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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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 202o
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!
Senior’s Mid Week Break to Heron’s Reach
28 of the Seniors enjoyed another great mid week break at Heron’s Reach on the Fylde coast. The weather was good and the course superb and challenging. Once again the hotel lived up to expectations and was excellent. The photos show those who took part plus Garry Fletcher being presented with the infamous the ‘Last Place Trophy’ from organiser Alan Blakeman.
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.
Senior’s Open 3rd September 2019
On Tuesday 3rd September we hosted our annual ‘Open’ 4BBB which is open only to players from clubs other than New Mills.
As usual, the event was well supported with players from 15 other clubs from as far afield as Grange Park (Rotherham), Chesterfield, Westwood (Leek) and Daveyhulme. For many it was a return visit.
The weather was generally kind, although there were a few late showers in the afternoon which caught out some of the later starters. However, this didn’t appear to quash their enjoyment or enthusiasm.
Half way house, run by Arthur Oliver, proved very popular once again and several of our lady members served tea, coffee, scones and cakes generously supplied by Carol Culley.
Lots of very positive comments were passed by our visitors, not only about half-way house, but with regard to the standard and quality of the course, for which we have to thank Nigel, Mike and all the volunteers who give so generously of their time to present the course in its best quality light. Once again there was lots of praise for how visitors are made welcome when they come here.
The winners, on the day, were Kevin Moore and Ian White from Davenport GC with an impressive 44 points just one ahead of Andy Yeardley and George Makey from Stamford GC with third place going to Steve Blunt and Jeff Barratt from Westwood GC (Leek).
Prizes were also given to Peter Buttrick from Chapel GC for nearest the pin on the 4th and N. Summerville from Daveyhulme on the 15th.
Once again thank you to all our visitors for your kind support and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next year!
The images below show some of those who played on the day
George Scott Trophy 9th September 2019
Not the kindest of days weather wise for this morning’s George Scott Trophy which was reflected in the relatively low scores.
Winner, with a score of 37 points, was Keith Wright who beat Dave Holt on a card play off. 3rd place went to John Tennant with 36 points whilst Simon Belt came 4th also with 36.
Congratulations to Keith and many thanks to everyone who turned up and braved the dismal weather!
Congratulations to Arthur Oliver winner of the Marcliffe Cup
35 members of the Senior’s section took part in this morning’s Marcliffe Cup which was won by Arthur Oliver with 38 points in a card play off. 2nd place went to Peter Moseley with Bob Palmer coming third also with 38 points.
13 players achieved par or better (36+) showing just how close the competition was.
The Marcliffe is a popular and well supported event in the Senior’s calendar and is the brainchild of Cliff Ardern who each year provides many of the bottles of wine as prizes.
Receiving his prize from Cliff, Arthur admitted he was guilty of ‘drug taking’ having doubled his dose of painkillers prior to the event following his awful round the previous day!
Many thanks to everyone who took part and to Sam and Kallis for their help in helping to set up the course.
Additional prizes were awarded to the following:
Nearest pin on 4th: Rob Holden (lower handicap); Alan Woolley (higher handicap)
Nearest pin on 6th: Ian Harding (low handicap); (no prize presented for higher handicap player)
Nearest pin on 8th: Trev Jones (lower handicap); (no prize presented for higher Handicap)
Nearest pin on 16th: Graham Hadfield (lower handicap); Mike Bryant (higher handicap)
Nearest line on 9th: Trevor Oxley
Second shot nearest pin on 13th: John Tennant
Second shot nearest pin on 17th: Pete Moseley
The special trophy for a player getting their tee shot inside the circle around the hole on the 15th was once again not won by anyone so Graham Hadfield, who won the trophy last year, was invited to take the cup home for the current year!
Stan wins Vet’s Cup – Friday 26th July 2019
Congratulations to Stan Spencer winner of today’s Vet’s Cup with an impressive net 65. Second place with net 67 went to Mr. Captain helped no doubt by his very impressive birdie on stroke index 1! Third place went to Pat Walker also with 67 whilst 4 players came in with 69 Tom James, Bob Palmer, Paul Holt and Clive Garside.
The day was perfect with a slight breeze helping to lower the temperature a little whilst the green’s and fairways were once more in tip top condition.
Many thanks to everyone who took part. To view the full scorecard visit ‘How Did I do?’ in the members section
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