Men's Captain's Message
With only a few weeks until our AGM, my time as Men's Captain draws to a close. I'd like to thank everyone for the support I've had over the last 3 years (one as Vice and 2 as Captain!).
It's been nice to have a little bit of playing success with the lads:-
Alex Dixon - North & South Trophy
Phil Ridden - The Logan Trophy
Andrew Minnikin - County Champion then going on to win the national Champion of Champions.
A sixth consequtive Newcastle and District League title
A Dixon Cup win (5 northern leagues)
James Walmsley - individual winner in the Dixon Cup
Teams Championship in the Newcastle and District League (Andrew Minnikin, Karl Mossom and Ian Davidson).
Andrew with a great runner up performace in the North of England Open Amateur Championship this week, and a couple of scratch open successes.
Hopefully we're not quite done yet, with our defence of the European Men's Club Trophy still to come.
Thanks go to the support we've had at league matches, yet again second to none,
But the Captaincy has been about so much more than 'team stuff'.
It's been an honour and joy to work with Past Captain Julie Schofield and Captain Judy Lillico, and of course with Vice Captain Neil Walker who's been great support during the last 2 years.
The Past Captains have also been so welcoming, giving their help along the way: again very much appreciated.
It was great to meet the players on Men's Captain's Day, and to enjoy a tremendous night out at the Captains' Dinner Dance.
Finally, a special word of thanks to David Moffat for his encouragement throughout.
It's been my pleasure to serve.
Men's Captain City of Newcastle Golf Club
Newcastle and District League Players Championship
On Sunday we rounded off our 'domestic' season with success in the leasgue's end of season Player's Championship at Ponteland.
It's a tough format: teams of 3 all gross scores counting.
Our team of Andrew Minnikin, Ian Davidson and Karl Mossom totalled 211 which was enough to finish 4 ahead of the field.
Andrew posted an amazing 64, (with 9 birdies and an eagle, after a slow start double bogeying the par 3 2nd)
Karl followed with a 2 under par 70, while Ian got his round under control with an eagle on the last for a 77.
Phil Ridden also playing as individual defending champion , very nearly retained the trophy, just missing out on a count back with a 4 under 68.
(Andrew not being eligible for the individual prize)
Well done lads!
As the season draws to a close I'd like to thank Kev Hutchinson 'INSPIRED OUTSOURCING' our kit sponsor, for the support we've enjoyed this year, it is greatly appreciated.
Competition Round Up
Sunday saw the conclusion of our knockout competitions.
Many thanks to the volenteer referees.
Scratch Knockout (played Thursday)
Phil Ridden defeated Steve Slater 2&1
John Duncan Trophy
Richard Cave defeated Paul White 6&5
Mac Smith Trophy
John Mackie defeated Malcolm Inch 3&2
John C Brown defeated John Holmes 6&5
Collings Trophies (played Saturday)
Father and son Joe and Paddy Small defeated Michael Keen and Martin Brown 3&2
Michael Keen defeated Simon Dixon 4&2
Paul Stewart is strong favourite to win the Order of Merit with one competition to go.
Paul Stewart 141
Michael Norton 112
Daniel McCarthy 93
Dave Ridley 91
Many thanks to the competitions team Phil Tennant, Chris Miller and Simon Bowman who've spent many an hour setting up and closing comps and publishing results.
Champion of Champions
To top off a great day for the City,: Andrew Minnikin won England Golf's Champion of Champions Trophy at Woodhall Spa.
Fantastic rounds of 3 under and 4 under left him 2 clear.
Well done Andrew: still getting better!!
Newcastle and District League Dixon Cup
The winners from the 5 northern leagues compete for the Dixon Cup, a scratch event: best 6 scores from a team of 7 counting.
On a typical cold day at Newbiggin in difficult conditions the full team battled hard, our strength in depth proving too much for the opposition.
Our total of 440 left us 19 shots clear of the field.
James Walmsley won the cup for best individual with 2 under par 70.
Dave Ridley also played well for a 72
other scores: Karl Mossom 73, Phil Ridden 74, Ian Davidson 75, Ken Cairns 76 and Tony Stevenson 79.
This is our 7th victory in the Dixon Cup!