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 9:00am on Monday and Wednesday when we play a shortened course of 13 or 14 holes and Friday, when we start earlier at 8:30am and play a full 18 holes. We try to vary the format thus providing a bit of fun but still with a competitive edge! Whilst everyone wants to win, the real attraction is the camaraderie and friendly banter which we believe is a key feature and strength of our club.
In addition to the ‘roll ups’ 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 36) 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 people listed below or simply turn up and enjoy one of the roll ups.
We’re sure you will enjoy it.
Jeff Stewart (Senior’s Chairman 2020/1)
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FOLLOW THE RESULTS OF SENIORS MATCHES
Heron’s Reach September 2020
A small party of Seniors made the annual trip to Heron’s Reach. Three days of wonderful weather went some way to making up for the reduced numbers brought about by Co vid -19. If only the quality of the golf had matched the weather!
Dave Swindells emerged as the trip’s overall winner whilst Trevor Oxley was awarded the infamous golf statue!
A big thank you to Alan Blakeman for, once again, organising this year’s trip.
Steve wins this year’s George Scott Trophy
New member Steve Parr continued his very successful start to playing with the Seniors by winning today’s George Scott Trophy by 5 shots from Rob Holden. Steve had an excellent round with a superb birdie on the 15th and a total of 7 pars in his score of 42 points. The competition for 3rd and 4th prizes was extremely close with 3 players all scoring 36 points. Ian Bowers with 19 points on the back nine just edged out Alan Woolley (18+18) whilst John Tennant missed out on the prizes by the smallest of margins also scoring 18 on the back nine but with 12 points to Alan’s 14 on the last 6 holes.
Steve’s success today adds to his victories so far in two of the Individual Qualifying Stablefords. Well done Steve
Seniors Doubles 2019 finally resolved!
After a very long delay we were finally able to play the final of the 2019 Senior’s Doubles competition today. In a closely fought game Trev Jones and Phil Holland came out as the winners beating Fred Markham and Pat Walker 3 and 2.
Congratulations to Trev and Phil and commiserations to Fred and Pat. Well done to all four of the finalists!
Congratulations to Dave!
Congratulations to Dave Good for his hole in one on the 8th during the competition on Saturday 15th August. This is Dave’s second ‘hole in one’ but the first to be witnessed by other players since on the previous occasion Dave was playing a practice round on his own.
To see all the senior’s who have achieved a ‘hole in one’ in the last few years go to the Document Download Section and click on ‘Hole in One – Roll of Honour’
Marcliffe Cup 2020
Many congratulations to this year’s Senior’s Chairman, Jeff Stewart, who convincingly won today’s Marcliffe Cup with a score of 42 points. 2nd place went to Pat Walker with 39 points with Bob Palmer (3rd) and Chris Keene (4th) also scoring 39.
The Marcliffe is one of the key events on the Vet’s Calendar and traditionally Cliff Ardern has presented the cup and numerous bottles of wine for nearest the pin etc afterwards. Sadly, this year, we had to change the format and limit the number of prizes due to Covid -19 -no rocket start and everyone teeing off from the 1st in groups of four at 10 minute intervals.
What was so nice this morning was that Cliff came up to the club before the event to wish people well. Hopefully, he will be able to present the cup to Jeff at the Senior’s AGM later in the golfing calendar.
We were blessed with a very, very hot day and near perfect golfing conditions and the event was supported by 42 seniors so a big thank you to everyone who took part. You can see how you did by visiting ‘How Did I Do?’
Hole in One for Keith!
Congratulations to Keith Wright who scored a hole in one on the 16th in today’s competition (Saturday August 8th). This is only Keith’s second hole in one which, he reckons, is averaging out at one every 20 years! So he’ll probably have to wait until he gets into his nineties for the next one!
Congratulations to Dave Swindells winner of the Vet’s Cup 2020
Many thanks to the 40 seniors took part in this year’s Vet’s Cup which was played on one of the hottest days of the year so far. A strong wind, however, made playing difficult and perhaps helps to explain the relatively low scores. Dave won with a net 67 with Chris Keene on 69 just edging out Graham Elliott on a card play off. The 4th prize went to Alan Blakeman with net 70
The trophy, which is the only Senior’s competition played as a medal off white tees, will be presented to Dave at the club’s annual presentation evening later in the year and his name will be immortalised on the Vet’s Cup board in the clubhouse.
For a full score sheet go to ‘How Did I Do?’ in the ‘Members Section’.
Seniors Individual Knockout 2019 won by Pat Walker
Finally we were able to complete the individual knock out for 2019 today! After a closely fought first nine, where the lead changed several times, Pat Walker eventually pulled ahead to beat Arthur Oliver 4 and 3.
Well done to both finalists for their patience if nothing else!!!
Senior’s AGM 2020
Outgoing Chairman Bob Palmer thanked everyone for their contributions to the Senior’s in 2020 in particular Clive Garside and Phil Smallman for organising the Seniors Quad am and Senior’s Open, Tom James as Secretary, Clive Garside as Treasurer and Alan Blakeman for organising the 3day trip to Heron’s Reach and his roll in trying, sometimes against seemingly impossible odds, to organise teams in the thrice weekly roll ups. Never an easy task!
The season was an excellent one for the club. The weather was reasonably kind and we played a lot of golf somehow managing. miraculously, to avoid the heavy rain at times! The work done over the previous twelve months by the greens staff and volunteers meant the course was often in pristine condition and was praised repeatedly by the clubs we played against.
In terms of matches, the season couldn’t have been much better. We won 13 of our matches against other clubs, losing 9 and halving one. In the league games we won 6 and lost 4 but came second in our division and progressed to the League final, where for the first time since 2005, we came out victorious and League Champions 2019!
Of course it wasn’t just those who played in the final who ensured our success but all the others who played in matches which helped us get there.
The club competitions organised by Tom and Clive were well supported and there were some great results. Stan Spencer won the Vets Cup. Keith Wright won the George Scott Trophy and Arthur Oliver, the Marcliffe. All the prize winners including those who came in the first 4 in the qualifying Stablefords were presented with their prizes. You can view all the Competitions results by clicking on ‘Competitions’ in the Senior’s section.
Jeff Stewart takes over as Chair for 2020. Keith Wright is Vice Chair. Tom James stays on as Secretary and Clive Garside continues as Treasurer. Phil Smallman has been co-opted onto the committee because of his vast experience and because he organises our major annual event the ‘Open’
Bob, as outgoing Chairman, thanked everyone for their support especially the match organisers and the committee and selected Ged Armitt as his ‘Player of the Year’ for his tireless efforts over several years as Captain, President and now a key member of the voluntary helpers to the green’s team.
Everyone appreciated Bob’s efforts for all his efforts as this year’s Chairman.
Congratulations to Ian and Andy winners of the Turkey Trot 2019
We awoke to a beautiful sunny morning, alas with temperatures below freezing point, which meant that the 48 competitors (24 pairs) had to play the 14 hole pairs Stableford betterball off temporary greens with the bunkers being declared GUR.
However, it was a great turn out and it was also nice to see so many members had invited along a guest. In fact of the 5 prize winning pairs three involved members playing with a guest so well done!
The competition couldn’t have been closer with Ian Harding and Andy Chadwick winning by just a single point with an excellent 10 under par 38.
Second place went to Jeff Stewart and late replacement Rob Holden with 37 who beat Arthur Oliver and his guest Keith Thompson who also scored 37 whilst Ian Bowers and his guest, John Wheeldon also had 37. The final prize went to Dave Holt and his guest Glyn Evans with 36 points.
Thank you, once again, for your support to what proved to be a very enjoyable morning’s golf which concluded with a choice of very enjoyable savoury baps provided by Steph.
Hole in One for Stan
Stan Spencer achieved his first ever hole in one at the Senior’s roll up this morning on the par three 15th. Well done Stan!
Congratulations to the winners of the Manchester and District Seniors League 2019!
Huge congratulations to our team led by Bob Palmer who won the 2019 league Trophy at Brookdale Golf Club for only the second time since the league was founded in 2002.
Playing conditions were ‘challenging’ as overnight, the remnants of Hurricane Humberto had dumped even more rain on an already saturated North West. Despite this, all 4 pairings played tremendously well with Bob Palmer and Graham Hadfield scoring an impressive 40 points which was matched by Ian Harding and John Tennant. These two pairs were backed up impressively by the other two pairs who both scored 35 namely Keith Wright and Trevor Jones and Peter Coull and Simon Belt. With the aggregate total of the best 3 pairs to count the result was:
1st New Mills 115 points
2nd Shrigley Hall 110
3rd Macclesfield 110
4th Dukinfield 108
5th Houldsworth 107
6th Marple 97
The winning team with Paul Deighton President of Brookdale GC
The last time we won this trophy was way back in 2005. Five members of that team are still active members of the current seniors -Mike Howard. Mike Richardson, Ged Armitt, Dave Good (not in the picture) and Tony Jones as is the Senior’s Chairman at the time Fred Markham and the Club Captain in 2005, Arthur Oliver.
We shouldn’t overlook the contributions made by everyone else who played in the league team in 2019 which enabled us to reach the final, namely: Phil Holland, Ian Bowers, Clive Garside, Dave Good, Pat Walker, Phil Smallman, Paul Holt, Dave Swindells, David Bray and Arthur Oliver. Well done to everyone who played their part in helping us achieve this trophy!
We’re very fortunate to have such a strong senior’s section at the club which is characterised by the camaraderie, friendship and competitiveness which exists in our roll ups every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and in our various competitions throughout the year. It’s not just the players who represented the league team who should share in this success, but all the others who played for the club throughout the season in the friendly fixtures against other clubs and everyone who turns up at the roll ups.
Well done to everybody!
Ladies Invitation to Seniors 23rd September 2019
An excellent morning’s golf in which 16 ladies and 16 gents took part in a betterball stableford over 13 holes. Winners, with a superb score of 62, was the team of Jean Taylor, Iris Tolputt, Clive Garside and Keith Wright. There was very impressive scoring from the men in particular on the first nine where they totalled 45 points no doubt largely to some superb golf from Clive who had a whole string of 3 pointers! As Keith said afterwards. ‘I was playing pretty well but couldn’t get on the card!’
Runners up were Don Cooper, Dave Hibbert, Jo Coull and Brenda Grimshaw with a 6 under 58.
Well done to everyone who took part.