Young Hartlepool golfer awarded scholarship in America

Seaton Carew Golf Club professional Cliffy Jackson (left) with Matty Davison.
Seaton Carew Golf Club professional Cliffy Jackson (left) with Matty Davison.

A YOUNG golfer is preparing for a new life in America after being awards a scholarship.

Seaton Carew Gold Club’s junior captain Matty Davison is looking forward to starting his adventure at the Garden City Community College in Kansas, USA,

The 18 year-old, whose recent form has seen his handicap fall from 3.4 down to 2.0, will be off to the States next month, where he will be studying for the next four years.

This sports and academic degree will see Matty studying sports science, with his golf skills being under the tutelage of Matt Christian the former PGA tour pro.

Christian, from Texas, runs a golf training facility dedicated to the highest level of golf performance, 3D bio-mechanical motion analysis, short game, club fitting, training aids and golf fitness.

In addition to golf training Coach Christian is an experienced lecturer at golf seminars.

So it looks like he will be in good hands.

Matty said, “I am very thankful of the opportunity given to me and for all the support I have had from Hartlepool College, their Golf Academyand from Global Sport.

“I intend to grab the opportunity with both hands.”

Hopefully with a recognised PGA approved golf grip!

Seaton Carew Golf Club

Seniors Medal - Leading scores -

1 W Guthrie net 67 (bb9), 2 A Frost 67, 3 C Boynton 68, 4 P Chapman 69, 5 J Kilraine 69, 6 B Jackson 71, 7 M Lithgo 72.

Singles Stableford - Leading scores - 1 R Love 40 points, 2 G Webster 39, 3 K Herron 38, 4 B Dobson 37, 5 M Stuart 37, 6 G Robinson 37, 7 C Chalk 37, 8 P Fairweather 37, 9 R McGahan 37, 10 M Westmoreland 36.

Midweek Stableford - Leading scores - 1 R Calvert 40 points, 2 A Temple 39, 3 C Wilson 39, 4 J Spark 39, 5 P Hamilton 38, 6 S Raper 38, 7 D Wrench 38, 8 M Weedall 37, 9 D Verrall 37.

Ladies News

Midweek Mixed Stableford -

The recent run of mixed events has been overrun by the men of the club, up until very recently.

Current Lady Captain Lynn Franklin put the record straight in the latest of these competitions by beating all comers, meaning all the men, with a fine score of 41 points.

Very well done, that’ll make a few eyes water, no doubt.

Castle Eden Golf Club

July Monthly Medal -

Although David Dickie’s opening holes in the morning were three bogey holes, he soon picked up, as the eight handicapper parred the next nine to put him right back on track.

But, after a tied net score of 67 with Ian Dawson, it was down to a back nine count back to separate the division 1 players.

David had dropped only two strokes to par coming home with 38, including a strong finish over the last three holes, just enough to give him the top place.

In division two both Gary Cook and Harry Anderson must have thought themselves home and dry with fine net scores of 64, but it took another count back to put Gary at the top.

Division 3 was headed by Ken Taylor, with a sub-par net score of 69.

Leading scores -

Division 1 -

1 David A Dickie 75-8-67 (bb9), 2 Ian Dawson 76-9-67.

Division 2 - 1 Gary Cook 78-14-64 (bb9), 2 Harry Anderson 79-15-64. Division 3 - 1 Ken Taylor 94-25-69, 2 G Ken Surtees 91-21-70.

TSU Inter-Club Leagues - As we come toward the end of this year’s inter-club matches, Division 1 has Bishop Auckland on high even after losing to Seaton Carew by 13-11, hopefully keeping Seaton in the top flight for next year.

Division 2 is less clear cut with five teams all bunched within seven points of the top of the table.

Castle Eden’s recent draw 12-12 with Middlesbrough Municipal has kept hem in the hunt and pegged back a further lead by Middlesbrough.

Although Hartlepool lost away to Richmond by 18-6, they remain safe in sixth place 15 points clear of the bottom.

Hartlepool Golf Club

Summer Medal round 3 -

Qualifying scores - 1 G May & K Stephens net 61, 2 J Watt & J Fawcett 63, 3 I Altringham & P Eglintine 65, 4 R Ord & A Brown 65, 5 L Bond & W Davies 65, 6 P Taylor & R Cuthbert 65, 7 M Davies & J Foreman 65, 8 I Mulgrew & B Walker 65, 9 I Judson & J Willis 65.Furness Cup round 4 – Andrew Brace finished on top of the Furness Cup’s round 4 players list with an impressive +5 finish against the card of the course.

Having completed the front nine all-square, Andrew played a great return leg, winning six of the nine holes and dropping only one hole to the course as he missed out with a six on the final par four.

Leading scores -

1 A Brace +5, 2 S Taylor +3, 3 C Watts +3, 4 L Bassam +3, 5 M Parker +2, 6 R Barker +1, 7 A Hall +1, 8 J Campbell +1, 9 D MacSween +1, 10 K Bassam +1.

Seniors/Veterans - Leading scores -

1 Leo Bond 74-9-65 (1st vet), 2 William Davies 79-13-66 (2nd vet), 3 Robert Dignen 85-18-67 (1st Snr), 4 Kenneth Bassam 83-14-69, 5 Stephen Brannen 82-13-69, 6 Alan Fawcett 84-15-69 (2nd Snr), 7 Barry Pearson 83-13-70, 8 Gerry White 89-19-70, 9 William Fraser 91-21-70, 10 William MacQuillan 84-13-71.

Club Cup round 17 -

Leading scores - 1 Alexander Robertson 69-2-67, 2 Mark Linighan 77-9-68, 3 Michael Austwicke 78-10-68, 4 Luke Bassam 73-4-69, 5 Christopher Marshall 72-2-70, 6 Colin Gibbon 79-9-70, 7 Jonathan Turner 72-2-70, 8 Graham Smith 77-6-71, 9 Neil Gannon 83-12-71, 10 Kenneth Bassam 87-14-73.

Club Cup round 18 –

A father and son duel at the top of round 18’s leader board as the young and tremendously talented Jack Ainscough, had to play second fiddle to his father John, who’s evidently not too bad a bet off his 13 handicap.

With Jnr. giving Snr. 12 handicap strokes, it would have been a distinct advantage for Jack had he not dropped a shot on the easy opening hole.

So, with an excellent front nine by John of just 39, four over-par, the junior golfer of the family was always going to be catching up.

Jack played a terrific stretch of holes after the turn as he strung together four straight threes, for par, birdie, birdie and par, going on to finish the back nine holes in one under-par.

But, maybe it was that one dropped shot on the first which cost him. Or was he just holding back a little?

Leading scores - 1 John Ainscough 81-13-68, 2 Jack Ainscough 70-1-69, 3 Jonathan Tuner 74-2-72, 4 Jamie Austwicke 72-0-72, 5 Mark Linighan 82-9-73, 6 Neil Gannon 85-12-73, 7 Steven Saville 84-11-73, 8 Norman Holcroft 80-7-73, 9 Neil Brookbanks 81-8-73, 10 Peter Hancock 79-5-74.

John Proud Open – 1 A Kelly & J Huscroft (Houghton-le-Spring) 41 points (bb9), 2 R Carroll & D Bowes (Wearside & Ramside) 41 (bb6), 3 C Hart & S Judd (Whitburn & South Shields) 41, 4 R Leonard & A Mannering (Knotty Hill) 41, 5 T Morris & M Day (Bedale) 40. Longest Drive – G Newton (Seaham). Nearest the pin - 5th, D Bowes (Ramside), 7th N Wilkinson (Knotty Hill) 11th B Nicholson (Durham City), 12th G B Chapman (Hartlepool).