Around the golf clubs in Northumberland

Round-up of golf results and news.
Round-up of golf results and news.

Featuring reports from Alnmouth (Foxton), Alnwick Castle and Warkworth.

Alnmouth (Foxton)

Shop Sweep: 1 M Wingfield 35pts; 2 W Allan 35; 3 G Baston 35.

Alnwick Castle

Winter League: The postmen knocked twice in week 12 of the Winter League last week when Kenny Darlow and Russell Cooke took the top two places. Playing over the shortened 14-hole track, Kenny headed the field with an impressive 31pts, Russell was second on 29, but only on countback from Arthur Wheatcroft, who was edged out into third place. In fourth slot, with an impressive fifth consecutive top 10 finish of the winter, was Mick Hubbard on 28, again on countback from Carl Green, who claimed fifth place on a similar points score out of the 35-strong field. Only a single two was carded on the day by, yes, you guessed it, the club’s twos expert Guy Ridley, who had the only deuce of the day at the par-three 17th.

As the second half of the winter league kicks in, so does the Zecca Nett accumulator, which is the best five rounds, nett points scores accumulated over the Winter League. Heading the table at the moment is Brian McFall with a cumulative score of 187pts. One point off the head of the table are Kevin Murphy and Carl Green both with 186. The latter still tops the overall winter league with 63 and the Zecca Nett Eclectic with 61. The Zecca Gross Eclectic now sees Colin Donaldson edge his way to the top of the leaderboard on a fabulous 59, one ahead of Wayne Belisle and Guy Ridley on 60. Winter League (Week 12): 1 KW Darlow 31pts; 2 R Cooke 29; 3 A Wheatcroft 29.


AGM: Many years ago a prominent member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club commented that golf was not a dangerous game and that he had been hit by golf balls only five times that year. In today’s litigious society, to hit someone with a golf ball too often leads to the courts. Nevertheless, despite constant reminders, many golfers fail to take out adequate insurance and leave themselves open to financial claims. At its most recent agm, members of Warkworth Golf Club resolved to do something about this and now all members benefit from public liability insurance for golf-related incidents as part of their annual subscription. Even with this added benefit, membership remains reasonable at £322 for the year with under-18s only £10 and reduced rates for those aged between 18 and 30.