Senior Member’s Captain
Thursday 16th August home Gosforth
On a bright and sunny day we welcomed Gosforth to Whitley Bay for our final game of the 2018 season. After a very hard fought match and excellent golf Gosforth became the only team to win at Whitley. Harry Hanover and Barrie Hartley once again triumphed to prove just how valuable they are too the team. Angus Clementson and John Wymer also contributed to the score and the highlight of the match was Angus chipping in on the 18th and in his own words a waste of a good shot as the match was already won. Our other point came from our captain of the day Ian Soulsby and Terry Smith in a match that went right to the death. After the match both teams sat down to an outstanding meal which the Gosforth captain said took the much converted bragging rights from their caterers. The two Dave’s were over the moon as it was David’s wife that they beat. Result Whitley Bay GC 5 – 7 Gosforth
Many Thanks from both Ian and Forster for all the effort put in by the players who represented Whitley Bay GC. From myself to both Ian and Forster a massive thank you for your support and assistance over the season. To all players, club officials and staff THANKS and hopefully we can bring the championship home next season.
Monday 30th July away Backworth
It’s always a pleasure to visit our near neighbours Backworth as we are always made most welcome and we are always well fed. The match was played on a very pleasant day which encouraged good golf. The match was very evenly matched and a credit to both teams. With a bit better putting and luck it might have been a better result in our favour. The draw in the end was a fitting outcome. Hard to single out any one player as all played well. Result Whitley Bay GC 6 – 6 Backworth
Thursday 19th July home City of Newcastle
The City of Newcastle are the surprise package in the league this year and are sitting in pole position. Even with home advantage the match eventually finished all square. Alan Johnson city captain pulled a put out of nowhere to snatch a half on the 18th. This was his only contribution, it was enough to snatch a point. The team as a whole played good golf and with a bit more rub of the green would have denied the City a share of the points. Result Whitley Bay GC 6 – 6 City of Newcastle
Thursday 12th July away Northumberland
On another very hot day we were at Gosforth Park to play against a very strong Northumberland team boosted by the return of their best players. Their captain’s words and not mine. We fielded a number of players who had never played at Northumberland and home advantage came to the fore. We were soundly beaten in all matches, but the team battled to the end and on this form Northumberland look a good bet to retain their league title. Chris Lennie and Harry Bell were the closest to bringing some reward for us. Result Whitley Bay GC 0 -12 Northumberland
Monday 2nd July home Arcot Hall
What a difference Home advantage makes. We were not down in all the matches and finished recording three matches and halving the remaining three matches. A special mention must go Angus Clementson and John Wymer (our motorized team) who put their opponents to the sword by an impressive 8 and 6 margin. Everyone played well and we deserved the rewards earned. Result Whitley Bay GC Seniors away to 9 – 3 Arcot Hall
Thursday 28th June away Stocksfield
Never an easy place to come too and on a very hot and sticky day it was Stocksfield at its hardest. The heat was not the only factor we had to contend with as the front nine is played amongst the trees on a side way slope. We fell short of the target score I had in mind, but most of our defeats came from the front nine. When the course opened up we more than matched Stocksfield. Fine wins were recorded by Ian Soulsby, Terry Smith, Derek Johnson and Harry Bell. Chris Lennie and Jim Douglas were denied a share of the points by an long distance put. Result Whitley Bay GC 4 – 8 Stocksfield
Thursday 21st June home Blyth
Today we played against a strong Blyth team with high hopes of winning the league. Some excellent golf was played and with a bit more luck in our first match we would have recorded our first maximum points of the season. This result put a massive dent into Blyth’s aspirations of winning the league. At this point we are still in the race for the championship. Well played everyone. Result Whitley Bay GC 10 – 2 Blyth
Monday 11th June away Bedlingtonshire
The visit too Bedlington was looked forward too by us as this is one of the best, if not the best course in the league and we were not to be disappointed. One late change to the team was needed as Harry Bell was not fit enough to part take in the match and I was seconded into the team. We had hoped that the team would be strong enough to push the home team all the way. All players gave their all and with a little more from lady luck we would have attained a worthy draw. The two buggy boys Clem and our Club Chairman John Wymer recorded a well deserved win. Barrie and Harry H also scrapped away to record a briĺiant one up score. Forster and George Siemaszko just failed to record what would have been a well deserved win, but had to settle for the draw. The other matches could all have gone either way with the help needed from lady luck. The final score was a disappointing loss by 7 – 5 to Bedlington.
Next match is at home to Blyth, Thursday 21st June starting at 12.30pm. All are welcome to support the team. If you would like to be part of the Whitley Bay GC Seniors and are 60 years or older why not come and join us on a Monday morning for a friendly game. We meet in the club house at 11.30am where the draw is made to select pairings. All handicaps and abilities are welcome.
Thursday 7th June home to Tynemouth
We welcomed our local rivals Tynemouth to Whitley Bay on a warm bright day. The day started off in the usual manner with tea and coffee in the club house where old friends met up. We started with Ian again leading the team supported by Terry. Tynemouth came with a very strong team with the intention of spoiling our day, but our team had just, if not a more determined target of coming home with the spoils. Some brilliant matches were played and apart from our two casualty who both came away with nothing to show for their efforts other than a pulled shoulder muscle and a pulled back muscle. Hope both players recovery swiftly to take part in future matches. Again the caterers came up with the goods to finish off a excellent day. Final result was a brilliant 10 – 2 win for Whitley Bay GC Seniors.
Tuesday 22nd May away to Westerhope
Our third match saw us traveling to the West side of Newcastle to take on a useful Westerhope team. With a good strong team with the best hope of coming away with something, But alas it was not to be on a difficult course which was well handled by the home team. The Whitley team gave their all and all the matches went down to the wire. Ian and Terry along with Harry and Barrie the two pillars of the team came away with hard fought wins by the margin of one up. The final result was a win by the margin of 8 – 4 to the home team.
Thursday 17th May home to Ponteland
I made a surprised appearance to captain the team in our first home fixture playing along side Derek Johnson. This was a pleasure for me to play along side such a good player. It is hard to single out any match as the team played on the whole at such a high level. The attitude of both teams was of the highest standard and the day was finally finished with an excellent meal and good banter. The final result was a positive result in favour of Whitley Bay by the margin of 10 – 2.
Monday 30th April away to Hexham
We started our season with difficult away fixture to one of the strongest teams in the league. Ian Soulsby Captained the team in my absence supported by Terry Smith and they encounted a very strong pairing in their game from the start. We introduced three new players to the team in George Pain, Steve Combe and Derek Johnson. Derek and Steve were paired together and had a tough introduction into the league. The two positive points to come out of the match was the excellent win by Forster Holloway and George Siemaszko. A hard fought halved match was secured by Tony Hood and John Suggate. Well done to all who took part in the match which was won by Hexham by the margin of 9 – 3.