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SENIORS SECTION COMPETITION RESULTS 2022

This page gives access to all of the Seniors results for trophy and medal competitions, events and matches held in 2022.  Select here for 2021 events.


Thursday 23rd June 2022 – match vs Ampfield away

It was a warm muggy day with several showers as 12 New Forest Seniors took on the challenge of the Ampfield par 3 course. The course was in great condition and the greens ran true. Competition was intense but friendly and the meal afterwards superb – chicken kyiv followed by warm chocolate brownie and ice cream. But the icing on the cake was the score of 5-1 to New Forest!  With this second away win safely under his belt, where will Captain Barry take us next!


Tuesday 21st June 2022 – Frampton Cup

Although a little chilly to begin with, the weather soon warmed up as 40 Seniors sallied forth for this club wide stableford competition off the white tees. On Sunday, the mens section had set the bar at 42 points so there was all to play for.  The best score achieved by the seniors was a creditable but not quite sufficient 40 points by Terry Gordon in Division 1.  Better luck next year!

Division 1

1st Terry Gordon 40 pts (back 9=21, back 6=14)
2nd Chris Webb 40 pts (back 9=21, back 6=13)
3rd David Senior 39 pts (back 9=19, back 6=15)
4th Steve Duckett 37 pts (back 9=19, back 6=11)
(Commiserations to Richard Hammond, also with 37 pts, back 9=19 but back 6=10)

Division 2

1st Ian Hall 36 pts (back 9=20)
2nd John Pickering 36 pts (back 9=16, back 6=14)
3rd Frank Lockley 36 pts (back 9=16, back 6=11)
4th Ted Groves 36 pts (back 9=16, back 6=10)


Thursday 16th June 2022 – Brian Randall Cup

On the hottest day of the year so far with the mercury soaring close to 30 degrees, 3 dozen Seniors embarked on this strokeplay competition off the white tees.  In Division 1 Phil Walker scored 7 pars and a birdie to come in with nett 63, but he was just pipped at the post by Division 2’s Phil Kilburn whose nett 62 secured him the Brian Randall Cup.

Division 1

1st Phil Walker 63 nett
2nd
Chris Angell  64 nett
3rd
Steve Lupton 68 nett

Division 2

1st Phil Kilburn 62 nett
2nd John Pickering 64 nett
3rd Berry Money 65 nett

Phil Kilburn with the Brian Randall Cup


Monday 13th June 2022 – match vs Southampton (away)

On a beautifully sunny day, 12 New Forest Seniors assembled at Southampton Municipal Golf Course for this four ball better ball match against Southampton Seniors. The course has improved considerably over the past year and the greens were running fast and true. The opposition was just a little too skilful as Southampton emerged winners by 5 games to 1. Nearest the pin prize went to New Forest’s Chris Kirby.  The meal afterwards of sausages on a bed of mashed vegetables followed by apple crumble and custard was both delicious and very filling!

All agreed that the match had been played in the true spirit of friendship and we look forward to our next encounter at New Forest in March 2023.


Thursday 9th June 2022 – Queens Jubilee Roll Up

On a fine sunny day (although there were a few spots of rain from an apparently cloudless sky) 38 seniors competed in this stableford competition off the yellow tees.  In Division 1, David Jones’ 1 birdie and 9 pars (7 of them on the back 9) helped him to a total of 40 points however Division 2’s Neil Edmondson just pipped him at the post, scoring a magnificent 41 points to claim the trophy.

Division 1

1st David Jones 40 pts
2nd Ken Scott 39 pts
3rd Phil Wright 38 pts

Division 2

1st Neil Edmondson 41 pts
2nd John Pickering 40 pts
3rd Mike Wharton 40 pts

Neil Edmondson winner of the Queens Jubilee Roll up


Wednesday 8th June 2022 – match vs Walhampton (away)

Despite a generally mild forecast and bright sunny start, the two dozen NFGC and Walhampton Seniors emerged from this match looking somewhat like drowned rats!  The forecast light breezes often became strong gusts and the occasional rain showers were decidedly more frequent, longer and far heavier than predicted. However the match was contested in good spirits with some groups even managing to complete the course! The final score of Walhampton 4½ – New Forest 1 ½ was perhaps predictable considering the conditions, but all enjoyed themselves. Particular mention goes to our own Harry Maitland who scooped the nearest the pin prize on the tricky 7th / 16th par 3.  The after match meal of chicken curry followed by Apple Strudel and cream was highly enjoyable. We look forward to meeting again next year when we hope the weather will be somewhat more favourable!


Thursday 2nd June 2022 – June Monthly Medal

Another bright sunny day saw 38 New Forest Seniors playing in this monthly medal off the white tees. In Division 1, Ivor Griffiths’ 7 pars and 1 birdie helped him to a nett 66, 1 stroke ahead of Phil Walker. Division 2 saw the top two both on nett 65, but Roy Nelson’s back 9 nett score of 30 put him in first position ahead of Pete Bennett.

Division 1:

1st Ivor Griffiths – 66 nett
2nd Phil Walker – 67 nett
3rd Ray Hurst – 68 nett (back 9 33 nett, back 6 22 nett)
(Commiserations to Gill Wright also getting 68 nett, back 9 33 nett but back 6 23 nett)

Division 2:

1st Roy Nelson – 65 nett (back 9 30 nett)
2nd Pete Bennett – 65 nett (back 9 33 nett)
3rd Ian Tyrrell – 67 nett (back 9 31 nett)
(Commiserations to Graham Fearis  and Malcolm Guy who also had 67 nett, but with back 9 scores of 33 and 35 nett respectively)

June Medal winners (l-r) Ivor Griffiths and Roy Nelson


Wednesday 1st June 2022 – match vs Bramshott Hill (away)

A bright sunny day greeted the New Forest Seniors team playing away at Dibden. The course was in good condition and the competition fierce. It was great to be able to sit on the patio overlooking the 18th green and watch as the later matches completed their rounds. The final score of 4-2 to Bramshott Hill was perhaps inevitable as there is always home advantage particularly on the greens. All was played in the true spirit of the game and the post match meal of ham, egg and chips followed by sticky toffee pudding and custard was very welcome. Roll on October when the Bramshott Hill team come to New Forest.


Thursday 26th May 2022 – match vs Osborne Seniors (away)

On this the last day of the Isle of Wight tour, the New Forest Seniors team arrived at Osborne Golf Club in plenty of time for the 10:30 tee-off.  It was great to see former New Forest member Bill Devenish amongst the Osborne team.  The weather was kind and the course in super condition, and despite their very best efforts the final score line of 5½ – ½ was probably inevitable and thankfully not quite another whitewash.  The after match meal of cottage pie and veg followed by lemon tart and cream was delicious.  All agreed that the day and the tour as a whole had been thoroughly enjoyable and we look forward to next year when, who knows, maybe New Forest could chalk up another away win!


Wednesday 25th May 2022 – match vs Cowes Seniors (away)

Members of the New Forest Seniors IOW tour team emerged for breakfast in dribs and drabs.  Many a bleary eye could be observed with some having remained in the pub until closing time the night before.  This second match at Cowes Golf club saw the weather taking a decided turn for the worse. With winds apparently approaching gale force, some experienced great difficulties keeping the ball straight along the notoriously narrow fairways flanked by avenues of trees.  The somewhat inevitable score line of 6-0 to Cowes could not possibly have been the result of celebrations the night before!


Tuesday 24th May 2022 – match vs Ryde seniors (away)

The Seniors Isle of Wight 2022 tour kicked off with a match against Ryde Golf Club Seniors. Arriving quite early gave the New Forest Seniors the excuse to enjoy an excellent Full English breakfast cooked by Laura – Ryde Golf Club’s famous chef and general factotum. For many this was second breakfast and might have been expected to settle rather heavily on the stomach, but instead it seemed to spur the New Forest team on to what is believed to be their first ever victory away on the Isle of Wight.  The Ryde course was in great condition and the greens, although somewhat slow, ran true. The weather was generally kind with some sunshine and a light breeze, although a sudden squall saw groups race for shelter for several minutes. Laura again came up trumps with the after match meal of steak pie and vegetables followed by apple crumble and custard which did settle rather more heavily, threatening to slow down the inevitable evening drinking session at Wetherspoons, although only for a very short time!

Celebrating (l-r) Steve Waterman, Captain Barry Nicholas, Harry Maitland and John Pickering. Apologies for the blurred image – the photographer had been celebrating too!

And the final result – New Forest 3½  – Ryde 2½ – will no doubt be celebrated throughout the year!


Tuesday 24th May 2022 – Tommy Trotter Trophy

With a dozen New Forest Seniors members away on the Isle of Wight Tour, a much smaller field of just 23 turned out for this stableford competition off the white tees. Scores were close in Division 1 with Mike Broom leading one point ahead of Chris Webb. In Division 2 Pete Bennett’s 42 points ensured first prize and the trophy, a full 6 points ahead of second place Neil Edmondson.

Division 1:
1st Mike Broom 39 points
2nd Chris Webb 38 points
3rd Ross Matthews 37 points

Division 2:
1st Pete Bennett 42 points
2nd Neil Edmondson 36 points
3rd Dave Stredder 34 points

Pete Bennett with the Tommy Trotter Trophy


Monday 23rd May 2022 – Mick Wheeler Winter League Trophy

Some 70 matches on from the start of this competition, the four Seniors Section Winter League finalists met under overcast skies. Six months ago, 7 pairs started playing against one another in each of 3 divisions, the top two in each division plus the two best third places going on to play in the knockout stages culminating in this final. The weather was kind with the sun making brief appearances from time to time. The two teams could really not have been much more closely matched with only 3 strokes playing handicap difference being claimed by just one person. Very little separated them for most of the match with 13 of the holes halved, but finally it was the consistency shown by Phil Walker and Harry Maitland that won out as they emerged triumphant winning by just 1 hole. Throughout the match both teams showed true sportsmanship with “gimmes” granted on many holes.

Results:

1st Phil Walker and Harry Maitland
2nd Gill Wright and Hugh Marchant

3rd place runners up
John Holland and Richard Gay
Ian Coundon and Rob Young

Captain Barry Nicholas (centre) presents the trophy to (l-r) Phil Walker and Harry Maitland

 

Second place (l-r) Gill Wright and Hugh Marchant


Friday 20th May 2022 – match vs Wellow (away)

The rain stopped just moments before the first four ball teed off and the sun even made a welcome appearance from time to time. The course was in fine fettle and the greens, although somewhat slower than at New Forest, ran true. The score of 4-2 to Wellow was perhaps somewhat predictable, but all agreed the day was highly enjoyable and the matches played in the true spirit of friendship. The meal afterwards was superb – roast beef with all the trimmings, followed by a choice of apple crumble or cheese and biscuits. We look forward with anticipation to the return match in July.


Thursday 19th May 2022 – Harry Young Cup

Another mostly warm sunny day greeted the 27 New Forest Seniors who assembled for this strokeplay competition off the white tees. Again the 15th tee was about as far back as it could go with many a senior having to lay up before playing across the bog to the green. The cup goes to the player with the best gross score and as such this was always going to be a contest between the two lowest handicap players. Laurie Burn’s 2 birdies and 9 pars carded him a creditable gross 74, but this was not quite enough as Steve Duckett’s birdie and 14 pars helped him win the Harry Young Cup with gross 72.

The rest of the field competed for prizes for best nett scores. In Division 1 Dave Senior’s nett 66 was 2 ahead of his nearest rivals, but the contest was much closer in Division 2 with Neil Edmondson’s back 9 score of nett 28 just pipping Phil Kilburn to the post, both having scored nett 66.

Harry Young Cup

1st Steve Duckett 72 gross
2nd Laurie Burn 74 gross

Division 1

1st Dave Senior 66 nett
2nd Hugh Marchant 68 nett
3rd Mike Broom 69 nett

Division 2

1st Neil Edmondson 66 nett (back 9=28)
2nd Phil Kilburn 66 nett (back 9=29)
3rd John Cockshott 70 nett

Steve Duckett with the Harry Young Cup


Tuesday 17th May 2022 – Millennium Shield

Hot and sunny weather greeted the 35 New Forest Seniors who competed in this stableford competition off the white tees. This time the 15th tee was about as far back as it could go ensuring that only the bravest or foolhardy attempted to clear the bog with their tee shots. Despite those difficulties, many good scores were achieved with Ian Coundon emerging triumphant on 41 points, 3 points ahead of his nearest rivals Barry Nicholas, Phil Walker and Pete Bennett, and hence claiming the Millennium Shield for the second year running.

Division 1

1st Barry Nicholas 38 points (back 9=20, back 6=12, back 3=8)
2nd Phil Walker 38 points (back 9=20, back 6=12, back 3=6)
3rd Terry Gordon 37 points

Division 2

1st Ian Coundon 41 points
2nd Pete Bennett 38 points
3rd John Ireland 37 points

Photo shows Ian Coundon with the Millennium Shield

 


Tuesday 10th May 2022 – Reavely Chain

Having had no rain for ages, the weather chose today to change!  Damp and drizzley for much of the time but this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 37 New Forest Seniors who battled in this club-wide stableford competition off the white tees. New Forest’s Men’s section had already set an extremely high bar two days earlier when Jacob Brook had smashed through the field with 47 points.  A few Seniors came close, but not quite close enough.

Best scores were:

Division 1:
1st
– Terry Gordon 44 points
2nd – Ken Scott 39 points
3rd – Steve Duckett 38 points

Division 2:
1st – Dave Barrett 44 points
2nd – Charlie Tabor 43 points
3rd – Ian Coundon 41 points


Wednesday 4th May 2022 – match vs Southwick Park (shield away)

Perhaps it was the early start, perhaps it was the lush grass, whatever the reason on this star wars day the force was not quite with all the 12 gallant New Forest seniors who braved the newly upgraded to “smart” M27 to play in this keenly awaited match for the annual matchplay shield.  Southwick Park is a beautifully manicured course and some clearly felt their fairways should not be sullied by divots, instead choosing the much tougher rough!  Anyway the weather was kind, the company convivial and the end result of Southwick Park’s 3 ½  to New Forest’s 2 ½ was not too shabby. The meal afterwards of toad in the hole followed by fruit crumble was very welcome and highly enjoyable.

So the shield stays locked away from home for another year but we will strive to retrieve it in 2023 at New Forest!

Photo shows Captain Barry re-presenting the shield to Southwick Park Seniors’ Terry Lewis


Tuesday 3rd May 2022 – May Monthly Medal

On a dry but initially fairly chilly day, 36 New Forest Seniors embarked on this medal competition off the white tees. The green keepers had been kind, locating the 15th tee forward of its normal championship position but even still a fair few were to be seen treading softly across the shifting bog!  In division 1 very few players managed to better par but Mike Fawcett emerged head and shoulders ahead with nett 64. In division 2 Mike Wharton led with nett 63, 2 shots ahead of Charlie Tabor, while Terry Jones came 3rd on countback with nett 67.

Division 1

1st Mike Fawcett 64 nett
2nd Terry Gordon 67 nett
3rd Steve Lupton 68 nett

Division 2

1st Mike Wharton 63 nett
2nd Charlie Tabor 65 nett
3rd Terry Jones 67 nett (back nine 32)

Medal winners (l-r) Mike Fawcett and Mike Wharton


Thursday 28th April 2022 – Winter League semi-finals

On a somewhat overcast and rather chilly day, the 7 semi-finalists embarked on their matches with some trepidation. Sadly Rob Young was unable to play, but his partner Ian Coundon put up a spirited defence and only succumbed in the last few holes losing to Harry Maitland and Phil Walker 3 and 2.

In the other match, Gill Wright and Hugh Marchant faced stiff opposition from Richard Gay and John Holland. Richard and John took an early lead but Gill and Hugh edged ahead through sheer dogged determination to be 2 up at the turn. Things appeared to be looking up again for John and Richard when John sunk a 20 foot putt to win the 11th with a birdie 2, but Gill and Hugh held it together and ended up winning 4 and 3.

The final will be played on 23rd May, covid permitting – good luck both teams!


Tuesday 26th April 2022 – Bill Murray Trophy

Tyrrell’s Amazing 8 and Stredder’s Incredible 1

On a gloriously sunny and cloud free day, 44 New Forest Seniors competed in a Par Bogey format competition off the white tees for the Bill Murray Trophy. In Division 1, Steve Waterman fought off stiff competition to lead with a score of +6. Meanwhile in Division 2, Ian Tyrrell played an amazing round “winning” all of his first nine holes to claim the Bill Murray Trophy with a final score of +8.

Division 1

1st Steve Waterman +6
2nd John Ireland +4
3rd Chris Bennett +2

Division 2

1st Ian Tyrrell +8
2nd Phil Kilburn +6
3rd Dave Stredder +3

Ian Tyrrell with the Bill Murray Trophy

A special mention goes to Dave Stredder for achieving his first ever hole-in-one on the 16th.  Just what the doctor ordered!

(photo courtesy David Senior)

Dave Stredder with “hole in 1” trophy


Monday 25th April 2022 – Match vs Paultons (away)

A warm welcome on a lovely sunny but often chilly day greeted 12 New Forest Seniors playing away at Paultons. The course was in fine fettle and the greens lush and true.  The feeling of grass under ones feet and springiness of the greens took some time to get used to but in the end the scores were very close with Paultons just edging ahead to win 4-2.  A very tasty dish of coq-au-vin rounded off a highly enjoyable day and we look forward to welcoming their team to the New Forest at the end of June.


Friday 22nd April 2022 – Match vs Osborne (home)

On a rather cold and certainly windier day, we welcomed our friends from Osborne Golf Club. The ponies provided their usual iconic backdrop as the 6 four balls battled their way around the course.  It was especially good to greet former New Forest Senior Bill Devenish who no doubt had coached the Osborne team on the subtleties of the New Forest Wedge.  Nearest the pin on the 11th was Osborne’s Mike Anstey.  The final score of  4 ½ – 1 ½ to New Forest kept Captain Barry happy this being the fourth win on the trot for New Forest Seniors.  However with our next fixture being away at Paultons on Monday, harsh reality may well be about to kick in!

Nicky and her team put on a super spread yet again and all thoroughly enjoyed the day. We look forward to the return fixture at the end of our Isle of Wight tour in just over a month’s time.


Thursday 21st April 2022 – Sages, Onion and Stuffing Trophies

On a gloriously sunny yet often chilly day, 44 New Forest Seniors embarked on this trio of trophies stableford competition off the yellow tees. The course had dried out considerably allowing the ball to roll much further than some would have liked. The greens were fast and true. The Sages trophy for those aged between 70 and 79 was won by Hugh Marchant scoring 8 pars and a final flourish birdie on the 18th. Terry Jones was hot on his heels, his 6 pars helping him to 42 points. The Onion Cup is for those under the age of 70. Chris Bennett emerged on top with 41 points having shot 8 pars, 2 points ahead of Phil Kilburn. The Stuffing Plaque for those 80 and over was won by Dave Cardy, a full 5 points ahead of his nearest rivals John Ireland and Alan Clark.

Sages Trophy

1st Hugh Marchant 44 pts
2nd Terry Jones 42 pts
3rd Ivor Griffiths 41 pts

Onion Cup

1st Chris Bennett 41 pts
2nd Phil Kilburn 39 pts
3rd Laurie Burn 38 pts

Stuffing Plaque

1st Dave Cardy 33 pts
2nd John Ireland 28 pts
3rd Alan Clark 28 pts

(l-r) Hugh Marchant (Sage), Chris Bennett (Onion), Dave Cardy (Stuffing)

A week later, Dave Cardy surpassed himself (and the rest of the seniors) by scoring an incredible nett 58 in a roll-up strokeplay competition. Well Done Dave, and enjoy the new handicap!


Tuesday 19th April 2022 – match vs Ryde (home)

The day started out with bright sunshine and fluffy clouds, but gradually became more overcast and breezy such that the last matches only just made it into the clubhouse in time to avoid getting wet.  The course was playing well and all enjoyed their games immensely. Nearest the pin on the 11th went to our very own Captain Barry!

Generous portions of sausage and mash followed by a delicious dessert greeted us in the clubhouse.

The final score of 5-1 to New Forest of course added to the enjoyment and all look forward to the return fixture on the Isle of Wight towards the end of May when Ryde will no doubt hope to capitalise on the fact that New Forest players will need to use some alternative club other than a putter when approaching their greens!


Thursday 14th April 2022 – match vs Ampfield (home)

Although somewhat overcast, the day turned out to be quite warm with just a little breeze giving almost perfect golfing conditions for this eagerly awaited match against our Ampfield friends. The course was in great condition and several groups of ponies were observed galloping across the fairways to entertain our visitors. The match was played in good spirit and although New Forest emerged well ahead 6-0 it was always about the day, the company and the uniqueness of our New Forest course. Another excellent spread of sandwiches, chicken nuggets and chips put on by Nicky and her team rounded off a perfect day.


Thursday 7th April 2022 – Naomi House and Jacksplace presentation

Following a particularly windy morning of golf where 38 Seniors battled in a Russian Roulette Bowmaker competition, Tash Haji from Naomi House and Jacksplace gave an interesting and thought provoking talk about the facilities and services provided by this extremely important charity. Naomi House and Jacksplace are hospices supporting life limited and life threatened children and young adults from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight and beyond.

When a child or young adult is diagnosed with a life limiting condition, Naomi House & Jacksplace becomes their home from home. Their nursing, care, play and family support teams are experts in delivering the crucial emotional, spiritual, developmental, clinical and holistic care that children and young adults with some of the most complex medical needs require.

They offer vital respite support, giving families the chance to recharge their batteries and regroup in a calm, fun and welcoming environment. In times of emergency they give families the help they need through difficult times. And at the end of a child or young adult’s life, they pull out all the stops to give them a peaceful and dignified end, surrounded by loved ones.

Less than 10% of the funds required to maintain their services comes from statutory sources. The rest amounting to many millions of pounds a year comes from generous donations from individuals, groups, charitable trusts and companies. They also have 21 shops mostly in Hampshire and Dorset, the nearest one to us being in Totton.

More information can be found on their website www.naomihouse.org.uk.

Following the presentation, Barry Nicholas invited Tash to preside over his Captain’s charity donations for the day. Over £280 was collected – a wonderful result.

Soon after, Barry received the following heartwarming thank you letter and card:

 


Tuesday 5th April 2022 – Match vs Walhampton (home)

It was a day when layers were donned and discarded at regular intervals depending on whether the sun shone or the icy wind cut through. This did nothing to lessen the enthusiasm of the two dozen participants of this match against our friends from Walhampton. All thoroughly enjoyed their games and the final score of 4-2 to New Forest was icing on the cake. Back in the clubhouse, an immense spread of sandwiches, chicken nuggets and chips made a perfect end to a perfect day, and we all look forward to the return match in June.


Tuesday 5th April 2022 – April Monthly Medal

With the home match against Walhampton scheduled to occur later this morning, just 33 New Forest Seniors competed for this month’s medals. There were some excellent scores in both divisions. Despite Steve Duckett carding a brilliant 3 over par gross 72, Chris Angell’s 3 birdies and 7 pars helped him to an unbeatable nett 64 to win the Division 1 medal. The competition was much closer in Division 2 with Colin Firth just inching ahead of Mike Fawcett on countback to win the medal with his nett 64.

Division 1:
1st Chris Angell – nett 64
2nd Steve Duckett – nett 68
3rd Peter Ayers – nett 69

Division 2:
1st Colin Firth – nett 64 (back 9 nett 30)
2nd Mike Fawcett– nett 64 (back 9 nett 31)
3rd Phil Kilburn – nett 67

April Medal Winners (l-r) Chris Angell and Colin Firth


Tuesday 29th March 2022 – Gwyn Lloyd Cup

With such glorious sunshine in the days leading up to this our first trophy competition of the year, it was a slight disappointment to see heavy clouds gathering as the Seniors Section sallied forth to play in this foursomes strokeplay off the white tees. However, apart from a general dampness and occasional larger spots of rain, the weather held out until all were back in the clubhouse. Top four scores were very close together, with Ivor Griffiths and David Jones just inching ahead of the opposition by half a stroke to win the Gwyn Lloyd Cup.

Top 4 placings were:

1st – Ivor Griffiths and David Jones – nett 68.5
2nd – John Ireland and Ian Coundon – nett 69 (nett 30 on back 9)
3rd – Peter Neville and Ted Groves – nett 69 (nett 33 on back 9)
4th – Chris Webb and Charlie Tabor – nett 69.5

Gwyn Lloyd Cup Winners (l-r) Ivor Griffiths and David Jones. NB This will be the fifth time that Ivor’s name appears on this trophy!

In a break from tradition, the charity collection today of over £60 was donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Our hearts go out to the millions impacted by this dreadful war.

 

 

 

 

 


Monday 21st March 2022 – Match vs Southampton (home)

The weather could not have been much better, albeit a chill breeze occasionally forced some Seniors to don their jumpers soon after taking them off! Course conditions were really good with the greens fast and true. Although the final score of Southampton 4, New Forest 2 was slightly disappointing, the excellent meal of cottage pie followed by a choice of jam sponge and custard or black forest gateaux and ice cream more than compensated. Well done Southampton and we look forward to our return away match in June.


Wednesday 16th March 2022 – Ladies and Seniors

Despite the rather dire weather forecast, this ever popular fixture in our diary attracted 10 Ladies and 9 Seniors. Each mixed pair played Pinehurst / Chapman strokeplay format whereby both players tee off, play each other’s ball for their second shot, then choose the best ball with which to play alternate shots to complete the hole. Rather than over complicating matters using the official WHS handicap allowance, each pair received 50% of their combined course handicaps. The weather held for longer than many expected, but inevitably deteriorated towards the end of the first 9 holes, so reluctantly the competition was re-designated a 9 hole event with half handicap and all retired early to the clubhouse where Seniors Captain Barry Nicholas presented prizes to the 1st and 2nd placed teams. In addition Barry very kindly presented the ladies with sun visors.

Top 3 placings were:

1st – Phil Wright and Leslie Lloyd – nett 28.75
2nd – Pat Wickson and Sandy Thomas – nett 30.25
3rd – John Preston and Ann Spurrett – nett 31.75


Tuesday 8th March 2022 – March Monthly Medal

37 New Forest Seniors competed in this, our first medal event of the 2022 season. With some excellent scores in both divisions, competition was intense. Steve Waterman won the Division 1 medal with an excellent nett 63 while Division 2 winner Phil Kilburn’s nett 61 was way ahead of the rest of the field.

Division 1:
1st Steve Waterman – nett 63
2nd Phil Walker – nett 65 (back 9 nett 32)
3rd Ivor Griffiths – nett 65 (back 9 nett 33)

Division 2:
1st Phil Kilburn – nett 61
2nd Harry Maitland – nett 65
3rd Terry Jones – nett 66

Photo shows Seniors Captain Barry Nicolas presenting the March medals to Steve Waterman (l) and Phil Kilburn (r).


 


A preview of 2022

A year ago the number of active members in the Seniors section stood at approximately 50, thirty of whom played in competitions regularly over the summer, and a hard core of 20-25 keener ones during the wetter, colder months.  Things have certainly changed since. Recently on a bitterly cold November day, 52 Seniors rolled up! This was more than anyone can remember seeing even on the warmest of days. It seems that even covid clouds have silver linings. Seniors Section membership is now approaching 100 (numbers not ages!), with 75 of them having actively competed more than once during the past year.

This year, New Forest Seniors will compete in over 130 events including 40 trophies, 18 medals and 27 matches against other clubs with a 3 day tour of the Isle of Wight in May. Our current Winter League has 42 participants, a third more than in recent years. The annual Centenary Quadrilateral in July this year takes place at Royal Winchester Golf Club and 12 of our Seniors will eagerly compete to improve on their third place of last year.  In August, 2 dozen or so will embark on the ever popular Seniors Tour to Sandford Springs while later that month the New Forest Seniors Rally will no doubt again attract around 76 competitors to the club from 9 or more other clubs across the South.

New Forest Golf Club Seniors is clearly a highly successful, friendly and truly vibrant section and will always be very welcoming to members new and old. The only requirement is that you must be aged 55 or over to join. We meet every week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and our aim is for everyone to enjoy their golf in a relaxed and friendly manner.

The Seniors Committee would like to wish you all a Very Happy New Year!



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