1,000 Hole Challenge/Aln Cup: The historic Alnmouth Village links, which encompass the oldest nine-hole golf course in England, witnessed a unique, if gruelling, charity event on Saturday. Ten members took part in a 1,000 hole challenge, each completing 100 holes on the day - no mean achievement. Their endeavours raised funds in support of little Evie Campbell who suffers from a rare blood disorder and requires a blood transfusion every five months. Evie is the daughter of club champion Richie Campbell and Rebecca Hole. The players were up with the lark at 4.30am to embark on their marathon challenge and teed off in pairs. It was 12 hours later, at approximately 4.30pm, when they finished after a mind-boggling 11 circuits of the course. This left them with one more hole to complete the task, and this was achieved when, a couple of hours or so later, they assembled on the ninth tee with their leg-weary caddies and played in together. After putting out and shaking hands they were applauded off the green by scores of well wishers. “It was very tough; everyone was shattered by the end,” said 30-year-old Richie. “The support we had throughout was simply amazing, we could not have asked for better. It turned out a fantastic day,” he added. On Sunday, most of the supporters and players who had taken part in the 1,000 hole challenge were again on the course for the annual head-to-head match against Goswick for the Aln Cup, which The Village won 6-0. Afterwards, club captain Steve Yeadon praised his team’s success, especially following such a full day on Saturday, and thanked all who had supported both days. 1,000 hole challenge results (par 71): R Campbell 67, 72, 72, 75, 70, 35, (last nine holes), total 391. Amazingly, Richie was only one over par for his 100 holes. N Aitchison 82, 84, 83, 84, 90, 43; 466; M McQueen 82, 93, 95, 82, 82, 39; 473; M Conroy 88, 87, 87, 88, 95, 4; 490; J Luke 90, 85, 78, 85, 85, 44; 467; S McKee 76, 80, 76, 76, 76, 40; 424; A Stanton 80, 80, 76, 73, 76, 38; 423; N Holden 76, 77, 80, 76, 79, 39; 427; M Campbell 77, 71, 73, 71, 79, 42; 413; M Dawson 95, 95, 103, 90, 93, 48; 524. It was calculated that each player walked approximately 30 miles. Well done boys!
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Guest Day: AVGC members unless stated. 1 J Gray (Alnmouth) & E Morgan 34pts; 2 J Lowther (Warkworth) & M Gray 32pts; 3= S Brown (Alnwick) & B Harris 31pts; B Friar (Alnwick) & J Bisset 31pts; P Lewis (Warkworth) & Diane Boyle 31pts. Nearest the pin at the 10th: M Barnes 23’ 5”. Best front nine: P Lewis and Diane Boyle 17pts. Best back nine: P Smith (Alnmouth) & M Aitken 16pts.
Jubilee Foursomes: 1 T Harris & Ms L Osgood 100-24.5-75.5; 2 G Forman & Mrs V Archibald 101-24-77; 3 R Archibald & Mrs J Forman 105-26-79.
County golf: Jake Storey from the Alnmouth (Foxton) Club played a notable part in Northumberland’s 10-8 victory over Cumbria in the Northern Counties League Championship at Eden Golf Club on Saturday. The County Junior Matchplay champion doubled up with a 6 and 5 foursomes victory, partnered by Gosforth’s AJ Minikin, and a 5 and 4 win over M Jack (Carlisle) in the singles in what was only his fourth appearance in the county team.
Seniors’ Open: 42pts (on countback) T Smyth & R Ramsay; 42 K Walters & D Bunn; 41 C Muwanga & D Chaytor; 41 S Brent & R Stewart; 40 B McNiven & S Muse; 38 P Simmons & R Charles.
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Silver Medal: 1 E Ross 85-8-77; 2 L Keen 88-10-78; 3 B Clark 100-20-80.
Bronze Medal: 1 P Ellis 102-23-79; 2 J Tulip 117-36-81; 3 D Parker 105-21-84.
Nine-Hole Medal winner: L Grey 20pts.
Club Championship Qualifiers: E Ross, A Hansen, S Temple, L Keen, M Howie, S Brierley, P Ellis, J Wheeler.
Club Championship: The closest finish in living memory saw no fewer than 6 players all come within 2 shots of winning the Club Championship and lifting the coveted Peter Deeble Trophy. In a nailbiting conclusion, previous winner Martin Carss edged out the young pretender Joe Henderson but only after a 4 hole playoff, both having finished the day on a 36-hole score of 149. Third and fourth, one shot behind the two leaders, were Wayne Belisle and Andrew Tate on 150 and then Gerry McInally and Jack Friar on 151. Jack incidentally led the field after the first round with the best 18-hole gross on the day of 71. The result of the nett competition for the Bill Miller Memorial Shield was a convincing win for Gerry McInally who had a 36-hole total of 135, a full six shots ahead of Ritchie Robson and Joe Henderson who were separated on countback on a score of 141. Notably, Junior Captain Tom Greaves carded a nett 68 in the morning round which remarkably included two 8s. Sadly he faded in the afternoon round to fall by the wayside on the leaderboard. After the recent weather it was a huge credit to the greens staff led by Alan Goulding that the competition even took place and, miraculously, on greens that would have graced even some championship courses; it made for a fantastic competition. Results: 1 (after a 4-hole playoff) M Carss 73, 76; 149; 2 J Henderson 74, 75; 149; 3 W Belisle 76, 74; 150; 4 A Tate 72, 78; 150. Bill Miller Memorial Shield (36 hole, nett) 1 G McInally 69, 66; 135; 2 R Robson 73, 68; 141; 3 J Henderson 70, 71; 141.
Hole in one: Last but by no means least, many golfers wait many years to score their first hole in one but last week, whilst getting in a sneaky bit of practice for the Club Championship, one of the newer members of the club, Ian Hogg, scored his first ace at the 17th hole using an 8-iron. Ian was accompanied by his wife Susan who is a new member of the ladies section. Anyone wishing to emulate Ian by joining the club can obtain full details of membership on the website at www.alnwickcastlegolfclub.co.uk
Rothbury Plate: Winner J Robson 82-18-64; runner-up Fiona Hall 87-18-69.
Wilson’s Spoons 4BBB: Played over 10 wet holes! Winners: F Southern & (daughter) N Stanley 26pts; runner-up C Whitfield & C Whitfield 25pts.
The Millenium Trophy: A mixed Texas scramble played on Saturday. 1 Milne, C Steel & L Kenney 62.5; 2 T Rutter, R Kenney & H Birkmyre 63.5; 3 K Stewart, K Hird & P Fisher 64.0.
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Redman Rosebowl 2 and Charity Spoon: Played on Thursday. 1 H Birkmyre 31pts; 2 J Roxburgh 29pts; 3 C Acaster 28pts.
Sun Kitchen Mixed Greensomes: 1 P Arkle & M Arkle 79-12.8-66.2; 2 C Hebson & Ian Hebson 88-18.8-69.2; 3 J Henderson & J Henderson 86-13.8-72.2.
S&D Carr Trophy: 1 J Henderson 89-18-71; 2 E Clark 90-19-71; 3 C Hilton 97-25-72.
Chairman’s Day: Played over 12 holes. Men - best gross: 44 S Priestley. 27pts J Lovell; 26 C Harkness; 25 T Sword. Ladies: 23pts A Latham; 21 B Stevens; 19 A Claydon. Nine-holes: 14pts P Bell. Nearest pin on 1st: P Willett; nearest pin on 10th: R Rennie.
Summer Medal: The Summer Medal was back at the Old Links last weekend after a 3 year absence, a bit ironic as the summer this year has failed to appear. The Stableford format was much welcomed in the strong northerly and with punitive rough thrown in, Andy Brown’s score of 40 points was a near-miracle. Straight driving secured the medal for Andy and only 2 shots behind was another solid ball striker, Jim Allison. He was in turn 2 ahead of a trio on 36 points, a steady score in the conditions. They were Dave Brunt, Les Graves and once again Garry Henderson who has been on the sheet every week since his name change.The greens were once again in magnificent condition, no probably or possibly, and were fast and true. The only problem was reaching them in regulation! There were only three twos with Tony Lewis, Michael Dawson and a welcome return for John Mac to the money lists after his brief sojourn. Scores: A Brown 40pts; J Allison 38pts; D Brunt 36pts; L Graves 36pts; G Henderson 36pts (back nines).
Rose Bowl and Medal: 1. J Hardy 94-22-72; 2. M Howie 84-11-73; 3. M Punton 102-28-74; 4. R Hopkinson 101-23-78.
Cramlington Cup: There was no play on Dod Law last weekend due to the ‘Great British Summer’. And the annual gents tour, which this year headed off to Harrogate, saw the first day at Ripon washed out on Friday. Saturday’s better weather meant play was possible at Flaxby and David Wilkinson won on 35 points, ahead of Paul Routledge on 31. Paul was also second on Sunday at Harrogate City on 30, this time losing out to captain Les Johnson on a countback. It did mean however that Paul won the Cramlington Cup as the overall winner.
Club Championship: The draw for Sunday’s Club Chamionship is 8.30 L Johnson & J Smith; 8.38 P Routledge & D Crisp; 8.46 B Tait & C Ayre; 8.54 D Wilkinson & S Lowrey. The second round will start at approximately 12.30. The salver draw is 11.30 S Lamb & P Patrick; 11.38 G Tong & J Ewing; 11.46 R Lowrey & E Laidler; 11.54 G Brown & J Driver. Please see the noticeboard for start times for Captain’s Day on Saturday 21st July. Entries for the Open Texas Scramble on August 12 and the Open Gents 4BBB on August 18 can be rung in to Stuart Lowrey on 07790 179937.