I have thoroughly enjoyed my year as your Captain & the support you have shown me has been tremendous-thank you. Also the strong support from the Board, Club Captain and David & Simon Collingwood has been much appreciated. It was gratifying to hear the very positive comments & thanks from the Chairman & Club Captain at the Members AGM about the valuable contribution which the Seniors make to the Golf Club.
I have had my senior moments; such as selecting people twice in the same team and looking for my golf ball when it was on the end of my putter. But it has been very re-assuring as many of you also have had senior moments i.e. entering competitions twice, travelling to Stanton when it was a home fixture, playing in the 3 clubs & a putter Xmas comp with a full set & your playing partners not noticing till you reached the 7th hole We all lose golf balls but losing your clubs & trolley takes some doing, as does turning up for the Monday roll up only to find there is a comp on, checking the start sheet not seeing your name and consequently going home despite the fact your name was on there. Our Hon Secretary played with Rob at our Xmas meeting & Peter had a rare off day with his golf – Rob suggested he take up Bowls. Roy Williams decided to give his trolley & clubs a wash in the ditch at the back of the 1st Green; it didn’t do his trolley a lot of good! The best of all was when I received a spoof E mail perporting to come from Allan Swain saying he was stranded in Thailand having been robbed and would I send £2000 to a Bank a/c in Thailand so that he could get home. Clearly his address book had been hacked but he had played in our medal comp the day before which was also a give away. I rang Allan who was aware he had been hacked. When I put the phone down there was a message from Roger suggesting I get a replacement for Allan who was in the team for Coxmoor the day after as he was stuck in Thailand. I then rang Roger who said he was very busy sorting out the transfer of money to Thailand so Allan could get home! He was very relieved when I told him it was a spoof. It is nice to know your brother loves you that much. We have coined another expression within the seniors - (Doing a Pessol)ie walking off part way through your round when the scoring is not up to expectations.
On average 55 have played in the monthly medals for which we now have a 2 hour reserved tee which makes for a much better experience. Congratulations to Bruce Perkins who had a hole in 1 in one of the Medal rounds. The monthly winter stableford averages 45. The Black tees are starting to be used by some and restoring their enjoyment of the game. The quarterly meetings continue to be very popular with on average 82 sitting down for Lunch; the Xmas meeting was I think a record with 88 at lunch. Congratulations to all the competition winners - Derek Greenwood for winning the Singles Knock Out - Our Vice Captain & myself for winning the doubles. Derek has also had success playing as a lady under the Alias “Doris Woodgreen” - congratulations Doris.
47 Seniors have played in the inter-club matches where we have won 10, halved 1 & lost 15. A number of matches have been very tight with only 1 or ½ being the difference. Our most notable victory was away to Worksop. I have played in 23 of the matches all of which were thoroughly enjoyable and without doubt the spirit in which they are played is a great credit to Seniors Golf. Two of the matches I played in will live long in my memory - away to Radcliffe partnering Walter Hughes in a very tight match which we won by 1 after their Captain had holed his bunker shot for a 4 on the 18th. Walter then holed an outrageous putt for a birdie to win. The other was away to Coxmoor partnering David Britton who played the game of his life to give the team our only win. Also congratulations to Roger Swain who had a hole in 1 playing with his brother. The Board agreed for us to start 2 matches on the 17th which has been very helpful in speeding up proceedings.
We lost to the Ladies for the first time in 7 years. I had been far too generous in the concessions we gave them & had not reckoned on the influence Graeme would have in setting up the tees as his wife now plays with the Ladies. We did however get our own back at the spring quarterly meeting when he was our guest - by offering him Bread & Water.
The inaugural match against the Juniors for the generation salver was a great success. Bob’s interpretation of what constituted a junior was interesting. Their youngest player was 10 yrs ours 83 yrs. We treated them to a simple Buffet after the match and the atmosphere in the club house was wonderfull. As a club we are very fortunate to have such a strong Junior section who are a great credit to themselves, the Club & Bob Britton. I sincerely hope this match will be an important fixture within our calendar going forward.
The Seniors Open was again a great success & oversubscribed. The course as always was immaculate & the weather was very kind to us. Between ourselves & the Ladies we create a well run & welcoming day which is much appreciated by the participants who return year after year.
The Hall of Fame ( Cancer Research ) competition was well supported & congratulations to Bill Strowger & Mike Daniel who went through to the Regional Final. In total we donated £682 to Cancer Research.
Our Charity Day for Beaumond House as a result of all the work our Honary Secretary put in was this year an absolute Blockbuster with Barclays contributing £3000. So in total we were able to give Beaumond House £5150 this year. The raffle was a big contributor to the funds my thanks to Andrew Killick for coming back & selling the raffle tickets in his inimitable way, the generosity of the Seniors is almost becoming legendary. Sadly no one got a hole in 1 but the anticipation was very exciting & it was a great day with a number of non-seniors supporting the event. With a bit of luck Peter tells me we might again have the support of Barclays next year.
The Exchange Day with Market Rasen was good. They made us very welcome, the food, weather & golf course made for a very enjoyable day. Market Rasen enjoyed their visit to Newark so we are repeating the exercise next year.
The Pro Challenge has been good fun; Rob is a fine player & coach. He has a nice manner and offers very sound words of advice. At the start of the year we played 5-won 1-halved 1 & lost 3. I was not a lot of help to Rob. This Autumn my golf has improved a lot enabling me to be more supportive –so far we have played 4 & won 4.
The Season ended with our Dinner Dance-Phil gave us a very good price as a thank you to the Seniors for their support over the years; this was much appreciated & we wish Phil & Louise all the best at their new club. 101 attended and the atmosphere in the club house was great, the dance floor was crowded all evening and the food was good. What a great night - we do know how to enjoy ourselves. Maureen was very appreciative of the plant arrangement you kindly g ave her.
The long grass in front of the tees continues to be an issue for many members of the club. The carries off the Tees have been better managed this year apart from the 11th & 12th holes. However the thick grass at the bottom was no different this year. I can only encourage those of you whose enjoyment of the course is being impaired, to play the course off the Black Tees & to put your concerns in writing to the Board. Clearly they feel that the majority of the membership are in favour of the long grass.
My thanks to Brenda for the ½ way hut –sadly she has had to take a back seat whilst she fights her Cancer-we look forward to welcoming her back. Judy has stepped into the breach wonderfully with her main assistant Shirley & also guest appearances from Derek & my wife thank you all very much. Thanks to Dennis Power Neads & Terry Ward for a ready supply of good Jokes. Thanks to Bryan Spilsbury for his support - he has been there ever helpful when the IT has gone beyond my capabilities. Our Vice Captain John Rimmer who has been really solid – and ever supportive - thank you John & I wish you all the very best for your year. Finally our Hon Secretary Peter - it has been said before that if you cut Peter in half he would be like a stick of rock with seniors written all the way through. His depth of knowledge, attention to detail and ability to answer every question you might ask about the seniors is at times unbelievable. He also acts as the conscience for the Seniors and is a wonderful guardian of our ethos & principals. Thank you Peter.
Going forward whilst maintaining our Ethos & Principals we need to adapt & embrace the changes that will be necessary.
Thank you all for a very memorable & enjoyable year
Peter Smith. Seniors Captain