In response to a letter of congratulations from the club, Chris replied with the following:
I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful letter. It meant so much to me and Keri. Last week was incredible and I will never forget it. To think that the journey started at Stocksfield all those years ago blows my mind. Thank you to everyone involved at the club who have been part of it. I hope I made you all as proud of me as I am to be a product of Stocksfield Golf Club. Sincerely, Chris.
Stocksfield’s Chris Paisley (with the help of his wife Keri as caddie) claimed the first European Tour win of his career at the South African Open in Johannesburg.
Starting with a 66 on day one Chris was just one behind the leader then after a 65 on Day 2 followed by a 70 on Saturday he was in the lead, just one shot ahead of world number 30 Branden Grace.
Then, despite the pressure applied by Grace's fast start Chris had six birdies in a six-under final round of 66 to finish three shots clear of the South African.
Members may be interested to note that at the Tynedale Sports Awards for 2017 the Young Sportsman of the Year Award was presented to Dan Joyce a Junior Member at Stocksfield Golf Club. Dan won the award following his tremendous successes this year at National level as the 800 metres Schoolboy Championship and his Gold Medal Awards in National Pentathlon events. We offer him our many congratulations. Congratulations also to Josh McCutcheon who had been nominated in this award category and received a much deserved merit award.
Dan also received the Ian Turner Award as Champion from ALL Junior category winners.
Congratulations also to the winner of the Sportsman of the Year Award Dan Shevill who is a former member of Stocksfield Golf Club.
The Golf Season is drawing to a close and the majority of the Trophies have now been decided.
The Vice Captains away day at Foxton resulted in the pairing of Richie Armstrong and Alex Brown claiming the Autumn Cup. The Fred Punshon Trophy was won by Andy Todd and the Paisley Cup Eclectic competition was won by Paul Maughan.
The results of the Match play competition Finals are as follows:
Trail Trophy – Jonathon Best beat Dave Clough
Cluny Cup – Andrew Martin beat Phil Guttridge
Hamilton Cup - Gary Kennedy beat Gavin Robson
Robson Cup (G) - Martyn Henderson beat Mark Johnson
Joe Rowell Trophy - Martyn Henderson beat Bill Martin
Seniors Champion - Dick Forth beat Bill Martin
S & M Trophies - Liz Hartley & Bill Martin beat Brenda Mills & Bill Stoker
The Turkey Trot’s start on the 14th & 15th October, the first 4 weekends are singles and these are followed by a 4BBB pairs then a 3man team Scramble.
Congratulations to Close House on hosting a tremendous event that showcased the North East and Close House as an excellent venue for future events. Congratulation also to Paul Dunne on his superb victory, closing with 2 birdies for a tournament record 61.
There was a large contingent of Stocksfield members both marshaling and spectating at the event. Members covered both the 15th and 16th holes as well as various other roles, pictured is the team from the 16th hole.
Congratulations also go to Darren Brewis on winning the best individual in the league. Darren's excellent score of 48 points in the final fixture at Stocksfield lifted him to a narrow 2 point win and also helped Stocksfield to win the overall team event (see table below).
The damp weather did little to dampen the spirits of all that participated in Neil's Captains day. An excellent competition with some excellent scoring, especially the winners pictured here.
Neil's wife Helen and helpers provided refreshments at a very welcome half way halt with a putting competition adding to the fun. The evening really went with a bang with the presentation being followed by some live entertainment, Karaoke and wild dancing.
In a thrilling final Josh McCutcheon emerged as the new Club Champion, adding this trophy to the Salver (best qualifier) and Jubilee Cup (best net). The new format of this competition sees the top 8 from the 36 hole qualifying event competing in an additional 18 holes making the Championship a 54 hole event.
In the final group of Josh, Steve Cram and Alex Brown both Steve and Alex closed to within a few shots of Josh. Alex had a strong first 9 to close the gap but then fell away again while Steve closed to within 2 shots with just a few to play but Josh had a strong finish to close the door on his challengers, winning with a 3 round total of 220, 4 shots ahead of Steve Cram.
It the Category 2 final (Handicaps 6 to 15) Josh Ward held off a strong challenge to win by 3 shots from Les Palmer and Barney Armstrong. In the Category 3 final (Handicaps 16 to 28) Alan Tiplady won by one shot from Ron Moore.
The Super hero Charity Open on Saturday 24th June was a tremendous success with over 180 entries raising a magnificent £7,000 for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity.
Many of the golfers fulfilled their fantasies by wearing Super Hero fancy dress while they competed in the 4BBB open competition.
The event was heavily sponsored with main sponsor Audi Newcastle putting up a new car for a 'hole in one' on the 10th hole, needless to say it was not won as the hole played directly into a strong wind and very few hit the green never mind the hole
Macmillan representatives ran a scratch card and were giving away gifts on the first tee while on the balcony there were free massages to ease the super hero aches. The day was rounded off with a superb BBQ, Live entertainment and a Charity auction. Fortunately the weather was kind as not only was the clubhouse packed but the outdoor decking area was also full. Click Here to see photo's of the event.
The actual golf was a lot of fun with scoring made easier thanks to Cheat kits that were available for a small fee. A ‘Happy Gilmore’ (longest drive following a run up to the ball) competition ran on the 13th tee.
Results from the day are as follows:
Happy Gilmore Longest Drive - Tony Howden
3rd Hole Beat the Pro winner – Steve Cram
Best Fancy Dress – Keith Martinson (AKA Wonder Women)
The organisers would like to thank the Sponsors: Audi Newcastle, StokoeRodger, Heineken, SCA, J.P. Westall, Hadrian Group, Jewson, Malhotra, Swift Brake & Clutch, Beckleberry’s, Northumbrian Roads, Takeaway Spa, The Gelson Osteopathic Clinic, Tesco, Sign & Design, Thompsons & Red HHhhhh44HHot property.
Plus those who helped make the day a success: Amy Maughan, Andy Paisley, Anthony Digirolomo, Bill Martin, Chris Paisley, Chris/Ann Walker, Dave Bennett, Dave/Sue Wilson, Emily Ward, Helen Henderson, Jade Henderson, Graham Henderson, Iain Stroyan, Josh Ward, Jane Ward, Mark Brewis, Martyn Henderson, Nathan Glassbrook, Roger Jones, Richie Armstrong, Steve McKenna, Val and Graham.
Stocksfield Golf Club’s Josh McCutcheon won the Northumberland Schools Golf Association 2017 Championship at Prudhoe with a Gross 76. Josh also won the best Net with a 68 and along with fellow Stocksfield Players Ollie Wilson and Joseph Robson won the Teams’ Championship for Prudhoe Community H.S. with a Net 144. This means Prudhoe Community H.S. will represent Northumberland in the All England School Teams’ Championship at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in July.
Captains Drive in
The sun shone and there was a good turnout to see the new Captains drive in on Saturday 22nd April. The onlookers were not disappointed either as all Captains hit good drives.
From left to right we have Club Captain Neil Henderson, Ladies Captain Diane Harvey, Seniors Captain Keith Woods and Junior Captain Oliver Wilson.
In addition to the normal individual drives we had a synchronised drive where all Captains teed off together (well almost).
The project group working on the proposed land sale and building a new clubhouse in the woods adjacent to the second hole is continuing its due diligence into the project. The overriding objectives of the project remain – these are to maximise the financial return to the golf club, create an affordable and sustainable clubhouse facility for members, visitors and the local community and have a capital sum left over.
Work is ongoing and involves consultation with an external company, drawing up a detailed structural plan for the new clubhouse and analysing the various construction and procurement options available which will dictate how much the clubhouse will cost to build.
The focus of the group is to make sure that all known and anticipated costs are covered before proceeding to a binding contract and entering official Planning stage with various authorities and interested parties. Progress on the work has been necessarily meticulous and to avoid unnecessary expenditure by the Club it is being carried out by a small group of volunteers, key members of which are in full time employment and have their own extensive commitments outside the golf club. The group is conscious of the time being taken and the underlying pressures behind the project. However it is hoped that members will understand the reasons why including the fact that we can only go at the speed of the resource we have available.
Further updates will follow once detail is established.