Macmillan Nurses

The Vets Section played their annual competition on Friday morning in support of the Macmillan Nurses.  The competitors are asked to make a donation to this most worthwhile charity and the competition raised £210, with the section making the total donation up to £300. The donation will be made to Macmillan Nurses in memory of Flo Telford who died last week.  

All Macmillan nurses are registered with at least five years’ experience, including two or more years in cancer or palliative care. They have completed specialist courses in pain and symptom management and psychological support. Most of the nurses work in NHS hospitals or the community. A small number work in hospices and private hospitals, but do not charge for their services.

Thanks to all our members who contributed so generously.

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Hole in One – Congratulations

Our congratulations go to Grahame Bell; who whilst representing Parklands Vets at their annual away match against Seahouses, started his match with a superb hole in one on the first hole. He then followed this up with a cracking round. Well done Grahame a great achievement.

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The Captain’s Blog (No 4) – Tess Mann

Our third game of the season was away at Close House on Wednesday, 17th May 2017.

We lost the match 8-4 but the 4 points we got were brilliant. You might be wondering have I lost the plot, but I will tell you why!! I know it is matchplay but when we look at the combined handicaps the Close House team was +5 and the Parklands team came to 22. So you can tell what kind of task the team was faced with. Another advantage for the Close House players is that the green staff always put the flags in the same positions for every home game!!

Davy Gibson got our first 2 points on the board when he turned in a brilliant performance. Ryan Clark was 3 down with 8 to play and he came back to win 2 and 1, another brilliant performance. Myself and the rest of the team were standing on the 15th tee box and, even though the lads had lost their games, the camaraderie was fantastic and we had a great laugh giving our support. The millionaires standing next to us thought our full team had lost the plot! Ha ha, but that’s the Parklands’ spirit. Thanks to all the lads, Graham, Rob and Zach, the caddies, for giving up their time to represent Parklands. I am proud of you all.

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Rabbits & Inter – Early season update

The 2017 season is underway for the Parklands  Inter and Rabbits teams,  and both teams have some work to do to climb up the league tables so that they qualify for the NERGA finals day at Woodham in September.

The Rabbits started the season at Roseberry Grange with a relatively inexperienced team, top scorer for Parklands was Kev Mcgorie (33 points) and the team finished in 7th position. The second event was at Seaham and young Peter Nelson was Parklands top scorer with 34, a number of other players put in an improved performance which meant that the team finished 5th. Next event is at Boldon on 4th June where Captain Tommy Watson is confident that his players will put in another good performance and climb up the league.

The Inter have played in 3 events, at Wearside, Ravensworth and Darlington. It’s been a mix of some players playing Ok, while others have struggled with the different courses. This has seen Parklands finish 6th, 7th and 4th at the events played to date, but with the next match being our home event, on 2/7/17, an improvement in result and league position should be possible.

 Any player who wants to be considered for either team, playing competitive golf for your club, at different courses in the NE should contact either the Rabbits Captain (Handicap 16+) Tommy Watson, or Iwan Owen the Inter (Handicap 8 -15) Captain.

Full results from each event are included on the Rabbits section of the website. 


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The Captain’s Blog (No3) – Tess Mann

Our first game of the season in the Hadrian League was at Tyneside GC on Wednesday, 3rd May. The team was Karl Mossom, Craig Wayman, Chris Bowman, Dave Gibson, Gavin Jobe, Ryan Clark with Rod Armstrong as reserve. The team all looked very smart in their new Parklands tops and the Captain was not badly turned out either! Mr. Mossom and got us off to a great start with a win on the 15th  hole. Craig was up and down as he battled on but lost 3-2. Chris was four down after 10 and he battled on, but lost 3-2. More games not more holidays mate – he will be back soon. Ryan battled throughout, but lost on last hole. Davy played some fantastic golf and got a great 2 points for us. Gav got a fantastic point which could easily have been 2 with his match finishing on the last hole. The spirit of my team was great gaining five points in Tyneside is brilliant thanks again to everyone for their support.

Our second game was at home against Stocksfield on Wednesday, 10th May. Our team was Chris Bowman, Craig Wayman, Dave Gibson, Gavin Jobe, Ryan Clark, Rod Armstrong with Rob Bell, Lee Thompson and Wayne McCulloch as supporters/reserves. Thanks for coming along lads. We lost the overall match 7 games to 5.  Chris Bowman got the first two points for us and Craig playing the luckiest golf got 1 point. Davy Gibson was three down and won it on the last – well done what a battler. Once again team spirit was brilliant; I know it’s still early in the season and lads are still settling down, but there will be chances for others to play for the team. Our next game is away to Close House on Wednesday, 17th May.

A quick mention about Karl Mossom, who played in the County event The North and South Trophy, a 36 hole scratch medal competition played at Newbiggin GC on Saturday 6th May. Karl scored 72 and 76 and finished eighth – well done mate, hopefully the County should come knocking soon!

it’s great to see the old man of the club winning in the Men’s Sunday morning competitions. Mr. Pringle scored a superb net 64 on Sunday 7th May in the Junior Patrons competition. well done Davy and I look forward to seeing you on Presentation Night later in the year.

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Invitation Day 2017

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The Captain’s Blog (No2) – Tess Mann

Hello everyone, just a few words to keep you all up to date. Gavin Jobe and Dave Gibson represented Parklands in the Inter County Foresomes competition at Longhirst Hall Golf Club on Saturday 8th April 17 and they won their first match in the morning against Longhirst 3&1. They were last out in this first round and had only a 10 minute break before embarking on their second round match against Newbiggin which they lost. It was Newbiggin’s first match of the day because their first round opponents had not turned up. So 2 rounds of golf and no time for lunch …. Well done lads!!!

The Vice Captain, Chris Bowman, and myself played in the Captains and Vice Captains 4BBB competition for the Anniversary Cup run by the Hadrian League. The event was held at Newbiggin on Sunday 23rd April 2017. We returned a creditable 41 points against the winning pair who had 46 points. Sorry Chris but it was just too difficult carrying a 2 handicap golfer for 10 holes (I had to get that in!!!) We had a good day and we were paired with 2 great lads from Bellingham.

We play Slaley Hall GC away in the Davison Cup match on Saturday, 29th April with the team selected as K Mossom, G Jobe, R Clark, C Wayman and D Gibson. Not a bad line up!! Can I just say thanks to the rest of the squad for understanding why we picked the selected team. Good luck lads and enjoy the day.

Our first team game in the Hadrian League is away to Tyneside on Wednesday 3rd May.

We had the County Get Together Day at Parklands on Sunday 2nd April and we received lots of compliments about the course and the catering and our hospitality. So I would like to thank all who were involved and a special thanks to Geoff Brown for his support.

Last of all to the Rabbits teams I would like to say good luck and have a great year.

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Parklands Teams at Kirkbymoorside

rabbits inter12 Parklands players, a mix of Inter and Rabbits, made the long trip on Sunday to Kirkbymoorside Golf Club to play in an annual friendly match against 4 other clubs. Billy Parker and Paul Ankers were the first pair out and returned with a win, followed by our continental pairing of Eammon Farrer and Franks Stoop who also returned with a hard fought win. In the singles, Dicky Rutherford won his match, in his usual fashion. A few of the remaining players had some hard luck stories, but everybody did their best and represented Parklands with pride. Parklands will host this annual friendly event in 2018 and look forward to welcoming our guests, with big expectations on making the most of our home advantage.

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Parklands Host the County Players

parklands hole linerLast Sunday afternoon, 2nd April 2107, Parklands hosted a Team Scramble which brought together players from the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs, the Northumberland Ladies County Golf Association and the Northumberland Junior Golf Association. With 12 teams consisting of one representative from each of the three County organisations, there was a veritable array of talent on show. Parklands greenstaff had worked very hard to ensure that the course was presented to a very high standard on the day, and the kitchen staff performed superbly to provide a hot running buffet for the hungry team members. The officials and players were welcomed on the day by the Men’s Captain Tess Mann and the Club President, Geoff Brown.  The sun shone, the course and food were well received by the players; well done to all involved in the organisation.

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Junior Patrons Handbooks 2017

handbookThe 2017 Junior Patrons handbooks are now available from Grahame Bell. All golf club members are eligible to become Patrons of the NJGA, the fee for which is £2.00 per annum (Life membership £25.00). All income received is used to promote and run County Junior competitions and representative matches. Each Year on payment of the annual fee Patrons will receive a Junior Handbook for that year and are eligible to enter the competitions below which normally include a meal. Entry forms which include details of the cost of entry for the competitions can be found in the Handbook and on the NJGA website.

Date Event Venue
Wednesday   17th May Cellular Solutions Trophies (Fourball Betterball) Percy Wood Golf Club
Wenesday 7th  June Duncan Quaiche (4BBB Ladies)Madgwick Trophy (4BBB Men)Used to be singles Blyth Golf Club
Wednesday   12th July Patrons Salver (Fourball Betterball) Bedlington Golf Club
Wednesday 6th Sept Beardall Family Trophies(Fourball Betterball) Seahouses Golf Club
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