Clean & placing ball on fairways.
Plugged ball through the green can be lifted, cleaned and dropped.
Light spiking and top dressing this week
Stimpmeter Reading: 8 (1st April)
The Brancepeth Mixed Cup is an open mixed foursomes event which is also known as the David Hay Cup. The trophy was donated by David in 1984 at the end of his year as Captain of the Club.
David Hay was brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne and qualified as a dentist at Kings College, now the University of Newcastle upon Tyne but then a part of the University of Durham. His dental practice had surgeries in Crook, Meadowfield and Stanhope and David was a workaholic, being able to keep two chairs going at the same time. Because of the demanding nature of his work he lived quietly during the week but often did his best to make up for that at week-ends when he was a great socialiser and wonderful company. Occasionally he could be persuaded to take the microphone and deliver his own versions of the rock and roll standards such as Blue Suede Shoes - on one notable occasion while on a golfing holiday in Killarney he took the stage in Foleys Bar at 10.30pm and sang his final number at 3.30am the next morning.
David’s golfing career began as a teenager at the Bridle Path Club in Gosforth where his Mother and Father were members. He joined Brancepeth when he moved to Durham in the early 1970’s and was enormously proud to have been Captain and indeed simply to be a member of what he saw as a wonderful golf club. David died at the end of 1996 and he will always be remembered by his many friends as someone who faced everything in life cheerfully, seemed to be able to see only the best in everyone he met and was at all times the complete gentleman.
The Derek Carver Cup is an open mixed greensome competition which is held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. It was introduced in 1991 with a view to attracting people to the Golf Club on what had often been a very quiet day and it has now developed into a very successful event. It was named in honour of Derek Carver who was secretary at Brancepeth from 1976 to 1990 during which time he came to be regarded with respect and affection by members. After retirement he stayed in Brancepeth for some time but following the death of his wife Irene he moved to Northamptonshire to be nearer his family.
Derek Carver has enjoyed a very interesting and varied life but being a modest and unassuming man never seeks publicity. Suffice it to say that he was largely brought up in Kenya and trained as a journalist before enlisting in the Somaliland Camel Corp. in 1943 serving until the end of the war. During his active service he was involved in the capture of a German submarine with crew and perhaps this was the only occasion that a submarine was captured by a Camel Corp! After the war Derek resumed his career in journalism as the Associated Press Correspondent in Nairobi during the Mau Mau troubles. From 1956 to 1974 he worked in public relations before moving, via a spell in hotel and catering management, into golf club administration at Brancepeth.
Doreen Wallace joined Brancepeth Castle Golf Club in 1980-81 after many years of playing tennis and badminton, believing that golf was a game more suited to the older person. Very quickly she discovered that this was not so and that the younger the new golfer was, the better. This fascinating game played at a course which is very interesting and challenging has never palled for her. After many years of enjoyment gained from taking part in the Ladies’ competitions and matches organised by the Ladies section of the club, she was given the opportunity to repay some of that pleasure by becoming Lady Captain in 1993. Her husband suggested she present this trophy for a club mixed competition in the hope that it would promote more mixed golf which they both enjoyed taking part in. Doreen was a Lecturer at Bishop Auckland Technical College for most of her working life.
The Sir Arthur Wood Cup was first awarded in 1933, one year after Sir Arthur began his five year spell as Captain at Brancepeth. The competition for his trophy was an open mixed foursomes, recently changed to 4BBB, event which attracts a large entry from the North East and beyond.Sir Arthur Nicholas Lindsay Wood came from a family with a long and distinguished record of involvement in the industrial life of the region and beyond.
His father, Sir Lindsay Wood and particularly his Grandfather Sir Nicholas Wood were strongly associated with the development of coal mining. Sir Arthur’s own industrial connections included the Chairmanship of A. Reyrolle, the Hebburn switchgear manufacturer and directorships with amongst others the Harton Coal Company, John Bowes and Partners, North Eastern Marine Engineering, Newcastle and District Electric Lighting Company and Mercantile Insurance Co. He was also one of the coal owners representatives on the Tyne Improvement Commission and mining agent to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
Sir Arthur Wood may have been born at Hetton Hall, a mansion in the middle of what is now the public park in Hetton-Ie-Hole, but his family moved to the Hermitage in Chester Ie Street before the First World War and Hetton Hall was demolished in 1923. He was one of three unmarried brothers to live at the Hermitage and Sir Arthur was the last survivor when he died in 1939 at the age of 64. The Hermitage then became a rehabilitation centre for miners - it is now being converted into apartments. As a keen golfer it is perhaps fitting that Sir Arthur Wood died while on a golfing holiday at St. Andrews. He collapsed during a game with a friend, a Mr Speke, and was carried to his hotel where he died soon afterwards.