Please note that on Saturday morning we will be opening the main lounge from the door adjacent to the putting green for Breakfast Bacon Rolls etc.
It will be available from 7.15am - 11am.
Special Members offer - Bacon or Sausage Roll with a hot drink for £3.
Soft spiked golf shoes will be permitted in the designated area using the side door. Simply come in take a seat and wait to be served. Cash only please as the main bar will not be open for use of cards.
Gents Team News
Sunday 22nd April - 3pm Knockout Matchplay Handicap 1st Round v Beamish at Home.
1. Andrew Broady 2. Darren Smith 3. Liam Shanley 4. Ian Davidson 5. Ian Smith
Tuesday 1st May - 5pm North Durham League match away at Whitburn
1. James Walmsley 2. Neil Elborn 3. Ian Davidson 4. Andrew Broady 5. Ben Lloyd 6. Liam Shanley 7. Keith Alexander
The Draw for the Masters has been done in conjuction with todays competition:
Your score on Saturday stableford is added to your partners Sunday score and top 3 paid out:
1st - £26
2nd - £20
3rd - £13
4th - £8
Ben Lloyd - Dustin Johnson
Dave Lowrey - Hadvin
C Mackay - Jason Day
John Mackie - Jon Rahm
Sean Mallenby - Kisner
George Martin - Henrik Stenson
Mark McCarthy - Jordan Speith
Chris McKenzie - Bubba Watson
Paul Messner - Molinari
Arnie Minford - Matsuyama
Geoff Minto - Justin Rose
Rob Muir - Martin Kaymer
E O'Hara - Kim
Tony Oliver - Matt Kucher
Carlos Park - Zach Johnson
Gordon Renton - Tony Finau
Keith Ridden - Kisner
Mac Ridley - Mark Leishman
Mark Robinson - Moore
Dave Sanderson - Tommy Fleetwood
Barry Schofield - Matsuyama
Graham Shord - Jordan Speith
Peter Smith - Rickie Fowler
John Stephenson - Jason Day
Chris Stoddart - Walker
Carl Thompson - Martin Kaymer
Michael Thompson - Brandon Grace
Brian Thompson - Wiesberger
Robert Thompson - Li
Ron Thomson - Tiger Woods
Gary Traill - Dechambeau
Sam Traill - Hoffman
AK Traill - Oosthuizen
Matt Turton - Henley
Mick Walker - Justin Rose
Steven Wallace - Matsuyama
Keith Wilkinson - Tiger Woods
Dan Williams - Rickie Fowler
A Williamson - Schauffle
John Wright - Jason Day
Ken Bailey - Simpson
Richie Bainbridge - Molinari
Steve Biskupek - Rory Mcilroy
James Bootland - Matt Kuchar
Jeff Brice - Paul Casey
Bill Carroll - Matsuyama
Dave Chilton - Singh
Gary Clark - Justin Rose
Steve Collins - Henrik Stenson
Kev Cook - Matsuyama
David Corke - Simpson
Steve Croney - Henrik Stenson
Dave Dryden - Ian Poulter
Stephen Farndell - Tyrell Hatton
John Franklin - VJ Singh
Steve Garbutt - Vegas
Bill Gibson - Ghim (A)
Phil Giles - Patrick Reed
Alan Henderson - Cabrera Bello
Glen Henderson - Reavie
Sean Hogarth - Freddie Couples
Kevin Innes - Rory Mcilroy
Michael Irvine - Berger
Stevie Irving - Ian Poulter
Alan James - Phil Mickelson
Jason Lang - Paul Casy
Dave Fletcher - Bernard Langer
Lewis Walton - Mark Leishman
Question & Answers
Q - I see the fedex final has been re-scheduled for May 5th... why so far away?
A - As it was originally a Saturday final we wanted to keep it to that day, the next available Saturday due to a busy calender is the 5th May. The final wiill be played from 8am-10am, you can now book into the final via the PSI screen or howdidido.
Q - I was not able to play in the final on the 31st March due to other committments but can I now enter the final in May?
A - Yes, anyone who was in the top 80 is able to enter the final on the new date.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Q - Will the fedex final be played from the summer tees?
A - No, the final will be played from the winter distance using the winter card and indexes. The winter handicap will also apply.
Q - was surprised to hear the course was open today, why was that?
A - When the greenkeepers did their inspeciton at 7am the condition was fine and so they left open, on a normal day or work they would of no doubt closed the course early morning. Thankfully there were not too many people who braved todays elements and therefore not too much use.
Q - Im a new member and wondering why there are two competitions on Saturday?
A - Its for two different category's, 0-14 and 15 upwards. There is no payout for this event as the winners are decided by a knockout following this qualifying round, top 16 from each competition go through to a matchplay stage and the final in September.
Q - Will the new tee boxes be ready in time for the start of the season in view of the recent weather?
A - This will be reviewed nearer the time, the most concerning is the 12th which is a par 3. If the turf has not bedded in then we will continue to use the forward tee. On the 16th we may also use a forward tee for non comp days.
Q - On the recent members survey the results showed up a desire for more competitions, I am certainly in that camp and love the winter months for that very reason! Has this been given any consideration?
A - Yes, there will be a 'club sweep' on the alternate day to main club competition. This will be trialled in the early part of the season and then reviewed, there will be the opportunity to play a handicap qualifier off the yellow tees. There are many golfers who simply do not enjoy playing off the white medal tees and therefore it is difficult to keep their handicap both active and realistic. The additional sweep will be a handicap qualifier and generally a singles stableford.
Q - Ive observed that on the new clubhouse plans and think that the proposed layouts look really good and I appreciate the time and effort put into it from the committee. Could the location of female toilets and proximity to main areas be looked at?
A - Thanks JD, very good point and a one has been addressed. This is the sort of feedback that will assist us as we look forward to this most exciting project. Please check out the latest revision to the plan that re-locates the disabled toilet and a better configuration of the 2nd ladies toilets.
Q - Now that the general meeting has cleared up uncessary spending will the proposed greens works continue?
A - Correct...... a recent inspection of greens have produced a tremendous improvement in the last 12months which we are delighted with. All the additional sand injection work coupled with regular aeration and dressing through the season has put us in great shape going into this season. However, to continue the improvment we need not take our foot off the pedal and instead capitalise on the vast improvment. Sand injection will take place in May subject to weather conditions and then again in early October. A 3 weeky programme of tining, verti cutting and dressing will improve the playability throughout the season ahead.
Q - Is the works to greens really necessary? To me there is nothing wrong with them so why do it?
A - Work and Maint of Greens should never stop..... we could do nothing and put the good health of the greens at risk. The professional testing has shown the poor condition 12months ago and the huge improvment now. It will be interesting to hear your views in a few months time.
In conjuction with the George Sinclair and Mac Smith competition on Saturday there will be an optional £1 sweep for the final round of the Masters.
Opt in and you will then pick a player from the Pro...... the winner of the sweep will be the golfer whos nett score on Saturday combined with their Masters partner final round score is the best.
On Sunday evening the Masters will be showing on the big screen and other TV's around the clubhouse. Sergio's Tapas Menu will be available on the night. Food can be ordered from 6pm-9pm, try the lot!! 3 for £10