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Alnmouth Village Golf Club

Night Golf: Some people think that winter golf is best left alone, so madness could be the word to describe the members who played a nine-hole Texas Scramble on Saturday night.

Teeing off with a 6.30pm ‘Shotgun start’, the eight teams played in complete darkness, apart from the odd torch or three and fortunately a clear sky meant a beautiful moonlit few hours.

Some even claim to have played better in the dark than they’ve played throughout the daytime in several years.

In third place was the team consisting of Mark McQueen, Michael Conroy and Steve McKie with 35.25pts, the worthy runners-up were brothers Robbie and Stan Willis with their brother-in-law George Gibson on 34.

However, runaway winners, with an impressive score of 29.4, was another family affair with Keith and Michael Dawson plus the generous Daryl (two torches) Taylor.

Seniors Easter Sweeps League: This 13-week tournament is now just over the half-way stage and is turning into a very competitive tussle.

Winning for the second week in a row was Bob Boyle with 20pts, Les Aitken was second with 18 then young Bruce Armstrong scored a commendable 17.

So with seven weeks gone and with the best four scores to count we have a tie for first place with Bob Boyle joining Bob Stephenson on 77, closely followed in third place by Peter Egdell on 76.

Sunday Morning Sweeps League: Similar to the Seniors, it’s the best four scores to count in the run-up to Easter.

Currently Kevin Potts is leading on 66 pts, followed by Adam Scott and Gary Aitken on 59, with Brendan Hacket and Davey Trotter on 54.

Again, there’s still plenty of time for others members to improve their scores. Despite the recent very wet weather, the oldest nine-hole course in England has been open every day so far with the greens and tee boxes draining as well as they’ve ever done.

So, if your own course is suffering with muddy, boggy conditions and perhaps may have been unplayable on certain days, why not come and try The Village, visitors are always welcome.

Alnwick Castle

Winter League: Week 16 of the Winter League was played over only 14 holes last week due to the protection of a rapidly improving but still rather damp first four holes.

Golf is a tough enough game but when you get six birdies in a round and don’t win it just doesn’t seem fair.

However, that is exactly what happened to Order of Merit leader Wayne Belisle.

His score of 32pts was only equal to the score of the winner Mick Bell who edged him out on the countback to secure a fine win.

The countback rule also separated Jimmy Cookson in third and Billy Brown in fourth who both returned cards of 29pts.

There were no twos so it will be a rollover to next week’s payout.

As mentioned Wayne leads the Order of Merit on a magnificent score of 75pts. The chasing pack are Guy Ridley 49, followed by Alan Black and Jimmy Cookson both with 46.

Zecca Eclectic: In the Zecca Eclectics, the gross is lead jointly by Guy Ridley and Wayne Belisle on a score of 62, lying in second place is Steve Barron with 67 and then Mick Bell on 68.

In the net young Andrew Dodd leads on 51pts followed by the man-of-the-moment Mick Bell on 49 and Martin Inglis with 48, and with only three weeks left of the Winter League, it’s building up to an exciting climax once again, watch this space.

Winter League (week 16): 1 M Bell 32pts; 2 W Belisle 32; 3 J Cookson 29; 4 WG Brown 29.