SENIORS SECTION COMPETITION RESULTS 2021
This page gives access to all of the Seniors results for trophy and qualifier competitions, events and matches.
2021 looking forward to 2022
Along with the other sections of our Club, New Forest Seniors have recently embarked upon the next golfing year with their newly appointed Committee.
A year ago the number of active members in the Seniors section stood at around 50, thirty or so 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 over the past 12 months. Very 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.
This year’s winter league has had to be divided into 3 divisions because 21 pairs of Seniors signed up to compete. Previously one expected 14-16 pairs. With Seniors membership now approaching 100 (that’s numbers not ages!), 75 of them having actively competed more than once during the past year, the Seniors Section is really thriving.
This of course presents enormous opportunities and challenges for the committee who will be working even harder to ensure that everything runs smoothly. As ever Competition Secretary Richard Hammond will organise over 100 events next year, including 40 trophies and 18 medals thus ensuring that Trophy Curator Barry Nicholas is kept busy. In addition, Barry as Seniors Captain will liaise with 14 other clubs to arrange 27 matches including our 3 day tour on the Isle of Wight. Hugh Marchant as Website and Press Officer will be frantically searching thesauruses to report all this activity while Ian Coundon as Sickness Liaison maintains contact with Seniors who are unable to join in. Rob Young as Treasurer will ensure finances are healthy and above board. Alan Clark as well as keeping a weather eye on handicaps will again organise the highly popular New Forest Rally. Mike Broom has only just joined the committee and will be eagerly ready and willing to volunteer help wherever possible, while Steve Lupton holds it all together as Secretary and Chairman at all the meetings. And of course we must not forget Graham “Rocky” Fearis who, although no longer on the committe, will still bring his unique organisational skills to bear for the Seniors Tour at Sandford Springs in August.
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 us. 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.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and have our fingers firmly crossed for a Happy New Year (pandemics permitting)!
Tuesday 14th December 2021 – Give and Take and Xmas Lunch
This is the one competition of the year where everyone is guaranteed a prize since the condition of entry is that you bring a gift! There was a good turnout for this Stableford competition off the yellow tees, the weather staying dry and calm although the ground conditions were beginning to be a bit soggy, hence the new drop zone on the 6th and teeing up on the 7th, 9th and 10th fairways. Back in the clubhouse Competition Secretary Richard Hammond called out increasingly believable points scores and players walked up to select their prize from the laden table. All seemed very happy with their wins, so there were clearly no half consumed items this year! Then followed the Christmas Lunch with choices of Soup or Paté, followed by Beef or Turkey with several vegetables, and finishing up with a Pudding or Cheese and biscuits. Finally, Seniors Captain Barry Nicholas (photo top right, and centre the only one in a suit and tie rather than a Christmas jumper or Moose antlers) rose from his booster seat to present presents to New Forest Golf Club staff. A highly entertaining day.
Sunday 5th December 2021 – Captains Drive In
It was a bitterly cold blustery Sunday morning as, with an intense look of determination on his face, Seniors Captain Barry Nicholas addressed his ball on the first tee in front of dozens of New Forest members for the annual ritual of ‘driving in’. The aim is for the new captains of each section along with the two presidents, to drive their ball down the first fairway and past the waiting crowd who gather in the middle of the fairway to attempt to catch the oncoming ball. The crowd were standing an almost insultingly short distance down the fairway, hence Barry’s ball gracefully flew over their heads to land in a perfect position. What a pity to have to waste such a drive and not follow up with a pitch onto the green for a birdie chance!
Graham “Rocky” Fearis retires from Seniors Committee
After 9 years serving on the Seniors Section Committee, Graham Fearis has stepped down. His are very big shoes to fill!
Having been elected onto the Committee at the November 2012 AGM, Graham fulfilled a number of roles becoming Vice Captain to Dave Titchmarsh in 2014, followed by Captain in his own right in 2015. He took on the duties as Trophy Curator from Mark Hooper (yes, he of the putter on the 13th tee fame) and has been well renowned to many a New Forest Rally competitor for “Rocky’s Rip-Off Raffle” and to dozens of Seniors members for organising the annual Seniors Tours. In 2018 he took on extra duties as Seniors website officer. However he will probably best be remembered for his work as sickness liaison (“Doc Roc”), keeping in contact with members who had fallen ill or suffered an injury and letting the rest of us know. This was particularly useful during the Covid lockdowns. He will be missed but perhaps we might persuade him to continue organising the seniors tour as he has a unique way of dealing with personnel at prospective venues.
Here are a few memories from Graham’s Captains year 2015.
Top left – Graham presenting the Jim Burgess Knockout Shield to his Winter League partner John Lang as one of his final duties as Captain. This was also the last time the Jim Burgess Shield was contested in this format.
Top Right – Graham accepting the Captain vs Vice Captain cup from his Vice Captain Ross Matthews.
Bottom left – Graham presenting a cheque for £1,900 to Ron Loveless, Chairman of New Milton Friends Group, Graham’s chosen charity.
Bottom right – Graham’s Captains Day – a bit of an identity parade!
Thursday 25th November – Seniors AGM
Following on from the presentation of the Ron Waters Shield (see below), the Seniors Section AGM began with a few moments of silence to remember past Senior members Brian Randall, David Henry Hart and those Club members, family and friends who passed away since the last AGM.
Then after the usual administrative details, Retiring Captain Ian Coundon presented his report. In a highly entertaining speech he summarised how the section has flourished with numbers in excess of 40 turning up regularly now giving the prospect of over 50 come next Spring. Highlights included his Captain’s Charity where £3,150 was collected for Lyndhurst and District Community First Responders, the 20 matches we managed to fit into the calendar ending in 5 wins, 11 losses (many very narrow) and 4 halved. The elusive away win at Ampfield and halved match away at Osborne House were of particular note. The 3rd place in the Quadrilateral away at Malborough was also a brilliant result. Other successes this year included the Seniors Tour to Cumberwell Park in August [thank you Rocky], the New Forest Rally [thank you Alan] and the IOW Tour which finally took place in September at the 4th time of arranging. Thanks to all organisers, helpers and participants…a sign of a healthy and active Section. Congratulations to all the Trophy winners and Medal winners over the past 2 years. A special shout-out to Richard for making it happen, there has been a lot of arranging and rearranging. Thanks to Colin for keeping us topped with raffle prizes throughout the year. He signed off by saying how he will “miss going off the 1st tee for sure! It has been an absolute honour and a privilege; I am very proud to have been your Captain. Have a great golfing year ahead, I wish you all the very best of health.”
After the Financial Report (the finances are in a good state) came the Competition Secretary’s Report where Richard Hammond summarised the Trophies and other competitions played throughout the year. Despite lockdowns and other restrictions, he had managed to schedule all but 1 trophy – the Secretary vs Competition Secretary four ball better ball matchplay which had to be cancelled through lack of available time due to covid-19 restrictions (and partly through incapacitation of the Secretary?!). This was an amazing feat of planning and re-planning on Richard’s part. He also highlighted how numbers regularly attending competitions had swelled to the point where only a couple of days earlier, 52 had turned up on an ordinary roll-up day. This is excellent news for the section although will mean some re-arranging of starting tees for the shotgun starts.
Noting the retiring officers and Committee Members which included Graham Fearis retiring from a long spell on the committee with his roles as Trophy Curator and Sickness Liaison, and noting Retained Officers and Committee Members, then came the election of Officers. Richard Hammond was unanimously re-elected as Competition Secretary there being no other candidates. Barry Nicholas was elected Seniors Captain for 2022 with Hugh Marchant as his vice. Mike Broom was elected as a new member onto the Committee – dare we call him a new broom!
Two proposals were voted upon. One to have all Seniors competitions played off the yellow tees failed to pass, as did a proposal to change the date of the Seniors Championship, although the reasoning behind the latter was acknowledged and the Committee will see about getting tee placements altered when the time comes.
The final item in the meeting saw Barry Nicholas the incoming Captain presented with his Match Shirt and Tie as his tenure officially began. In a short speech (how much longer will I still be able to get away with this!), Barry described how a 2 year apprenticeship had left him finally ready and looking forward to Captaining the Seniors. He thanked the office and bar staff teams for the great support they provide over the years and wished the Mens, Ladies and Youth Captains all the very best in their year. His chosen charity is Naomi House and Jacksplace Children’s Hospice and he looked forward to encouraging voluntary donations over the year for this excellent charity. Finally he wished all the Seniors and their families a Very Merry Christmas.
Thursday 25th November – Ron Waters Shield
St Catherine’s Day – Ah, bitter chill it was! The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold – and so were the 35 New Forest Seniors who braved the bitter north wind to play in this Stableford Competition off the yellow tees for our final trophy of the season. This is just a 10 hole competition to ensure an early start and hence early finish to the Seniors AGM which follows.
Playing holes 1-7, followed by 16-18 means that there is a much smaller choice of shotgun start tees, so one group had a long cold walk to start on the 5th. The competition was fierce with the top three in Division 2 all scoring 21 points, Neil Edmondson emerging ahead of the pack with his back 3 score of 8 points. In Division 1 however, Steve Duckett stormed ahead to win the shield with an excellent score of 23 points which included a gross birdie 3 on the 7th!
1st – Steve Duckett 23 points
2nd – Alan Clark 20 points
3rd – Barry Nicholas 20 points
1st – Neil Edmondson 21 points
2nd – Colin Chatten 21 points
3rd – John Holland 21 points
Thursday 11th November 2021 – Captains Challenge Trophy
An initially foggy and rather cool day saw 44 New Forest Seniors drawn in teams of 4 each led by a Seniors Captain, past Captain, soon to be Captain or surrogate Captain, compete for this, the penultimate trophy of 2021. The fog soon cleared and the sun even shone for some of the time as the 11 teams played Stableford format off the white tees with their scores aggregated to decide the winner. Second place went to the team led by past Captain Richard Hammond with 140 points, with the team led by immediate past Captain Rob Young scoring 141 points to win the Trophy.
1st – Rob Young, Ian Tyrrell, Pete Bennett and Colin Firth
2nd – Richard Hammond, Mike Fawcett, David Jones and Terry Gordon
Tuesday 9th November 2021 – Charity Cheque Presentation
This was the culmination of a two-year long captaincy. Following a roll-up Stableford competition off the yellow tees where his score of 44 points won him first prize in Division 2, Seniors Captain Ian Coundon along with his wife Liz presented a cheque for £3,150 to his chosen charity “Lyndhurst and District Community First Responders”. The money has been used to purchase two items of specialised lifting equipment for this group. Graham and Jacqui Reeve representing the First Responders demonstrated the equipment using Ian as their “patient”. Working along the same principal as the rescue air bags used by fire services, this highly portable self contained apparatus can lift patients to a high enough sitting position such that they can then be assisted further to stand or be moved safely onto a chair or bed. Previously any calls involving someone who was unable to stand after a fall invariably required an ambulance. Since acquiring this equipment, the First Responders have been able to administer all necessary aid in such a large number of cases, that they are now being called upon to attend calls not only in their own local area but also in several nearby parishes.
The montage of photographs below shows the operation of the equipment and the presentation of the cheque to Lyndhurst and District Community First Responders.
Many thanks also to Liz for baking such delicious cakes for us all!
Tuesday 2nd November 2021 – Peter Swann Trophy
Although almost freezing early on, this turned out to be a beautifully mild sunny day for the 28 New Forest Seniors competing in what is a uniquely New Forest event. Termed a Lynsome (after Lyndhurst), the format 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 emerges. The virtual match between the final pair of John Holland and Ian Coundon went to the wire with Ian Coundon taking the 18th by just one stroke to win the trophy one up. Losing semi-finalists were Charlie Tabor and Chris Angell.
In addition, it being one of the last trophy competitions of his two year long Captaincy, Ian Coundon donated a prize for nearest the pin on the 11th which was won by Jim Worsley.
Thursday 28th October 2021 – match vs Ryde (home)
An amazingly dry day considering the cloud cover, along with a large tray of donuts donated by Seniors vice captain Barry Nicholas, greeted the team from Ryde for this return fixture – our final match of the year. It was just as well that the donuts were there since the ferry across had not been able to supply its usual cooked breakfast to the hungry Ryde Seniors. Matches were fought in a competitive but friendly atmosphere with some swinging wildly one way then the other before settling down to a final 4-2 win to New Forest. The meal in the clubhouse was perfect – steak pie with peas, carrots and mash followed by treacle sponge and custard (plus for one cheeky diner an extra if somewhat small plate of cheese and biscuits)! All in all a great day’s golf and we all look forward with eager anticipation to meeting up again during our next Isle of Wight tour in May 2022 (covid permitting).
Wednesday 27th October 2021 – Ladies and Seniors
What a gloriously sunny day it turned out to be – just after the last of the 9 pairs of Ladies and Seniors and two Juniors re-entered the clubhouse at the end of this highly enjoyable betterball stableford competition. For much of the round the clouds stubbornly refused to clear and there were even a few moments of mizzle, but none of this dampened the spirits of any of these intrepid golfers. Scoring was very competitive with just 1 point separating the top 3 places. The pair emerging supreme were Shirley Preston and Steve Waterman scoring an excellent 40 points. Second place on 39 points went to Ann Spurrett and John Preston who just inched ahead of Sue Kilford and Barry Nicholas on countback. Nearest the pin on the 11th was Sue Kilford whose tee shot ended within 4 feet of that elusive hole in one!
Prizes were presented by Ladies Captain Lesley Lloyd with thanks also to Club President Graham Lloyd for checking the cards, along with Seniors Captain Ian Coundon for jointly organising the event. A great time was had by all!
Photo shows the prize winners (l-r) Ann Spurrett and John Preston (2nd place), Steve Waterman and Sheila Preston (1st place), and Barry Nicholas and Sue Kilford (3rd place and nearest the pin).
Tuesday 26th October – Trophy Winners Vase and Reg Little Cup
This ever popular event where winners of individual trophies and medals throughout the year compete in a strokeplay competition while the remainder play stableford, attracted 42 New Forest Seniors on a somewhat changeable day. Although still mild for the time of year, a short spell of wetter weather reminded some that an umbrella is of little use unless carried around the course rather than left in the car or at home.
18 qualified for the Trophy Winners Vase where Phil Walker emerged supreme with 7 pars and 7 bogeys to score nett 66. In the battle for second and third places, Pete Ayers and Steve Duckett both carded nett 67 yet, despite 13 pars and 2 birdies, Steve just lost out on the back 6 by 1 stroke. Behind these three, the next 5 players all finished with nett 69.
Meanwhile those competing for the Reg Little Cup were wider spaced with Terry Gordon simply annihilating all opposition with 43 points, 3 ahead of Chris Angell who was 4 points clear of third place Frank Lockley.
Trophy Winners Vase (strokeplay)
1st Phil Walker nett 66
2nd Peter Ayers nett 67
3rd Steve Duckett nett 67
Reg Little Cup (stableford)
1st Terry Gordon 43 points
2nd Chris Angell 40 points
3rd Frank Lockley 36 points
Thursday 21st October 2021 – Mark Hooper Memorial Trophy
Played in memory of a much loved member of the Seniors Section, this pair of trophies has a unique twist. A stableford competition off the yellow tees, all competitors are required to use their putters for their tee shots on the 130 yard 13th hole. This is because Mark was renowned for doing just this.
The weather was quite cold and often very breezy despite the appearance of the sun, reminding the 46 New Forest Seniors who competed that winter is only just around the corner. Despite somewhat wet conditions underfoot and water in many bunkers, Brian Roberts avoided all the hazards to come in with an excellent 43 points winning the Mark Hooper Trophy, with Jim Worsley just one point behind on 42. Terry Jones came first in Division 2 with 39 points, 2 ahead of Trevor Davies and Rob Young.
Mervyn Harding won the nearest the pin trophy by getting his tee putt onto the green about 12 feet from the flag.
After the competition, everyone relaxed in the clubhouse to enjoy a tasty bowl of sausage and chips, Mark’s favourite! All in all it was a highly enjoyable morning and a fitting memorial to a much missed man who wanted the fun to stay in golf!
1st Brian Roberts – 43 points
2nd Jim Worsley – 42 points
3rd Steve Duckett – 40 points
1st Terry Jones – 39 points
2nd Trevor Davies – 37 points (back 9 24)
3rd Rob Young – 37 points (back 9 20)
Photo shows Peter Harvey (centre) representing Mark Hooper’s family along with trophy winners Brian Roberts (left) and Mervyn Harding (right).
Tuesday 19th October 2021 – match vs Highcliffe Castle (away)
Due to covid restrictions and other reasons, it had been a few years since this annual match was last played. After a very wet and windy night the omens did not look good but, just as the forecast had indicated, the weather front had passed through by the tee off time of 10.30 and we were even treated to some bouts of warm sun although the strong wind persisted which made for some challenging tee shots on this tight fairway tree lined course. The valiant 12 Seniors from New Forest, never ones to shirk a challenge and with 6 of them playing the course for the first time, soon had to adapt to lush verdant fairways, and greens that were slow by comparison and 3 putts were often the order of the day. They did put up a good fight though and although it ended as a 5 -1 defeat, two of the games were lost on the 18th so it was closer than the final score suggests. A special mention should go to John Pickering and David Senior who romped home by a huge 8 & 7.
Friday 15th October 2021 – match vs Osborne House (home)
Despite brooding skies and the constant threat of rain, the weather stayed remarkably dry if somewhat chillier than of late for this return match against Osborne House Seniors. The course was in great condition and the meal afterwards first class – homemade cottage pie followed by treacle sponge pudding and custard. As ever all matches were played in the true spirit of the game and enjoyed by all. Nearest the pin on the 11th was won by Osborne’s Graham Nightingale. With the end result of 5-1 to New Forest Seniors, we all look forward with great anticipation to next year’s Isle of Wight tour in the fourth week of May.
Thursday 14th October 2021 – Captain vs Vice Captain Cup
Another glorious day with hardly a breath of wind and very few clouds in the sky. 44 New Forest Seniors were paired up and assigned to either the Captain’s or the Vice Captain’s team. Then off they went to do battle in a fourball better ball matchplay contest off the white tees. The competition was intense resulting in a 6-5 win for the Vice Captain’s team. Since the last time this was played in 2019, the then Vice Captain Ian Coundon was in receipt of this trophy, it was only fitting that he should be passing it on to the current Vice Captain, Barry Nicholas (pictured on the left).
Tuesday 12th October 2021 – Jim Burgess Shield
It was just 5 degrees early on, but the temperature soon rose as 40 New Forest Seniors embarked under blue skies with light cloud on this singles stableford competition off the white tees. In what was clearly high scoring conditions, Seniors Champion Steve Duckett shot 12 pars and 4 birdies, yielding him an unassailable 42 points and winning him the Jim Burgess Shield. Ted Groves came in top of Division 2 with an excellent 40 points.
Division 1 Result
1st Steve Duckett 42pts
2nd Mike Broom 39pts
3rd Hugh Marchant 38pts
Division 2 Result
1st Ted Groves 40pts
2nd John Pickering 39pts
3rd Terry Gordon 38pts
Thursday 7th October 2021 – Des Harvey Trophy
Under heavy skies with a touch of drizzle at the start, humid and very warm for the time of year, a large field of 40 New Forest Seniors sallied forth in this strokeplay competition off the white tees. An occasional strong breeze blew some balls off course, but generally conditions were very good. Vice Captain Barry Nicholas scored an excellent nett 65 to lead Division 1, but Philip Walker in Division 2 emerged 1 stroke ahead of him with nett 64 to claim the Des Harvey Trophy.
1st Barry Nicholas – nett 65
2nd Ross Matthews – nett 66
3rd Jim Worsley – nett 67
1st Philip Walker – nett 64
2nd Hugh Marchant – nett 67
3rd Colin Firth – nett 67
Wednesday 6th October 2021 – match vs Bramshott Hill (home)
What a glorious day. Wall to wall sunshine and temperatures rising close to 20 celcius, albiet a rather stiff breeze at times. This keenly awaited home match against the Bramshott Hill Seniors was enjoyed by all. Although the final score of Bramshott 4½ – 1½ NFGC was a slight disappointment, everyone agreed it had been played in the true spirit of the game. The ham egg and chips that followed was enjoyed by all and we look forward to next year.
Tuesday 5th October 2021 – October Monthly Medal
In weather ranging from warm brilliant sunshine to colder brooding clouds with strong gusts of wind, 31 New Forest Seniors braved the elements in this month’s medal competition. In Division 1, Pete Ayers (with what must have been a distinct feeling of monthly medal déjà vu) was just pipped at the post on countback this time by Mike Broom, both having scored nett 66. In Division 2 there was also a strong déjà vu feeling as Terry Jones emerged triumphant on nett 66, this time one stroke ahead of Richard Hickman.
1st – Mike Broom nett 66 (back 9 30 nett)
2nd – Pete Ayers nett 66 (back 9 31 nett)
3rd – Brian Roberts nett 68
1st – Terry Jones nett 66
2nd – Richard Hickman nett 67
3rd – Phil Kilburn nett 68
Photo shows medal winners (l-r) Mike Broom and Terry Jones.
Tuesday 28th September 2021 – match vs Christchurch (home)
Despite dire weather predictions, the six four balls sallied forth optimistically and some even managed to play 4 holes before the heavens opened. With greens awash and the fairways reduced to almost total casual water the match had to be abandoned as an honourable half. This was a relief to some who were already on the downhill slope!
Thursday 23rd September 2021 – Sam Mates Trophy
It was a typical late September day, dry but not particularly bright. With a dozen New Forest Seniors away on the IOW tour, a somewhat reduced field of 29 turned out for this strokeplay competition off the white tees. Despite the greens having just been hollow tined, scores were still highly competitive with Division 1’s Brian Roberts carding an excellent nett 66, but even this was not quite enough as Charlie Hughes in Division 2 galloped home with nett 64 to claim the Sam Mates trophy.
1st – Brian Roberts – nett 66
2nd – Mike Fawcett – nett 67
3rd – Steve Duckett – nett 68
1st – Charlie Hughes – nett 64
2nd – Colin Firth – nett 66
3rd Rob Young – nett 68
Photo shows trophy winner Charlie Hughes
Thursday 23rd September 2021 – Seniors Match vs Osborne House (away)
Another perfect day for the third and final match of our IOW tour, against Osborne House Seniors. Despite a few bleary eyes, all 12 managed to arrive in good time at the historic venue.
After a slightly shakey start for one of our New Forest Seniors whose first shot ended up under a picnic table beside the clubhouse having ricocheted off a couple of trees to the right of and behind the tee having first struck a tiny marker post 30 yards in front (circled in white in the photo below), things settled down. The first three matches went to Osborne but then the tide turned with New Forest winning the remainder. All in all a highly satisfactory 3-3 outcome. A massive cold buffet greeted us in the clubhouse and all agreed that this match was the pinnacle of the tour. Great company, lovely weather and a thoroughly enjoyable golfing experience to end a very enjoyable tour. And as for the trick shot golfer? He and his partner won 4 and 2 courtesy of a few more!
One final word of thanks to our Captain Ian Coundon whose perseverance finally paid off in a brilliant tour that he had to rearrange no fewer than four times over the past 2 years!
Wednesday 22nd September 2021 – Seniors Match vs Cowes (away)
Day 2 of our IOW Tour saw the 12 intrepid players fortify themselves with full English breakfast before setting off for Cowes golf club. Another brilliantly sunny day, perfect golfing weather. Another immaculate course with lightning fast greens – and rather too many trees! Another great welcome from our hosts and a really hearty meal of steak pie and 3 veg followed by apple crumble and custard to lay a good foundation for the evening get together back in Ryde. Oh – almost forgot the score – 5-1 to Cowes. Well done Captain Coundon and his partner Laurie Burn who were clearly unimpaired by yesterday evening’s get together!
Tuesday 21st September 2021 – Seniors Match vs Ryde (away)
The long awaited Isle of Wight Tour, delayed by covid-19 for one year plus a further 4 months, finally started with a very early drive to catch the ferry from Southampton. On the island conditions were perfect. Brilliant sunshine, hardly a breath of wind. The Ryde seniors were friendly and congenial company. The course was in great condition, the greens true if a little slow. The after match meal of ham egg and chips followed by treacle pudding and custard was just right. The final score of Ryde 5 1/2 to NFGC 1/2 did not truly reflect how close many of the games were. Nearest the pin on the 9th for NFGC was Barry Nicholas who received a box of Heroes which he generously donated to the bar staff.
All in all an almost perfect day – just need to sink a few more putts!
Thursday 16th September 2021 – Jack Langford Trophy
As if a stroke play competition off the white tees was not difficult enough, the requirement that competitors can only use 3 clubs (including their putters) might strike one as putting far too many obstacles in the way. Add in a long delay while waiting for thick mist to dissipate and still 35 New Forest Seniors were undeterred. Once the mist had fully cleared the sun shone brightly and temperatures rose. Division 1’s Steve Duckett followed up on his success last week coming in with nett 70, one stroke ahead of Ken Scott. Meanwhile division 2’s Dave Barrett snatched the trophy with a nett 69 proving that it is not absolutely necessary to carry a full complement of clubs around the course in order to score well.
Top scores in each division:
1st – Steve Duckett 70 nett
2nd – Ken Scott 71 nett
1st – Dave Barrett 69 nett
2nd – Ted Groves 71 nett
3rd – Lionel Burns 72 nett
4th – Malcolm Guy 73 nett
Photo shows the delighted looking trophy winner Dave Barrett.
Monday 13th September 2021 – Seniors Match vs Queens Park (home)
Course conditions were excellent for this return match against Queens Park. Despite the threat of rain during the drive in, the weather remained dry, sometimes somewhat overcast, but mostly calm and mild. Following the match the 6 playing groups congregated in the clubhouse for a tasty repast of sausage in a bun with caramelised onions, french fries, coleslaw and potato salad. The final match result was a very fair draw with each team winning 3 games. The prize for nearest the pin on the 11th was claimed by New Forest’s own Ivor Griffiths. We look forward to our next fixture against Queens Park in 2022.
Tuesday 7th & Thursday 9th September 2021 – Seniors Club Championship
Weather-wise the 2021 New Forest Seniors Club Championship was somewhat a game of two halves. Round 1 on Tuesday was played in hot dry sunny conditions with the temperature rising to around 30 degrees and a stiff breeze much of the time. By complete contrast, Round 2 on Thursday was in dull dreary and sometimes drizzly weather with the temperature a good 10 degrees cooler and hardly a breath of wind.
The Championship is effectively two competitions in one. The Champions Cup goes to the person with the lowest gross score. Inevitably this became a battle between the two Seniors with the lowest handicaps: Steve Duckett and Laurie Burn. In Round 1, Steve shot gross 73, giving him a 3 shot lead over Laurie. Round 2 saw Laurie come in with 12 pars and 2 birdies for a total of gross score of 72 and hence an overall score of 148. However Steve’s 10 pars and 3 birdies helped him to a gross 74 and a grand total of 147 to win the Champions Cup for the fifth consecutive year.
The other contest is for the best nett score. Here competition was just as tight with Jim Worsley beating Alan Gill by 1 stroke to claim the Sandy Sanders Trophy.
1st – Steve Duckett 73+74 = 147
2nd – Laurie Burn 76+72=148
3rd – Barry Nicholas 83+85=168
1st – Jim Worsley 64+70=134
2nd – Alan Gill 72+63=135
3rd – Andy Homes 70+66=136
Photo shows (l-r) Steve Duckett and Jim Worsley.
Thursday 2nd September 2021 – September Monthly Medal
A cloudy and much cooler day saw 35 New Forest Seniors playing in this month’s medal competition. As an added incentive, Seniors Captain Coundon donated a sleeve of balls for nearest the pin on the 11th which was won by Laurie Burn. Dave Senior beat Pete Ayers on countback to win the Division 1 medal, while in Division 2, Terry Jones emerged one shot ahead of Philip Walker to win on nett 65.
1st – Dave Senior nett 63
2nd – Pete Ayers nett 63
3rd – Alan Clark nett 65
1st – Terry Jones nett 65
2nd – Philip Walker nett 66
3rd – Dave Stredder nett 67
Photo shows (l-r) medal winners Dave Senior and Terry Jones
Tuesday 31st August 2021 – Cyril Ash Memorial Cup
36 New Forest Seniors contested this stableford competition off the white tees. Barry Nicholas in Division 1 finished with a creditable 40 points, 3 ahead of his nearest rival, while in Division 2 Seniors Captain Ian Coundon resumed his match winning ways from last week by scoring what on any normal day might have been an unassailable 42 points, had it not been for dark horse John Cockshott who simply annihilated the field with his 48 point win.
1st – Barry Nicholas 40 points
2nd – Brian Roberts 37 points
3rd – Ken Scott 35 points
1st – John Cockshott 48 points
2nd – Ian Coundon 42 points
3rd – Philip Walker 39 points
Photo shows cup winner John Cockshott.
Thursday 26th August 2021 – Seniors Match vs Burley (home)
It is always a delight playing friendlies against these close neighbours as they are very familiar with the ways of the forest. A short spell of heavy drizzle during the drive in quickly dissipated to leave yet another gloriously sunny day with quite a stiff breeze. The course was in excellent condition and the greens fast and true – making the 2nd quite a challenge! After coffee in the clubhouse the 6 groups set out – 4 off the first and 2 off the 17th, skipper Ian Coundon leading the pack in more ways than one (he had a superb round). Catering afterwards was excellent with everyone enjoying a ham bap, skinny chips and a cold buffet selection of salad garnishes. The final score was a very fair 3-3 draw – a fitting end to a highly enjoyable day’s golf. We look forward to meeting them next year on their turf!
Thursday 26th August 2021 – Gwyn Lloyd Cup
Rather changeable weather settled eventually to a gloriously sunny but breezy day as a somewhat reduced number of pairs of New Forest Seniors players played in this foursomes strokeplay competition off the white tees. Normally the first trophy competition to be contested each year, covid-19 restrictions had meant it having to be rescheduled. With each pair taking alternate shots and making the most of half their combined handicaps, the top scores were impressive. Colin Chatten and Charlie Hughes emerged supreme with a nett score of 65.5.
1st – Colin Chatten and Charlie Hughes – nett 65.5
2nd – Laurie Burn and Frank Lockley – nett 68
3rd – Rob Young and Terry Gordon – nett 68.5
Photo shows cup winners (l-r) Charlie Hughes and Colin Chatten
Tuesday 24th August 2021 – New Forest Rally
A gloriously sunny day welcomed 76 competitors representing 9 clubs from all points of the compass as far away as Salisbury and South Wilts to the North, Osbourne House to the South, Southwick Park to the East and Highcliffe Castle to the West. Organisation was impeccable as expected when overseen by Alan Clark (centre left). After coffee and bacon baps and raffle ticket sales (for prizes shown centre right), a detailed briefing on the 1st tee (bottom), and a group photo (top), all were led out to their respective starting points. At 9:30 the first groups started off from 11 tees in a shotgun start and by 9:45 all 19 groups were well on their way around the course.
The New Forest Rally is a highly popular annual competition played by invited teams from other clubs. Teams of 4 are split up into different playing groups so that they don’t know how their team mates are doing! At the end, each team’s stableford scores are added together and the team with the highest aggregate score wins the George Gale trophy.
The course was in excellent condition and the inevitable throngs of equine and bovine spectators paid their usual close attention to proceedings.
Back at the clubhouse Sarah and her team (left) served up a tasty 2 course après golf meal while rally organiser Alan Clark and NFGC Seniors captain Ian Coundon (right) slaved away calculating the aggregate scores for each team from those marked on the 76 individual scorecards. This required considerable patience and forbearance!
After thanking the ground and catering staff, Alan Clark announced the winners while Ian Coundon presented the prizes:
Individual prizes (l-r below):
Nearest the line on 17th – Ivor Canton from Paultons ‘A’
Nearest the pin on 2nd – Malcolm Evans from Highcliffe ‘A’
Nearest the pin on 11th – Cliff Hyde from Southwick Park ‘A’
Best individual score – David Smithson from Highcliffe ‘B’ – 44 points
Team prizes (from top left to bottom right):
1st – Bramshott Hill ‘A’ – 143 points
2nd – Highcliffe Castle ‘B’ – 132 points
3rd – Bramshott Hill ‘B’ – 127 points
4th – Southampton – 126 points
5th – Southwick Park ‘B’ – 122 points
So the George Gale Trophy this year goes to Bramshott Hill ‘A’ (l-r): Kevin Rothwell, Brian Lewis, Rob Hallett and Johnny Hooper.
Congratulations to them and hearty thanks go to Alan Clark for his flawless organisation of another highly successful New Forest Seniors Rally.
Thursday 19th August 2021 – Hyundai Trophy
An enthusiastic field of 41 New Forest Seniors lined up for this stroke play competition off the white tees. Division 1 was closely contested with David Jones just inching ahead of Michael Broom on countback, both of them having scored nett 66. In Division 2 though, Philip Walker’s 3 birdies and 3 pars helped him to a nett score of 63, winning him the Hyundai Trophy.
1st – David Jones nett 66
2nd – Michael Broom nett 66
3rd – Phil Wright nett 68
1st – Philip Walker nett 63
2nd – John Pickering nett 66
3rd – Lionel Burns nett 67
Photo shows trophy winner Philip Walker.
Tuesday 17th August 2021 – Lottie Sefton Trophy
The weather was generally fine for the 34 New Forest Seniors competing for the Lottie Sefton Trophy, a stableford competition off the white tees although a short shower managed to catch a few out with lack of wet weather gear. In Division 1, Barry Nicholas just pipped Steve Duckett to the post on countback both scoring 38 points, however in Division 2, Terry Jones’ 41 points won him the Trophy, 1 point ahead of Ross Matthews.
1st – Barry Nicholas 38 pts
2nd – Steve Duckett 38 pts
3rd – James Worsley 36 pts
1st – Terry Jones 41 pts winning the Lottie Sefton Trophy
2nd – Ross Matthews 40 pts
3rd – Lionel Burns 38 pts
Photo shows trophy winner Terry Jones.
10th – 12th August 2021: Seniors Tour
Cumberwell Park, Bradford-on-Avon
After a troublesome period of lockdowns and postponements due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of 24 golfers from the Seniors Section of New Forest Golf Club were eventually able to hit the road for their annual Seniors Tour. This year the chosen venue was Cumberwell Park, with its 5 nine hole courses set in elegant and tranquil countryside just outside of the town of Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire near to the border with Somerset.
The group enjoyed their golf experience which was significantly helped by the availability of the use of buggies for the duration of their stay. The venue facilities on offer to them incorporated 2 nights accommodation in superb cottages with breakfast and evening meal provided in the main building.
The first 2 days provided excellent weather whilst day 3 started well but declined into very wet and dreary conditions with most golfers eagerly awaiting sight of the 18th green to complete their round of golf.
Day 1 competition, a Pairs Texas Scramble, provided a very close finish with the first two places tied on net 70.6 and separated by just one shot on the back nine hole score. Ivor Griffiths and David Stredder combined well to win the competition from Barry Nicholas and Steve Lupton. The evening ‘fines’ included golfers who somehow had left their golf bags strewn on the fairway after somehow having them become detached from their buggy. This was the start needed for ‘Rocky’ to get into his rhythm to fill his fines pot with coins generously provided by the group.
Photograph shows Texas Scramble winners (l-r) Ivor Griffiths and Dave Stredder.
Day 2 competition, a Pairs Aggregate Stableford, once again saw returned scores being extremely close but it was the pairing of Colin Firth and John Pickering which topped the list. They duly received the best of awards for their excellent play as when they were poised on the 18th tee in readiness for their final drive of the competition, all 9 Red Arrows roared directly overhead as a salute to their forthcoming achievement. With many weary souls getting through the evening meal it was left to Alan Clark, Quizmaster, to get the minds working even if the bodies had given up. He presented a football based quiz which certainly got the little brain cells working hard and of course it all seemed so easy once he gave out the answers. As if the little brain cells had not been put through the wringer enough, it was then Ken Scott, who provided a short general knowledge quiz just to see everyone off for their last night in the cottages.
Photograph shows Pairs Aggregate winners (l-r) John Pickering and Colin Firth.
Day 3 competition, the Singles Stableford Championship. The weather most certainly affected everyones game to some extent. The early tee offs had the better of it as the rain started when they commenced the final nine hole stretch whilst the later tee offs probably endured rain for the majority of their round. The buggies certainly provided assistance for getting around the course but gave very little weather protection. As golfers came off the course it was clear to see their relief as they stored their wet gear away and made their way to the Clubhouse for refreshment. You guessed it, not long after all were secured in the Clubhouse, the sun came out. Prior to the presentation of prizes, ‘Rocky’ gave his thanks to everyone for attending and supporting the Tour and to those individuals who had helped him with a number of specific tasks. He also expressed his gratitude and thanks on behalf of the group to the staff at Cumberwell Park for their service by way of a round of applause and presented them with the contents of the ‘fines pot’.
As had been with the first two competitions, the Championship round provided a very close finish. The top four places were separated by just one stroke and 3rd/4th and the 1st/2nd each had to be settled by the back nine score. The result list shows the placings down to 14th and the two Nearest the Pins. Congratulations went to Ivor Griffiths who secured the Singles Stableford Championship with his score of 34 points and a back nine score of 18 points which just edged Barry Nicholas into the runner-up spot with his 34 points and a back nine score of 14 points. Both were extremely good rounds of golf under less than ideal conditions.
Photograph shows Seniors Captain Ian Coundon presenting the Championship Silver Salver to the winner, Ivor Griffiths.
To finalise the Tour, it has to be said that the immaculate and detailed organising from Graham ‘Rocky’ Fearis ensured that the Tour was yet again a great success, for which the whole group extend their sincere and grateful thanks.
Tuesday 10th August 2021 – Pairs Texas Scramble
1st Ivor Griffiths and David Stredder – Net 70.6 with back 9 of 39
2nd Barry Nicholas and Steve Lupton – Net 70.6 with back 9 of 40
3rd Alan Clark and Trevor Davies – Net 71.4
4th Graham Fearis and David Senior – Net 71.7
NP David Senior – on Blue course
NP Ivor Griffiths – on Orange course
Wednesday 11th August 2021 – Pairs Aggregate Stableford
1st John Pickering and Colin Firth – 57 points
2nd Terry Jones and Steve Lupton – 56 points
3rd Malcolm Guy and John Ireland – 55 points
4th Alan Clark and David Senior – 53 points
NP Barry Nicholas – on Blue course
NP Ian Coundon – on Yellow course
Thursday 12th August 2021 – Singles Stableford Championship
1st Ivor Griffiths – 34 points with back 9 of 18 points
2nd Barry Nicholas – 34 points with back 9 of 14 points
3rd Dave Barrett – 33 points with back 9 of 18 points
4th Malcolm Guy – 33 points with back 9 of 14 points
5th Graham Fearis – 29 points with back 9 of 16 points
6th Terry Jones – 29 points with back 9 of 11 points
7th Steve Lupton – 28 points with back 9 of 16 points
8th Rob Young – 28 points with back 9 of 14 points
9th David Senior – 28 points with back 9 of 13 points
10th Colin Firth – 27 points
11th Ian Coundon – 26 points with back 9 of 12 points
12th Charlie Hughes – 26 points with back 9 of 11 points
13th Harry Maitland – 24 points
14th Ken Scott – 23 points with back 9 of 11 points
NP Barry Nicholas – on Yellow course
NP Steve Lupton – on Red course
Tuesday 10th August 2021: Humphreys Cup
Being a club-wide competition, the 17 New Forest Seniors who competed needed to beat a nett score of 62 set by the Men’s section almost a month ago. This proved too much of a challenge, although three managed to get to 3 strokes of this goal. Results were:
1st – Robin Swanston – nett 65 (nett 30 on back 9)
2nd – Laurie Burn – nett 65 (nett 33 on back 9)
3rd – Richard Hammond – nett 76
1st – Dave Titchmarsh – nett 65 (nett 33 on back 9)
2nd – Brian Roberts – nett 66
3rd – Ross Matthews – nett 70
Friday 6th August 2021: SP&NFGC Seniors Annual Matchplay Shield
Weather was relatively kind to the two teams of twelve Southwick Park GC and twelve NFGC Seniors who arrived mid-morning to battle for this trophy. This year it was New Forest’s turn to play host for what is a highly prized award. In rather blustery conditions, the few showers that blew through did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the 6 groups. Larger numbers of New Forest Ponies than usual were in attendance all over the course providing their unique backdrop. Back in the clubhouse, a tasty Fish and Chips meal was enjoyed along with lots of friendly banter. Then came the results. Nearest the pin on the 11th was New Forest’s Laurie Burn. As for the competition itself, each match had been very closely contested and the final result was a very fair 3-3 with New Forest winning two, Southwick Park winning two and two matches halved. So Southwick Park retain the shield this year. Spring 2022 will see New Forest Seniors travelling to Southwick Park extremely early in the morning (just saying!) to contest the shield all over again.
Photograph shows (l-r) Southwick Park Seniors Captain Cliff Hyde accepting the shield from New Forest Skipper Ian Coundon.
Thursday 5th August 2021 – Captain’s Day.
After a year’s delay, Captain Ian Coundon’s day finally arrived and it looked to the 45 New Forest Seniors as though the weather was going to make it a rather damp experience. However apart from one very short shower, the rain held off until just after everyone was back in the clubhouse. Format was an individual stableford competition off the yellow tees – with a twist! Hole number 2 which is difficult at the best of times became “The Captain’s Challenge” which had to be played using a putter off the tee, and a driver (or longest other club) on the green. Some managed to play it even better than normal – apparently in at least one case by deciding that since the challenge wording did not specify how the driver should be used, it made more sense to simply lie down and play it like a snooker shot! Just as well this was not a qualifier!
There were prizes for the first 4 places in each division along with nearest the pin on 11th and 13th , nearest the line on the 17th and nearest the pin in two on the 18th. There was also a prize for the best score on the “Mystery 3 holes” which turned out to be holes 7, 8 and 9.
Following a tasty snack of ham bap and chips courtesy of the Seniors Committee, then the raffle and “fines” (most were caught!) the Captain presented prizes as follows:
1st Mike Broom 42 points
2nd Ross Matthews also 42 points
3rd Alan Clifford 40 points
4th Robin Swanston 39 points
1st Terry Jones 42 points
2nd Dave Stredder 40 points
3rd Dave Titchmarsh 36 points
4th John Ireland 35 points
Nearest the pin on
11th hole Ken Scott
13th hole Steve Lupton
18th (in 2) David Jones
Nearest the line on 17th Pete Bennett
Best score on mystery holes: There were 4 players all with 8 points on holes 7,8,9 and Mike Broom won on countback scoring 4 points on the 9th
It was a great day and thanks were given all round, especially to our Captain who organised the event and provided all the prizes.
Finally a small montage of memories:
Tuesday 3rd August 2021 – August Monthly Medals
It was sunny and dry yet again for the 37 New Forest Seniors competing for the August Monthly Medal. Competition was fierce in Division 1, Richard Hammond finishing with an excellent nett 66, however Laurie Burn with 6 birdies and 7 pars snatched the medal on countback. Ross Matthews won the division 2 medal in great style also with nett 66, two ahead of Trevor Davies.
1st – Laurie Burn – nett 66 – winning Division 1 medal
2nd – Richard Hammond – nett 66
3rd – Alan Clifford – nett 67
1st – Ross Matthews – nett 66 – winning Division 2 medal
2nd – Trevor Davies – nett 68
3rd – Alan Gill – nett 70
Photo shows (l-r) Laurie Burn and Ross Matthews
Thursday 29th July 2021 – Kelso Turton Trophy
You know things are getting more or less back to normal when an odd number (43) of New Forest Seniors turn up for a Pairs Texas Scramble! Weather-wise it couldn’t have been much better as the temperature had dropped several degrees to a comfortable 20 or so Celsius, while it remained dry and generally sunny. Played off the white tees the course seemed longer than ever (particularly the infamous 15th). But scoring was generally very competitive as shown in the results:
1st – Laurie Burn and Neil Edmondson – 59.5
2nd – Gill Wright and Phil Kilburn – 61.25
3rd – Alan Gill and Chris Webb – 62.25
4th – Hugh Marchant and Dave Stredder – 63.25
Photo shows trophy winners (l-r) Laurie Burn and Neil Edmondson.
Following the trophy presentation, Graham Reeve from Lyndhurst and District Community First Responders gave an entertaining and thought-provoking talk and demonstration of CPR technique and use of our defibrillator.
We all hope it will never be necessary, but it is comforting to know that in the event of an emergency, there will always be people and equipment close at hand to respond. The captain’s charity money has been earmarked for the purchase of lifting equipment for this group. An excellent choice.
Tuesday 27th July 2021 – Pairs Aggregate Cup
Having an even number of New Forest Seniors turn up for this pairs aggregate stableford competition off the white tees was fortuitous. In a welcome change from recent weather, cooler temperatures and some rain heralded the shotgun start however that was soon superceded by the return of quite warm and more humid conditions. The battle for 1st place was intense with two teams scoring 76 points. Colin Firth and Mike Broom gained the upper hand by virtue of their back nine total of 41 points, against Dave Senior and Terry Jones’ 39 points.
1st – Colin Firth and Mike Broom with 76 points winning the cup
2nd – Dave Senior and Terry Jones also with 76 points
3rd – Frank Lockley and Lionel Burns with 72 points.
Photo shows the winners (l-r) Colin Firth and Mike Broom.
Trophies were also presented to others present who had won competitions earlier in the year. In particular the Brian Randall Cup (contested on 17th June) was presented to Steve Lupton by Brian’s daughter Shirley who had donated it in memory of her father who sadly passed away last year. Checkout the report further down this page for a picture and more details.
Monday 26th July 2021: Seniors Match v Christchurch (away)
It was yet another gloriously hot and sunny day for our latest away match of the season against Christchurch Seniors. The fairways were lush, the semi-rough lusher still, and you really didn’t want to find the rough because 9 times out of ten it meant a lost ball. Greens were highly receptive and a touch slower than at home. All in all the course was in fine fettle. Our hosts made us very welcome and following the match we all enjoyed pizza with chips and salad. As always it was a delight to play and all thoroughly enjoyed the day. New Forest managed one win and two halves ending up with 4-2 victory for Christchurch. We look forward to playing host in the return match currently scheduled for 28th September (covid willing).
Thursday 22nd July 2021 – We Four Trophy
Through an amazing stroke of luck, an exact multiple of four New Forest Seniors competed in this 4 man Texas Scramble competition off the yellow tees. The weather was hot but fortunately not as sweltering as earlier on in the week hence all 36 seniors made their way around the course following the shotgun start relatively unscathed. Being a non-qualifier it was not necessary to use the complex algorithm provided by the WHS for this format of golf, so instead was played using the tried and tested formula specified for the trophy with each team allowed one tenth of their combined course handicaps.
Back in the clubhouse, Seniors Captain Ian Coundon presented the We Four Trophy to the victorious team (pictured l-r): Steve Lupton, Dave Senior, Ian Tyrrell and Graham Fearis whose score of 54.7 was in a totally different league from the rest of the field.
Second prize went to the team of Ross Matthews, David Jones, John Cockshott and Dave Barrett who scored 58.7.
This being the first appropriate time following relaxation of covid-19 restrictions, trophies were also presented to those present who had won competitions earlier in the year. Their photos have been refreshed lower down on this page.
Tuesday 20th July 2021 – Captain’s Charity Day raises £806 for
Message from our Captain Ian Coundon:
“When choosing my charity for this (and last!) year the priority was that it should be local and the money raised will make a real difference. Lyndhurst and District Community First Responders ably fulfil the criteria.
They are a small volunteer group providing local emergency medical care for patients suffering from life threatening conditions or trauma until the arrival of the ambulance. They carry oxygen and a defibrillator as well as other medical equipment and pain relief.
Covering Lyndhurst, Minstead, Bank, Ashurst and surrounding areas, they often travel much further when ambulance resources are stretched and whenever possible are on call for emergencies 24 hours a day. They rely 100% on donations to fund this vital work and the contributions from the Seniors will buy some much needed special equipment. I am sure you agree this to be a worthwhile cause. Thank you in advance for your generosity.”
Another very hot day with amber warning of extreme heat from the met office meant that the 40 New Forest Seniors generally staggered around the course. This did not prevent them from turning in nice high scores though! The format was a bowmaker – 4 ball team stableford competition off the yellow tees. Most gathered in the clubhouse where competition secretary Richard explained the rules, called out the teams and handed out the scorecards – for the first time in 16 months. Then after some confusion trying to work out playing handicaps from the charts (85% of course handicap which is 107/113ths of one’s handicap index meaning that some of the confusion extended well into the round), we all set off for our first shotgun start for 16 months! The early birds were back in the clubhouse some 4 hours later and 40 minutes after that, Colin Chatten’s raffle began for the first time in 16 months. After the usual words of bantering abuse at those lucky enough to win a prize, Captain Coundon then got down to the real business of collecting contributions for his charity. In a departure from the 16 month ago norm of fines, he suggested people should mark their contributions before placing them in the raffle bucket, from which he then selected a further 6 winners for special draw prizes. There was a further flourish auctioning off a new golf bag, some golf memorabilia and (for me) a much needed putting practice mat.
Then there was the prizegiving:
Nearest the pin on:
2nd hole – Charlie Tabor
11th hole – Ross Matthews
13th hole – Jim Worsley
16th hole – Ray Kelly
Straightest Drive – Colin Firth
1st – (shown l-r) Pete Ayers, Colin Firth, Dave Barrett, Lionel Burns with 90 points.
2nd – Jim Worsley, Trevor Davies, John Pickering, Richard Hickman with 88 points (53 of them on the back 9)
We finally all dispersed with a feeling of relief at being able to meet in more or less normality again after the last 16 months of covid-19 restrictions. Fingers crossed we won’t need to be locked down all over!
A few memories of the day:
Top – Captain Coundon addresses the troops plus a selection of the prizes
Middle – Colin “RAFFLE” Chatten with one happy winner Peter Neville
Bottom – the seniors listen in rapt amazement to Competition Secretary Richard Hammond explaining the rules.
And finally a message from Skipper Ian Coundon
“The Captain is overwhelmed yet again by the generosity of the Seniors and sends heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed in raising such a magnificent amount. A fantastic response and I am truly humbled, thank you”
Monday 19th July 2021 – Seniors Quadrilateral (away at Marlborough GC)
On a scorching hot day (forecast was for 30 degrees but it felt much hotter), 48 seniors from Marlborough, Royal Winchester, Salisbury and South Wilts, and New Forest Golf Clubs converged on Marlborough Golf Club for the annual Seniors Quadrilateral. This competition began in 1988 to celebrate the centenary of the founding of these four clubs. It is stableford format with the best 10 out of the 12 scores in each team aggregated to decide the winners. In recent times the home team have inevitably scored highest, and this year was no different. However New Forest came a very creditable third – no mean feat considering our lack of practice on such lush grass and in rough that could swallow a small horse! The course was in tip top condition with lightening fast greens that were very difficult to read, so our 269 points total was none too shabby.
Final scores were:
1st Marlborough 329 points winning the Centenary ‘Quadrilateral’ Trophy
2nd Royal Winchester 283 points
3rd New Forest 269 points
4th Salisbury and South Wilts 261 points
All enjoyed a very tasty 2 course meal followed by speeches and prize giving. In addition to prizes for each member of the winning team, the highest scorer in each team also received a prize – vice captain Barry Nicholas being the lucky recipient for New Forest, perhaps a good omen for his captaincy next year when the Quadrilateral will be held at Royal Winchester GC.
Here are a few memories of the day:
Thursday 15th July 2021 – Summer Plate
‘Pickering steps up to the plate’
35 New Forest Seniors competed in cloudy but warm conditions in this year’s Summer Plate strokeplay competition off the white tees. Division 1’s Laurie Burn again produced some amazing golf including 5 birdies and 9 pars to come in 4 under par with nett 65. However this was not quite good enough because in Division 2, John Pickering emerged head and shoulders above everyone with nett 61.
Top scores in each division were:
1st – Lawrence Burn with nett 65
2nd – Phil Wright also with nett 65
3rd – Mike Broom with nett 66
1st – John Pickering with nett 61 winning the Summer Plate
2nd – Pete Bennett with nett 67
3rd – Ross Matthews with nett 70
Commiserations to Gary Gross also with nett 70
Photo shows Summer Plate winner John Pickering
Tuesday 13th July 2021 – Harold Hewitt Trophy
‘Laurie Burn Hews-itt’
On what was eventually another warm sunny day, 32 New Forest Seniors battled in another stableford trophy competition off the white tees. In almost perfect golfing conditions some clearly struggled and the position of the 15th tee did little to make things any easier! But a good time was had by all – especially Division 1’s Laurie Burn, who with 3 birdies and 11 pars, accumulated 39 points to win the Harold Hewitt trophy. Terry Jones in Division 2 was oh so close behind with his score of 38 points.
First three places in each division were:
1st – Lawrence Burn with 39 points
2nd – Richard Hammond with 36 points
3rd – Barry Nicholas with 36 points
1st – Terry Jones with 38 points
2nd – Hugh Marchant with 34 points
3rd – Dave Barrett with 33 points
(Commiserations to Frank Lockley & Skipper Ian Coundon also with 33 points)
Photo shows trophy winner Laurie Burn.
Friday 9th July 2021: Seniors Match v Queens Park (away)
On a gloriously sunny and warm day with a light breeze strengthening later in the afternoon, 11 intrepid New Forest Seniors arrived at Queens Park well in advance of their Captain (who only lives just around the corner!). Queens Park is noted for having beautifully tended and fast greens and well maintained tees and fairways, and as ever did not disappoint. What was more surprising were the masses of other Members of the Public wandering every which way across and along the fairways. It would appear that during the covid-19 lockdown, many more MoPs and their dogs had discovered the delights of this venue and hence were making regular excursions across it. New Forest with all its dog walkers, ponies, cows, donkeys and other assorted wildlife seemed so much quieter in comparison. Another thing of note was the insistence on the part of our hosts to play every hole “from the plate”, in other words the mark on the tees that designates the precise point from which the length of each hole has been measured rather than the far more obvious bright yellow posts stuck in the ground that can be moved around by grounds staff to even out the wear. This eccentricity led to several minutes of searching on some of the holes, and complete guesswork on the 12th since the “plates” or dabs of yellow paint had completely vanished. After the match we enjoyed a very tasty bbq of burger, sausage, chicken drumstick, potato salad and healthy green stuff out the upper terrace overlooking the course. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and our hosts were extremely gracious in their victory. New Forest managed to win 2 of the matches which is no mean feat when playing away, so the final score of 4-2 to Queens Park was not too shabby. We look forward to playing host in the return match currently scheduled for 13th September (covid willing).
Tuesday 6th July 2021 – Frampton Cup.
‘Brave efforts from Lupton and Tabor’
Blustery strong winds and heavy skies threatened to make this a game of endurance, but in the end 34 New Forest Seniors emerged reasonably unscathed weather-wise. The Frampton Cup is a club-wide stableford competition off the white tees and the Men’s section had already set a very high bar at the weekend making 42 points the score to beat. Again the skewing of handicaps under the new WHS meant only 12 of the 34 seniors players came from Division 1, from which Steve Lupton made valiant efforts scoring 40 points including 2 birdies and 8 pars, while Charlie Tabor in Division 2 also came close with 39 points. So in the end, no trophy for the seniors but still some excellent scoring in what were quite challenging conditions. First three places in each division were:
1st – Steve Lupton with 40 points
2nd – Ken Scott with 39 points
3rd – Jim Worsley with 36 points
1st – Charlie Tabor with 39 points
2nd – Ian Tyrrell with 38 points
3rd – Ian Hall with 37 points
Photo shows (l-r) the two seniors section division winners Steve Lupton and Charlie Tabor.
Thursday 1st July 2021 – July Monthly Medals
‘Medals for Broom and Edmondson’
On yet another dry, generally sunny, very warm and calm day, 34 New Forest Seniors competed for the July Medals. Conditions were almost perfect for producing steady golf. The white tee on the 15th was forward from its usual position for these events encouraging more people to have a go – with varying amounts of success. The new WHS handicap system appears to have skewed the numbers in Divisions 1 and 2 when playing from the white tees, so there were only 11 in Division 1 but 23 in Division 2. Mike Broom won the Division 1 medal with a nett score of 68 just pipping Laurie Burn on countback. Ken Scott came third with nett 69 but the low number of Division 1 players meant prizes for just 1st and 2nd places. In Division 2, Neil Edmondson stormed ahead with nett 65, with Malcolm Guy and Hugh Marchant coming 2nd and 3rd respectively on nett 66.
Photo shows (l-r) Medal winners Mike Broom and Neil Edmondson
Tuesday 29th June 2021: Seniors Match v Paultons (home)
There were heavily cloudy skies brightening to a warm and often sunny day for this highly enjoyable home match against Paultons GC Seniors. Our course was in super condition following the recent rains, with freshly mown fairways and beautifully manicured greens. Herds of New Forest ponies and cattle congregated to witness the action. Having suffered our first defeat in 18 months in the away match at Paultons back in April, there was a lot riding on this return fixture. Ultimately, home advantage ensured us a 5-1 victory which, being the same margin as our loss in April meant that overall we ended all square on the year. Nearest the pin on the 11th went to Dave Senior, being the only person who actually managed to find the green! A late lunch of ham bap with salad garnish and skinny chips rounded off what all agreed was a really enjoyable day.
Thursday 24th June 2021: Seniors Match v Ampfield (away)
Despite New Forest running out 6-0 winners in the home match back in April there was no guarantee of a similar result in the return match at Ampfield. The canny home golfers well versed in the skills of the short game coupled with the now defunct method of determining a “fair” handicap on this beautiful but tricky par 3 course had always seemed to conspire against us. So it was on a fine day in June that a handpicked team of the Captain, having shuffled his pack of willing participants and even leaving out some of the “big guns”, descended on this well tended lush green course. Drivers left out of the bags and irons brandished, the New Forest players soon found the lightning pace of the greens a challenge, taking some a little more time to adjust, and of course playing out of the soft bouncy fringes around the green is always a novelty after the bare lies of the Forest!
Thursday 17th June 2021: Brian Randall Cup
On a surprisingly dry day considering the dire weather forecast, 31 New Forest Seniors contested this, our newest trophy, which was donated in memory of Brian Randall by his daughter. Brian who joined NFGC Seniors in 1991 sadly passed away last year. This stroke play competition off the white tees was keenly fought in both divisions, however Steve Lupton in Division 1 emerged head and shoulders above the rest of the field to win the Brian Randall cup with nett 63. Prizes were awarded as follows:
1st – Steve Lupton – nett 63
2nd – Peter Ayers – nett 67
3rd – Mervyn Harding – nett 67
1st – Gary Gross – nett 68
2nd – Trevor Davies – nett 68
3rd – John Ireland – nett 68
Photo shows Brian Randall’s daughter Shirley presenting the cup to Steve Lupton on 27th July after relaxation of covid-19 restrictions.
Monday 14th June 2021 – Seniors Match v Southampton (away)
Brilliant hot weather. Somewhat slow but still extremely well tended greens. Fairways that were understandably rather dry following the recent spell of dry hot weather. This was our fifth away match of the season and predictably we trailed in second with a score of 5-1. 4 games lost, two games halved but it was never about the the score – it was as ever about renewing friendships and enjoying the day. Again, the assistance of our New Forest Ponies was offered to help control the
weeds grass, but politely declined. Overall a very good day. Ampfield next!
Tuesday 8th June 2021 – June Monthly Medals
‘Medals for Webb and Harding’
Strong sunshine and surprisingly long grass on the fairways saw 43 New Forest Golf Club Seniors play out this strokeplay competition off the white tees. Again the 15th proved challenging for some with the white tee a long way back and the penalty area still a quagmire. This clearly did not faze those in the winners list who turned in very impressive scores. Chris Webb’s 2 birdies and 11 pars ensured that he won the Division 1 medal and a place in the pro-am tournament later this year with his score of nett 65, 2nd – Robin Swanston – nett 67, 3rd – David Senior – nett 67, 4th – Peter Ayers – nett 69.
In Division 2, Mervyn Harding won the medal with a nett 67, while just behind him all with nett 68 came 2nd – Alan Gill, 3rd – Peter Neville, and 4th – Bob Peckham.
Photo shows (l-r) Chris Webb and Mervyn Harding (inset).
Wednesday 2nd June 2021: Seniors Match v Bramshott Hill (away)
Our fourth away match of the season and well done Ivor and Alan who halved. Most of the other games went to the 16th or 17th so it was far closer than the overall result 51/2 – 1/2 suggests. The course was in fine fettle with lots of grass on the fairways which still allowed a surprising amount of roll. Captain Coundon offered a few New Forest ponies if they needed them a bit shorter. The greens were rolling fair and true, which didn’t go unnoticed with the number of saving putts made by our Skip. Overall a good day, finished with a fine fish and chip meal.
Tuesday 25th May 2021: Reavely Chain
On a gloriously sunny but still somewhat chilly and often unexpectedly blustery day, 38 New Forest Seniors 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 Jim Worsley with an impressive 40 points, had been just pipped to the post on countback by his son Steve. The Seniors could not quite match that level of excellence and many will rue their optimism given the strength of the wind in their faces as they tried to clear the 15th hazard from the back tee! It was a very close fought race for first place in both divisions, Paul Tatler’s 36 points just beating Ken Scott in Division 1, while in Division 2, Ian Tyrrell inched past Dave Stredder with his 35 points.
Despite none of the seniors quite scoring sufficiently high to take the Reavely Chain trophy itself, a very good day was had by all, and prizes were awarded as follows:
Division 1: 1st – Paul Tatler 36 points, 2nd – Ken Scott 36 points, 3rd – Hugh Marchant 33 points.
Division 2: 1st – Ian Tyrrell 35 points, 2nd – David Stredder 35 points, 3rd – John Pickering 34 points
Friday 21st May 2021: Seniors Match v Wellow (away)
Everything seemed to conspire against us for this popular fixture against Wellow Golf Club Seniors. Gale force winds leading to fallen trees at Lyndhurst managed to trap one of our team, preventing him from getting to Wellow in time. Others only just made it having to take long bypass routes to avoid the chaos. The course was in great shape although the weather was “challenging” with driving rain and wind gusts up to 50 mph much of the time. Despite this, it was a very enjoyable day resulting in Wellow winning 4 of the 6 games, the other two being halved. Great company and a very tasty 2 course meal rounded off what was a highly enjoyable day.
Thursday 20th May 2021: Harry Young Cup
Despite the threatening clouds, it again stayed mostly dry but rather chilly as 36 New Forest Golf Club Seniors competed for the Harry Young Cup – a strokeplay competition with the trophy going to the person with the best gross score for 18 holes off the white tees. Overall winner was Ivor Griffiths who, with a gross score of 82 won the Harry Young Cup for the fourth time.
Prizes are also awarded to those with the best nett scores in each division, who were:
Division 1: 1st – Robin Swanston – nett 67, 2nd – Ross Matthews – nett 69, 3rd – David Senior – nett 70.
Division 2: 1st – Colin Chatten – nett 74, 2nd – Ian Hall – nett 74, 3rd – Peter Neville – nett 75
Photo shows trophy winner Ivor Griffiths
Tuesday 18th May 2021: Millennium Shield
Another day when it looked as though the heavens might open and drench us all, but actually the weather stayed dry and very warm each time the sun emerged. Another large and enthusiatic field contested this trophy, a stableford competition off the white tees. Laurie Burn again headed Division 1 with a highly creditable 36 points, but yet again, the trophy went to a 45 point score from Division 2, our very own Skipper Ian Coundon. Never mind Laurie, there’s always Thursday – third time lucky maybe?
Full results were: Division 1: 1st Laurie Burn 36pts, 2nd Ken Scott 35pts, 3rd Ray Kelly 34pts; Division 2: 1st Ian Coundon 45pts, 2nd Ian Hall 38pts, 3rd Harry Maitland 36pts.
Photo shows trophy winner Ian Coundon.
Tuesday 11th May 2021: Tommy Trotter Trophy
‘Alan Clifford reigns supreme’
The weather stayed dry and quite warm under threatening skies when a strong field of 47 New Forest Golf Club Seniors members contested the Tommy Trotter Trophy. Laurie Burns ended his round at the top of Division 1 with a highly convincing 40 points, while Alan Clifford came in with an even more impressive 45 points to head Division 2, win the Trophy and earn him a place in the Seniors team scheduled to play in the New Forest Golf Club Pro Am Tournament later in the year.
Full results were: Division 1: 1st Laurie Burn 40pts, 2nd Terry Gordon 36pts, 3rd Peter Ayers 35pts and 4th Steve Duckett 34 pts; Division 2: 1st Alan Clifford 45pts, 2nd Geoff Eade 42pts, 3rd Frank Lockley 37pts, 4th John Holland also 37 pts.
Photo shows the trophy winner Alan Clifford.
Thursday 6th May 2021 : Seniors Stableford
Not being a trophy competition, this would not normally be included in the competitions report, however being the first competitive roll up of the year following relaxation of covid-19 retrictions, it is worthy of celebration. Weather was often sunny though somewhat chilly. Greens were rather damp and slower than normal, but this clearly did not faze the winners who were: Div 1: 1st – Dave Saunders – 42 points, 2nd – John Davison – 38 points, 3rd – Mervyn Harding – 37 points; Div 2: 1st – Ian Hall – 40 points, 2nd – Ian Tyrrell – 39 points, 3rd – Rob Young – 39 points.
Wednesday 5th May 2021 : Seniors Match v Southwick Park (away)
‘A much closer result’
A mostly fine sunny day with quite a bit of chill greeted the teams early in the morning (07:30!) for our second away match of the season. After coffee on the terrace of Southwick Park golf club, the battle began. Conditions were very good although the greens turned out to be quite a bit slower than expected, giving some of us an excuse for coming in a very close second. The final result was a creditable 4-2, with two matches halved and one win chalked up by Ivor Griffiths and Harry Maitland. The remaining 3 matches were only lost on the last couple of holes so we can still hold our heads high! Altogether a great course and facilities always popular and enjoyed by the NF members. Drinks and bacon rolls on the terrace under darkening skies rounded off what all agreed was a highly enjoyable day, with the most important thing being the renewing of friendships following the long periods of lockdown. Looking forward to the return match in August when The Shield will be at stake.
Tuesday 4th May 2021 – May Monthly Medals
‘Medals for Burn and Hall’
Under highly challenging conditions with strong wind gusts blowing the ball every which way, 33 seniors section members contested the May monthly medals. Some seemed relatively unfazed by the weather and at the finish, Laurie Burn won the Division 1 Medal with a nett 71, Dave Senior 2nd with nett 73 and Peter Ayers 3rd with nett 75. Ian Hall won the Division 2 Medal with nett 73, narrowly beating Dave Barret in 2nd place also with nett 73, and Alan Gill 3rd with nett 74.
Attached photo shows winners Laurie Burn and Ian Hall (inset). May the 4th be with them!
Tuesday 27th April 2021 – Bill Murray Trophy
‘Cockshott wins with plus four’
Despite ice on windscreens early on, the temperature rose steadily as John Cockshott produced some very steady golf to win the Seniors Bill Murray Trophy. Playing a Par Bogey format competition off the white tees, Cockshott secured his win with a score of plus 4. 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 results: Division 1: 1st Terry Gordon +3, 2nd David Senior +1, 3rd Chris Webb level. Division 2: 1st John Cockshott +4, 2nd John Pickering +2, 3rd Ian Hall +1.
Photo shows winner John Cockshott.
Monday 26th April 2021 : Seniors Match v Paultons (away)
‘Our first defeat in over 19 months’
A fine sunny day with a bit of chill in a strongish breeze greeted the teams on what was Skipper Ian’s first away match at Paultons Golf Centre. The words “home advantage” were soon on many lips as Paultonians sunk putt after incredible putt to gallop on to a convincing victory. The well proven team of Ken Scott and Terry Jones scored a good win thus ensuring this was not a complete whitewash. The course was in good condition considering the lack of water over the past weeks, lush grass on and off the fairways making it difficult for those who have become too reliant on the “New Forest Wedge”. But a good time was had by all, and the ability to again meet old friends in different surroundings made the day worthwhile. We will not dwell too much on Skip’s speech mentioning as it did something about dog licenses, but instead take heed of his thoughts after the event which include the “12 keen and ready NF men in our first away match of the season” “Course in a well tended and attractive condition” and how it “Took a while to get used to the recently realigned and narrowed fairways, and the luxury of striking the ball off grass” “Played in the right spirit of friendship and camaraderie, Paultons definitely using their home advantage to the full” “And if they need a few ponies to help keep the rough down we may be able to oblige!”
We look forward to returning their hospitality on 29th June when hopefully restrictions will have eased sufficiently to permit a single photograph to show the entire New Forest team!
In the meantime, here is a suitably socially distanced montage of their faces.
Thursday 22nd April 2021 – Sages, Onion and Stuffing Trophies
Seniors Triple Trophy Day
In this, our second competitive event of 2021, a trio of stableford trophies were contested by an enthusiastic field of 47 seniors members on a sunny but slightly chilly day. The Sages Trophy, for those aged 70 and over but under 80 years, saw Peter Ayers winning with an impressive 42 points, closely followed by John Cockshott with 41 points, and third Barry Nicholas with 35 points. The Onion Cup, for players fortunate enough to be younger than 70, was extremely close fought with all three top places carding 36 points. On countback, Steve Lupton won the cup with 36 points (19 on the back 9), second came Robin Swanston – 36 points (17 on back 9, 12 on back 6), and third Laurie Burn – 36 points (17 on back 9, 10 on back 6). The third trophy named the Stuffing Plaque for the 80 years plus category went to Lionel Burns with 36 points, Ian Tyrrell coming second with 31 points.
Socially distanced photo shows (l-r) Peter Ayers, Steve Lupton and Lionel Burns
Thursday 15th April 2021 : Seniors Match v Ampfield (home)
Tuesday 13th April 2021 – April Monthly Medal
‘Medals for Steve Duckett and Ted Groves’
During the third week following easing of the latest covid-19 lockdown, the seniors section of New Forest Golf Club played its first competition of 2021. In mainly sunny and somewhat chilly conditions an enthusiastic field of 36 played in an eighteen-hole strokeplay competition for the Seniors April Monthly Medal. Division 1 was a close affair with Steve Duckett winning with net 71, 1 stroke ahead of Laurie Burn 72 who was also just 1 stroke ahead of third place Phil Wright 73 with Pete Ayres coming 4th with net 75. Division 2 was somewhat more decisive with Ted Groves’ net 68 being four strokes ahead of John Pickering 72, while third place went to Dave Barrett whose net score of 80 beat Neil Edmondson and Rob Young on countback.
Photo shows winners (l to r) Steve Duckett and Ted Groves