Alnmouth, Alnwick and Warkworth all feature
Christmas 4BBB: 1 J Storey & J Storey 45pts, 2 N Moult & I Long 44pts, 3 J Wright & G Merryweather 42pts, 4 J Southward & J Eggleston 42pts, 5 M Moult & J Ovenden 41pts
Results: Thursday, December 11:
Seniors’ Christmas Sweeps League: Only 10 members braved the very cold and extremely windy conditions, so everyone who played managed to get and thoroughly deserved at least a point in the Order of Merit Table. This week’s winner was Jack Kidd (20 points), 2 Geoff Smart (19), 3 Dave Hodge (17), 4 Tom Harris (16), Joint 5 Bob Hill and David Gleadall (15)
Christmas Seniors Sweeps League (best four scores to count): 1 Steve Lockley (81 points), Joint 2 Geoff Smart, John Clarke and Jack Kidd (74), Joint 5 Bob Hill and Dougie Miller (73), Joint 7 Jackie Ross and Tommy Harris (72).
Christmas Seniors Sweeps League (Order of Merit): 1 Steve Lockley (61 points), 2 Bob Hill (48), 3 Geoff Smart (44), 4 Jack Kidd (42), 5 Jackie Ross (37), 6 John Clark (34), 7 Dougie Miller (31).
Thursday was the final round of the Seniors Christmas Sweeps League and while Steve Lockley has almost unassailable mathematical leads in both contests, there is still a lot can happen for other members to clamber onto the rostrum and into the prize money.
Christmas Sweeps League (December 14): Joint first place on 17pts each were Steve Forman, Colin Reed and Chris Fettis. The overall winner of the cumulative (best four scores to count).
Men’s Christmas Sweeps League (Final placings): Winner: Adam Scott 83pts; 2 Kevin Potts 79; 3 Joe Robson 78.
Seniors Christmas Sweeps League (Final placings): 1 Steve Lockley 81pts; 2 Tommy Harris 75; Joint 3 Geoff Smart, John Clarke and Jack Kidd 74; Joint 6 Dougie Miller and Bob Hill 73.
Christmas Seniors Sweeps League (Order of Merit): 1 Steve Lockley 62pts; 2 Bob Hill 54; 3 Jack Ross 46; 4 Geoff Smart 44; 5 Jack Kidd 42; 6 David Gleadall 36.
Competition: Both the Men and Seniors will run similar competitions each week leading up to Easter. Anyone who has had their handicaps reduced will continue with their new, amended (docked) handicap until the 2015 golf season commences.
Winter League: All last-minute Christmas shopping was put on hold on the shortest day of the year as the winter league reached the halfway stage. The weather was blustery and unseasonally warm as the 43-strong field set off with the course, once again playing the full 18 holes. Getting an early Christmas present was local postie Russell Cooke, whose 37pts was sufficient to beat Chris Jobson, who was playing in only his second outing in the winter league this season into second place by a single point. Following on in third slot, a further single point behind, was Colin Donaldson, a result which hoisted him to the top of the Zecca Gross Eclectic table. With only two twos on the day, it made a nice Christmas bonus for Steve Barron and Michael Bedford. At the halfway stage, Kevin Murphy still leads the overall winter league table on 44pts followed by Wayne Belisle and Jimmy Cookson on 41. In the Zecca Eclectics, as already mentioned, Colin Donaldson now heads the gross table on 59 followed one shot behind on 60 then a cluster of Steven Cooper, Barry Farrar and Guy Ridley all on 61. In the Nett, it is still Carl Green on 59pts followed by Ray Holding on 56 and Andrew Dodd on 55. May I, Brian Hunt, wish all the ardent readers of my little weekly column a very merry Christmas and a very happy New Year and successful 2015 golfing season.
Winter League (Week 10): 1 R Cooke 37pts; 2 CS Jobson 36; 3 CJA Donaldson 35. .
Yellow Ball: The field contested a yellow-ball competition sponsored by Graham Sawley, Seniors captain-elect. Yellow-Ball + best of the rest: 1 Team Glass 135; 2 Team Capron 136 (back 6); 3 Team Gray 136. The sponsors prize of a bottle for each team member was won by Team Gray, with a yellow-ball only total of 69. The twos were shared by Team Pringle (two) and Team Thompson.
A reminder that the list for the free Old Year’s Night celebrations, with music, dancing, pool supper and late bar, is up in the clubhouse.