Following a wait of over two decades, the Gents Senior section at Stocksfield Golf Club are celebrating having been crowned champions of the 2010 Northumberland Senior Members Golf League.
With 13 clubs taking part, each club has to play six home matches and six away matches throughout the spring and summer months.
Beginning back in April, Stocksfield signalled their intent with three straight victories in their opening matches, beating Blyth 9-3 at home, Arcot Hall away 8-4 and Northumberland at home 7-5.
Following the teams only defeat during the season, 7-5 away at the City of Newcastle, the gents went on to use their home advantage to the full with comprehensive victories against Backworth 8-4, Whitley Bay 12-0, Ponteland 10-2 and Tynemouth 10-2.
And taking a six-point lead into the final match, an away fixture at the Bedlingtonshire, the team needed to secure eight points to make it statistically impossible for anyone to catch them.
The gents dually delivered with an 8-4 victory to take the championship by a margin of seven points over runners-up Northumberland, who could only manage a 6-6 draw away at Westerhope. On behalf of his senior captain Stuart McDonnell and senior vice captain Bill Martin, Stocksfield’s league representative Ron Appleby said: “We last won this league back in 1987, so it’s been a fantastic achievement.
“The team won eight matches, halved three and only lost one.
“We now have a regular group of players and a fairly settled side. But I believe it was all down to our home performances – winning all of them pretty emphatically. Stocksfield is not the easiest course with the front nine in the woods.”