Seniors Section News Bulletin April 2019
Like last year, the weather in March has not been too kind to us and for much of the time we have been limited to the top loop. However, a shift in the jet stream at the end of the month has meant that high pressure has at last been established with the associated more settled and drier weather. So things are looking much more positive as we head into Spring and the start of the Inter Club Seniors Matches and Club competitions.
The final round of the Winter League took place on 26 March in absolutely glorious weather. On the day, Brian Powell headed the field with 36 points with Mark Thornycroft heading Division 1 and David Forbes heading Division 2, both scoring 35 points. The final result of the Winter League from those Seniors completing at least 3 qualifying rounds saw Garth Lamb taking the title with a superb total score of 112 points. Maurice Pell with 106 points was runner-up. Congratulations to both of them.
April sees the start of the Summer League Competition taking place on the third Tuesday of each month and commencing on Tuesday 16th April. The format will comprise an Individual Stableford league competition played over 7 months, with the 5 best scores to count. Seniors should “Book In” each month on Master Scoreboard in the 2 week period before the day of each monthly competition. Order of play will be by the normal Tuesday roll-up draw at which time players can then “Sign In” immediately before playing and then enter their individual scores at the end of the round. Competing in this qualifying competition provides an ideal opportunity for Seniors to contribute to their requisite annual number of handicap qualifying cards and, using the computer system, greatly simplifies the overall processing task for your Captain and Vice Captain!
Tuesday 19 March saw us playing the annual Seniors Challenge Shield competition played between a Captains Team v a Past Captains Team. A total of 36 players with 11 past captains took to the course and the competition was keenly contested on a 4 BBB Matchplay format. The tournament went right down to the wire with the final result resting on the last match and, with a win to the Captains team, they ran out the winners 5/4.
A couple of dates to highlight for your diaries:
Sunday 14 April – At 1000 hrs, Malcolm Jones and I will be holding our Captains Drive In. I shall pair up with him and trust that I shall not take the trophy as the shortest ever Seniors Captain Drive-In . It would be good to see as many Seniors as possible joining us on that day.
Friday 7 June – Mike Thompson and I are organising the D Day+75 Tournament on behalf of the Royal British Legion. Full details for this tournament will be issued very shortly but in summary it will be an individual tournament with gold medals for the winners achieving the best net scores. Whilst it is a tournament open to ALL club members, we shall also be inviting competitors from all of the local clubs that we play in friendly matches. It promises to be an excellent day and the aim is to generate as much money as possible for both the RBL but, more importantly, our own Club.
April Golf Programme
Tuesday 2nd April – Social Golf
Tuesday 9th April – Mike Farrow Trophy. $BBB stroke play competition with full handicap. Booking now available via Master Scoreboard on the club house terminal or on line at home.
Tuesday 16th April – 1st round of Seniors Summer League competition.
Tuesday 23rd April – Social Golf
Tuesday 30th April – Seniors Rosebowl competition.
Seniors Club Friendly Matches
Thursday 4th April – Creigiau – Away. Tee off 1230.
Thursday 11th April – Forest of Dean – Home. Tee off 1130.
Thursday 25th April – Pontypool – Away. Tee off 1100.