Members Newsletter 04th June 2014

By BR - June 4 2014
Members Newsletter 04th June 2014 Members Newsletter for 04th June 2014 ....


Bad news is it is still raining (last month was apparently the 3rd wettest May on record “since records began”) and although it ensures a good covering of grass on the course it maens that the greens are softer than we would like at this time of year which means that putting surfaces will be a little bobbly towards the end of the day depending on the amount of players that have walked on them.

The wet weather caused last weeks Wednesday Stableford to be cancelled but we were back on track on Saturday with the Centenary Stag which was won by Liam Ruffell with 40 points. Second was Jonny Lynn with 39 points with Michael Wilson third on the same score but with a worse back 9. That score of Jonny Lynn saw his handicap reduced to +1 which reflects his good golf over the last few weeks.

The Stableford on Sunday was won by Les Harbottle with 40 points with Steve Hepplewhite second on 39 and Scott Mallen third on 38.

Pat Addy won the Audrey Martin Memorial trophy on Friday 30th May with Jackie Davison in second place and Gloria Melrose won the Rose Bowl final last Sunday despite a bad back from Lorraine Whitemen in second place.

Finally a late result from the Stableford held on 5th May. Apparently this is the only competition result that I have not reported this year and the winner pointed out that as it was the only one he was likely to win all year that it should be officially recognised. As a result I hand belated congratulations to Dave Patten who had 41 points and was “awesome” on the day. I would ask all members who know Dave to congratulate him when you see him to make up for my missing him out.

The sheet for the World Cup event will be posted in the Lounge at 17.30 this evening. This will be a pairs competition with a twist with holes 1 to 6 being played as a texas scramble, holes 7 to 12 as a better ball and holes 13 to 18 as a foursome (alternate shots). This format was used for the Boxing Day Comp and all those who played really enjoyed it hence we are playing it again. It will be a shotgun start at 15.00 with the idea being that everyone will be back in the Clubhouse in time for the England v Uruguay match (kick off 8.00 pm). The entry fee will be £10 per person which will include sweep, twos, pie and peas before kick off and a free drink when you come off the course. Non members would be welcome to play with members but the entry fee for a non member would be £20 with the extra £10 being paid as a green fee.

This year the club is having a Captain’s away day at our partner course Eaglescliffe on Wednesday 20th August shotgun start at 11. The cost for the day including golf, prizes, and food before and after the golf is £25 per person. A bus will be hired for those not wishing to take the car and the cost will increase by £5 for those who choose this option. A sheeet is up in the locker room for those wishing to play and a deposit of £5 is required. Please put the deposits in brown envelopes and place into the competitions entry boxes and don’t forget to indicate if you are travelling by your own steam or using the bus. 

Also the Captain has asked me to mention that players are required for upcoming friendly matches against Morpeth and Tynemouth. Sheets have been posted in the locker rooms and he would be grateful if those wishing to play would enter their names.

We have a 4 person team open event scheduled for Sunday 29th June for which we already have 38 teams booked in but we still have some spare places. The cost per team of 4 is £40 and should any members wish to enter a team in this event please do so through either the office or the shop.

Finally for this week an update on the team. We had a top of the table clash with Morpeth last Thursday at home and came out 9 – 3 winners meaning we are still top of the league. It would have been 10 – 2 had it not been for an outrageous chip in for birdie on the last which robbed Jonny Lynn of his 100% record although he is still unbeaten so far this year. That leaves Steven Ashley as the only 100% man left on the team ahead of another top of the table clash away to Newcastle United this coming Thursday. Good luck to the lads and keep up the good work.


Kind Regards


Brian Rumney