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Blyth 9 – Whitley Bay 3
We visited the League Leaders with hope of either sharing the points or wishing for at least a small win. Blyth justified their position at the top of the league with a win in their last match of the season. They must now sweat to see if anyone can catch them. We need to have to massive wins in our last two matches to beat them let alone match them.
Ian Soulsby and Terry Smith got us off the an impressive first match win 3 and two. Tony Hood and John Suggate recorded a halved match in a tight fought match. The remaining matches resulted in a clean sweep by Blyth, Harry Hanover, Syd Davison, Harry Bell, Forster Holloway, Jim Douglas, George Siemaszko, John Wymer and Angus Clementson had no answer to the on pressure by Blyth. They all did their utmost to turn the tide but alas not to be.
Whitley Bay 10 – Backworth 2
The last home game of the season seen Backworth our close neighbours visit us. This is one of the matches we most look forward to each season.
Ian Soulsby and Terry Smith got the team off to the start we need with a 5 and 4 result. Harry Hanover and Barrie Hartley rebounded after some unlucky results to record a 4 and 3 result. Chris Lennie and Jim Douglas once again came home with a 3 and 2 win to keep their record going. If I was to lay a wager I would have put my vast wealth (50p) on Tony Hood and John Suggate coming home victorious. My wager would have back fired for once. George Siemaszko and John Wymer won by the margin of 4 and 3 to keep the good feeling going. The new pairing of Mick Doxford and Jim Taylor returned a win of one up, but not before we had to send out the search parties. The excuse was that the opposition were out for the stroll along the coast, but the match was so tight it took a winning put to claim the points.
City of Newcastle 4 – Whitley Bay 8
Our visit to the City was met with a resounding win. Ian Soulsby lead the team with Terry Smith as his shadow once again but on the day they met their match. Harry Bell partnered John Waterson and this new pairing brought home the bacon with a one up win. Tony Hood had to also have a new partner and his usual partner was on holiday but George Siemaszko was a creditable standing and recorded a 3 and 2 win. Another new combination in Angus Clementson and Barrie Hartley lost a very close match and were a little disappointed to not get something from the match. Chris Lennie and Jim Douglas once again got the team back on track with a 2 and 1 win to keep their record going this year. Syd Davison and Ed Patterson also recorded a 2 and 1 win in one of their few appearances in the team. The team is riding up at the top of the league and we still have high hope of winning the league as we have games in hand.
Whitley Bay 8 – Northumberland 4
Vice Captain Forster Holloway once again took the honour to lead the team out. He had a new partner in George Siemaszko and after a very tight match finished with a very creditable half. Angus Clementson was paired with the Captain Len Renham and with five holes to go they were four down, but an incredible rally from Angus seen them go down by one hole. Chris Lennie and Jim Douglas kept up their fine play with another 2 and 1 win. There can not be any better pair in the league than these two. Apart from Tony Hood and John Suggate who once again recorded a one hole win in a tightly fought match. Ian Soulsby and Terry Smith are also another pairing going from strength to strength and recorded a 2 and 1 win. The tail end Charlie were Harry Hanover and Barrie Hartley came home with a very creditable halve. Once again the team did the business and propelled the team up the league.
Whitley Bay 5 – Stocksfield 7
Last Monday we had a Seniors League Match against Stocksfield that involved 12 of our seniors group. It was very encouraging to see a further 7 turn up to play in the Monday Seniors, thank you all for your continued support.
We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.
Whitley Bay 8 – Bedlingtonshire 4
The team was captained by Forster Holloway who was trying to maintain his record as never being a losing captain. Alas this was not to be, but a fighting effort was put in by himself and Harry Bell.
The solid team of Ian Soulsby and Terry Smith once again brought the points home with a 4 and 2 result. Chris Lennie and Jim Douglas once again put the4 opposition to the sword with a 2 and 1 win. The Chariot Team Angus Clementson and John Wymer (Buggy Team) both drove their way to two points with a 3 and 2 win. The surprise pair to miss out was Harry Hanover and Barrie Hartley who lost on the last to a lucky put by the opposition. The final pair the most impressive team of Tony Hood and John Suggate did not disappoint us with an impressive 5 and 4 win.
The TEAM played in a manner that it would have been hard for anyone to beat them.
Whitley Bay 9 – Hexham 3
On a bright day we entertained Hexham Seniors one of the likely teams to be in with a chance of winning the league. Ian Soulsby and Terry Smith had a very tough match against the very good Hexham Capt.
The Hexham Capt just managed to have the final answer in the win for them.
Forster Holloway (Vice Capt) and Harry Bell took the honours on the 18th in what was a hard fought match.
Angus Clementson and John Wymer were up and down in a match which they felt they should have won but ended up all square for a halve. Well we can not win them all can we.
Chris Lennie and Jim Douglas lived up to my expectations and carved a 2 – 1 win in a hard fought game.
The two stalwarts of the team Tony Hood and John Suggate recorded an much warranted result of 4 – 3 just when we needed a big push to see us over the line.
Debutant John Waterston and Mick Doxford came home with an 3 – 2 result to bring us to 9 – 3 winners.
This also raises the bar on what we can achieve this season. The next two games are at home so with two decent results we should be sitting near the top of the league.
This is our best result against Hexham for a few seasons.
To the team I say thank you and keep up the good work. I hope to be back playing and pushing for a slot in a few weeks.
Tynemouth 7 – Whitley Bay 5
Our visit to our nearest rivals resulted in a victory to our hostes.
The team was Captained by Forster Holloway on the day and was aided by Harry Bell in the first match and they got us off to a flier with the perfect win 1up.
Tony Hood and John Suggate kept up their impressive record with a 3 – 1 win. Both players showed that they are a hard pair to beat.
Ian Soulsby (Vice Capt) and Terry Smith came within a whisker of getting two points but in the end had to settle for a hard fought halve.
The other matches involved Frank Elliott, Gordon Robinson, Chris Lennie, Jim Douglas, John Wymer and Keith Williamson and all finished in tight affairs and with a little more luck on the greens would have given us at least a drawn match.
Some long lucky puts from Tynemouth players sealed our fate.
Many Thanks to all the team from me Len Renham Senior Team Captain.
Whitley Bay 12 – Westerhope 0
An excellent result yesterday against Westerhope. Sweet revenge for last year. We paid them back in full winning 12 – 0. The team was Captained by Forster and well supported by all players. Him and Harry set the ball rolling with a excellent 6 & 5 win.
All the players played their part against a very strong Westerhope team who were second in the league until they met us.
Well done to all and long may it continue.
Ponteland 9 – Whitley Bay 3
Ian reported a difficult day for our team who struggled to read the greens. They were very fast and from a different world to Whitley Bays. George Siemanzco and Barty Coe won their match. Angus Clementson and Mick Doxford gained a half. I can only add to what Ian and Forster reported that it was a good day played in a friendly manner. That the result was out weighed by the effort put in by the whole team. Many thanks to you all.
The morning started very gray and damp but by the time the first group went to the 1st tee it was sunny and warm. We were very lucky as this was to be the way it stayed all day.
Out of the possible 55 that could have taken part 38 turned out. This was much to the relief of the captain. of the 17 who could not make it was a great miss to them. Excuse submitted were on holiday or were baby sitting. Lets hope they can make it next year.
The scores on the day were very competitive and showed what fine senior players we have at the club.The day was played in the Stableford System, with full handicaps with no gimmies, (I never really checked this point. Playing from the yellow tees Ian Soulsby and his team got us away right on time and everything seemed to follow on with no real problems. (May be a wayward shot now and then).
The day progressed well and eventually everyone was in (A part from Frank Elliott who was unwell and had to retire. Hope you are on the mend Frank, I have something for you to assist in your recovery which I will present to you next time I see you.
We had many prizes to give out and everyone received something (38 prizes) I will list the main prize winners below.
Whilst I was checking the scores and making the winning lists out Ian Soulsby entertained the vast crowd assembled in the club house. Ian explained to everyone that at my request that the Annual General Meeting be put back till September 2018. I an asked for a show of hands and this was passed with the voting that I stay on as Captain and Ian And Forster Holloway were to stay as Vice Captains. I have to say that we all accepted this motion.
After a bit of a delay we proceeded to annaouce the winners and no losers. All are winners in my eye’s.
1st Prize £70 voucher was claimed by the very unpopular George Siemaszko. He wins to often and it was suggested that he might play away next year. Joking apart well done George on your performand of 38 points.
2nd Prize on 37 points John Hewison£55 voucher
3rd Prize (Syd Davison and Ian Soulsby) but the prize went to Syd on count back. Both had 36 points.
The longest drive went to Harry Hanover
The nearest the pin went to Keith Younger
The player with the Best front nine was Ian Soulsby.
The player with the best back nine was Angus Clementson.
The best overall team was Harry Hanover, Mick Doxford and John Teward who came in with a combined total of 103 points.
Two’s were recorded by Alan Ross 13th, Alex Pritchard 3rd, Harry Hanover 17th and John Teward 13th. All were presented with a sleeve of balls which were donated by Mitch Steele. Mich these were much appreciated and well received. Please give my regards to the staff in the office for making me feel at home. Many Thanks.
With all the presentations completed we only had to demolish the buffet. This was prepared by David and Dave in the kitchen and it was a excellent buffet much appreciated by all.
The last thing from me was to thank everyone for turning up and making it a memorable day, to Ian And Forster for all the help, advice and support on the days leading to and including the day my heartfelt thanks.
To David and Dave for the buffet and to Hannah and Bronwyn for keeping the water flowing.
To David the Pro and Richard for helping with the prizes and for sorting the tee times out.
Last mention goes to the Club Captain Dave Burston for his encouragement and support.
Many Thanks and hope to see most of you for our usual Monday gathering.
The usual Monday meeting for our weekly get together has gone from strength to strength. Even when we have a match to play in the league we are getting approximately twelve players turning out. Ian, Forster and myself are most pleased that it has taken off so well. May it keep getting better and stronger. Come along if you can and meet fellow members.
We plan to keep the Mondays going all through the winter.
Next on the horizon is the Club Field Day Monday the 14th August with over forty players saying they are attending. There is numerous prizes to be won. Have a wonderful day.
We have two remaining away matches to finish off the league season, 17th August away to Gosforth and Arcot Hall 31st August 2017. Best of luck to all taking part.
Last Monday ten of us went to the tee to compete for the Monday sweep. The small field was mainly due to most of the team members keeping their powder dry for the important Senior League match at City of Newcastle the following day.
Fourteen of us rolled up on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May and Question Master Harry Bell had all the answers with 21 points on the back nine and scooped up the sweep with a total of 36 points. Bob Ackinclose also with 36 points came second and Syd Davison returned to form and took third place with 35 points.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday.
A message from the Senior Captain