ve been all over Europe.”
He also thanked the rest of the staff at Alnwick Castle Golf Club for their hospitality.
Owner Simon Kimble explained that the club had moved forward dramatically over the first year and he thanked everyone for their hard work, including the support of the members and looked forward to further success and continued improvements in the years to come.
Pro scores (Par 70): 1 G Lockerbie 64; 2 P Waugh 67; 3 J Rowntree 68; 4 G Cowan 69.
Team score (Par 140): 1 G Lockerbie, J Airey, L Marshall, C Frith 126; 2 P Waugh, N Temple, T Watson, Player four, 129; 3 A Scrimshaw, D Harrison, M Smith, C Donaldson 131.
TURKEY Trot (Three): 37pts (on last nine) K Richardson; 37 RA Turnbull; 37 J Cairns.
TURKEY Trot (Three): 1 John Stevenson 75-6-69; 2 Michael Arkle 77-6-71; 3 Rob Jackson 88-16-72.
WINTER Stableford: Week two: 38pts D Carney; 37 (on last nine) F Bolton; 37 P Purvis; 37 P Davis; 37 S Bains; 37 K Swan.
Week three: 42pts K Shiel; 39 (on last nine) T Taylor; 39 S Swan; 38 (on last nine) B White; 38 S Urwin.
ROUND two of the Turkey Trot and another marvellous score took the 10 points at the blustery Old Links last Saturday.
This time, it was Pete Holleran who got the old bamboo working as the club’s very own pearly king blew away the field with his 42 points.
A full six shots back was a rhythm quartet on 36 points only separated by the back nines. The group was led by R Farrell then J Morton followed by Mick Beverley and finally Jim Allison.
No confirmation yet of the Two’s jackpot but with the southerly and a combined total of almost 900 yards for the six short holes then any twos are most deserving.
Round three next week is the Colonel format and there are only a few slots available so first come first served.