Hartlepool Golf Club captain enjoys a charitable year

Hartlepool Club Captain Neal Thornley with George Newbury and Derek Redman of Macmillan Cancer Support and Greg Hildreth of Alice House Hospice.
Hartlepool Club Captain Neal Thornley with George Newbury and Derek Redman of Macmillan Cancer Support and Greg Hildreth of Alice House Hospice.

Hartlepool Golf Club

Captain’s charities -

Following a year of enjoyable and successful captaincy, Neal Thornley sat back and reflected upon his great satisfaction of being part of a club, who members and friends worked tirelessly in raising a truly remarkable sum of money for his nominated charities.

On Sunday, two cheques amounting to £20,000 were presented to George Newbury and Derek Redman of Macmillan Cancer Support and Greg Hildreth of Alice House Hospice.

The money was raised by the Club members and their families and friends, contributing in so many ways, including sponsorship funds from a coast to coast cycle ride, the Great North Run, a Boxing Day dip in the bitter cold North Sea and a ten mile/ten pub walk.

Auctions and raffles, from generous donations by such as Graeme Storm, who donated his tour bag used in his famous South African victory, all made significant contribution to this tremendous total.

Neal said, “I was humbled by the generosity of those giving of both their time and money in support of the charities.

“We never set any targets and never tried to push the charity angle or cajole anyone into donating and I think this helped us.

“I’m delighted how it all turned out and I think this may be the highest amount raised from the golf club and it friends.”

Top Dog round 16 -

In the final round of the qualifying stage playing partner Alan Fawcett finished in first place with 47 points.

An opening net birdie set the pace as the pair scored a total of five birdies and a net eagle, for 22 points in their front nine holes.

On the inward half, only two holes returned a net par, as the rest were birdies seeing the golfers home two points ahead of the field after a fine and no doubt memorable round.

Leading scores - 1 N Ashby & A Fawcett 47 points, 2 P Dougherty & M Foley 45, 3 R Barker & W Mottram 44, 4 K Hughes & K Robinson 44, 5 J Ainscough & J Ainscough Jr 44, 6 W Wilkinson & R Bage 44, 7 L Worrall & P Henderson 43, 8 I Craig & A Snowdon 43, 9 J Burton & N Bradwell 43, 10 C Horsely & K Horsely 42.

Top Dog qualifiers draw for the final 16 knockout -

M Foley & P Doherty v J Ainscough & J Ainscough Jr, K Hughes & K Robinson v L Worrall & P Henderson, R Clark & W McQuillan v D Webster & K Lightowler, J Burton & N Bradwell v S Saville & J Legg, R Bage & W Wilkinson v G Nixon & J Owens, G Burnett & I Duncan v A Richardson & M Whitelock, D Connor & M Davies v G Austwicke & C Rochester, C Jones & J Allison v N Ashby & A Fawcett.

Seaton Carew Golf Club

Mixed 4BBB -

It was Carl Middleton and Adrian Crone who emerged from the pack by way of count back to take top spot in the weekend four ball. Four birdies for a back nine of 24 points gave them the edge on count back after a fine day’s work.

Leading scores - 1 C Middleton & A Crone 46 points (bb9), 2 W Mackley & A Chambers 46, 3 C Pailor & J Booth 45, 4 H Hamilton & T Connor 45, 5 I Forsyth & A Temple 45, 6 C Blakey & G Armstrong 45.