WELCOME TO THE SENIORS
The Seniors section is open to members aged 55 or over who enjoy playing friendly, yet competitive golf. We play a roll up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the year starting at 8.30am in summer and 9am in winter. Whilst everyone wants to win, the real attraction is the camaraderie and friendly banter, a key feature of our club.
A number of medal and Stableford handicap qualifying events are held throughout the season (click on the link ‘Seniors Competitions’ to find out more). We also play friendly home and away matches against 11 other clubs, several of which are played in the Manchester and District Seniors Golf League (click link ‘Seniors Matches’ below).
Level of ability isn’t important (our current handicaps range from single figures through to 28) and whilst most members are retired, our age range is from ‘youngsters’ in their fifties right up to ‘more senior gentlemen’ in their eighties. Whatever your age or ability you’ll be made extremely welcome.For more information contact any of the officials listed below or simply turn up for one of the roll ups.
We’re sure you will enjoy it.
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Seniors Mid Week Break to North Wales
On Monday 2nd October 20 of our Seniors went to North Wales for a three day golfing break organised once again by Alan Blakeman. We began by playing at Maesdu Golf Club in Llandudno, followed by Conway on Tuesday and finally Abergele on Wednesday.
Conditions on the first day were challenging with gale force winds which resulted in a lot of lost balls! However, this didn’t deter anyone and it proved to be a very enjoyable day.
Our base for the three days was the Broadway Hotel in Llandudno which was adequate for our needs. Generally we ate out in groups in the evening before coming together at the end of the evening at a local pub where there was a lot of banter and good humour. Tuesday night was the equivalent of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in which everyone joined Alan on his guitar for a communal sing song!
Two trophies were presented, one to Phil Smallman for his contribution to the smooth running of the competitions and the overall winner’s prize to Arthur Oliver.
A really enjoyable golf holiday was enjoyed by all and we look forward to another similar event in 2018.
VETS CUP 2017
Well done to Trevor Jones winner of the Vets Cup 2017
Even though the course was still very wet following all the recent rain. very mild weather made playing conditions very pleasant for the 23 members who played in this year’s Vets Cup.
There were a number of very good scores with Trevor Jones scoring an excellent net 66 including a birdie and 8 pars. Second place went to Keith Wright who was just one shot behind with an excellent 67 whilst Steve Price, who had travelled all the way from Ashbourne to play. came 3rd with another very good score of 68 points.
Congratulations to all of these players and many thanks to everyone else who supported the event this morning.
Trevor will be presented with the trophy later in the year at the club’s Annual Presentation Evening.
MIXED SENIORS AND LADIES EVENT – 2017
Congratulations to Joyce Hadfield, Avis Proctor, Graham Hadfield, and Jeff Stewart with an excellent score of 64 points.
With the best score from the ladies and the gents to count, excellent scoring from Joyce and Jeff in particular, on the front nine enabled them to amass 45 points including two birdies on the 4th which netted them 8 points!
Second place, with 60 points went to Marianne Mc Gibbon, Ann Jones , Arthur Oliver and Pat Walker who narrowly beat Alison Rudder, Kate Bromilow, Ian Harding and Bernard Pickering on a card play off.
A superb morning’s golf was rounded off by an excellent buffet prepared by Liz and John.
Many thanks to everyone who took part and to Celia, Tom. Clive and Phil for organising the event.
The photo showws Lady Vice Captain presenting bottles of wine to the winning team
GEORGE SCOTT TROPHY – 2017
Well done to Bob Palmer, this years winner of the George Scott Trophy
A smaller field than usual competed for the rearranged George Scott Trophy with 24 seniors enjoying the sun, although in places the course was still wet underfoot from all the recent rain.
The worthy winner was Bob Palmer with a score of 39 points, beating on a card play-off, his playing partner on the day, Trevor Jones,. Third place went to Pat Walker with 37 points just edging out John Shandley and Mike Howard also with 37 points.
Thanks to those taking part, and congratulations to Bob, who will be presented with his trophy at the Seniors AGM later in the year.
Marcliffe Cup – 2017
Well done to Alan Blakeman, this years winner of the Marcliffe Cup.
Forty two senior members enjoyed very good playing conditions although damp ground meant there was little run in some places.
The result couldn’t have been closer, however, only 3 players returned scores under par, each with 39 points and all with exactly the same score on both the front and back nine.
Alan was presented with first prize and the cup, Phil Holland and Keith Wright were in second and third places respectively – congratulations to all three players!
The photo is of Alan receiving the cup from Cliff Ardern, who, once again donated many of the prizes, including this year, a new trophy for the player who managed to get his ball inside the small circle round the pin on the 15th.
In the twenty four years the trophy has been played, no-one has managed to do this so it looks as though we’re going to have to wait another year to see if someone can finally achieve this feat!
Other prizes were presented for:
- Nearest pin 4th Ian Bowers and Clive Garside (low and high handicap respectively)
- Nearest pin 6th Paul Lake and John Shandley
- Nearest pin 8th Steve Strong and David Bray
- Nearest pin 16th Phil Smallman and Geoff Nolan
- Drive nearest the line on the 9th: Peter Moseley
- Second shot nearest the pin on the 13th: Bob Palmer
- Second shot nearest the pin on the 17th: Pat Walker
Many thanks, once again to Cliff, to greens staff Nigel and Mike, and for everyone who supported today’s event and made it so successful.
Hole in one for Chris!
Chris Hall, who joined New Mills 3 years ago, achieved his first ever hole in one during last Saturday’s medal on the 16th.
As Chris said:
“Up to that point I wasn’t having a particularly good round in the very windy conditions. Deciding on caution rather than valour I chose a seven iron off the tee hoping to land the ball on the downslope so that it would run towards the green, which is in fact what happened.
It was only when the group in front, standing at the back of the green waiting to putt out, leapt into the air that I realised the ball had gone in the hole! Hitting a seven iron on a 230 yard par 3 sounds good -thank goodness for the slope down to the green!”
Congratulations Chris – the £71 winnings wasn’t a bad bonus either!
Seniors Quad AM – 2017
39 teams from clubs as far afield as Poulton Park, Upton (Chester), Llandudno, Worsley Park, Huddersfield, Macclesfield, Chesterfield and Leek as well as players from other local clubs took part in a very enjoyable QuadAm yesterday.
Conditions for those going out early were far from easy with a very strong north easterly wind making playing conditions very difficult. Later in the day the wind eased which probably helped those going out in the afternoon.The course was in superb condition and the greens were extremely fast which together with some interesting pin positions made the course taxing.
Winners, with a very good score of 84 points, were local ‘lads’ Trev Jones, Phil Yates, Alex MacKenzie and Jim Wharmby. Just one point behind were Peter Ainsworth, David Bye, Ken Rigby and Bob McKeith from Macclesfield Golf club, whilst 3rd place went to four players from Shrigley Hall (K. Froggatt, A. Lloyd, P. Whitehurst and K.Fieldstead) with 82 points after a card play off.
Tom James, Bernard Pickering, Rod Taylor and Graham Hawkins were the next best New Mills team coming 5th with 76 points. Two years ago the same team narrowly missed out on the prizes coming fourth. Never mind guys it could be third time lucky next year!
Hugh Jones, Dave Hibbert and their two guests also achieved 76 points along with two other teams.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, who helped with the car park, registration etc and to the ladies who ran the halfway house by serving hot drinks and a delightful selection of home made cakes and scones all provided by lady members and wives of some our members.
Last, but not least a huge thanks to Clive Garside for once again organising such a superbly successful event.
The photo shows Bob Arden and his team from Llandudno and Chester who have been regular players in this completion for many years.
It’s never too late to achieve your ambitions!
Congratulations to Ken Lee on achieving his first hole in one after playing the game for 37 years! Playing in very windy conditions, octogenarian Ken, who was Seniors’ ‘Player of the Year’ last year, achieved his hole in one on the short par 3 fourth.
Well done Ken! It just shows what perseverance can accomplish!
Easter Egg Competition – 2017
Wet and windy conditions didn’t deter 36 adventurous, hardy souls who took part in today’s annual Easter Egg Competition.
Played as a Stableford over 13 holes, in teams of four (two Gents and two Ladies) with the best two scores to count, the competition was won by Jean Taylor, Joyce Bennett, Les Swann and Tom James with a very respectable score of 53 points, narrowly beating Brenda Grimshaw, Lady President (Celia James), Pat Walker and Chris Hall in a card play off.
Many thanks to everyone who took part and especially to Jean Taylor for once again organising the event.<!–
For more photos please go to ‘Our Club’ and then ‘Gallery Page’
Derek Horsey Charity Competition – 2017
In our first qualifying competition of the new season, 29 of the Seniors section took part in the annual Derek Horsey Charity Golf Competition on Tuesday 4th April.
Early morning fog delayed the start by half an hour but eventually the competition got underway and the morning turned out to be very pleasant.
£155 was raised for the charity which was set up after the death of Derek Horsey, who was the founder of the Manchester and District Seniors League. The top two players from each club go on to represent their club in a knock out competition against other clubs in the league.
Played as a stroke play competition, over 18 holes off yellow tees, the winners of our competition were John Tennant and Rod Taylor. J.T. came in with a net score of 65 whilst Rod scored net 67 just edging out Arthur Oliver on a card play off.
Because of Rod’s unavailability, JT and Arthur will represent us in the knock out phase of the competition.
Other top placings can be viewed by clicking on the ‘Seniors Competitions’ link above.–>
Thanks to everyone who took part and we wish JT and Arthur best wishes in the subsequent rounds.
Seniors Dinner – March 2017
To mark the end of a very successful year’s golf in 2016 and the start of the new season the Seniors celebrated with a very enjoyable dinner with their wives/partners. We were pleased to have, as our invited guests, Rick and Pam Boffey who were Club Captain and Lady Captain respectively last year.
Everyone was in jovial mood and the superb meal prepared by Liz emphasised once more the very high standards of catering the club always provides, Phil’s quiz provoked much discussion and debate and as usual a fair amount of competitiveness and rivalry between the various tables! Thanks to everyone for their support. We look forward to another great year of golf in the coming season.<!–
For more photos go to ‘Our Club’ then click ‘Gallery Page’.
Worth the Wait!
It’s taken him forty years, but finally Ged Armitt joined the hole in one club this morning. His tee shot onto the winter green went straight into the hole on the fourth much to Ged and his playing partners’ delight. In fact, the celebration was heard over on the other side of the road by players on the 13th!
Well done Ged you deserve it!
Seniors AGM – March 2017
A very well attended meeting marked the end of the 2016 season on Friday. Outgoing chairman, Alan Blakeman thanked his fellow officers and those who had volunteered as match organisers for their support throughout the year.
Prizes were presented to winners of the various Seniors competitions and the qualifying Stableford events played throughout the season.Winner of the individual knock out was Rob Holden whilst John Tennant and Peter Abbott won the doubles. <!–
A full list of all the prize winners can be found by going to the link ‘Seniors Competitions’.
In his report Alan highlighted the very successful mid week beak to Hawkestone Park in Shropshire and is planning a similar event for next September in North Wales.
The addition of several new players into the Seniors section over the last twelve months has undoubtedly raised standards and resulted in higher than ever attendance at the thrice weekly seniors roll up.
The Chairman awarded his ‘Player of the Year’ award to Ken Lee for the contribution he has made throughout the year to the ethos of what the Seniors section is all about through his friendly banter, wit and sense of fun.
Phil Smallman takes over as Chairman for 2017 with Graham Hadfield as vice Chair. Graham will take responsibility for all the league fixtures in 2017,supported by a number of volunteers who will act as match organisers (see contact details above) throughout the year. Tom James stays as Secretary and Clive Garside remains as Treasurer.
We look forward to a very successful season once again in 2017.
Yet Another Hole In One !
Not Captain Scott at the South Pole, but Bernard Pickering, who achieved his first ever hole in one at Monday’s Seniors Roll up. “It’s taken me forty years and probably 2000 lost golf balls but I’ve finally achieved it!” said a very happy Bernard who surprised himself by finding that his tee shot, which was heading into the sun on the par three 8th, was actually in the hole!
Well done Bernard!
Turkey Trot – November 2016
There was an excellent turn out this morning with 24 pairs competing in the Annual Turkey Trot. The previous days monsoon like conditions made the decision to play a difficult one. However, everyone turned up and despite the low cloud and very wet conditions on some parts of the course everyone enjoyed a great morning of golf.. It is a credit to our green staff, and to Nigel in particular, that the greens were in such good condition and it was only necessary to use one winter green.
The competition is open to our Seniors who can invite a guest from another club and it is very fitting that the first 3 pairs all involved guests. Prizes are in the form of vouchers which can be exchanged at local butchers Bryans. There was some very good golf played over the 14 holes we chose and the scores were incredibly close.
1st place with 36 points went to Peter Moseley and his guest John Lowden from Denton Golf Club with a score of 8 under par.
The other four prize winning pairs all tied with 34 points with identical front and back nine scores which resulted in a lot of close scrutiny to determine the placings.
2nd were Trevor Oxley and former member Dave Holt
3rd were Tom James and Ken Lomas who plays most of his golf these days at High Peak.
4th were Rob Holden and Alec Holland and 5th were Bob Palmer and Bill Sutton.
The results were so close that 8 other pairs all scored 33 points and missed out on the prizes by the narrowest of margins.
Thanks to everyone who took part and to Liz for the delicious turkey baps and chips which provided a very satisfying finale to a most enjoyable event.
Another Hole in One for Phil!
Just a couple of weeks after achieving a hole in one on the 6th at the Seniors roll up, Phil Smallman did it again today. This time on the par three 4th. If he continues like this it has been suggested that he buys some shares in a distillery or even starts to make his own!
Well done Phil!
Double Celebration at Seniors Roll Up
Not just one hole in one at this morning’s roll up but two! Firstly, Alan Blakeman scored his first ever hole in one on the 6th but 15 minutes later, whilst everyone was celebrating in the clubhouse, Phil Smallman added another bottle of whiskey to celebrate yet another hole in one on the same hole!
Congratulations to both players and we hope no one was breathalysed on the way home as there were only 15 players at this morning’s event!