SENIORS SECTION COMPETITION RESULTS 2019
This page gives access to all of the Seniors results for trophy and qualifier competitions, events and matches.
Thursday 24th October 2019 – October Monthly Medal
‘Ireland and Burns Success in Medals’
The delayed Seniors October Monthly Medal competition eventually got underway later than scheduled due to appalling weather conditions earlier in the month. The delay unfortunately did not guarantee better conditions on the rescheduled day as whilst competitors were met with a slight drizzle at the start of their round plus a dry period in the middle, the downpour for the final hour resulted in the golfers getting absolutely soaked. Despite this the competition was completed and it was John Ireland and Lionel Burns who took the medals. Competition net score prize winners: Division 1 – 1st John Ireland 68, 2nd Graham Fearis 69, 3rd David Seniors 72. Division 2 – 1st Lionel Burns 69, Terry Jones 70, 3rd Rob Young 72. Photo shows (l to r) Medal winners John Ireland and Lionel Burns.
Tuesday 22nd October 2019 – Mark Hooper Memorial Trophy
‘Memorial Trophy for Worsley’
A singles stableford was the designated competition for Seniors Mark Hooper Memorial Trophy which is played annually in memory of Mark Hooper, a popular Club member and past Seniors Captain. Mark was known for often using his putter off the 13th tee so as a mark of respect the competition necessitated that all competitors use their putter for their 13th hole tee stroke where a nearest the pin award was offered. This year that went to Jim Worsley who also took the Memorial Trophy honours with a total score of 42 points. The trophy, donated by Mark Hooper’s family, was presented to the winner by Peter Harvey, a family friend in the absence of Mark’s widow, Angela. Winning points scores were: Division 1 : 1st and Overall winner Jim Worsley 42, 2nd Brian Roberts 37, 3rd Winstan Little 35. Division 2 : 1st John Holland 40, 2nd Peter Bennett 39, 3rd David Rees 37. The photo shows Jim Worsley with the Mark Hooper Memorial Trophy and Nearest the Pin shield
Tuesday 15th October 2019 – Captain vs Vice Captain Cup
‘ Honourable Draw’
Seniors Captain Rob Young and Vice Captain Ian Coundon each led their team of 16 players in fourballs matchplay competition for the honour of receiving the Captain versus Vice Captain Cup. The fine weather played its part by allowing competitors to produce some excellent golf in good conditions with many relying on the final few putts on the well prepared greens to determine their match result. Both teams had their moments of good and bad luck so the final score of 4 – 4 seemed to be the honourable result meaning the Vice Captains team, who were victorious in 2018, retained the silverware. The photo shows (l to r) Seniors Captain presenting the Cup to the Vice Captain.
Thursday 10th October 2019 – Jim Burgess Shield
‘Win for Guy’
Malcolm Guy was the only player to card over 40 points in the Seniors Jim Burgess Shield stableford competition. His total of 41 points saw him claim the trophy with a margin of two points ahead of his closest rival Jim Worsley. The presentation of the shield saw Guy photo-bombed by one of the New Forest ponies. Competition prize voucher winners: Division 1 and overall winner Malcolm Guy 41, 2nd Jim Worsley 39, 3rd Winstan Little 38. Division 2 – 1st Lionel Burns 38, 2nd Rob Young 36, 3rd Ian Tyrrell 35. Photo shows Malcolm Guy with the Jim Burgess Shield plus guest.
Thursday 3rd October 2019 – Des Harvey Trophy
‘Griffiths Takes Another Trophy ’
On a day which at last forecast a morning of dry and bright conditions, it was another excellent round of golf from Ivor Griffiths which saw him win his second trophy in a week. On this occasion it was New Forest Golf Clubs Seniors Des Harvey Strokeplay Trophy where he returned a scorecard showing net 65. Competition prize winning places: Division 1 and Overall winner Ivor Griffiths 65, 2nd Phil Wright 66, 3rd Ken Scott 70. Division 2: 1st Ian Tyrrell 66, 2nd Lionel Burns 68, 3rd Rob Young 68. Attached photo shows Ivor Griffiths with the Des Harvey Trophy.
Seniors Captain’s Match Report for 2019
The match season now at an end, I would firstly like to thank all who participated in supporting our matches this year. We ended up playing 12 home and 13 away matches, with 1 home and 1 away match being cancelled. Our results were, home matches, won 8, drew 3, lost 1, our away matches, drew 2, lost 11. Always tough playing away, but enjoyable playing the different courses and I must mention Phil’s ace at Southampton and our tour over the Island, great days. We had a good mix of mid and high handicap players, over all, a good performance and the important thing being, we had some very enjoyable days, complemented by nice meals. Circumstances led us down the buffet route, after our home matches this year, I enjoyed the buffets, but in hind sight felt a mixture of meals the better option, having enjoyed the away match menus, I am sure Ian will look at this for next year. With the weather now deteriorating I am already looking forward to next year.
Thanks for all your support…Rob Young : Seniors Captain 2019
Photos show Rob acting out is Captaincy on the 2019 IOW Tour against Osborne, Cowes and Ryde Golf Clubs
Thursday 26th September 2019 – Sam Mates trophy
‘Glory for Griffiths ’
Heavy overnight rain and early morning showers kept attendance for the Seniors Sam Mates Trophy strokeplay competition to less than usual and also produced higher than average scoring on the course, however, the sun did show itself during the latter stages of the competition which made for an enjoyable finish. Ivor Griffiths produced the lowest score of the competition and returned his card with net 69 to take the Sam Mates Trophy by one stroke from Barry Nicholas and Ted Groves. Competition net score prize winners: Division 1 – 1st and overall winner Ivor Griffiths 69, 2nd Barry Nicholas 70, 3rd David Seniors 73. Division 2 – 1st Ted Groves 70, 2nd John Cockshott 72, 3rd Neil Edmondson 72. Attached photo shows Ivor Griffiths with the Sam Mates Trophy.
Thursday 19th September 2019 – Pairs Aggregate Cup
‘Best Aggregate Pair’
Jim Worseley and Rob Hughes made the very best of being selected to play together as they produced a combined stableford score of 71 points over 18 holes to win the New Forest Golf Club Seniors Pairs Aggregate Cup. The competition proved not to be a high scoring event but nevertheless provided some good quality golf and a lot of good humour. In second place was Colin Firth and Frank Lockley with 68 points followed by Winstan Little and Brian Roberts on 67. Attached photo shows (l to r) Jim Worseley and Rob Hughes.
Wednesday 18th September 2019 – Seniors Match v The Hampshire Park G C (away)
So, his time is up, albeit a valiant effort by Captain Rob and the New Forest Golf Club Seniors that their last chance of an “away” win still eluded them, but knowing that he was very pleased being that the The Hampshire only just managed a 3-1/2 to 2-1/2 win. A special mention, due to last minute team injury, being filled admirably by Colin Firth, who along with his partner Dave”Sherpa” Stredder (himself being mentioned before back in a match in July) fought to gain a good win, on a course in excellent condition, lush grass on and off the fairways, greens that were duly slow and needing time to adjust to, with a day of wall to wall sunshine allowing our boys to finish the Match season in good spirit. Be it spirit or beer the day was then made complete with a very nice two course meal in the clubhouse…unlucky boys !!!!! .
Tuesday 17th September 2019 – Jack Langford Trophy
An early morning chill backed up by a glorious blue sky greeted the Seniors Section competitors as they stepped out onto the course to begin their challenge for the Jack Langford trophy. The sting in the tail of this competition is that each player can only use three clubs and one of those must be a putter. Laurie Burn returned a gross score of 68 net 63 which proved to be easily the best of the competition to take the trophy. Many others returned commendable scores taking into consideration the perceived difficultly of having so few clubs to use. Prize voucher winning net results – Division 1: 1st and overall winner Laurie Burn 63, 2nd Ken Scott 69, 3rd Chris Webb 69. Division 2: 1st Neil Edmondson 67, 2nd David Rees 69, 3rd Dave Barrett 69. Attached photo shows (l to r) Laurie Burn with the trophy
Tuesday 17th September 2019 – Jack Langford Trophy
‘ Course Record Equaled ‘
Be it during this, today’s selective 3 club Jack Langford Trophy competition, it should be noted that the 2019 season Senior Section’s “highest score for a hole” record of 16 shots, (including the drive and the referred putts) currently held by John Ireland (left) from last week’s Monthly Medal, has been equaled by the luckless Jim Worseley at the par 3, 6th hole, in having to take 12 shots to get out of the bunker, with a 7 iron !!!!..bad luck Jimbo !!!..
Thursday 12th September 2019 – September Monthly Medal
‘Medal Win for Fearis and Edmondson’
The Seniors Section September Medal was a well attended affair on a day that returned dry and warm conditions but with a brisk breeze which kept competitors on their toes. Graham ‘Rocky’ Fearis collected the medal for Division One with his score of net 68 which just squeezed past Chris Webb who also carded 68 but lost out on countback. Ivor Griffiths picked up third place with his 69. Division Two saw Neil Edmondson claim the medal with net 65 followed by Lionel Burns 66 and Frank Lockley 67. Attached photo shows (l to r) Graham Fearis and Neil Edmondson.
Thursday 10th September 2019 – Captains Challenge Trophy
‘Victorious Team Clark’
Seniors Captains past and present took on the annual team stableford competition challenge for the prized trophy. Alan Clark, Seniors Captain 2011, and his team of Malcolm Guy, Mark Lodge and Neil Edmondson produced an excellent winning team performance to return a combined score of 138 points. Runner-up spot went to Ivor Griffiths, Seniors Captain 2007, and his team of John Pickering, Rob Hughes and Ted Groves who carded a total combined score of 129 points. Attached photo shows (l to r) Alan Clark, Malcolm Guy, Mark Lodge and Neil Edmondson.
Monday 9th September 2019 – Seniors Match v Burley G C (away)
With the weather forecast as heavy rain, thus requiring close consultation with Burley G.C Captain, it was decided to man up and take what was destined to be thrown at them, be it the rain, be it warm with no wind,even with the greens being in good condition, but with the fairways leaving a lot to be desired in being very brown and bare, nothing but nothing was going to worry the tough New Forest Golf Club Seniors…it was their penultimate match and knowing that they were chasing that illusive away win, along came the home side with their local knowledge which seemingly proved too much for Captain Rob and his team who eventually ended up on the end of a 5-1 defeat…however all was not lost as what was played out as a great days golf was rounded off by a very nice (one of the best ) meals this year….one more away match to go !!!!!
Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th September 2019 – Seniors Club Championship
Steve Duckett produced two rounds of golf which totally demolished the field of competitors in this years Seniors Club Championship. With gross rounds of 71 and 69, his total of 140 was 12 shots ahead of his nearest rival Laurie Burn who finished on 152. The win for Duckett meant it was his third successive Seniors Championship title. Third place went to Chris Webb on 156 and fourth Ivor Griffiths on 160. The net score Seniors Championship Sandy Sanders trophy went to Geoff Eade who produced an outstanding first round score of net 61 followed up with 71 on day two giving him a 3 shot win over Mervyn Harding on 135 with third place going to Peter Ayers 136 and fourth Lionel Burns 138. Attached photo shows (l to r) Seniors Club Champion Steve Duckett and Net Champion Geoff Eade.
Tuesday 27th August 2019 – Seniors Match v Burley G C (away)
With the last match in August gone, be it still chasing that elusive away win, with just with two games to make it, our gallant New Forest Golf Club Seniors were subjected to a hard fought 4-1/2 to 1-1/2 defeat at the hands of our local New Forest neighbours in Burley G C. With the typical Burley greens being in great shape, it was always a case of course knowledge that played such an important part, making it difficult for the away club. Having been entertained and fed with the the best food and value provided this year, it was a most enjoyable day, with favourable weather and friendly opponents.
Tuesday 27th August 2019 – Hyundai Trophy
Colin Firth found magic in his golf clubs as he carded a fabulous round of net 60 to top Division Two and win the New Forest Golf Club Seniors Hyundai Trophy. The eighteen hole strokeplay event produced excellent scores from a number of golfers but even Barry Nicholas, who was the best of four competitors in Division One who each returned a score of net 63, could not match Firth’s winning score. Competition winning scores: Division 1 – 1st Barry Nicholas 63, 2nd John Preston 63, 3rd Mark Lodge 63. Division 2 – 1st and overall winner Colin Firth 60, 2nd Mervyn Harding 65, 3rd John Cockshott 66. Attached photo shows Colin Firth with the rather large Hyudai Trophy.
Thursday 22nd August 2019 – Cyril Ash Memorial Cup
‘Stredder Wins Memorial Cup’
The Seniors Cyril Ash Memorial Cup was won by David Stredder who produced an excellent round of golf on a course set up to be a trial for the best of players. With the white tees set far back and the pins put in competition places on the greens, Stredder, dressed in a “new style” golf shirt, had little problem in producing some of his best golf to return a score of 40 stableford points sufficient for the win. He was chased by Richard Hammond, the best of the Division One players, who also carded 40 points but was just short of success with one point less on his back nine hole score. Competition winning points scores were Division 1 – 1st Richard Hammond 40, 2nd Chris Webb 37, 3rd Phil Wright 37. Division 2 – 1st and overall winner David Stredder 40, 2nd Terry Jones 36, 3rd John Cockshott 35. Attached photo shows David Stredder with the Cyril Ash Memorial Cup.
Tuesday 20th August 2019 – Seniors Rally
‘Trophy goes overseas to Ryde’
The organisers concern for poor weather conditions for the New Forest Golf Club Seniors Rally was unfounded as the blue sky and summer sun greeted arrivals from the many visiting teams representing Clubs from Hampshire, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. The Lyndhurst course looked an absolute picture with freshly mown greens and well presented fairways. The caterers ensured that coffee, tea and bacon rolls were available in the Clubhouse as golfers registered their arrival and collected their scorecard and competition pack from Rally Organiser Alan Clark. After a formal welcome on the first tee the shotgun start got underway and competitors made their way to their respective start tee.
As golfers progressed around the 18 holes, the support team of Alan Clark, Ivor Griffiths, Rob Young and Rocky Fearis prepared the Clubhouse for their return. The prize table was furnished with an excellent selection of items procured by organiser Alan and a table full of goodies was made ready for those who had purchased tickets for ‘Rocky’s Rip Off Rally Raffle’
After displaying a variety of golfing skills over 18 holes with stories of near misses and unbelievable drives, competitors made their way back to the Clubhouse showing an eagerness for a rest and some refreshment. Caterers Sarah and Linda prepared a sumptuous two course buffet lunch whilst Bridget served at the bar.
Presentations were made to those listed below:
Team 1st 140 pts – Ryde ‘A’ – Mike Hendy, Will Merwood, John Thorp and Trevor Wheeler
Team 2nd 137 pts – Ryde ‘B’ – Peter Byatt, Mick Timms, Pete West and Steve White
Team 3rd 135 pts – Osborne ‘B’ – Don Appleby, Ian Carrington, Tim Eldridge and Eric Seymour
Team 4th 132 pts – Salisbury ‘C’ – Paul Goddard, Ben Hutchinson, Roger Ingram and Nigel Thorne
Team 5th 131 pts – Ryde ‘C’ – Peter Reynolds, Simon Mead, Bob Tyrrell and David Wilkins
Best Individual – Brian Merriott (Paultons) 40 points
Nearest Pin on 2nd – Rob Hallett (Bramshott Hill)
Nearest Pin on 11th – Tony Archer (Paultons)
Nearest the Line on 17th – Brian Merriott (Paultons)
Sincere thanks were offered to organiser Alan Clark for his efforts in bringing the event together and to his supporting team for their help on the day. Additionally, a big thank you was given to all who attended to make the Rally a huge success.
Thursday 15th August 2019 – Lottie Sefton Trophy
‘Marchant’s One Point Margin’
Hugh Marchant squeezed a valuable extra point out of his round to win the Seniors Lottie Sefton Trophy by one point from Laurie Burn and Chris Webb with his total of 36 points. Competition points prize vouchers went to: Division 1 – 1st Hugh Marchant 36, 2nd Laurie Burn 35, 3rd Chris Webb 35. Division 2 – 1st Colin Chatten 34, 2nd Neil Edmondson 31, 3rd Dave Barrett 30. Photo shows winner Hugh Marchant.
With a forecast of mixed weather for the region, twenty members of the Seniors Section kept an open mind as to what they were likely to get. A trouble free journey for most saw arrivals in time for the first competition of the tour although unforeseen circumstances meant that two persons were unable to be with us on the first day.
First impressions of the venue was very favourable. The complex was large with a number of buildings housing an array of facilities with ample parking. The course looked immaculate and inviting when standing on the 1st tee and proved to be the same as players made their way around the course. The course offered many challenges which were not available at the home course of New Forest. Whilst there was not any thick knee high rough, the tufted grass and surrounding lakes meant keeping on the fairway was essential. A challenge for everyone, that’s golf.
The first competition, a 3 Man Texas Scramble, commenced shortly before 13.30 hours in bright but windy conditions and was a great relief after a few hours travelling up the motorway. As can be seen below, success went to Baker, Lockley and Lodge.
Tuesday 13th August – 3 Man Texas Scramble
1st Net 63 Cliff Baker, Frank Lockley, Mark Lodge
2nd Net 64.625 John Cockshott, Rocky Fearis, Rob Young
3rd Net 70.875 Bill Devenish, Colin Smallwood, Ken Scott
Nearest the Pin on 3rd – Rob Young
Nearest the Pin on 7th – Mark Lodge
After some liquid refreshment in the bar and a very short rest period for a shower and a change of clothes, a 3 course dinner was served in a private dining room. Excellent service and food made for an enjoyable evening which included an opportunity for Rocky to collect as much in his pot from fines. The evening was rounded off by some social banter in the bar before weary bodies eventually retired to their rooms, some later than others.
Breakfast was a casual self service affair in a bright and airy room overlooking the lake. The only downside was the rain falling against the windows. The arrival of the ‘missing two’ by mid morning was timely as a discussion took place as to who wished to play in the wet conditions. The forecast was for heavy rain throughout the day but for the hardy members of the group that was not a reason to stay indoors. Many donned their wet weather gear and played 9 holes, however, the Captain and Vice ensured they got their value for money and made it through 16 holes before the heavens opened and retirement was the only way for them to proceed.
Fortunately, indoor entertainment during wet weather conditions had been planned for by Alan Clark and Ken Scott who each had prepared a brain teasing quiz. One covered general knowledge whilst the other tested the ability to give answers to questions as names of stations on the London Underground. An enjoyable hour or two passed by with thanks to Alan and Ken.
The evening provided for another delicious meal and the final collection of fines from some very generous donors. All the monies collected were given to a very surprised and grateful Lochlan who had looked after our needs in the dining room on both evenings.
The final day, Thursday, saw the Tour Championship Singles Stableford start at precisely 09.02 hours with much better prospects for golf in fine dry weather. A tough round of golf was on the cards with the breeze having changed to a strong wind but that was accepted in preference to the rain on Wednesday.
The sun was shining as competitors made their way from the 18th green to hand in their scorecards and onwards to the bar for a well earned drink.
The prize giving ceremony was organised for 14.00 hours in the dining room where Rocky greeted the attendees by introducing and presenting a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of Proseco to Jasmin Collingwood who had been his Wyboston administrative contact in respect of arranging ‘The Tour’.
The proceedings were handed over to Ivor Griffiths who had carried out the scorecard check and finalised the Championship placings. Due to the competition planned for Wednesday having to be cancelled, there were sufficient prizes available to enable each competitor in the Championship to receive something. Again, just the top three prize and the nearest the pin winners are listed below. Congratulations to John Ireland who was crowned Seniors Tour Champion with his score of 34 points.
Thursday 15th August – Tour Championship – Singles Stableford
1st Championship Winner : John Ireland 34 pts
2nd Ivor Griffiths 32 pts
3rd Colin Smallwood 31 pts
Nearest the Pin on 13th – Ivor Griffiths
Nearest the Pin in 2 on 16th – Colin Smallwood
The session ended with Ivor offering thanks to Rocky, on behalf of all of those who came, for his efforts in arranging The Tour, including the choice of venue and all the associated details necessary to ensure a successful event which it truly was.
Thursday 8th August 2019 – Kelso Turton Trophy
‘Burn and Neville Combine to Win’
Laurie Burn and Peter Neville combined their skills to return a fabulous score of net 56.25 to win the Seniors Kelso Turton Texas Scramble Trophy. The pairings of Colin Moody & Barry Nicholas and John Preston & Geoff Eade, who came second and third respectively, were only separated by the back nine hole score as they both carded a score of net 60.25. Attached photo shows (l to r) Laurie Burn and Peter Neville.
Tuesday 6th August 2019 – Seniors Match v Burley G C (home)
With the match season now slowing down, in taking on Burley G C at home the New Fores Golf Seniors triumphed with a 3-1/2 to 2-1/2 victory, gaining a resounding “well played lads” from the Captain Rob : still maintaining their positive, friendly, but competitive side as always, the day was rounded off well with a great buffet supplied by our new kitchen staff, with good banter and a pint, knowing that the return match, at Burley is not far way and, again, is there to be won
Friday 2nd August 2019 – Seniors Match v Southwick Park G C (home)
Having already won the Challenge Shield played out between the two clubs every year , Southwick Park G C came wanting to lay claim to their earlier win but were seen to be taken all the way, ending in a halve match, by a forceful and dedicated New Forest Golf Club Seniors team led by Captain Rob Young and with newcomer Jim Worseley : if there was a win to be had it was again the superb buffet laid on by Sarah and her team after the game : thank you Sarah : thank you Southwick park, BUT beware next year
Thursday 1st August 2019 – August Monthly Medal
‘Net 64 for Medals’
A cool breeze gently sweeping across the course made for ideal conditions for the seniors to play their August Monthly Medal competition at New Forest Golf Club. Malcolm Guy collected the Division One medal for his superb score of net 64 which was matched by John Pickering who also carded a net 64 to collect the medal for Division Two. Prize voucher winners for Division One were 1st Malcolm Guy 64, 2nd John Preston 65, 3rd Graham Fearis 65 and for Division Two it was 1st John Pickering 64, 2nd Neil Edmondson 69, 3rd Terry Jones 71. Attached photo shows (l to r) Monthly Medal Winners Malcolm Guy and John Pickering.
Monday 29th July 2019 – Seniors Match v Christchurch G C (away)
In still looking for that elusive WIN away from home, we thought this might be it !!!..stand aside General Tyrrell Custer and make way for David “Sherpa” Stredder playing as he has never played before, coming up with his partner Rocky Rescuewood to secure a strong win over their Christchurch pairing…BUT to no available , in being that the New Forest Golf Club Seniors had to settle for another halve match : super day, super company only to be topped by an extra-super meal of Steak & Ale Pie, chips & peas, followed by apple crumble & “double” custard !!..thank you Christchurch G C.
Thursday 25th July 2019 – We Four Trophy
‘We Four Winners’
The senior members found the conditions for their competition somewhat debilitating due to the hot and humid weather, however, they all endured the heat to complete their round for the We Four Texas Scramble trophy. The four man team of John Cockshott, Richard Hammond, John Pickering and Ray Hurst sealed the win with the competition best score of net 55.4. Second place went to John Preston, Ken Scott, Colin Firth and Richard Hickman who carded net 56. Photo shows the winning team.
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 – Seniors Charity Day
‘Minstead Trust Winning All The Way’
Seniors Captain Rob Young had chosen Minstead Trust as his charity for the year and the Charity Day is just one of the opportunities he has to gather funds from Seniors Section members whilst they enjoyed a spirited Medford competition. With the temperature closing in on being the hottest day of the year, competitors departed from the clubhouse in a heavy early morning mist but returned exhausted and weathered after spending four hours in the heat and humidity. Phil Wright took Division One top prize with Ian Tyrrell taking the same for Division Two. Best Lady of the day was Lesley Lloyd. Prize winning results: Division One: 1st Phil Wright 10, 2nd Barry Nicholas 15, 3rd Laurie Burn 15, 4th John Preston 15, 5th John Ireland 16, 6th Ken Scott 17. Division Two: 1st Ian Tyrrell 11, 2nd Colin Moody 16, 3rd Ian Hall 17, 4th Rob Young 17, 5th Rob Hughes 19, 6th Terry Jones 19. Best Lady: Lesley Lloyd 21. Nearest the Line on 17th – Ian Hall. Nearest the Pin on 2nd Alan Clark, on 11th Richard Hammond, on 13th Laurie Burn, on 14th Di Ledger, on 16th Mike Cull. Attached photo shows winners (l to r): Phil Wright, Rob Young (Seniors Captain), Lesley Lloyd and Ian Tyrrell.
Thursday 18th July 2019 – Seniors Summer Plate
‘Duckett Shoots Low”
The Summer Plate competition was another hot and sticky affair. A sprinkling of rain during the early hours added to the humidity which gave the day a more tropical feel rather than a traditional summer day. However, the display of golf from the competitors on firm ground saw some low scores returned with Steve Duckett, playing off a handicap of 2, shooting four under par gross 66 net 64, to win the trophy by two strokes from Laurie Burn. Competition Voucher winning net scores were Division One: 1st and overall winner Steve Duckett 64, 2nd Laurie Burn 66, 3rd John Preston 67. Division Two: 1st Geoff Eade 66, 2nd Colin Chatten 67, 3rd Frank Lockley 69. Attached photo shows Steve Duckett with the Summer Plate trophy.
Tuesday 16th July 2019 – Seniors Harold Hewitt Trophy
The setup of the course for the Seniors Harold Hewitt trophy competition saw neat fairways and freshly mown greens which responded well to quality golf shots and allowed for the return of some good scores. It was John Preston’s magnificent 40 points that topped the chart in this stableford format competition which saw some competitors struggle with conditions as the intense heat of the summer sun with little supporting breeze sapped their energy. Others, however, responded well to the playing conditions and carded some extremely good scores. Competition prize winners: Division One – 1st and overall winner John Preston 40, 2nd Mark Lodge 39, 3rd Hugh Marchant 39. Division Two – 1st Ian Tyrrell 37, 2nd John Holland 35, 3rd Colin Moody 35. Attached photo shows winner John Preston with the trophy.
Monday 15th July 2019 – Seniors Quadrilateral
‘A Very Respectable Fourth Place’
The prestigious Centenary Quadrilateral Trophy for 2019 was hosted by Salisbury & South Wilts Golf Club who presented their course in immaculate condition for this event. The participating clubs, Salisbury & South Wilts, Royal Winchester, Marlborough and New Forest, each provided a team of twelve players from which the ten best scorecards from each team would count for the team total. The trophy is played for annually by the four clubs who were each founded in the year of 1888 and hence all reached 100 years of age in the same year. The full handicap stableford format gave everyone opportunity to return a good score but the slick greens and some lengthy Par 4 holes soon scuppered a number of players chances. Seniors Captain Rob Young had selected his team with the view to represent the Club well and this each player did despite what score they returned (a comment from our Seniors Captain says “well done today team, a long hard course with testing greens, it will be nice to be home on our nice friendly course tomorrow”) . A very enjoyable two course buffet lunch followed the golf and then it was the presentation of prizes. Victory went to Salisbury & SW with their score of 323 points, followed just six points behind by Marlborough in second place with 317. Third place went to Royal Winchester on 308 and fourth New Forest with 250. Attached photos show the team representing NFGC Seniors plus views of the course.
Thursday 11th July 2019 – Seniors Peter Swann Trophy
‘Knockout Win for Pickering’
The Peter Swann trophy was originally presented to New Forest Golf Club in 1978 by Peter Swann who was the Club Professional and proprietor at the time and is played for annually by the Seniors Section. The competition is a combination of strokeplay and matchplay whereby competitors play an eighteen hole strokeplay round on the course and then, using their scorecard, play knockout matchplay in the clubhouse against drawn opponents until an eventual winner. The field of participants was whittled down to the final pair of John Pickering and Alan Clark with Pickering taking the trophy by a score of 4 and 2. Losing semi-finalists were Ian Hall and Chris Webb.
Attached photo shows winner John Pickering.
Friday 5th July 2019 – Seniors Match v Queens Park GC (home)
Yep, I guess it worked !!…back on a winning streak the New Forest Golf Club Seniors followed up last week with a “not such a hot” win against the team from Queens Park G C…fronted by the usual handicap of having to give away a number of shots they were able to go one match clear on the overall score, hoping that in their remaining matches six matches they can keep this going ( I say, bring back General Custer-Tyrrell)
Thursday 4th July 2019 – Seniors July Monthly Medal
‘Clark and Young Take the Medals’
Under a glorious blue sky and a hot summer sun, the Seniors Section golfers weathered the conditions to play their July Monthly Medal on a course that was looking immaculate and playing well. Division One players returned some fantastic scores with Alan Clark topping the chart with a magnificent net 62 which was just enough to win the medal from Steve Duckett who also returned a score of 62 but had a higher back nine hole total. Third place went to Ross Matthews with his fine round of net 65. In Division Two it was Rob Young, Seniors Captain, who provided the scorecard with the winning total of net 67. Second place went to Ted Groves 69 and third place to Ian Hall net 70. Attached photo shows (l to r) Alan Clark and Rob Young.
Tuesday 2nd July 2019 – Seniors Match v Paultons GC (home)
So, something had to be done for Captain Rob and his team and this was it !!!…a classy score of 4 -2 gave the New Forest Golf Club Seniors a convincing win over one of their nearest neighbours from Paultons Park G C…a slight home advantage saw many of the games finish early, but within the spirit of the game everyone played off the 18 holes in fine style, wholesome friendship and what could & should have happened if they had played that well earlier on (same old excuses !!!)….with the hot weather, the bar did well !!…with the excellent buffet, Sarah did well !!!.
Thursday 27th June 2019 – Seniors Match v Ampfield GC (away)
Knowing that with the handicap adjustments having to be made when playing our colleagues from over at Ampfield G C it was like going into unknown territory for the newer New Forest Golf Club Senior players, but there was one”General Ian Custer-Tyrrell” (2matches, 2 wins), with his side-kick “Dangerous” who fought on bravely and came away with the only win of the day….however, all was brought back to level terms at the well received drinks and excellent meal in the restaurant after the game
Tuesday 25th June 2019 – Seniors Captains Day
‘Seniors Captains Day’
New Forest Golf Club Seniors Captain Rob Young had organised his Captains Day but there was concern as the weather closed in on the days preceding the event with weather forecasters talking of heavy rain, thunder and lightning. Nevertheless, attendance on the morning was good and the forecast rain did arrive during the early hours but stopped a few moments before tee off time. With an array of prizes on offer sponsored by the Seniors Captain, the competitors produced some quality golf to decide who took home the spoils. Malcolm Guy produced the best of the day with his score of 44 points to win Division One. This was followed by Mark Lodge in second place with 39 points and Hugh Marchant third, also with 39 points. Division Two saw Frank Lockley top the honours list with 41 points, second Winstan Little 40 points and third Geoff Eade 38 points. Nearest the Pin prizes were given to Laurie Burn and Richard Hickman and Nearest the Line prizes to John Ireland and Colin Chatten. Rob Young thanked those present for attending with special mention to his partner Janice for presenting the prizes.
– Seniors Captain Rob Young and his partner Janice with the Division winners.
– Seniors Captain Rob Young with his partner Janice
– Prize Table
– Section members in the Clubhouse
Monday 17th June 2019 – Seniors Match v Southampton G C (home)
After securing a worthy draw against today’s opponents away at Southampton G C in their first mach of the season, New Forest Golf Club Seniors had to accept that the same match result of a 3-3 draw gained by a resilient and solid performance from their opponents on the day….what is more, to back this up, we understand that the same outcome of an “all square, all good pals” was shared in the bar and at the buffet after the game
Wednesday 12th June 2019 – Seniors Match v Walhampton G C (away)
Thursday 6th June 2019 – Secretary versus Competition Secretary
‘Success again for the Competition Secretary’s Team’
The team representing Seniors Competition Secretary Richard Hammond achieved success once again in the matchplay competition against the team representing Seniors Secretary Ivor Griffiths. A comprehensive win of 7 to 3 took the trophy out of reach of the Secretary’s team. Nearest the Pin prizes went to Colin Chatten (11th hole) and John Ireland (13th Hole). Monies collected for entry to the NP competition plus friendly fines obtained by the Seniors Captain were donated to the Royal British Legion as part of the D-Day 75th Anniversary. Attached photo shows Richard Hammond, Competition Secretary holding the trophy on behalf of his team
Wednesday 5th June 2019 – Seniors Match v Bramshot Hill GC (away)
Having played the “might be the correct handicaps” of Bramshott Hill GC only some three weeks ago at home, the New Forest Golf Club Seniors were faced with a uphill struggle to meet them on their own fairways & greens and to only come away with a small bite of the glory with just one game of the six finishing level….such is the glory of golf, all taken in the best of friendship, humour and gamesmanship and to be able to stand together before the match (see pic), to be ready to eat and drink together after the match and talk about the up & coming rematches of 2020…great day had by all
Tuesday 4th June 2019 – Seniors June Monthly Medal
‘Medals for Griffiths and Eade’
With course conditions good but the weather not as warm as it should be for the month of June, Seniors Section members met to compete for the June Monthly Medals. Ivor Griffiths topped Division One with his returned card showing a net score of 67 off his handicap of 8 whilst Dave Titchmarsh claimed second place also with a net 67 but losing out on the top spot with a higher back nine hole score. Third place in Division One went to Barry Nicholas with his net 71. A fabulous round of golf culminating in a score of net 63 saw Geoff Eade win the Division Two medal with Ian Tyrrell in second place on 66 and Frank Lockley third on 70. The highlight of the day came on the 8th hole where Richard Hammond made a hole in one on the Par 3. Attached photo shows (l to r) Ivor Griffiths and Geoff Eade.
Tuesday 4th June 2019 – Hole in One on 8th
‘Hammond Holes in One’
Richard Hammond earned himself a place in the exclusive Hugo Boss Hole in One Club and will receive a Hugo Boss watch for achieving a hole in one in a HowDidiDo qualifier competition. Using his driver he holed out from the white tee on the 236 yard 8th hole par 3 during the Seniors June Monthly Medal competition. Attached photo shows Richard Hammond with his Hole in One trophy.
Tuesday 28th May to 30th May 2019 – IOW Seniors Tour
Tuesday 28th May 2019 – Seniors Reavely Chain
‘Not enough for Nicholas’
The Reavely Chain is an annual competition played by all sections of the Club with each section playing its own individual competition and allocating its own prizes, however, the overall trophy winner is the best score from all of the combined sections. Seniors may enter both the Seniors and the Mens Section competitions to compete for the Prize Vouchers but only their first entered competition score counts for the trophy. The Trophy is awarded to the winner at the Club AGM.
With a number of seniors players absent due to the competition coinciding with the Seniors Tour of the Isle of Wight, it was left to Barry Nicholas to edge one point ahead of Lionel Burns to win the Seniors Section Reavely Chain. Unfortunately, his score of 38 points will not be enough to claim the overall winners place as Mark Lodge managed a great round of 45 points in the Men’s Section competition. Seniors Prize Voucher points winners were: Division 1 – 1st Barry Nicholas 38, 2nd Steve Lupton 36, 3rd Chris Webb 35. Division 2 – 1st Lionel Burns 37, 2nd Rob Hughes 34, 3rd Ian Hall 33.
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.