Seaton Carew Golf Club stalwart wins first championship as last

Alex Wrigley hosts an open day

Alex Wrigley hosts an open day

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Seaton Carew GC

Club Championship -

After many, many years as one of Seaton Carew’s leading players and a stalwart of the men’s team, Ian Hendry finally bagged his first Club Championship. But, it was so, so close.

So often thought of as the best player in the club never to have won the Championship, his opening round went pretty much as one would expect from a seasoned one handicap player, with few faults and consistent par golf yielding a gross 74.

Round two was also looking very promising, a birdie on the second was held in check with a dropped shot on the ninth, giving a level gross par score for the outward section.

At the turn, Ian’s game remained right on track, with six straight pars from 10 through 15.

Then to use the well worn phrase, “Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory”, the wheels really wobbled within sight of the finish line and once again it looked like a well deserved Championship would slip away.

A double bogey six on the long but straightforward par four dogleg 16th, was followed by a dropped shot on the 17th, no doubt the most unforgiving hole on the course, so no shame there.

However, the 18th is usually an easy par and often thought as birdie territory for golfers of this stature.

But, another dropped shot must have left more than a little anxiety with Ian as he left he course.

Thankfully, enough good work had been invested leading up to the close, to secure what is hopefully a first of many Club Championships in the future for this talented and highly respected player. Close call, but really well done.

Division 1 - Club Champion - Ian Hendry 74-75- 109, 2 Phil Nicholson 72-78- 110, 3 Michael Wilson 78-77- 115.

Division 2 - 1 John Rutherford 74-84- 158, 2 Colin Chappell 79-83- 162, 3 Mark Christie 76-87- 163.

Division 3 - 1 J Hart 87, 2 K Rowntree 87, 3 B Parkes 88.

Division 4 - 1 W Mackey 100, 2 D Cook 101, 3 S McGurk 102.

Singles Mixed Stableford - Ian Malham can thank a sound opening over the first four holes and a couple of excellent net eagles during his round for the one point victory in the recent mixed Stableford.

The first four point hole came on the short sixth hole where a gross birdie two netted down to a one for four points.

The second eagle came from a gross birdie four on the long 13th providing another serious boost to the score.

Leading scores - 1 I Malham 39 points, 2 N Greig 38, 3 D Orley 38, 4 G Robinson 38, 5 D Robertson 83, 6 S Phillips 37, 7 Stacey Dowson 36, 8 Luke Verrall 36. 9 M Westmoreland 36, 10 C Verrall 36.

3rd Gray qualifier

Leading scores - 1 R Love 69, 2 I Hendry 72, 3 R Webster 72, 4 S Raper 72, 5 P Nicholson 73, 6 D Wild 73, 7 C Middleton 73, 8 D Westmoreland 73, 9 G Thrift 73, 10 T McBean 73.

Seaton Ladies

Captain’s Day - 1 Pat Todd 38 points, 2 Pat Hogg 35, 3 Sue I’Anson 35.

Waltz Stableford - 1 E Thubron , M Downs & P Jones 58 points, 2 S O’Connor, I Allcroft & S I’Anson 52.

Daily Mail Foursomes - 1 J Longhorn & D Frankland 37 points, 2 L Franklin & V Facchini 34. Bogey 3 - 1 I Allcroft -5, 2 M Griffiths -5, 3 P Todd -5.

Macmillan Nurses Charity Golf Day - A reminder to all the regulars competitors and hopefully a notice to the new ones, this long standing annual three-man team event will be held on Friday, July 29.

At £45 per team, to include the usual fabulous range of prizes, raffle, tombola and an auction, entry to the competition is available through the secretaries office.

All proceeds, as usual, to Macmillan Nurses. Hartlepool GC

Club Championship -

Following a long run of consistently strong play this season, Luke Bassam secured this year’s Club Championship by just two strokes from no less than four other players from the ranks of Hartlepool’s top golfers.

The single stroke handicapper played a steady opening round of 76 and although there were no birdies, there any serious mistakes, leaving with a strong platform to build his second round from.

Day two, the second round, saw Luke off to a stronger start with the opening nine holes despatched in just one over par following a dropped shot on the ninth. The inward holes saw his first birdie of the competition, as a three on the 14th hole pegged back a couple of earlier bogeys and a par finish kept him two clear of the pack.

An excellent example of reaping the rewards of sustained consistent play, a fine performance.

Division 1 - Club Champion - Luke Bassam 76-74- 150, 2 John Burton 78-74- 152, 3 Mark Davies 78-74- 1532, 4 Thomas Skelton 77-75- 152, 5 Kevin Jones 76-76- 152, 6 Paul Newbury 81-74- 155, 7 Jamie Austwicke 83-76- 159, 8 Jason Owns 85-75- 160, 9 Daniel Brookbanks 80-80- 160, 10 Steven Wilson 76-88- 164.

Division 2 - 1 Gerald McIlwrath 81-74- 155, 2 Anthony Hall 78-78- 156, 3 Marcus Newcombe 76-82-158, 4 Ian Flounders 85-80- 165, 5 Paul Spaldin 83-82- 165.

Division 3 - 1 Alan Fawcett 88-85- 173, 2 David MacSween 89-87- 176, 3 David Duncan 83-93- 176, 4 Neil Ashby 88-89- 177, 5 Adam Christal 90-89- 178.

Division 4 - 1 Paul Hunter 101-100- 201, 2 Jonathan McBean 107-97- 204, 3 Anthony Steele 105-99-204, 4 Adam Worrall 108-100- 208, 5 Leonard Flounders 111-110- 221.

4BBB Trophy Medal

Leading scores - 1 J Watt & J Fawcett net 61, 2 A Hall & D Brown 63, 3 M Lynn & N Lynn 63, 4 M Newcombe & R Flounders 64, 5 P Henderson & L Worrall 64, 6 D MacSween & G Lister 64, 7 C Ainger & A Bell 64, 8 S Owen & A Carr 64, 9 N Ashby & A Fawcett 65, 10 G White & P Watson 65.

Club Cup round 8

Leading scores - 1 M Cosgrove net 73, 2 M Linighan 74, 3 M Micallef 74, 4 K Donkin 77, 5 A Easter 77, 6 D Webster 78, 7 N Thornley 79, 8 K Bassam 91.

Junior Captains Shield

Leading scores - 1 Joseph Posthill 74-8- 66, 2 Shannon O’Dwyer 71-5- 66, 3 Daniel Navin 82-14- 68, 4 Scott Lyons 75-5- 70, 5 Amy Sutheran 87-15- 72.

Alex Wrigley Golf Day -

Following a great effort recently in his attempt to qualify for this year’s Open Championship at Hillside GC, where the Hartlepool professional finished in a creditable 14th place, a reminder that Alex will be hosting his third annual golf day.

The two from four 4BBB will be held at Hartlepool GC on Saturday, July 16, with prizes for the top three teams and a chance of winning £10, 000 from completing the simple task of scoring a hole-in- one at the 12th hole.

Entry details are available from the pro shop.

Castle Eden GC

Ladies Hope Spoons & Daily Mail Qualifier - The Hope Spoons foursomes competition was won emphatically with an outstanding round from Kathryn and Rebecca Watkin.

The two sisters demonstrated a perfect blend of teamwork and skill as they took the game by 10 clear strokes from Mrs MacKenzie and Ms Coxon. Even though the weather was very much against them and after a tentative start over the first three holes the pair went barely dropped a shot for the remainder of the round.

Playing to a combined handicap of only nine strokes, the Watkin team surmounted the run of holes from four through 18 in just one over gross par.

Birdies on the long tenth hole and the two par fours at thirteen and 16 made up for their slow start then a steady finish left them at six over gross par for a net 67. A remarkable round in very inclement conditions.

Final result - 1 Miss K Watkin and Miss R Watkin 76-9- 67, 2 Mrs H MacKenzie & Ms P Coxon 91-13.5-77.5

TSU Inter-Club Leagues

Division one sees Wynyard GC remaining at the head of the league despite a 17-5 home win by Middlesbrough.

At the other end of the table, Seaton Carew played a draw with Cleveland and although lying in seventh place, they are still ten points clear of the bottom where Castle Eden’s woes continue following a 17-7 defeat at the hands of Richmond.

In division two Hartlepool continue to make progress in leaps and bounds, where they remain top after a 20-4 win over Ineos in the recent home tie.

After seven matches and having run up 116 points Hartlepool are now 14 points clear at the top and show no sign of weakening their determined run back into division one.