Club News

Captains Launch

On Saturday 2 December 130 members and guests joined Alan Bailey (Club Captain) and Angela Simpson (Ladies Captain) to mark the beginning of their year in office.
The evening included a 2 course meal and 2 excellent, varied performances from Jason Isaacs, N E premier swing vocalist and saxophonist.  Between performances a raffle was held in aid of Alan’s and Angela’s Joint charity, The Alzheimer’s Society.
Overall the event raised a fantastic £1175 for The Alzheimer’s Society and Alan and Angela would like to thank everyone who contributed by way of buying tickets or donating prizes for their remarkable generosity.

They would also like to thank Lesley and the catering and bar staff for their hard work and for providing an excellent meal.

The launch event proved to be a great success, which will be followed by more entertainment and fund raising in 2018.




County Junior Captains 2018

The Junior Captains this year will be Briony Bayles from Bishop Auckland Golf Club and Amy Sutheran from Hartlepool Golf Club.

They are looking forward to working together to support all of the junior girls in the County. 

Golfer of the Year

Jessica Hall from Bishop Auckland Golf Club was the golfer of the year in 2017.

She had a wonderful year both in County and National Competitions. She won the County Junior Championship at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club with two magnificent rounds of 4 under and 8 under - a new course record. Her scores were sent in to the Telegraph Junior Championship and she qualified to play in the final in Portugal .  Jess was picked to play for the England under18 team in the Scottish under 18 Championship at Monrose. She won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale and at Birkdale in a 36 hole scratch competition she played 9 under in the second round. A great season! Well done Jess.

2017/2018 Faldo Series Asia

Faldo Series Asia Singapore Championship
Raffles Country Club
27th - 29th November 2017
Jessica Hall finished 3rd in this event with scores of 77, 74, 69.

Pros Day Competition

Pros Day Competition Results 

1st P. J Taylor, C. Matthews, M. Fleming & S. Maughan Nett 123
2nd S. Maguire, G. Laverick, P. Smith & P. Richmond Nett 128
3rd N. Clarey, A. Howey, G. Cummings & K. Gill Nett 128
1st £30 each 2nd £25 each 3rd £15 each
All monies has been Credited to your Pro Shop Account

Nearest the Pin Prize's 
5th M. Price 12' 7" 4ball@ Richmond Golf Club
7th P. J Taylor 12' 11" 4Ball@ Ramside hall Golf Club
8th R. Guyton 6' 4Ball@ Teesside Golf Club
10th B. Blenkinsopp 12' 11" 4Ball@ Dinsdale Spa Golf Club
12th P. Smith 25' 4Ball@ Barnard Castle Golf Club

Please Collect your 4ball Vouchers from the Pro Shop

We would like to say thank you to all members who participated in the Pros Day Competition and hope to see the same support next season.

Michael Pilgrim & Greg Pilgrim

County Mixed Foursomes

Many congratulations to Jamie Birkbeck and Jessica Hall on becoming the Durham County Mixed Foursomes champions after defeated Beamish A at Beamish 1up.

From everyone at the club well done and thanks to the supporters 🏆🏆


Sponsors Golf Day

Our second Sponsors Golf Day was won by Peter Willis and Peter D Willis representing Abraham Vehicle Services. Well done gentlemen!

Junior Members Coaching










SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 10:30-11:30

 To reserve your place, please contact the Pro Shop on 01388 661618 ext3

Triangular Match


 WINNERS                             CREDIT

1ST H FORD                            £30.00 

2ND N RYANS                         £20.00 

3rd M PENNOCK                     £10.00                                   


M PENNOCK                            £13.00

N RYANS                                  £13.00

H TAYLOR                                £13.00

A GOLLOGLY                           £13.00

S McDERMID                            £13.00

K PALETHORPE                      £13.00

A BAILEY                                  £13.00


Membership Review - FOCUS ON SENIORS

This meeting will explore contemporary issues relating to our senior categories. It follows on from two previous sessions. 

The focus will be to:

  • Clarify terms and understanding of various terms such as "senior" and "veteran"?
  • Consider if any of our criteria should be revised in the light of changing demographics - people living longer, access to pensions, bus passes etc? 
  • Recommend the age for competition and subscription eligibility.
  • Confirm if Honorary Membership remains a strength or an outdated concept?

Plus anything else Members may feel relevant.

The meeting is open to all, irrespective of age, and will take place in the small lounge on Thursday 7th September at 12.30 pm

This is an important issue and yours views matter so please try to get there if possible.

If you have any views but are unable to make this meeting please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by letter or email via the office.

John Thornberry

Chairman Management Committee.


Samantha Mac

Shaun Keenan

Saturday 23 September

7pm til late

£10 includes Buffet

Raffle Prizes

Tickets from Secretary or Frank Waterhouse

Junior Coaching




The sessions will cover: Putting, Chipping, Pitching, and Bunker play.

Session 1: TUESDAY 29TH AUGUST 10.00am-12.00pm

Session 2: THURSDAY 31ST AUGUST 2.00pm-4.00pm

To reserve your place, please contact the Pro Shop on 01388 661618 ext3 

Please note a maximum of 10 juniors per session. 


Bells Whisky                                        Pink                                         277
Shiraz                                                  White                                       427
White Wine                                          White                                       247
Saint-Emillion                                      Pink                                         446
Saint-Emillion                                      White                                       200
Saint-Emillion                                      Pink                                          44
Cotes de Gascogne                            White                                       176
Cotes de Gascogne                            Pink                                         108
Brandy                                                Pink                                         385
Ruby Port                                            White                                        93
London Dry Gin                                   White                                       273
Sleeve Calloway Golf Balls                 Pink                                         321
Sleeve Calloway Golf Balls                 White                                       371
Sleeve Calloway Golf Balls                 Pink                                         426
Sleeve Calloway Golf Balls                 Pink                                         197
Sleeve Calloway Golf Balls                 White                                        72
Sleeve Calloway Golf Balls                 Pink                                         228
Sleeve Calloway Golf Balls                 Pink                                         239
Sleeve Calloway Golf Balls                 Pink                                         289
Please collect from the Secretary’s Office

Captain's Weekend Prizes with Pro


1st M Dexter / S Wright 45pts

2nd Y Sewell / J McRae 44pts

3rd A Simpson / J Price 40pts


1st C Hamilton 40pts

2nd G Hall 37pts

3rd J Huntley 31pts


C Hamilton, G Hall


1st A Macpherson / P Beresford 47pts

2nd S Elliott / J Budd 46pts

3rd C Pope / D Thompson 46pts

4th D Mackerron / B Bainbridge 46pts

5th W Johnson / P Waites 46pts

6th I Kelly / D Ambrosini 45pts

7th J Andra / A Howey 45pts

Hole Prizes

Nearest Pin 5th M Ritson

Nearest Pin 7th J Birkbeck

Nearest Pin 8th P Maughan

Nearest Pin 10th A Sneddon

Nearest Pin 12th M Stones

Longest Drive 11th (Men) W Hewitt

Longest Drive 11th (Ladies) A Simpson

Nearest Pin in 2 18th A Plowman


D Wade

North of England Schools' Girls

JESSICA Hall (Durham Sixth Form Centre) won the North of England Schools,’ Girls’ Championship for the second year in a row with scores of 72, 76 (148).

She now goes on to the National Championships at The Kendleshire Golf Club, Bristol, on June 26. Jess will hope to improve on her very good third place finish last year.

Hall smashed the Whickham course record with a 72 (eight shots below the previous record) in the morning but that was eclipsed in the afternoon when Boh Greenwood (Lancashire) came in with a 71. Jess still reclaimed the crown she won 12 months ago.

Jack Ord Trophy

Congratulations to Stephen Ridley who won the Teesside Union Jack Ord Trophy at Wynyard yesterday. The competition is a mid amateur competition for 35s and over.

Stephen won the main trophy with a gross score of -2 70. Well done Steve on what concludes a great week for Bishop Auckland at Wynyard

Durham County 3rd Division Championship

Well done to Derek Collinson who won this championship on Saturday.

1st D Collinson 13 BA  79 net 66

2nd R Murray 12 South Moor  79 net 67

3rd S Ditch 15 Wearside  83 net 68

Jess wins Critchley Salver

If representing her country wasn’t enough, Jessica Hall has continued an impressive start 2017 by winning her “biggest” event so far.

The Bishop Auckland teenager won the prestigious Critchley Salver at Sunningdale Golf Club.

She had rounds of one-under on the New Course in the morning and five under on the Old Course during the afternoon to win on count back. Hall was part of a three-strong group along with St George’s Hill’s Martha Hall and Woodsome Hall’s Rochelle Morris, but she edged it to win one of the most important tournaments on the ladies calendar. Her name will now be on the board at Sunningdale’s Critchley Room.

Hall said: “It was good, the first round was not great golf and still managed to make a score out of it. The last round was much better to go 74-69. I birdied the last hole when I had eagle putt from 30ft that left me with two feet and tapped in. It was a great day.

“I’d say it’s the biggest thing I have ever won because it was a competition full of Internationals.

“It’s been good so far this year. I was picked for two England tournaments. I was the best English at the Portuguese Ladies, finished third in the Irish girls and now I’ve won the Critchley. I have to be happy with that so far.”

Hall, who has worked on her fitness with former Middlesbrough defender Stuart Parnaby, became the youngest ever winner of the Durham Ladies Championship in 2014 and has broken the course record at Bishop Auckland. She has left Durham Sixth Form and is planning to go on a golf scholarship to the United States.

Hall, who plays in the North of England Schools’ this week, said: “I am going to take a year out, but I am planning to go to America in September to have a look at universities in California and New Mexico, where Jodi Ewart (LPGA Tour player from Catterick) went. She was telling me about the place, the coach. She enjoyed it.”

Jessica Hall

Jessica finished second in the British Colleges Final at Forest of Arden.
She won the Intercollegiate Tour Finals at Moor Town GC in Leeds following a 4 under first round, with rounds of 1 over and 3 over, finishing level par, to win by 7 clear shots. 
This is Jessica's first national title and the first won by a player from from Durham Six Form Centre.


Well done girls - Brilliant! 

Briony Bayles is the new County Champion for 2017 beating fellow Bishop Auckland player Jessica Hall 4 & 3 in the final. In fact Bishop Auckland almost had a clean sweep of all the prizes retaining team gross and net shields as well.

There was some great golf played in very tricky conditions with both Briony and Jessica getting two birdies in the final. Brittany Hill of Hartlepool got 2 eagles in the 36 hole qualifying competition on Friday and ten year old Maggie Whitehead from Ramside qualified for the final 16 knockout stage of the championship. 

Following the County Championship played at South Shields this weekend the squad has been chosen to represent Durham at County Match Week being held at Morecambe Golf Club from Monday 19th June - Friday 23rd June 2017:-

  • Briony Bayles
  • Ella Crang
  • Gabrielle Dickinson
  • Jessicca Hall
  • Kitana Hollins
  • Rebecca Horner
  • Stacie Morton
  • Shannon O'Dwyer
  • Alex Stevenson
Round 1 Jessica Hall
Marion Burton

(6 & 5)

Serina Turnbull
Stacie Morton


Kitana Hollins
Emily Baxter

(2 & 1)

Angela Simpson
Ella Crang

(3 & 2)

Gabrielle Dickinson
Maggie Whitehead

(7 & 6)

Vanessa Taylor
Sue Musgrove

(1 up)

Rebecca Webster
Brittany Hill

(2 up)

Abbi Wheatley
Briony Bayles

(6 & 4)

Quarter Final Jessica Hall
Stacie Morton

(5 & 4)

Emily Baxter
Ella Crang

(1 up)

Gabrielle Dickinson
Sue Musgrove

(1 up)

Brittany Hill
Briony Bayles

(6 & 4)

Semi Final Jessica Hall
Ella Crang

(7 & 5)

Sue Musgrove
Briony Bayles

(4 & 3)

Final Jessica Hall
Briony Bayles

(4 & 3)

Jessica Hall's First England Cap

Jessica finished 3rd in the Irish girls championship shooting level par 71's in the last two rounds after a disappointing 77 in the first round, so she finished 6 over in total.

The England team finished second to Sweden in the nation's cup.

Jessica is now in Montrose preparing for the Scottish girls championship.

 Jess at 13th Rowgansrown

Masters Pro-Am Q Results & Sweep Stake winners

1ST M. Stones, R. Dickenson & P. Graham Total Score -23

2nd J. Alderson, R. Mclean & D. Clegg Total Score -13

3rd K. Waterhouse M. Walker & W. Mundy Total Score -12

Congratulations to the above teams for qualifying

to play in the Bishop Auckland GC PRO-AM.

Please make note the PRO-AM is scheduled for Friday 22nd September

For more information please contact the Pro Shop


1ST Prize Motocaddy Pro Series Golf Bag RRP £159

Winner No. 27 Alan Carter

2nd Prize 1 Dozen Titleist ProV1 Golf Balls RRP £41.99

Winner No. 77 Jacqueline Price

Congratulations to the above winners and please claim your prize from the Pro Shop

Jessica Hall

Jessica has been chosen to play for England U18 Girls in the Nations Cup at both the Irish Girls Championship at Roganstown near Dublin and the Scottish Girls Championship at Montrose.  The Irish Championship will be played from 7-9th April whilst the Scottish Championship will be played 12-14th April.

Whilst Jessica has twice been reserve this will be her first caps and is reward for her hard work and in particular her 18th finish in the Portuguese Ladies Championship in January.

Slow Play

Please Avoid Slow Play

* Arrive at the first tee five minutes prior to your allocated tee off time

On the Course

* All players must maintain their place in the field, which is immediately behind the group in front and not ahead of the group behind. This is a group responsibility and not an individual one. All members should be proactive in addressing the slow play problem 

* Should your group fall a clear hole behind (e.g. you are on the tee of a four or five par hole and the previous group has already left the green) and it is delaying the group behind please invite the group behind to play through (irrespective of the number of players in that group) 

* No more than five minutes is allowed to search for a ball. If you can’t find your ball in 5 minutes you must proceed by enforcing the golf rules governing the conditions under which your ball was lost. If more than one ball needs to be found, split up and search for all the balls at the same time 

* If you hit a ball that you think may be hard to find, or it may be out of bounds, please hit a provisional ball 

* Go to your ball and get ready to hit your next shot as soon as it is feasible; i.e., not impeding another player’s shot or endangering yourself. Don’t always wait for your mate to play before going to your ball. 

* Short hitters to tee off first. 

* Walking briskly between shots. 

* Leaving your golf bag, buggy or cart strategically placed to side of the green nearest the next tee. 

* Cart users should be particularly aware of the extra time taken in sharing a cart and look for ways to speed up play, for example, move ahead of walkers to look for possibly lost balls, try to position the cart for easy access when leaving the green to reduce the number of times that you have to get in and out.

On the Green

* When you reach the green, move to your ball and repair any pitch marks. Where possible, line up your putt prior to your turn to putt.

* If your ball needs to be marked, then do it as quickly as you can.

* If playing a par or stableford event and you can no longer score on that hole, pick up your ball and let others continue. 

* The first player to finish putting should take control of the flag and be ready to replace it in the hole when the final player has completed the hole. 

* Players should proceed to the next tee without delay. The following group may be waiting to play their approach shots. Think ahead; leave your cart or buggy in a place where you won’t be hindering the following players.

Marking Cards

Cards should be marked as quickly as possible after completing the hole, but it is best to mark the cards at the next tee. Please mark your card when it is not your turn to play and remember, at all times your place in the field is immediately behind the group in front and not in front of the group behind.

Electronic Tee Time Booking

The PSI in the lounge is the easiest method.  A set of simple instructions is next to the device.

If you want to use the system from home select  Book a Tee Time from the top menu.  You will first need to register using your loyalty card number as your username.  The Office at the golf club will then enable your account, this will be done as quickly as possible, then you will be able to use the system.

Further information including rules and help documents are available as attachments below.

If you have any feedback especially how we can improve the system please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or put a note in to the Office.

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Portuguese Ladies Amateur Championship - Lisbon


After an anxious wait for a Wild Card entry into the 2017 Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship, Jessica Hall certainly proved herself to be a worthy competitor.  Over four days in January, a truly international field, including members of the European Curtis Cup Team, faced disruption in play thanks to some extremely unseasonal frost, wind and rain.  Additional warm clothes and waterproofs were unexpected late purchases for many of the players. 

Playing 4 rounds at the Golf Course of Montado, Lisbon, from an original field of 90 ladies, 40 qualified for the final days play.  The course which is one of the most beautiful and competitive courses in Portugal, distinguished by a landscape dominated by vineyards, streams and lakes proved to be extremely challenging, especially the intimidating island green at the 18th hole. 

Jessica's physical and mental strength saw her finish as the top English player thanks to four super consistent rounds of 74, 76, 74, 70, giving her a place of joint 18th on the final leader board.  After recharging her batteries, Jessica, 17 is back to her training regime, determined to make 2017 a year to remember in her quest to gain further accomplishments in the game she loves.


Team Sponsorship

We have a new sponsor for 2017 - 2018.  Jewson will supply new shirts for the TSU Team and new tops for the Dales Alliance matches. 

This sponsorship will run alongside Hewitts who supply overtops for the TSU Team.  There is 1 year left on the current arrangement.

Juniors Square Draw

The draw organised by George Hall (Junior team manager) raised £218.26 and was drawn on Tuesday 10th January.

The winners are as follows:

1st Adrian Anderson  £50

2nd  Jackie Price   Bottle of Jack Daniels

3rd Mark Walker   Bottle of Bacardi

4th Mark Flemming  Bottle of Prosecco

5th  Gary Swinburn  Bottle of Vodka

George would like to thank all the members who bought squares and those who donated prizes. Any prize winner who is unable to message George via the Junior Facebook page please contact the office.