A look at the results from the local courses
Bamburgh Ladies have had a busy start to the year, completing the winter competitions at Easter.
Easter Bunny – best four cards in weekly winter Stablefords: Winner was Hilary Hulley 138, runner-up Fiona Southern 134 and Judith McLane 134.
Eclectic – Played in conjunction with Easter Bunny: Winner was Lucy McGregor 71-8-63 with Wendy Martin runner-up on 71 – 7.5- 63.5.
Stableford 26-3: 1st Julie Dawson 38, 2nd Rachael Michie 36.
Stableford 2-4: 1st S Porteous 40, 2nd Nicky Rose 39, Claire Whitfield 39.
A busy week at Magdalene fields for the start of the new season saw a great turnout by members and visitors.
William Landers won the winter open stableford with 29pts (15) beating Ken Phillips 29pts (17) better back 9, P D Hastie was third 28pts (07).
Starting Tuesday, April 12, the club will be holding a 12-hole competition off yellow tees for the £85 rollover of twos – if this is won before the first George Martin on May 17, the 12-hole will finish.
On Saturday the men’s stableford sweep was won by Paul Purves with a superb 43pts (08). Douglas Reap was second with 42pts (12) and Paul Ruddick third on 41pts (13). Twos were recorded by G Cumming, E Fyvie, M Wright, M Carter and CThackray.
Also on Saturday the ladies’ EWGA medal was won by Angela Sharp 105-32-73, second was Marion Black 89-14-75 and third was Margaret McMurchie 98-16-82.
Sunday’s captain’s drive 4BBB stableford was won by Michael Cornish senior and Mark Lockhart with a massive 49pts, helped by a 150-yard chip shot eagle on three.
Dan Watson and a silent partner were second with 44pts and third went to Brian Morton and Paul Allen 43pts.
Back on Saturday, March 26, the Daily Mail foursomes were played with Martin Neil and Sandy McEwan from MFGC taking on D Middlemiss and M Brown of Eyemouth – the Fields pair came out on top with a fine 2&1 win and will now progress to the next round.
The winner of the Bell Trophy played on Sunday was Anne Locke 76-8-68, second Lorraine Bewley 87-16-71, third Eileen Robinson 103-30-73.
The north’s mini tour for junior golfers goes from strength to strength – with more events and new sponsors for 2016.
The competition is now in its eighth year and features a string of qualifying events in Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland before the leading players from each area take part in the end of season regional finale.
The 2016 schedule includes an additional qualifying round and entries are now open for anyone interested.
Qualifying events are played out over nine holes, which gives the next generation of players competitive experience over a series of different courses.
The competitions are open to boys between the ages of eight and 12 with girls also able to play up to the age of 13.
Each round is split into different age and ability categories, with novice players using forward tees and adapted rules.
Each of the five rounds costs £6 each – although if all five are entered together
the entrance fee is just £25. The sponsors are providing prizes for the overall winners.
The Northumberland qualifying events are:
Sunday, April 24 at Alnmouth GC (2pm).
Sunday, May 15 at Morpeth GC (2pm).
Sunday, June 19 at Ponteland GC (2pm).
Sunday, July 24 at Allendale GC (2pm).
Sunday, August 7: at Arcot Hall GC (2pm).
This year’s final takes place a Macdonald Linden Hall GC in Northumberland on Sunday, September 4.