around the Golf clubs

Results and news from the clubs around north Northumberland

Alnmouth Fox

Turkey Trot: 1 R Cole 38pts; 2 G Keenan 37; 3 A Merrey 36; 4 JC Taylor 35.

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Alnmouth Vill

Christmas Sweep (Week nine): The runaway winner was George Ridgeway with 20pts, followed by four people sharing second place with 17pts – Ian Simpson, Neville Holden, David Inkster and Stephen Yeadon.

Final league places for 2012 Christmas Sweep: 1 Bob Hill 97pts; 2 Bob Boyle 94; 3 David Trotter 93.

Seniors Christmas Sweep: Last week’s round was, unfortunately, a casualty of the winter weather. So with just one more week to play, it’s very, very close indeed, with just three points separating the top seven. Therefore this week’s final round should be intensely competitive, the current placings are as follows: 1 Dickie Campbell, Mike Joice and Jack Ross all on 76pts; 4 Bob Boyle and Tom Harris 74; 6 Jack Kidd and Bob Stephenson 73. This Saturday, at 7:30pm, we present our ever popular, Christmas party and annual pantomime (Little Red Riding Hood), starring many of the club’s leading personalities. The following Saturday, December 22, we have live music with the incredible, Human Jukebox, Pete Lincoln, providing the entertainment.

Alnwick Castle

Results: As both the course and the players emerged from the snow and ice after a two-week lay-off it was quite a pleasant morning at Swansfield last week. There were no less than five players all on the top score of 36pts and countback decided the places. After the mathematics were done Ian Watson was declared the winner from Alan Black in second, in third place was young Marc Friar with Wayne Belisle and Steven Cooper the other players on 36pts. A relatively small twos club with Dan Swordy,Wayne Belisle,Steve Barron and Duy Lam all recording deuces on the day.

Zecca Eclectic Challenge: There was little change in the Zecca Eclectic challenge; Alan Dodd still leads the chasing pack by two points from Kenny Darlow with Lawrie Stewart and Malcolm Peart a further point back.

Order of merit: Only two movers of any significance; Wayne Belisle replaces James Cookson at the top of the table and Eddy Jury jumps from 16th to fifth position.

Winter League (Week eight): 1 I Watson 36pts (on back six); 2 A Black 36 (on back nine); 3 M Friar 36 (on last three).

Zecca Eclectic: A Dodd 54pts; K W Darlow 52; LE Stewart 51; M Peart 51.

Order of Merit: W Belisle 34pts; J Cookson 26; PJD Lewis 25; S Barron 23. May I remind members that tickets are now on sale in the clubhouse for the 2012 season presentation night which will take place on Saturday, January 19. The Northumberland Society of Past Captains’ subscriptions are now due for 2013 and should be paid by December 21, to SNGC co-coordinator, Brian Hunt. Finally a quick note that on Monday, December 17, at 7.30pm, there will be a talk on The History of Golf and Golf Courses in Northumberland, including most of our local courses and featuring a special category one on Holy Island. No, I didn’t know there had been one there either. Booking is advisable and further details are available on Barter Books’ website Just click on ‘other stuff’ on their home page. Last but by no means least, Alnwick Castle Golf Club’s latest Open Competition will take place on Thursday, December 27, tee times can be booked by phoning the clubhouse on 01665 602632.

Bamburgh Castle

Turkey Trot (revised formula) Dec 8: Gordon Stephenson 47pts; Bill Robinson 45; Phil McDonnell 45; Keith Richardson 45.


Winter Stableford Dec 9 (12 holes): Ivan Graham 24pts; John Hogg 23; Bob Pearson 21; Kevin Filer 20; Paul Davis 19.