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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DEREK HORSEY CHARITY COMP – 2018
LEAGUE TEAM OFF TO A GREAT START!
The League team made an excellent start to the season with an impressive 5 points to 3 away win at Glossop. The rain, which had been forecasted, fortunately didn’t materialise but everyone had to contend with very strong winds, especially on the higher parts of the course, where a number of trolleys were blown over!
There were excellent wins for Ian Harding and Graham Hadfield and also for Bob Palmer and Phil Holland whilst Pat Walker and Trevor Jones secured a very good half. The only losers were John Tennant and Arthur Oliver who were all square for most of the way until losing on the very last hole!
Well done to everyone. This is a fixture where, in recent years, we haven’t enjoyed much success, so hopefully, this will prove to be the perfect springboard for the rest of the season.
Full results of all the games can be found by clicking on the link ‘Senior Match Results’.
EASTER EGG COMPETITION MARCH 28TH 2018
MARCH 2018 – SENIORS AGM
The Seniors AGM finally took place on Thursday 8th March after twice being postponed because of atrocious weather.
22 matches were played against other clubs in 2017 of which 9 were won and 13 lost. In the league, despite not making the final this year, we were just two points adrift of the winners of our division. Many thanks to all the match organisers in 2017. Winners of the various seniors competitions were presented with their prizes, a full list of which can be found by visiting ‘Competitions’ in the Seniors section of the website.
Congratulations to the three senior players who achieved their first ever hole in one during 2017. These were Ken Lee, Chris Hall and Ged Armitt
Phil Smallman was re-elected as chair for 2018 along with Tom James as Secretary and Clive Garside as Treasurer whilst Bob Palmer was elected as Vice Chair.
The very successful Seniors mid week trip to North Wales, organised by Alan Blakeman, was a huge success and plans are already in place for a similar venture in September 2018. Sadly, we had to cancel the Seniors Open in September due to adverse weather which undermined the donation the Seniors give to the club annually. However, the annual Seniors Quad Am in May was very successful and once again extremely well supported.
The photo shows Trevor Jones being presented with ‘Player of the Year’ by the Chairman Phil Smallman, not only for his outstanding achievements as a player in 2017 but also for all the time and effort he has devoted throughout the year in supporting the club especially the green staff.
As a club we pride ourselves in the huge amount of voluntary work undertaken by so many of the Seniors for the benefit of the club. It’s what makes New Mills Golf Club so special!
NOVEMBER 2017 – Seniors say goodbye to Liz and John
Before the prizes were presented to the winners of the Turkey Trot, Phil Smallman, chairman of the Seniors section, presented a farewell card and gift to stewards Liz and John Longworth who are retiring shortly.
Phil thanked them, on behalf of the seniors, for the way, over the last 6 years, they have increased the reputation of the club both in terms of the quality of meals they produce and the welcome they give to visitors and guests which is reflected in more and more people choosing the club as a venue to celebrate special family events.
We will miss them both and wish them lots of happiness in their retirement.
NOVEMBER 2017 – TURKEY TROT
Congratulations to Wilf Dawson and Phil Holland winners of this year’s Turkey Trot
22 pairs took part in this year’s Turkey Trot, played as a pairs betterball Stableford over 14 holes. The winners were Phil Holland and Wilf Dawson with a score of 36 points, ( 8 under par) who were one point ahead of Frank James and Graham Elliott with 35 points who in turn edged out Mike Howard and Les Swann on a card play off. Fourth place went to Arthur Oliver and his guest Nigel Oakes with 34 points. Five pairs tied with 33 points with John Tennant and Alec Holland claiming the final prize with a better score on the last 5 holes. Many thanks to everyone who took part especially to Fred for his help on the day collecting the money and collating the results.
SEPTEMBER 2017 – 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.
MAY 2017 – 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.
MAY 2017 – 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.
SENIORS HOLE-IN-ONE ROLL OF HONOUR
|2017 – May 27||Chris Hall||16|
|2017 – May 3||Ken Lee||4|
|2017 – Feb 6||Ged Armitt||4|
|2016 – Nov 28||Bernard Pickering||8|
|2016 – Oct 31||Phil Smallman||4|
|2016 – Oct 17||Phil Smallman||6|
|2016 – Oct 17||Alan Blakeman||6|