Newcastle and District League Newcastle United away
A late change in the line up tonight forced upon us: Ian Davidson called away with work, so Paul Souter stepped in.
Alex Dixon played Mark Wharton who had a spell playing for the City a few years ago.
The match was tight all night, but a couple of loose tee shots on 16 & 17 meant a defeat for Alex 2 & 1.
Alex plays in the English Amateur next week: well wish him well.
Andrew Minnikin on his first day out of isolation after suffering with Covid, battled well against another former City player Simon Lee.
The match went to the last with Si 1 up: Andrew hit a lovely shot in leaving himself a decent chance of birdie: Si missed the green with his approach and a poor chip left him about 8 feet short: Andrew left his birdie putt short for a conceded 4: Si holed his par putt to half the hole and win the match 1 up. Good effort from Andrew who was out on his feet at the end.
Phil Ridden suffered a 3 & 2 loss against Cameron Stott,
Paul Souter was never in the match against Neil Gasgoine the 2 time Scottish Hickory Champion. score 6 & 5
Karl Mossom kept his 'Player of the Year' hopes alive with a 4 & 3 victory over Warren Young.
Zak Laws last out, played European Tour Caddy Michael Burrow: this time it was Zak 1 up playing the last (the team score 8 - 2 at this stage) Michael hit the green in 2, Zak just short, elected to put: not a great effort left him10 feet short: Michael failed to hole his birdie putt leaving Zak to face his 10 footer for the match which he duly converted.
Final result 8 - 4 defeat.
Not what we were looking for but not disasterous.
We now go into the final 2 games 6 points ahead of Tynemouth, 8 ahead of Tyneside with Northumberland and tonight's oponents 11 back.
Great to see Howard Worley (pictured with Dave Lamb) amonst the lads supporting: many have watched the team for over 40 years1
Next week we entertain Morpeth: there'll be a bite to eat after the game, as is the custom for our last home game.
Newcastle and District League Newcastle United away
Team for Thursday against Newcastle United
North Durham League Division 3
Not many games to go so we were looking for a good win against Whitburn at home.
After a big 7 & 6 win in his first match of the season Jim Smith secured his points, with a victory by the same margin, in this his second game.
Andrew Broady won 4 & 2
Unfortunately Tony Stevenson and Neil Elborn suffered heavy defeats.
Jack Lillie had a nice 2 & 1 win.
The remaining two games were very close:
Davey McDonald lost the 18th for a 1 down loss and Ian Smith hung on to half the last for a 1 up victory.
Final result 8 - 6
Men's Captain's Day
It's been a long time coming but I eventually managed to host 'Men's Captain's Day' in beautiful weather on Saturday.
We had 206 competitors raising £1030 for the charity Gympossible.
Huge thanks to the helpers on the day (and to the many others who'd volenteered their services)
Vice Captain Neil Walker and Tom Lillico for setting up the half way house.
Starters,: Chris Miller, Dave Fletcher, Bill Gibson, Louise Lewis, Gordon Lamb, Simon Coultas, Jim Screen Gary Duncan and Phil Tennant.
Helpers at the tent: again Neil, Simon Coultas and Paddy Small.
Judith: for looking after my family at lunchtime in the Cluhouse, where we enjoyed a lovely meal.
Craig and the lads for presenting the course in fantastic condition: player after player wishing to pass on their compliments to the team.
It's difficult to know how much food and drink to provide for players at the refreshment stop:
But for future Captains: golfers drink a lot of beer when it's hot (fortunately ASDA is close by) and 5 kg of peanuts is a bit on the safe side (I've got 4 kg left).
In the competition itself, I couldn't have wished for a better winner: Paddy Small lifted the trophy with an impressive 40 points on what proved to be a difficult scoring day.
Paddy was unlucky in the final of the Calcutta last year, where in a match I refereed, he was defeated by the City's Stewart Cink Rob Muir (great lad really) so great to see him on the honours board this year!
Another highlight: Neil Elborn's hole in one at the 2nd. (his second of the season on the same hole!)
Also good to see the nearest the pin prizes being won by players with handicaps ranging from 3 to 24.
I'll close my message by saying how touched and humbled I feel, by the kind words and best wishes I have received, not just yesterday, but throughout my captaincy.
May I thank all who entered and made it a great day for me: I hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks again for your support
Full list of winners:-
Best nett: Srixon Golf Bag Paddy Small 40 points
2nd Footjoy shoes Chris Leach 39 points
3rd Galvin Green Top Neil Elborn 39 points
Best Gross Dozen Pro V1 Balls Phil Ridden 39 points
Best Senior 65+ Footjoy shirt Colin Kemp 39 points
Best Past Captain Umbrella Gordon Lamb 35 points
Best Little Junior Under armour cap Charlie McKenna 20 points
Best Junior (under 21) Club Towel Ellis Ridley 33 points
Closest to the Pin
2nd Neil Elborn 0cm (Hole in One) Fourball at Whitley Bay
6th Jim Bootland (29cms) Fourball at Arcot Hall
12th Michael Keen (75cm) Fourball at Ponteland
14th Ian Higgins (36cm) Fourball at Northumberland
18th (in 2) Steve Farndell (1.08m) Fourball at Tyneside
Two’s Club £184 £92 Hole in one for Neil Elborn.
£6.13 for each two of 15 twos: Michael Keen (Two 2s = £12.26), Ian Higgins, Anthony Stevenson, Carlos Park, Arnold Minford, Ian John Smith, Reg Milburn, Stephen Paxton, Michael Norton, James William Bootland, Andrew Wilkinson, J Neil Walker, James Walmsley, Neil Collins
Newcastle and District League Ravensworth at home
Last Thurday saw us pick up our first 12 - 0 victory of the season.
In fairness Ravensworth playing in 2 leagues, and struggling with a back log of fixtures due to covid postponements, didn't have their strongest team:
Nevertheless our lads stuck to the task and did their work:
Alex Dixon, Phil Ridden, Zak Laws, Ian Davidson, Paul Souter and Karl Mossom all winning coming through with victories.
Great turn out again by our supporters; many thanks!
Big match next week away to Newcastle United.
See you there.