It’s Wayne’s world after trophy win

Joe Shotton Memorial Trophy winner Wayne Gair
Joe Shotton Memorial Trophy winner Wayne Gair

Joe Shotton Memorial Trophy, Warkworth Golf Club

The biggest field of the year gathered at the Old Links last weekend on a dry and surprisingly windy day to contest the Joe Shotton Memorial Trophy, writes Michael Hindhaugh.

For most of the day, master butcher Dave Green led the way with a fine 39 points amassed on the lightning-quick dance mats.

Then his hopes were chopped as late starter and part-time Geordie Shore extra Wayne Gair upped the ‘steaks’ with his score of 39,but with a better back nine.

Indeed, Wayne stood on the last tee knowing a par would seal the deal so a topped three iron, a flapped four iron, a chip and a snaking eight-foot putt were just the ticket.

In third place, a point behind, was Kev Forsyth, whose back nine pushed Mark Nick down to fourth with his faithful Butler. Neville following him home one shot behind.

The pin prizes were won by Davey, Shola Glass and Stu Modral with Wayne Belisle’s Howitzer taking the longest drive.

A magnificent total of more than £2,500 was raised for the Charlie Bear Appeal due to entry fees and a fantastic array of prizes donated for the auction.

Auctioneer Darrin Hindhaugh managed to get the packed clubhouse bidding with his customary sharp wit and libellous comments with one lot going for more than £800.

Organisers Paul and Dawn Douglass thanked all competitors, bidders, drinkers and helpers as well as entertainers Emily Shotton, Scott Webster and comedian Charlie ‘Chubby’ Brown.

The club also thanked the Warkworth greens staff and caterers as well as the Northumberland Gazette for the publicity.