News and results from around the clubs in north Northumberland
THE traditional Captain’s Drive-in takes place today, (12.30pm) with Richard Blackshaw and Moira Kilkenny doing the honours.
IN the first competition of the summer season on Saturday at Swansfield on a course described by many as being in fantastic condition so early in the season members contested the Les Cooper Memorial Bowl.
Many golfers will remember Les’s ever-present huge smile and I’m sure a similar grin was seen on the faces of this year’s winners, Ian Watson and Billy Brown as they edged Duy Lam and young junior member Lewis Denny into second place on the countback rule.
In third place were Steve ‘Easyway’ Barron and former club champion Martin Carss with an outstanding par equalling gross score.
On Sunday morning, in the Serginson Cup, the sun burnt off the early morning mist as one of the second pairs on the tee, Peter Lewis and Brian Hunt burnt up the course and stormed to victory with a sizzling 45 stableford points in the better ball format off three-quarters handicap.
Two shots behind them in second spot were Dan Harrison and another up-and-coming junior member Marc Friar, they beat left-hander Tom Lang and John Pentleton into third place again on countback. With no less than nine twos by D Lam, T Lang, J Brown, G Johnstone, I Wilson, D Harrison, A Smith, J Friar and J Pentleton, it was testimony not only to the skill of the golfers on the day but also the fine condition of the greens.
Forthcoming events in the clubhouse include a ‘Belle Cadeaux’ night on Tuesday, April 3, at 7.30pm when members and non-members alike are invited to view and buy, if they so wish, a variety of scarves and jewellery items on offer.
This is followed on Friday, April 20, by the first quiz of the summer season. Entries are invited from teams of four, the cost is £6 per head to include supper.
Les Cooper Memorial Bowl: 1 I Watson and WG Brown 87-21.5=65.9 (on back nine); 2 D Lam and L Denny 88-22.5=65.5; 3 S Barron and M Carss 70-4=66.
Serginson Cup: 1 PJ D Lewis and BJ Hunt 45pts; 2 D Harrison and MA Friar 43 (on back nine); 3 TB Lang and J Pentleton 43.
BELFORD Golf Club’s first fixture of 2012 in perfect weather on Sunday at home against Wooler in the first leg resulted in a win for the home club by 215pts to 206pts. Gordon Lamb took the honours in the individual stableford with 42pts from Graeme Taylor on 38.
This weekend, the club has an open day on Saturday with free golf from 10am until 3pm when prospective members can sample the course before committing themselves to membership.
Members please note that the Captain’s Drive-in on Sunday, April 1, has been postponed due to ill health of captain James Rutherford and will be re-scheduled in the near future.
THE new season opened on Sunday with Captain’s Day, when the 2012 captain Keith Bowden drove into office.
The Captain’s Prize was won by Martin Carss, who emerged from the early morning, coastal mist into the sunshine with 39 points from a remarkable sub-par round of 68.
Results: 1 Martin Carss 39pts (on countback); 2 Steve Nichol 39; 3 Ian Murdy 38 (on countback); 4 Neil Cairns 38.
Winner of the 14-plus handicap prize was Adam Gilroy with a score of 37pts.
FOOTBALL Club Tankard: 41pts L Charlton; 40 (on last nine) SJ Priestley; 40 P Davies; 39 (on last nine) I Graham; 39 S Olver.
IT was a big let-down at the Old Links last week as a large fog bank in Alnmouth bay forced the cancellation of the Greensomes Trophy on health and safety grounds.
A nine-hole sweep was held in the afternoon and Jim Allison rode in from Mexico and took the pot with his 25 points and a two.
The Warkworth team bowed out of the Daily Mail team event at Bamburgh on the Sunday by a score of 4-1, with Mark Nick the lone winner. Gary Henderson matched Peter Sanderson blow for blow until losing on the 18th, while Stef White bought a dog licence and took it for a walk after 12 holes.
Nev Butler and Michael Hindhaugh got within sight of the clubhouse before also losing. Good luck to the hosts for the next round.
MILLENNIUM Trophy: 1 L Langlands 29 3/16ths.
Mary Powell Trophy: 1 J Hardy 217; 2 L Wraith 223.5; 3 R Hopkinson 223.5; 4 G Turnbull 226.
Calcutta Waltz: 1 J Gray, J Straughan, M Punton 139; C Douglas, H Barnes, R Barrett 142.
Lifeboat Spoon: 1 M Routledge 99-19=80; 2 J Straughan 101-20= 81; 3 D Campbell 113-30= 83.