May Invitation & Team News

Sons beat Fathers

John Gowland & John Howarth win May Invitation with 44 Points
Steve Gowland and Sam Howarth 2nd with 43 Points (22 Back 9)

North Durham Knockout Trophy win for 5 Man Team v Ryton Away
J Gowland, D Salmon, S Thompson, A Baird, A Soppitt......Well Done

Annodata Win at INEOS 3-2
S Kenwell, G Burdess, K Pedley, A Soppitt & S Thompson

Richard Aisbitt wins York Rose Bowl 2019

Richard Aisbitt won the York Golf Club Rose Bowl(again)
Two rounds of 68 to win the Trophy he has previously won. Richard broke the Course record in 2015.

This win adds to the Second Place Dan Fox gained at Clevelnad in the Cleveland Salver 2019

Well Done to both our golfers

Success in the Annodata

Brancepeth Castle GC 5 Alnwick 0

Stuart Kenwell, Glenn Burdess, Andrew Soppitt, John Hepple & Kevin Pedley won their first Annodata Match against Alnwick 5-0. Well Done

Andrew Soppitt & Lee Newton won at Bishop Auckland in the Daily Mail 2&1

Well Done

Quaich Cup - 2018

Quaich Cup

Eighteen ladies had a great day out at Appleby Golf Club on 28th September. Once the low clouds and fog lifted, we had glorious sunshine and the views were fabulous. A fun quirky course and a good day was had by all. Congratulations to Diane Smart who won the Quaich Cup, donated by Sheila Craggs, on a countback from Julie Rose.

Lyn Davison
Immediate Past Captain

Seniors and Ladies - 2018

Seniors and Ladies

The autumn Seniors and Ladies Team match was held on Thursday 20th September 2018. The winning team with 91 points is shown below receiving their prize from Captains Marianne Moore and Will Cowan

Geoff Raw, Pauline Cooper, Jeff Foster and Christine Hutchinson

Another Hole in One

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wood who had a hole in one at Grantown - on Spey's 16th hole whilst participating in Speyside Golf Festival.

Hole in One in Durham County Mixed

Ladies Captain Marianne Moore has Hole in One in Durham County Mixed Competition on Consett Golf Clubs 14th Hole

Durham County Ladies Thomlinsons Cups Win

Marianne Moore & Lyn Davison and myself have won the Durham County Ladies Thomlinsons Cups for 2018!

More success for Brancepeth Ladies!

I am delighted to say that Lyn Davison and myself have won the Durham County Ladies Thomlinsons Cups for 2018!

This is a Durham County Foursomes competition which started back in 1930.Lyn and I started our journey at Knotty Hill, beating Whickam GC 7/6. We then played at Dinsdale, winning against Eaglescliffe GC, 4/3 then Billingham GC, 5/4. However, yesterday at Seaham GC we had a brilliant day!

We played South Moor GC in the semi final and won 3/2, then moved on to play Hobson GC in the afternoon to win 2/1. This was a great match to have been involved in and there was some excellent golf played by all. I must thank our caddies, Julie Rose and Helen Morgan for a fantastic job! (I do think they may have a few grey hairs now for the stress we put them through in the final!)

Brancepeth has won this competition in 1935, 1938, 2006 and now in 2018.
As Lady Captain, I cannot express how proud I am to have helped bring these Trophies back to Brancepeth Castle G.C and it is truly special for me to have done so in my Captain's year with my good friend Lyn Davison!

Ladies Captain BCGC

Tom Shepherd Cup Winner

Seniors Tom Shepherd Cup Winner

Denis Williams won the Tom Shepherd Cup with 40pts
Ray Crowle a close second with 39pts
and Seniors Captain Will Cowan third

Seniors Away Day 2018 - Tyneside Golf Club

Seniors Away Day 2018 - Tyneside Golf Club

Seniors Aaway Day 2018 - First
Winners - Graham Jackson, Phil Smith, Bill Dixon and Geoff Pennington
Seniors Aaway Day 2018 - Second
2nd Place - Bob Jenkins, John Cotton, Henry Barry and Peter Robson
Seniors Aaway Day 2018 - Third
3rd Place - Geoff Raw, Kevin Thompson, Geoff Raw and Charlie Mitchell
eniors Aaway Day 2018 - Nearest the Pin at 9th
Nearest the Pin at 9th - John Cotton
Seniors Aaway Day 2018 - Nearest the Pin at 12th
Nearest the Pin at 12th - Eric Rix
Seniors Aaway Day 2018 - Nearest the Pin at 16th
Nearest the Pin at 16th - Tony Lofthouse
Seniors Aaway Day 2018 - Nearest the Pin at 12th
Longest Drive at 11th - Kevin Thompson
Seniors Aaway Day 2018 - Nearest the Pin at 12th
Straightest Drive at 18th - Phil Smith

Ladies 2015 Teams

Ladies League Teams

Brancepeth Ladies Section have enjoyed a fantastic season this year with all three of their Teams.

Our A Team played their last match of the season this afternoon, at home, to Dinsdale and I am delighted to say we won 7 - 0!!

This of course, confirms that we are the Anderson Shield winners for 2018. This is the eighth successive year we have won this competition and I am over the moon, not only to win, but for us to repeat last year's performance of being undefeated throughout the season!!

I must thank Lyn Davison, our Team Manager and every single lady who has played for us this year. We are very fortunate to have such strength in depth to choose from, in our ladies section. Whenever asked our ladies are there to play for us. Everyone shows an excellent attitude and we have wonderful team spirit, and yes, they can play a bit too!

Our B Team have secured their place in Division 2. This is a great achievement as it is always tough for them playing most other club's first teams.

The Sivewright Team, which is a handicap team, have won their, South Division, too! They now play George Washington GC, the North Division winners. We are just waiting to be told when and where.

We are so lucky and very proud to have, without doubt, the strongest ladies section in Co. Durham.

Congratulations also to Captain Dave Tweddle and the Men's Team on winning the North Durham First Division for the first time since 1986. An outstanding achievement, especially considering that the team was in the third division as recently as 2015

Marianne Moore
Lady Captain 2018.

NDUGC Division One Champions 2018

Congratulations to our Men's League Team who are NDUGC Division 1 Champions for the third time. The title was previously won in 1980 and 1986. A big thank you also to all the caddies and supporters.

Players shown in picture:
Front row left to right:
David Parkinson, James Glenn, Stefan Labuschagne, Dom Salmon.

Middle row left to right
Ian Davison, Richard Aisbitt, Jon Gowland, Ally Baird, Jeff Willey.

Back Row left to right:
Peter Burdess (Vice-Captain), David Tweddle (Captain), John Heppell, Wayne Melles.

Also in squad but not in photo:
Dan Fox, Owen Thomas, Martin Fulbrook, Kevin Kelly.

Brancepeth retain Big Match

The Big Match was completed at Seaton Carew with Brancepeth winning and retaining the BIG MATCH 36 Up

Tony Cooper Seaton Carew's Captain presenting Captain David Tweddle with the Big Match Trophy
Also "the" Big Match will remain in our Clubhouse for another year.

The competition was started in 1974 to commemorate Brancepeth's 50 years & Seaton Carew's 100th Anniversary

Breast Cancer Day 2018

Breast Cancer Day 2018

The Ladies of Brancepeth had a brilliant day on Tuesday 17th July for Breast Cancer.

£750 was raised, at the last count, thanks to the Ladies who donated food and raffle prizes and to other Members who bought the raffle tickets and there may well be extra to add to the fund over the next couple of days.

The Pink Ladies

The Pink Ladies


The Winning Team - Carol, Avril and Lynn with Captain Marianne

Mary Vine Trophy Winners 2018

County Success for our Ladies

Congratulations to Linda Larnach, Jean Atkinson and Maureen Wigham who won the Mary Vine Trophy at Durham City on 4th June 2018.

Mary Vine Trophy Winners

June Greens Newsletter

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Paul Brooks MKM Men's Team Sponsor

Paul Brooks MKM Men's Team Sponsor with Captain David Tweddle

David Huntley has HOLE in One at 2nd

David enjoyed a Hole in One at the 2nd watched by his Son Jack
Davids comments
"the joy of the moment was significantly heightened (if that’s possible) by (a) the fact that Jack was there to witness it and (b) the hugely generous reaction from so many friends at the club. I was genuinely touched".

Team Sponsor Paul Brooks thanked by Club Captain

Team Sponsor Paul Brooks thanked by Captain David Tweddle for supporting the Team throughout the season

Neil Tiplady Corporate Team success

A Team Lead by Neil Tiplady won the Corporate Sponsors Invitation Day

Barbara Parkin won the Greener Cup

Barbara Parkin won the Greener Cup in the Bronze Championship held at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club

Tony Myers having completed the THREE PEAKS

"Tony would like to thank all of our members who sponsored him in raising a fantastic total of £1,115 for the Captains Charity. Tony is photographed with Helen Smurthwaite at St Cuthberts Hospice".

Team win 6-1 against Durham University

Jeff Willey receives Trophy after 6-1 Win against Durham University.

Ladies Coffee Morning

Ladies and Seniors
The Ladies and Senior Men's Team match took place on Monday April 23rd 2018.

This is always a very popular, social day and is enjoyed by everyone. The weather was kind and Senior Captain, Will Cowan did a great job organising the day.

The photo below shows the winning team of Elaine Mitchell, Christine Hutchinson, Eric Rix and Jeff Foster. Very well done!
Photo - Ladies and Seniors 2018

Daily Mail Foursomes - Second Round

Daily Mail Foursomes

Dean Watson & Keith Lownds continued their good form in the Daily Mail Foursomes, winning 4 & 2 at Brancepeth against Woodham, to move forward to the next round.

April 2018 - Captain's Newsletter


A little disappointing note on which to begin in that, as we write, the weather still remains indifferent at best (it's snowing again!) However much more importantly and looking on the bright side there is still plenty of club matters and golfing issues to reflect upon, notify and report in the latest newsletter.

Firstly and hot off the press we must congratulate our Men's Winter League winners James Luke and Vigan Qehaja. Well done guys and thanks to all who participated - you all deserve a medal!

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Pleasingly we have had club success to report in the 1st round of both the Mens and Ladies 2018 Daily Mail Foursomes with the pairings of Keith Lownds / Dean Watson and Marianne Moore / Helen Morgan progressing after wins over Woodham and Crook respectively - again well done and good luck in the 2nd round.

This month sees the start of the Durham County Golf Union and North Durham Golf Union men's events in addition to the Annodata 5 man knock out national competition. Next Saturday (7th April) Jonathan Gowland and Jeff Willey compete against Whickham in the 1st round of the Inter County scratch foursomes at Whitburn whilst next Sunday (8th April) at Brancepeth Kevin Pedley, Glen Burdess, James Luke, Vigan Qehaja and John Hepple represent the club against Alston GC in the Annodata - Come along and watch good golf - your support would be much appreciated.

On the social side, in addition to the hugely successful quizzes, we have held both the Captains Hand Over and Drive-In dinners. They were both well attended, really enjoyable occasions with excellent food being served in a relaxed atmosphere. A reminder Quiz this Saturday Night at 7pm. Lasagne for supper.

With regards to the Captains Drive-In, many thanks to those members, friends and family who on the lunchtime (in waterproofs and with umbrella's !) supported the ceremonial Captain's drives from the 1st tee - both of which would undoubtedly have been 100yds longer if it wasn't for the wet conditions ! Good luck also from everyone at the club to Senior's Captain Will Cowan at his respective Drive-In on the morning of Thursday 5th April.

Turning to course conditions it is pleasing to hear so many positive comments by members recently regarding the presentation of the course. The results of the efforts of all the Greens Staff over the winter are currently there for us to see with tees and greens especially looking good despite the weather! As all members will have hopefully noticed the construction of the new practice putting green is well underway and coming along very nicely with seeding due to be done in the next few weeks. This will no doubt be a great facility and (again heavily weather dependent) might see us all practicing our putting by the end of the season.

Thanks to Trish and the Bar / Catering Team for their efforts over the winter months. Vice-Captain Peter Burdess and his wife Liz recently had a Sunday lunch at the club and were extremely complimentary about their meal (and we all know how much Peter enjoys his food !) so there's a good recommendation for you.

Quick Captains Charity update - currently over £800 raised for St Cuthbert's Hospice Durham - fantastic effort, especially as it’s still early in the year, so please everyone let’s keep it going ! See you either on the course or in the clubhouse.

David Tweddle & Marianne Moore
Men's Captain Ladies Captain

Ladies Coffee Morning

Ladies Coffee Morning
I just wanted to let you all know that our Coffee Morning on Friday 16th March was a huge success. We made a fantastic amount of £785!!

You really are a great group of ladies and I must thank you so much for your kind donations.

The cake and savoury table was once again a big attraction and did very well indeed. Mary Berry, 'eat your heart out'!

The Tombola is always a popular stall and the raffle exceeded all our expectations!

Guess the number of golf balls went down well and I was delighted to present Elaine Mitchel with the basket of fruit for picking 167 as the winning number.

The atmosphere was excellent throughout the morning and so many guests said they had truly enjoyed there time with us at Brancepeth.

I must once again thank my committee for their hard work and to all volunteers from our section who helped on the stalls.

All we need now 'girls' is an improvement in the weather and the chance to play the game we all love!!

Lady Captain BCGC
Photo - Coffee Morning 4 Photo - Coffee Morning 1
Photo - Coffee Morning 2 Photo - Coffee Morning 3

Daily Mail Foursomes - First Round

Daily Mail Foursomes

Playing at Brancepeth Castle in the first round of the 2018 Daily Mail Foursomes, Marianne Moore and Helen Morgan beat the team from Crook Golf Club by 7 & 5.

The match was played in very poor conditions with snow and ice on the course but our Ladies were up to the challenge and now go on to meet Ramside in the next round.

Captains Handover Dinner

Mal Fawcett handed over the Captaincy to David Tweddle. Many Thanks to all who attended the Captains Handover Dinner.
A splendid evening.
Thanks to Trisha and all the Staff for their efforts.

Captains Handover Dinner

Mal Fawcett with final cheque

Captain's Charity 2017

Mal Fawcett with final cheque The total amount you helped to raise in aid of my chosen Charity in 2017, Prostate Cancer, is a fantastic £4,550.00.

Sincere thanks to all who supported this great cause - through kind donations, sponsored events, buying raffle tickets, etc.

Kind regards - Malcolm Fawcett, Captain 2017

Members Offers -2018

Members Offers - 2018
Please note that the courses participating in the Harry Colt Reciprocal Fees Scheme has been updated for 2018.

Click here to see this list and further offers for Members.

Brthday Celebrations for Eleanor

Birthday Celebrations for Eleanor
I am delighted to say my first official duty as Lady Captain was to hold a small birthday celebration for a very dear member, Eleanor Elliott. Believe it or not Eleanor was 80 years old this week, so there was no way our Ladies Section could let this go without having ' a bit of a do'!

Eleanor has been a loyal member of Brancepeth for 30 years and she was Lady Captain in 2004.

I would like to thank Pat Simpson and Carol Rae for providing a beautiful cake for the occasion and the Ladies Section for supplying a glass of fizz to all the ladies, who I must say, came out in force to support a lovely event for a lovely lady!

Here's to more fun over the coming year!

Lady Captain BCGC
Photo - Eleanor at 80-1 Photo - Eleanor at 80-2

Message from our 2018 Captain

St Cuthberts Logo
My very best wishes to you and your family for the New Year.

It is an absolute honour and privilege to represent Brancepeth Castle Golf Club as your Captain for 2018.

I am really looking forward to meeting you all both on the golf course, in and around the clubhouse and at the various social events during the year.

The season will officially begin with the Captain's Drive-In on Saturday 31st March 2018.

I thank Peter Burdess for accepting the position as Vice Captain - with his support I look forward to the year ahead and I would also like to wish Lady Captain Marianne Moore and Senior Captain Will Cowan and their respective Vice Captain's, Julie Rose and Paul Smith, every success for 2018.

My chosen charity for 2018 is St Cuthbert's Hospice, Durham City. I am profoundly aware of how the charity has assisted many of our members families over the last 30 years and having recently met with their fundraising team I know how appreciative they are at being the chosen charity. Your support in raising funds during the forthcoming year will be greatly appreciated.

In many ways 2017 has been a most successful year for the club both on and off the course. I would like to thank out going Captain's Malcolm Fawcett, Lyn Davison and Peter Robson for their enthusiasm, effort and commitment over the year.

In addition sincere thanks to all the club staff and members of the various committees who continue to do excellent work for our club.

Wishing each one of you an enjoyable and successful golfing year.

Kind Regards
David Tweddle

Mike Atkinsom Trophy 2017

Mike Atkinson Trophy Winners

The WAGS held their Annual Christmas Competition for the Mike Atkinson Trophy on Wednesday 13th December 2017.

Seniors Captains Handover

The photograph shows the Vice-Captain, David Tweddle, handing over to the trophy to the winners, Dave Morgan, Tony Myers and Les Oliver.

Seniors Captain Handover 2017

Seniors Captain Handover

The Seniors held their Annual General Meeting in the Clubhouse on Thursday 7th December 2017.

At the meeting, Paul Smith was confirmed as the Senior's Vice-Captain, Terry Dithburn as Treasurer and Geoff Pennington was re-elected as Secretary.

The AGM was preceded by a Team Competition which was won by Tony Lofthouse, Ian Hughes, Bill Cooper and Mike Goodwin. In second place were Keith Cresswell, Granville Fowler and Henry Barry. All players then enjoyed an excellent Christmas Lunch held in the dining room.

Seniors Captains Handover

The photograph shows the outgoing Captain, Peter Robson, handing over to the 2018 Captain, Will Cowan.

The Seniors Section was established in 1987 to provide opportunities for members of the section to :
  • Play matches against other clubs' Seniors, both home and away
  • Enjoy social golf on designated days of the week, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Participate in competitions during the season

The membership fee is only £15 and is open to any male member of the club who is aged 55 and over. So if you would like to join, please come along and you will be made very welcome.

Competition Winners 2017 - Mens For a full list of winners, click on this link: 2017 Men's Competition Winners

2nd Division Championship - 2017

Mens Team - 2nd Division Champions

The photographs below show Captain Mal Fawcett and Vice-Captain David Tweddle being presented with the North Durham Union of Golf Clubs 2nd Division Champions Trophy.

Winter Rules Reminder

Winter Rules Reminder

Winter Golf Will all members please note that Winter Rules now apply from 1st November 2017 until 31st March 2018, unless removed by the Head Greenkeeper. Click on the image for a reminder of these rules.

Note, in particular, when using trolleys or buggies that you obey all signs, white lines and fenced off areas put in place by the Greens Staff to avoid damage to the course. DO NOT take trolleys around the fringes of the greens.

Please enjoy the course throughout the winter months and by looking after it in this way will mean we will have an even better course next year.

Ladies 2015 Teams

Brancepeth's Ladies Teams

A Team with the Anderson League Division 1 Trophy which they won for the seventh time in succession

Ladies A Team

Left to right: J Rose, C Rae, A Charlesworth, P Cooper, M Moore (Team Captain), R Preston, L Davison (Lady Captain), J Dixon, H Morgan and D Simpson.
Team players not present: J Doughty, Y Dunbar and C Van Buuren.

B Team who finished 3rd in Division 2.

Ladies B Team

Left to right: H Morgan, S Noke, A Charlesworth (Team Captain), P Cooper, E Mitchell, B Parkin, L Davison (Lady Captain), E Wood, M Wigham, J Dixon, J Atkinson, D Simpson, J Dickinson and T Smith.
Team players not present: S Farrell and C Van Buuren.

Sivewright Team who finished 3rd in Sivewright South Division 2.

Ladies Sivewright Team

Left to right: E Wood, M Wigham, L Davison (Lady Captain), B Parkin, J Dickinson, A Rowbotham, K Cleasby, T Smith, M Thompson (Team Captain) and C Hutchinson.
Team players not present: E Robinson, J Kelly and M Goodyear.

Ladies & Autumn- Spring 2017

Ladies & Seniors - Autumn 2017

On one of the warmest and sunniest days of the season, despite heavy overnight rain, the biannual Ladies and Seniors competition was held on Thursday 28th September 2017. Eight teams, each consisting of two Ladies and two Seniors, played a stableford competition with the best Ladies and best Seniors score counting towards the team total. They were joined by guests Vice-Captain, David Tweddle, and Jack Nicklaus, in the guise of Deborah Simpson, who played for the Seniors to even out the numbers.

In first place with 80 points, were the odds on favourites Lady Captain Lyn Davison, Lady Vice-Captain Marianne Moore, Seniors Vice-Captain Will Cowan and David Tweddle.

In second place with 72 points were Norma Hardy, Carol Rae, Terry Ditchburn and Jeff Foster.

In third place, on count back with 71 points, were Jean Atkinson, Marlene Barton, Ray Crowle and Charlie Mitchell.

Keith Cresswell won the nearest the pin competition at the 15th hole and Mike Goodwin had the straightest drive on the 17th hole.

Following the game, everyone enjoyed an excellent meal in the clubhouse.

Tom Shepherd Cup 2017

Tom Shepherd Cup 2017

The Seniors Section held their annual competition for the Tom Shepherd Cup on Tuesday 19th September 2017. After so many wet Tuesdays, for once the weather remained dry and reasonably warm.

The winner was Ian Hughes with 36 stableford points and is shown here being presented with the trophy by the Seniors Captain, Peter Robson.

In a close contest, Graham Jackson finished second with 35 points and Les Dunbar third with 34 points.

Kevin Jackson finished nearest the pin at the 9th hole while Graham Jackson was nearest at the 15th.

Doreen Wallace Mixed Greensomes 2017

Doreen Wallace Mixed Greensomes

The Doreen Wallace Mixed Greensomes was held on Monday, 28th August 2017.

The winners were David and Helen Morgan with 38 stableford points and are shown here being presented with the trophy by Doreen herself and Lady Captain, Lyn Davison.

Jim and Sheena Murray finished second with 37 points and Will Cowen and Jane Moore were third with 36 points.

Ladies Past Captains Day

Ladies Past Captains Cup
Ladies Past Captains Day Winner - 2017
On Thursday 24th August 2017, the annual competition for the Ladies Past Captain's Cup was held.

It was a dry, sunny day which was perfect golfing weather for the 11 Past Captains who were available to play on the day, along with this year's Lady Captain, Lyn Davison, who is invited to play (but cannot win!). This was in sharp contrast to last year's weather, when due to very wet conditions, the stableford competition had to be played over just 9 holes.

Congratulations to Linda Larnach who was this year's winner.

Afterwards, those who had played were joined by five more Past Captains for a meal in the dining room.
Ladies Past Captains Day - 2017

David Hay Mixed - 2017

David Hay Mixed Greensomes

David Hay Winners - 2017 The David Hay Mixed Greensomes was held on Saturday, 19th August 2017 in bright but very windy conditions. 16 couples took part in a very close competition with only 7 points separating the field.

The winners, with 32 points, were Geoff Pennington and Norma Hardy shown, here being presented with the trophy by our Lady Captain, Lyn Davison.

Neil Tiplady and Barbara Parkin were second, with Eric Rix and Elizabeth Wood third, both teams also scoring 32 points, with the positions being resolved on countback.

Away Day at Ponteland Golf Club

On the 18th August, Brancepeth Ladies went to Ponteland for an Away Day organised by the Past Captain.

It was a bright but breezy day with only one heavy downpour, which some lucky ladies managed to avoid. Everyone enjoyed the course very much and found it a much easier walk than Brancepeth.

The Quaich Cup, presented by Mrs Sheila Craggs in 1995, is awarded to the winner of this stableford competition.

Our Lady Captain, Lyn Davison was the winner of the Quaich Cup this year, Ann Charlesworth came 2nd and Jill Dickinson was 3rd.

The meal in the clubhouse afterwards was very good indeed and finished off a perfect day.

Ladies Club Championship 2017

Ladies Club Championship

"It gives me great pleasure to announce the results from the 36 hole club championship held on Sunday 6th August 2017. Congratulations to all who took place on this special date in our fixtures, it is in an achievement to play 36 holes but, I feel, very worthwhile.

The bronze championship gross trophy was won by Diane Smart and the nett by Avril Rowbotham. Well done ladies.

Over the long course the Anson Gibson Trophy 36 hole nett championship was won by Deborah Simpson, well done.

And our Club Champion for 2017 is Marianne Moore, with rounds of 76 and 83. Absolutely fantastic 1st round, with birdies on 8, 9, 10 & 11. Superb golf, congratulations Marianne."

Lyn Davison
Lady Captain

Mens Last Team Match- 2017

Mens Team Celebrations

What a tremendous result on Tuesday 1st August to end the season: 10-4 win at home against Houghton.

It has been an absolute pleasure for me as Captain to manage a great group of guys who have on a weekly basis played some fantastic golf, their commitment evident in our end of season results.

Not only have we topped League 2 we are back where we belong - League 1.

Sincere thanks to each and every one of you who has played a part in the well deserved success we have achieved - players, caddies and supporters alike.

Many thanks to Vice Captain David Tweddle for your continued support.

I am a very happy and proud Captain.

Malcolm Fawcett - BCGC

Past-Captains Day - 2017

Past Captain's Day - 2017 The annual Past Captains Day was held on Sunday, 30th July. Fifteen past captains played in a singles stableford competition and were later joined by John Pennington, who initiated this competition in 1989, and the present captain, Mal Fawcett, for a meal afterwards.

Charlie Mitchell won the trophy with 36 points with Tony Myers second on 33 points. One of the pictures below shows Mal presenting Charlie with the trophy, a crystal port decanter which is then filled and passed round the company.

The Past-Captains would like to thank Trish and her team for looking after us so well.

Breast Cancer day 2016

Ladies Breast Cancer Day

The Lady Captain, Lyn, thanks all members who contributed to the Ladies Breast Cancer Charity Day on Tuesday 25th July for their generous donations and contributions..

At present £600 has been raised from the sale of tea, coffee, cakes and scones, which were all kindly donated, from the raffle and from the entries to the Pink Ball Competition.

It was a great day and your support for this very worthwhile charity is very much appreciated.

The winners of the Pink Ball competition were Marie Thompson, Yvonne Dunbar and Jennifer Dixon. Second were Helen Morgan, Ann Charlesworth and Deborah Simpson.

Ladies 2015 Teams

Ladies A Team

Congratulations to our Ladies A Team who halved their final match away to Tyneside on 24th July.

Once again they have completed the season unbeaten and have now won the league for the 6th consecutive year.

Captain's Day Prizewinners

Captain's Day

Just a short note to express my sincere thanks to everyone who played a part in making my Captain's Day a special one - truly a day to remember.

I am overwhelmed by all your well wishes and generosity in support of the Tombola / evening raffle and auction as well as my chosen charity Prostate Cancer - final figure £995. Brilliant!

I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did - thank you each and everyone of you.

Below are a few photos of the day.

Mal Fawcett (Captain)

Best Nett
1st Scott Turnbull
2nd Kevin Kelly
3rd Ian Oliver
4th George Ray
5th Adam Twiss
Best Gross
1st John Gowland
2nd James Glenn
Best Senior
Peter Gourlay
Best Guest
Simon Hunter
Best Endeavour
Kevin Fawcett
Nearest the Pin - 9th
1st Ian Davison
2nd Sam Currie
Nearest the Pin - 10th
1st Mal Brown
2nd Brian Dougherty
3rd Peter Schofield
Longest Drive - 17th
Wayne Melles
Ladies Best Nett
1st Linda Larnach
2nd Elaine Mitchell
3rd Marianne Moore

Lady Captain's Day

Ladies County Vets Team Members

Durham County Vets Team

This year, four Brancepeth Ladies have qualified to play in the Durham County Vets team.

During the season they play against Vets teams from Northumberland, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Lyn, our Lady Captain and Vets champion, leads the team out in the opening match against the champion of each county.
Marianne Moore, Lyn Davison, Julia Doughty,and Rosie Preston

Derek Carver 2017

2017 Club Championship Results

Club Championship
R1 R2 Total
1st Richard Aisbitt 65 67 135
2nd Dan Fox 72 69 141
3rd Wayne Melles 75 71 146
Lady Boyne Cup
R1 R2 Total
1st Dan Fox (scr) 72 69 141
2nd Richard Aisbitt (-3) 68 73 141
3rd Wayne Melles (2) 73 69 142
Bob Marley Trophy
R1 R2 Total
Tony Myers (6) 78 82 160

Richard Ramm Trophy
Shaun Parkinson (6) 64

Owen Thomas - NJGA Under 18 Stroke Play Champion

Owen Thomas - NJGA Under 18 Stroke Play Champion

Owen Thomas

Owen Thomas won the Northumberland Junior County Under 18 Stroke Play Championship at Longhirst Hall Golf Club on Sunday 4th June 2017. He qualifies as he is also a member of Ponteland GC.

He also won the Under 16 age group, but was only allowed to win one event. He just missed out on winnining the Under 21 age group by one shot.

He had scores of 76 & 77 against a Par of 73.

Click here for the full results of the competition.

Ladies Vets Final - 2016

Durham County Vets Champion

The Durham County Vets Championships commenced on Monday 8th May at Dinsdale Spa GC, with a qualifying stroke play competition.

Marianne Moore won the best gross prize with a superb score of 84 in difficult conditions. Unfortunately, having won the qualifying completion, she was unable to play in the subsequent matchplay competition due work commitments.

The following Brancepeth Castle GC Ladies qualified for the matchplay last 16 on Wednesday 10th May: Barbara Cheetham, Lyn Davison, Jennifer Dixon, Julia Doughty and Rosie Preston.

The Championship culminated in the matchplay Semis and Final on Thursday 11th May.

Lyn Davison won her semi-final against Sarah Hurst of Dinsdale Spa on the 5th extra play-off hole, a superb nail biting 23 holes.

In the second semi-final, Rosie Preston lost to Claire Miller of Tyneside GC, who birdied the first extra play-off hole. Well done Rosie, a superb effort!

In the Final, on the 17th hole, Lyn got up and down from the green side bunker to win 2 and 1 against Claire Miller. A great win by Lyn which means she has retained the County Vets Championship, which she won in 2016 at Billingham GC.

Brilliant Lyn - well done!

Durham County Vets Champion Lyn Davison Photographed with Trish Winnet (left), The Ladies Captain at Dinsdale Spa and Aileen Carter, Durham County Vets Captain
Lyn with loyal caddie Ian
Best Gross winner Marianne Moore

Ladies & Seniors - Spring 2017

Ladies and Seniors - Spring 2017

The biannual Ladies and Seniors competition was held on Tuedsday 11th April 2017. Twelve teams, each consisting of two Ladies and two Seniors, played stableford with the best Ladies and best Seniors score counting towards the team total.

In first place, with 75 points, were Marian Goodyear, Jean Atkinson, Jeff Foster and Geoff Raw.

In second place with 74 points were the team of Barbra Cheetham, Jennnifer Dixon, Len Stirling and Mike Goodwin .

Also with 74 points, but beaten on count-back, were the team of Captains and Vice-Captains, Lyn Davison, Marianne Moore, Peter Robson and Will Cowan.

Lyn Davison and Will Cowan had the longest drives at the 17th and in the nearest the pin competition at the 15th hole, Jennifer Dixon was closest.

Following the game, everyone enjoyed an excellent meal in the clubhouse. The Ladies' Captain, Lyn and Seniors' Vice-Captain Will, standing in for Captain Peter Robson, who had holiday commitments, thanked all those who participated and wished everyone a happy and successful season.

Captains' Drive-In 2017

Captains Drive-In

Saturday 1st April at 12 noon saw the official start to the golfing season at Brancepeth with the Captain’s and Lady Captain’s Drive-In, where a large group of members, family and friends turned out to support Mal and Lyn.

Mal, in Lyn's words, smoked it 245 yards down the righthand side while Lyn, "with arms like jelly", hit it 212 yards straight down the middle.

The “Guess the Yardage Competition” raised £230 for Mal's Charity, Prostate Cancer and £80 for Lyn's Charity, Butterwick Childrens Hospice.

Keith Cresswell and Geoff Raw both guessed within a yard of Mal's drive while Ann Charlesworth correctly guessed the exact distance of Lyn’s drive. All three winners very generously donated their winnings to the Charity.

In addition to giving a special vote of thanks to their respective Vice-Captains, David Tweddle and Marianne Moore, both Captains would also like to thank everyone who supported the day and the meal in the evening and wish all members a fantastic 2017.

In the Men's Team Stableford the results were as follows:

1st D Gray, K Patterson, K Williams and J Murray 82 (bb9))
2nd A Soppitt, S Whitaker & W Melles 82
3rd J Luke, G Lowes, I Oates & V Qehaja 81

The Ladies held a Captain’s Team v Vice-Captain’s Team 4BBB competition, with the Captain emerging victorious by 2 matches to 0

Ladies Coffee Morning 2017

Ladies Coffee Morning

The Lady Captain, Lyn, would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped out at the Ladies Coffee Morning on Friday 17th March, to all who donated, baked or simply spent money and also to Sheila for the daffodils on the tables.

It was a lot of work but was a huge success and we have raised £841.


Click here to view a copy of the latest Agronomist's Report.

The Agronomist made the following comment in his previous Report:

"Golfers who wheel their trolleys along the narrow route between bunker and green are causing a lot of unnecessary damage and wear. In the best interests of course presentation and maintenance costs, golfers should not take trolleys along such narrow routes when there is ample space to walk and spread the wear outside the bunkers."

It is very apparent that many Members still totally ignore this advice. If you want to play your course in the best possible condition, please be careful when using trolleys and buggies.

Captains Handover Dinner - 2017

Captain's Handover Dinner 2017

Our Captains, past, present and future, would like to thank the 58 members and guests who attended the Captain's Handover Dinner on Saturday 25th February and made it such a special night.

Peter Schofield presented our new Captain, Mal Fawcett, and Vice-Captain, David Tweddle, with golf caps for the occassion and also presented Mal with a Captain's bell for gaining attention. The bell, however, may not be seen much at the Club as Audra, Mal's wife, intends taking it home for her own use!

During the speeches, those attending the dinner were made very aware of the danger in confiding anything private to our new Captain. The story of Peter visiting the catering cabin behind the tenth tee and his encounter with a member dog-walking will, however, not be further described here!

Photo - Captain's Handover Dinner 2017 - Mal and David Photo - Captain's Handover Dinner 2017 - The Captains

Captains and Lady Captains Charity - 2016

Captain's and Lady Captain's Charity 2016

I have pleasure in attaching a letter and certificate from Sylvia Stoneham, Community Fund Raising Team Leader at Butterwick House, confirming the total raised for 2016 as £14,876.67. As Directors and Members of Brancepeth Castle Golf Club, I would like to thank you for your tremendous support in achieving this incredible amount. In addition, Mal & I met with Michael Watson of Barclays Bank (who match-funded the Charity Golf Day for up to £1000) for a photo shoot.

These photos, shown below, will be distributed throughout the Bank's PR machine and hopefully appear in various magazines produced by Barclays.

I also visited Butterwick House at North Tees Hospital last week, again photos were taken for their in-house publication. Hopefully this will give the Golf Club good exposure.

Thanks again for your tremendous support.

Peter Schofield

Photo - Barclays and Butterwick Cheque for 2016 Michael Watson and Peter Schofield
Photo - Butterwick Cheque for 2016 Mal Fawcett and Peter Schofield

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