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Seniors Christmas Lunch Tuesday 11th December

The Seniors enjoyed another highly successful Christmas lunch. 48 attended the well organised event which included our five honorary guests, welcomed by our current Seniors Captain Rob Young, in being Tony Lowe (Captain 2006), Freddie  Williams (Captain 2005) , Jim Goodall, Brian Randall (Club Champion 1997) and David Hart.

Sue and her team provided the excellent three course meal whilst the bar staff kept the refreshments flowing. A superb end to our golfing year.


Thursday 15th November 2018 – Ron Waters Shield

‘Nicholas Secures Ron Waters Shield’

Barry Nicholas won the final seniors trophy competition of the year to secure the Seniors Ron Waters Shield and top Division 1 with a score of 23 points for the 10 hole stableford competition. Division 1 second place went to Dave Titchmarsh and third place to Steve Lupton, both with a score of 20. Division 2 saw Berry Money win the division with 21 with Colin Chatten taking second place with 19 and Lionel Burns claiming third place, also with 19.

Photo shows winner Barry Nicholas with the Ron Waters Shield.



Tuesday 23rd October 2018 – Mark Hooper Memorial Trophy

‘Memorial Trophy for Hurst’

In memory of Mark Hooper, a popular club member, past Seniors Captain and enthusiastic Committee member, the seniors played a singles stableford competition for the Memorial trophy.  Mark always wanted the fun to stay in golf and was known for his putting off the tee on the 13th hole, therefore, the competition necessitated that all competitors use their putter for their 13th hole tee stroke where a nearest the pin award was on offer. This award went to John Pickering whilst Ray Hurst collected the Memorial trophy for the best round of the competition with a score of 43 points. The trophy was donated by Mark Hooper’s family and this year was presented to the winner by his close friend Peter Harvey. Prize winning points scores were:  Division 1 : 1st and overall winner Ray Hurst 43; 2nd Alan Clark 40; 3rd Jim Worsley 38. Division 2 : 1st  John Pickering 41; 2nd Neil Edmondson 38; 3rd Terry Jones 34.

The photo shows (l to r) Ray Hurst and John Pickering.


‘New Forest Seniors Charity Contribution’

On Monday 22nd October 2018, Trevor Davies, Seniors Captain of New Forest Golf Club, presented Dame Ellen MacArthur with a cheque for the sum of £2,000.   The money collected for the Captain’s nominated charity, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, was generously donated by members of the Seniors section throughout the year of his Captaincy.  Dame Ellen was delighted to accept the donation on behalf of the Trust which was founded to support, through sailing, young people suffering or recovering from cancer or other serious illness.  Trevor Davies, who as a skipper for Solent Rib Charters, a sponsor of the charity, has seen at first hand the incredible benefits derived by the youngsters when out sailing in a team environment, thanked all his fellow club members who contributed towards this worthwhile cause.

The photo shows Dame Ellen MacArthur receiving the cheque from Trevor Davies, New Forest Golf Club Seniors Captain


Thursday 18th October 2018 – Trophy Winners Vase and Reg Little Cup

Victory for Linfield and Chatten’

Another glorious autumn day greeted players as the senior members who had won a trophy or medal during the season were organised to play a strokeplay format competition for the Trophy Winners Vase whilst the remainder competed in a stableford format competition for the Reg Little Cup. The course was once again presented in excellent condition although the early morning dew did result in slower greens which caused a number of putts to come up a little short. Roger Linfield secured the Trophy Winners Vase with a score of net 67.  This is the third occasion that Linfield has lifted this trophy.  In second place was Steve Duckett, also with a score of net 67, with Graham Fearis third on 68. The Reg Little Cup was won by Colin Chatten with 40 points, Berry Money in second place on 39 points and Peter Ayers third with 33 points.

The photo shows (l to r) Roger Linfield and Colin Chatten with their trophies.


Tuesday 16th October 2018 – Captain versus Vice Captain Cup

Cup Won by Team Vice’

Players from the Seniors Section were selected and paired at random to play for a team representing either the Captain or the Vice Captain in a Better Ball matchplay competition.  All matches were competitive and close but the conclusion was a win for the Vice Captain’s team by a score of 5½ to 4½.

The photo shows (l to r) Seniors Captain Trevor Davies presenting the Cup to Vice Captain Rob Young.


Thursday 11th October 2018 – Seniors Jim Burgess Shield

Worsley Wins Burgess Shield’

The seniors were shown a display of golf from worthy winners when Jim Worsley and Dave Ridler performed their magic on the course to return scorecards each showing 44 points on a day with plenty of sunshine and the greens in excellent condition. It was Worsley, however, who took the Jim Burgess Shield and top spot in Division 1 with his better back nine hole score. Ridler took the honours for the best in Division 2. Competition prize winning points scores: Division 1 – 1st Jim Worsley 44, 2nd John Preston 41, 3rd Malcolm Guy 41. Division 2 – 1st Dave Ridler 44, 2nd John Pickering, 3rd Kevan McLaren.

The photo shows Jim Worsley with the Jim Burgess Shield.


Thursday 4th October 2018 – Seniors Des Harvey Trophy

Top Spot for Hughes’

Charlie Hughes took top spot with a superb round of nett 62 to win the Des Harvey Trophy in the Seniors Section competition at New Forest Golf Club. Bill Devenish with his total of nett 64 just came up short of an overall win but it was enough to win Division 1. Full prize winning nett scores: Division 1 – 1st Bill Devenish 64, 2nd Phil Wright 65, 3rd Malcolm Guy 66. Division 2 – 1st and overall winner Charlie Hughes 62, 2nd John Pickering 66, 3rd Terry Jones 66.

The photo shows Charlie Hughes with the Des Harvey Trophy.



Tuesday 2nd October 2018 – Seniors October Monthly Medal

‘Roberts and Kelly Medal Winners’

Monthly Medal day for the seniors saw them gather for their shotgun start strokeplay competition on a rather gloomy but dry October morning.  The course, having not seen too much rain for a while, was firm and this meant that drives were still rolling down the fairways with relative ease and the greens were making the golfers think more than usual about the speed and direction of their putts.  Division 1 was a close affair with Brian Roberts just taking the medal with nett 66, leaving Steve Lupton in second place and Ivor Griffiths third, each with nett 67.  Division 2 had Ray Kelly on nett 65 winning by four strokes from David Rees second with 69 and Neil Edmondson third, also with 69.

The photo show winners (l to r) Brian Roberts and Ray Kelly.


Tuesday 25th September 2018 – Seniors Sam Mates Trophy

‘Davies Trophy Win’

Trevor Davies, Seniors Captain for 2018, had a margin of two strokes over his nearest competitor to top division one and be the overall winner of the Seniors Sam Mates Strokeplay Trophy with a nett score of 65.  Steve Lupton and Ken Scott finished second and third in division one with nett 67 and 70 respectively, whilst Terry Jones nett 71, Colin Chatten and Ian Tyrrell both with nett 74, collected the prize vouchers for division two.

The photo shows Trevor Davies with the Sam Mates Trophy.


Wednesday 19th September 2018-Seniors Match v The Hampshire (away)

Today saw the final match of the Seniors season against The Hampshire at their course near Andover.  The elevated position of the course made for very testing golf in gale force winds where flag sticks were blown out of holes on greens and sand swept out of bunkers.   None of the players had experienced playing in such strong winds.  The home advantage paid off with the final result being a WIN to The Hampshire .

NFGC Captain, Trevor Davies,  thanks all his team for their support throughout the season and conveyed his best wishes to Rob Young and his teams for 2019.


Tuesday 18th September 2018 – Seniors Jack Langford Trophy

‘Tabor retains trophy’

A blustery but dry day greeted the seniors for their challenge for the Jack Langford trophy. The strokeplay competition allowed each player to use two clubs of their choice plus their putter. Despite the restriction of the number of clubs they may use, many good scores were recorded but it was Charlie Tabor, the winner of the competition in 2017, who came up with the best of the day, a nett total of 60, to win by 5 shots.  Winning nett scores – Division 1: 1st  Charlie Tabor 60, 2nd Steve Duckett 69, 3rd Ross Matthews 69.

Division 2: 1st  Berry Money 65, 2nd John Pickering 66, 3rd Derek Langford 68.

Attached photo shows Charlie Tabor with the trophy



Thursday 13th September 2018 – Seniors September Monthly Medal

‘Medals for Duckett and Worseley’

The Seniors met to compete for their September Monthly Medals with ideal weather as the sun shone throughout the day and no breeze to complicate club selection.  A number of members took advantage of the well prepared greens to hole long range putts although many still managed to complicate their round by finding bunkers with their tee shots.  Steve Duckett claimed the Division One medal carding a score of nett 64 with Chris Webb finishing second on 66 and Dave Titchmarsh third with his 67. Division Two saw Jim Worseley top his division to collect a medal for his nett 64, leaving Neil Edmondson 67 in second place and Roger Linfield third on 69.

The photo shows winners (l to r) Steve Duckett and Jim Worseleley


Tuesday 11th September 2018 – Seniors Captains Challenge Trophy

‘Griffiths leads his team to victory’

Seniors Captains, past and present, took on the challenge to compete against each other in a combined stableford competition with team members allocated to them by a draw conducted by the Competition Secretary.  Each team consisted of four players, except where only three players were available to play, in which case a second ball was played by each team player in turn.  Trevor Davies, Seniors Captain 2018, with his team of Derek Langford, Neil Edmondson and Lionel Burns played consistently well throughout the eighteen holes to return an extremely good combined score of 144 points but this was not enough to take the trophy.  The trophy went to the 2007 Seniors Captain Ivor Griffiths and team members Steve Duckett and Ian Tyrell for their combined total of 151 points. They took the opportunity to minimise the errors, keep their drives straight and hole out the putts, resulting in a good team performance.

The photo shows (l to r) Steve Duckett, Ivor Griffiths and Ian Tyrre


Monday 10th September 2018 – Seniors Match v Queens Park (away)

Coming up to our penultimate Seniors Match, coming up to the end of Summer (sunny, but cold) the challenge of  just a 5 pairs competition  against Queens Park G C, saw the NFGC Seniors go down to taking another heavy  LOSS albeit that two of the matches went to the last hole…it’s been a long season !!


Tuesday/Thursday 4th & 6th September 2018 – Seniors Club Championship

‘Duckett Wins Seniors Championship’

Fine weather allowed the Seniors to play their two rounds over two days in good conditions on a course well prepared for the prestigious 36 hole Seniors Championship.  Steve Duckett, currently the lowest handicap golfer in the Seniors Section, showed his prowess on the course with rounds of 71 and 73, a total of 144, to win the Championship by 9 strokes.  The other best gross scores returned in the competition came from runner up Chris Webb with his total of 153, followed by Ivor Griffiths on 154, Steve Lupton 164 and John Preston 171.  The competitions best 36 hole nett total of 130 to claim the Sandy Sanders Trophy came from Barry Nicholas with rounds of 67 and 63.

Prize winners – Championship Cup (Gross): 1st Steve Duckett 144, 2nd  Chris Webb 153, 3rd  Steve Lupton 164, 4th John Preston 171.  Sandy Sanders Trophy (Nett):1st Barry Nicholas 130, 2nd Ivor Griffiths 136, 3rd Phil Wright 140, 4th Malcolm Guy 142.

The photo shows (l to r) Steve Duckett with the Championship Cup (Gross) and Barry Nicholas with the Sandy Sanders Trophy (Nett) .



Thursday 30th August 2018 – Seniors Cyril Ash Memorial Cup

‘Worseleys Wonderful Win’

It was a high scoring day for the Seniors when they competed in the stableford format competition for the Cyril Ash Memorial Cup. The top five players across both divisions completed their round with over 40 points. Jim Worseley, with his total of 44 points, took the honours and the silverware with just a one point margin over the second best placed competitor John Ireland. Competition prize winning points: Division 1: John Ireland 43, 2nd Steve Duckett 41, 3rd Ian Johnson 41. Division2: 1st and overall winner Jim Worseley 44, 2nd Dave Barrett 41, 3rd Neil Edmondson 37.

The photo shows Jim Worseley with the Seniors Cyril Ash Memorial Cup.


Tuesday 28th August 2018 – Seniors Hyundai Trophy

‘Roberts Better Back Nine Wins’

The Seniors Hyundai Trophy strokeplay competition saw the top two places separated by countback. Brian Roberts scorecard of nett 64 and a back nine hole score of nett 27 was just enough to ease out Ray Kelly to receive the trophy. Kelly also carded a nett 64 but with a back nine of nett 30. Competition nett score prize winning places:  Division One: 1st Brian Roberts 64, 2nd Dave Titchmarsh 65, 3rd Steve Duckett 66. Division Two: 1st Ray Kelly 64, 2nd Terry Jones 69, 3rd Berry Money 69.

Photo shows Brian Roberts with the Seniors Hyundai Trophy










Thursday 9th August 2018 – Seniors Kelso Turton Trophy

‘Titchmarsh and Scott Combine to Win’

Dave Titchmarsh and Ken Scott combined their game well to return a pairs Texas Scramble score of nett 60.75 to win the Seniors Kelso Turton Trophy by one stroke from Alan Stevens and Ivor Griffiths who carded 61.75.  Third place went to Ray Kelly and Ted Groves who also scored a total of 61.75 but had an inferior score on the back nine holes.

Attached photo shows (l to r) Dave Titchmarsh and Ken Scott


Friday 3rd August 2018 – Seniors Annual Matchplay Shield

Forest benefit from home advantage’

A key match every year is that between New Forest GC and Southwick Park GC for the Annual Matchplay Shield.  The venue alternates each year and for 2018 it was the turn of New Forest GC to be the host.  A team of 10 players per Club playing Fourball Betterball Matchplay in what can only be described as tropical heat conditions, saw all players return to the Clubhouse thoroughly exhausted after nearly four hours of competitive play. New Forest took full benefit of their home advantage to win by 4 to 1.   The match was followed by refreshments in the cool surroundings of the air conditioned bar and an excellent selection of food from the buffet table.  Both team Captains expressed their thanks to all those whom participated and to those who had helped to provide the excellent course and Clubhouse facilities available. Southwick Park GC Seniors Captain Peter Wright presented the Annual Shield to New Forest Golf Club Seniors Captain Trevor Davies.  The team representing New Forest GC consisted of : Trevor Davies, Alan Clark, Rob Young, Ivor Griffiths, David Titchmarsh, Brian Roberts, Hugh Marchant, Bill Devenish, Ian Coundon and Ian Johnson.

The photo shows (l to r) Peter Wright and Trevor Davies.


Thursday 2nd August 2018 – Seniors August Monthly Medal

‘Medals for Groves and Linfield’

It was another scorcher on the course when the Seniors met to battle for the August Monthly Medals.  The forecast weather had an impact on the event as the field was somewhat smaller than usual, nevertheless, the competition was tight with the prize winning places separated by only a few shots.  Ted Groves claimed the Division One Medal with a score of nett 67 with Steve Duckett and Hugh Marchant, also on 67, finishing in second and third respectively. Division Two was secured by Roger Linfield with his nett 66, leaving Rob Young 67 in second place and Dave Ridler 69 third.

The photo show winners (l to r) Ted Groves and Roger Linfield.


Monday 30th  July 2018 – Seniors Match v Christchurch (away)

With a strong” wind of change”, not only in the weather, but without our regular Captain in the team due to a minor back injury, Vice Captain Rob Young was unable to keep the team, steady, their feet on the ground and therefore  had to face up to his first LOSS against a very strong & competitive side from Christchurch GC…..great company all round


Thursday 26th July 2018 – Seniors We Four Trophy

‘We Four Winners’

The Seniors Section members found the conditions somewhat exhausting for their We Four Trophy Texas Scramble competition, with the temperature reaching 30°c on the dry and dusty fairways.  For most of the morning there was very little shade and not a breeze of cool air to invigorate the weary golfers.  The winning four man team of John Pickering, Rob Young, Ray Hurst and Phil Wright tamed the 18 hole course with sufficient birdies to accumulate of total score of nett 52.5.  The runner-up spot went to the fourball team of Ted Groves, Charlie Tabor, Ken Scott and John Preston with nett 54.9.

The photo shows the winning team (l to r) John Pickering, Rob Young, Ray Hurst and Phil Wright.



Tuesday 24th July 2018 – Seniors Charity Day

‘Successful Seniors Charity Day’

Seniors Captain Trevor Davies held his Charity Day for the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust, his nominated charity for the year. A total of £191 was collected on the day and will be added to the existing and future funds for presentation to the charity at the Sections AGM later in the year. There was a good attendance for the full handicap stableford competition and with the dry fairways allowing plenty of run on the ball, the higher handicap players were deemed odds on favorites to collect a number of the prizes.  Mick Plumb, Division Two 28 handicap, proved the odds correct with his score of 42 points, the best of the competition and enough to take top spot.   Bill Devenish topped the Division One players with his total of 41 points.

Competition Prize Winners were:  Division One: 1st Bill Devenish 41, 2nd Alan Clark 41, 3rd Dave Titchmarsh 41, 4thMalcolm Guy 39, 5th John Ireland 39, 6th Phil Wright 39.  Division Two: 1st and Overall Winner Mick Plumb 42, 2nd Berry Money 41, 3rd Ian Tyrrell 41, 4th Rob Young 40, 5th Frank Lockley 39, 6th Colin Firth 39. Nearest the Pins: on 2nd Lionel Burns, on 11th Frank Lockley, on 13th John Ireland,  on 14th Steve Duckett, on 16th Alan Clark. Nearest the Line on 17thwas Ian Tyrrell.

Photo shows winner Mick Plumb with the Charity Day trophy.





Thursday 19th July 2018 – Seniors Summer Plate Trophy

‘Hammond Putts to Glory”

The Seniors Summer Plate competition was a hot and sticky affair.  The sun kept the temperature high and with little to no breeze the conditions were more tropical than traditional summer.  A wonderful display of golf on a firm and dry course saw Richard Hammond blow the opposition away with a score of nett 60 to claim the trophy by sevens clear strokes. Asked what the key to his success was, he replied “it was just the putts… they all went in”.  Competition Voucher winning nett scores were Division One: 1st and overall winner Richard Hammond 60, 2nd Steve Lupton 67, 3rd John Preston 69. Division Two: 1st Dave Titchmarsh 67, 2nd Roger Linfield 69, 3rd Terry Jones 69.

The photo shows Richard Hammond with the Summer Plate trophy.


Tuesday 17th July 2018 – Seniors Harold Hewitt Trophy

‘Pickering Points Victory’

John Pickering used his handicap to the full to secure the win in the Seniors Harold Hewitt Trophy competition with a score of 43 points. The scoreboard showed Pickering, a 27 handicap player, to have a comfortable win with a clear margin of 5 points over his nearest competitor. As a result of his excellent round his handicap has been reduced to 25. Competition Prizes awarded to the following points scorers : Division One 1st Hugh Marchant 38, 2nd Steve Lupton 37, 3rd Phil Wright 37. Division Two 1st and overall winner John Pickering 43, 2nd Mick Plumb 36, 3rd Terry Jones 36.

Photo shows John Pickering proudly holding the trophy.


‘Fantastic Win for New Forest Seniors’

 Four teams met at the New Forest Golf Club to compete for the prestigious Centenary Quadrilateral Trophy. The participating clubs, who each provided a team of twelve players, were Royal Winchester, Salisbury & South Wilts, Marlborough and New Forest. The trophy was initially presented by Marlborough Golf Club in 1988 to be played for annually by the four clubs who were each founded in the year of 1888 and hence all reached 100 years of age in the same year. The host club for the competition alternates annually.  The competition format is a full handicap stableford with the total of the ten best scorecards from each team counting as the team total score.  It was unfortunate for the host team from New Forest GC not to be led by their Captain Trevor Davies who was absent due to a severe back complaint.  The course was extremely dry due to the continued hot spell of weather thus making it difficult to gauge the run of the ball on the fairway, however, the New Forest team managed to take full use of their home advantage to pull off a victory by just one point with a total of 346 points.  Second place went to Salisbury & South Wilts on 345 points with Marlborough in third place 336 points and fourth Royal Winchester 314 points. After the golf everyone settled down in the much cooler environment of the Clubhouse to enjoy a meal followed by the formal presentation of prizes and the trophy.

Photo :  New Forest Golf Club Seniors – front row (l to r) Bill Devenish, Brian Roberts, Ken Scott, Ian Johnson, Ray Hurst, Malcolm Guy. Back row (l to r) John Preston, Graham “Rocky” Fearis, Steve Lupton, Hugh Marchant, Ross Matthews, Ian Coundon,

Team Result:

Winners – New Forest GC  346 points

2nd – Salisbury & South Wilts  345 points

3rd – Marlborough GC  336 points

4th – Royal Winchester  314 points

Best Score in each Team:

Royal Winchester GC – Harold Finch 37 points

Marlborough GC – Charles Fawcus 40 points

Salisbury & South Wilts – Ian Gilmore 38 points

New Forest GC – John Preston 39 points

Best Individual Score of Competition:

Charles Fawcus – Marlborough GC – 40 points

Nearest the Pin:

On 2nd hole – Paul Taylor – Salisbury & South Wilts

On 13th hole – Clive Lynch – Marlborough GC


Thursday 12th July 2018 – Seniors Peter Swann Trophy

 ‘Success for Nicholas’

 The Seniors met to compete for the Peter Swann Trophy which was presented to the club in 1978 by Peter Swann who was the Club Professional and Proprietor at the time. The competition, called a ‘Lynsome’, is unique to New Forest Golf Club.  It is a combination where competitors play an eighteen stokeplay round on the course and then using their score card, play matchplay in the clubhouse against drawn opponents until an eventual winner. It was another very hot day on the course so members were delighted to play the matchplay part of the competition in the cooler environment within the clubhouse. The field of participants was soon reduced to the final pair of Barry Nicholas and Frank Lockley with Nicholas eventually taking the win after the first extra hole. Losing semi-finalists were Ray Hurst and Terry Jones.

The photo shows winner Barry Nicholas with the Peter Swann Trophy.


Friday 6th July 2018 – Seniors Match v Queens Park (home)

Only being able to field 4  teams, suitably matched by New Forest, gave up a very enjoyable and competitive match, resulting in a “honorable” DRAW with our friends from Queens Park  G.C


Thursday 5th July 2018 – Seniors July Monthly Medal

 ‘Medals for Hurst and Linfield’

 A slightly lower turnout for the Seniors July Monthly Medal, primarily due to the holiday season and the extremely high temperature on the day. Despite this the competitive nature of those challenging for the medals was high and this saw some good scores returned on a course that was somewhat unpredictable due to the fast running parched fairways and the smooth firm greens.  Ray Hurst claimed success in Division 1 for the second consecutive month with his score of nett 65. Hugh Marchant, also scoring 65, was just beaten by the better back nine score of Hurst. Ivor Griffiths was in third place with 67.  Roger Linfield received the Division 2 medal with the best nett score of the day, 63.  Lionel Burns on 64 and Rob Young with 66, were second and third respectively.

Attached photo show winners (l to r) Ray Hurst and Roger Linfield.


Tuesday 3rd July 2018 – Seniors Match v Paultons (home)

Picking up on the earlier cancelled match in again coming down to a “double header” it was , on the day, a good side from Paultons Park GC that “shanked” their way to record our 4th LOSS ( 5 wins ) on home soil.


Thursday 28th June 2018 – Seniors Match v Ampfield (away)

In facing up to what is a very interesting 18 hole , par 3 course, along with the referred handicap adjustments there was more than one reason to think that Ampfeld  GC held the advantage that saw us suffer a heavy LOSS, albeit that it gave us all the added reason to improve  on our short game.


Tuesday 26th June 2018 – Seniors Captains Day

Seniors Captain Trevor Davies celebrated his year in office with the traditional formalities of Captains Day. The Seniors Section enjoyed a morning of golf playing an individual Medford competition followed by a sandwich buffet and the prize giving. Davies thanked those present for attending and was duly thanked himself by those gathered for sponsoring the event together with his wife Val. The competition was played on a well presented course in glorious weather, under a clear blue sky with the temperature reaching 28°c. The Division 1 section of the competition was an extremely tight affair with all three scoring 14 and their placing determined by their scores on the back nine and six holes, resulting in 1st Steve Lupton, 2nd Barry Nicholas, John Preston. Division 2 saw Ian Coundon top the field with a magnificent score of 9, carding gross 85, nett 61 from his handicap of 24. In second place was Neil Edmondson 10 and Roger Linfield in third place with 12. Ivor Griffiths and Ian Coundon won the Nearest the Pin prizes on the 2nd and 13th holes respectively.

Attached photo show prize winners (l to r) Steve Lupton, Barry Nicholas, John Preston, Ian Coundon, Roger Linfield and Neil Edmondson surrounding Seniors Captain Trevor Davies and his wife Val.


Thursday 21st June 2018 – Seniors Match v Burley (away)

Our first visit to our friendly New Forest neighbours, at Burley GC, led the way to a very closely fought match, again just supporting 5 pairs but leaving us on the wrong side as a LOSS, hopefully to be “ironed” out as a win when the match is played on home soil before the end of the year


Tuesday 19 June 2018 – Seniors Match v Southampton (home)

Having the earlier away match cancelled, it left this fixture as a just “hole in one” chance of a success , as for Southampton GC in only being able to support 5 pairs, seeing their gallant effort leaving them “putting out” to a most convincing WIN by the home side.


Wednesday 13th June 2018 – Seniors Match v Walhampton (away)

So, now we are back to business of the 2012 ex-Capt Ashdown v current 2018 Davies (no Clark) challenge  as we faced Walhampton GC away….come what may, a valiant effort by the home side, but again Captain Davies took himself and his team onwards, “green” side up,  to record yet another close WIN…next year, maybe, Danny !!!!


Thursday 7th June 2018 – Seniors Secretary versus Competition Secretary Trophy

Once again the Senior Secretary’s team could not provide what was needed to succeed in this year’s challenge for the Secretary versus Competition Secretary trophy.  Whilst Ivor Griffiths and his partner John Pickering were able to steal a win from Richard Hammond and Trevor Davies in the first of the matches, the majority of the rest of the team matches went the way of Competition Secretary Richard Hammond, with his team achieving a winning result of 5½ – 2½.

Attached photo shows (l to r) Ivor Griffiths presenting the trophy to Richard Hammond.


Wednesday 6th June 2018 – Seniors Match v Bramshott Hill (away)

So, in having come a “fair-way” to seeing off Bramshott Hill GC at home, we were then faced with task of needing to “pre-par” ourselves for the return match..unfortunately it didn’t happen…the result, a LOSS, gave us little to smile about especially as we were fielding one of our strongest teams of the year.


Tuesday 5th June 2018 – Seniors June Monthly Medal

‘Hurst and Titchmarsh win June Medal’

With course conditions good and weather not as it should be for June but nevertheless dry, it was a good turnout for the New Forest Golf Club Seniors Section June Monthly Medal competition.  Ray Hurst topped Division 1 returning a nett score of 65, with Steve Duckett in second place on 69 and Ted Groves third with 70. The Division 2 Medal was close at the top with both Dave Titchmarsh and Roger Linfield scoring nett 69, however, with a better back 6 hole score it was Titchmarsh who ultimately secured the medal leaving Linfield in second place. Rob Young took the third spot with 71.

Attached photo show winners (l to r) Ray Hurst and Dave Titchmarsh.


Thursday 29th May to Thursday 31st May 2018 – IOW Tour


Thursday 24th May 2018 – Harry Young Cup

‘Matthews Best Gross’

The attendance for the Seniors Harry Young Cup was somewhat depleted due to a number of members attending an Open competition being held in Dorset, however, those attending were rewarded with completing their round before the forecast rain arrived.  Ross Matthews made the most of the opportunity to claim the win with the lowest gross score of 83.  The prizes for the Division 1 best nett scores went to Phil Wright 68 and Trevor Davies 69, whilst the Division 2 winners were Terry Jones 65 and Cliff Baker 69.

The photo shows Ross Matthews with the Harry Young Cup.


Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – Seniors Match v Bramshott Hill (home)

In comparing the “up & down” course at Bramshott Hill GC, it was somewhat comforting to be able to bring them down to our own “level playing field” and go on to record a steady and controlled WIN


Mick Wheeler Seniors Winter League Winners Presentation’

 The Seniors competed in the second year of the Mick Wheeler Winter League competition, firstly in leagues to secure places to go forward to the knockout phase of quarter finals, semi finals and ultimately the final. Many of the matches were very close affairs with some having to continue to sudden death holes. Ultimately it came down to the final pairings of Steve Duckett and Steve Waterman against Kevin Hagerty and Chris Webb and this match went right down to the final 18th hole where Duckett and Waterman holed out to a one up victory. It was a great honour and privilege for the seniors to welcome Wendy Wheeler, Mick Wheeler’s widow, to the Club to present the Mick Wheeler Winter League Shield to the winners. 

The photo shows Wendy Wheeler having presented the shield to Steve Duckett (standing) and Steve Waterman (seated).


Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Seniors Millennium Shield

 ‘Scott Secures Millennium Shield’

Ken Scott won a very tightly contested Seniors Millennium Shield stableford format competition where the top four placed competitors each recorded a score of 38 points. Scott secured the honours by count back having returned the best back nine hole score. The glorious sunshine during play ensured that members enjoyed an great morning of golf but the overnight rain had slowed the greens sufficiently enough to give golfers doubts in their mind as to how fast they  actually were. Competition Winning Points: Division 1 – 1st and overall Winner Ken Scott 38; 2nd Steve Lupton 38; 3rdSteve Waterman 38.  Division 2 – 1st Cliff Baker 37; 2nd Terry Jones 36; 3rd John Pickering 35.

The photo shows Ken Scott with the Millennium Shield.


Friday 18th May 2018 – Seniors Match v Wellow (home)

One of our “once a year” fixtures. playing on our own course, saw us take on the “driving” force of Wellow GC and coming to come so close, but conceding a LOSS by just the one game


Thursday 17th May 2018 – Seniors Match v Hampshire (home)

Another tough team to play in The Hampshire GC, but with the selected team all hitting form on the day, we went on to record a comfortable WIN


Thursday 10th May 2018 – Seniors Tommy Trotter Trophy and Pro-Am Qualifier

 ‘Preston Wins Tommy Trotter’

 The Seniors Section was once again well represented on their mid-week meeting day where members were playing an 18 hole stableford format competition for the prestigious silver statuette Tommy Trotter Trophy.  Heavy overnight rain did not adversely affect the course conditions, in fact they made the greens a little more responsive to targeted shots. John Preston’s golfing form returned to him at the right time to enable him to claim the overall top spot with a fine score of 38 points. The win not only gave him the Tommy Trotter Trophy but also the final place in the sponsored Seniors Pro-Am team who are scheduled to play in an event later in the year. The competition  prize winning results are: Division 1 – 1stJohn Preston 38pts, 2nd Steve Lupton 35pts, 3rd Bill Devenish 33pts. Division 2 – 1st Dave Titchmarsh 34pts, 2nd Ray Kelly 34pts, 3rd Lionel Burns 34pts.

The photo shows winner John Preston with the Tommy Trotter Trophy.


Wednesday 9th May 2018 – Seniors Match v Southwick Park (away)

So for this venue, given a fabulous course layout, some very challenging holes, a tough team in Southwick Park GC and knowing that we needed to up our game in respect of having to defend the Annual Shield (see below) at the return match, at home, later in the year, it all went  wrong…a resounding LOSS  (maybe this was our plan ????)

A match of 12 players per team from New Forest Golf Club and Southwick Park Golf Club playing Four Ball
Better Ball Matchplay. This event is different to the traditional club matches insofar as the winning team is
presented with the Annual Shield. The 90% handicap difference came into effect from 2016.


Tuesday 8th May 2018 – Seniors Match v Walhampton (home)

With the added highlight of this fixture in being that our 2012 ex-Captain Danny Ashdown, in representing Walhampton GC,  thought he could take on and destroy the might of our infamous pairing of Davies & Clark…he was wrong !!!!…a somewhat very comfortable WIN for the New Forest (aka Davies & Clark)


Thursday 3rd May 2018 – Seniors May Monthly Medal

 ‘May Medal for Marchant and Young’

With the course drying out and recovering extremely well from a few very wet months, it took just one heavy downpour on the preceding day to the Seniors Medal competition to make for difficult scoring. The roll-out on the fairways was significantly reduced but the greens did become more responsive to any precise shots to the flags.  Hugh Marchant won the Division 1 Medal with his nett score of 68, a clear 6 strokes better than second placed Dave Cardy on 74 and Ross Matthews, third, also on 74. The Division 2 Medal was a tight affair at the top but was secured by Rob Young who carded a 68 with the better back 9 score.  Dave Titchmarsh and Terry Jones, who each also carded nett 68, were second and third respectively.

Photo shows winners (l to r) Hugh Marchant and Rob Young.


Monday 30th April 2018 – Seniors Match v Paultons (away)

As most courses during this time were suffering due to the bad weather, this fixture was another one of our regular matches to be cancelled


Friday 27th April 2018 – Seniors Match v Osborne (home)

So again, for the next of the IOW “trio” we took on the might of Osborne GC, but again found ourselves being someway “down the fairway” and having to accept another LOSS


Thursday 26th April 2018 – Seniors Triple Trophy Day

The Sages, Onion and Stuffing competitions give senior members the opportunity to play a non-qualifying stableford competition with fellow seniors within their age group. This year the course conditions and a strong gusty wind kept scores lower than usual. The Sages Trophy, for those of 70 years of age and over but under 80 years, was won by Dave Cardy 34 points with Graham ‘Rocky’ Fearis second on 33 points and Kevan McLaren third, also with 33 points.  The Onion Cup, for players up to the age of 70 years, saw John Pickering take the spoils with 39 points, the best of the day, with second place going to Steve Lupton 36 points, whilst third place went to Dave Barrett 34 points.  The Stuffing Plaque for the 80 years of age and over category went to Lionel Burns who carded 30 points, which was the best of the four competitors in this category.

Attached photo (l to r) : John Pickering, Dave Cardy and Lionel Burns


Tuesday 24th April 2018 – Seniors Match v Ryde (home)

Being a week or so on from our immediate success , we are were then pitched against the first of the IOW “trio”, in being Ryde GC, who gave us a good run for our money and succeeded in inflicting our first LOSS of the season


Thursday 19th April 2018 – Seniors Match v Ampfield (home)

Being our first competitive match this year and albeit that the “handicap allowances” came into effect when playing Ampfield GC, it was still that we got off to a very good start with a WIN under our belt


Tuesday 17th April 2018 – Seniors April Monthly Medal (Postponed from Tuesday 10th April)

‘Webb and Young Receive April Medals’

The forecast was for a dry morning with the temperature reaching the mid-teens, ideal for competitive golf for the seniors, however, it turned out to be dry with a bitterly cold wind sweeping across the fairways, so it was extra jumpers on and battle the breeze.  Chris Webb received the Division 1 Medal for his gross score of 71, nett 64. Malcolm Guy and Ray Hurst were second and third respectively, both scoring nett 66. The Division 2 Medal went to Rob Young who carded a nett 65, followed by John Lang 67 and Neil Edmondson 68.

Attached photo show winners (l to r) Chris Webb and Rob Young.


Thursday 12th April 2018 – Seniors Bill Murray Trophy

After a period of appalling weather, the Seniors were at last rewarded with a day of playing golf with no rain. They gathered for the challenge of a Par Bogey competition where the winner would not only receive the Bill Murray Trophy but also a place in the Seniors Pro Am team. Steve Lupton’s score of +6 was 2 better than his closest rival and enabled him to claim the prize.  Competition Winning Places: Division 1 – 1st and Overall Winner Steve Lupton +6; 2nd Ross Matthews +4; 3rd Ken Scott +3.  Division 2 – 1st Colin Chatten +4; 2nd Terry Jones +3; 3rd Berry Money +1.

Attached photo show winner Steve Lupton.


Friday 6th April 2018 – Seniors Match v Christchurch (home)

Again, even with the knowingly “all weather” attributes of the New Forest Golf Club not being able to come up to “par”, this fixture was also cancelled


Thursday 5th April 2018 – Seniors Gwyn Lloyd Foursomes Cup

Whilst the course was still recovering from bouts of heavy rain during the preceding days leaving a few areas still damp and muddy underfoot, it did not deter the seniors from having an enjoyable round of golf in weather more appropriate to Spring.  The pairings were playing a foursomes strokeplay format off half combined handicap. Dave Barrett and John Pickering made the best of the conditions and recorded a winning score of nett 65.  Runners up were Ken Scott and Terry Jones nett 66 and third were Malcolm Guy and Richard Hammond nett 68.

Attached photo show winners (l to r) Dave Barrett and John Pickering.


Tuesday 3rd April 2018 – Seniors Match v Southampton (away)

With the bad weather playing the better part in this fixture , this match was cancelled


Tuesday 13th March 2018 – Seniors March Monthly Medal

‘Medals for Duckett and Fearis’ – The first medal competition of the season at New Forest Golf Club was played by the Seniors Section for which they had an enthusiastic attendance competing over eighteen holes in strokeplay format.  Whilst the course was still showing signs of the recent wet weather and general wintery conditions, the scoring was extremely low. Steve Duckett was presented with the Division One medal for his round of nett 64, with runner up Alan Clark on 65 and Hugh Marchant in third place on 67.  Division Two success went to Graham ‘Rocky’ Fearis for his tremendous round which saw him finish with the magical number of nett 59. Neil Edmondson and Terry Jones were second and third respectively, both scoring 62.  The best score of the competition earned Graham Fearis a place in the Seniors Pro Am team to be entered in the New Forest Golf Club Pro Am Tournament scheduled for July 2018.

Attached photo show winners (l to r) Steve Duckett and Graham ‘Rocky’ Fearis.