Around the golf clubs

Alnmouth, Alnwick, Bamburgh, Belford, Dunstanburgh, Rothbury, Seahouses, Percy Wood and Wooler all feature.

Alnmouth Vill (L)

Challenge Cup and Medal: 1 V Archibald 103-28=75 (on back nine) 2 H Buckley 101-26=75; 3 J Bisset 99-22=77.

Alnmouth (Fox)

Centenary Plate: 1 S Williams 87-19=68; 2 D Jackson 86-17=69; 3 J Jobson 74-5=69; 4 I Cuthbertson 82-12=70; 5 J Mitchinson 80-10=70; 6 G Burton 82-12=70.

Club Championship Matchplay, Quarter-finals: 1 M Carss beat G Henderson; J Southward bt H Sutherland; M Kilmister bt J Nickless; R Gander bt J Eggleston.

Semi-finals: M Carss bt J Southward; R Gander bt M Kilmister.

36-Hole final: M Carss v R Gander on Sunday, July 28.

Foxton Claret (Handicap) Quarter-finals: 1 S Eggleston bt J Van’tHoff; D Weddell bt S Inglis; P Hopkins bt B Lawn; J Stevenson bt J Mitchinson.

Semi-finals: 1 S Eggleston bt D Weddell; P Hopkins bt J Stevenson.

36-Hole final: 1 S Eggleston v P Hopkins on Sunday, July 28.


Lady President’s Day: 1 P Weddell 40pts; 2 K Macfarlane 38 (on the back six) from M Little.

President’s Salver: P Weddell.

Nine-Hole Competition: B Cromie 18pts.

Lucky Dip: J Hindmarsh.

Alnwick Castle

Club Championship – Peter Deeble Trophy: Across a course presented in absolutely immaculate condition by head greenkeeper Alan Golding and his team, tramlines in the morning dew left by golf trolleys down the first fairway indicated that the early starters had embarked on the 36-hole Peter Deeble Trophy Club Championship at Swansfield last Sunday. Peter, Alnwick’s very own double English Amateur Champion, was at the clubhouse chatting to old friends and enjoying the sunshine. Six-handicapper and league team member Dan Swordy scorched his way to a halfway lead with a sizzling gross one-under-par 69, a full four shots ahead of second-placed Joe Henderson, who was, in turn, one ahead of Dan Harrison. Steven Cooper, Guy Ridley and Barry Farrar were all a further shot adrift on 75. The second round was a true nailbiter, with Dan Swordy sadly not able to keep up the charge. He slumped to a disappointing 82 for a total of 151, but nevertheless still finished third overall. Andrew Tate, who had carded 76 in the morning and despite a five off the tee and eight at the sixth hole in the subsequent round still managed a score of 73 for a total of 149 and overall second place. The winner, however, was the grafter Guy Ridley, who, following a modest first round 75, ground out a second round 72 for a 147 total to win the Championship by two shots.

Bill Millar Shield: In this nett competition, Dan Swordy, whose gross 69 had lead the gross section also headed the nett with a 63, David Fachie was second on 67 and three players, Billy Brown, Marc Friar and Ken Burn followed one shot further back on 68. The final 18 holes saw young Sam Thomson improve on his morning round of 69 by two shots, giving him a winning score of 136, three shots ahead of second-placed Dan Swordy. Local lad Richard Brown, playing his first competitive game after returning to the club, returned two nett level-par 70s for a total of 140 and third place but only on countback from Colin Donaldson, Russell Cooke and Marc Friar, who all finished the day with a similar 140 nett score. Finally, I must say a big thank-you to Mick Hindmarsh and his catering staff who were on hand to supply breakfast baps, midday sustenance and a superb post-golf buffet which was enjoyed by the golfers, their families and friends who had congregated at the clubhouse for the conclusion of a most successful and enjoyable day.

Club Championship - Peter Deeble Trophy: 1 G Ridley 75+72=147; 2 A Tate 76+73=149; 3 D Swordy 69+82=151.

Bill Millar Shield (36 hole nett) 1 Sam Thomson (91+89) 180-44=136; 2 D Swordy (69+82) 151-12=139; 3 RJ Brown (82+82) 164-24=140 (on countback).

Alnwick Castle (L)

Championship: 1 G Gordon 86-91=177; 2 B Friar 88-94=182; 3 L Tate 94-95=189.

Hornsby Cup (best nett): 1 H Newton 91-24=67; 2 M Hately 99-28=71; 3 M Lake 103-32=71.

Ladies Open Day: 1 P Rourke, J Benn, B Legg (Gosforth) 80pts; 2 J Watson, (Dunstanburgh) S Sayer, P Pringle (Gosforth) 73; 3 G Davison, T Hallows (Parklands) J Bainbridge (Arcot Hall) 71 (on back nine) from I Smith, L Johnson, T Stephenson.

Bamburgh Castle

The Challenge Cup: Members contested the club’s oldest trophy – the Challenge Cup – on Saturday and on a day of low scoring the result was decided on countback, Bill Fawcus beating Tom Potter on a better last nine. Both returned five-under-par nett 63s.

Leading returns: W Fawcus 75-12-63; T Potter 79-16-63; M Miller 78-14-64 (on last nine); JD Smith 73-9-64; M Robson 75-10-65; J Allan 93-28-65; R Redpath 72-7-65. Best gross: P Sanderson 67.


Twilight competition: Last weekend, point scores were high when Paul Smith won the Twilight on countback from Ruth Williamson and Tina Smith on 20pts. However, not to be out done on Captain’s Day, Brian Foggon took the gents’ honours on 43, from Peter Thompson on 42. The main event, the Ladies’ prize, went to Linda Brandie on 33 with Wendy Martin on 30. Leading visitors were Jim Rutherford and Hillary Hulley. Thanks to Ladies captain Ruth Williamson and her ladies for providing the refreshments for the members and guests who had a most enjoyable day.

Dunstanburgh (L)

Cancer Relief Spoon: 1 A O’Neill 36pts; 2 L Dixon 31; 3 A Camozzi 30.


James Braid and Harry Vardon Centenary Scramble: 1 Mr M Arkle, Mrs M Robinson, Mrs J Cairns 70-6.1=63.9; 2 Mr D Blakeburn, Mrs S Sheehy, Mrs C Hilton 77-8.7=68.3; 3 Mr G Tullin, Mrs P Arkle, Mrs J Clark 76-7.4=68.6.

Donkin Cup: 1 Mr D Wood 76-10=66; 2 Mr G Woodburn 83-16=67; 3 Mr R Wallhead 81-12=69.


Jackie Milburn Cap: I Graham 74-9-65; I Hiscock 86-20-66; A Jones 74-7-67; K Anderson 88-20-68; K Swan 75-7-68; R Locke 77-8-69; J Graves 80-11-69; G McAdam 85-16-69; R Ritchie 77-8-69; T Leightley 81-12-69.

Seahouses (L)

Medal no 16: 1 V Sim 87-16-71; 2 N Claydon 92-13-79 (on countback) from L Ramsbottom 103-24-79; P Willett 114-35-79.

Breckon Trophy: 1 M Marshall with a great score of 94-31-63; 2 G Lawson 90-25-65 (on countback) from N Claydon 78-13-65.

Percy Wood (S)

July Medal: M Osborne 84-18-66; J Hendry 87-15-72; D Finlay 82-10-72; H Manson 90-21-73.

Percy Wood (L)

Redman Rose Bowl 3: 1 Ade Stewart 37pts; 2 Pat Fisher 36pts; 3 Roz McLean 34pts.

The Jewitt Cup: 1 M Athey 40pts; 2 H Dawson 39pts; 3 B Dixon 36pts.

Lady Captain’s Day: 1 Julia Roxburgh 55-11-44; 2 Ade Stewart 55-21-44; 3 June Ormston 66-19-47.

There are a few places left for the Lady’s Open next Thursday. Call 01670 783574.


Seniors’ Peacock Trophy: Some of the best conditions so far saw Dave Hall take the Seniors’ Peacock Trophy on Saturday (is Dave really that old?).

On Sunday, the club Championship and Salver were played in fantastic conditions on a course in AAA condition (well done Geoff). Chris Ayre took the Championship for the first time and Mark Cowans took the Salver, again for the first time.

Well done to all who qualified and played.