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Start of the 2017 Season

The following has been submitted to the Hexham Courant for inclusion in the next edition.  I don’t expect the full text to survive the editor’s red pen 🙂

After a seemingly never-ending winter, the golf season has finally got started again in the hills above Allendale. On Saturday morning, 1st April, the golf club’s new Gents Captain for 2017, Johnny Birchall, was paired with the new Ladies Captain, Pat Hignett to take on the Chairman’s team in a closely fought competition over 9 holes – the Captains’ team winning by 156 Stableford points to 152. The picture shows Pat Hignett to the left, Johnny Birchall to the right and to the far right, Derek Telfer, the Branch Director of MKM Hexham, who kindly donated six replacement road signs for the various approaches to the club from Allendale, Allenheads and over the top of the hill from Park Gates.

The club treasurer, Robin Down, said “we greatly appreciate the support given by MKM – our old signs were looking weather-worn after ten years of Allen Valley winters and their replacement with modern hard wearing materials means that they not only look excellent but demonstrate to anyone passing by that we are a thriving golf club. Without the generous support of MKM, it is unlikely that we would have ended up with such professional and well-presented signage” (designed and produced by Top Signs, Hexham).

The following day, Sunday April 3rd, an enthusiastic band of members gathered to start the season in earnest with the first full competition of the year. Under glorious blue skies Ron Jamieson won the April Medal on count back with a net 64 from second place Rod Milburn. Peter Robinson was third with a net 65. Richie Rutherford achieved the lowest gross score of 69, and a net 65. The close competition and low scoring was a reflection of the excellent condition of the course and Allendale’s equatorial climate.

RJD 03042017

New Season – a message from the Gents Captain

Dear Gents,

Well who could believe it but the new golf season is upon us and fingers crossed we have no snow.  It has been fantastic to be able to get up to the club over the last few weeks to blow off those cobwebs and to even start playing in adhoc stablefords. (I wish I hadn’t having been cut a shot before the season has started).  The course is already looking and playing well which bodes well for the rest of the season.

I thought I would just send out a few words as this years Gents Captain and wish everyone the best of luck for the season ahead and lets see your handicaps come crashing down.  I am looking forward to working alongside Fran and Shirley as Ladies Captain and Norman as Senior Captain and wish them all the best for the coming season.

We have the Captain V Chairman competition this coming Saturday 5th April Teeing off at 10 am so please dust of your clubs and get yourself involved.  It is a 9 hole comp with a social afterwards.

The season starts for real the following day with the April Medal so it is now all to play for.

Once again GOOD LUCK to you all for the season and please if you have any problems get in touch.


Iain THOMPSON – Gents Captain.