The biannual Ladies and Seniors competition was held on Tuedsday 11th April 2017. Twelve teams, each consisting of two Ladies and two Seniors, played stableford with the best Ladies and best Seniors score counting towards the team total.
In first place, with 75 points, were Marian Goodyear, Jean Atkinson, Jeff Foster and Geoff Raw.
In second place with 74 points were the team of Barbra Cheetham, Jennnifer Dixon, Len Stirling and Mike Goodwin .
Also with 74 points, but beaten on count-back, were the team of Captains and Vice-Captains, Lyn Davison, Marianne Moore, Peter Robson and Will Cowan.
Lyn Davison and Will Cowan had the longest drives at the 17th and in the nearest the pin competition at the 15th hole, Jennifer Dixon was closest.
Following the game, everyone enjoyed an excellent meal in the clubhouse. The Ladies' Captain, Lyn and Seniors' Vice-Captain Will, standing in for Captain Peter Robson, who had holiday commitments, thanked all those who participated and wished everyone a happy and successful season.
Captains' Drive-In 2017
Saturday 1st April at 12 noon saw the official start to the golfing season at Brancepeth with the Captain’s and Lady Captain’s Drive-In, where a large group of members, family and friends turned out to support Mal and Lyn.
Mal, in Lyn's words, smoked it 245 yards down the righthand side while Lyn, "with arms like jelly", hit it 212 yards straight down the middle.
The “Guess the Yardage Competition” raised £230 for Mal's Charity, Prostate Cancer and £80 for Lyn's Charity, Butterwick Childrens Hospice.
Keith Cresswell and Geoff Raw both guessed within a yard of Mal's drive while Ann Charlesworth correctly guessed the exact distance of Lyn’s drive. All three winners very generously donated their winnings to the Charity.
In addition to giving a special vote of thanks to their respective Vice-Captains, David Tweddle and Marianne Moore, both Captains would also like to thank everyone who supported the day and the meal in the evening and wish all members a fantastic 2017.
In the Men's Team Stableford the results were as follows:
D Gray, K Patterson, K Williams and J Murray
A Soppitt, S Whitaker & W Melles
J Luke, G Lowes, I Oates & V Qehaja
The Ladies held a Captain’s Team v Vice-Captain’s Team 4BBB competition, with the Captain emerging victorious by 2 matches to 0
The Lady Captain, Lyn, would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped out at the Ladies Coffee Morning on Friday 17th March, to all who donated, baked or simply spent money and also to Sheila for the daffodils on the tables.
It was a lot of work but was a huge success and we have raised £841.
AGRONOMIST REPORT - 2017
Click here to view a copy of the latest Agronomist's Report.
The Agronomist made the following comment in his previous Report:
"Golfers who wheel their trolleys along the narrow route between bunker and green are causing a lot of unnecessary damage and wear. In the best interests of course presentation and maintenance costs, golfers should not take trolleys along such narrow routes when there is ample space to walk and spread the wear outside the bunkers."
It is very apparent that many Members still totally ignore this advice. If you want to play your course in the best possible condition, please be careful when using trolleys and buggies.
Captains Handover Dinner - 2017
Captain's Handover Dinner 2017
Our Captains, past, present and future, would like to thank the 58 members and guests who attended the Captain's Handover Dinner on Saturday 25th February and made it such a special night.
Peter Schofield presented our new Captain, Mal Fawcett, and Vice-Captain, David Tweddle, with golf caps for the occassion and also presented Mal with a Captain's bell for gaining attention. The bell, however, may not be seen much at the Club as Audra, Mal's wife, intends taking it home for her own use!
During the speeches, those attending the dinner were made very aware of the danger in confiding anything private to our new Captain. The story of Peter visiting the catering cabin behind the tenth tee and his encounter with a member dog-walking will, however, not be further described here!
DURHAM UNIVERSITY SUCCESS
The Durham University 1st Team, who play their home games at Brancepeth Castle, were crowned BUCS Premier North Champions after beating the University of Central Lancashire team by 4.5 points to 1.5 points at home on 8th February 2017. In a strongly contested league of six teams, playing home and away, they won the league by one point from Birmingham University.
Albert Potts, who organises the team and their matches, wrote the following to the Club:
"Could you please pass on our sincere gratitude to your Committee and members for the support and encouragement they have shown the university players in recent years. We would not be where we are today without that support.
Next we are looking forward to becoming National Champions .... watch this space!”
We wish them the best of luck in their forthcoming matches.
It's Official! Play golf and you'll live longer
Playing golf is likely to increase life expectancy, help prevent chronic diseases and improve your mental health, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers reviewed 5,000 studies into golf and wellbeing to build a comprehensive picture of the sport’s health benefits, as well as its potential drawbacks.
Findings show that golf is likely to improve cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic health, while it can also help those who suffer chronic diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and strokes.
The physical benefits of golf increase with age, researchers from the University of Edinburgh said, while balance and muscle endurance in older people are improved playing the sport.
Lead researcher Dr Andrew Murray from the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh, said “We know that the moderate physical activity that golf provides increases life expectancy, has mental health benefits and can help prevent and treat more than 40 major chronic diseases.”
“Evidence suggests golfers live longer than non-golfers, enjoying improvements in cholesterol levels, body composition, wellness, self-esteem and self-worth.”
“Given that the sport can be played by the very young to the very old, this demonstrates a wide variety of health benefits for people of all ages.
Reproduced courtesy of English Club Golfer
Captains and Lady Captains Charity - 2016
Captain's and Lady Captain's Charity 2016
I have pleasure in attaching a letter and certificate from Sylvia Stoneham, Community Fund Raising Team Leader at Butterwick House, confirming the total raised for 2016 as £14,876.67. As Directors and Members of Brancepeth Castle Golf Club, I would like to thank you for your tremendous support in achieving this incredible amount. In addition, Mal & I met with Michael Watson of Barclays Bank (who match-funded the Charity Golf Day for up to £1000) for a photo shoot.
These photos, shown below, will be distributed throughout the Bank's PR machine and hopefully appear in various magazines produced by Barclays.
I also visited Butterwick House at North Tees Hospital last week, again photos were taken for their in-house publication. Hopefully this will give the Golf Club good exposure.
Thanks again for your tremendous support.
Michael Watson and Peter Schofield
Mal Fawcett and Peter Schofield
New Captain's Message - 2017
Message from our New Captain
My very best wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year. It is an absolute honour and my pleasure to represent Brancepeth Castle Golf Club as your Captain for 2017.
The season will begin with the Captains' Drive-In on Saturday 1st April - I look forward to seeing you there, (only one fool allowed)
I thank David Tweddle for accepting the position as Vice-Captain - with his support I look forward to the year ahead and I wish Lady Captain Lyn Davison and Seniors' Captain Peter Robson every success for 2017 and look forward to working alongside them both.
My chosen charity for 2017 is Prostate Cancer. Your support in raising funds over the year for this worthy cause will be greatly appreciated.
2016 has all in all been a successful year for the Club. I thank Peter Schofield, Elaine Mitchell and Terry Ditchburn for their enthusiasm and commitment over the year.
Wishing each one of you an enjoyable and successful golfing year.
Kind regards Malcolm Fawcett, Captain
A very happy New Year to all our Members, Staff and Visitors from Brancepeth Castle Golf Club
Ladies 2015 Teams
Brancepeth's Winning Ladies
The photographs below show this year's Ladies Teams with their trophies.
A Team with the Anderson League Division 1 Trophy which they have won for the sixth time in succession.
Standing, left to right: Julie Rose, Barbara Cheetham, Carol Rae, Pauline Cooper, Yvonne Dunbar, Marianne Moore and Ann Charlesworth. Seated: Lyn Davison, Elaine Mitchell (Lady Captain) and Rosie Preston (Team Captain)
Team players not present for the photograph - Deborah Simpson and Helen Morgan.
B Team with the Anderson League Division 2 Trophy which they won in their first season in that league.
Standing, left to right: Maureen Wigham, Vivien Davis, Avril Rowbotham, Jill Dickinson, Barbara Cheetham, Carol Rae, Sue Farrell, Marian Goodyear, Elizabeth Wood and Marie Thompson. Seated: Yvonne Dunbar (Team Captain), Elaine Mitchell (Lady Captain) and Jean Atkinson.
Sivewright Team who finished second in their division.
Standing, left to right: Kay Cleasby, Jill Dickinson, Maureen Wigham, Avril Rowbotham, Elizabeth Wood, Eileen Robinson and Joan Kelly. Seated: Jane Moore (Team Captain), Elaine Mitchell (Lady Captain) and Marian Goodyear.
Team player not present for the photograph - Barbara Parkin
Christmas Hamper Raffle Winners
The raffle for the Christmas hampers was drawn at the Carol Singing on Wednesday 14th December. Winners are:
4th Food Bag
The total amount raised for Butterwick House Children's Hospice has still to be confirmed but likely to be over £300. A big thank you to all the ladies who provided the contents of the hampers and to everyone who bought tickets. Your support and generosity is very much appreciated.
Seniors Captain Handover
The Seniors held their Annual General Meeting in the Clubhouse on Thursday 8th December 2016.
Unfortunately the golf, which normally precedes this meeting, had to be postponed due to the heavy rain but around 40 members still enjoyed an excellent Christmas Lunch held in the dining room.
At the meeting, Will Cowan was confirmed as the Senior's Vice-Captain and Mike Goodwin and Geoff Pennington were re-elected as Treasurer and Secretary.
The Seniors Section was established in 1987 to provide opportunities for members of the section to :
Play matches against other clubs' Seniors, both home and away
Enjoy social golf on designated days of the week, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays
Participate in competitions during the season
The membership fee is only £10 and is open to any male member of the club who is aged 55 and over. So if you would like to join, please come along and you will be made very welcome.
DCLGA Annual General Meeting
DCLGA Annual General Meeting
Our Lady Captain, Lady Vice-Captain and several other Brancepeth members attended the Durham County Ladies Golf Association AGM on Saturday 26th November where the winning league teams were presented with their shields for the 2016 season.
The photograph on the left shows our Lady Captain, Elaine Mitchell, along with "A Team" captain, Rosie Preston, being presented with the Anderson Shield for winning Division 1, which they have also won for the previous five years.
The photograph on the right shows Elaine receiving the Division 2 shield on behalf of the "B Team" who won the 2nd Division after having been promoted from the 3rd division last year.
Also mentioned for their success were the team consisting of Helen Morgan, Julie Rose and Deborah Simpson who won the American Scramble at South Shields, Maureen Wigham who had the best gross score in the Bronze Division at Woodham in the Spring Meeting and Barbara Parkin who had the best gross score in the Bronze Championship at Bishop Auckland.
Anderson Shield Division 1
Anderson Shield Division 2
To see the updated Winter Rules from 1st November 2016 to 31st March 2017, click here
For a full list of all the Ladies Competition Winners in 2016, click here
Dan Fox - Record Score in Medal 6
The photograph shows our Captain, Peter Schofield, presenting a bottle of champagne to Dan Fox to celebrate his score of 63 in Medal 6, a course record for the 6234 yards white course.
There is only one other 63 recorded and that was back in 1935 by one of the Gadd brothers and it was on a shorter course than present.
To see Dan's scorecard which didn't include any bogeys, click on the picture.
Captains Charity day 2016
Captains Butterwick Hospice Charity Day
The Captain's Butterwick Hospice Charity Golf Day was a tremendous success, despite the wet weather.
In addition to the golf competition, where eighteen teams took part, there was a sealed bid auction and a raffle which all raised, including the "Match Funding" from Barclays Bank, in excess of £4,100.00. This sum brings the total for the year so far to approximately £16,500.00, a tremendous achievement.
Congratulations to the winning team of Graham Thomson, Neil Tiplady, Billy Blamire and David Threadgill with 84 points.
In second place, with 80 points, was the Lady Captain and Lady Vice-Captain team of Elaine Mitchell, Lyn Davison, Charlie Mitchell and Ian Davison narrowly beating Mal Fawcett, Dan Fox, Richard Hancock and Jonathan Gowland who had 79 points.
Nearest the Pin on the 15th was Lyn Davison (5’ 5”) while Dan Fox hit the longest drive on the 12th hole.
Peter Schofield would like to thank everyone who took part on the day and all those others who so generously supported the Day.
Longest Drive at 12th
Nearest the Pin at 15th
Brancepeth Castle Bridge Club
Our weekly Bridge Club will be resuming on Wednesday 5th October from 1pm to 3pm and every Wednesday until further notice.
Players of all abilities are welcome. Just come along or contact Elizabeth Wood if you have any questions.
Hope to see you there.
LEONARD CRAWLEY MEDAL
Leonard Crawley Winners - 2016 The winner of this year's Leonard Crawley Scratch Medal, held on 17th September, was Andrew Wilson from Wynyard Hall with scores of 69 and 66 for a magnificent total of 135.
In second place with rounds of 74 and 66 for a total of 140 was our own James Glenn who beat Richard Aisbitt, who had two rounds of 70 also for a total of 140, into third place on count-back.
Doreen Wallace Mixed Greensomes - 29th August 2016
The Doreen Wallace Mixed Greensomes was held on Monday, 29th August 2016 on a bright sunny afternoon with 18 couples taking part. The winners were George and Carol Rae with 40 stableford points and are shown here being presented with the trophy by Doreen herself.
Charlie and Elaine Mitchell finished second with 38 points, narrowly beating David Tweddle and Jean Atkinson on countback.
Doreen appreciated so many couples taking part and looks forward to even more playing next year in what, although a competition for a trophy, is meant to be as much a social occasion as well.
Junior Summer Camp
To find out what went on at our Junior Summer Camp, click here.
David Hay Mixed Greensomes - 20th August 2016
The David Hay Mixed Greensomes was held on Saturday, 20th August 2016 in very wet windy conditions. 18 couples took part in a very close competition with only 4 points separating the first nine places
The winners, with 37 points, were Barry and Jill Dickinson, shown here with the trophy.
Ian and Lyn Davison were second with 36 points, beating Kevin Kelly and Tracie Smith on countback
Well done to all the couples who participated and continued playing despite the terrible weather.
Our Successful Teams
The Ladies Teams have done very well again this year.
The "A" Team (Scratch) finished top of Division 1 by winning 7 matches and halving 1 and will retain the Anderson Shield for the 6th consecutive year!
The "B" Team (Scratch) were promoted last year from Division 3 and are now top of Division 2. They won 5 matches, halved 2 and lost 1. They cannot be promoted into Division 1 because the league rules state that a club can't have more than one team in the same division.
The Sivewright Team (Handicap) finished 2nd to Barnard Castle in the South Durham Division.
The Men's Team, although not quite enjoying the success of the Ladies Teams, consolidated their position in Division 2 after gaining promotion last year.
And last, but not least, our Mens Senior Team are undefeated in 2016 with only three matches remaining.
New Ladies Club Champion
Congratulations to Lyn Davison on winning the Ladies Club Championship on Sunday 7th August with two superb gross rounds of 79 and 84 given the strong winds all day. These good scores were also achieved on the Ladies "Long Course" which involves playing over the ravines at the 8th and 11th holes from the Men's tees.
Winner of the Anson / Gibson Trophy for the best nett aggregate score was Helen Morgan.
In the Bronze Division, Avril Rowbotham won the Gross Championship and Tracie Smith won the Nett Championship.
Well done to all the Ladies who took part and completed the 36 holes on a very difficult day for low scoring.
PAST CAPTAINS DAY 2016
The annual Past Captains Day was held on Sunday, 24th July. Eighteen past captains played in a singles stableford competition and were later joined by John Pennington, who initiated this competition in 1989, and the present captain for a meal afterwards.
Charlie Mitchell won the trophy with 38 points followed by Steve Rose and Tony Myers on 36 points. The picture below shows Peter Schofield presenting Charlie with the trophy, a crystal port decanter which is then filled and passed round the company.
Following the meal and toasts, the group were regally entertained by Ian Shepherd in his own inimitable style.
BIG MATCH v SEATON CAREW GOLF CLUB
Big Match - 2016 In the annual "Big Match" competition played against Seaton Carew Golf Club on a home and away basis, Seaton Carew won the first leg on Saturday 9th July on their home course by 19 - 14, giving them a 5 hole advantage.
Brancepeth were, however, up to the challenge and on Saturday 23rd July, on their home turf, they emerged victorious by 47 - 5, giving them by the trophy by an overall total of 37 holes up.
The photos below show the Seaton Carew captain presenting the trophy to Peter and our winning captains Peter and Mal.
Juan Miguel Heredia
Further to the article below on the International Honorary Membership given to Juan Miguel, click here to see the letter of appreciation he sent thanking the Club for the honour.
DCLGA Charity Texas Scramble
There has been more success for our Ladies, this time at the Charity American Texas Scramble held by Durham County Ladies Golf Association on 7th July 2016 at South Shields.
Julie Rose, Helen Morgan, Deborah Simpson and Anne Wraith (Rockcliffe) finished first with Barbara Cheetham in the second placed team. More Ladies from Brancepeth were in the teams finishing in 6th and 15th place.
The Lady Captain, Elaine, thanks all members who contributed to the Ladies Breast Cancer Charity Day on Tuesday 12th July for their generous donations for the raffle and for buying tickets
The raffle raised £269, £112.60 was raised from the sale of the tea, coffee, cakes and scones which were kindly donated by Dave and Jackie and a further £165 was raised from the entries to our Pink Ball Competition.
With further donations and money raised previously, the total which will be sent to a Breast Cancer Charity is £635.30.
Your support for this very worthwhile charity is very much appreciated.
The winners of the Pink Ball competition with 108pts were Helen Morgan, Julie Rose and Lyn Davison. Second with 103 pts were Tracie Smith, Marie Thompson and Kay Cleasby.
Durham Lady Veterans' Ladies Golf Association Open
Well done to our Lady Vets who made a clean sweep of the honours at the Durham Lady Veterans' Ladies Golf Association Open Greensomes at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club on Monday 4th July 2016.
Congratulations go, in particular, to Lyn Davison & Rosie Preston who were winners of the Armada Dishes for Best Gross score and Elizabeth Wood & Elaine Mitchell who won the Lenore Ewart Pin Trays for Best Nett score.
For the full results and to see how close the nett competition finished, click on the link below:
Juan has now departed Durham for Ecuador and may not return to us for a long time.
The Captain, Committee and members therefore decided to give him International Honorary Membership because of his commitment to the Club and his personable manner to recognise his time with us at Brancepeth.
You can see from the photograph, which was taken by his sister in Germany, that he is delighted with our honour to him.
We wish him all the best for the future.
Lady Captain's Day Results - 26th June 2016
Ladies Captains Day Results - 2016
34 (on count back)
33 (on count back)
Best Front 9
Best Back 9
17 (on count back)
Best Past Captain
Best Committee Member
Best Senior (70 plus)
29 (on count back)
Nearest the Pin - 15th
Nearest the Pin in 2 - 9th
Captains Day Results - 25th June 2016
Best Senior Nett
Longest Drive - 12th
Nearest the Pin - 15th
Best Guest Nett
Ladies Best Nett
Ladies Nearest the Pin - 9th
Unfortunately no-one managed a hole-in-one on the 10th so Peter will have to keep polishing the car until the next time
Spare a thought for Nick Patterson who had holed out on the 2nd. If only he had waited 8 more holes!
Brancepeth Boar 2016
New Men's Club Champion
Congratulations to Richard Aisbitt on winning the Club Championship on 12th June 2016 by two shots from 2015 champion James Glenn.
Following the first round on a damp Sunday morning, where any ball straying from the fairway nestled down into the wet rough making recovery difficult, Dan Fox led with an excellent 67.
But Richard countered in the afternoon with a superb 66 and came very close to breaking the course record with putts in the final few holes just failing to drop. He also came close to breaking his own record score for the Brancepeth Boar of 133 achieved in 2005.
James finished second with two consistent rounds and Dan took third place. General opinion is that it is the first time that three players have finished under par and James and Dan's scores would have won the competition in most other years.
Richard has now won the Boar ten times and needs to win only one more to equal Bob Green's record, which has stood since 1977, of eleven wins.
69 66 = 135
68 69 = 137
67 72 = 139
Do you know any Ladies looking to start playing golf or have been away from the game for a while?
If so, David Fletcher, our PGA Professional, is running a weekly Get in to Golf Coaching Session for Ladies starting this Saturday 21st May from 10.00 to 11.00am. The hour long sessions will run for 5 weeks for the price of £25.
No equipment or special clothing / footwear is required.
To book a place at these sessions, please contact David at the Pro Shop on 0191 378 4115.
For further details or to book online, click on the image.
Daily Mail Foursomes - Update
On Sunday 8th May, Neil Tiplady and Steve Schofield represented Brancepeth in the 3rd Round of the Daily Mail Foursomes away at Ryton and what a great game.
Neil and Steve birdied two of the last five holes to win 3 & 2 and go through to the 4th Round.
A fantastic result away from home playing against two of Ryton's first team players. Congratulations to Neil and Steve.
Unfortunately on Sunday 15th May in the Ladies competition, Marianne Moore and Helen Morgan were narrowly beaten 2 & 1 playing Durham City at Brancepeth.
Seniors Spring Singles Stableford
The photograph shows Will Cowan receiving the trophy from Seniors Captain Terry Ditchburn after winning the Seniors Spring Singles Stableford with 39 points.
Will had a very good day as he also won both "nearest the pin" prizes on the 2nd and 15th holes.
Full Results were:
Durham County Ladies Past Captains Spring Meeting
The photograph shows Eileen Robinson receiving the trophy for the best nett score of 72 in the Bronze section at the Durham County Ladies Past Captains Spring Meeting, played at South Shields on Monday 9th May.
Well done Eileen and congratulations from all at the club.
On Friday 22nd April, the Captain held a "Captain's Charity Sportspersons Dinner" in aid of Butterwick House Children’s Hospice which raised in excess of £2500 for the Charity.
A great evening was had by the 66 guests and members attending, with first class entertainment from Kevin Connelly, Gordon Sherry and Graham Sheldon.
I would like to thank all concerned for making the night one to remember, especially Jackie, Dave and their staff for the catering, Jean Atkinson and Lady Captain Elaine Mitchell for managing the Auction and Raffle & Roll a Pound.
I would also like to thank the Sponsors for donating very generous auction and raffle prizes and more importantly, I thank the guests for attending and giving their financial support.
Peter Schofield Captain
Charity Car Parking Space
The Captain is pleased to announce that Neil Tiplady was the lucky winner of the charity parking space for the next twelve months.
Thanks to all who bought an entry as the draw raised £250 for Butterwick Hospice.
Ladies Vets Final - 2016
Durham County Vets Champion
In the first semi-final on a sunny but cold morning at Billingham Golf Club, Rosie got off to a slow start and was 4 down at the 11th but rallied to win the next 4 holes. She still found herself dormie one down when her opponent, Julia Doughty of Dinsdale Spa, rallied. However, Rosie won the 18th and closed out the match on the 19th hole.
In the second semi-final Lyn, playing Jennifer Dixon from Beamish, was always in control and, helped by a great touch on the greens, won comfortably by 7 & 6, setting up an all Brancepeth final.
In steadily worsening weather in the afternoon, Rosie and Lyn had a very close match. Lyn was 2 up at the turn and added to her lead at the 11th when the rain really started to come down. Rosie then won the 13th but immediately lost the 14th. Rosie won the 15th with a superb chip and then holed a 4ft putt for a half at the 16th, leaving Lyn dormie two up. Lyn putted up close on the 17th and Rosie conceded the match.
Congratulations to the new Champion, Lyn Davison and well done Rosie for making it an exciting match.
Mail on Sunday Fourth Round
Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic - Fourth Round
Brancepeth Ladies played in the fourth round of the Daily Mail Classic competition on Sunday April 24th. They had an away draw at Wilton Golf Club near Redcar. They produced another fine performance and won 3 matches to 2. The team was Deborah Simpson, Carol Kelly, Julie Rose, Marie Thompson and Helen Morgan.
All matches were very close and we were standing two games each after the first four games. Helen Morgan was our fifth player out and needed to win to secure victory for the team! Thankfully she was 2up after 16 holes and halved the 17th to win 2 & 1. Another fine result for Helen as the pressure was on!
On behalf of the team I would like to thank all the caddies for their wonderful support. A great day was had by all and it was a pleasure to meet so many lovely people at Wilton Golf Club.
Marianne Moore (Team Captain)
Durham County Vets Championship - Update
Our Vets ladies played today in the knock-out phase of the 2016 Championship at Billingham Golf Club.
In the last 16, Rosemary won 6 & 5 against Lynda Willis of Seaton Carew and Lyn won 7 & 5 against Jane Harker-Bell of Dinsdale Spa. Unfortunately, in a very close match, Julie lost on the 19th Hole to Barbara Conley of Seaton Carew.
In the quarter-finals, Rosemary beat Julie's opponent 1up and Lyn won 4 & 3 against the 2015 champion, Ruth Lindley of Hartlepool.
Rosemary and Lyn now play in the semi-finals, luckily in opposite sides of the draw, at 9.30 am tomorrow with the final taking place in the afternoon. Good luck to them both.
Durham County Vets Silver Spring Meeting
Our ladies had a great day for Brancepeth Castle at Billingham Golf Club on Monday 25th April where a cold wind and frequent showers of hail and snow made the course very tricky and conditions unpleasant.
Taking part in the Durham County Vets Silver Spring Meeting, Rosemary Preston, Lyn Davison and Julie Rose all qualified in the 18 hole stroke play competition to take their places in the Match Play on Wednesday and Thursday. Unfortunately Barbara Cheetham just missed out.
Rosie Preston returned an impressive score of 84 to win the Best Gross and be the leading qualifier.
We wish them good luck in the Match Play Championship.
LADIES SPRING MEETING
The ladies held their Spring Meeting on Tuesday 19th April. The winners are shown below being presented with their prizes:
British University Golf Tour Final
Durham University and Brancepeth members Juan Heredia and James Glenn finished first and third respectively in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Golf Finals held on the Craighead course of the Crail Golfing Society in Fife, Scotland on 6 - 8th April 2016.
The Daily Mail Foursomes 2nd Round was played at Brancepeth on Saturday 9th April, the Club being represented by Steve Schofield & Neil Tiplady, who had a resounding win against Woodham 5 & 4. Well done Steve & Neil for your first class performance.
The Inter County Foursomes was also held over the weekend, the club being represented by James Glenn & Dan Fox.
On Saturday the 1st & 2nd Rounds were held at Seaham Golf Club.
In the 1st Round we were drawn against Consett, a tough match which we won 2 & 1.
In the afternoon, the 2nd Round was against Darlington, again we won 5 & 4.
On Sunday the 3rd & 4th Rounds were held at Garesfield Golf Club.
In the morning we played Tyneside winning through 2 & 1.
In the afternoon we played Washington. After a tremendous game, we finished all square after 18 holes, going into a sudden death play off. Unfortunately we lost the match on the 1st extra hole.
Again well done to James & Dan for their fantastic efforts over 72 holes and for representing our Club so well both on and off the Course.
A special thank you to our supporters, Steve Rose & Amanda, James's girlfriend who flew in from Texas overnight on Friday.
Mail on Sunday Third Round
Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic -Third Round
The Ladies Team beat Bishop Auckland Golf Club 3 – 2 at home in the third round of The Ladies Mail On Sunday Classic on Friday 25th March.
The Match was level at 2 - 2 and the result was on Helen Morgan's shoulders to prevent a play off! Helen was 1up on the18th tee and made a great par to close the match out and give the team a well-deserved win.
Team players were Lyn Davison, Julie Rose, Carol Kelly, Marie Thompson and Helen Morgan.
The Team Captain, Marianne Moore, and the players would like to say a big thank you to the lady members who caddied.
Unfortunately the Mens Team consisting of Tom Bainbridge, Steve Schofield, James Glenn, Neil Tiplady & Tony Callen lost their match 3 - 2 away to Durham City the following day.
However there was a highlight to the day when Neil Tiplady had a hole-in-one on the par 3, 11th hole.
Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic - Update
After receiving a bye in the 1st Round of the Mail on Sunday National Golf Classic, our Men’s team beat Ramside 3 - 1 with one match halved in the 2nd Round at Brancepeth Castle on 5th March 2016.
The team members were: Neil Tiplady, Tony Myers, Mike Lyons, Steve Schofield and Tom Bainbridge.
The Ladies team played their 2nd Round, having also received a bye in the 1st Round, on Saturday 12th March against Woodham, again at Brancepeth because Woodham GC was closed.
This year is the first time Brancepeth Ladies have entered a team in the competition and the team of Marianne Moore (Team Captain), Lyn Davison, Carol Kelly, Helen Morgan and Marie Thompson won 4 - 0 with one match halved.
Good luck to both teams in their next round matches which will be drawn very soon.