As we mentioned earlier, 'the Seniors' was formed in 1977 and its members were then said to play regularly on Mondays and to have arranged a few inter-club matches. If we remember correctly they had their own blue tees positioned between 'the yellows' and the Ladies tee. In the space of just 23 years, they have grown from strength to strength, not only in numbers and activities, but physically as well or so it seems and would now be horrified at the very idea of 'concessional' tees!
We are very grateful to Colin Appleby, the Seniors Captain for 2000, for giving us the following information on just how well the section has progressed.
The Seniors has developed over the years thanks to the hard work of its many Captains and Secretaries, who have always kept to the principles laid down by the founder members. Many of these people still play their golf at Newark and are highly valued members of the Seniors.
There are now 130 members of Newark Golf Club who use the structure of the Seniors to play their golf, many of these play at other times and also in the main club competitions. We take part in 26 matches against 13 other clubs who have all adopted the spirit of Seniors golf. This has led to the development of many lasting friendships and although trying to win the matches is important, it is truly the taking part which is the main aim.
We have a number of competitions throught the year some of which end with a meal and a chance to socialise with each other. These gatherings are usually supported by about 70 members.
We maintain excellent links with the lady golfers in the club through our two annual matches and our support of their open day. We are very grateful for the help of Brenda Dickinson and Joan Hudd with refreshments when we have home matches. These ladies have become honorary seniors. In recent years, the club has kindly allowed us to run a charity day which has enabled us to support the patients in Newark Hospice. The generosity of all involved means that the sum given to the Hospice continues to rise each year.
It would be wrong to just write about the golfing activities of the Seniors, as to be a Senior goes far further for most people. It has given us a focus for our week where banter, humour and friendship are held in high regard. It has brought about many new
and lasting friendships within our club and at other clubs. It has enabled us to support each other when there has been a need, both in golfing terms and away from the course. The founders can be proud of what they started and thanks to the support of
the club, the Seniors are still able to play their golf in the spirit which brought their formation . '
Gerald Marsh has kindly provided us with the following information about the early days of the Seniors.
In about 1977 a number of elderly gentlemen assembled at the club most weekday mornings and played about 12 holes of golf. Some of the names I remember are Arthur Jones, Henry Clarke, Eric Gale, Eddie Bawn, Eric Gravel, Charles Lucas, Bill Cheek, Ted Parsons, Lloyd Larkinson, Tom Newton, Frank Daybell and Frank Grierson-Peel.
The matches really started when we invited the Ladies to play and afterwards entertained them to lunch. The early matches with other clubs were great fun, the results were completely unimportant. To enable everyone who wished to take part I regularly had two partners: Henry Clarke would play the first nine and Reg Hall the second. The early dinners were organised by Margaret Marsh (Gerald's wife) and were a great success. From about the same group of people who attended the dinners Margaret took a large bus party annually to Seacroft for golf, lunch, golf and dinner. These parties were a huge success for many years.
The tee marker for the Seniors, which is still used, was painted by Philip Watts, one of the oldest members still playing. He painted the old gentleman in about 1978.