Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Final 2010 NNL match

The final league match of the season against Wooler at home had many similarities with the others:

Peter Sanderson had won almost before I arrived;

It was mostly a glorious evening - the course and surrounding scenery looked wonderful;

We had a large group of supporters (who, however, didn't venture much further than the 9th tee and who seemed to gravitate bar-wards when it got a bit cold);

To be fair, the level of support is one thing that distinguishes Bamburgh from the other league clubs, and most only drifted towards the club as the various games finished. But Alex Mackay, fresh from being second in the Junior Championship the day before, was taken to a nearly dark 18th green before he could win: a nasty patch of gorse stopped an earlier win, but a great birdie on the 17th put him one up on the 18th tee. (The near dark finish was another factor in common with many earlier matches).

This win completed a clean sweep so although the overall result for the year (3rd or 4th, depending on the Dunstanburgh/Rothbury result) was not as good as some earlier years it was a very encouraging finish. There have been a number of new team members this year, especially from the juniors, and this bodes well for the future.

Update: a 6-6 draw between Dunstanburgh and Rothbury means we are third in the league this year. Congratulations to those who played in the team this year, which includes the team manager John Cairns.

The league is sponsored by nearby Kaims Country Park, for which thanks, and appropriately one of their partners Robbie Redpath was one of the new - and successful - team members this year.

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