Welcome to the Men’s Captain’s Blog for 2019, I hope that you will find it interesting, informative and inspiring!
Best wishes for a great golfing season
Howard Kemp – Men’s Captain 2019
Sunday 14th April
Firstly, a BIG thank you to Jamie for setting up the big screen for the U.S. Masters final round. With the late change of tee times our rearranged event was not as well attended as we had hoped but there was still a decent crowd in to enjoy Tiger’s astounding comeback and the £2 a pint beer offer! There was high quality golf available a little nearer to home with myself and Ally Hall representing the club in the annual Thompson Shield competition at Westerhope GC. The event is played between the Captains and Vice Captains of all the clubs in the Newcastle & District Golf League. Although the formula to calculate the handicaps (via the Silloth method) is unfathomable to any normal player we received 3.2 shots against a par of 72. Thanks to a strong finish from Ally we finished in third with a gross 77 (better ball strokeplay) and a nett 73.8. Congratulations to Newcastle United GC who edged out Northumberland by 0.2 to claim victory.
Congratulations to Gareth Nichol who was the winner of a 4 ball voucher for the Northumberland Golf Club, I hope that you enjoy the course.
Sunday 13th April
With the wind still coming in from the east, rendering several holes (namely 5, 11, 14 & 15) unreachable in two for most of us, Mark Ross produced a gross level par round to lead the way in Division 1 with 39 points, stellar effort Mark, well done! Division 2’s winner was Mark Graham with 37 points whilst Keith Williamson held off the pack to card a tidy 36 points which was enough to claim victory in Division 3. Congratulations to all of you – a great start to the season!
Wednesday 10th April
In gusty conditions, Steve Combe produced a fine performance to card a tremendous 38 points in the first White tee competition of the season. With scores generally low this was an excellent return for this time of the season. Congratulations to Harry Vaulkhard who led the way in Division 2 with 37 points.
Captain’s Mixed Greensomes – Sunday 7th April
25 mixed pairs entered the first greensomes of the season on a foggy and cold Sunday afternoon. Although some pairs found the format a little tricky there was some impressive scoring, the new pairing of Kate Cowan and Deon Krishnan proved a successful partnership and their 37 points was enough for first place, congratulations to you both. In second place, the well established pairing of Russell & Trish Hall (36 points) pushed Kate & Deon all the way, well played. The podium was completed by the Burt family pairing of James & Hannah with 35 points. It was, in effect, a clean sweep for Team Burt with James winning nearest the pin on the 13th and also taking home half of the pot for the “twos” competition (a tidy £10.50), this is clearly a pairing to watch! Congratulations also to Gareth Nichol and Jane Cubbins for taking home the other 50% of the “twos” pot with a birdie on the 9th. Thanks to everyone who took part on what was an enjoyable and very social afternoon’s golf.
The next Mixed Greensomes is on Sunday 5th May.
Race to Another Top Venue
Congratulations to Lee Smith, Deon Krishnan & Ken Tweddle for qualifying for this year’s Race to Another Top Venue. Having played throughout the winter this prize is well deserved, I hope that you have a great day out lads!
Saturday 6th April – Inter County Foursomes
On a cold, wet & windy morning at Seahouses Golf Club, Paul Taylor & Brandon Jones represented the club in the Inter County Foursomes against Alnmouth Golf Club. In spite of the difficult conditions the team performed well and the game ebbed and flowed with pars and birdies in abundance. Alnmouth took the early advantage and were two up at the turn. A magnificent 7 iron from Brandon to the perilous par 3 tenth hole and a sublime 3 wood from Paul on the 12th signalled a Whitley resurgence. The comeback was completed with wins at 13 & 14 and we were 1 up with 3 to play. Alnmouth were not finished and rallied to be 1 up coming down the last where Paul holed from 8 feet to set up a nervy Alnmouth putt for victory which dribbled past the hole. On to “sudden death” and a fine tee shot from Paul to the back of the green was matched by Alnmouth whose tee shot landed 12 feet from the pin. Brandon’s 40 foot putt finished agonisingly short and Alnmouth holed for the birdie and the match. Commiserations to Paul & Brandon who played well in tricky conditions.
Monday 1st April 2019
David Riley and Neil Fitzpatrick represented Whitley Bay Golf Club in the 2nd round of the Daily Mail Foursomes competition at Backworth on Sunday. In crisp, sunny conditions David & Neil played well against a well-handicapped Backworth team. Having squared the match with three to play the lads were defeated by two birdies at the last two holes. Congratulations to both players who played well and will be a force to be reckoned with in this year’s foursomes. On Saturday 6th April, Brandon Jones & Paul Taylor will be representing the club in the Inter-County Foursomes at Seahouses, they are playing against Alnmouth Village in the first round, good luck lads!
There are still some places left for the Captain’s Mixed Greensomes next Sunday, make sure that you don’t miss out!
Saturday 30th March 2019
Congratulations to David Read for a creditable 37 points in Saturday’s Race to another top venue event. Well played sir! Also an honourable mention to Andrew Potter with a fine tally of 34 points. With the end in sight now the race is hotting up, good luck to all of those players still in contention.
Sunday 24th March 2019
Thank you to the 100 hardy members who took part in yesterday’s inaugural Captain’s Drive In competition. In bright sunshine and 35 mph wind it was fantastic to see representatives of all parts of our club participating in a 4BBB challenge. Remarkably, the scoring was high with Martin Hinett & Nick triumphing with a stunning 45 points (well done lads!) closely followed by the consistent Mick Doxford and his partner Mark Robson (42 points), Ian Brady & Jo Grant completed the podium places (41 points).
Given the direction of the wind, I had contemplated having a “nearest the green” rather than “nearest the pin” competition on the 9th however Jo Grant stepped up to land a beauty close to the stick and take home a dozen new balls, congratulations to Jo. Richard Bramley’s superb iron shot was enough to secure him the prize on 13.
Congratulations to all of the golfers who played in great spirits and with good humour to defy the gales! Thanks to Simon and the greenkeeping staff for the excellent condition of the course.
Further thanks to all those members who came along to the Drive In social event and to watch the Drive in itself. We had a full bar and I am very grateful for the outstanding support that I received, thank you!
Perhaps the less said about the drive itself the better! However I managed a creditable 162 yards although it was directionally challenged! It was an honour to be joined on the tee by my fellow captains, Ann Walker, Len Renham and James Burston, I wish you all the best for the coming season and offer my help and support whenever you need it.
Thanks must go to the hardworking bar staff and the fabulous catering team for keeping the party going well into the afternoon. It was a great day and a worthy start to the golfing year!
I am raising money for “Tiny Lives” charity which supports premature babies and their parents on Ward 35 at the RVI in Newcastle. My son, Josh, spent 6 weeks there in 1995 having been born 9 weeks early. I am delighted to report that we raised £459 on Sunday afternoon for the charity, thank you for your kindness.
The next Captain’s Competition is the Mixed Greensomes on Sunday 7th April (1.00 – 2.30p.m.)