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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Bell in ding-dong battle as final goes to play-off

THE Club Championship at Slaley Hall is still to be decided after the two finalists could not be separated.

After a thrilling 36-hole round between Steve Cram and Nat Bell, the final was tied and will be settled in an 18 hole play-off. The date is yet to be arranged.

Both players had their chances to win but neither could push home the advantage as it ended in a tie.

Bell, however, was crowned the men’s nett club champion, Chris Walby the ladies’ equivalent and Val Pesarra the ladies’ gross champion.

Elsewhere at Slaley, Marilyn Ashby has enjoyed various successes lately by winning the Q Medal qualifier and the Hall Bowl, while Mark Parvin was victorious in the Portland Care Bowl and the Crampton Sportswear competition.

Gary Muir has also enjoyed a double, winning both the Sir Philip Mansell contest and the Spoon.

Gary Pickering and Jason Moncur won the most recent medals, Pickering adding the win to the one he picked up in the Arnott Salver.

Rob Coulson was triumphant in the midweek medal and Elaine Gray won the Edith Holden competition.

The new club champion at Bellingham is Will Robson (140) as, over 36 holes, he edged out runner-up Ryan Hyland (141) by one stroke. The Thompson cup for the best nett score was won by Andy Wright (138), just ahead of Ben King (138).

The High Handicap Cup played over 18 holes was won by John Walton (36), with Peter Douglas (35) close behind.

Alex Wright (40) won the Peter King Memorial on countback from Brian Best (40), while the Attol Trophy was won by David Scott (40). Stewart Jones (38) was runner-up.

Andy Wright (68-4-64) claimed victory in the medal championship qualifier ahead of Jason Grimwood (79-11-68), while the Stableford Cup qualifier was won by Dom Rapier (39) with Bob Simpson second.

The George Hutchinson Day was won by the father and son team of Michael and Ben King (45), finishing ahead of runners-up Ian Famelton and Ridley Nevin (44).

Husband and wife Chester and Fiona Harrison (67.8) pooled resources to win the mixed doubles Oustson Trophy at Hexham.

Making up the top three was runners-up Stephen Sisterson and Pat Borthwick (68.6), and third placed Andrew Douglas and Pat Caris (70).

In the latest Thursday Stableford, Phil Rainford (40) won Division One with Stephen Brown (39) second and Mathew Armstrong (39) third.

Alfie Carlisle (43) finished an impressive eight points ahead of the field in Division Two, with Chris Meade (35) and Joseph Robson (35) next. Playing in the same competition, Rob Cowley hit a hole in one at the par three 16th hole.

In the men’s Thursday medal, Alan Borthwick (39) won Division One. Steve Armitt (38) was second and James Rainford (36) third.

The top three in Division Two were separated by countback as Paul Shrimpton (37) claimed a narrow victory over Alan Johnston (37) and David Haffey (37).

In the ladies’ Medal 8, the Silver Division was won by Norma Mould (87-18-69) ahead of Jan Rossiter (87-16-71) and Sue Crawford (85-11-74).

In the Bronze Division, Sue Cooke (97-29-68) came out on top with Sue Lishman (97-23-74) second and Hazel Page (109-35-74) third.

Norma Mould won the Chronicle Cup with a combined two round score of 142, with Sue Cooke (149) and Mary Oliver (150) following.

Pat Borthwick (91-22-69) came out on top in the Hilda Burdes Trophy, with Laura Johnson (83-12-71) and Joyce Whitfield (101-29-72) making up the top three.

Meanwhile, Hexham Ladies enjoyed a 5/3 victory over Alnmouth.

There was some good scoring in the August Medal at Allendale despite the blustery conditions as, not for the first time this year, Rahmon Nassor sent his handicap tumbling after carding an excellent 85-25-60.

While the score saw him win by two shots from second place Ian Crocker (74 - 12- 62) and third placed Dennis Bowling (77-15-62), it also saw his handicap drop down to 21.

Richard Watters (69-3-66) won the Joe Gibson Trophy at Haltwhistle, beating Gerald Wall (76-9-67) and Philip Thompson (73-5-68) to the prize.

He then went on to record the best gross in both the Triers Trophy (69) and the August Medal (74) but missed out on a place in the top three in both competitions.

The Triers was won by Anthony Stewart (88-25-63), with Geoff Elliott (88-22-66) and Mick Goodfellow (89-19-70) second and third respectively.

Gerald Wall (75-9-66) won Category One in the medal ahead of Tom House (80-12-68) and Paul Turner (82-14-68), with Category Two won by John McKinnel (83-16-67). Anthony Stewart (90-23-67) was second and Kevin Lamb (83-15-68) third. House (40) went one better to claim the Clint Banks Open with Jamie Barrett (37) and Richard Byers (36) making up the top three.

Judith Robson (103-34-69) won the ladies’ August Medal at Tynedale, with Joyce Wood (102-31-71) second and Rita Barber (105-33-72) third. Vice captain Anne Brown secured her maiden hole in one during the competition.

The President’s Cup was won by Mark Armstrong (73-15-58) ahead of Trry Lee (80-17-63) and Peter Brown (79-15-64).

l Hexham’s Matty Lamb has again been in action for his country through a first taste of the Boys’ Home Internationals.

Running throughout this week, the teenager, capped at U16 level, has joined promising golfers from across the country in representing England in the competition held in Western Gailes, in Scotland.

The call-up follows a runner-up spot in this year’s Fairhaven Trophy and equal fourth in the English U16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy.