1st August 2019 – WB Seniors v Backworth (Home) – Seniors League Match – Result – Won 8–4
At last something positive to report. We played host to our near neighbours in what turned out to be a very nip and tuck affair. Backworth are going well and where top of the league but some very positive and determind play from everyone saw us home. Wins for Forster Holloway/Terry Smith, Steve Combe/Mick Doxford/ Jim Douglas/David Plant and George Pain/Ed Patterson made sure of our win. The other two matches resulted in being beaten by one hole hence robbing us of at least two more points. Now that we have broken the duck it is onwards and upwards for the remainder of the season.
15th July 2019 – WB Seniors v Durham City (Away) – Friendly Match – Result – Lost 11–5
This was a trip into the unknown for us. Durham had had such a response to play us that we decided that the teams would be made up of sixteen players rather than the usual twelve. It was a lovely bright hot summers day and this made for a challenging days golf. The courses was in excellent condition and was enjoyed by everyone. The after match meal was enjoyed by everyone and everyone to a man said what a great day it was. We have the return match August to look forward too. It was agreed between both clubs that this would become an annual event. The result did not go our way, but we did register two wins from Mike Addison/Steve Baxter and Keith Williamson/Dave Hall. Forster Holloway and Terry Smith halved their match for the other point.
11th July 2019 – WB Seniors v Northumberland (Home) – Seniors League Match – Result – Lost 9–3
We knew that we were in for a match against the league front runners in Northumland. They always turnout a very strong team and today was no exception. The lads all raised their game but it was just not enough. No excuses are being given as I don’t think they could have played any better. Winning pair was Forster Holloway and Terry Smith. The halve was gained Mike Addison and Steve Baxter. This is their debut season with the seniors and are performing very well.
2nd July 2019 – WB Seniors v Arcot Hall (Away) – Seniors League Match – Result – Lost 8–4
A warm and bright day greeted us at Arcot Hall. It is a shame that the result was not as bright for us as once again we dropped points on the last hole. What should and could have been our first win of the season was plucked away from us. The only winners for us were Andy Reid and Harry Bell. Two of the remaining matches were halved and these pairings picking up a point each was Steve Combe/Mick Doxford and Mike Addison/Steve Baxter
27th June 2019 – WB Seniors v City of Newcastle (Away) – Seniors League Match – Result – Lost 8–4
This was the first time visit to the refurbished club house at the City. It is very impressive, but I would not expect anything less for the amount they paid for it. A cool £800000+. The game was again lost by the odd holes in two matches too what we thought was a City Team not as strong as in the past. Andy Reid/Harry Bell and the impressive pairing of George Pain and George Siemaszko were the points winners for us. Alas we were unable to increase our tally of the day.
20th June 2019 – WB Seniors v Stocksfield (Home) – Seniors League Match – Result Match Halved 6-6
The team was unlucky not to win the match as we had to settle for to of the matches to finish all square. These could quite easily have been wins but for opposition getting the rub of the green on the last hole. This was a much more enjoyable result and we now look forward to going one step better next time. Winning pairs were Chris Lennie and Jim Douglas. George Pain and George Siemaszko our two tail end gunners shot down their opponents.
6th June 2019 – WB Seniors v Foxton (Home) – Friendly Match – Result – Win 10-2
This was a new fixture added to the Seniors for this year. This is hopefully to be the start of a annual feature being played home and away alternative years. It was pleasing to welcome Foxton to Whitley Bay in what turned out to be an very enjoyable afternoon with some good golf played by both teams. On the negative side the only pair not to get any points where the Captains pairing who eventually went down 2 – 1. Everyone else brought the points home, but I think things might be a bit different next year at Foxton.
Monday 20th May – Tynemouth V Whitley Bay
After our long haul journey to our near neighbours the team turned out in their new tops and looked the very part of a team worthy to represent the club. Forster being away on holiday the team was captained by Jim Douglas. Jim and Chris Lennie started off matching their opponents but in the end pressure was to much and they eventually had to admit defeat by the margin of 2-1. New pairing of Bob Wood and Terry Smith played their part in a evenly matched game and came away with a share of the points. Mike Addison and Steve Baxter carried on playing impressive golf and once again proved to be to strong for their opponents winning 2 -1. Once again Mick Doxford and Harry Bell were pipped at the post and words can not explain how they feel or how they lost by the margin of 1 down. Ed Patterson and John Suggate were well beaten by a very strong pairing but with a bit more luck could have been rewarded with at least a point. It’s getting boring as the two George’s once again came home with the bacon and recorded another resounding win by the margin of 3 – 2. They are the best tail end Charlies in the league. Final Result Tynemouth 7 – 5 Whitley Bay Seniors
Thursday 16th May – Whitley Bay V Westerhope
Our first home game of the season saw us welcome Westerhope. Once again we had a newbie in our ranks in what was basically an unchanged team. Forster was once again captain and Terry was in support again. Unfortunately their result was still the same again. They were all square coming to the last and once again a long range putt sealed their fate going down 2 and 1. Steve Baxter and Mike Addison were next out and were soon feeling the pressure and eventually they had to submit to a excellent pairing from Westerhope. 3 and 2
Jim Douglas and Chris Lennie returned to the team after a short golfing break in Spain and were soon embroiled in a ding dong match which eventually played out all square for a share of the points. Newbie Bob Wood partnered John Suggate in match four and soon settled down to play some excellent golf and soon were up in the game and came home winning by the margin of 2up.
Mick Doxford and Harry Bell felt a bit down and robbed of at least a share of the points when their opponents sunk a long putt on the eighteenth to lose 1 down. Tail end Charlies the two Georges were soon out of sight against their opponents an eventually won by the impressive margin of 7 and 5. Final Result Whitley Bay Seniors 5 – 7 Westerhope
Thursday 2nd May – Ponteland V Whitley Bay
The Seniors started this season’s quest in trying to win the Northumberland Seniors League away to Ponteland.The weather was a mix of sun and showers. We welcomed a number of new faces to the team this year in Mike Addison, Steve Baxter, and David Plant. The team was captained by Forster Holloway who was partnered by Terry Smith. They were beaten by the margin of two down but this did reflect on how the match panned out. Two excellent putts was all that separated them. Steve Combe and Mick Doxford were the next pairing and returned with the spoils after a hard fought game coming out 2 and 1 winner’s. Thirdout was the seasoned pairing of John Waterson and Harry Bell and once again the match swayed this way and that but all their efforts were not rewarded and eventually lost 2 and 1. The fourth pairing was the two newbies to the team and league. Steve Baxter and Mike Addison started like a express train and were soon in front and remained so until eventually winnings by the margin of two up.
Fifth team consisted of Ed Patterson and the other newbie David Plant and they found it hard to get into the match and no matter how much effort they put in they were eventually beaten by a strong pairing from Ponteland. The last pairing of the two Georges (Tail end Charlies) Siemaszko and Pain came home with a share of the points having played some excellent golf and agreed that it was a fair result as neither team deserved to be beaten. Final Result Ponteland 7 – 5 Whitley Bay Seniors
Monday 7th October 2019
Last week was slightly disappointing as we only had eleven turnout on a quiet a nice day. The best for the week I think. In first place with 36 points was Bill Johnson and second place with 35 points was Steve Baxter To complete the podium and in third place was Ken Tweddle on 34 points. Well done to you all and weather permitting we can have a bigger turnout this week. The way the weather has gone over the last few days and what is forecast I think we will be very lucky to get a game. I will check the hot line in the morning and if necessary I will send out a message. If we are fortunate to be able to play please be in the clubhouse by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am and first tee is at 12 noon.
Monday 30th September 2019
Last week was a busy one for the Seniors of Whitley Bay GC. First of all I want to thank those that represented Whitley Bay GC and the Seniors Section at Bedlingtonshire Thursday 26th September. This was the annual League Field Day and I have to report that Mike Addison finished in overall fourth place on count back with 39 points. Mike was the category ‘A’ out right winner. The eventually winner have 40 points. Well done Mike prize awaiting you in Dawn’s office for collection. Everyone posted very credible scores and our best four scores put us just eight points behind the winning team from Blyth who had 144 points. Special mention has to go to Derek Johnson who turned out for me at the last minute and despite playing off a handicap of ONE returned a very credible score. Many Thanks Derek.
Thursday 26th September also saw the Monseniors combined with our Ladies Section commanded by our Ladies Captain Ann Walker play the second match of the year and what an excellent day it turned out to be. Mixed teams of three played for the honours. The honours were taken by the team of Christine Fitz-Gerald, Ruth Day and Rob Gilbert with a combined score of 93 points. Well done and thank you to everyone who supported Ann and myself.
Last Monday saw fifteen turnout on a beautiful day only marred by one brief shower. Once again some familiar faces were on the podium.Scores were very tight but Andy Reid just got his nose in front and finished with a very credible 36 points. Second place was Jim Douglas on count back from David Hall with 35 points. We should have a few more back from their jollies this week but it is all down to the mercy of the weather. Please check before you venture to the course. I will try to keep you updated. Please be in the club house by 11.30am and the draw will take place 11.35am with the first tee time at twelve noon. Forster is away getting some well deserved rays so I will be in the clubhouse by 10.30am.
Monday 23rd September 2019
Last week we had eighteen turnout on a fine and pleasant day with once again excellent scores being returned. First place went to Steve Baxter (At last) with 39 points. Everything comes to those who are willing to wait. Second place was claimed by Larry Thompson with 38 points. Third place went to Keith Harrison with 37 points. Keith seems to have taken to the monseniors since he recently joined us. Second time he has been on the rostrum. Well done to all who took part. Looking forward to this Monday and hopefully a few more returning from holiday etc. Please be in the club house by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am. The first tee time is at 12 noon.
Monday 16th September 2019
There was no Monseniors last week, but in its place went held the Seniors Club Field Day. It was an resounding success and saw thirty nine players take part. A number of new faces featured and it is hoped that they will participate in the monseniors each Monday. Of the thirty nine we had twenty nine return scores in excess of thirty points. Top of the rankings was the steady David Plant with a very impressive forty three points. He was also just pipped for the longest drive by Paul Morton. Second place was Steve Combe playing off eight coming in with thirty nine points. Third place on count back from five other players was Men’s Captain Howard Kemp with thirty eight points. The winning team was made up of Steve Combe, David Plant and Gordon Robinson with a combined total of one hundred and fifteen points.There was a number of other prizes awarded to a number of players. My thanks goes to everyone who participated in making this another successful year and to everyone who helped make it possible. Special mention to the two Dave’s who provided once again a excellent buffet and the bar staff for their support. All best wishes and speedy recovery to those that missed out on the day and hopefully we will see you all back very soon. Many Thanks from Forster and Len.
Monday 12th August 2019
Last week seventeen souls turned out on a pleasant day to try and win the big prizes on off. I can’t say how much or what was won as the inland revenue might get interested. In first place with an impressive 38 points was the fast improving Paul Morton (Age withheld due to data protection). Second place was the consistent Terry Smith (Age 7?+) with 34 points on count back. Tax man definitely looking at his winnings for the year. Third place was Chris Lennie also with 34 points. Can’t say too much about Chris’s winnings as it was his first outing with us this year and also I had to sign the official secrets act. Joking apart some very good scores were posted by all. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 11.30am for the draw to take place at 11.35am. First tee 12 noon.
Monday 5th August 2019
What an an excellent turnout from everyone. Twenty three turned out on a very pleasant day and some very consistent golf was played. We welcomed Dennis Day to our ranks for his first time. He had an excellent day and is set to return this week. He’s to hopefully a long and fruitfull time with us. Keith Williamson returned a card showing 40 points to take first place. Well done Keith. Second place was claimed by the consistent Forster Holloway with 38 points. Keep this up Forster and we will have you off scratch. David Plant was in third place with 36 points. He achieved this after count back from Larry Thompson and John Suggate. Well done to you all and here’s to another good turnout this week. Please be in the clubhouse by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am. First tee time is at 12 noon.
Monday 29th July 2019
After having no seniors meeting for the last two Mondays it is back to normal service this week depending on the weather. Please be in the club house by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am with the first tee time at twelve noon. I am still waiting for some responses to the e-mails that I sent out with the question of availabilities for August and September. I need your answers with regards our club field day and if you are interested in playing in the match with the ladies. Hopefully see you tomorrow.
Monday 8th July 2019
We had nineteen turnout last week which was a brilliant achievement as at least another ten players were away playing in opens and on family business. On the podium was a couple of old faces and a newbie. George Siemaszko was getting hot under the collar thinking that he was facing another handicap cut but he was saved by the count back and finished in fourth place. First place went to Jim Douglas with 36 points a excellent effort after battling against a strong wind. Second place was Angus Clementson with 34 points, good to see him getting back to form. Third place went to Tony Cartledge with 33 points. Clem and Tony are better know as the buggy squad. Next week the 15th July we have a team away to DURHAM City so there might not be a seniors competition. If you are not selected for the team and still want to have a Monseniors competition please let me know soonest and I will arrange someone to run it. Please be in the club house by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am for the first tee time at twelve noon.
Monday 1st July 2019
Last week we had only twelve turnout on what turnout to be a very mixed day. Thunderstorms, lightning and heavy down pours did not deter the brave, but after the temporary closure of the course due to the weather eight returned after nine holes to the warmth of the club house. The remaining four hearty souls took shelter and waited the all clear before recommencing their round. George Pain returned a excellent score of 36 points, Forster Holloway had 33 points followed by Steve Baxter 30 points and Howard Kemp (Mens Captain) with 29 points. You can make up your own minds as to what you want to call them, (Dedicated, or Brave and Foolish) I say well done to you all for your efforts. This week please be in the club house by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am and first tee is at 12 noon.
Monday 24th June
Last week saw one of our best turnouts for a while with twenty two in attendance. In first place was Mike Addison with 35 points who was back to his best. Second place went to Steve Baxter with 33 points. Steve is Mike’s playing for the Seniors Team and both have carried their form into team. Third place went to Brian Murphy with 32 points. Well done to all who took part.
Monday 17th June
Last week was attended by twenty seniors on a warm day with little wind. For that matter there was none of the wet stuff around. This was an an excellent turnout and let’s hope it continues. Two new faces were welcomed into the monseniors and after the game both said they enjoyed their first time out with us. They were Ken Tweddle and Mark Robson. In first place and back to winning ways was Forster Holloway with 37 points on count back from David Gosling in second place also on 37 points. Third place went to Angus Clementson with 35 points. Nice to have him back on the podium. Please be 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am with the first tee time at 12 noon.
Monday 10th June
Last week fifteen turnout on a fine and pleasant day. We went out in five three balls and decent results were returned by all. First place went to Harry Bell with an excellent points tally of 37. Second place was George Pain with 36 points. Third place went to Dave Hall with 34 points. Please be in the clubhouse by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am and first tee is at 12 noon. Please check club website for course restrictions and for weather update.
Monday 3rd June
Last week was a little disappointed as we only had eight turnout. It was expected with it being a bank holiday and people being away whilst the kids were off school. This did not reflect in the scoring as everyone was in touching distance of each other. Eight scores of over thirty one were recorded. In first place with 37 points was the impressive Paul Morton. Welcome to the harsh school of getting cut.
Second place was George Siemaszko, with 34 points and in his own words (never to be repeated) I must do better. Third place went to George Pain with 33 points, to keep up the good form he is in at the moment. Please be 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am for the first tee at 12 noon.
Monday 27th May
Last week we saw eight turnout in what looked like a poor turnout, but you have to take into consideration that the Seniors League Team was playing away at Tynemouth. If you add these two together along with myself flitting between the two events then we had a very healthy turnout of twenty one. Many thanks to everyone for their support. I will be posting an update on the results from the league team in a separate email posted on the club website. Please be in the club house by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am with the first tee time at twelve noon.
Last week’s results are as follows.
First place went to Andy Reid with 36 points. Mr Consistent. Second place went to Dave Hall also with 36 points just being pipped on count back going down to the count on the last three holes. Third place went to David Plant on 34 points. David is really buzzing just now.
Well done to you all. Can I welcome Chris Potts to his first time with the Monday Seniors. I hope he enjoyed his experience and is able to make a second appearance this week. Of the fifty six who have joined us this year we have had forty one turnout. This could increase over the next few weeks as players return from injury and illness etc.
Monday 13th May
May bank holiday Monday saw an impressive eighteen players turnout on a damp day. The scoring was tight in the end and first place with 35 points went to Harry Bell. Second place was John Waterson with 34 points. Third place went to Mike Addison on count back with 31 points. Third place was a well contested affair with no less than four players having 31 points. This week the seniors team are playing Westerhope on Thursday 16th May. First match is at 12.30pm and supporters are most welcome to attend. Please be in the clubhouse by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am with the first tee being 12 noon. It’s hopefully going to be the best turnout for the year so far. The notice board will be updated Monday morning so take a gander to see how you are all getting on.
Monday 6th May
Just a quick note as I am out and about playing golf. Or trying too. Last week George Siemaszko came in with 35 points to take first place. Second place went to Steve Baxter with 34 points. Third place went to Terry Smith with 33 points on count back. Well done to you all. This week is another bank holiday so hopefully we have a good turnout. Please be in the clubhouse by 11.30am and the draw will take at 11.35am and first tee is at 12 noon.
Just a quick update on the team who lost 7 – 5 away to Ponteland. This is a very credible result. Well done to you all. Another update will be posted on the club website. Team for the next matches will be posted tomorrow.
Monday 29th April
Last week we had seventeen players turnout which was a excellent turnout for a bank holiday. First place was claimed by Bob Wood with 40 points. Bob is becoming another player who is posting excellent results and hopefully going to be a real asset to our senior team. Second place was claimed by myself coming in with 37 points. I think you all took pity on me and eased off. Third place went to George Pain with 36 points. Good to see you back on the podium George. Please be in the clubhouse by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am. First tee is at 12 noon.
Jim Douglas is looking for a helpers with the seniors open competition (mainly starters) Thursday 9th May. If you can help please give your name to either myself or to Jim Douglas.
We are experiencing quite a bit of vandalism on the course of late. If you have any ideas in how the club can try and eradicate this problem please pass on your thoughts to myself or to Dawn. Each act of vandalism is costing the club around £300. This soon mounts up and drains the club funds.
Monday 15th April
Firstly I would like to thank all those who participated in the first of the year match played with the Ladies. It was a excellent day and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Jackie Sawyers and Terry Smith took the honours. There is to be another match in September and if you are interested please let me know soonest. The ladies have their team already. Demand is so great. Those that played requested that we have more than two a year and we are looking into the possibility. Your thoughts please.
Last week we had a healthy eighteen turnout and the honours were as follows.
1st place with 36 points went to George Pain. Well done good to see you back to form. 2nd place was the ever consistent David Plant with 33 points. 3rd place was taken by the fast improving Mick Doxford with 30 points. Well done to you all.
Monday 8th April
Fifteen turned out on a chilly Monday too play in what was a day when everyone recorded decent scores. First place went to Keith Williamson with 35 points just when he thought he was getting his shots back. Well done Keith. Second place was David Plant with 34 points on count back from just retired David Gosling. The numbers over the last few weeks have been on the low side. This is down to holidays and a long injury list. Hopefully over the next few weeks we will see the numbers increase. If you know of someone who is over 55 years of age and not playing with us please encourage them to turn up on a Monday.
Monday 1st April
Last week saw seventeen souls brave the cold and breezy day. We welcomed Mike Addison back from surgery and his layoff from golf. This week sees the start of a new season and back to the competition season. Let’s hope we all have a excellent season. This week please be in the clubhouse by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.35am. First tee is at 12 noon. Last week’s winner was Steve Combe with an excellent points tally of 35 points. Second place was Mike Addison with 34 points. Like he has not been away. Third spot was taken by Dave Hall for the second week in a row. Jim Douglas is on the mend and should be back this week after his illness last week cut short his game. Angus and George should be back in the next few weeks, just in time to be considered for the first match of the season.
Monday 25th March
Last week 19 turned out. First place went to Forster Holloway with 36 points. Well done Forster let’s see how low you can go. Second place was Terry Smith on count back from David Hall who both recorded excellent rounds of 35 points.
Monday 11th March
Last week once again fifteen turned out on a blustery chilly day, but this did not stop everyone having a good time and returning to the club house in a jovial mood. In first place was Larry Thompson who returned an impressive score of 39 points. In second place with 35 points was David Plant just pipping Len Renham who came in with 34 points. Yes I did make the podium for once.
Monday 4th March
Last week on what turnout to be a very pleasant day for the time of the year saw fifteen turnout. We were expecting more to attend but with holidays/sickness/injured and family affairs it was still a healthy turnout. In first place was Forster Holloway with an impressive 39 points just pipping Jim Douglas into second place with 38 points. Third spot was filled by George Pain with 36 points. By request the political ‘B’ Word is banned this week. This is at the request of Harry B as he was getting baited by someone who shall remain nameless. You can try him on football this week.
Monday 25th February
Last week thirteen hardy souls turned out in what can only be described as a mild and breezy day. (To tell the truth it was a mild dry day but the wind was more like a hurricane. It was a credit to all that turned out for sticking it out for the full eighteen holes. First place on count back went to Keith Williamson with 35 points. Second place was Terry Smith on 35 points. Just being pipped on the back nine by one point. Third place went to Forster Holloway with 34 points. We are going to have to call him Mr Consistent as he is playing really well. Well may it continue.
Monday 18th February
Last week we had twenty turnout and an enjoyable day was had by all. Once again some excellent scores were returned and first place went to George Siemaszko with a return of 39 points. This was on count back from Alex Pritchard who also had 39 points. Third place went to Harry Bell with 38 points. This was also on count back or for Harry it was the tie break question he got right. I have two requests from members for help with projects they are doing. First Ivan Lockwood is looking for two players to join Mike Potts and himself to form a team to enter the Wednesday night quiz held in the club house. This is for a team to represent the monseniors. Details can be obtained from Ivan.
Christine Mekile is looking for helpers to support and assist with the junior and mini golfers during the school holidays. They play about five holes and she needs helpers to assist with this. Please contact Christine for further details of times etc. I have added two more events to our calendar for this year. They are the dates for our matches with the Ladies section. First game is to be held April 11th and the second one is September 26th. I need eleven players for both matches. Further details to follow shortly.
Monday 4th February
The course has been closed the last two days due to snow and ice. Please check course conditions tomorrow morning to see the state of play. If I can I will try and check and send out an update. Please be in the club house by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.45am. First tee is at 12 noon. The weather forecast is to be dry, but can we believe the forecast. Last week we had eighteen turnout and all played good golf. Even I managed to oil the old bones and got eighteen in. First place went to Howard Kemp with 39 points on count back. I think this will be the first of many times we see Howard on the podium. Second place was David Plant also with 39 points. David is really becoming very consistent. Third place went to Forster Holloway with 34 points on count back from George Siemaszko. Both are now getting back to some where we expect them to be. Well done to everyone and hopefully see you tomorrow. Forster is away on holiday so I might need some help.
Monday 28th January
Another excellent turnout for the time of year and also the cold damp frosty weather. Eleven monseniors went out and everyone returned with thirty or more points. In first place with forty two points was Mick Doxford. He is playing out of his skin just lately. Second place was Bob Wood with forty one points. Bob is becoming more and more consistent and looks to be regular with the team. Third place went to David Plant on count back with thirty eight points. This week the first tee is at 11.30am. Please be in the club house by 11am and the draw will take place at 11.15am. Please check the club website for course conditions as the forecast is not too good. Next week we revert back to the first tee being 12 noon.
Monday 21st January
It does not seem to matter what the weather throws at us we still had a very healthy eighteen turnout and with a excellent return of scores returned. In first place with 44 points was Richard Mullen playing off 22. I can’t see him keeping this handicap for long. Second place went to Bob Wood on count back with 38 points from Forster Holloway. Forster has got his mojo back so watch this space. Well done to everyone and hope the weather is kind to us this Monday and we get another good turnout. This Monday please be in the club house by 11am and the draw will take place at 11.15am. With the first tee off at 11.30am.
Monday 14th January
Last week was attended by twelve hardy souls and on a whole produced some excellent scores. This was an an excellent turnout for the first monseniors of 2019. I would like to formally welcome Howard Kemp (Mens Captain for 2019/20) to our merry band of wrinkles. Howard is going to be a great addition to the group. I know he had a enjoyable introduction last Monday and hope’s to be there this week. Last week saw club buggies back on which enabled Clem to turn out. Some wished he had not as with 38 points he scooped first place. The rest must have been good for him. In second place with 35 points was the consistent David Plant. Third spot was filled by the unreliable Mike Addison with 34 points. This was playing off five shots below his handicap. We might have to change our name to the Mike Addison Monday gathering. Well done to you all. This week the first tee is at 11.30am and will be till the end of the month. Please be in the club house by 11am and the draw will take place at 11.15am.
Monday 7th January
Last week saw seventeen turnout for the last time in 2018. The weather all being cold was kind to us and stayed dry. Some very healthy scores were recorded and gave a fine finish to the year. The day was won by John Waterson with thirty seven points just pipping George Siemaszko (Welcome back to the podium George) who had thirty six points. On count back Larry Thompson took third place from Mick Doxford on thirty four points. I can see that the competition for places in the team this year is going to be hard to select. All the better for us all. We should have a stronger team this year and hopefully we will be challenging come the end of the season. We are now back to our usual 12 noon first tee, so please be in the club house by 11.30am and the draw will take place at 11.45am. It is going to be tight to get everyone in before the light disappears so speedy play is going to be required. The new rules of golf are now in place so we will see if they help.
Monday 31st December
Last week six brave souls took part in the monseniors game before Christmas. Five completed the round and I declared after 13 holes due to being unwell. Once again the honours were taken by the unstoppable Mike Addison with 33 points playing off 5. This was not a normal Monday as all played off their normal handicap. That is except Mike who played off his Monday handicap. Everyone returned excellent scores and only 5 points covered everyone. Once again I will be in the club house Monday 31st December by 11am for the draw to take place at 11.15am. First tee is at 11.30am. Can I wish everyone a Prosperous and Health New Year for 2019. Looking forward to another good year for the monseniors in 2019. See you all soon.
Monday 17th December
Fifteen turned out on what was a cold and frosty morning last week. The first four or five holes were a bit tricky with lumps of ice on the greens but the weather picked up and everyone had a good day. Again some excellent scoring was achieved. In first place with a excellent score of 42 points was Mick Doxford, second place was Steve Baxter on count back with 36 points. Third place went to George Pain. Well done to you all who took part. Timings are the same again this week with a 11am meet and first tee is at 11.30am. The draw will take place at 11.15am..
As it is our Christmas dinner night at 7pm for 7.30pm start we may if everyone wants play a shorter course, say 11 or 15 holes to allow those going to the dinner to go home and get changed. I will be collecting the dinner money tomorrow morning or on the night.
If you require the cheese board please let me know soonest so that I can give numbers to caterers.
Monday 10th December
Last week on a cold but dry day saw a magnificent twenty one seniors turnout. For a winter’s day this was a tremendous turnout and we hope to match or even better this, this week. In first place with 42 points was the very impressive (Who likes to be cut) Mike Addison. In second place on count back back was the equally impressive Steve Combe with 36 points. In third place with also 36 points was Bob Wood. Well done to you three, looks like you have the bug for being cut. On reflection the overall scores each week seem to be improving for everyone. Well done to you all keep it up. Please be in the club house by 11am and the draw will take place at 11.15am. With the first tee time at 11.30am. Next week Monday 17th December is the night of our Christmas dinner. Price £12 per person. It is still not too late to change your mind if you want to attend. Thirty Six have confirmed so far. Timings are 7pm for 7.30pm. Dress code is casual. The meal is turkey with all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding and custard. If you are not keen on the pudding a cheese board can be provided. Please let me know soonest if you want the cheese board. You can pay on the night to me, but if you prefer I will collect sooner.
Monday 3rd December
Ten brave men ventured out on a cold and wet day to play and returned to post very decent scores. All credit to them all. In first place with 39 points was Larry Thompson, just pipping Forster Holloway who had 38 points. Mike Addison completed the podium coming in with 36 points. The forecast for tomorrow looks fair and hopefully we have a good turnout. Today trolleys, buggies and all bunkers were out of play. Please check for course conditions tomorrow. Please be in the club house by 11am and the draw will take place at 11.15am.
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 encountered 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.