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 v Church Stretton at Ford Bridge.                                       A narrow win at home by 3.5 to 2.5 and it was good to see a couple of new faces on our team as the captain called on Trevor Perry and Alan Roberts. Alan with partner Mike Williams had the biggest win 6&5 followed by Captain Terry himself who secured a 5&4 victory, partnered by Malcolm Davies. The course was in splendid condition and the two teams were treated to a lovely roast beef meal. Terry proudly tells me his record this summer stands at 10 wins 2 defeats.

Thursday July 11th. Round 2.

The 2nd round of our Seniors’ championship was played in warm, but breezier conditions than for round one on Monday. Ray Chambers, though not producing the form of Monday, held on to his lead in the gross scores with 82 giving him a total of 158 and a 3 shot lead over Rob Brotherwood who shot the only sub 80 score with 76 and a 161 in all.

In the aggregated net scores Kaz Rudnicki brought back memories of super scores in times past with a wonderful 65 giving him first place and a total of 134. Martin Pugh’s 67 put him in 2nd place with 135. Also worthy of note was Pete Sandall’s 2 rounds sub 70 (69 & 69) and Ed ( Taffy) Jones’ net 65 in the consolation Stableford.

Monday 8th July Championship Round 1.

There were two stars of the the first day of our championship; Robert Head followed his excellent round of last Thursday with a hole in one on 14, which helped him to a gross 81; this put him in 3rd place behind Steve Cadney 78 who was 2 shots adrift of our other star, Ray Chambers on 76. Playing off 9 Ray leads the net scorers too with 67, followed by Martin Pugh 68. Kaz Rudnicki leads a quartet of players on 69, with 2 more on 70. Round 2 is on Thursday.

Thursday 4th July. Singles Stableford.

40 players turned out on another super sunny summer’s day and scoring was good apart from a few who were feeling effects from playing the day before at Bewdley. 7 managed to beat 36 pts with the top 2 scaling the heights of 40+.Congratulations to Robert Head who beat Alan Roberts on cb with 41 and Kevin Waterman who came 3rd with 38 edging out Terry Richards on cb.

The Race to Ford Bridge.                                                                                The top of the table has become much more interesting with 4 of the top 5 uncharacteristically not scoring very highly yesterday. Rob Brotherwood’s(491) lead has been cut to 7 points as Dave Botwood (484) took advantage of the others’ slip-ups. Rob Harris (471) is a further 13 behind with Kevin Room (453) 18 pts back, 2 ahead of Jim Shaddick(451). So only 40 pts separate first to 5th; 491 to 451 with Alan Hooper (422) the only other player past 400.

 

Wednesday 3rd July. Captain’s Away Day.

Our Captain chose Bewdley Pines as the venue for this eagerly awaited annual event. 21 members took to the course on a gloriously sunny day. There were prizes for NP on all 5 par 3s and were won by:Andy Chambers on 5th, Ray Chambers on 6, Tony Green on 9, Alan Hooper on 14 and Charlie Tune on 18. Tony Green also picked up a prize for a 2 on 6 as did Gary Monk on 18. The team event had a close result with all groups average score ranging from 32 to 34.3 which was scored by Gary Monk, Andy Chambers and Mike Barrington. The top individuals with a prize as low as 4th were: Mike Barrington 4th on 36pts, Pete Sandall 3rd 38 and  Graham Flowers 2nd, 39 beaten on cb by this year’s champion, Alan Hooper.

Monday 1st July. Summer Friendly v Little Lakes.

The return match at home brought a revenge win by 3.5 – 2.5. Captain Terry was pleased with all aspects of the day- the course, the food and and the result. All matches were closely fought and in played in good spirit.

Thursday 27th June. Individual Stableford. Captain’s Charity day.

While some were at Burghill in the Herefordshire Championships and others were in an Open at Lilleybrook, 26 players competed in the latest Stableford round in support of the Captain’s Charity.Congratulations go to Phil Green, who put his disappointment of the day before at Sapey behind him, and scored a magnificent 41 pts. Terry Bufton and Richard Cattermole were 2 pts behind on 39 with Terry taking 2nd place on cb.

Summer Friendly. V South Hereford. Monday 24th June.

This “Captains’ Trophy match was set up in the time of Dilwyn James and is played for over 2 legs. We won the first leg by 4 matches to 2 and look forward to retaining that advantage in a few weeks time.

June Medal. Thursday 20th

46 members played in this latest summer Medal with one outstanding performance by Iain Ashcroft. Iain has been playing well for some time but today he rattled in 10 pars off his 14 handicap and his net 66 earned him a cut of 1.2 plus a bit more for exceptional scoring so now he will play off 12.He earns his place in the President’s Cup and won div 1 of course from Ray Chambers in 2nd place net 70 gross 79 – the lowest of the day. Mike Williams, still smarting from defeat at Naunton took first place in div 2 with gross 90 net 70, edging out Kevin Waterman gross 91 net 73. Div 3 saw the popular, old favourite, Charlie Tune in first place gross 106 net 72 and Bob Holloway in 2nd, gross 100 net 75. Well done too to George Beattie amd Mike Williams for their 2s on the 6th.

Race to Ford Bridge. Rob Brotherwood on 472 still has a healthy lead of 23 pts from last year’s winner Jim Shaddick on 449 with Dave Botwood 1 pt further behind and Robert Harris 1 more behind. Kevin Room on 435 is the only other player over 400 pts.

National Seniors Classic KO. Tuesday 18th June.

The interest of our “B” team in this year’s competition came to a damp end high in the Cotswolds at Naunton Downs Golf Club. Mike Williams was first in with a humbling defeat, Kevin Waterman put us on the board with a hard fought half, then Alan Hooper levelled the match score with a 3&1 victory. So all eyes were on our captain Dave Jones who sadly succumbed 2 down.

Tuesday 18th June. Summer Friendly v The Herefordshire. Away.

An excellent day according to the Captain with good food, good course and a good result. We won 3.5 – 2.5 and congratulations to Terry Carver who not only helped his partner Tony Green to an easy win but bagged the bottle prize for nearest the pin in 2 on the tricky 18th.

Thursday 13th June. Invitation Pairs Cancelled.

Monday 10th June Fred Dobson. Mixed Stableford..

Our 2nd of 3 Mixed Seniors/Ladies Events. 10 pairs, picked by lot by Julie Powell ( in the absence of Wendy Lawrenson) and Alan Hooper. The scores ranged from 30 pts in 10th place to 36 in 2nd with the winners 3 pts ahead on 39. Nearest the pin on the 6th for the Ladies was Lesley Turbutt and for the men her partner Bob Holloway. They combined to take 2nd place with a score of 36 and beat 2 other pairs on cb. The clear winners were Geraldine Kelly and Ian Robertson.

Individual Stableford.

While the team was at Forest Hills 33 players played an alternative and 8 players had 36 pts or more. Top scorers were the 2 Robs – Harris and Brotherwood – with 41 and 42pts respectively. How the team could have done with those 2!

Thursday 6th June.Summer Friendly v Forest Hills Away.

Revenge by the hosts in the Forest of Dean for the narrow defeat they suffered at Ford Bridge in April as they hammered us by 5 games to 1. Kevin Room, inevitably considering his form throughout this season, was our only winner in partnership with Bob Crump.

Thursday 30th May. Captain’s Day.

For the 2nd week in succession Jim Shaddick came out on top of the pile; today he scored an impressive 41 pts to beat Gary Monk on 39 and John Treanor on 38. John was the best on cb of a host of players on 38. Of 49 players only 3 scored a 2 – Robert Harris and Jim Shaddick on 6 and Ed Jones on 14. There was a prize for everyone, so if you left before the presentation you should see Terry to receive your prize.

Spaces are still available in the Invitation Pairs on June 13th and Open Pairs on July 18th. Please check the team sheet for Forest Hills next Thursday, and turn up to play for 11 a.m.start if your name is there.

Congratulations to Kevin Room on winning the Winter singles KO; he beat Gordon Powell in the final.

May 28th Summer Friendly v Bransford at Ford Bridge.

This was a re-arranged match from earlier when we were unable to field a team. The poor captain wondered if he had made the right decision to take on the captaincy when for the 2nd match in succession he found he was short of not one player this time but two. Thankfully he was able to call on the services of Malcolm Clark and Derek Langford who happened to be on hand waiting to play a social game. The result was another win by 4.5 to 1.5. Terry points out that under his captaincy we have lost only once. and have 6 wins.

Thursday 23rd May. Newtown Cup.

Only one player, Jim Shaddick, managed to play to par from a field of 38 players; and only one player, Dave Botwood managed a 2 – quite surprising on a wonderful day for golf. Kevin Room came 2nd behind Jim continuing his claim to be the most consistent in the Seniors. Rob Brotherwood was absent and so the top of the leaderboard in the Race to Ford Bridge has become quite tight with only 15 points separating Rob in first place and Kevin  in 3rd and Jim another 20 behind in 5th.

Well done hardworking Dave Jones, who was out on the course mowing the fairways last Tuesday and Rod Garvey, torn away from the computer, to go strimming around all the trees on the course.

Monday Summer Friendly v Alexander Park. Away.

Same result; slightly different score from the first fixture a month ago. This time we won 5-1. The only losing pair were Alan Hooper and Tony Green who was phoned at 9.30 and made his way specially to fill in for a missing team member, a truly team spirited thing to do – such a shame that it did not result in a win on Tony’s maiden trip around the course. After 7 matches we stand 5 wins 2 defeats. Bransford at Ford Bridge next Tuesday.

Thursday 16th May Medal.

46 members played in this competition with 6 achieving a sub 70 net score, and 6 a no return. Overall winner and winner of Div 1 was Dave Jones, who secured his place in the Presidents Cup with a gross 76 net 65, 4 ahead of Tony Green whose gross 75 was the lowest of the day. Martin Pugh had a net 69 was edged out into 3rd on cb. Net 69 was the winning score in div 2 won by Kevin Room, with Robert Harris in the frame again on net 70. The usual suspects led the way in div 3 won by Mike Barrington gross 90 net 67 and Graham Flowers 94 net 69. 3 players achieved a 2 on hole 6 – Malcolm Clark, Rod Garvey and Ed Jones- and Andrew Chambers had his on the 14th.

14 competitions have contributed to this year’s Race to Ford Bridge which is led by Rob Brotherwood on 409 pts; in 2nd place Robert Harris on 379 and Dave Botwood 3rd on 360. Kevin Room’s consistency is shown by the fact that he is in 4th place, 53 pts behind the leader, but his score comes from 2 events fewer.

Invitation Pairs only a month away: a good chance to show a friend how proud you are of our course and facilities. Well done to those who supported the captain out on the course on the “bunker tidy – up” day.

Monday 13th May. Summer Friendly v Little Lakes.

A narrow defeat by 3.5 – 2.5 but report came back saying the course was good the food was good and even the result was good compared to recent years. Friendlies will be coming at the rate of one per week for the next 7 weeks; please be prepared to help out the captain if you are able. Bransford at Ford Bridge has been re-arranged for Tuesday May 28th start 11a.m.

Win for the “A” team at Painswick, Gloucestershire, in National competition; 3.5 – 0.5. Our 2 teams now safely into 2nd round. “A” team should be at home.

Thursday 9th May Open Texas Scramble.

A wonderful entry of 23 teams of 4; almost half being visitors. This reflected the hard work put in by the organisers Kevin Waterman and Malcolm Clark to whom the thanks of all the Seniors are due. A super day not spoilt by the damp weather which could have been far worse, although the course could not have taken much more rain.

For the first time there were prizes for Away and Home players. Dave Shuttleworth’s team from Forest Hills won first prize for the visitors with a 68 gross net 61.7 beating Frank Matthews team 68 net 62.3. Neil Tothill and his men came 3rd with gross 67 net 62.3. Home players Gareth Boxhall and Robert Harris led 2 friends into the spot for first place with a gross 68 net 60.7 beating Bob Holloway, Rod Garvey and Terry Davies with Allen Hunt from Ludlow whose gross was also 68 but net 60.8. Jim Shaddick with Ray Chambers Gary Monk and Bernard Hughes came 3rd. with a lower gross, 67, but net 62.4.

 

 

Monday 6th May. Mixed Seniors/Ladies Open Greensome.

This year saw a best ever entry of 20 pairs representing 10 different golf clubs taking to our course on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday. The scores too were better than in previous years and local knowledge was a deciding factor as the top 3 pairs were all LGC members. The winners were Liz and Nigel Moore with 41 pts, in 2nd place Kath Parsons and Martin Pugh with 40 and Wendy Lawrenson with Richard Cattermole came 3rd on cb with 39. LGC Seniors took some spot prizes too as Terry Bufton, current Seniors;captain, had the longest drive on hole 9 as well as nearest the pin on 14. Geraldine Kelly had NP on 6 for the Ladies making it easy for her partner, Alan Hooper, to combine with her to secure the only 2 of the day.

National Seniors Classic. Friday May 3rd.

Our B team had a home draw against Mile End Golf Club. A singles competition where the away team players have an extra shot on their handicap. Dave Jones led the team to a 3-1 victory, supported by Alan Hooper and Mike Williams, who recovered from 3 down after 9 to win 2&1. Good luck to the A team who play away to Painswick soon.

 

Thursday 2nd May. Fun Multiplication Pairs.

It is lovely to report that Paul Oatley is back in the winners enclosure; in a competition with a difficult format he was paired with Kevin Waterman, who was able to put his anxieties of the forthcoming Open behind him, and together they achieved a good score of 67 Stableford points. Malcolm Davies and David O’Dowd enjoyed their day too and took 2nd prize.

Seniors/Ladies Texas Scramble Monday April 29th.

This event had been postponed in March and was played in glorious sunshine and a gentle, if any, breeze. The course was in super condition, looking good for next week’s Opens.

6 groups, 2men + 2 ladies, took to the course, with one a 3 ball being a lady short. Luck of the draw meant that Phil Lawrenson, Bob Holloway and Kath Parsons were a player short but they made light of this handicap and posted a magnificent gross 68 net 58.2 to win by a slender margin from Heather Cass, Geraldene Kelly, John Price and Dave Botwood whose gross 69 gave them a net score of 60.8. The winning trio also collected the 2  nearest the pin prizes – by Kath on the 6th for the ladies and Phil on 14 for the men.

Bircher Bowl and Tedd Trophy.

This proved to be a day when good scores were hard to achieve, but congratulations to Pete Sandall on a gross 88 net 70 on winning the Bircher Bowl; hard luck on Rob Harris beaten on cb. Phil Samuel who has been missing for a long time with walking problems, took the Tedd Trophy with a gross 97 net 76 and beat Dilwyn James into 2nd place gross 101 net 77. Rob Brotherwood had lowest gross 83 of the 34 who competed.

Summer Friendlies.

2 matches recently have been played, both at home, which resulted in 2 more wins. First against Alexander Park by 5.5 – 0.5 and then a closer encounter v Forest Hills, by 3.5-2.5.

While the team played v Forest Hills an alternative was in progress and Rob Brotherwood continued his fine form with 40 pts to win the day, closely followed by Malcolm Davies on 39. Rob Harris and Mike Barrington also had a good under par round with 38 and 37 pts respectively.

Thursday April 11th. Captain’s Drive in and April Medal.

Captain Terry Bufton drove 220yds and, by his own admission amazingly, on to the short stuff down the FIRST fairway – Trevor “Money-Perry” Perry won the sweepstake.

Postponed from last week when winter’s snow, sleet and wind obtained, this event took place in Spring sunshine; and the sun shone especially well on 3 div 1 players who came in with sub 70 scores. Congratulations to Andrew Chambers gross 79 – lowest gross on the day- net 65 on winning and securing his place in October’s Presidents Cup; to David Stephens gross 81 net 68, and to Dave Botwood gross 82 net 68. Kevin Room continues to make hay while the NQ element means he cannot be cut, and recorded another fine round of 87 off 17 so net 70 to win div 2, a clear 4 shots ahead of Ed Jones on net 74 gross 89. In div 3 Bob Holloway’s account continues to grow as he unashamedly pockets the voucher for winning with a gross 98 net 73 ahead of Cyril Jennings gross 98 net 75.

There were 2s on holes 6, 14, and 17 by 7 players making light of the sandy conditions on the greens, as a result of the necessary Spring maintenance All details on Masterscoreboard as usual, where there will be no mention of course of the lovely bar meals enjoyed by many provided by our new in-house chef, Dave.

A good number of entries in KOs both singles and pairs: draws are on noticeboard.

Tuesday April 9th.

Summer Friendly v Wharton Park. Away.

Captain Terry struggled to find 14 fit and able men willing to go to Wharton Park, but those who went did him and the section proud with a sound 4.5 – 2.5 win. The captain and Dave Jones led the way with a big win but Tony Green with Iain Ashcroft were the stars with a dog licence victory.

2 home matches next week when we shall all be looking forward to seeing how our new chef can cheer our spirits with some good meals.

The first 2 summer friendlies have been played during the last few days with mixed results. First we lost to Upper Sapey on Monday 25th March by 2 matches to 4; then came a win on 3rd April v Knighton by 4 – 1.

Today’s April Medal has been postponed until next Thursday, snow and sleet made the decision to postpone an easy one.

Our last competition of the 2018/19 season took place on the day of our AGM and took the form of a Texas Scramble. Ten groups took to the course and most would be pleased with their score. Terry Bufton with John Stevenson and Mike Williams had a gross 69 off 8.8 hcap but they were pipped by in form Nigel Moore with Kevin Room and Andrew Chambers who had the lowest gross 68 and best net of 60 when hcap 8 was taken off. Well done this group for their HOLE IN ONE.

Thursday 21st March.

Final Round Robin Match v Ross at Ford Bridge.

Our last home match of the 2018/2019 season ended in the same result and same score as the other two matches – a resounding whitewash 8-0. Sadly we did not take our home form to the away matches and in gaining only one away victory at Ross, we allowed Burghill with 2 away wins to retain the trophy. A meagre consolation to be able to say we beat the champions 8-0 and on aggregate (H&A) 10-6.

Working Party.

In a week of wet and wild weather Cyril chose Monday, a glorious day, sunny, dry but windy, to have the first Seniors’ working party of 2019. Cynics cried “you are wasting your time!” but 4 trailer loads of debris picked up from under the trees between the 9th and 10th fairways meant there would be less to do the next time. Well done Cyril, Terry Carver, Bob Holloway, Ron Plant, Richard Cattermole, and Alan Hooper; Rod Garvey had torn himself away from the computer previously and worked alone on the course.

Thursday 14th March. Weston Cider Cup.

Travellers on the Leominster by-pass could have been forgiven for thinking they were in the Lake District as 16 pairs from our section set out to fight for the first Cup of 2019, a competition held in a difficult format – Greensome Medal off white tee blocks. The short 10th proved to be the easiest hole on the day and yielded 3 twos, scored by Rob Brotherwood with John Lucas, Dave Botwood with John Leaman, and Graham Flowers with Derek Langford; Terry Bufton with Malcolm (1 foot 11 and half inches) Davies scored theirs on the 11th!

It was gratifying to note that the two lowest gross scores actually took the prizes to be collected on Presentation Day in October while the first 3 net scores were separated by a mere .6.

In 3rd place came the early clubhouse leaders Robert Harris with Terry Carver gross 92 off 20.2 net 71.8; in 2nd place were Ian Fraser with David O’Dowd 86 off 14.6 net 71.4 but the winners were Mike Williams and Alan Hooper 86 off 14.8 net 71.2. Congratulations especially to Mike for defending this Cup, which he won last year.

Thursday March 7th. March Medal.

Sadly the first of the summer Medals became a non qualifier as far as handicaps were concerned because so much rain fell prior to the event that the 10th became a shortened hole. The course was as wet underfoot as at any time through the winter and the strong wind blew many balls off course.

Unaffected by these conditions our vice captain Terry Bufton scored a magnificent gross 77 off his 12 hcap and so won the day with a net 65; in 2nd place in div 1 came Tony Green with the lowest gross of the day 75 net 70.

Div 2 was won by the ever- consistent Kevin Room gross 90 net 73 with Peter Sandall gross 91 net 73 in 2nd place. Eric Routledge took the honours in div 3 with a gross 99 net 74 and the fast improving John Treanor in 2nd place with a gross 103 net 77.

Terry Bufton and Kevin Room won the balls sweep with a 2 on holes 6 and 17 respectively.

The players in the 3 divisions were balanced by the computer so that the numbers in each division were roughly equal – an experiment which we will continue in the monthly Medals for a trial period.

Weston Cider next Thursday.

Winter KOs. 1.Pairs.

The first of the winter KOs was completed well on time, on Tuesday 5th March. A closely fought final ended on the 17th green when Ian Robertson achieved an amazing up and down following his tee shot being down in the dell on the right, which gave him and his partner Alan Hooper a 2&1 victory over Paul Oatley and Nigel Moore.

Nigel’s big hitting and Paul making good use of some of his 12 shots had kept the match alive to the extent that they were hoping for a repeat of their narrow semi-final win, but their hopes were dashed by Ian’s excellent short game skills.

2.Singles.

The singles KO has reached the quarter-final stage with all 8 qualifiers through on schedule.

Summer KOs.

Sheets are up for names to be added and payment made for the Summer KO competitions; it will be good to have a large entry but please don’t sign up if you are going to be out of the country for 3 weeks in every month!

Thursday 28th February. 3 Man Waltzer –1,2,3, 1,2,3.

A fun event on a spare day in our calendar; the course in fine shape, and 3 ball partnerships picked by our hard-working competitions secretary, David O’Dowd.

7 of the 13 groups had a score of 70pts or more, and the best of the day was 80 by Alan Roberts, Terry Carver and Dave Botwood; a score helped by Terry’s 2 on 17; in 2nd place on cb with 74 pts came the Captain and Vice, Bob Holloway and Terry Bufton, with John Lucas, and 3rd Phil Green, Kevin Waterman and Trevor(in the money again) Perry, despite a 2 by Phil and Kev on 17. Ian Fraser also had a 2.

39 players in the field is a good showing for February.

Next week March 7th the first of the 8 summer Medals while 4 of our number are representing LGC Seniors at Ludlow in the annual Tom Smart Invitation.

Summer in February!

It is good to see players in the Winter KO cups making good use of the dry weather and the super condition of our course. Singles’ competitors have been seen on the course and the 2 semi-finals in the Pairs have been completed with a tight win for Alan Hooper with Ian Robertson by 2&1 over Kevin Waterman with Terry Carver and an even closer victory by 1 up for Nigel Moore with Paul Oatley over the bookies’ favourites Phil Green and Kevin Room.

Thursday 21st February.

38 players took to the course in the latest Captain’s Charity Individual Stableford.

Andrew Chambers led the field with 40 pts off 15; in 2nd place the ever – reliable Rob Brotherwood 38 pts off 11 and in 3rd place on cb Phil (wish I’d played like that in the KO pairs yesterday) Green, with 37 off 14.

“Good food, good company and the greens were fine.” This sounds like an excerpt from a captain’s speech following a golf match; but it actually refers to our latest Seniors/Ladies dinner dance. This had been postponed from December and was held on Friday 15th Feb hoping to attract some romantics; as it happened it was an intimate affair and we were taken back to our more romantic days as the DJ played all our favourite songs from the swinging 60s.

Captain Bob’s draw made a good heap of money, as we expected from £5 per ticket, and Terry Bufton won the 4 ball voucher for a day out at Builth, and Geraldine Kelly won the bottle of champagne.

Round Robin v Burghill Valley Away Tuesday 12th February.

More disappointment for RR Captain Terry Bufton as his team suffered a 2nd league defeat in the post Christmas period. One game remains v Ross at Ford Bridge in March and a win might not be enough to secure the title which had looked so secure at the half-way stage.

“2 pairs came away with their heads held high: Mike Privett and David Stephens had a big win 5&4  while Tony Green and Iain Ashcroft fought out a narrow victory being 1 up after 18.

 

Thursday 7th February.

Spring Scramble. Well done the Comp Sec, David O’Dowd, for selecting the groups so fairly that 9 of the 12 played off 9 or 10 hcap, plus 2 off 8 and 1 of 7. Sadly there were 2 members who failed to turn up which resulted in a wasted day for Terry Carver and Ian Robertson who were a man short; Mike Williams stood in at short notice to prevent another 2-ball taking the field.

Results; a win for Rob Brotherwood, Mike Williams and John Lucas with a gross 71 net 62; in 2nd place Terry Bufton, Iain Ashcroft and Bill Brown gross 72 net 64 and in 3rd place, following a disqualification, Ed Jones, Malc Clark and Alec Tandler gross 75 net 65.

Thursday 31st January.The scheduled Multiplication Pairs competition became an individual stableford owing to the fact that our competitions secretary thought there would be a high dropout rate; as it happened 30 players signed in and 24 cards were processed. On the coldest day of the winter so far the course was frozen but fun was had by most and no one was injured. Cyril Jennings, fresh from his public spirited offer to partner John Lucas as a replacement for the injured Pete Sandall in the Winter pairs, had the best round of the day scoring 32 pts; in 2nd place with 31 was Dave Jones, and 3rd on cb came Graham Flowers with 30. Derek Langford had the distinction of scoring the only 2 of the day on 17.

Thursday 24th January. Our latest Captain’s Charity competition took the form of a 4BBB pairs in a “pick your own partner” format. Some partners were allocated by our esteemed, hardworking fixture secretary, since some seniors either do not understand “pick your own” or do not have any friends! 7 of the 16 pairs managed 40pts or more; remarkably 44pts scored by Tony Green and Iain Ashcroft came only 4th; Alan Hooper and Kevin Room were 3rd with 45pts, but taking the prizes for 2nd were Phil Green and Dave Jones, who thought with the rest of us that their 46pts would win until Robert Harris and debutant Gareth Boxhall came in with 48pts.


Round Robin Winter League.
This competition has resumed after the mid season break; you may recall before Christmas our team had played 3 and won 3 matches with an aggregate of 23 to 1. On Thursday 21st January Terry Bufton captained his men in the return fixture at Ludlow having won 8-0 at Ford Bridge. It was foggy at the start and a few of our pairs lost their way to such an extent that the only winners were the dependable Dave Jones playing with Phil Green,(4&3) and the metronomic Ray Chambers playing with Kevin Waterman (5&4). Burghill Valley is the next challenge, away in February.
Dinner/Dance.
Treat your lady to this social event the day after Valentines Day. Friday 15th Feb.
Thursday 10th January.
How wonderful to be able to play our full course so early in January and in the depths of Winter.
Making excellent use of the conditions and receiving a handicap cut for their superb play were Phil Green with 42 pts in div 1 and Rob Harris with 40 pts in div 2. Behind Phil came Dave Botwood on 37 and 5 others on 36. In div 2 Kevin Room came 2nd on cb from Alan Roberts on 35. The 7 players in Div 3 struggled despite their many extra shots but Captain Bob showed no reluctance to pocket his prize with 29pts and Trevor(Money)Perry eagerly took the 2nd place prize with 26.Congratulations to Phil Green for scoring 2 2s and to 5 others who shared the balls with him.
A spare Thursday on the calendar this week, so there is no excuse for winter singles or pairs matches not being played. Deadline is the end of the month when the weather is due to deteriorate.
Thursday 3rd January.
Today’s New Year Texas Scramble became a January Stableford at a late hour owing to the distinct possibility of few numbers and likely withdrawals; for those who love a Scramble the February event is not far off.
Kevin Room took full advantage of good winter conditions and amassed 39 pts without suffering a cut in hcap since it was a non qualifying competition; in close position behind him came Rob Brotherwood and John Leaman on 38; Rob took 2nd place on cb; Jim Shaddick was 4th on cb with 36pts, pushing Andrew Chambers into 5th.
Points were awarded for all entrants today in the Race to Ford Bridge where after 7 events Rob Brotherwood has a 22 pt lead over Mike Privett; Kevin Room moved into 4th place behind Robert Harris. 62 players have played at least one qualifying round and 18 players have passed 100 pts.
Your Hon. Sec hopes that all Seniors enjoyed their Christmas and wishes everyone in the Section a successful and healthy New Year. On Thursday 3rd January there is a New Year Texas Scramble; sign up for this fun 3 man-team event; brush off the cobwebs before the serious stuff starts with the January Medal a week later. Sign up sheets are on the noticeboard.
Thursday 27th December.
No competition for our Senior section today, but the Club took the opportunity to fill the gap with the annual 3-fold Stakeholders / New Members/ Leominster v Hereford match. Half a dozen Seniors were in the field plus 3 Ladies and the rest Main Club members. The New Members trophy was won by a non – Senior with 34pts; Alan Hooper won the Stakeholders Shield with 38 pts and Leominster members comfortably defeated their counterparts from t’other side of Dinmore in the fun match.
Thursday 20th Dec.
Captain’s Charity.
Only 15 holes were open for our last competition before Christmas, and obviously conditions underfoot, being so wet, contributed to some frustration for some players.
However good golfers will overcome as our winner Ray Chambers proved with a magnificent 33 pts beating Iain Ashcroft 32 pts into 2nd place and Robert Harris came 3rd with 31. Good par scores with 30 pts were achieved by Rob Brotherwood and Bryan Leech.

The Race to Ford Bridge standings can be found on Masterscoreboard by scrolling down to the very bottom of the page and clicking on Orders of Merit, then choosing Race to Ford Bridge. Rob Brotherwood has taken the lead – our 5th leader in the 2019 competition.

Thursday 13th December. December Medal.
This competition had been postponed from the previous week to allow members to attend the funeral of Richard Francis. Illness and appointments took their toll on today’s field and left only 28 members in the competition, many of whom found the clinging ground did not make scoring easy.
Trevor Perry won div 3 with 30pts from John Lucas on cb; div 2 had Kevin Room and Robert Harris 1st and 2nd in that order on 35; but div 1 had a clear winner by 2 pts as Alan Hooper on 36 beat Dave Dave Botwood into 2nd on 34.

The table below shows the leaders in the RACE To FORD BRIDGE 2019.
Mike Privett 134
Rob Brotherwood 124
Dave Botwood 116
Ian Fraser 115
Rod Garvey 110
Pete Sandall 106
Phil Green 101
Jim Shaddick 101
Rob Harris 100

Fake news hits the Seniors’ noticeboard.
Apparently the report below contains false information: please delete the names of those who won 2nd place in the Yellowball comp on 22nd Nov, and replace with Dave Jones, Kevin Room, Ian Robertson and Richard Maloney Snr. Apologies to all concerned and from my scout on the course comes the wish to offer grateful thanks to the greenkeepers for a good job done in clearing the leaves.
Thursdays 15th and 22nd November.
The rain in Spain fell mainly on your correspondent while he was seeking some pleasant winter sunshine; and I return to find there was a remarkable entry in the annual Turkey Trot on 15th November; such were the numbers that all players’ scores were recorded as if for a Medal competition in 3 divisions. Congratulations to the divisional winners: Mike Privett 40pts off 12 won div 1, Rod Garvey 36pts off 16 div 2, and Roger Barrington 31 off 22 div 3. All scores of course are on Masterscoreboard.
The 2nd Thursday competition was arranged as a Yellow Ball. Captain Bob has informed me that 1st came the team of : Tony Green, John Stevenson,John Leaman & Cyril Jennings with 148 points; 2nd was the team of Dave Jones, Mike Barrington, James Forrester & Rob Brotherwood with 138 points. Well done to all who braved the cold atmospheric conditions and the leafy underfoot problems.

2019 Race to Ford Bridge has a new leader, not surprisingly it is Mike Privett who earned 49 pts for winning the Turkey Trot, and he leads with 134, followed by Rob Brotherwood on 124, with Dave Botwood 3rd on 116, 1 pt ahead of Ian Fraser. 9 players have already passed the 100 mark, and 59 members have played at least 1 qualifying event, of which there have been 4.See latest item at top of page.

Friday 9th November. RR v Burghill Valley at Ford Bridge.
Fortress Ford Bridge as far as this winter’s Round Robin is concerned as Burghill became the 2nd team, following Ludlow, to suffer defeat by the maximum margin of 8-0. Congratulations to RR captain Terry Bufton and all who have played so far and put us on top of the table with 6 pts from the 3 matches at the half way point of our season. Ludlow away in January on 21st is the next match – not 28th as in fixture list.

Thursday 8th November. A Stableford Competition.
Not a Cup; not a Medal – just a competition to keep us occupied on a November autumnal morning. It was a qualifier from handicap point of view and was the 3rd event in the 2019 Race to Ford Bridge; much to play for therefore.
Well done Rod Garvey on coming out on top of the pile with 38pts off 17 hc; the next best 3 were all rewarded with a prize and were separated only by cb – all having 37 pts- James Forrester off 33 came 2nd, Mike Barrington off 23, 3rd and Mike Privett off 12, 4th.

2019 Race to Ford Bridge is being led by Robert Harris who, after 3 events, has 91 pts, followed by Alan Hooper with 87; in joint 3rd place are Mike Privett and Rob Brotherwood on 85.

November Medal Thursday 1st November.
There were two outstanding performances in our first winter medal of the new season; Robert Harris, off hcap 18, amassed 42 Stableford points to win not only division 2, but also the competition overall and thus be the first name to qualify for the 2019 President’s Cup; Tony Green’s achievement was arguably far greater as he scored 41 pts off hcap 6 and won div 1; super golf from those two who were also unsurprisingly among the winners in the ballsweep.
2nd in div 1 with 39pts was Alan Hooper; 2nd in div 2 came Ed Jones with 36; div 3 honours went to Dilwyn James 36 pts and Malcolm Davies, whose long putting (often from way short of the green) was amazing, with 35. Malcolm and Ian Fraser were the others who shared the balls for a “2”.
From the 36 cards processed the following, all in div 1, are also to be commended Dave Jones 38 pts (hc 11), David Stephens 38 (12) Iain Ashcroft 37 (15) Mike Privett 36 (12).
Since Presentation Day,2 competitions have qualified for the 2019 Race to Ford Bridge and the new leader is Robert Harris with 70 pts , with Rob Brotherwood in 2nd with 56.

RR v Ludlow Monday 29th October.
Playing on a lovely October morning, but with our course in conditions as bad as any of us can remember, from the point of view of leaves on the course, and sandy, bumpy greens, actually seemed to suit us. Our squad showed strength in depth, as the team was much changed from the one which won at Ross last week, yet trounced Ludlow 8-0. Gail’s meal and our off course hospitality went a long way to cheering our neighbours on their way home up the A49.
November Medal this week on Thursday and Burghill in the RR here next Friday, 9th November.

2018 Poppy Appeal. Thursday 25th March.
A golf day to raise money for the British Legion Poppy Appeal was successful in 3 ways: 1. £114 was raised; 2. Terry Bufton, fresh from leading the RR team to a record win at Ross, parred 13 holes on his way to 42pts and first place on the day, beating Robert Harris on 38 into 2nd place; and 3. Stephen Palmer had a 2 on the 11th. Well done to all concerned.
First Match in RR Winter League v Ross Away Weds 24th October.
From the ridiculous to the sublime. A narrow loss on Monday at Sapey was soon forgotten as we stormed to a 7-1 victory at Ross. Big winners were Jim Shaddick with Terry Carver 7&6 and Bob Holloway ( no cares of captaincy to weigh him down) with Pete Sandall 6&5. Some of the team knew that there would be 13 temporary greens, but that clearly did not affect our play as much as the Ross who ought to have been used to them.
Ludlow at Ford Bridge next on Monday.

Last of the Summer Friendlies.
It was good to include Sapey into our friendly fixtures and may be soon if they attract some new members they will be able to put 8 pairs out and return to the Round Robin Winter League. As it was they could manage only 6 pairs and beat us on their course 3.5 – 2.5

Thursday 18th October. 3 Man Texas Scramble.
This competition at this time of year dates from when we used to have a Scramble with a shot gun start preceding our AGM; the AGM has moved to March but the scramble remains.
10 teams of 3 comprising, as far as possible a low, a mid and a high handicapper, plus a group of 4 at the end of the field, took to the course and 7 of them returned a gross score between 69 and 71. Rob Brotherhood clearly is enjoying playing in our Section as he joined forces with the amiable Kevin Room plus John Lucas and together they shot the lowest gross of 69 off hc 9 so had a net score of 60; this put them in first place ahead of Alan Hooper, Phil Green and Bill Brown whose gross 70 off hc 8 and a net 72 secured them 2nd place on cb from 3 other groups.

Disappointing News.
Too few have signed up for our normal winter singles and pairs competitions to make them viable and worth holding; so it has been decided to hold a singles Stableford extra comp and call it the winter singles – clearly not a match-play situation which will disappoint some. Similarly a pairs comp, where people pick their own partner and we hold a 4BBB day, will replace the Winter Pairs KO. These 2 comps will be played at a time when there is a gap/space in the calendar.

Winter League
Terry Bufton, our vice-captain has posted teams for the first 2 matches – away at Ross next Wednesday and home to Ludlow on Monday 29th October. Good luck to both teams.

Monday 15th Capt v Vice
Postponed, originally owing to Greenkeepers beginning the Autumn greens week; this work was delayed because of the poor weather.
Tuesday 16th October. ADMAG.
Our 3rd and last Seniors/Ladies internal Mixed event this year; the format is becoming more familiar to those who play regularly in Mixed competitions and it provides for a good fun day. A record entry of 14 pairs offered to play and owing to the proposed greens work an 18 hole course was compiled; the old 9 twice, with each hole having a 2nd stroke index on the 2nd 9.
Rod Garvey with Carol Gardner took 3rd place with 36 pts, a 2nd 9 of 20pts crucially gaining the cb verdict; in 2nd place Terry Bufton with Liz Moore on 37 and clear winners with 41 Phil Green with Heather Cass.
NPs for the men were Alan Hooper on 17th first time round, and Bob Holloway on 14th 2nd time.
We look forward to a Spring scramble with the Ladies in March.

Monday 8th October Summer Friendly at Little Lakes.
This match postponed from May brought little joy in terms of result, but some of the losses were small and Jim Shaddick and Pete Sandall gained the half in the 0.5-5.5 defeat. One friendly remains – away at Upper Sapey next Monday.

President’s Cup and Presentation Day. Thursday 11th October.
17 of those who qualified for the President’s Cup took to the course off the first tee, 11 completed their round with a score, of whom Malcolm Davies gross 92 net 67 was best, ahead of Iain Ashcroft gross 85 net 69 in 2nd place. Tony Green had lowest gross 80.
19 others headed off the 10th in a Consolation Stableford and Kaz Rudnicki continued his good form of the summer with 38pts, 1 pt ahead of Mike Barrington on 37. Phil Green and Ed Jones both felt they had the prize in their sights after scoring 21 pts on their first 9 but as the weather improved their scores became worse and they settled for 36pts in 3rd and 4th.
The prizes presented later have all been documented on these pages as the competitions were held; but 3 competitions go on behind the scenes during the season and were won as follows: Ray Chambers – the Geoff Skelton Medal Cup for the best 5 Medals of the 7 summer Medals; Tony Green – the Eclectic; and Jim Shaddick the Race to Ford Bridge.
Next Tuesday 16th October our annual Admag – The Alun Davies Mixed American Greensome – 9 a.m. start.

Thursday 4th October. October Medal.
The last of the summer Medal competitions , which was also the last qualifier in the 2017/18 inaugural Race to Ford Bridge. Surprisingly on a day when conditions appeared good for scoring there were only two scores of 70 or below; these were the winning scores in division one where Ray Chambers had net 69 from 78 gross, the lowest of the day, and newcomer Rob Brotherwood net 70 gross 81.
There were 7 players who managed net 72, and David O’Dowd’s score earned him 1st spot in div 2 off gross 89 beating Rob Harris gross 90 on cb. Back to form Malcolm Davies gross 96 off 25 won div 3 with a net 71 and Mike Barrington took 2nd place with net 72 gross 96.
Jim Shaddick earned 24 pts in the Race to Ford Bridge, enough to win him this coveted prize for which he has been in pole position throughout the summer. Final positions:
Jim Shaddick 571
Alan Hooper 546
David O’Dowd 516
E.W. Jones 509
Malcolm Davies 507
Dave Jones 500

Captain’s Fundraiser. 4BBB. Pick-Your-Own Pairs. Monday October 1st.
This fun event had been moved from the previous Thursday to allow the postponed September Medal to take place.
A good field of 16 pairs enjoyed the splendid weather and the course was in glorious condition. 12 of the 16 pairs managed at least 40 pts and a score of more than 44 was needed to be in the prizes. John Lucas (h cap 24) and Trevor Perry (23) were pleased to score 45 pts but not so pleased to be pushed into 3rd place, beaten by Dennis Price (31 ) and Captain Bob(24) on cb. Winners with 47 pts were Kevin Room (17) and Alan Hooper(12). Dave Jones on 6th and Alan on 14 gained the score to share the balls sweep.

The win v Wharton Park by 4-2 two weeks ago gave us a summer score of 7 wins 1 half and 9 defeats with 2 more matches to come v Little Lakes and Sapey – both away.

Thursday 20th September Washout.
Some brave, foolhardy, souls began their attempt at the September Medal but the rain, which had already started before Captain Bob hit the first ball, continued with such ferocity that the 9th green soon resembled a lake and caused the competition to be abandoned.
September Medal re-arranged for Thursday 27th with new timings can be found on Masterscoreboard.
Pick your own partner Pairs moved from Thurs 27th to Monday Oct 1st.

Thursday 13th September. The Derrick Jones Trophy.
Once again it was a pleasure to see Vicky Jones, Derrick’s widow, and Yvonne Harris present in the clubhouse to present the prizes in honour of our former member and friend of many.
35 Seniors competed for the trophy and clear winner was Adrian Morris with 41 pts off 21; in 2nd place came Robert Arrowsmith 38pts off 18, beating Tony Dallow, 38 off 27 on cb.
Bob Harris and Dilwyn James found the pin on 14 suited their game and shared the balls in the 2s sweep.
The Race to Ford Bridge.
As this competition nears its final lap Jim’s long held lead has been cut: he managed only 8 pts for his 28th place on the results sheet while of his nearest challengers Ed Jones scored 27 for 9th, Alan Hooper 23 for 13th and Bill Harris 26 for 10th.
Top 4:
Jim Shaddick 522
E.W. Jones 509
Alan Hooper 483
Bill Harris 482

The Ancients’ Cup. Thursday 6th September.
The scores, pre-age allowance adjustment, showed some good golf being played on the day of the Ancients’ Cup,with 9 Seniors registering a net sub 70. At the top of the leader board on cb came Terry Bufton, net 65, whose 78 was the lowest gross,; edged out into 2nd place was Ted Amos, gross 80 net 65, with Rod Garvey 3rd, gross 84 net 67. However age means everything in this competition and when the extra shots allowed were taken into account only Ted remained on the podium, and that was in 2nd place with an AA net 54 behind this year’s winner Ron Plant gross 81 net 68 and AA net 53. Charlie Tune, the bookies’ favourite, was 3rd,108-77-56.

The Race to Ford Bridge.
In this ongoing competition with very few qualifiers remaining, the scores as they came off the computer in the Ancients Cup were the relevant ones. Strangely Jim (9 pts) and Taffy(8) did not play to their usual best but their lead was big enough for them to stay in first and 2nd places.
Jim Shaddick 465 + 40 = 505 + 9 = 514
E.W. Jones 439 + 35 = 474 + 8 = 482
Alan Hooper 392 + 39 = 431 + 29 = 460
Bill Harris 430 + 0 = 430 + 26 = 456
Malcolm Davies 413 + 14 = 427 + 27 = 454

Two Summer Friendlies.
Both matches away from Ford Bridge and almost inevitably 2 away defeats.
The first at South Hereford however had a positive feature which was the fact that owing to Phil Green and Dave Jones securing one point from their win the team came away with the Captains’ Trophy having an aggregate win 7.5 – 6.5 over the two legs.
The second played at Church Stretton produced a defeat by 1-5; no pair won, just 2 half points secured in the damp, dreary, foggy, windy, cloud infested conditions on the hills above the town.

Thursday 30th August. 3 man Waltzer
A fun, no pressure ( well very little) round of golf where 1 score counts on 1st ,2 on 2nd and 3 on the third, then this pattern repeats over 18 holes. Clearly every 3rd hole requires extra concentration as each player needs as good a score as possible. 11 groups played , 6 beat par of 72 pts with Kaz Rudnicki, Dilwyn James and Alan Hooper managing the highest with 83, followed 1 pt behind by John Stevenson, Alan Shock and Bob Holloway on 82. Highlight of the day was on the 14th where Kaz and Dilwyn both scored 4 pts for a 2.

Tuesday 27th Past Captains’ Away Day/Committee Cup.
14 Past Captains, some of whom are members of the committee and therefore are eligible to compete for the relatively new Committee Cup, made their way to Ombersley Golf Club for a day out organised by vice-captain Terry Bufton. The course is mainly flat and contains few hazards so the scoring is often high on Stableford points; Ian Robertson scored most, 41 and won the Past Captains’ Trophy with Kaz Rudnicki 2nd on 39; Terry Carver, refreshed by a 2 week cruise around the Med also had 39 and won the committee cup, with Alan Hooper 2nd on 38.

Memorial Cup. Thursday 23rd August.
There was another good turn out from our members as this wonderful summer begins its slide into autumn. The latest competition drew a field of 40 entrants and the top 6 all had a sub 70 net score. Jim Shaddick continued his year of super scores with a gross 80 net 67 to win on cb from Alan Hooper whose gross 79 the computer gave as lowest gross, though Steve Cadney had the same. Jim already had a place in the President’s Cup, so Alan takes that slot. Congratulations to Jim, Vince Fish, Terry Bufton and Mike Privett who were all skilful enough to score a 2..

The Race to Ford Bridge.
Jim’s win was worth 40 pts in the Memorial Cup and has increased his lead over EW Jones whose 6th position gave him 35 and meant he leapfrogged Bill Harris who will be regretting his holiday absence. There are only 4 competitions left in which to score before Presentation Day.

The phone No Challenge. 01568 v The Rest.
This annual challenge match was played by 6 pairs from each team and there were 3 wins for each side; when the totals of all the individuals were added together the Rest were declared winners by a bigger margin than last year but only by 1 pt per player: The Rest 419 Leominster 406.
Prizes were given to David O’Dowd 43 pts, Kevin Room 40 and Ted Amos 39 on the winning side and from the losers Bill Harris 40, Iain Ashcroft 39 and John Lucas 37 were beneficiaries.
Sign – up sheets are on the noticeboard for September.

August Medal. Thursday 17th August.
There have been some remarkable days of golf in this summer of remarkable weather, and none more so than in this week’s competition. 12 players of the 47 competing had a sub 70 net score on a day when the ball was still running on the fairways but not as far as previously owing to the recent rain which made the greens slow and putting difficult.
Lowest gross and best net score was achieved by Gary Monk 72 off 12 so 60, followed in div 1 by Alan Hooper, 79 – 66; in div 2 Vince Fish 81- 65 ( a cut of .6 meant hcap stayed on 16!) followed by Iain Ashcroft 84 – 68; in div 3 John Treanor had his first win with gross 93 net 66 and scored one of the 2 2s of the day, while Trevor Perry came 2nd with 90 – 67.
Derek Phillips, settling well into being a Senior, had the other 2.

Summer Friendly v Cleobury Mortimer. Monday 13th August.
A win by 4 matches to 2 was some compensation for the 0-6 defeat away a few weeks ago. The flag at the top of the first green was an indication of how much rain had fallen in the previous 24 hrs, as was the softness of the 9th green; but the course played beautifully; the food provided by Appetite Catering was described by the visiting captain as the best he had had, and CM expressed an interest in joining our winter league.
News from LLANDRINDOD:
Cyril and Adrian’s super round ended in disappointment: 2nd in the competition and the prize was an umbrella!

THE RACE TO FORD BRIDGE 2017/18
The table below shows points accrued for July Medal and David Kent Cup; 84 members now have at least 1 qualifying round.
After David Kent Cup.
Leaders:

Jim Shaddick 390 + 28 = 418 + 23 = 441
Bill Harris 359 + 27 = 386 + 33 = 419
E.W. Jones 369 + 17 = 386 + 26 = 412
Dave Jones 346 + 25 = 371 + 29 = 400
David O’Dowd 344 + 12 = 356 + 34 = 390
Malcolm Davies 327 + 21 = 348 + 31 = 379
Mike Privett 325 + 23 = 348 + 18 = 366
Bill Brown 280 + 39 = 319 + 37 = 356
Kevin Room 277 + 41 = 318 + 38 = 356
Alan Hooper 289 + 26 = 315 + 32 = 347

Mixed Match Seniors/Ladies v Monmouth. Monday 7th August.
This annual fun day match was held in glorious conditions and Lesley Turbutt decided it would be played in the American greensome format; this was possibly new to the Monmouth players and known to our Seniors from the Autumn Admag competition.
A tight match was the outcome with Phil and Wendy Lawrenson coming in as last pair and securing the win for the team by 3 matches to 2.

Llandrindod Wells Open Pairs. Weds 8th August.
6 pairs from LGC travelled across the border for this competition and enjoyed to a greater or lesser degree the rolling fairways with wonderful views, but greens with little or no grass.
Pete Sandall and Phil Samuel hoped to repeat their winning success of a few years ago and played well for a BB score of 42 pts; Alan Hooper and Dave Jones pipped them with 43 but Cyril Jennings and Adrian Morris were clearly the best LGC pair with 45 and at the time of writing looked likely winners of the comp; check this column later for confirmation.
Thursday 9th August. David Kent Cup.
40 players competed in this competition and the scoring was good again owing to run on the ball along the fairways, although putting was awkward as players found more sand on some greens than in the bunkers.
Congratulations to Mike Williams who had not been seen in a comp for some time owing to injury, but he put his pain behind him and shot a gross 81 off 19 for a magnificent net 62 relegating another super round from Robert Harris into 2nd place with his gross 84 off 19 so net 65. Kevin Room with same net 65 gross 83 off 18 was 3rd on cb. Richard Cattermole had the satisfaction of best gross score of 78.
Some higher handicappers won the ball sweep with a 2 – well done Bill Brown, amother sub 70 net, Rod Garvey, Malcolm Davies, Dilwyn James and Bill Harris for a double 2.

Thursday 2nd August. 3 Man Beast.
12 teams of 3, picked/sorted by our hard working competitions secretary, took to the course on another glorious Thursday.
A format which allows relaxed play for 6 holes, reasonably calm for the next 6 and then a stressful last 6, depending how competitive you are!
Dave Jones,Robert Harris and Terry Carver clearly were the most competitive as they rattled up 85 pts, 2 pts clear of Kaz, David O’Dowd and the in-form Dilwyn on 83.

It is good to see that the summer pairs and singles matches are being played during this holiday period; rumour has it that there have been some excellent matches, mostly played in good spirit; of these congratulations to Malcolm Clark on a fine win over Gary Monk and to Bob Harris on overcoming John Lucas.

July Medal Thursday 26th
An amazing day of incredible scoring.
Congratulations are due to so many; in Div 1 Tony Green had the lowest gross of the day,71 shots off hcap 5 giving him a net 66 – normally good enough to win overall but today his achievement was confined to winning div 1 with Ray Chambers 2nd 78-net 70. Tony’s 66 was beaten by 2 players in div 3 – Bill Brown had 65, gross 88 and could be forgiven for thinking he was in the Presidents Cup with that score, but Dilwyn James beat him with 64, gross 88. Also in div 3 Roger Barrington 68 – gross 93 and Terry Carver 69 –gross 93 were pleased to be among the 8 players in all with a sub 70 score.
Things became even more remarkable in div 2 where Kevin Room posted a net 64, gross 83; can anyone remember such a score not winning? But with a new personal best gross score of 76 playing off 18, landing 10 pars and 2 birdies, came Malcolm Clark whose net score was 58. He wins his place in the President’s Cup and was clearly delighted that he decided to play, when that decision was in doubt following a hectic week of golf, which had given him sore feet. The computer cut his hcap from 18 to 14 – it seems not long ago Malcolm was bemoaning a cut, which resulted in him not getting 2 shots on hole 13!

Seniors Classic “B” team at Forest Hills.
Our remaining team in this year’s competition entered the Forest of Dean full of optimism and high expectations, even though 3 of the winning team from the previous round were missing. Sadly we met home players on a high themselves after an away win in their last match. Malcolm Clark , a reluctant replacement for the injured Derek Langford, was our only member to hold his own and came away with a half; he was proud of his performance but felt the win was there for the taking. Result a loss by .5 – 3.5.

Leominster Golf Club
Senior Men’s Open Pairs
Thursday 19th July
PTS
1st D O’Dowd T Perry 47
2nd D Jones G Lloyd 45
3rd Mark Drew Nick Kimberlee 45
4th M Davies T Dallow 44
5th Iain Ashcroft Dave Roome 44

6th = Ian Fraser Kevin Room 44
Pete Sandall Mike Barrington 44
Alan Hooper Phil Green 44
Eric Rookledge John Lucas 44

10th Graham Flowers Terry Bufton 43

11th = Bill Harris Edward Jones 42
Adrian Morris Paul Sattersthwaite 42
W Brown R Morgan 42
T Amos R Barrington 42
Bob Holloway Teddy Taylor 42
Barrie Turner Alan Davies 42
R Cattermole R Plant 42
M Davies G Fletcher 42

19th= Terry Carver Mike Privett 41
Ken Pratt John Lowndes 41
Arthur Ball Geoff Mace 41
R Gwilliam P Weaving 41
Malcolm Clarke Tony Lansford 41
John Pilling Phil Smith 41

25th= Paul Chapman D Stephens 40
Phil Larwenson John Price 40
D James R Harris 40

28th= Rod Garvey Steve Palmer 39
R Arrowsmith S Fletcher 39
Mike Belshaw Nick Jenkin 39
Dave Botwood Jim Shaddick 39

32nd Colin Grindle Graham Wallace 38

33rd= Bernard ApperleyPete Mays 37
M Harris B Joule 37
D Cartwright P Cooper 37
Bill Bingham Chris Kerridge 37
P Oatley M Millward 37
Paul Bridgewat Stuart Peace 37

39th C Jennings P Cassidy 36

40th= K Lowe B Tromans 35
Murray SowerbutMike Dunn 35
Mark Stephens Phil Andrews 35
G Stone J Pugh 35
Alan Silcox Allan Hirons 35
Des Mussel Jeff Williams 35
Malcolm Lewis John Treanor 35

Summer Friendlies v Church Stretton and Cleobury Mortimer.
From the Sublime to the Ridiculous.
A home match on Monday 16th July v Church Stretton provided us with a 6-1 win but one week later, 23rd, we lost away at Cleobury Mortimer 0-6.
Our record this summer W5 D1 L6
Thursday 19th July. Open Pairs.
A totally successful day enjoyed by all; good play – the dry conditions suited players of all abilities- good food provided by Gail and Appetite Catering; good drinks and good company. Congratulations to Ian Robertson for his pre-tournament organisation and to his assistant Kevin Waterman for his hard work on the day.
45 Pairs took part; 20 clubs were represented.
Prizes won by: (LGC unless otherwise stated)
Nearest Pin
6th Phil Lawrenson
11th Dave Stephens
14th David O’Dowd
17th Alex Quinn (Herefordshire)
18th (NP in 2) Iain Ashcroft
Longest Drive 9th Alan Davies (Raglan Park)

Pairs prizes
5th (on CB) 44 points Iain Ashcroft & Dave Roome
4th 44 Points Malcolm Davies & Tony Dallow
3rd (on CB) 45 Points Mark Drew & Nick Kimberlee (Ombersely)
2nd 45 Points Dave Jones & Graham Lloyd
1st 47 Points David O’Dowd & Trevor Perry

Correction:
Oh dear our Masterscoreboard computer made an error last week and dear old Rod Garvey has spent a long time trying to put it right; finally after engaging with Masterscoreboard Support on the telephone for ages Rod has been able to publish the correct scores for our Championship.
The big change comes in the NET result where Ian Fraser had a one shot better score than we originally thought and so is the winner with aggregate 138 and Bill Harris drops to 3rd on 139. The knock-on effect means Bill wins the Stableford , with 40 pts and Terry Carver takes 2nd place with his 39.

The Championship Day 2 and overall. Thursday 12th July.
A damp day to start the second half of our Championship but it soon improved as the minutes ticked by.
Best gross on Day 2 was 79 shot by Steve Cadney, with 80 by Dave Jones and Jim Shaddick; best net was Bill Harris with 66, followed by Jim Shaddick and Paul Chapman on 67.
The Champion golfers for 2018 over the 2 days were;
Gross: Dave Jones with a score of 155 and Tony Green with 160 came 2nd .
Net: Bill Harris 139 with Paul Chapman 2nd on cb.
Dave Jones repeated Jimmy Lindsay’s achievement of 3 years ago and had best gross and net scores but is allowed to win only one. Bill Harris had the best Stableford round on the 2nd day with 40 pts but taking the prize for the also rans on the 2nd day was Terry Carver who had 39pts, sadly his 12 on the 4th ruled him out of the main net prize! Jim Shaddick was 2nd on cb.
All other info re 2 s etc on Masterscoreboard.
Monday July 9th. Senior Championship Day 1
There were many notable absentees from our top competition and some who had struggled a little through the winter and early summer suddenly struck form when it mattered.
Outstanding on this first day was Dave Jones who had the best gross and net scores; his 76 gross off 10 bringing a net 66.
In the gross competition Tony Green lies 2nd with 78 with Ian Fraser and Richard Cattermole on 81.
Main contenders in the net comp are Phil Samuel 68 off 21; Ted Amos 68 off 15 and Ian Fraser 68 off 13.
Steve Cadney’s gross 82 included 2 2s on the 6th and 11th; Ray Chambers and Paul Chapman also scored a 2.
2nd round on Thursday with all to play for.

Thursday 5th July. A Stableford Comp.
Glorious golf to match the glorious weather. Your scribe, rightly or wrongly, regards 36pts as par and by his reckoning 14 players finished under par with 37 or more, and 5 had 40+.
John Stevenson off 21 and Dave Jones off 11 led the scoring with 43 for which both were cut 1 shot, with John taking 1st prize on cb; Phil Lawrenson off 9 and Kevin Waterman off 18 had 41 pts with Phil 3rd on cb.
Six 2s were scored by (not surprisingly) John Stevenson, Dave Jones and Phil Lawrenson with Bill Brown, Robert Harris and Kevin Rivers, who scored his on 18, matching them.

Tuesday 3rd July Captain’s Away Day at Builth.
An excellent turnout of 32 players crossed the border to support Bob’s Captain’s Away Day, and a good time was had by all. The scores were not high in the Individual Stableford, which was Bob’s preferred format for the day, but some good golf was played on a hard sun-baked course and the carvery afterwards was excellent.
Four players scored 37 pts and cb put them in this order: 1st Trevor Perry, 2nd Rod Garvey, 3rd Bill Brown, 4th Malcolm Davies; and Wayne Barton sneaked into the prizes with 35.
2s were scored by Wayne, Phil Lawrenson, Tony Green, Bob Holloway, John Price, Pete Morris and Iain Ashcroft.
Bob generously gave a prize for NP on all the par threes and these were won by John Price, Mike Barrington, Tony Green, Paul Oatley, and Pete Morris with Alan Hooper achieving this feat on the 15th which had been designated as the hole for the “special” sweepstake prize.

Monday 2nd July. Little Lakes. Home.
Least said soonest mended! We lost 0.5 – 5.5.

The Race to Ford Bridge. Jim’s lead has been cut to 25!
Leaders:
Jim Shaddick 324
E.W. Jones 299
Malcolm Davies 287
Bill Harris 275
Phil Samuel 254
Mike Privett 250

Senior Classic. Friday 29th.
Of the 3 teams, which we entered in this National competition, only the “B” team have survived 2 rounds. The “C” team lost at Mile End 1-3 on Thursday following the “A” team’s defeat at Walsall recently. Today Vince Fish and his “B” team entertained Lansdown G.C. from Bath, and secured a 2.5-1.5 victory. The half was gained by Ian Robertson, who recovered from being 2 down with 2 to play, while the winners were Derek Langford and Alan Hooper.

Thursday 28th.Newtown Cup.
Congratulations to Robert Harris on winning this Cup and taking his place in the Presidents Cup in October. He won with 40 pts with Malcolm Clark taking 2nd with 39 on cb from Roger Barrington and David Stevens.

Open Pairs at Sapey Weds 27th.
8 of our LGC Seniors entered this BB event with Phil Green and Dave Jones hoping to repeat their success of 2017; they had the best score of our 4 pairs but sadly failed to make the prizes, though Phil had the consolation of a “2”. Malcolm Davies won the prize for Np on the tricky 8th being only 2 foot 11 and half from a hole in one.

Monday 25th June. Summer Friendly.
Captains’ Trophy. Home v South Herefordshire.
7 pairs contested the first leg of this annual fixture and it is pleasing to write that we will take a very handy lead south of the river in August. S.H. hold the trophy at present but having lost 0.5 – 6.5 their grip appears somewhat less than strong.

Summer Friendly Return Match v Forest Hills.
The team from the Forest came determined to have no repeat of the thrashing they suffered at Ford Bridge last summer and were clearly pleased to leave with a drawn match: 3.5-3.5.
In front of the match above 31 players competed in an additional Stableford and there was exceptional scoring from 3 who shot 40+ and 2 others under par of 36.
Malcolm Clark was the star and won’t be playing off 20 again for a while; his 42 pts won him first prize and a cut of 1.2. Ken Hyde claims he sank some lucky putts to help him to 41 pts and 2nd place – form like that and his handicap will soon be down in low teens; and David O’Dowd making good use of his 19 shots scored 40pts for 3rd place, aided by 2 2s on 6 and 14.
Two Recent Matches.
Revenge was sweet for the team in the match v Bransford; we had lost away in May but won 4.5-3.5 at Ford Bridge on Tuesday June 12th. Another summer friendly victory soon followed with a win against The Herefordshire on Monday 18th by 5 matches to 1.
Invitation Pairs. Thursday 14th June.
A wonderful day. Sunny conditions, stiff breeze helping shots down 10th 11th and 12th especially, high scoring on a course in splendid condition and lovely food provided by Appetite Catering afterwards. I believe our 18 guests were all impressed with what LGC had to offer.
Captain Bob and his guest Alan Hunt from Ludlow were top scorers with 47 pts, followed by Cyril Jennings and Gerald Cooke with 46; in 3rd place with 45 on cb came John Stevenson with T.Smith and 4th Alan Hooper with Roger Cleves from Burghill Valley.
Special mention first for octogenarian Ron Plant who, with an enormous tee shot, shared the longest drive on 10 with a guest D.Roome; secondly for Tony Guest, a former member, who took the prizes for NP on 14 and NP in 2 on 18 and lastly to Wyn Owens for scoring 2 2s.
There have been calls recently to make this event a thing of the past but 18 very happy pairs on Thursday would disagree with that view and offered their grateful thanks to Richard Cattermole for his hard work in organising such a successful, rewarding day.

Fred Dobson Monday 11th June.
This was our 2nd annual internal Seniors / Ladies mixed event following the Scramble earlier in the year. A record entry of 14 pairs became a very healthy 12 on the day. The Greensome Stableford format meant least pressure on players and in beautiful sunshine throughout everyone seemed very happy.
In 2017 35 pts was the winning score; this year 7 pairs had 35 pts or more.
Kevin Room with Liz Moore played the best round with Kevin especially in wonderful form executing “Phil Mickelsonesque” shots around the greens, and they won with a super score of 42pts; trailing in their wake were Alan Hooper with Julie Powell who took 2nd place on cb from Ken Hyde with Jo Jull on 36pts.
NP on 6th for the Ladies was won by Heather Cass but the men failed to register for their NP on 14; the prize was won by Ian Robertson in a card draw.