Winner Mick Thorpe accepts his prize

Brancepeth Castle GC – 10th October 2016

After the damp of East Lothian, the weather forecast for Brancepeth Castle outside Durham was for heavy showers; fortunately the forecasters were wrong or very nearly, lovely sunshine and only one heavy shower made for a delightful golfing day over this testing parkland course – made especially tough by its par 3s, over the ravine.

The cream undoubtedly rose to the top on this occasion, the three qualifiers all playing off 5 scored 33pts, 32pts and 31pts repectively, with winner Mick Thorpe (about to take up a new post at Scarcroft) making 18pts on the back nine for his winning score. Runner up was David Towers, Kirkby Lonsdale and in third, a much travelled Chris Cuttler from Dore & Totley. Congratulations to all three, already on their way to Rye next May

We were extremely well looked after by Leorna Brown and Jackie the catering manageress; our thanks to them and to the memebers of Brancepeth Castle for allowing us to return to this most picturesque of courses, where we look forward to returning in years to come.

Philip’s Majestic Crystal prize table looked better than ever… Thanks too to intelligentgolf’s M/D Jamie Abbott and Eagle’s Dean Poynter. We were joined once again by Fraser Carr of TeeoffTimes/BRS whose 31pts off +3 merited a little special recognition! Finally our new (although former Supprter’s Marsh) were represented by Roger Gillingwater of Jelf, who, despite having a tricky drive from Hull, made a sterling debut. Our thanks to them all.

Mick Thorpe (5) Scarcroft 33pts
Chris Cuttler (5) Dore & Totley 31pts
David Towers (7) Kirby Lonsdale 32pts
Alan Davey (6) Pyecombe 30pts
Fraser Carr (+3) TeeoffTimes/BRS 31pts
Neil Sjoberg (6) Epping 29pts
Roger Gillingwater (10) Marsh 26pts
Dean Poynter (10) Eagle 26pts
Neill Ellice (13) Ipswich 26pts
Jamie Abbott (14) intelligentgolf 27pts
Steve Boustead (17) Manchester 26pts
Gaye Sjoberg (15) Epping 25pts
Graham Finney (16) Mickleover 25pts
Ken Woolford (16) Hanging Heaton 25pts

Others:
Matthew Bowman (12) Morpeth
Martin Ball (13) Eaglescliffe
Michael Coffey (11) The GCS
Scott Ballentine (10) Royal Worlington & Newmarket
Bill Dunn (16) Radcliffe on Trent
Mo Brooker (12)
Mike Wells (17) York

Website: Brancepeth Castle Golf Club
Entry Form: The 21st Open Championship