A total of 28 teams contested the Pro-am held on the 2nd August with sunny skies and light winds, a perfect day for high scoring. The format for the competition was the best two gross scores on each hole from the professional and three amateurs in each team.
The results were;
1st – 122 points Team Chocolate Cafe – Pro Stephen Kyle gross 70
2nd – 123 points Team Matthews – Pro Chris Matthews gross 75
3rd – 125 points Team DouglasDevils – Pro David Clark gross 73
4th – 126 points Team GHOC Ltd – Pro Martin Forster gross 73
The 2 best gross scores were 69 from James Harper – Wynyard GC and Tim Dykes – Penrith GC.
Overall, a fantastic day and many positive comments on the quality of the course. A special thanks to Alan Anderson who for the second year sponsored the competition.
Junior Team Success
Congratulations to our Junior Team who won the Northumberland Team Finals on Sunday 5th August at Northumberland Golf Club. Without a full strength squad we played the favourites Hexham in the semi finals early on Sunday morning, and beat them 8-4 with great performances from everyone, Stephen Turner and Charlotte Pickering put in great performances to secure the win.
In the afternoon final, Brandon Jones, Aaron Blackwood James Burston played exceptionally well again and secured their respective wins, Charlotte earned a well deserved half against a very good Matfen Hall Team. The star of the show was Charlie Maughan who stepped in at the last minute. In his first ever competitive match he fought an epic battle as our sixth player.Both players were off the same handicap and Charlie was never up until the 16 when he scored a great 5 to go one up.The 17th was halved, and a great chip on 18th in front of a large crowd secured the match to ensure we won 9-3.
Thanks to all the sponsors, supporters and Parents for another memorable day. We now play the Cumberland league finalists at Ponteland on 16th September 2018, time to be confirmed.
Well done Team Whitley, we hope to see you at our quiz night on 23rd August 2018 from 7pm.
Mens Invitation Day Results
Saturday 28th July 2018
1st P Taylor and D Peart – 44 points (20 on back 9)
2nd R Woods and P Candler – 44 points (19 on back 9)
3rd A Hall and A Newman – 43 points
Rosie Belsham – The Junior Open Update
The Junior Open was a fantastic experience, the players were all made to feel like pro’s. From the opening ceremony on the 18th green of the old course, where they received medals from Jordan Speith to the goodie bags supplied by Rolex, which included a pair of golf shoes (but unfortunately not a watch), everything was organised like a professional tournament. As each player was the only representative from their country, they felt extra special. Every time Rosie was introduced it was From England & Whitley Bay golf club, so it also reflected well on the club. As the Vice-Captain of the R&A is from Newcastle he personally introduced her to many of the officials from other golf associations, including the USGA president as Rosie, from England & Whitley Bay Golf Club.
The course was really tough, the girls were off the white tees, same as the boys, on all but 4 holes so they added 600+yards to the length of the red course but reduced par from 73 to 70. Rosie shot 74,77,72 to finish 37th overall & 11th girl. She had the worst of the wind on days 2 & 3 so a bit unlucky, but overall was happy with how she played.
On Monday Rosie travels to Oslo in Norway with the England U16 team to play in the European Young Masters. This is the European U16 championship. It’s a nations cup & individual event with a boys & girls title plus a team championship. There are only 2 girls & 2 boys selected to represent England, so another great honour for Rosie & for Whitley Bay Golf Club, with 27 European countries competing. The tournament runs from Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th at Hauger Golf Club near Oslo & is run by the European Golf Association.
Rosie would like to say a huge thank you to all club members for their support and good wishes.
AGM – 22 March 2018
Juniors March 2018
Can I personally thank everyone who contributed in any way towards the Juniors trip to Portugal, and made the event possible. We had a fantastic time, and played some fantastic golf.
Initially we were drawn into Group 2 against Murrayfield, Llanwern and Lundin. On Thursday we played Murrayfield in awful weather and secured a well deserved draw 3-3. Friday morning we teed off early against Llanwern, again in dreadful conditions. It was extremely tense, as most of the games went down 18th, however we lost 3.5-2.5.
Saturday we drew against Lundin Links 3-3, in front of the Sky Sports cameras, again everyone played extremely well, with some excellent matchplay golf. Their lowest Team member played off four, and we had to endure an onslaught, however some great performances got us through.
The format left us in the strange position of either fighting for 3rd and 4th spot, or 7th and 8th based on our results that day as we finished in a tie for 2nd place with 3 other teams. We scraped into second place based on our performance against the other two teams in the league. We were aware that every shot counted, and thoroughly deserved the result.
Sunday was a great day, we were drawn against New Club St Andrews, who’s were also low handicappers. We really raised our game and beat them comfortably 4.5-1.5 to secure third place. Sky Sports were present for the last two days, and I was amazed as we played our best golf in front of the cameras. I understand that the event will be screened in the next month or so.
My thanks must firstly go to our Team players. They were incredible. We have 8 Juniors to be proud of. The experience they have gained is immeasurable. If I must single anyone out, I have to mention Rosie Belsham as she was awarded the Ladies best player, and she demoralised the opposition No. 1 players with 3 wins and a draw. (The draw was against the Scottish Junior amateur runner up, who started with 3 birdies, and ended up halving the match.
Thanks also to our supporters who witnessed the event, I hope you took away some great memories and will continue to support our great team. Also thanks to the parents who accompanied me to the tournament, and gave me great support, and technical advice.
The Juniors will always remember their trip to Portugal and on their behalf I thank you all. I’m glad they are not professionals or we would have to pack our bags and do it all again this week. Check out Sky Sports Golf in the next month or so, to see birdies galore, chipping in from off the green, a tap in knee knocker and a great display by all.
Well done Team Whitley Bay, bring on 2018 and thanks to our Junior Sponsor for 2018, Nixon Hire.
Junior Liaison Officer 2018
History of WBGC
Founded in 1890, the 9-hole course at Whitley Bay Golf Club was only used in the winter, with locals and visiting holidaymakers taking full advantage of its situation for relaxation along the Northumberland coastline during the rest of the year. In 1906, the club moved from this location on the 2-mile strip of Whitley Links to its present position, less than a mile further inland.
It’s not known who set out the club’s 18-hole course but an exhibition match was arranged between Harry Vardon and Ted Ray to mark the opening of the new layout in July, 1913. Another member of the Great Triumvirate, James Braid, visited in May of 1931 to audit the course, charging £13.6s.0d for his services, but there’s no record of what work, if any, was carried out following this appraisal.
In more recent times, the European Tour’s one-off Callers of Newcastle tournament was held at the club in 1977, with John Fourie of South Africa winning a four way playoff at the second extra hole against Peter Butler, Angel Gallardo and Tommy Horton. It’s said that during the event, a young Seve Ballesteros drove the par four 7th green before the previous group had cleared the hole.
Today, the layout has undergone a number of changes since then, including a renovation of all the bunkers. More recently, holes 6 to 10 have been completely redesigned, re-opening for play in May 2017. Starting and finishing with a par five, this gently undulating course presents a challenging test for golfers, offering views from various parts of the property out to sea beyond St Mary’s Lighthouse.
A key component of the modern day course is the Briar Dene, a treacherous burn that appears at several holes on the card. The 582-yard par five 12th (rated stroke index 1) is regarded as the signature hole, doglegging left along the side of this water course, before the fairway then narrows upon reaching a bunkerless, two-tiered green. It’s a brave golfer indeed who tries to tame this beast in fewer than five shots.