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SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF MAY 2017

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LADIES VERSUS SENIOR GENTS

ON TUESDAY 23RD MAY, RESULTED IN A VICTORY FOR THE GENTS -  5.5  -  2.5

CONGRATULATIONS, GENTS, AND THANK YOU TO

GRAHAM MACKINDER AS ACTING CAPTAIN, 

AND 

A THANK YOU TO EVERYONE

 FOR A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE MORNING, WITH THE GOLF COURSE IMMACULATE AND THE WEATHER PERFECT AND THE COMPANY SUPERB

The month of May has scheduled a 2 part competition, played 11th and 18th May.  This is the Millennium Trophy.  Week One is a stableford from yellow tees.  Week Two is a Medal from white tees. (  This is in line with the normal rhythm of Weeks 2 and 3 of every month. )

The calculation for the 36 hole result goes like this - SUBTRACT your 1st round stableford score from your 2nd round nett score, and the player with the lowest number is awarded the Millennium Trophy.

The prize money on both Thursdays is given in the normal weekly fashion, and is not related to the Overall Winner who wins the Trophy.  This trophy takes "guts" to come back on week 2, regardless of how you scored the previous week, and put that tough medal card together, from white tees !!  An excellent format !!

ROUND ONE - WON BY HOWARD FIRTH ON 45 POINTS

ROUND TWO - WON BY JOE GREEN ON NETT 62

TROPHY WON BY BARRY ROHLAND

NETT SCORE ON 18.5.17  = 63

MINUS STABLEFORD POINTS ON 11.5.17  = 42

=21    MANY CONGRATULATION, BARRY.  HIS 1ST SENIOR TROPHY

In the 1st League match of 2017 versus Kirton Holme, AWAY, on
 Wednesday 3rd May, Captain David brought home a win of 5 - 1,
 gaining a 4 point start on the League Order of Merit.  Very well
 played, Team !!

SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2017

At the end of April 2017,  

The League Order of Merit     

 Kirton Holme   3 pts  = 1ST                                  NEVER SEEN THIS LEVEL OF EQUALITY

       Pottergate    3 pts    = 1ST

              Gedney Hill    3PTS    =  1ST                              AFTER 2 MONTHS' PLAY


                  RAF Coningsby yet to play

           

                       Sudbrook Moor yet to play


The draw for the Ron Boxell Matchplay Trophy, played each summer, was posted in The Lobby in the Senior area of the noticeboard on Tuesday 18th April.  The right hand side of the draw leads to the Trophy Final, and all losers of their 1st match move to left hand side, to The Consolation Knock-Out.  Please check the draw, make a note of the contact telephone numbers, contact the opponent and play by the due date.   ENJOY !!


The trophy of the month of April is the occasion of The Double Trophy,

 The Stanborn Shield and The Rolfe Shield, played on Thursday 20th April.  The Best Gross score and The Best Nett scores of the Q Medal day were returned by Nigel Corby.  An excellent achievement, Nigel.

RESULTS OF THE TEAM TRIAL PLAYED ON MONDAY 3RD APRIL 

The Possibles were victorious over The Probables, 3 - 2

The individual match results looked like this -

THE POSSIBLE TEAM PAIRINGS - Pete Farmer with Graham Mackinder beat Nigel Corby with Pete Armstrong 1UP

David Guy with Ian Nicholson beat Andy Milner with Mick Massingham 3&1

Ken Wingad with Tim Newbery beat Melvyn Claricoats with Joe Green 1UP

Ted Johnson/John Costall with Dick Marshall lost to Steve Squires with John Chatburn 5&4

Tony Rose with Colin Henfrey lost to Mick Beasley with Barry Rohland 2&1

3   -    2

Getting ready for the 1st League match of the 2017 season versus 

Kirton Holme, AWAY, on Wednesday 3rd May

6 MONTH SUMMER ECLECTIC - Started on the 6th April and finishes on Thursday 28th September.


SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH 2017

At the end of March 2017,  

The League Order of Merit     

 Kirton Holme   1 pt   2ND

       Pottergate    2pts     1ST

          RAF Coningsby yet to play

            Gedney Hill yet to play

                 Sudbrook Moor yet to play

1)The League Captains' Day at South Kyme Golf Club, Monday 6th March, has been cancelled.  With apologies, it has not been possible to re-schedule during the spring, with 5 clubs and 72 players to consider.   There will be a revised format for competing for the 3 Trophies that belong to that day out. 

Please keep an eye on details of the evolving format.

2)On Thursday 30th March, Captain David held another fund-raising charity effort,combined with the weekly roll-up.

It's a Beat the Pro Challenge - compete with Golf Professional, Ben Hutton's front 9 score on that morning. 

 Entry to the Sweep is  £1 minimum, maximum £5.  

Barry Rohland and Steve Squires beat Ben's fron 9 hole score of 32  and won a share of the Sweep.  £22 was raised for the Captain's Annual Charity Fund.

   3) The Finals of the Winter League were  completed at the end of March, with the following results - 1st - Andy Milner and Mick Massingham - UNBEATEN THROUGHOUT THE SEASON  2nd - Dick Marshall and Ted Johnson  3rd - John Came and Ken Wingad  

4th - Ian Nicholson and Bob Watson   PRIZE MONIES ARE CREDITED IN THE GOLF SHOP


4) The entire competitors' RESULTS of the Away-Day at Newark GC on Tuesday 28th March are on the Handicaps Results page, under Seniors, but here are the prize winning names and scores.

Stableford 1st, 38 points, Joan Alton  2nd on count-back, Steve Squires from Mick Massingham and Barry Rohland, all on 33 points. Best Front 9 Geoff Wilkins       Best Back 9  Graham Mackinder Nearest the pin on hole 2, Steve Daly, on 15th Graham Mackinder  17th Pete Armstrong.   2s sweep , 5th Pete Armstrong and 17th Colin Henfrey.   CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PRIZE WINNERS AND OUR THANKS TO CAPTAIN DAVID GUY FOR ORGANISING SUCH AN ENJOYABLE AND SUCCESSFUL DAY.


5)  The Singleton Stableford Shield was won this month by Harry Cruickshank with a brilliant score of 45 points

SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2017

The Finals of the Winter League are being completed by the end of March, but below is the news of who reached the Finals after the 1st Round encounters 

of  Division 1 and Division 2

~ Team Captain, David Guy, returned the best scorecard in last Thursday’s Mixed Senior “Q” Medal roll-up.   This result of 3 under CSS earned an impressive winter handicap reduction of point nine, to play off 13.1, and gain top points in the monthly Order of Merit, The Senior Golfer of the Year Award, which runs through to November.  One shot adrift, Geoff Wilkins, took best of Category 4 and a reduction of point four to his 24 handicap.   In the same Category, David Leslie, Colin Henfrey, Bryan Heydinger and Dennis Brownlee all posted cards that will win Order of Merit points, as did Tim Newbery and Graham Mackinder in the lower handicap division.  Melvin Clarricoats had a fruitful day, with two birdie 2s (holes 3 and 6) to win half of the weekly sweep, shared with Tony Rose (hole 16) and Mick Massingham (hole 16).  Inter-linked with these results, 6 competitions remain in the Thursday 6 month Winter Eclectic.  How’s this for a line-up of past winners locked in combat?  2014 winner, David Leslie, holds onto 1st place, on a count-back from Ted Johnson, the 2015 winner.   8 times winner, Tony Rose, who captured the title between 2000 and 2013, is a mere half shot behind the top 2, a shared score with David Guy who won the title for his 2nd time in 2014.  Tim Newbery, last season’s trophy holder is in 5th position but only one and a half shots separate him from another title.

The Seniors’ Winter League Matchplay is one of the section’s newer initiatives and is half way through its 3rd season.  The ten pairings, in two divisions, have completed their first rounds, with the 4 leading points winners going through to meet each other.  There are plenty of new partnerships which appear to have been tuned into a very lively set of results.   In Division One, the title holders from the last two seasons, John Costall and Pete Armstrong won only one of their four encounters and have failed to make the Final.  New pairing, Andy Milner and Mick Massingham were straight out of the blocks, gaining 7 points, having won three out of four matches and halving with another of the new partnerships, Bob Watson and Ian Nicholson.  Bob and Ian won two, halved one and lost to Rod Edwards and Tim Newbery.  So, Milner, Massingham, Watson and Nicholson will go through.  In Division 2, a week ago any of the pairings looked to have the potential to make it through but the end of January playing deadlines made a strong impression on the next stage.  Some exciting and surprising results turned it all around.  Despite a Hole In One for Ted Johnson in one of the decisive matches, Ken Wingad and John Came beat Ted Johnson and new partner Dick Marshall.  Johnson and Marshall went on to win their final match to go through on 6 points, as divisional victors, along with Wingad and Came who go through with 5 points, sharing a count-back on "goal average" with Tony Rose and David Guy.  Commiserations to Tony and Captain David.

~  Senior Steve Squires appears to be back on very hot form with another prize winning return over a playing week.  The 40 point stableford card on a very bleak Thursday, was best overall, with Sue Watson also on a winning roll, with 40 points, as runner-up.  Melvin Claricoats, Bryan Heydinger, Chris Wilmot and Tony Hall all looked good in the top frame.

SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2017

Welcome to the New Year !

A huge thank you to outgoing Senior Captain, Graham, and a warm welcome to incoming Captain, David Guy.

~ DON'T FORGET TO COLLECT A SENIOR CALENDAR OF EVENTS FROM THE GOLF SHOP

AND PLEASE FEEL WELCOME TO COME AND BE A PART OF ALL THE EVENTS

2017  THE SOUTH LINCOLNSHIRE SENIORS'  LEAGUE


~ MEMO - The series of EIGHT 2017 League Matches start on Wednesday 3rd May and finish on Thursday 14th September

~ A 2ND REMINDER PLEASE - DON'T FORGET TO COLLECT YOUR COPY OF THE 2017 SENIOR CALENDAR WITH THOSE 8 LEAGUE DATES

~ PLEASE SIGN UP ON DAVID'S INVITATION SHEET FOR THOSE EIGHT FIXTURES AND TICK AVAILABILITY - TO BE FOUND ON THE SENIORS' BOARD IN THE LOBBY


SENIOR GENTS ON WINNING FORM IN JANUARY MAIN CLUB EVENT

~  There were top Order of Merit points for senior golfer, Dick Marshall, in the January Monthly qualifier, in a mixed field of all ages of gents, ladies and juniors.  Last autumn, Dick made a conscious effort to put a bit more golf into his semi-retired working schedule and the now regular two competitive rounds a week are undoubtedly showing better his years of experience and consolidating his current performance.  Off 19.2 before the competition, Dick beat the CSS by two, with a margin of 2 from the best of the rest, and was reduced to 18.6.  There were no other handicap reductions in this event.

On a count-back, the day's overall runner-up was Trevor Whatton with a superb back 9 score, off his 22 handicap.  Trevor's card was best of Category 4, one better than Steve Squires, Martin Whistler and Jeff Ward, who all shared that category's prize fund. 

WELL DONE, ALL THESE SENIOR GOLFERS !!

SENIOR NEWS AT THE YEAR-END, DECEMBER 2016

The club’s Seniors, who generally meet on Thursday mornings, have had a packed calendar of events over 50 weeks, and have had the solid steady leadership of Captain Graham Mackinder for the past 12 months.  Nothing is ever too much trouble for Graham and he has steered the ship with his characteristic modest and pragmatic style, and we thank him for making such a sound success.  In the Matchplay League, Graham finally brought his team through strongly to a very commendable 2nd place, despite a topsy-turvy run of early results.  David Guy is to take over the wheel in the New Year and, again, we know all will be in very capable hands; we wish David well.  Newcomers are always welcome, so come and have a chat and ask how to get started, pick up a Senior weekly calendar of events, get involved, just as long as Gents are 55 years young, and 50 plus the Ladies.

GRAHAM'S FINAL CHARITY ACCOUNT STANDS AT £386, TO BE SHARED BETWEEN THE SKEGNESS RNLI AND MACMILLAN NURSES Thank you, Graham, for such a generous heart and enthusiasm to raise funds.  Seniors, thank you for donating prizes and supporting in many ways, to help to raise this sum.  

CHARITY NEWS FROM THE ENTIRE CLUB

The club has continued a strong commitment to its nominated charity, Marie Curie Cancer, and with over 20 years of fund raising we decided to make a bigger effort over the summer.  Funds came in from golf competitions, the forfeits from the charity bunker on the 6th hole (15th), gifts and donations.  The special boost came from an idea from Paul McCarthy, who lent us his own Olympic Torch that he had been privileged to carry as part of the 2012 pre-Olympic relay through Lincolnshire, on its way throughout the UK.  So, during the month of the August Rio Olympics we took donations for photos to be taken with the torch.  The Tuesday Ladies also played a Pentathlon of Golf Competitions and the total sum raised here for Marie Curie Cancer in the July to October period was £722.33.  The total for the year was £1,047.33.  The Seniors’ Captain’s morning raised £119 for the Skegness RNLI Lifeboats.  The national endeavour, Sports Relief, in March inspired the raising of £117.32.  In November, our collection for The Royal British Legion also realised the sum of £135.84.

SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2016

Take 5 winners.  The Senior Captain’s Christmas Dinner, hosted by Graham Mackinder and his wife Kath, concluded with the sharing of honours for the late year trophy winners.  Four of these had come through the endurance events which had run through the length of the year.  All of the line-up celebrate their first time named on the trophy.   19 handicap, Roy Nelson, the new Matchplay Champion, had met the title holder, Pete Farmer, in the final round and, with steady confident golf, had come through with a convincing victory, 4 and 3, to win The Ron Boxell Matchplay Trophy.   Colin Henfrey went out equipped with his selected rescue wood and 8 iron in last week’s event, the annual 2 clubs and a putter stableford.   Finishing with a scorecard total of 40 points, Colin got into an impressive back 9 rhythm and carded 23 points, going on to win by 3 points.   Captain Graham presented Colin with The Christmas Trophy.   Mick Massingham is named The Senior Golfer of the Year.   Part of an exceptional year of medal scores, played from championship tees, Mick’s 6 qualifying scores in the event included four top scoring returns.   Going into the last event, Mick capped the leader board with another top score, 2 under CSS, and a newly reduced handicap of 19, to win The Order of Merit.   Mick’s final scorecard assured him of overtaking top of the leader board, Tim Newbery, and left him 7 points behind.   Tim Newbery started the autumn with a comment that he had never won a trophy before, and has now gone on to win 3 trophies in a 3 month period.   Tim clinched the Summer Eclectic that had started in April and ran to the end of September.   Climbing from 3rd position in July to take over the lead early September, Tim recorded 7 gross birdies and 11 gross pars off his 19 handicap, to win by one shot.    It must be added that Tim was also leading the Super Stableford and The Senior Golfer of the Year until the final scorecard came in and therefore holds two Runners-Up achievements to add to a splendid autumn.   16 handicap Bob Watson took another major title in one of the newer series in the Se niors’ calendar.   In its 3rd season, The Seniors’ Claret Jug, The Ken Jameson Trophy, is awarded for the colloquially named SSSS, the Sudbrook Seniors’ Super Stableford, played from championship tees.   Each player’s best 6 Super Stableford scores, played over 10 designated dates between February and November, form the Order of Merit aggregate.

SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2016

The focus early November is traditionally fund raising for The Royal British Legion.  The Seniors had their annual Poppy Stableford Roll-Up in their Thursday routine of The Super Stableford.  In this the final event of the 10 month season, the Royal British Legion Gold Medals were presented to the day's best card Winner, Tim Newbery, on 42 points, and the two division runners-up. Geoff Wilkins, 40, and Melvin Clarricoats, 38.  However, the 2016 Order of Merit was concluded with the aggregate of each player's best 6 Super Stableford scores.  Bob Watson was intending to hold on very tightly to his lead, and though his last score did not feature in his final tally, Tim Newbery's final score of 42 nearly ousted Bob.  However, Bob's final 6 score total of 209 points ensured him of The Ken Jameson Claret Jug Trophy, by just 3 points, from Tim Newbery on 206.  There was a break-down of prizes from the scheme and the following featured :3rd Bryan Heydinger - 205-  4th Melvin Clarricoats - 200 - 5th Steve Squires - 196 -  6th Mick Massingham - 195 -  7th John Morley  - 194- and  7th equal Ken Wingad and Sue Watson - 192.

The sum of £135.84 was realised for the Royal British Legion with the whole club's efforts.

  SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2016

17th October - The Winter League 4ball Betterball Matchplay matches are now underway.  The 2 grids of 5 pairs are posted on the Seniors' board in the Lobby.  This round of matches must be completed by 23rd December 2016.  David Guy is in charge of this competition, so please make any enquiries to David.

The new Winter eclectic starts on Thursday 6th October 2016 and you can still enter up until that morning.  Fee is £3 and the event runs until 30th March 2017.

SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2016

At the end of the season 

Gedney Hill WON the League Order of Merit   20 pts   

 Sudbrook Moor  2ND    13pts         

     RAF Coningsby 3RD  11pts    c/b  - 4

     Kirton Holme   4TH  11pts    c/b  - 10

       Pottergate   5TH    9pts  


VERY MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2016 SENIOR CAPTAIN, GRAHAM, AND HIS SQUAD


On Monday 26th September the 5 Golf Club League members, 72 gents in all, celebrated the 23rd season with a Social Presentation Day.  Held at Rutland County Golf Club, a shot-gun start from 18 tees, and drawn partners from one of the other 4 member clubs,  for a Betterball Stableford,  all capped off with a formal all-sit-down-together lunch, and grand presentation of the season's prizes.  -  3 Trophies from March2016 Captains' Day held at South Kyme.  2016 League Matchplay Champions' Shield.  Pairs' Betterball vouchers from the 26th September and Best Team Trophy on that day.  Congratulations to John Chatburn who came in with the 3rd best scorecard of 45 stableford points with Merv Davis of Gedney Hill.  Sudbrook Moor's team aggregate was 3rd best on the day.


RESULT -   2016

MATCH VERSUS POTTERGATE ON THURSDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER HOME       WON   4.5  -  1.5


RESULT -  2016

MATCH VERSUS KIRTON HOLME ON THURSDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER HOME      WON   5 - 1


SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2016

At the end of August,  

Gedney Hill lead the League Order of Merit   16  pts   

 Kirton Holme    11pts         

    RAF Coningsby 11pts      MATCHES COMPLETE

     Pottergate    9pts

     Sudbrook Moor 7pts


It's all in the name.  While Great Britain's Justin Rose won gold in the Olympic golf in Rio, our Sudbrook Moor Tony Rose clinched the 2016 Senior Olympic Trophy, all in the same week.  Everything's coming up roses, for two players who were on top strokeplay form.

Tony Rose is certainly no stranger to the winning frame and he has been itching to add his name to this particular trophy, as he donated it to his club's Senior Section in the year of the London Olympics, 2012, and so, this win will have a special significance for Tony.

Popular for his smooth and modest manner, Tony will turn 80 years this October, a true gent and still reaping the rewards of always having a routine of pre-golf range practice and warm-up, regular lessons, and several rounds of competitive golf each week.

Tony who discovered golf in the 1970s continues to be just as passionate and still quietly hooked on the game after nearly 50 years.  A scorecard of 43 stableford points outplayed a full field, with a winning margin of 2, as well as a handicap adjustment of one point one shots.

There was a 3-way count-back on 41 points for 2nd spot, with Barry Kay 2nd, Ian Nicholson 3rd and Bob Watson 4th, and handicap reductions for Barry and Bob.

RESULT - 2016

MATCH VERSUS POTTERGATE ON TUESDAY 2ND AUGUST  AWAY

LOST   2.5  -  3.5

  SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF JULY 2016

At the end of July, Gedney Hill lead the League Order with 13 points.  

2nd (11pts) Kirton Holme

 Sudbrook Moor, 3rd, (7pts)

 In 4th place, Pottergate (6pts) and

 5th RAF Coningsby (5pts)


In the hottest week of the summer, a sizzling result came from Senior Captain, Graham Mackinder in the Thursday roll-up medal played from yellow tees.   A credit to him after a niggling season of injury.  The result yielded a handicap reduction of 2 point 2, down to 18.6, and top imput of order of merit points in The Senior Golfer of the Year Scoreboard.  27 handicap Howard Firth is settling in as a newcomer  to the section and took a very worthy runner's-up prize, one shot behind, and was cut 2 point 4 shots down to 24.  Tim Newbery is looking very strong and consistent in this medal result, with a 3rd place, acquiring a high number of Merit points.

 


  Thursday 14th July

The Senior Gordon High Handicap Trophy was won, after a 5-way count-back, by 23 handicap Harry Cruickshank with 34 stableford points.  3 points on the 18th clinched it, Harry !!  Good play !!

Well played, Harry.   A 5-way tie on 34 stableford points and Harry Cruickshank’s par on the 18th, to finish with a 3 pointer, proved to be the essential point for a 9 hole count-back of 17.    Harry never misses a Thursday Senior Roll-up, and now in his 70s, and always playing very excellent consistent golf off 23 handicap, Aberdonian Harry will enjoy that bonie winning feeling as he takes home his first Sudbrook Moor trophy, The Gordon Trophy. This trophy was first presented back at the inception of the senior section in 1995 to encourage all those with handicaps of 21 and upwards and that continues to be the qualifying criteria to this day.   


RESULT -                            2016

      MATCH VERSUS GEDNEY HILL ON THURSDAY 2OTH JULY

                                            AWAY

                                       LOST   6  -  0


   SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE 2016

At the end of June, Kirton Holme lead the League Order with 11 points.  

2nd (7pts) Gedney Hill on a count-back - on difference of games for and games against -

 from Sudbrook Moor, 3rd, (7pts)

 In 4th place, Pottergate (6pts) and

 5th RAF Coningsby (5pts)


History was made last week by senior golfer John Chatburn who notched up the twin achievement of a double trophy win in the weekly Thursday roll-up. Never before recorded in the 24-year history of this event in the club’s senior calendar, the two trophies have always been won by two different competitors. John outplayed a strong field, off his 15 handicap, returning a scorecard of one over CSS and four shots ahead of any rival competitor, to win both the gross and net line-up.John took home The Stanborne Shield and The Rolfe Shield as Gross and Net Champion, and a handicap reduction of 0.9.  Net prizes were awarded to Dave Guy and Harry Cruickshank as runners-up.

RESULT 2016

      MATCH VERSUS RAF CONINGSBY ON THURSDAY 23RD JUNE

                                             HOME

                                         WON 4 - 2   

  ( A HOME WIN YIELDS 3 POINTS ON THE ORDER OF MERIT TABLE )

RESULT -                             2016

      MATCH VERSUS RAF CONINGSBY ON THURSDAY 16TH JUNE

                                             AWAY

                                      WON 3.5 - 2.5    

  (AN AWAY WIN YIELDS 4 POINTS ON THE ORDER OF MERIT TABLE)


RESULT -                           2016

      MATCH VERSUS GEDNEY HILL ON THURSDAY 2ND JUNE

                                            HOME

                                      LOST   1.5  -  4.5


 

The Club's tradition of The Annual Open Invitation Day has its roots in inviting back old friends, as guests, to enjoy a team of 4 event, in Am-Am stableford format.

2016 has further enhanced this celebration with a Royal and national and birthday flavour, commemorating Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.

There was a fantastic parade of colours, as teams wore the national reds, whites and blues, and the team names were suitably matched.

There were even prizes for the best attire.

VIVA 90 were the top team, on 93 points, comprising Fiona Hutton, Glenn Carpenter, Keith Maclachlan and guest, Colin Gray, of Belton Park.

In 2nd spot, on a back 9 count-back, were NATIONAL TREASURE, with 89 points, in a team of Orlando Pabunan, Peter Alipio, Ronie Alipio and guest, Eddie Berridge, from Belton Park.

Dave Guy and his WINDSOR OLD GUARD pals of Dave Martin, Pete Armstrong and guest from Belton Woods, Darren Woods, also carded 89 points for 3rd prize.

LONG TO REGN OVER US, scoring 88 points, were team led by Mick Massingham, with 3 guests from Belton Park, Gary Scott, Steve Parr and Steve Chambers.

Darren Woods had a bumper day, with 3 spot prizes, namely, Longest Drive and nearest the pins on both hole 7 and 12.

Lorna Jackson, TEAM RED ROYAL STRIKERS and guest from Sandilands, won the Ladies' Trophy for longest Drive on hole 5 and 14.

The 2s sweep was excellently supported with 51 entries, and was shared out amongst the following competitors -  Simon Green of the TEAM ROYAL FOURSOME - hole 12 - Colin Gray TEAM VIVA 90 - hole 3 -  Paul Thompson TEAM GREAT IS HER FAITHFULNESS - hole 12 - Darren Woods TEAM WINDSOR OLD GUARD - hole 12 - and Judith Hutton TEAM GREAT IS HER FAITHFULNESS - hole 12.

Brothers Barry and Chris Pogson were awarded best overall team colours prizes, from TEAM RULE BRITANNIA

KEY -  RED = SENIOR

 

     SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF MAY 2016


At the end of May, Pottergate lead the League Order of with 6 points, on count-back from Kirton Holme 2nd (6pts) Gedney Hill are 3rd (3pts), on count-back from RAF Coningsby, 4th (3pts)  In 5th place, Sudbrook Moor are yet to score points.


Pete's Senior success, amongst the bumper Saturday turn-out, to win one of the Club's majors -  

The Ken Crowe's Challenge Trophy

 

In last week's Trophy Medal round, another superb winning score came from last year's Senior Captain, 18 handicap Pete Armstrong, who beat the course by 5 shots.  Pete's scorecard had balanced under-par front 9 and back 9 scores, so a very steady motivation towards the event.  From a bumper field of all-comers, Gents, Ladies, Seniors and high handicap Juniors, all turning out for this Memorial Medal, The Ken Crowe Callenge, Pete won by 3 shots from nearest competitor, 6 handicap, Ben Richards.  Pete will be so proud, after such a convincing quality round, to take home the annual trophy and his newly reduced handicap of 16.7.

Ben Richards and Martin Corby shared the best Gross prize with gross 69s.


THE 2015 - 2016 SENIORS' WINTER LEAGUE


The popular off-season Senior winter event has been keeping the weekday golfers in tune with their matchplay techniques, ready for their summer League matches.

 In the final throes of the Senior Winter League,in fourball betterball matchplay format,  the top four pairs have now met in a Round-Robin.  Dave Leslie and John Morley, were looking strongest, having romped through the early rounds with the best points total of all the entries.  Senior Captain, Graham Mackinder, and Colin Henfrey had been successful in their Division, hardly putting a foot wrong.  Dennis Green and Mick Massingham had a tougher job in the recent leg, but had won their way through, and last year's Winter League Champions, Pete Armstrong and John Costall, had a slow start but made up the 4th partnership. 

There was an abundance of surprise results following on from those early rounds.  Like the title holders they are, Pete Armstrong and John Costall forged through to win all their Round Robin matches and to win the Winter League Trophy for the 2nd year.  Commiserations to all the pairings who were left dazed by the evolving strength of the 6 month form of Armstrong and Costall, and congratulations to surprise 2nd place for Dennis Green and Mick Massingham. 3rd place goes to Captain Graham Mackinder and Colin Henfrey, and 4th spot to Dave Leslie and John Morley.  Voucher prizes are now in the Golf Shop.


LADIES VERSUS SENIOR GENTS PLAYED  TUESDAY 10TH MAY 2016

 

It is thought to be over 10 years since the Ladies were victorious in their annual social matchplay against the Senior Gents.  A more recent halved match in 2014 had lifted the Ladiies' expectations and supported the idea of scheduling more regular Tuesday Ladies' pairs competitions during the ensuing off-seasons.  The well practiced ladies of 2016 were now ready for action. The early matches at 8.30am had a dry start, but, very soon, the forecast persistent heavy rain set in for the day.  There was no dampening of enthusiasm or hope and lots of fun was enjoyed by every match. 

 A   very treasured piece of history was made with a triumph for the Ladies, 4 - 3.

In the lead match, Senior Captain, Graham Mackinder and Bryan Greenslade met Amanda Roberts and Joan Doughty, with the gents just ahead at the turn, but finishing on the 17th green with the ladies securing a 2 and 1 win.  Harry Cutmore and Colin Henfrey brought home a win of 7 and 5 against Sheila Cutmore and Anne Parker.  In the Tony Rose and Roy Nelson encounter, the gents were 1 Up at the turn after 4 halved holes, and surged to 3 Up with 4 holes to play.  However, Diane Leslie and Thea Law used their strokes well, to take the last 4 holes and a very exciting Ladies' win of 1 Up.  Bryan Heydinger, Dave Leslie, Doreen Fardell and Maureen Bradford had an equally challenging 18 holes.  The gents were 2 Up at the turn, but all square after 11, and all square again after 14.  Play off the 18th tee was the deciding hole.  The gents went on to secure a win, with the final putt resulting in a 2 Up result.  Mick Massingham and Trevor Whatton met Rosemary Haw and Gladys Reynolds and the Ladies took a very commendable win of 1 Up, as did Fiona Hutton and Shirley Lane-Gilhespy against John Chatburn and John Came.  The ladies were now 4 - 2 up, with the final drenched 4-some battling it out to the 17th green, for the gents, Joe Green and Tony Hall,  to take a win of 3 and 1 over Jan Machin and Eileen Plummer.  A momentous 4 - 3 Ladies' victory.

In a non-counting tie, which was put together to include unequal numbers, Karren Dearlove, Chalky White, Harry Addison and Francis Haw enjoyed a most convivial halved match result.

The Senior Team travelled to Kirton Holme, Boston, for their first South Lincolnshire Seniors' Matchplay encounter in 4Ball Betterball format.  Dave Guy stepped up from his role as Vice Captain and took on the mantle of Acting Captain, in the absence of Graham Mackinder who has been under the weather for a few weeks.    WE WISH GRAHAM A VERY RAPID RECOVERY !!

RESULT -                              2016

      MATCH VERSUS KIRTON HOLME ON WEDNESDAY 4TH MAY

                                                       AWAY

                                               LOSS   2.5  -  3.5


SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2016

  

At the end of April, Pottergate lead the League Order of with 3 points, on count-back from Gedney Hill 2nd and Kirton Holme 3rd.  RAF Coningsby and Sudbrook Moor are yet to play.


  There was a Matchplay encounter for the Senior Gents last week.  Senior Captain and Vice Captain Graham Mackinder and Dave Guy drew teams for a Fourball Betterball practice, off handicap, as preparation for the forthcoming Inter-club League season in two weeks' time.  There was a most appropriate result of an overall halved match, 2.5 - 2.5.

The lead match was halved, between club Treasurer Colin Henfrey with Chalky White playing Vice Captain Dave Guy with Joe Green.  John Chatburn, giving strokes, partnered with Melvin Claricoats had a convincing win, 4 and 3, against Pete Farmer and Dave Leslie.  For the opposite side, John Chambers playing with newcomer Howard Firth secured a 3 and 2 victory against Ken Wingad with Frank Brumpton.  Harry Cutmore and Bryan Heydinger beat Mick Massingham and Harry Addison 5 and 4.  Geooff Wilkins with Barry Kay brought in the final levelling result with a 4 and 3 win against Alfie Kent with Eric Dickens.

SENIOR GOLF AWAY FROM HOME -

 Senior Captain, Graham Mackinder, hosted an Away Day for his section of the club, playing a very convivial social round of golf, with supper, in an  individual stableford format, on a bright and breezy spring day at Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, Nottinghamshire.

The course challenged, but, coming on form, an excellent steady scorecard hugely pleased Club Treasurer, Colin Henfrey, who won top spot.  Four points behind, three players were part of a countback to separate 2nd and 3rd prizes.  Alfie Kent clinched 2nd position by one point from Pete Armstrong.  Joe Green missed out, slipping into 4th place.  However, there was an alternative reward for the Best front 9 hole score returned by Joe Green while the Back 9 prize winner was John Chatburn.  Spot prizes on par 3s, gave two prizes for Nearest the Flags, and Bryan Heydinger and Harry Cruickshank played impressively accurate tee shots.  There were hidden teams of 3, and team prizes went for top aggregate points of 93 to Joe Green, Dave Guy and John Chatburn.  Dave Leslie, Mick Massingham and Judith Hutton finished 2nd on 82.  There were no 2s recorded and, so,  the proceeds were shared as part of the overall prize pot.

 

 Mr Consistent, Joe Green, returned the best score of last Thursday's stableford roll-up, playing in the monthly Seniors' Super Stableford.  As the first event of the Summer 6 month eclectic as well, Joe now leads that running Order of Merit.  Joe's handicap reducing 38 points, played from the Championship tees, was 3 better than runner-up, John Chatburn, and sees Joe playing off 23.5, and was the only sub-CSS round of the day.  Division 4 lead scores were returned by John Morley, on 34,on a count-back from Steve Squires, 34, and, 3rd, Colin Henfrey, 31.

Over a long playing career, Senior handicap Secretary, Dave Guy, who plays off 17, recorded his first Ace.  Dave holed his tee shot on the 7th hole, the par 3 measuring 141 yards, and winning the entire 2s sweep, which over-rides any 2s recorded during that stableford round.  Congratulations !!  Dave will be presented with a club momento and will be joining the National Hole in One Club.

 

      SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016

At the end of March, Kirton Holme lead the League Order of with 3 points, from Pottergate 2nd.  The other clubs have yet to play.


To complete the Seniors' Winter Eclectic season, 14 handicap, Bob Watson, returned 42 points in the Thursday Stableford, with a reduction of point 6, down to 13.7.  Tony Hall was overall runner-up and his card of 40 points won the category for the higher handicaps.  Harry Cutmore's 40 points was 3rd, on a count-back.  The day's scores were added to the running scoreboard, and the 6 month Eclectic trophy goes to Pete Armstrong, by one shot, from previous title holder, Ted-John Johnson.  Sharing scores equal to 2nd place, with count-backs in place, was Bob Watson who accelerated up the board at the end, Dave Leslie, Tony Hall and Joe Green.

The monthly mixed Senior Texas Scramble Medal, with drawn teams of 3, was won with a 3 under SSS scorecard.  Texas team captain, Ted-John Johnson, inspired his fellow players, Dennis Clay and Barry Kay, finishing 3 shots better than Roy Nelson and his team of Dave Leslie and Rod Edwards.  Pete farmer, with Frank Brumpton and John Came came in 3rd.

The Thursday Seniors were also supporting Sports Relief, with their Singles Medal, played from the Championship tees.  Their individual scores were added to the year's running Order of Merit, The Senior Golfer of the Year.  Tim Newbery, who plays off 21, had a splendid result as overall winner, of one over CSS, including a 2 below par back 9 holes.  Colin Henfrey, Bryan Heydinger, Frank Brumpton, Roy Nelson and Harry Cruickshank made impact on the running scoreboard, notching up the top 6 places.  Sue Watson, John Chambers and Harry Cutmore also returned very tidy scorecards.  Dennis Green went home with the biggest smile imaginable after carding the only 2 of the field, on hole number 12, and winning the entire 2s sweep.
 
 The final throes of the Senior Winter League, in fourball betterball matchplay format, sees the top four pairs meeting over the next weeks in a Round-Robin.  Dave Leslie and John Morley, look very strong, having romped through the early rounds with the best points total of all the entries.  Senior Captain, Graham Mackinder, and Colin Henfrey sparkled in their Division, hardly putting a foot wrong,  Dennis Green and Mick Massingham had a tougher job in the recent leg, but have won their way through, and last year's Winter League Champions, Pete Armstrong and John Costall, make up the 4th partnership.  This popular off-season format has kept the Senior squad in tune with the matchplay techniques ready for their summer League matches.
SENIOR GOLF AWAY FROM HOME - 
The Senior League squad of 18 players, led by Senior Captain, Graham Mackinder, travelled to South Kyme to enjoy a pre-season strokeplay warm-up with the members of the other 4 league clubs, in a massive field of 76 players.  The format was individual stableford, with trophies for the Best Senior Captain, the Best Non-Captain and the Best Team, with 12 names to count towards the aggregate score, nominated before play.
Stars of Sudbrook Moor squad were Allan Griggs and Bob Watson who recorded 36 points apiece, missing out on the Trophy by 3 points, where John Venters of Gedney Hill, took the title on 39 points.  The Best Captain's Trophy went home to Pottergate Golf Club, an achievement of 30 points by Peter Hallsworth.  The Best Team of the day was Boston's Kirton Holme, with a 12 man aggregate of 347 points.  Sudbrook Moor was 3rd with 311 points, 8 points behind Gedney Hill who were runners-up.

SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2016

  There was fresh blood in the Seniors' monthly Texas Scramble draw in February, with a record turn-out of mixed teams of 3.  The stroke allowance of 10% of the aggregate total and its medal format resulted in less than half a shot difference between 1st and 2nd teams.  Excellent to see new players in the top teams.   Captain of his team of Pete Falat and Rod Edwards, Andy Milner, returned a scorecard of 4 under SSS.  Pete Farmer brought in his team of Barry Kay and Dennis Green for 2nd prize.  3rd team were Ted-John Johnson with Bryan Heydinger and John Came.  Other great team leaders encouraged the 2 new ladies who were getting involved, namely Shirley Lane-Gilhesby and Sue Watson.

Retirement is most definitely suiting 70 year old Christopher Wilmot.  Last week he played three competitive strokeplay rounds, won three prizes and a handicap reduction, from 24 to 23, and enjoyed a birthday celebration.  Watch this space !!
Chris' week amounted to 1st prize in the Seniors' mixed Texas Team, a 2nd place in the Seniors' Thursday weekly Roll-Up medal from Championship tees, and a Best Overall position in the Main Club Mid-Week Stableford also from the Championship tees, with a scorecard of 37 points.  Jeff Ward was Runner-Up from David Franklin.  Alison Reid was best lady.  Phil Hall won the 2s sweep with a birdie on hole number 7.

SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2016

CHARITY DONATIONS from 2015, sent out at the start of
 2016

A sum of £38.50 had accumulated during 2015 from the 2s sweeps on Thursday morning Roll-Ups, when no 2s had been recorded.  As agreed at the 2015 AGM, there was a roll-over of monies.  The percentages look this this - 25% to the Seniors' bank account, 25% to a nominated charity and 50% to the next competition.
There was also a balance of monies from the Seniors' Christmas Social Evening and the raffle, amounting to £126.55, making a grand total of £165.05.
It was decided, that it should be halved and sent to The British Heart Foundation and The Lincolnshire AirAmbulance, and they received cheques of £82.52 and £82.53, respectively.
 
 The Senior Singles Matchplay Champion is 84 year old Pete Farmer, who continues to prove each season that he is very much a force on the golf course to be reckoned with.  Not only is Pete a great singles Matchplayer off 15 handicap, giving strokes in every round of the event, but he also has an impressive Pairs' Betterball record, representing the Club in the South Lincolnshire Seniors' Team Matchplay League, virtually unbeaten in 2015.  In the department of strokeplay, Pete has won all club trophy titles over his career, and mid-summer 2015, he won The Stanborne Shield as Gross Strokeplay Champion for the 2nd consecutive year.  He held the title of Senior Golfer of the Year until December 2015.
 Ken Wingad took on that mantle from Pete, after the result of the last Senior event of the year.  Ken looked unstoppable for most of the year, and, in fact, with one competition to be played, there was no one who could catch up with his accumulated Order of Merit score.  Not only is Ken our Senior Golfer of the Year, for outstanding strokeplay results, he also tucked under his belt The Singleton Stableford Shield in March and The Millennium 36 Hole Trophy in May.
 Senior Captain, Pete Armstrong, is the new holder of The Sudbrook Seniors' Super Stableford - The SSSS title - played over a span of 10 months, with one designated result per month, off championship tees.   Accumulated scores are totalled in an Order of Merit.  Pete surged through with flurry of autumn success, to take the November title by 5 points, from Steve Squires, who had sat at the top for months, but did not turn out on the last occasion to defend the position.
 Other Trophies have been won by Joe Green, The Rolfe Shield     - Barry Kay, The Gordon High Handicap Trophy -        Colin Henfrey, The Olympic Trophy      - John Chambers, The Christmas 3 Club Challenge -   the 6 month Eclectic, retained for the double achievement of 12 months, by Ted Johnson.
New in Office this week, incoming Seniors' Captain, Graham Mackinder, supported by his Vice Captain, Dave Guy, are pleased to offer yet another colourful and varied annual programme, throughout the seasons, open to all previous participants and all new-comers, for ladies "50 years and over" and gentlemen of "55 years and over."
 

How great to see newcomers to the scheme of the new year Senior Mixed monthl y Texas Scramble.  Senior Captain, Graham Mackinder, welcomed 6 fresh faces to the January Drawn Team format.  Prizes went to 1st and 2nd team members, and 3 of the new recruits were in the prize frame.
Frank Brumpton led his team of Allan Griggs and David Franklin to top spot, by point 5 of a shot, from runners-up Ted-John Johnson with Alison Reid and Chris Wilmot.  Some other good scorecards came from Tim Newbery with Roger Thorley and Rod Edwards, 3rd place, and Bryan Heydinger with Jeff Ward and Barry Kay, 4th.
Steve Squires stormed back in the mixed Seniors' stableford, carding 41 points, a point 6 reduction, down to 19.8.  Best of Category 4 was 22 handicap Harry Cruickshank with 36 points.  Runner-up prize went to John Chambers, with 40 points in Category 1 - 3 and other steady scores came from Graham Mackinder, 36, and Bob Watson, 34, in Category 1-3, and John Ronan, 34, in Category 4. There were no 2s recorded and so the money rolls-over.
David Leslie continues to lead the Seniors' Winter 6 month Eclectic, in its 3rd month

SENIOR NEWS DURING DECEMBER 2015

  The mixed Thursday roll-up of Seniors have now competed for their annual Stableford, played with 2 selected golf clubs and the obligatory putter, contesting the Senior Christmas Challenge trophy.  It was John Chambers' name in the frame yet again, with a very splendid score of 35 points.  The format must really, really suit him because it is the 5th time either he, or his wife Sue, has won the title in the past 10 years, and a credit to them both.
John's scorecard amounted to 19 points out and 16 home-ward, off his 20 handicap.  Dave Leslie was runner-up by one point, 15 out and 19 back, on a count-back from Frank Brumpton, with 2 equal nines of 17.  Steve Squires was 5th equal with Joe green on 33 points.

SENIOR NEWS DURING NOVEMBER 2015
 
Traditionally, all early November club competitions are of a charity flavour, raising funds for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, one way of saying thank you, and a record grand total of £300 was realised, to include collecting tin contents and individual donations.
The Tuesday Ladies were drawn into teams of 3 for a Texas Scramble medal, with best team winning RBL Gold Medals, and the happy recipients were Jenny Hilton, Linda Whittaker and Jeannie Priest.  One shot behind were Amanda Roberts, Alison Reid and Joan Alton, who were presented with poppy coffee mugs.  Sue Chambers, Doreen Fardell and Glennys Sanders were in 3rd spot, with poppy key rings as keepsakes.
The Thursday Senior Individual Stableford was won, from the Championship white tees, by John Costall with a fine scorecard of 37 points.  John was presented with a RBL Poppy Gold Medal.  There were also Gold Medals for the best return of Handicap Category 4 who was Colin Henfrey and runner-up in Category 1 - 4, Pete Armstrong.


  SENIOR NEWS DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2015

SENIOR GOLF AT HOME IN SEPTEMBER
   Ted-John Johnson retained the Seniors' 6 month Eclectic, over 24  Strokeplay Roll-Ups, with a best ball score of 7 birdies and 11 pars, off 50% handicap.  Ted, who plays off an 18 handicap, was half a shot ahead of Bob Watson.  3rd was Pete Armstrong, a further one point five shots behind, sharing the same score with Mick Beasley.  Pete Farmer and John Costall were equal 5th.  7 players shared the next spot, with a token prize as recognition of a season's endeavour.  Namely, Francis Haw, Tony Hall, Andy Milner, Graham Mackinder, Harry Cruickshank, Colin Henfrey and John Came.  Only 3 shots separated 1st form 13th !
The Seniors played their scheduled monthly mixed Texas Scramble Medal on one of those unlucky September wet days, but, undeterred by the conditions, the winning team of John Costall, Dennis Green and Barry Kay recorded a fabulous score of 8 shots under par.  Great to see different names in the winning frame with 2nd best card returned by John Chatburn, with brand new member  Peter Falat and Tony Hall, less than a shot adrift.  In 3rd spot were Ted-John Johnson, Clive Watson and Rod Edwards.

SENIOR GOLF AWAY FROM HOME -   
    The  South Lincolnshire Seniors' Matchplay League.
The Senior Matchplay League season concluded its 22nd year history with a Social Presentation celebration, at the chosen venue of Rutland County Golf Club.   68 Senior golfers converged from the 5 Member Clubs, Gedney Hill, Lincoln's Pottergate, Boston's Kirton Holme, RAF Coningsby and Sudbrook Moor to enjoy a convivial pairs' Betterball Stableford in which a mix of the 5 clubs were drawn into pairs and card -   marking 4s.
Blessed with perfect autumn weather, the top scores were spread across the clubs.  A scorecard of 45 stableford points was returned by a delighted Joe Green, from Sudbrook Moor, with RAF Coningsby's John Curtis.  Kirton Holme's Senior Captain, Ian Prior, partnered by Tom Melvin of Gedney Hill, amassed 44 points for 2nd place.  Sudbrook Moor's Senior Captain, Pete Armstrong, with Keith Cable from RAF Coningsby, were 3rd on 43 points.
There was also a reckoning for Best Team of the Day, with a devised formula to calculate "How did each Club do ?".  A triumphant Ray Bushell, Senior Captain for the past 2 years of RAF Coningsby, received the Team Strokeplay Shield, for the club's very 1st time in the history of the League.  Comfortably clear, by 4 points, on a total of 436 stableford points, RAF Coningsby added another prize to its day's total.
Kirton Holme were 2nd with 432, then Sudbrook Moor 3rd on 426.
The original reason for the day was for the member clubs to come together to recognise the Matchplay Champions, who had triumphed after the 7 month season, at the conclusion of the 40 inter-club matches.  Over many years, the day has grown into a more social day, with the shared luncheon and Prize Ceremony.  Gedney Hill were, once again, the Matchplay Champions, with Pottergate a very close 2nd, and Bill Smith, Gedney Hill's Senior Captain received the Winners' Shield.
A final presentation was made for the achievements of The Spring Captains' Team Day when the format had been an individual stableford, at the start of this season in March.  This year's chosen venue was South Kyme Golf Club.  The Best Team aggregate was retained by Pottergate Golf Club, and Ray Oxby was presented with the Trophy.  Best Senior Captain was Ray Bushell of RAF Coningsby and Best Non-Captain was Keith Richardson of Pottergate.  The 3 beautiful trophies had recently been presented to the Seniors' League by Trevor Price who had been very instrumental in the activities at RAF Coningsby Golf Club and the South Lincolnshire Seniors' Matchplay League.