Around the golf clubs in north Northumberland

Trevor Rutter,Ian Milne,Danny Finlay,Bill Lawn, Richard Gander, Tony Hood and John Hood at the Felton and Thirston Golf Society annual presentation at Burgham Park.
Trevor Rutter,Ian Milne,Danny Finlay,Bill Lawn, Richard Gander, Tony Hood and John Hood at the Felton and Thirston Golf Society annual presentation at Burgham Park.

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

Alnmouth (Vill)

Alnmouth (Foxton) Club Captains for the coming season, John Nichol and Diane Lillie drove into office on a very cold and blustery day last Sunday. Junior members Jamie Kelly and Louise Tulip receive their prizes for collecting the balls from the drive in.

Alnmouth (Foxton) Club Captains for the coming season, John Nichol and Diane Lillie drove into office on a very cold and blustery day last Sunday. Junior members Jamie Kelly and Louise Tulip receive their prizes for collecting the balls from the drive in.

Captain’s Day Drive-in: Despite a chilly north wind on Good Friday, there was a very good turnout of players competing in the Captain’s Day Drive-In. Our captain for 2013, Steve McKie, drove off in front of a very large and enthusiastic crowd of members, friends and family.

Leading places: 1 Keith Dawson 85-20=65; 2 MJ Campbell 74-6=68 (on back nine); 3 Neville Holden 73-5=68; 4 Jamie Jobson 75-5=70; 5 Geoff Batson 85-14=71.

Nearest the pin at the 10th: Micky Conroy.

Nearest the pin – second shot at the 16th: Michael Dawson and the Best Gross was Neville ‘Mr Consistency’ Holden with his 73. The customary axe has rapidly been wielded and Keith Dawson is now severely chopped to 18. This coming Sunday’s Brewery Cup has been postponed and will be replaced with a nine-hole Stableford Sweep.

Alnmouth (Vill Seniors)

Senior Captain’s Day Drive-in: Thursday, March 28, was well attended and, though the weather was dry and bright, it still had a very wintry feel to it. New captain Jack Kidd drove off at 9.30am and the weight of office certainly did nothing for his final score. However, we had a popular, clear winner in Dickie Campbell, 20pts, who just pipped three other members on 19pts. They were Paul Dixon, John Clark and Peter Egdell. A further point behind were the quartet that included Jack Ross, Geordie Foreman, Bob Boyle plus outgoing seniors captain Ian Blakey. Included in the fun was a £2 per hole Skins competition, that went all the way to the final hole for Paul Dixon, who scooped the lot and went home £18 richer, thanks to his four-pointer on the ninth. The results of the 11-week-long Senior Easter Sweeps League was announced while the Seniors tucked into their hot broth and bread rolls. Joint winners on 74pts were Peter Egdell and David ‘Lefty’ Gleadall, with Chris Fettis just one point behind on 73, jointly followed by Bob Boyle and Geoff Smart with 71.

Alnmouth Vill (l)

RVI Foursomes: 1 Bev Harris and Eileen Meek, 2 Viv Achibald and Jen Forman.

Lady Captain’s Day: 1 Megan Forman 91-25=66; 2 Adele Richardson 99-26=73; 3 Bev Harris 108-34=74.

Past Captains’ Box: Hilary Buckley.

Nearest the pin at the 10th: Moira Barnes.

Longest drive (Handicap 0-20): Jane Hindmarsh.

Longest drive (Handicap 21-36): Megan Forman.

Alnmouth fox (L)

Winter Eclectic: Gross – A Clough 72; nett – J Wheeler 55.

Val Stone Salver: Winner A Cole, 32pts.

Ping Competition: 1 A Hansen and L Keen 44pts, 2 S Temple and E Ross 39pts, 3 A Cole and J Ferrie 35pts.

Alnwick Castle

March Medal: Ian Tate, 68, no not his age or a bingo call, but a winning score in the March Medal last week. Ian clinched victory despite a double bogie at the par-three 17th and commented that his driving had been the deciding factor on the day, which, considering his job, I guess isn’t surprising. Following closely, only one shot behind and separated on countback, were Malcolm Peart, Kevin Murphy and winter league runner-up Wayne Belisle. This was the first round of the Pacitti Cup and the Sponsors Cup for the best three aggregate cards for nett and gross scores respectively over the summer medal rounds. No less than 21 players were within six shots of the winning nett score and Wayne Belisle’s three-over-par 73 was the best gross on the day. Among the field of 54 entrants there were five in the twos club, namely Barry Farrar, Steve Barron, Marc Friar, Eddy Jury and Tom Miller.

March Medal (Pacitti/Sponsors first round): 1 I Tate 80-12=68; 2 M Peart 93-24=69 (on last six); 3 K Murphy 81-12=69 (on last nine); 4 W Belisle 73-4=69. There are still places available for the first Open Texas Scramble of the season on Saturday, April 13. To book a tee-time, please contact the clubhouse on 01665 602632 or check the website at for details. Members are reminded that the AGM will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday, April 17, at 7.30pm.


Stableford competition: Members competed in a new event over the Easter weekend for a trophy presented by the club’s 90-year-old president, Lord Walton of Detchant. A Stableford competition, it was won by Alastair Darling with a total of 42 points.

Leading returns: Alastair Darling 42pts; Lance Cope 40; Peter Hinson 39; Peter Turnbull 38; Chris Hall 37; Chris Magnay 37.

Bamburgh (L)

Easter Bunny (Series): 1 Iris Gilhome 143; 2 Fiona Hall 142; 3 Wendy Martin 139; Judith McLane 139.

Winter Eclectic: 1 Fiona Hall 168-7=61; 2 Nicky Rose 63-1.5=61.5; 3 Hilary Hulley 67-4=63; 4 Alison Lambert 70-6.5=63.5.

Easter Stableford: 1 Tania Conway 41pts; 2 Leslie Johnson 39; 3 Sian Porteous 38; 4 Lynne Johnston 37.


Nigel Hogg Winter Knockout: Easter Sunday saw the final of the Nigel Hogg Winter Knockout when Bruce Turnbull defeated Brian Halford.

Captain’s Drive-in: On April 7, members are invited to arrive at 12.45pm for the drive-in of captain Ruth Williamson at 1pm followed by a nine-hole Challenge match


Captain’s Day: The 2013 captain Ted Roger drove into office on Sunday and the new season started with a stableford competition: 1 Niall Richardson 41pts, 2 Steve Fear 40pts, 3 George Robson 39pts.

Dunstanburgh (L)

EWGA Medal and County Medal: 1 Ann Camozzi 105-20-85; 2 Linda Dixon 121-35-86; 3 Helen Routledge 126-30-96.

Nine Hole competition: 1 Irene Smith 10pts; 2 Ailson O’Neill nine.


Captain’s Drive in: On Easter Sunday, club captain, Brian White and lady captain, Siobhan Sheehy drove into office. A good turn-out of members braved the cold to show their support.

Results: 1 Mary Tully, Keith Appleby, Stewart Foggon, Alan Coe 63-6.7-56.3; 2 Pat Arkle, Trevor Lunn, Daniel White, Graham Stephenson 65-6.1-58.9; 3 Diane Cairns, Tom Foggon, Richard Wallhead 65-6-59.


Men’s Open 4bbb: D Brewis and M Brewis 44pts; F Bolton and K Stansfield 42 (on countback); S Weir and J Gillie 42; E Parmley and S Terse 40.

Miss Runciman Cup: Stephen Swan 77-11-66 (on countback); Ian Townend 80-14-66; Kevin Potts 76-9-67; Haydon Davidson 74-6-68; John Hogg 71-3-68; Kevin Swan 76-7-69; Alan Donaldson 80-10-70; Kevin Pearson 85-15-70; James Preston 97-26-71.

Easter Medal: Gary Hornsby 70-2-68; Chris Hall 77-8-69; John Colling 83-12-71; Gareth Pearson 76-5-71; Michael Cowie 80-7-73; Robert Locke 83-9-74.

Seahouses (L)

Lady captain: Best wishes to lady captain Anne Locke who drove into office at the start of Seahouses Golf Club’s centenary year. This was followed by the Early Bird Trophy competition.

Results: 1 Gillian Blair 37pts; 2 Anne Nicholson 36; 3 Lynne Swan 36.


Warkworth House Cup A beautiful, if cold, day saw the Old Links in cracking condition and a large field taking their time to enjoy it. Scraping home by a shot on nett 69 was Colin Mitchell, whose methodical, long driving certainly paid off. In second place, and finishing in darkness because the night caught everyone unaware, was Daz Hindhaugh, whose podium finishes are becoming a habit. He, in turn, was one clear of Steve Lee, Ian Gray, Chris Mallaburn,John Glass and Alan Jamieson. There were twos for Michael Hindhaugh, Paul Gray and Jim Allison.

New captain: Michael Lucas drove in for 2013 in front of a large crowd and his well-struck refurbished Pro V1 was recovered by rising star Freddie Bremner.

Scores: C Mitchell 78-18=69; D Hindhaugh 77-7=70; 71 the field. The committee would like to remind all players of the importance of keeping up with play as some groups appear unaware that the sun does really set.


Captain’s day cancelled: As captain’s day was cancelled due to the snow, we are hoping to have them this weekend (weather permitting). Timings are the same – hope to see you all there. Still running the interest-free payment scheme for memberships.