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Thursday 14th June 2018

The weather forecast for this morning was showers and gales. Judging by the turnout today there could be a suggestion that quite a few members looked out of the window first thing and decided, “Not for me”. The rain did stay away for the 24 members taking part, but the 50 mph plus gales persisted all morning. Today was the 2nd round of the Alex McPhee Trophy. Three members returned 35 points, so on a CPO David Wrightson was 1st, David Langley was 2nd & Jim Fihelebon was 3rd. Bob Paterson was 4th with 34 points. Combining Monday’s score with today’s score the winner of the Alex McPhee Trophy was Guy Newing with a total score of 73 points.

Congratulations to Guy


Monday 11th June 2018

Another bright sunny day and at last some good golf played to reflect the decent weather. 36 members took part in the first round of the Alex McPhee Trophy, a stableford competition played of 36 holes. Winner today was Guy Newing with 41 points, runner up was Bill Anson with 38 points. In 3rd place was Brian Richardson with 37 points and 4th was David Wrightson with 36 points. Just the one two and that was recorded by David Walby


Thursday 7th June 2018

Today was the 3rd round of the medal ‘Eclectic’ Playing in wall to wall hot sunshine 31 members took part in the event. Judging by the returns scoring was not easy. Lots of odd bounce. Winner today was Ray MacDowell with a net 73, runner up was Jim Cruddas also with a net 73, 3rd was Keith Stuttard with a net 75. Jim Fihelebon was 4th with a net 76 and David Milligan was 5th with a net 77


Wednesday 6th June 2018

A bit of a reduced party of Members left the Club car park at 8am this morning to travel over to Durham City Golf Club for a day’s outing. Arriving around 10 am they enjoyed bacon butties & coffee/tea before going out to play golf. This year’s competition was a 4BBB stableford. Most of the members found the undulating greens rather tricky. None the less a good score of 44 points was returned by John Roberson & John Welch to claim 1st prize. Runners up were Gronwyn Hughes & Ray MacDowell with 42 points. Third place went to Bob Peterson & Peter Marsden also with 42 points. Just the one two recorded and that was by Gronwyn Hughes. The nearest the pin prize went to Stuart Richardson and the longest drive went to Keith Stuttard


Monday 4th June 2018

A party of members travelled over to Workington today for a match against the ‘Beck Watchers’ The match was won by Workington 6 – 2

Meanwhile back a home the remained members had the opportunity to play in a 9 hole stableford competition. 22 members took part including Chris Small who is working his way slowly back into the game. Winner today was John Ross with 20 points, runner up was John Morton-Carruthers with 18 points, 3d was Chris Seed with 17 points, Joe Hardon was 4th also with 17th points. No two’s recorded.


Thursday 31st May 2018

A stableford competitionplayed today. On a rather sultry day 38 members took part in the event. The top 4 places all returned 38 points so in order it was Ray MacDowell, 1st. Barry Brown, 2nd. Malcolm Pearson, 3rd. Guy Newing 4th. Andy Swanston recorded the only two of the day

Yesterday, a group of members travelled to Hexham for a match against the Hexham Seniors. The Mallards won 5 – 3.


Thursday 24th May 2018

Another glorious day for golf, wall to wall sunshine for the members taking part in a team event. Today it was a Yellowball Stableford. Winners today was the team of John Turner, John Roberson & Vic Winn with 80 points, runners up was the team of Harry Smith, David Harding & Peter Miles with 78 points and in 3rd place was the team of Adam Aitken, Malcolm Pearson & Paul Whitehouse with 74 points.

Yesterday the Mallards played host to a team from Penrith in the return match, the Mallards won 4 ½ – 3 ½


Monday 21st May 2018

Today’s competition was the second round of the Phil Harrison Trophies. The day dawn bright and sunny, sadly the majority of scores returned weren’t so. The highlight of the day was a ‘Hole in One’ for Des Bitcon on the 6th hole The second hole in one recorded in consecutive competition’s at the same hole.
Today’s winner was David Walby with a net 72, runner up was Malcolm Pearson also with a net 72. In 3rd place was Des Bitcon with a net 74 and 4th was Brian Richardson with a net 75. Andy Swanston recorded the only two of the day


Thursday 17th May 2018

The Mallards celebrated the 25h anniversary of the inauguration of the Seniors Section. The celebration included a number of past members being invited to the event. The morning was taken up with 60 plus members and guests taking part in a stableford competition which was won by Vic Bee with 38 points. After the competition some 74 members and guests sat down and enjoyed a meal. After the meal there was the presentation of prizes, a raffle draw and a couple of speeches. All in all a very good day. Harry Martin’s highlight of the day was a ‘Hole in One’ on the 6th, congratulations Harry.

On Tuesday gone the Mallards played an away match against Kirkcudbright the Mallards lost 5 ½ – 2 ½


Monday 14th May 2018

A lovely bight sunny day for the first round of the Phil Harrison Trophies (Scratch & Handicap) Even though the course was in excellent condition scores returned we rather on the high side. Best gross score of today was 80. The winner today was Adam Aitken with a net 73, runner up was Sandy Thorburn with a net 74, oh and a handicap reduction due to stableford adjustments, 3rd place went to Vic Bee also with a net 74 and 4th was Allan Robinson with a net 75. Allan’s first time in the prizes. Two’s recorded by Malcolm Pearson & George Bullamore

Tee times for Thursday’s anniversary competition are posted on the Team event Start Times page


Thursday 10th May 201

Blimey it was rather cool first thing this morning. It did not deter 41 members turning out to play in a stableford competition. Scoring was not as high as might have been expected but maybe the strong wind accounted for this, really just an excuse for poor play!!!!!!!!!!!!! Winner today was John Welch with 37 points, runner up was Adam Aitken with 35 points, Des Bitcon was 3rd also with 35 points and Jim Fihelebon was 4th with 34 points. David Smith recorded the only to of the day

A reminder the it is the Mallards 25th Anniversary event next Thursday the 17th and that there will be a two tee start form 9am


Thursday 3rd May 2018

Today’s competition was the second round of the Medal ‘Eclectic’. 30 members took part in the event. Tough going for those taking part, playing from the white tees making some holes really difficult for a few members. The winner was Bill Anson with a net 73, Warren Holt was runner up with a net 74, David Harding was 3rd with a net 75 and George Bullamore was 4th with a net 76. Two’s recorded by John Roberson & Jack Carruthers


Monday 30th April 2018

Cool but bright sunny day. A mixture of social golf and match play golf. Today the Mallards hosted a match against the seniors from Powfoot. Some close matches but overall the Mallards won 6 – 2


Thursday 26th April 2018

A dry bright day but very very windy. A medal competition was the order of the day and scoring was not easy. 32 members to part in the event. George Bullamore was the winner with a net 73, runner up was Vic Bee with a net 75, Brian Richardson also with a net 75 was 3rd and Sandy Thorburn with a net 76 was 4th. Two’s recorded by Brian Richardson, Declan Campbell & Vic Bee.

Let’s wish Peter Hudson a speedy recovery, seemingly he is languishing in Thailand with two broken wrists after a fall while on holiday


Monday 23rd April 2017

A party of 16 members travelled to Penrith for a match against the Penrith Seniors and for a change the Mallards came away with a comfortable win 5 ½ – 2 ½ . For the remaining members a 9 hole stableford competition was arranged and 23 members took part in the event. The winner was Ken Sloan with 20 points, runner up was Sandy Thorburn with 17 points and 3rd was John Morton-Carruthers also with 17 points. Ken Sloan recorded the only two of the day


Thursday 19th April 2018

Another great day for golf, plenty of sunshine. 30 members too part in a stableford competition which was won by Jim Fihelebon with 36 points, David Harding was runner up also with 36 points. Dennis Massey was 3rd with 35 points and Malcolm Pearson 4th also with 35 points. Two’s recorded by David Smith, Des Bitcon & Jim Fihelebon


Monday 16th April 2018

Perfect golf weather, sunshine and little or no wind. 39 members took part in a stableford competition today. All four prize winners returned the same score of 36 points, So in order on a CPO, it is Adam Aitken, Guy Newing, Dennis Massey & Malcolm Pearson. Proof if proof is needed that the greens have vastly improved in the past week is reflected in the fact that there was 5 two’s recorded today, Guy Newing, Ian Melrose, George Bullamore, Dennis Massey & John Thwaites


Thursday 12th April 2018

After the glorious day on Monday it was back to a bitterly cold day today with a very strong wind. Members to part in a sixsome competition, playing in pairs it was 4BBB for the 1st 6 holes then greensome for the middle 6 holes then foursome for the final 6 holes. Winners today were Des Bitcon & Jack Carruthers with a net 69.5, Runners up were Gronwyn Hughes and Jim Fihelebon with a net 70 and in 3rd place was the pairing of Vic Bee & Ray MacDowell with a net 70.5


Monday 9th April 2018

Playing the first round of the Medal ‘Eclectic’ the only good thing about the day for the majority was that it was played in glorious sunshine. Playing from the white tee the course played extremely long for many players today. This ws reflected in the scores returned. The CSS for today was 75 and only two players returned scores better than that, Adam Aitken with a net 71 and Dennis Massey with a net 73. In 3rd place was David Smith with a net 76 and 4th was David Langley also with a net 76. Sadly Mr Langley had a stableford adjusted score and a handicap reduction. Just the one two recorded today and that was by Adam Aitken


Thursday 5th April 2018

Following two days of rain it was good to find that today was fine and sunny, a proper spring day. The good weather had a positive effect on members as 47 members turned out to play in today’s stableford. Back on the full course for the fist time in months the scores reflected just how difficult it was adjusting. Winner today was Ray MacDowell with 37 points, Runner up was David Langley with 35 points, in 3rd place also with 35 points was Adam Aitken, Brian Richardson was 4th with 43 points. Chris Seed was 5th also with 34 points. No twos today

Wednesday’s match at Kirkcudbright was cancelled

Don’t forget the Annual Dinner on Wednesday 11th April, next Wednesday


Thursday 29th March 2018

Another frosty morning. Green staff were busy playing catch up working on the greens so it was a mixture of summer and winter greens for the members taking part in today’s medal competition. A good turn out today with 41 members taking part in a medal competition. Winner was John Glendinning with a net 71, runner up was Andy Swanston with a net 72, 3rd was David Smith with a net 73 and 4th was Bill Anson also with a net 73. Two’s recorded by Peter Milnes and Sandy Thorburn

A reminder that it is the Mallards Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation night on Wednesday 11th April


Monday 26th March 2018

Frost greeted the early morning starters. A rather a mixed bag in relation to which ‘course’ playing groups played. With the green staff taking advantage of the good weather, flags were moved between summer and winter greens while some urgently need work was done, so scores today are a reflection as to what ‘course’ a particular group played. Never the less Jim Fihelebon returned a great score of 46 points to take 1st place. Runner up was Jim Cruddas with 43 points, 3rd spot went to Guy Newing with 41 points and in 4th place was Andy Swanston with 41 points. Two’s recorded by Jim Cruddas & Jim Fihelebon

There are ‘meal’ notices on the notice board for the Annual Dinner and Anniversary Day. By completing your meal request you are intimating your intention to attend the event


Thursday 22nd March 2018

A cool but pleasant day for golf. 37 players took part in the opening stableford competition. Ken Sloan was the winner with 42 points, David Parsons was runner up with 38 points. Adam Aitken and John Roberson also had 38 points for 3rd and 4th places. Two’s recorded by George Bullamore and Ian Melrose x 2

A reminder, it is the Mallards Annual Dinner and Prize Giving on Wednesday 11th April

Also a reminder is the event of the Mallards 25th Anniversary on Thursday 17th May. A two tee start followed by a meal has been organised


Monday 19th March 2018

Heavy snow over the weekend gave concern that golf would be no no today but fortunately a good thaw meant that we did get to play and it was a decent day apart from the chilly wind. The scores returned, reflected the fact that we played a shorter course today. Bill Anson with a net 63 was the winner. 2nd 3rd and 4th all returned net 64’s. So in order it was Sandy Thorburn, Peter Marsden & David Parsons. Adam Aitken recorded the only two of the day.


Thursday 15th March 2018

A dull, very windy day, greeted the members taking part in a Texas Scramble. Ten teams took part in the event which was won by the team of Gronwyn Hughes, Ray MacDowell & John Glendinning with a net 66. Ian Melrose. David Hoggard & Malcolm Pearson were runners up with a net 66.6. In 3rd place was the team of Brian Richardson, David Walby & Jim Fihelebon with a 68.1


Monday 12th March 2018

Group photo Eden

Adam Aitken, Captain for the year 2018 drove into office today. He was welcomed on the 1st tee by a good number of fellow members including his Vice Captain, Peter Milnes. After striking the 1st ball with an ‘ancient’ wooden headed club the members took part in the Captain v Vice Captain match. On completion of the matches a light lunch was enjoyed by all. Overall the Captains team won by 6 matches to 3 with one halved. Weatherwise is was a decent day, hopefully an indication of things to come for the summer season.


Thursday 8th March 2018

At least Jim, on the last day of his Captaincy, went out with a bang. A glorious day weather wise and coming up trumps by winning the Snowball Order of Merit and the Medal ‘Eclectic’.

Congratulations to Jim and many thanks for his 2 years in office

The really nice day made for some outstanding golf played today, A rarely seen member, Ray MacDowell swept the board today return a net 58 for 1st place. Runner up was Ian Melrose with a net 63, Harry Smith was 3rd with a net 64 and Gronwyn Hughes was 4th also with a net 64. Two’s recorded by John Roberson & Peter Marsden


Monday 5th March 2018

The good news is that there is a thaw and if it continues we should be able to play some golf on Thursday. Obviously a lot of members have not been near the course for a few days so it’s a case of turn up on Thursday fit in and play, it’s the last competition of the winter season. The Texas scramble due for the 15th of March is lacking in numbers, again no doubt to members not being able to get to the course. Anyone not able to get to the course this week and wanting to play can contact Sandy.

Draw for the Captain v Vice Captain is posted. Hopefully we will get a good number of you attending for the Captains Drive In

It’s the AGM tomorrow evening the 6th March. There are no problems getting access to the club


Monday 26th February 2018

A Bogey competition was the order of the day, not a favourite type of competition for many but it adds to the mix of competitions played by the Mallards. A bitterly cold day for those that did take part. It was a comfortable win for Stuart Richardson who returned a score of +9. Runner up was Andy Swanston with a score of +5. In 3rd place was Peter Hudson also on +5 and Frank Riley was 4th with +4. No two’s recorded

A reminder that the AGM will be held in the Clubhouse next Tuesday th 6th March at 7 pm prompt


Thursday 22nd February 2018

Another frosty start to the mornings golf that soon gave way to a bright sunny but chilly day. Today’s event in which 36 members, 18 pairs, took part was an Ambrose Scramble, (a pairs Texas Scramble). Winner on the day was the newest members Chris Garlick & David Milligan with a net 61.75, runners up was the pair of Gronwyn Hughes & Peter Hudson with a net 62.75. 3rd was the pair of John Thwaites & Sandy Thorburn with a net 63 and in 4th place was the pair of Malcolm Pearson & Frank Riley with a net 63.25


Monday 19th February 2018

For winter golf it was a good day to be out, the waterproof and windproof clothing abandoned. The 2nd round of the winter medal ‘eclectic’ was played today. 30 members turned out for the event and played a mixture of summer and winter greens and some excellent scores returned no more so than George Bullamore’s gross 72, net 64, more than good enough for 1st place. Runner up was Jim Fihelebon with a net 68. In 3rd place was Jim Cruddas also with a net 68 and 4th was Peter Hudson with a net 69. Just the one 2 recorded today and that was by Douglas Pringle


Thursday 15th February 2018

At last there was golf today. A day in which a bitter cold ‘gale’ blew and an odd shower of hail, other than it was a good day judging by the scores returned. David Smith an early starter lead for most of the day but was pipped by the last man in David Walby. David Walby returned 45 points and David Smith 44 points. In 3rd place was Andy Swanston with 40 points and 4th was Peter Hudson with 39 points. Two’s recorded by Malcolm Pearson, Ian Melrose, Guy Newing and Jin Fihelebon


Monday 12th February 2018

Yet again the weather is the winner. So no golf again today

Team event for the 22nd Feb added


Thursday 8th February 2018

No golf today, course closed due to snow covering a majority of the fairways

Details of a Second Seniors Open in October added


Monday 5th February 2018

A cold frosty morning. Hard ground and plenty of bounce for the early starters and judging by today’s results the late starters were the beneficiaries as the morning wore on and the frost left the greens. Playing a 5 club stableford 31 members took part and the winner today was Frank Riley with 47 points. Runner up was Ian Castle with 43 points and in 3rd place was David Parsons with 42 points. Two’s recorded by Bill Anson and Frank Riley


Thursday 1st February 2018

A frosty start to the morning for those members taking part in a Texas Scramble Eleven team took part in the event. The winners were the team of Jim Cruddas, Gronwyn Hughes & Sandy Thorburn with a net 63.6. Runners up were the team of Adam Aitken, Brian Richardson & Vic Winn with a net 63.8. In third place were Guy Newing & David Smith with a net 64. Guy & David’s third team member withdrew so they had an amended handicap allowance


Monday 29th January 2018

Well January is almost over and just six weeks until the start of our summer season, something to look forward to. Today 32 members turned out to play an ‘alternative stableford’ competition, a bit of a variation on the scoring system, negative points for bogeys or worse. Today’s winner by a ‘country mile’ was Sandy Thorburn with 48 points, runner up with 38 points was Malcolm Pearson, Adam Aitken was 3d with 35 points and Stuart Richardson 4th with 33 points. Two’s recorded by Guy Newing, Brian Richardson and Sandy Thorburn x 2


Thursday 25th January 2018

A bright sunny morning welcomed the members turning out to play in a stableford competition. Winner today was David Langley with 43 points, runner up was Bill Anson also with 43 points. One of our recent new members David Smith was 3rd with 42 points and Adam Aitken was 4th also with 42 points. Just the one two recorded today and that good fellow was yet again Malcolm Pearson


Monday 22nd January 2018

A cool breeze, otherwise a decent day for golf. Format for the day was a Yellowball Team Stableford and it was good to see that all those that entered turned out to play. 30 members, 10 teams took part in the event. The winning team was that of John Turner, John Thwaites and Brian Richardson with 95 points. Runners up were Andy Swanston, Gronwyn Hughes and David Parson with 91 points and in 3rd place were Ian Melrose, Douglas Pringle and Ian Castle with 89 points


Thursday 18th January 2018

A light covering of snow on the course was enough for a few members to cancel any thought of playing. Never the less 9 teams did take part in a Sixsome competition and within a short space of time the snow cleared and the sun shone to make for a pleasant mornings golf. The winning pair were Paul Whitehouse and Guy Newing with a net 61. Runners up were Peter Milnes & John Turner with a net 65 and in 3rd place was the pairing of John Roberson & Peter Flynn with a net 66


Thursday 11th January 2018

A good day for golfing, little or no wind and warmer out than of late, 29 members took part in a Bogey competition, interesting format in that for the majority a gross birdie seemed for nowt. Three members returned scores of +8. So, on a CPO it was George Bullamore 1st, Dennis Massey 2nd and Bob Paterson 3rd. In 4th place with +5 was Jim Cruddas. Two’s recorded by Peter Hudson, David Parsons & Warren Holt


Monday 8th January 2018

A cold, bright, frosty morning greeting members brave enough to turn out and play. 29 members to part in a medal competition and considering the unpredictable bounce there was some good returns. Non more so than that man again, Ken Sloan who returned a net 68. Runner up was Ernie Duncan with a net 69, Chris Seed was 3rd also with a net 69 and in 4th place was Brian Richardson with a net 70. Two’s recorded by Brian Richardson and David Walby


Thursday 4th January 2018

Not the best of starts to the New Year. Today’s competition cancelled and just the back 9 open for play

The committee wishes all members ‘All the Best’ for 2018 and hope you all have a good year’s golf


Thursday 28th December 2017

Another frosty day for the members playing the final stableford of the year 2017. No doubt being the festive season family commitments took priority with just 24 members taking part. The top three all returned 41 points so on a CPO it was Ken Sloan 1st, Paul Whitehouse 2nd & Harry Smith 3rd. 4th place went to Warren Holt with 37 points and 5th place also with 37 points was David Hoggard.

See you all next year. The committee wishing all members a Happy New Year and good golfing during 2018


Thursday 21st December 2017

A really pleasant day for golf, especially on the shortest day of the year. The members took part in an Ambrose Scramble, (a Texas Scramble but played in pairs) It seems to have been a format that was enjoyed by all that took part. Winners were Bill Anson & David Parson with a net 61, runners up were Brian Richardson & Peter Hudson with a net 62, In 3rd place was the pairing of Adam Aitken & Guy Newing with a net 62.5. 4th pair was Des Bitcon & Dennis Massey with a net 63.5


Monday 18th December 2017

The Mallards Annual Christmas Cracker Stableford followed by Christmas Lunch. The start of the morning’s golf was delayed, on the advice of the ground staff due to frost and slippery conditions Once play started 38 members took part in the event. There was a goodly number of prizes available today and numerous prize winners, to many to name, so the top 5 in order were John Welch, 44 points, Ken Sloan 42 points, Bob Paterson 41 points, George Bullamore 40 points and Stuart Richardson 40 points. Following on from today’s results and some recent results, one member has qualified for an exceptional scores handicap reduction


Thursday 14th December 2017

Wet day. Hard ground, slippery underfoot, not the best conditions for golf. Quite a few members did venture out but the majority gave up for one reason or another. Just six hardy souls returned a score but that’s it. No Snowball points gained today.

The committe would bring to your attention that Jim Samuel died last Friday, 8th December. Jim had been a member for many years until his illness. It is understood that it is to be a private funeral


Monday 11th December 2017

A cold, cold day, heavy frost over the weekend made for an interesting round of golf, good bounces for some, bad bounces for others. The full course was reopened at the weekend so it was back to playing 18 holes and some good scores recorded today despite the frosty ground. Winner was Jim Fihelebon with 43 points. Runner up was Brian Richardson also with 43 points. In 3rd place was Des Bitcon with 42 points and 4th was David Hoggard with 41 points. Two’s recorded by Bob Paterson, Ian Melrose & Peter Hudson


Thursday 7th December 2017

Heavy overnight rain put any thoughts of playing at least 17 holes to one side. Still considering the wind and the chill that was there today the majority were happy to play just the 9 holes. All winter greens today and obviously suited John Glendinning as he returned the winning score of 26 points. Runner up was Ken Sloan with 25 points. Brian Richardson also returned 25 points for 3rd place and in 4th was Bill Anson with 23 points


Monday 4th December 2017

Good day for golf, dry and reasonably warm little or no wind. Just the back nine open for play but following a few days without rain there has been a remarkable transformation to the wet areas of the course, they are drying out nicely and with a bit of luck we will be playing the full course on Thursday. Back to today it was a stableford competition with 34 players taking part in the event. Winner today was Bob Paterson with 26 points, runner up was Sandy Thorburn with 23 points. In 3rd place was Dennis Massey with 22 points and in 4th was Jim Cruddas also with 22 points. Just the one 2 recorded by Bob Paterson.