ACE FOR TIM
ACE FOR TIM
Congratulations to Tim Sheffield on his hole-in-one at the 17th on Seniors’ Captain’s Charity Day. The ensuing four points were not enough to threaten the leaderboard, headed by Stan Darby. Despite two blobs, Stan posted 40pts, two clear of Keith Alexander in second place. Sixty three Seniors took part and most bought raffle tickets at a fiver a strip, so the main fundraising effort for Beaumond House got off to a good start.
Bruce Perkins started July 5 as a 28 handicapper, but ended it playing off 24 thanks to ‘the best round of my life’ in the Old Boys Bowl.
Putting like a professional, and holding his cool over the closing holes, Bruce came in with 45pts. He scored no fewer than 26 on the allegedly more difficult front nine. Once again Keith Alexander had to be content with the runner-up spot, this time with 39pts.
Dr John Lucey, Seniors’ Captain in 2010, had a welcome return to form at The Leicestershire Exchange Day to win the Stableford competition with 34pts. His day was not without incident as his internal satnav failed to locate the course and he had to rely on third party help to get there! Not only that, his trolley suffered major malfunction and his clubs had to be stowed in his playing partners’ bags. In the circumstances they were not penalised for carrying more than 14 clubs.
BEAUMOND HOUSE FUNDRAISING
Newark’s Seniors raised a tremendous £6900 for Beaumond House last year, thanks in part to the support of Barclays Bank and Victor Wood, the Kia dealer. Fundraising goes on every month, but it is at this time of year - mid-Summer - that it starts in earnest.
A series of nonsense fines on participants in the recent Exchange Day at The Leicestershire kick-started the process, which continues on Monday July 3 with my Charity Stableford and raffle. With Seniors paying £5 to play, the event is sure to raise a significant sum; meanwhile all Newark’s Members can support the charity by offering raffle prizes or by buying tickets on the day. Prizes should be left at the Golf Shop for collection by Seniors’ Vice-Captain Keith Martin.
James Gilmour, Seniors’ Captain.
NEWARK G.C. SENIORS’ SECTION : A NEW MEMBER’S GUIDE
Welcome to Newark Golf Club’s Seniors’ Section. You are joining one of the largest and most active Seniors’ groups in the county and, we believe, the friendliest. We provide a mix of social and competitive golf throughout the year and the notes below are aimed at making your assimilation into the group as seamless as possible.
We meet for an informal roll-up most Monday and Thursday mornings, nominally from 7.30 am but quite a few members arrive much earlier. We play four-ball betterball with partnerships formed in strict sequence of arrival on the first tee. This avoids the formation of cliques and means new members get to know their peers very quickly. On some busy days you may need to wait a bit as a queue can develop.
By tradition the highest and lowest handicappers play against the other two and the stake is a pot of the tea for four in the Clubhouse afterwards (losers paying). There are liquid refreshments available at the Halfway House: a nominal contribution to the Captain’s charity is paid. It is a convention that you provide a bottle of whisky or rum on your birthday, suitably labelled.
We hold qualifying Medals once a month throughout the season, with up to half a dozen qualifying Stablefords and a couple of fun competitions. Playing partnerships are drawn at random and published on Howdidido and on the noticeboard. Details of how to make a late entry to a competition or to withdraw from it are also posted on the noticeboard. We also hold Summer Knockouts for Singles and Pairs and a Winter Pairs competition.
We have a programme of 32 matches against other Seniors’ groups in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Playing in these events is a great way to experience new courses in the area for the price of a meal. The Captain picks the teams; selection is based primarily to reward those who regularly support our Seniors’ Section in roll-ups or other ways.
The dress code for these matches can differ from Club to Club, so please check the noticeboard carefully if you are selected. By convention the home players provide the drinks for their guests before and at the meal. Those who have played in the home fixture are therefore usually given priority for selection for the away leg.
Please do not offer yourself for selection unless you are certain, at the time of selection, that you will be able to play. Late withdrawals from a team are the bane of the Captain’s life.
These formal occasions are the centrepiece of each quarter’s golf and, ideally, the dates should go in your diary at the start of the year. We have up to 80 slots available for a Stableford, which is a Qualifier in the season. We then sit down, in jacket and tie, for a two course meal. Occasionally we will have a guest speaker, but the principal post-meal event is the presentation of prizes, including to those who were successful in the previous quarter’s competitions. Their presence is expected by the Captain unless they have a very good reason to be absent (eg, on holiday or a medical appointment).
HALFWAY HOUSE ROSTER
Two Seniors per month are asked to volunteer to run the Halfway House on most Mondays and Thursdays (Bank Holidays and inter-Club matches excepted). It is not a particularly onerous task and, as a new member, your assistance would be appreciated. If you do volunteer we suggest you put your name down alongside a longer-standing member of the group.
A bargain – you get all the above for a fiver! Please note, you cannot enter any competition or be available for team selection until you have paid your annual sub. Any of the elected officers will be happy to accept it. This year (2017) they are James Gilmour- Captain; Keith Martin - Vice Captain; Howard Wibberley - Secretary; Mike Willey - Treasurer; and Simon Channon - Competitions’ Organiser. The Section holds an AGM in the late autumn to elect the next year’s officers.
Following the Board Meeting held on Wednesday 12th of February The Seniors Captain has been asked if he would like to join other members on the Green Committee and he has accepted the position. The Senior Vice Captain will join members of the House and Social committees.