Rutherford smashes course record
Published at 07:40, Wednesday, 04 September 2013
CLUB champion Richie Rutherford recorded a new course record in Allendale's long-established Bank Holiday competition, the Heatherlea Cup.
Seven years ago he posted a sensational 62 on what was then a par-66 course, but a recent extension to par-67 meant that by again carding 62 - with seven birdies and an eagle - he played the best round ever at Allendale.
His total of 62-3-59 prevailed by a stroke from Gary Sandison, (74-14-60) of Matfen, with Ian Crocker (76-14-62) third.
Another premier trophy at Tynedale was scooped by Ritchie Kendrick in his year as captain.
He blew away the field to finish with figures of 76-13-63 in the George Robson Memorial Trophy, finishing ahead of runner-up Graeme Halkerston (78-11-67) and Norman Nichols (83-15-68).
Making the triumph that more special for the captain was that it was played off the championship tees to add extra yardage to the course.
Meanwhile, Pete Carson (78-12-66) won Division One of the club’s August Medal, with Colin Armstrong (87-13-74) runner-up and Pete Brotherwood (82-8-74) third.
Division Two was won by Steven Nixon (82-22-60) ahead of Peter Brown (79-18-61) and Bob Passmore (85-19-66).
The annual day for Hexham’s professional Andy Paisley was a great success, with Ed Crawford coming away with the success with 42 stableford points. David Gibson (40) was second and John Fraser (39) third.
On countback, W. Murray Magowan won Division One of the Thursday Stableford with 38 points. Nicholas Bowman (38) was second and Bryan S. Robson (36) was third.
Division Two was separated by countback too, Will Simpson (36) triumphing over George Noble (36). Alfred Carlisle (35) was third.
Trevor Jackson (200) was the winner of Haltwhistle’s Gilsland Cup as he recorded the best 10 scores over 20 weeks. In second was Basil Ferguson (197) with Dougie Makepeace (195) in third.
The search to find promising young golfers in Northumberland with the drive to improve their game will head to Close House .
The Northumberland County Academy programme, aimed at players between the ages of 10 and 17, will head to the Heddon-on-the-Wall hotel on September 7.
Hexham have been at it again, two further county titles coming their way.
Already enjoying a barnstorming season, their men clinched a recent double with victory in both the Hadrian Golf League and the Northumberland Senior Members Golf League.
First up were the club’s Hadrian League men’s team who, in their final match of the season, secured a 10-2 win over Ponteland to win the title and remain unbeaten for the season.
In addition to the Hadrian League title, Hexham Golf Club are now the 2013 winners of the men’s Northumberland and Durham Inter-Counties Foursomes, the Northumberland 72-hole Strokeplay Championship, the County Teams Championship, the Fenwick-Smith Trophy and the Hadrian League!
The club will represent Northumberland in the English Clubs Championship in Bournemouth next month, and the Hadrian league in the Dixon Cup, which is contested between all of the golf leagues in the North-East region.
Hexham’s phenomenally successful season is in large part the product of its investment in junior golf – all but one of the Hadrian league team coming up through the junior ranks.
Next up were the seniors team – the Reivers – who in their penultimate match of the season beat Blyth 9-2 to secure the Northumberland Senior Members Golf League title. This is the second year in succession they have won the league.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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A workman was buried alive while digging a drain in the Prudhoe Urban Council's housing estate at Oaklands.
Workmates rushed to the aid of 50-year-old Richard Barclay, of Stocksfield, when the wall of the trench he was digging collapsed.
They managed to dig his head and shoulders free before finally pulling him from the earth. He was found to be suffering from shock and bruising.