Seniors Notice Board

The notice-board is for anyone to leave messages on any subject under the sun from changes in the fixture list, to selling equipment, a good joke, show a photo etc. If you want to say something just contact the Senior Section Secretary and he will ensure it gets put on. Entries will be from bottom up so the most recent remains on top.
Summer Friendly (11) v The Herefordshire.
Our team played well in the heat at Wormsley on Tuesday, but came away only with pride in a good performance, and almost inevitably an away defeat. Pete Sandall and Mike Williams were the biggest winners; but the match was lost 2.5-3.5. Record now W5 L6.
South Hereford await on Monday at Ford Bridge; we need to overturn a 1-6 deficit to regain the Captains’ Trophy, established in the reign of Dilwyn James.
Newtown Cup.
A Stableford competition off the white tees attracted 39 players. Mike Privett was the clear winner with 40 pts, Dave Jones came 2nd with 38, and the 2 Malcolms, Davies and Clark, 3rd and 4th with 36.

Winter Pairs.
Congratulations to Phil Green and the ever improving Kevin Waterman on winning the long postponed Winter Pairs Final. Victory was achieved by defeating John Lucas and Phil Truscott.

June Medal.
Rain fell on the unlucky committee members who were the early starters but later, after 40 mins or so, the sun made its appearance and a glorious day was enjoyed by all; surprising then that the competition scratch was a high 71, thus affecting both good scores and poor alike.
The full result can be found on masterscoreboard, but congratulations to Dave Jones gross 78 net 66 on winning div won and securing his President’s Cup place for overall winner; to Alan Hooper gross 81 net 68 for 2nd in div 1; to Mike Barrington gross 95 net 69 for winning div 3 and to Terry Carver 2nd in div 3 gross 99 net 76. David O’Dowd, after a low 41 on the front 9 carded 50 on the back, and to his amazement but not embarrassment took 1st place in div 2 with a net 75; Mike Williams gross 95 net 76 was 2nd.

Wednesday 14th June. Working Party.
Following Cyril’s request for volunteers a party of 5, Vince, Alan Hooper, Terry Carver, Bob Holloway and Dave Jull joined him on a lovely warm Wednesday morning at 10.30 and helped to remove 5 of the unsightly winter tees. The scalpings beneath were scraped up and then deposited on the pathway between the 4th and 12th fairways. A good morning’s work was followed by “payment” of a drink and a bacon roll in the clubhouse. The next occasion will be publicised here, when the remaining 8 tees will be tackled; probably in 2 sessions of 4 per session.

Summer Friendly v Ludlow at Ford Bridge. Monday 12th June.
A win at home following recent defeats on the road. Only 1 pair lost and the big winners in the 4.5 – 1.5 victory were Terry Carver with Kevin Rivers who won 5&4, a score matched by Ray Chambers with Bob Gerbez. Our record now W5 L5.
Next match next Tuesday 12 p.m.away at Wormsley v The Herefordshire.
Working Party. Wednesday 14th.
Seniors with shovels required if possible at 10.a.m. on Wednesday to remove some unsightly winter tee boxes.Maximum of 2 hours work, with light banter in good company, followed by refreshment then 9 holes of club day.

Invitation Pairs. Thursday 8th June.
So much hard work by Richard Cattermole, so much generosity by those who had invited partners from other clubs, and by those who donated such good and so many raffle prizes and all for nothing, as the monsoon conditions which hit the course in the early afternoon meant it was all for nothing. A few early starters finished their round but the vast majority simply could not carry on as all greens were flooded and appeared as lakes, while rivers of water cascaded down our sloping paths washing away so much of them, and creating more repair work for the greenkeepers.

Fred Dobson Trophy.
A Mixed Greensome competition which had a record number of pairs, even though the weather was wet and windy at the start with a wilder, wetter period forecast. This is a difficult format and no pair reached par of 36, but 3 did score over 30 and these took the prizes. In 3rd place with 34pts Vince Fish and Geraldine Kelly who were beaten on cb by Kevin Room with Liz Moore, but winners on 35 were Alan Hooper with Carol Gardner. Np on 6th for the ladies was Geraldine Kelly and for the men John Price.
Thursday 1st June. Fund Raiser No. 3.
11 groups of 3 took on the challenge of a 3 man beast this week. This proved to be popular ( at least a blob did not ruin the hole for others in the group) and successful, since over half of the groups were under par(72). Eventual winners by 1 point with 79 were Malcolm Clark, Ron Plant and Bill Brown.

Summer Friendly No. 9. Away v South Herefordshire.
The first leg of the Captains’ Trophy was played on Friday 2nd June on the sloping fairways and long clover rough of South Hereford. Only Kevin Waterman and Mike Williams came away with a win, so we need to overturn a 1 – 6 deficit in the return leg later this month if we want to regain the Captains’ Trophy. Several matches were close (2 & 1)so there is hope.

Thursday 25th May. Fund Raiser.
9 groups of 4 contested the 2nd fun fund raiser of the summer; this week’s format a yellow ball competition.
3 groups proved that if the yellow ball scores the team does well and when the player with the responsibility fails there is no hope. The following 3 groups are to be congratulated not only for their success on their scoring on the course but also for completing their cards accurately and neatly.
Taking the prizes were in 3rd place Dilwyn James, Bill Brown, Jimmy Lindsay and Derek Langford 141 pts; in 2nd with 145 Ian Robertson, Charlie Tune, Terry Bufton, and David O’Dowd; and the winners with a massive 164 pts Kevin Waterman, Ed Jones, Graham Flowers and Cyril Jennings.

A plea from ALL the reliable players for ALL members in team events to make sure if you enter that you see when you are playing; you ruin the day for your playing partners if you fail to arrive, whether it is a four ball , a 3 man beast or even a pair. The committee will be looking to impose sanctions on the non attenders in future. These fun team events are more fun than yet another individual stableford but they are much harder for the competition sec to organise and require an element of responsibility from our playing members.

The secretary apologises for a briefer report than usual; much has been happening while he was away avoiding the Mafia in Sicily.

2 summer friendlies, on successive Mondays away from Ford Bridge, brought 2 defeats: in match 7 we lost at Little Lakes, and a week later we suffered the same result at Alexander Park; this makes our record won 4 lost 4 so far.

May Medal Thursday 18th May.
This included the postponed Captain’s Drive-in, and 49 players were grateful to Vince for providing a free tipple on the completion of their round. Vince himself won div 1 with a gross 83 net 69 followed by Terry Bufton gross 84 net 70. Mike Williams best net of the day 67 took the honours in div 2 followed by Derek Langford gross 84 net 68, and Trevor Perry gross 96 net 73 pipped David Stacey gross 102 net 23 in div 3. Steve Cadney making a rare appearance had the lowest gross 76, and Jimmy Lindsay, Richard Cattermole and Kevin Room won the balls sweep.

Open Texas Scramble.
Our 2nd Open of the week attracted 20 entries with 11 clubs represented. A beautiful May day with the course in excellent condition. Winners were Bob Holloway, Kevin Waterman, Rod Garvey and Bryan Leech with a gross 64 net 55.9; in 2nd place Messrs Chapman, Morris, Stephens and Jones gross 63 net 57.1 beating into 3rd place with same gross but net 57.7 Adrian Gale, Dave Botwood, Bernard Hughes and Ray Chambers, who were the only players to score 2 2s and thus shared 48 balls.
Spot prizes were won by Paul Oatley for np on 6th, Kevin Waterman np on 14, Robert Harris long drive on 8, and David Leeson from Minchinhampton for np in 2 on 18.
Everyone enjoyed a super day and we thank Ian Robertson and Vince Fish for a superbly organised event which ran like clockwork. All eyes are on the Open Pairs in July, and the Invitation Pairs in June. Find a partner for both and let us show the world what a great course we have at Ford Bridge.

The observant members have noticed a cleaner and re-decorated changing area; our thanks are due to captain Vince and Richard Cattermole for their time and effort in achieving this result.

Next committee meeting is the day of the June Medal; if you have any issues which you would like discussed please mention them to any committee member before then.

Open Mixed Greensome.
Our 3rd running of this interesting event in recent times drew the biggest entry so far with 21 pairs taking to the course. 12 golf clubs were represented and it was good to see 2 away pairs in the first 3.
Winning for the 2nd time was Kath Parsons, this year with the Seniors immediate Past Captain, Ian Robertson; the handicap sec might be looking at their 42 pts with interest! In 2nd place with 40 pts came Mike and Ann Belshaw from Church Stretton, and 3rd on cb with 36 were Hugh and Debbie from Newtown.

Summer Friendly No.6 v Builth Wells. Home. Thursday 4th May.
Our 2nd match this week brought a different result – being at home we expected to win and so it proved with a convincing 4.5 – 0.5. Our course was looking and playing very well and despite the dry conditions is a credit to the groundstaff. Record so far:P6.W4.L2
Meanwhile an extra Stableford had been arranged for the remainder and 27 players enjoyed the wonderful conditions. Congratulations to Keven Rivers on winning with 41 pts.

Two Opens next week: Monday a Mixed Greensome with our Ladies and Thursday our annual Open Texas Scramble. Still room for entries in both.

Summer Friendly No.5 v Bransford. Away. Tuesday 2nd May.
Beautiful day, warmer than of late; beautiful fairways, fewer wild ducks and geese than in some years, and well prepared greens. No excuses then for not playing well; but 4 of our 6 pairs found a way to lose; only Ray Chambers with Rod Garvey (1 up) and Alan Hooper with John Lucas (2 up) had victories. John also had the distinction of being the most accurate of our team on the 15th a par 3 where nearest the pin secured a sleeve of balls.
Back at Ford Bridge v Builth Wells on Thursday for 5 pairs- tee off 11 a.m. following an official alternative for the rest.

Thursday 27th April. National Seniors Club Classic v Mile End Golf Club.
Our team of 4 in this competition discovered they had to play singles matches in this first ever match for us. We lost 1.5 to 2.5. Our winner was Alan Hooper 3 & 2, and Dave Jones secured the half. Vince Fish and Jimmy Lindsay lost close matches. A lovely course with most greens defended by a necklace of bunkers; all matches played in good spirit.

Meanwhile back at Ford Bridge the Senior competition was a 3 man multiplier – great fun unless one of the trio failed to score; big points available for those who did score. Well done to Phil Green’s trio on winning with 132 pts. Perhaps a 3 man addition would be less frustrating!

Summer Friendly No.4 v Alexander Park at Home.Monday 24th April
A comprehensive win over the men from Alexander Park in our 2nd home fixture of the summer. Bob Holloway and Trevor Perry led the way with a 3&2 victory, closely followed by Andy Timmer and Terry Carver 4&3; when Kevin Rivers and Bob Gerbez equalled this achievement we were 3 up. The opposition took heart from the next match in as they had a 6&5 win, but our last 2 pairs both won to seal a 5 – 1 win.

We wish our 2 pairs of players the best of luck as they head to Mile End on Thursday in the first round of the National Seniors Team Championship. Those remaining at Ford Bridge have the first of the summer’s fun games – a 3 man multiplier.

Bircher Bowl/Tedd Trophy.
How amazing! In the wet winter months we long for dry hard fairways so that we can get some run from our drives and get nearer the greens if not on them in fewer shots. But the fairways were lovely today and the greens had fully recovered from their Spring maintenance fortnight, so why was there only one player under the par of 70?
In the Bircher Bowl only 6 of 23 players broke 90: well done Richard Cattermole who scored the lowest gross 82, and congratulations to the winner Bryan Leech gross 88 net 70 with hcap cut to 17.Kevin Room gross 86 net 71 was 2nd.
Malcolm Clark had his best round ( but it should have been better) since joining us, and had a gross 88 net 67 to take the Tedd and earn a 2 shot hcap cut, with John Stevenson gross 93 net 71 2nd.There was not a single 2.
Malcolm and Bryan take their places in the President’s Cup.

The first extra Stableford competition of the summer was held on Thursday to keep members not at Forest Hills occupied, and it was a case of Kerry and Perry keeping merry; congratulations to Kerry Price for his 42 points, and Trevor Perry for his 38; both were cut to add to their pleasure of voucher prizes.

The draw for the summer singles and pairs competitions is posted on the noticeboard -first round in both to be played by 31st May. £3 entry to be paid before you play.
New sign up sheets are also on the board.
Summer Friendlies (2) and (3)
2 matches this week, both away. First on Tuesday at Wharton Park – a lovely course, but a team notoriously difficult to beat on their own patch and so it proved again as we lost 1-6; our 1 point coming from 2 halved games. Then on Thursday we had our annual trip into the Forest of Dean to play Forest Hills; their course was being prepared for a Gloucestershire championship and reflected the hard work and effort being put in – super fast greens and well manicured fairways, which suited our players, as we came away with a 4-3 win. Both matches were scheduled to be 12 per side but at the request of the opposition, vice-captain Bob manged to field 14; all 14 must realise that they are obliged to play in the return match at Ford Bridge later in the summer.
At the weekend there was much gnashing of teeth at the state of our greens; complaints were uttered and written. Today, Wednesday 12th April I am delighted to report that the greens were in super condition, as were the fairways.
Yesterday 11th April 4 Seniors helped Cyril clearing the wood of fallen twigs and branches between the 15th and 16th fairways. 5 men gave up 2 hours in the morning to achieve what would have taken 1 greenkeeper 10 hours to do – this has enabled the greenkeepers to apply themselves to more specialised work. Cyril expressed his thanks to Vince Fish, Terry Carver, Ron Plant and Alan Hooper.

April Medal.
A glorious day of sunshine for our April Medal.
Drier conditions and ironed greens did not mean the course played any easier as the SS score indicates being 70 off the yellows.Mike Barrington winning div 3 with a gross 92 net 68 was the only player under par and takes his place in the Presidents Cup next October.2nd to him in div 3 was John Stevenson with gross 95 net 73. In div 2 Phil Green was winner with gross 87 net 71 edging out Malcolm Clark by 1 with a net 72 gross 93. In div 1 Gary Monk was winner gross 82 net 70, with Kevin Room gross 87 net 72 in 2nd place. Congratulations to these plus those skilful enough to gain a 2 – Bill Brown, John Stevenson, Kevin Room and Richard Cattermole.

Next Tuesday 11th April. Help on the course with Cyril; arrive 9.a.m. to help make the course respectable for visitors in our forthcoming Opens.

Summer Friendly No.1 v Knighton at Leominster.Wednesday 5th April.
Bob Holloway stood in for Vince who is still recovering from his operation, and led the team to an admirable 4-1 victory. We trialled the new dress code and eating arrangements and everyone seemed happy with the changes; perhaps this will encourage more members to sign up for the matches, since it can be a cheaper day with less formality – two of the reasons why people have shown reluctance in the recent past. Biggest winners on the day were Pete Sandall and Terry Carver who won 5 and 3. The only losers were Kevin Waterman and Alan Hooper who were shot down with 5 holes to play by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Sheets are on the board for 2 matches next week – Wharton Park and Forest Hills.

AGM and TEXAS SCRAMBLE Thursday 30th March.
Heavy rain at the start of the day led the Captain to decide wisely that we would have our AGM first and take to the course in a shotgun start afterwards.
The Scramble which followed had some fascinating statistics: the computer gave the first 4 groups a net score of 61; the top 8 of 16 were separated by only 2 shots, and the next 8 by a further 5.
Congratulations to Keith Ellis, Gary Monk and Norman Whittal on coming first, and to Jimmy Lindsay, Steve Palmer and Kevin Rivers on 2nd place.There were several 2s but to win a share of the 2s stake 2 x 2 were needed! Winning the balls were Malcolm Clark with Phil Green and David O’Dowd, and Mike Barrington with Ron Plant and Kevin Waterman.

Captain’s Drive-in.
This event will coincide with the May Medal not April Medal as advertised owing to the incapacity of our new Captain.

What a week!
Following the curtailed match v Sapey on Monday our course suffered from heavy persistent rain on Tuesday and Wednesday which led eventually to the postponement of our final RR game v Ross on Thursday. Eager to play the match as soon as possible the captains put their trust in the weathermen’s forecast and their faith was justified as the match went ahead on Friday; and what a result! In October we lost away 0-8; yesterday we won 8-0. Congratulations to the team – many of whom were very late changes since several regulars were unavailable, and to Captain Ian for his hours on the phone ensuring we had 8 pairs.
The final table shows that we were the only team to have 4 home wins, and we beat the eventual champions who had the same number of wins as us but 1 point more from a drawn match.
Ross and The Worcestershire could not be separated at the top of the table on points (9), on points difference (-2), or on wins (4). So Ross were declared winners because in the head to head v The Worcestershire they had a win and a draw.

Seniors AGM will follow a Texas Scramble with a shotgun start on Thursday 30th March.

Sign – up sheets are on the board for April competitions. Don’t miss out.

Round Robin v Upper Sapey at Leominster Monday 20th March.
This match had been postponed from 6th March when our course was closed owing to heavy rain over the weekend. Yesterday the course was fit at the start of play but the rain which fell non-stop between 8.30 and 12.30 made all the players wet and miserable while the course became soggy and the greens flooded. The captains in the first group out led their teams in after 9 holes and the match positions at that point stood as the result.
As expected we took revenge for our defeat away back in October with a 5.5 – 2.5 victory. Unfortunately we did not move off the bottom of the table, which can be achieved with a win v Ross, this year’s champions, on Thursday.
By winning on Thursday we would bring about the final table showing 4 of the 5 teams having 4 wins – but we must wait and see and wish the team a dry day and success in the match.

Weston Cider Cup. Thursday 16th March.
A good field of 40 players in 20 pairs attempted this competition, which run as a Stableford Greensome always proves difficult, since the handicap for the pair is 3/8 of their combined hc total. Only 6 pairs managed 30 pts or more with Phil Lawrenson and Kerry Price the only pair on par of 36 playing off hc 10. They were the only ones to score a 2 too; so double congratulations to them. In 2nd place came Ian Robertson and Malcolm Clark with 33 pts, disappointed after an opening 9 of 19 pts, playing off 14; a shame for them that they fell away on the back 9 with victory almost in their grasp.
Quiz night – Friday 17th – £12 entry for team of 4. Support your club if you are free.

Week beginning 20th March: Sapey re-arranged RR match at LGC on Monday; Ross RR also at LGC on Thursday.Teams will be posted. There are only 2 matches left in this year’s RR competition, so far there have been only 3 away wins, let us keep it at that and see if we can stop our friends from Ross winning.

Seniors/Ladies Mixed Texas Scramble.
A fine day dawned for the first of 3 annual events where the Seniors mix with the Ladies in fun events.Wendy Lawrenson works hard on the groups to try to arrange similar handicaps but was thwarted a little by late withdrawals and absenteeism. However 4 groups of 4 with a hc range of 8.4 to 7.5 and 1 trio playing off 9.1 took to the course.
3 of the quartets amazingly had gross scores of 74,74 and 75; of these Glynne Hall, Carol Rudd, Kevin Room and Terry Carver came 2nd overall with a net 65.9 but clear winners were Carol Gardner, Kath Parsons, Peter Sandall and Norman Whittall gross 71 net 62.6.
Next Mixed event will be an Open Greensome on Monday May 8th, entry forms from Lesley Turbutt or Jessica in the office, followed by the Fred Dobson on Monday 5th June.

Monday March 13th Captain’s Charity.
For Ian’s last charity day he chose the 3 clubs and a putter format; perhaps some were put off by this, and were not enticed by the most glorious Spring day; suffice it to say that only 14 players felt willing to support the Captain, although there were several others out on the course. Those who played enjoyed their round, especially Ted Amos, who had the luxury of missing 2 putts from 6-9 inches, and still won by 2 points; Ted’s lucky day – he also won first prize in the raffle. Joint 2nd place and not separated by c/b since the prize was balls were Paul Oatley, Alan Hooper and Jimmy Lindsay on 32 pts. Ian is pleased to be presenting a cheque in the near future to his charity for over £700.

Thursday 9th March.
Phil Green 39 pts and Paul Oatley 37 did best in a Stableford competition arranged for our group on a spare Thursday. It was good to see Paul after a 4 month absence owing a little to bad weather but mostly because of his round the world trip – good form on his first day back, showing he could be a threat in all competitions any time soon.

Tom Smart Trophy at Ludlow Thursday 9th March.
Representing the LGC Seniors in this annual event this year were from your committee Ian Robertson, Alan Hooper, Terry Carver and Bob Holloway. A Tex/AM was the format again, 2 players needed to be 18 hc or below, and 2 above; any 2 scores to count in this team event, and 18 clubs were represented. Our team found the strong wind and fast greens a problem for the first few holes, but when we became acclimatised the points began to accrue. 92 points was our total giving us 5th place; 95 was 3rd by a team from Wrekin, and Oswestry could feel a little aggrieved to have 96, but lose on cb to the hosts from Ludlow.

March Medal. Thursday 2nd March.
This competition was the second in 8 days to fall foul of the weather- this time rain in the previous 24 hours caused 6 holes to be closed and the cancellation of the first of the summer Medals.
37 players stayed to play a Stableford over 12 holes.
Congratulations to Wayne Barton on scoring 24 pts to emerge as winner, with 3 players locked on 22; David O’Dowd led the trio, Kevin Room 2nd and Phil Truscott 3rd once cb came into the reckoning.

RR v Sapey has already been postponed to Monday March 20th; so the next activity will be a March Stableford on Thursday 9th for which the start sheet has already been posted.

What a lovely thought!
A reminder that the sheets for signing to play in the summer friendlies of your choice are still there awaiting your signature.
The Competitions Secretary has posted some more sign-up sheets, notably the SUMMER KNOCK-OUTS- both SINGLES and PAIRS.

Storm Doris.
The wind which battered the whole country on Thursday caused our February Medal to be cancelled; a flooded course was the reason for its postponement early in the month but the safety of our members was the priority yesterday. A gloriously calm and sunny morning has replaced the wildness and will enable the course to be restored to normality as quickly as possible.

March Medal.
Start sheet is on the board; the first of the summer medal Medals!

RR v Sapey.
Availability sheet for those who played at Sapey in October, and lost the match 1-7, is on the board. Please indicate in the usual way. Although the title is out of our grasp it would be good to get revenge and maintain our Fortress Ford Bridge reputation which has stood for many years.

Round Robin. Match 6. V The Worcestershire Away.
Our results in this winter’s league have the look of the summer friendlies about them – win at home and lose away.
No surprise then that defeat at Burghill Valley on Tuesday was followed by another loss at Malvern today. The score 5.5 – 2.5; the only winning pair were Ted Amos and Pete Sandall; halves were gained by Dave Jones with Rod Garvey, Dave Botwood with Terry Carver and Roger Richards with Norman Whittall. Positives to take from this result include the fact that the heaviest defeat was 3 and 2 and the aggregate score combining home and away came out in our favour 8.5 – 7.5.
Sadly the league table has Ross and the Worcs on 9 pts with all 3 other teams on 4; so the trophy has gone for this year since we have only 2 more games to play.

Our vice-captain Vince departs for now to have his first operation and I am sure all the Seniors will join me in wishing him the most speedy return and successful outcome.

Congratulations to Graham Flowers on his ace on 14 in Sunday’s competition. Not every one would think of using a driver to make sure of reaching a pin on a short par 3, but they say “It is not how but how many.”

RR v Burghill Valley.Tuesday 14th February.
Disappointment in the first of the 2nd leg matches; perhaps too many of our team were wondering where their Valentine card had gone! A resounding defeat by a team which had played 4 lost 4 before Christmas, but have now won 2 in a short time. Rod Garvey and Paul Chapman earned a half and Roger Richards with Dave Jones secured a 4 and 3 win. Terry Bufton with Alan Hooper however were the biggest winners with a 5 and 4 margin, being 5 up after 8 having knocked in 2 birdies each.
The Worcestershire awaits on Thursday, with our grip on the trophy beginning to slip.

Neither Captain nor Vice Captain will be present, so no Captain’s Charity that day enables the washed out Medal to be played. The Competition Secretary will be starter, and the draw is much the same as the original. Check Masterscoreboard or noticeboard in clubhouse for all details as usual.

The Competitions Secretary has removed the sign up sheets for March Medal and the Westons Cider Cup; look out for the draw next week, and now the software is working properly on Masterscoreboard, the start times will be there.

Thursday 9th February.
Our annual Spring Texas Scramble was played today in cold but dry conditions, and the course seemed to be recovering well from the recent rain, though wet in the usual wettest places. We were limited to 16 holes, no 9 or 10,but this did not detract from a fun day enjoyed by all.
9 teams competed, some as a 4 ball, most as a 3.Eight of the gross scores ranged from 60 – 63 shots with the winners Terry Bufton, Alec Tandler and Mike Privett on net 52.2 from gross 61; in 2nd place Jimmy Lindsay, Malcolm Davies, Rod Garvey and Terry Carver net 52.9 from gross 60.

Success on the Course.
It is wonderful to be able to write about success on the course with no mention of handicaps or Stableford points! Today’s success story is about 8 hardworking Seniors under the direction of Phil, the greenkeeper, clearing all the piles of tree cuttings which had made the woodland copse area between the 15th and 16th fairways ground under repair for several weeks. Vince Fish, Alan Hooper, Terry Carver and Bill Harris from the committee were joined by Bob Gerbez, Steve Palmer, Trevor Perry and Rod Garvey, and in the 2 hours, which they were prepared to devote to the task, piled every branch, twig and leaf in the area on to a fire started earlier by Phil.
As advertised a 9 hole competition followed the work; lots were drawn and Vince was partnered by Terry and Trevor playing Texas Scramble rules against Bill and Alan who were captained by Malcolm Clark; the jovial gentleman’s inspirational leadership led his team to a narrow one shot victory.

Start sheets for next 2 competitions are on the board as are 2 more sign up sheets.

Captain’s Charity. Thursday 19th Jan.
Ian brought his monthly charity day forward one week and drew an entry of 23 members to whom he expressed his gratitude.
7 players scored below 30 pts, 13 between 30 and 35, a reasonable score in heavy ground, and the podium winners, who mastered the conditions the best, were all over 36.
Winner on the day was Dave Botwood with 39pts off hc 14, beating in form Jimmy Lindsay, whose gross score was 75, playing off 8, on cb; Malcolm Clark was 3rd with 37pts off hc 21.

Summer Friendlies.
The wish list is hanging on the noticeboard; sign up soon in order not to be disappointed. NEWS re DRESS CODE and MEAL at these HOME matches is on the board now for your information.

January Medal. Thursday 12th January.
The forecast was not good, but 31 Seniors set out hoping to get in before the Arctic thunder snow arrived; that was achieved though every player was fairly damp when he finished.
The scores make interesting reading: in Div 3 John Lucas won with 32 pts off 22hc, beating Phil Truscott off 27 by 1pt; 2 players in div 2 were under par and duly took the spoils- Kevin Room 37pts off 15, and captain Ian overall winner with 40 pts off 16. Div 1 had 5 players playing to their hc, and the winners could be separated only on cb, leaving Jimmy Lindsay off 8 the winner with 38 pts, and Terry Bufton off 13 2nd.
Dave Jones, Dave Botwood and Tom Lloyd each had the distinction of a 2.

New Year Texas Scramble. January 5th.
10 groups of 3 and a 4 ball competed in the first competition of 2017. Scrambles are always good fun and today’s was made more so by the icy conditions which eased a little after midday though the greens were rock hard throughout the day. Winners of the vouchers were in first place Jimmy Lindsay, Mike Privett and Alec Tandler with a gross 73 net 65; in 2nd place Ian Fraser, David O’Dowd and Mike Williams gross 73 net 65.2. Terry Bufton, Dave Botwood and Malcolm Davies managed the only 2 of the day. The first 8 places were separated by 2 shots.

Thursday 5th Jan Texas Scramble, and Thursday 12th January Medal. A chance to work off the Christmas turkey and New Year lethargy. Note 1st tee times are 9.30 in the hope of giving the early starters similar conditions to the rest.

In the absence of any home golf I post this advertisement from our friends at Cleobury Mortimer.
A Happy New Year from Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club Seniors.
I would like to help you look forward to the summer by reminding you of our three 2017 Seniors Opens.
The details of the three Seniors 2017 Opens are as follows (there is a link to each entry form):

CMCG Seniors AM AM Open on Tuesday 25th April 2017 (teams of 4)

CMCG Seniors Texas Scramble Open on Tuesday 13th June 2017 (teams of 4)

CMCG Seniors Tex AM Open on Tuesday 25th July 2017 (teams of 4)

Mike Foord – CMCG Seniors Golf Open Controller

Committee Meeting Thursday January 12th.
If you have any concerns regarding Senior golf or any ideas which you think could improve our Section please send them to the hon. sec at or phone 01568 614075.He will raise them at the next Seniors’ Committee Meeting.
A draft list of next year’s summer events is on the noticeboard and you will see the committee has taken some of your worries to heart, eg. there are fewer friendly fixture days only 22 (29 in 2010); fewer fixtures on Thursdays only 4 (9 last year) and more fun competitions.

Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year to all Seniors from the Hon. Sec.

Captain’s Charity.19/12/2016
Ian proudly announced that he has past £500 in his charity days this year; this total must include a lot which is down to his own generosity since today he gave 4 sleeves of balls for 2s, at least 4 raffle prizes and a bottle of wine to 1st and 2nd place – and that with an entry of only 14 players paying £3.In his prize-giving speech he thanked members for their gifts to be used in the raffle or as prizes.
On the playing side Phil Lawrenson off hc 10 showed his class with a gross round of 75 earning him 41 stableford points,7 clear of Malcolm Davies off 24 with 34, who pipped Kerry Price on cb. Alan Hooper, with a new driver, 33pts off 12 was the only other player over 30.

Christmas Capers.
In the last official competition of 2016 20 players enjoyed first a good 18 holes in fine conditions – even sunny for the 2nd half- and then a good Christmas meal in festive mood and atmosphere. The prize vouchers went to captain Ian who won the day with 39pts, Alan Hooper who came 2nd with 37 and Mystified ( how can I score 35 pts with 8 1pointers?) Malcolm Clark who was 3rd. It was good to welcome a new member, Charles McKenzie from Habberley which is sadly on the point of closing. Well done Bob Gerbez and Vince Fish who scored a 2; and many thanks to Bob Holloway for donating a bottle for nearest the pin on 14.
The Captain’s Charity event in the diary as 12th Dec has been postponed one week to 19th. Please sign up and help the captain in his last comp of 2016

On Friday 2nd approximately 50 members enjoyed the annual Seniors/Ladies dinner/dance. All aspects were super – the food, the band and the company.

December Medal.
White frost on grass, Greens as hard as concrete, leaves still littering the course, even on the fairways – these are the reasons (not excuses) for poor Stableford points in the latest competition played by our members.
Hearty congratulations to the hardy souls who braved the severe cold and attempted 18 holes.
Seemingly unaffected by all the aforementioned problems was Phil Green who won with 33 points, and becomes the 2nd person in the President’s cup 2017. Ian Fraser won div 1 with 31 and Dilwyn james won div 3 with 30.
Christmas Capers is on Thursday 8th – a shotgun start and Christmas meal after.

Tri – Match v Ludlow and Cleobury Mortimer. Thursday 24th November.
On a day when all other courses, if open, provided a squelchy surface at best, we were able to finish our round with cleaner shoes and trolleys than when we started; such is the drainage on Ludlow’s low-lying, fast drying, fairways.
3 pairs played v a Ludlow pair and Ian Robertson with Bob Gerbez secured the first 2 points on offer with a 6 & 5 victory, closely pursued by Alan Hooper with Terry Carver who gained 2 more points from their 5 & 3 win; sadly Bill Brown with Phil Green were defeated narrowly 2 & 1.
In the 3 matches v Cleobury Mortimer we did not fare so well with 2 losses and just 1 point gained from a drawn match by Peter Sandall with Phil Samuel. So we had 5 points from a possible 12, piping the hosts by 1, but Cleobury were clear winners with 9 pts, having added 4, by beating Ludlow in 2 matches, to the 5 from our match.
This is the first year that Ludlow have not won this event, a pity we could not take the honours from them; but well done to the players from Cleobury Mortimer.

November Medal. Thursday 17th.
While your correspondent was relaxing under blue, cloudless, skies in sunny Spain, 35 brave souls battled against the wind, rain and leaves in this month’s medal. Our captain found no trouble with the conditions and led the way with 39pts to win the 2nd div and overall top spot. 2nd in div 2 was Mike Williams with 31. Dave Jones (34) won div 1 with
Dave Botwood (32) 2nd; and in div 3 Mike Barrington (33) was 1st with Terry Carver (29) 2nd. Hole 6 yielded 3 2s, scored by Bill Harris, Terry Carver and Dilwyn James while Vince Fish and Jeremy Finney achieved the same feat on 17.

Round Robin v Burghill Valley.Home.
Our team contained 4 single figure handicappers for the first time this season, with Steve Cadney, Roger Richards, Jimmy Lindsay and Ray Chambers all in evidence. Our joy at the win by 6 matches to 2 must be tempered by the the fact that Burghill’s record is P4 L4. Our own, at the halfway point, is P4 W2 L2; somehow in the Spring we need to secure away wins at Malvern and Burghill while maintaining our 100% home record, in order to have a chance of retaining the trophy.

Turkey Trot. Thursday 3rd November.
47 members took advantage of the mild November day; though at the start of play it was colder than of late. Leaves on the course were a problem to some but the greenkeepers had worked hard to collect them under the trees and so the fairways were mainly clear.
9 players managed 36 pts or more which for the purpose of this report we will regard as par, so congratulations to them. The most successful trotters and taking the prizes on offer down to 4th place were: 1st Gary Monk 42pts off 13 now 12, 2nd Peter Sandall 40 pts off 17 now 16; 3rd John Stevenson 40 off 23 now 22; 4th Alan Hooper 39 off 13 now 12. Well done too to Bob Gerbez, Peter Sandall, Richard Cattermole and Terry Richards for scoring a 2.

Round Robin v The Worcestershire. Monday 31st October.
Our vice-captain Vince agreed with his opposite number at The Worcestershire to swap our 2 fixtures; so we played this match at LGC and will visit Malvern in the Spring.This has had the effect of securing some points on the board, which considering our away form may not have happened if we had been away this week.
The match was played in foggy conditions almost throughout, and with leaves on the course still a feature, playing was not as pleasant an experience as it might have been. Nevertheless good golf and good scoring was in evidence, and although most matches were close and hard fought ( biggest win was 3 & 2 by Mike Privett and Alan Hooper) the result was a 6 – 2 win. Next match: Burghill Valley at LGC November 10th.

Thursday 27th October. Captain’s Charity.
11 pairs, playing an American Greensome format, enjoyed a fun day. If your name was Mike you stood a very good chance of being in the prizes. In 1st place with 43 pts were Mike Privett and making his first appearance for a long time Dilwyn James; in 2nd place 1 pt behind were Mike Green and Mike Williams. Trevor Perry and Rod Garvey were the only others to top 40 pts, but won nothing for 3rd place with 41 pts.

Round Robin.
From champions to wooden spoon – surely not? Things are not looking good for retention of the cup however after the latest match at Ross. Always a hard place to “get a result” and this year was no exception. 8 hopeful pairs set out, 8 disappointed pairs returned; every match was lost, only the 2 Phils – Lawrenson and Samuel managed some sort of respectability with a defeat 1 down. No one can remember a drubbing on this scale, but there is a chance to record some points with the first home match coming on Monday next week against The Worcestershire.

The Seniors & Ladies Annual Dinner Dance. Friday 2nd December 7 for 7.30.
The menu is on the changing room noticeboard; please sign up with your choices – then remember what you have chosen!
In 2014 62 people enjoyed the occasion – excellent food and music from the Turnstones (Pete’s Band) – can we get 70 this year?
Remember: PAY before you PLAY in the Winter KOs. £3 per comp.Give your money to Bill Harris via the wooden box.

The Photo below shows the winners of the various cups and trophies played for during 2016.

Winter League aka The Round Robin.
For information for new members we play in a league of teams comprising Burghill Valley, Upper Sapey, Ross on Wye and The Worcestershire. Each team plays all the others home and away. We have won the cup in each of the last 3 years – with last year’s team unbeaten throughout the Winter.
We began the defence of the cup at Sapey today, Tuesday 18th October. The opposition came out with all guns blazing and smashed Vince, our captain and his partner 5 & 4. Our 2nd pair of Alan Hooper and Roger Richards restored the balance with a 5 & 3 win, notable for Roger’s 13 pars and 3 birdies! But this was the only bright spot as the rest were blown away on the strong breeze and the team lost 7 – 1.
Ross away is the next match – who knows the captain might be looking to make some changes; team will be posted soon on the changing room noticeboard.

Captain’s Charity is the next Thursday event, 27th October- good fun days, sign up when you see the sheet.

In the meantime don’t let the decent weather slip by without playing your Winter KO matches; pairs take some organising with 4 people involved; take good note of the deadline day, to avoid disqualification.

President’s Cup and Presentation Day.
This year for the first time we moved the presentation of the annual cups from Captain’s Day to President’s Cup day; this seemed to work very well since those who had won a cup were out on the course, and David, our competitions sec had kindly organised a stableford competition for those not in the Presidents Cup. This competition was won by Ian Robertson with 37 pts, with John Lucas in 2nd place on 36.
Alan Hooper won the President’s Cup with a gross 85 net 72, winning on cb from Roger Richards whose 77 was the lowest gross of the day.
Here are the prize winners.
Presentation Day 2016 October 13th

Cups Winner R-Up
Winter Singles 15/16– Toyota Cup: Ian Fraser Mike Barrington

Winter Pairs 15/16– Les Green: Phil Green/Roger Richards; Terry Bufton/David Stacey

Weston Cider/ Mike Green/Dave Jones; David O’Dowd/Trevor Perry
Greensome Pairs

Bircher Bowl Kevin Rivers Dave Botwood

Tedd Trophy Paul Oatley Jeremy Finney

Newtown Graham Flowers Rod Garvey

David Kent Bryan Leech Dave Jones

Vintage (summer singles16) Gary Monk Malcolm Clark

Summer Pairs Phil Green/Ron Plant; Peter Sandall/Ed Jones

Championship- Gross Roger Richards Steve Cadney

Championship- Net Terry Richards David Freegard
Memorial Peter Sandall Andy Timmer

Derrick Jones Vince Fish Bill Harris

Ancients Ron Plant Mike Williams
President’s Alan Hooper Roger Richards

G. Skelton/Medal Cup Vince Fish
(for best 6 net scores
in the 8 summer Medals)

Eclectic Dave Jones

Draw for Winter KO cups is on the board. Remember – £3 entry fee. Pay before you play.