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, when daylight permits. 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 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 3 qualifying Medals during the season, with a number of qualifying Stablefords. Playing partnerships are drawn at random and published on Howdidido and on the noticeboard. These events lead up to the season finale, the Medal Final, in early October. 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; a Winter Pairs competition; and a couple of Texas Scrambles.
We have a programme of more than 30 matches against other Seniors’ groups in the East Midlands. 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 absolutely 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. The winners' 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, to act as your mentor.
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 (2018) they are Keith Martin - Captain; Len Astill - 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.