SENIORS SECTION COMPETITION RESULTS 2019
This page gives access to all of the Seniors results for trophy and qualifier competitions, events and matches.
Thursday 23rd May 2019 – Seniors Harry Young Cup
“Duckett Hit Low’
Steve Duckett, the lowest handicap player of the Seniors Section and favourite to win the Seniors Harry Young Cup (Gross) did not disappoint as he secured the trophy with an excellent round of gross 67. He was chased for much of the way by Chris Webb who finished on 73 and Ivor Griffiths on 76. Attached photo below shows Steve Duckett with the Harry Young Cup.
However, for the Seniors Harry Young Cup (Nett) this proved to be an extremely close encounter for the top three as they all completed their round in net 66 and only countback on the back nine holes could separate them. John Preston managed to claim top spot followed by Hugh Marchant in second place and Chris Webb making it into third place. Division Two was somewhat more straight forward with Frank Lockley claiming another competition first place with 67, Terry Jones second with 68 and Lionel Burns third on 69.
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 – Seniors Match v Bramshot Hill GC (home)
They came with their known “advantages”, they arrived with their known “confidence”, but left knowing that they had been in a “close encounter “with our own New Forest Golf Club Seniors, in leaving Bramshot Hill GC with a close win on the day, played out on a fine warm day, a comfortable course and greens that were considered as being slow and slower. However, all was then leveled out at the super, plentiful buffet in the clubhouse after, with both teams still holding on to the friendly banter A special mention should be made of the first time appearance, in ” the brightest clean white” club match shirt, of Merv “the Swerve” Harding, (with his partner Ivor Griffiths) coming up with a truly convincing 5 & 4 win…well done Mervyn !!!
Tuesday 21st May 2019 – Seniors Millennium Shield
‘Burns Millennium Day’
The Seniors Millennium Shield competition saw a good turn out of competitors but none were able to keep pace with steady and reliable play of Lionel Burns. In his traditional casual style, Burns cruised to a 40 points total which led the field by 3 and earned him the honour of receiving the Millennium Shield. The glorious sunshine during play ensured that members enjoyed an great morning of golf.Competition prize vouchers went to: Division 1 – 1st Jim Worseley 37, 2nd Mark Lodge 36, 3rd Steve Duckett 35, 4th Steve Lupton 34. Division 2 – 1st and overall winner Lionel Burns 40, 2nd David Rees 37, 3rd Neil Edmondson 36, 4th Cliff Baker 34. Attached photo shows Lionel Burns with the Millennium Shield.
Friday 17th May 2019 – Seniors Match v Wellow GC (away)
In now playing back to back Matches something had to give, such that Captain Rob and his Team found themselves on the end of a hard defeat against one of our annual/one off competitions against the Wellow GC …with a great course and perfect conditions it was more than enough to have to overcome the strength of their opponents on the day even, for the New Forest Golf Club Seniors, with Big John again and another newbie team member in Colin Firth it was still not enough to take on a team who generally performs well at home ….so again, with the best of hospitality shown after the game and at the buffet , there was plenty to chew over and enough to bite on, ready for the return match, at home, next year
Thursday 16th May 2019 – Seniors Match v The Hampshire GC (home)
Coming up for our busy period for Senior Matches and home qualifying Competitions, the New Forest Golf Club Seniors had to fight hard to come up with a well earned halve match against one of the strongest and furthest from home, clubs in The Hampshire G C….keenly contested from start to finish, thus giving good reason for good discussion, perfect reasoning on how each and everyone played and the “if only” theory, when served with a super buffet in the clubhouse after the game…thanks must go to our new Catering Manager Sarah and her staff for a superb meal…even with the first game/newest member of the team in Big John Pickering they were unable to gain the full advantage in the result …great game, good effort all round
Tuesday 14th May 2019 – Seniors Members Day
‘Members Salver for Nicholas’
With the rising popularity of the Seniors Section, the decision was wisely taken to hold a ‘free’ Members Day early in the season incorporating a singles trophy competition followed by a two course buffet lunch. The weather provided a great backdrop to this well attended occasion as it was virtually blue sky and sunshine all day. Competitors showed their appreciation at the end of the day for a well organised and successful event. The winner of the medford competition who received the Members Day Salver was Barry Nicholas. Competition prize vouchers went to the following : Division 1 – 1stBarry Nicholas 13, 2nd Mark Lodge 15, 3rd Hugh Marchant 16, 4th John Preston 17. Division 2 – 1st Frank Lockley 14, 2ndDave Barrett 16, 3rd David Rees 17, 4th Ian Tyrrell 17. Prizes for Nearest the Pin donated by Vice Captain Ian Coundon went to Winstan Little on 11th and to Bill Devenish on 13th. Attached photo shows Barry Nicholas (left) being presented with the salver by Seniors Captain Rob Young (right).
Thursday 9th May 2019 – Tommy Trotter Trophy
‘Success for Lockley’
With a fierce wind blowing and rain for much of the morning, the seniors persevered the conditions to play a stableford competition for the Tommy Trotter Trophy. Frank Lockley managed to complete his round without a blob on his scorecard and secured the competition win by returning a score of 37 points. The win also secured him the final place in the Seniors team scheduled to play in the New Forest Golf Club Pro Am Tournament later in the year. Prize winning points scores: Division One – 1st Ross Matthews 36, 2nd Bill Devenish 36, 3rd Dave Titchmarsh 34. Division 2 – 1st and overall winner Frank Lockley 37, 2nd Neil Edmondson 36, 3rd Dave Barrett 34. Attached photo shows Frank Lockley with the Tommy Trotter Trophy.
Wednesday 8th May 2019 – Seniors Match v Southwick Park GC (away)
After coming off a very successful and challenging start to the 2019 Match season, with 5 wins, 1 drawn and 1 lost, the New Forest Golf Club Seniors came up against the might of Southwick Park GC, in the annual Challenge Shield played for on a home & away basis, every other year. Teeing off in weather that better suited the many “home loving ducks” wandering around, on and off the course, Captain Rob and his team were eventually left to have to surrender the Shield to Southwick Park and their Captain Tony (see att). In defeat alone, Captain Rob spoke favourably of his team, particularly to Barry Nicholas and Bill Devenish who won their match 3-2 and to Ivor Griffiths and Phil Wright who managed a half. He went on to says “although we lost overall 4-1/2 to 1-1/2 a great day was had by all the team, ending with some good banter and excellent food over dinner after in the clubhouse “
Thursday 2nd May 2019 – May Monthly Medal
‘May Medal Winners’
Alan Clark secured his second win in a week as he maintained his form to produce a round of net 69 to take the Division One honours in the Seniors Monthly Medal. Second place went to Ivor Griffiths who carded 71 with Lawrence Burn in third place, also with 71. The Division Two winner was Ian Tyrrell with a commendable net 67 followed closely by Terry Jones 68 and Kevan McLaren 69. Attached photo (l to r) : Alan Clark and Ian Tyrrell
Tuesday 30th April 2019 – Gwyn Lloyd Foursomes Cup
‘Best Foursomes Pair’
Alan Clark and Trevor Davies combined their golfing skills to claim the best foursomes pairing in the Seniors Gwyn Lloyd Cup competition with a score of net 65.5. The morning started with a distinct chill in the air but the temperature rose as the sun made an appearance mid morning and made for a very pleasant round of golf. Competition runners up were Steve Duckett and Chris Webb with net 66.5, third place going to Barry Nicholas and Winstan Little on net 67.5 and fourth spot to Lionel Burns and Mervyn Harding net 68.5. Attached photo (l to r) : Alan Clark and Trevor Davies.
‘Seniors 2018/19 Winter League’
After having played a series of matches in league format and then a knockout phase of quarter and semi finals, the Seniors Mick Wheeler Winter League competition came down to the final two pairings of Steve Duckett and Chris Webb against Ray Kelly and Paul Curtis where Duckett and Webb proved too strong and won with a result of 6 and 4. Attached photo shows Steve Duckett and Chris Webb with the Mick Wheeler Winter League Shield.
Monday 29th April 2019 – Seniors Match v Paultons GC (away)
So here we are , Arsenal are suffering from it , Chelsea are close behind and Huddersfield always had it ???…yes losing away from home !!…After a stunning 6 match “non losing” streak, the New Forest Golf Club Seniors had to face up to their first loss of the season against a dubious (not my word) strong/selective handicap team at Paultons GC, last Monday. Albeit only losing 4 and 2, the team worked very hard and justifiably fairly in our Captain Rob Young yet again introducing three new Senior match players in Ken Scott, Terry Jones and David Rees…well played lads
Friday 30th April 2019 – Seniors Match v Osborne GC (home)
They came again from the same island as last week, they came across the same water, they arrived en-mass, some old regulars (sorry Martin!!) and some new …BUT, again, even they were sent back over the Solent with their tail between their legs !!!…the “Caulkheads” were beaten again, as the New Forest Golf Club Seniors stood strong and took on a another good result from our good friends at Osborne GC. Looking forward to the return match at the end of this month ???…you bet !!
Thursday 25th April 2019 – Sages, Onion and Stuffing Trophies
Seniors Triple Trophy Day
A trio of trophies was on display as Seniors Section competitors checked in for the Sages, Onion and Stuffing stableford competitions. The Sages Trophy, for those of 70 years of age and over but under 80 years, was won by Frank Lockley who carded 39 points followed by Dave Lamb 38 points and Alan Clark 37 points. The Onion Cup, for players up to the age of 70 years, saw Mervyn Harding take the trophy with his score of 42 points, the best of the day, whilst second and third places went to Bill Devenish and Peter Ayers respectively, both having scored 37 points. The Stuffing Plaque for the 80 years plus category went to Alan Steven with his total of 26 points. Attached photo (l to r) Frank Lockley, Mervyn Harding and Alan Stevens.
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – Seniors Match v Ryde GC (home)
They came from another island (Isle of Wight), they came across the water (courtesy of Red Funnel), they came armed (14 clubs max) …BUT they never conquered !!!…as Captain Rob’s army of New Forest Golf Club Seniors stood strong and inflicted yet another positive and well earned result, this time against our old, friendly and trusting opponents from Ryde GC, Isle of Wight. If you have the time and the inclination to see the return “Battle at Binstead Road”, forget the Festival, just be there on Tuesday 28th May 2019
Thursday 18th April 2019 – Seniors Match v Ampfield GC (home)
In continuing one of the more successful starts to our match season , in not yet losing, the New Forest Golf Club Seniors moved on to another impressive game against Ampfield GC at home. With the help of some of our new match members in John Cockshott, Jim Worseley, Win Little and the ever reliable Ian Tyrrell they took on the “handicap” disadvantage that comes with playing against Ampfield and managed to record a very good win, leading to some good challenging banter from both Captains over a well prepared buffet lunch, and a few beers, in the Clubhouse after the game
Tuesday 16th April 2019 – April Monthly Medal
‘Wright and Jones Win Medals’
The weather was not the best with light rain falling throughout the strokeplay competition for the Seniors April Monthly Medal at but that did not stop Phil Wright and Terry Jones winning their divisions with scores of net 67 and 69 respectively. Division One was a close affair with Phil Wright just taking the win on countback from Ivor Griffiths who also carded 67, whilst Peter Ayers finished 3rd on 68 and Malcolm Guy 4th with 71. Division Two saw Terry Jones win with 69 followed by Ian Coundon 70, David Stredder 72 and Rob Young 72. Attached photo show winners (l to r) Phil Wright and Terry Jones
Thursday 11th April 2019 – Bill Murray Trophy
‘Matthews Bogey Win’
The long course set up did not phase Ross Matthews as he produced some steady golf to win the Seniors Bill Murray Trophy. Playing a Bogey format competition off the white tees which were set back in their farthest position, Matthews secured his win with a level score of zero. The win also earned him a place in the Seniors team scheduled to play in the New Forest Golf Club Pro Am Tournament later in the year. Competition prize winning results: Division 1: 1st and overall winner Ross Matthews zero, Steve Duckett zero, Bill Devenish -1. Division 2: 1st Colin Firth zero, 2nd Dave Barrett -2, 3rd Rob Young -2. Attached photo shows winner Ross Matthews.
Tuesday 9th April 2019 – Seniors Match v Walhampton GC (home)
New Forest Golf Club Seniors subjected Walhampton GC to their first matchplay defeat of the season by a margin of 5½ to a ½. Despite the result and the continuous rain, the Walhampton golfers enjoyed their day of golf and a hearty buffet lunch at the New Forest Lyndhurst Club where they met with old friends to play on the well presented course. The win for New Forest Seniors maintained their season’s unbeaten record. Attached photo shows (l to r) Rob Young (NFGC Seniors Captain) and Phil Tookey (Walhampton GC Seniors Captain).
Friday 5th April 2019 – Seniors Match v Christchurch (home)
Coming off a good result from their first match for 2019, New Forest Golf Club Seniors continued to play to their best, taking on their respected neighbours from Christchurch GC and resulting in a well earned 4-2 win. Such that many of the games were “halved” it shows the goodness in the game comes from the friendship, the banter, mixed in with a few “lucky golf shots and, of course, good food and a few beers at the 19th after the game….great day !!!
Monday 1st April 2019 – Seniors Match v Southampton (away)
With the corresponding match last year cancelled due to bad weather, both teams were able to take on a fairly even and friendly competition, on a a fine day, resulting in a halve match result…the highlight of the match coming from a opening/first shot of the day “hole in one” from one of the New Forest players (see below)
Monday 1st April 2019 – Hole in One during Match at Southampton
‘Phil off to a flyer’
Phil Wright got off to an absolute flyer in the Seniors April Fools Day away match against Southampton. Selecting a 7 iron for his shot off the 1st tee 154 yard par 3 hole, he executed a perfect stroke to put the ball over the protective bunkers and into the cup to claim his hole in one. An excellent start to the match which ultimately ended all square. Attached photo shows hole in one golfer Phil Wright.
Tuesday 9th March 2019 – March Monthly Medal
‘Medals for Nicholas and Rees’
The Seniors Section opened their competitive season with the March Monthly Medal and Pro-Am Qualifier. Barry Nicholas took the Division 1 honours with a net score of 65 followed closely by Steve Duckett and Ivor Griffiths who both carded 66. David Rees was the best of Division 2 with his net 66 whilst John Cockshott and Colin Chatten were second and third respectively having both carded 67. The best net score of the competition earned Barry Nicholas a place in the Seniors Pro Am team to be entered in the New Forest Golf Club Pro Am Tournament scheduled for later in the year. Attached photo show winners (l to r) Barry Nicholas and David Rees.
—————————————————————————————————————————————–Tuesday 5th February 2019
‘One Great Gentleman Competitor Retires’
John ‘the Doc’ Lang joined the New Forest Golf Club Seniors Section in 1998 and during this time he played nearly all of the Tuesday and Thursday competitions in which he had some success, including winning the Jim Burgess Shield shown in the photo being presented by 2015 Seniors Captain Graham ‘the Roc’ Fearis and the 2013 Pairs Aggregate partnered with ‘the Roc’. Additionally, he keenly represented the Seniors in many of their Club matches with a good record of using his handicap to winning when it counted.
Being a highly competitive player, John formed a strong partnership with Graham ‘the Roc’ Fearis playing in the popular Winter League and in the 2016/17 season they reached the final in which they played a very close 18 hole match against Dave Cardy and Dave Barrett but unfortunately lost 2&1. In the 2017/18 competition they continued their excellent form qualifying through to the semi-finals. The 2018/19 competition has not proved to be as successful and the photo shows them finishing their last match in fine style with both in the bunker.
On his last day at the Club, John was presented with some wine and given a big round of applause from his golfing friends, many of whom were surprised to be told of his immediate retirement at the age of 85 years. John said, ‘my time is now’,being that he and his wife Gay are to start a new phase of their life with the first step being relocation to Exeter.
The departure of ‘the Doc’ means that ‘the Roc’ will be searching the dark corners of the Clubhouse to find a suitable and willing replacement Winter League partner for 2019/20.
Everyone in the Seniors Section thank John for his companionship and wish both John and Gay every good wish for their future in Exeter.