Gordon takes the plaudits on day one

North Northumberland League

SEAHOUSES hosted the first of the season’s Open Day events in the Kaims Country Park-sponsored league and featured some excellent scores in bright but breezy conditions.

Round of the day was returned by Alnwick’s Gordon Taylor who carded 77-14-63 – five shots below the day’s competition scratch score.

Two shots back in second spot was Burgham Park’s C Johnson.

Leading gross score was 71 by Dunstanburgh’s Neil Cairns with three players on 72.

Individual Gross: 71 N Cairns (Dunstanburgh); 72 K Atkinson (Magdalene Fields); 72 S Potts (Dunstanburgh); 72 C Johnson (Burgham Park); 73 A Holmes (Seahouses); 74 G Henderson (Warkworth).

Nett: 77-14-63 G Taylor (Alnwick); 72-7-65 C Johnson (Burgham Paark); 76-9-67 T Donnelly (Percy Wood); 72-5-67 K Atkinson (Magdalene Fields); 72-5-67 S Potts (Dunstanburgh; 71-4-67 N Cairns (Dunstanburgh); 81-14-67 M Cavanagh (Percy Wood); 78-11-67 S Burrows (Percy Wood); 81-14-67 P Davies (Seahouses). CSS 68.

Teams (in alphabetical order, best four scores counting): Alnmouth Village 347gross/295nett; Alnwick 314/276; Goswick 316/285; Burgham Park 330/282; Dunstanburgh 300/277; Linden Hall 322/286; Magdalene Fields 326/285; Percy Wood 322/274; Rothbury 320/286; Seahouses 308/274 Rothbury 318/286; Warkworth 318/286.

l ANOTHER season of matchplay golf got underway this week with the opening fixtures in the revamped Kaims Country Park North Northumberland League.

This season sees the league split into A and B Divisions and welcomes two new teams – Alnmouth (Foxton) B and Longhirst Hall – making 18 in total.

Both new additions feature in a B Division comprising 11 teams who will play each other on a single game basis. The others are: Goswick B, Magdalene Fields B, Linden Hall, Burgham Park, Warkworth, Alnmouth Village, Percy Wood, Wooler and Seahouses. First games are on Wednesday.

The A Division (first games May 4) has only seven teams, playing each other home and away, making 12 games per team. They are: Goswick A, champions for the past two seasons, Alnmouth A, Bamburgh, Magdalene Fields, Alnwick, Dunstanburgh and Rothbury – the top seven in last season’s final table.

The changes mean a slightly later start to the season and an earlier finish which can only be to everyone’s benefit, hopefully eliminating problems caused by the light at the beginning and end of the season.

In addition, a two-up-two-down promotion and relegation system will surely make for greater interest.