This page gives access to all of the Seniors results for trophy and qualifier competitions, events and matches.
2020 was a very strange year. Many of our events and all of our matches bar 1 had to be cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. There was no Christmas lunch and the 2019-20 Winter League was not completed until 20th August. However there were many memorable times, many of which are documented here.
Tuesday 3rd November 2020 ; Captain’s Charity Day
‘A very Special Day’
First and foremost, your Seniors Captain Ian Coundon offers a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to all 52 members who attended this mornings Captain’s Charity Day and generously donated £10 to his nominated charity ‘Lyndhurst and District Community Responders’ and an extra ‘SPECIAL THANK YOU’ to those who donated even more. The total collected was £700. Whilst it was extremely cold in the bitter wind, we were blessed with much better weather than we would have had on the day set aside for this event last week and feedback infers that everyone enjoyed themselves even though some reported a somewhat difficult scoring day. Seniors members thank Ian for his organisation of the event and for providing the competition and raffle prizes and the bowl of chips in the Clubhouse afterwards.
1st Robin Swanston 40pts
2nd Laurie Burn 38pts (countback 23pts Back 9)
3rd Brian Roberts 38 pts (countback 20pts back 9)
4th Ken Scott 36pts (countback 8pts back 3)
1st Ian Hall 41pts
2nd Pete Bennett 39pts
3rd Ian Tyrrell 38pts
4th Terry Jones 37pts
Nearest the Pin in two on 2nd hole: Richard Gay and Winston Little, having both birdied the hole in 2.
Nearest the Pin on 11th hole: Barry Nicholas
Mystery Holes – Best aggregate points score of 16th, 17th and 18th holes: Division 1 Dave Titchmarsh; Division 2 Charlie Hughes
Thursday 22nd October : Mark Hooper Memorial Trophy
‘Double for Rob’
Recognised by the Seniors Section as the competition with a twist, the Mark Hooper Memorial Trophy requires competitors to play a standard stableford format 18 hole round with the caveat that they must tee off the 13th hole with their putter. Not as easy as is sounds as found out by the many who hit their ball way off target, many into the bushes to the right of the tee, but not for Rob Young who confidently ‘putted’ his ball off the tee and watched it bound along the 120 yards of fairway, eventually cutting across the front of the green and nestling just to the left side of the green between two bunkers. Thanks go to Dave Ridler for giving up his time to act as adjudicator, standing for a few hours alongside the green with marker and tape measure in hand ready to record the name of the golfer who secured nearest to the pin which need not necessarily be actually on the green. It was so easy to ruin your round with a disastrous score on your scorecard for this hole. Apart from an early period of rain and of course the drama of the 13th, the rest was quite straight forward. Not satisfied with securing Nearest the Pin, Rob Young claimed the competition trophy with his total of 38 points for his round and his better back nine hole score kept him in front of second placed Steve Waterman who also carded 38 points. Third and fourth places were allocated to Terry Gordon and Jim Worsley respectively who each finished with 37 points. Photo shows Rob Young with his trophies.
Tuesday 20th October 2020
It had to happen !!!
Playing in a Non Competition, Non Qualifier, Free Golf (no Boss Watch) day we find our Charlie Tabor having
a hole-in-one on the 6th, Cadnam Road, 194yds, par3 : the second par 3 of the round and equally as tough, a beautiful hole on a nice sunny afternoon, 3 bunkers on the left of the green, trees on the right and a ditch just short means that you need to be hitting it well to hit this one….well he did just that….well done Charlie !!
Tuesday 20th October 2020 : Seniors Match v Walhampton (home)
For what would be the Seniors first, last and only match of 2020 (Covid 19 had seen to that!), the Seniors Captain Ian Coundon said it was a pleasure to meet and greet the Walhampton team, whereby pleasure turned to delight as Walhampton had kindly brought along a supply of yummy doughnuts to accompany the pre-match coffee. Thankfully the rain had passed through and the sun even came out to play although the stiff breeze made club selection tricky on some holes. The Captain led from the front, his putter in particular was smoking, to complete a rare 6-0 whitewash, with the Walhampton guys all giving a decent account of themselves even resorting to using the “New Forest wedge” from around the green! Socially distanced pie and chips were enjoyed in the Clubhouse and, it’s fair to say, that great camaraderie was evident before, during and after the matches….New Forest Golf Club Seniors Section Match result for 2020..played 1, won 1 …well done Skip !!!!
Tuesday 13th October : Jim Burgess Shield
‘Top Spot for Lupton’
Steve Lupton took top spot on the podium winning the Seniors Jim Burgess Shield. A tightly packed leaderboard saw Lupton stay ahead with his score of 41 points closely followed by Ivor Griffiths with 40 and a chasing pack of pack of five players all on 39 points which Alan Clark managed to free himself from to secure third place with his better back nine hole score. Photo shows Steve Lupton with the shield.
Tuesday 6th October : Des Harvey Trophy
‘Burn Breezes to a Win ’
Laurie Burn took the Seniors Des Harvey Trophy in style as he carded a superb net 64 off his handicap of 6 to head the field. Close on his heals was Barry Nicholas, who was just one stroke behind with 65. Other challengers taking the next three places were Steve Waterman 67, Mervyn Harding 68 and Robin Swanston also 68. Photo shows Laurie Burn with the Des Harvey Trophy.
Tuesday 1st October : October Medal
‘Medals for Gay and Lockley’
The final Seniors Monthly Medal of the season was played on a course where recent maintenance work on the greens was still evident but fast improving, however, it still made putting a more difficult task than usual. Richard Gay and Frank Lockley managed to find the right putting lines and each returned scores which took them to the top of their handicap division Competition net results: Division One – 1st Richard Gay 65; 2nd Terry Gordon 68; 3rd Laurie Burn 68. Division Two – 1st Frank Lockley 66; 2nd John Cockshott 70; 3rd Ian Hall 72. The photo shows (l to r) Richard Gay and Frank Lockley.
Thursday 24th September 2020 : Sam Mates Trophy
‘Trophy Win for Broom’
With rain clouds gathering the Seniors Section members prepared themselves for a wet round of golf as they arrived for their tee times to play for the Sam Mates Strokeplay Trophy. However, much of the rain passed over without too much of an issue and that left only the recently hollow tined greens and newly laid top dressing to contend with which made putting a little more difficult than usual. Despite these challenges, Michael Broom managed his game well to card a net 64 to claim the trophy by five strokes. Competition placings: 1st Michael Broom 64, 2nd Rob Young 69, 3rd Jim Worsley 69, 4th Neil Edmondson 69. Photo shows Michael Broom with the Sam Mates trophy.
Tuesday 15th September : Jack Langford Trophy – 3 Club
Seniors Section competitors took on the 3 club challenge for the Jack Langford Strokeplay trophy with the competition allowing each player to use two clubs of their choice plus their putter. Despite not being the easiest way to play your way around the course, the restriction did not deter many from producing good scores as Chris Webb found when he produced the best of the day, a net total of 65, to win by 3 shots. Top net places – 1st Chris Webb 65, 2nd John Ireland 68, 3rd Dave Titchmarsh 68, 4th Steve Waterman 69, 5th Ted Groves 70. Photo shows Chris Webb with the trophy.
Tuesday 8th & Thursday 10th September : Seniors Club Champioship
‘Championship Success for Duckett and Gay ’
The Seniors Club Championship requires full concentration over two rounds of golf played over two days. The weather assisted competitors on both days with no issues with wind or rain and the course was presented in good condition allowing the opportunity for some quality golf. Steve Duckett, the Seniors Sections lowest handicap player off two, took a first round lead of 8 stokes and although dropped shots during the second round, managed to gain a further 2 strokes on the field in round two to finish with a gross score of 146, enough for him to claim the Seniors Champions Cup for the fourth consecutive year. The Sandy Sanders Trophy for the best net score of the competition was a much tighter affair with only 2 strokes separating the top five places. Richard Gay topped the list with his net rounds of 69 and 65. Competition placings: Gross 1st Steve Duckett 146, 2nd Steve Lupton 156, 3rd Richard Gay 158, 4th Chris Webb 158, 5th Lawrence Burn 159. Net: 1st Richard Gay 134, 2nd David Rees 135, 3rd Michael Broom 135, 4th Steve Waterman 136, 5th Steve Lupton 136. Photo shows (l to r) Steve Duckett and Richard Gay
Tuesday 1st September : September Medal
‘Medals for Swanston and Rees’
Another excellent turnout for the Seniors Monthly Medal competition. The majority of the returned scores appeared to indicate that it was a day when scoring seemed a somewhat difficult task to get under par, nevertheless, it was a good result for both Robin Swanston and David Rees who topped their divisions to receive their medal. Competition net results: Division One – 1st Robin Swanston 66; 2nd Hugh Marchant 69; 3rd Barry Nicholas 69. Division Two – 1st David Rees 70; 2nd Michael Broom 71; 3rd Colin Moody 72. The photo shows (l to r) Robin Swanston and David Rees.
Thursday 20th August 2020 : Cyril Ash Memorial Cup
‘Double for Duckett’
After his success in the Hyundai Trophy it was an immediate return to the podium for Steve Ducket with his second win in a week, this time receiving the Cyril Ash Memorial Cup for his round of 39 stableford points. David Senior produced another good round to finish second with 37 points and a better back nine score than third placed Ian Coundon who also carded 37 points.
Thursday 20th August 2020 : 2019/20 Winter League Final
Worsley and Burn Winter League Triumph’
The Covid-19 Lockdown delayed knockout stages of the Seniors 2019/20 Winter League were finally completed during the months of July and August. The final itself was between the pairing of Jim Worsley and Laurie Burn against Peter Ayers and John Ireland. The morning of the final was greeted with glorious sunshine but with a strengthening breeze towards the end of the round. The front nine holes was a nip and tuck affair finishing all square with never more than a ‘one up’ lead for either team. By the 13th, Worsley and Burn managed to get to a two up advantage but this was soon trimmed to one with a great ‘up and down’ on the 14th by Ayers. It was a birdie from Burns which won the 15th and a par on the 16th was good enough to win that hole which gave Worsley and Burn the 3&2 win. At all times the match was played in the true spirit of the game of golf, competitive but with gracious behaviour from both teams. The photo shows winners (l to r) Jim Worsley and Laurie Burn, inset runners-up Peter Ayers and John Ireland.
Tuesday 18th August 2020 – Hyundai Trophy
‘H’ya for Duckett’
With a storm and heavy rain forecast, the seniors at New Forest Golf Club were somewhat reticent about playing conditions for the Hyundai Trophy strokeplay competition, however, as it turned out, the rain was only slight and the forecast storm never arrived. This meant relatively good playing conditions for the competition which was won by Steve Duckett who returned a score of net 65. Phil Wright and Chris Webb finished second and third respectively each recording a score of net 67. The photo shows winner Steve Duckett.
Thursday 13th August 2020 : Hole in One on 11th
‘Roll on Rocky’
Renowned for saving his best for the back nine, Rocky Fearis playing off handicap 18 during the Seniors Lottie Sefton trophy, gained a comfortable 3 points on the 10th hole to show 21 points on his card but with high hopes of securing even better for the remaining holes. What a start he made on the 11th par 3. With an unusual change in strategy, Rocky produced a blue castle tee rather than a no tee divot strike for his selected 8 iron. With head firmly down and a full swing, the strike was clean and the ball made it’s way towards the green and knowing it was on a good trajectory, he turned away with the anticipated satisfaction that another 3 points would soon go on the card. Within a fraction of time, his playing partner exclaimed ‘I think it’s in the hole’ and this was confirmed by none other than the Seniors Handicap Secretary who had moved from the 12th tee to the 11th green indicating with waving arms that it was in the hole. Rocky’s walk to the green was to confirm that yes it was indeed in the hole, a superb hole-in-one and a very nice 5 points on the card.
Thursday 13th August 2020 : Lottie Sefton
David Senior secured the Seniors Lottie Sefton trophy with an quality round of golf totalling 43 stableford points. His consistent and methodical play saw him four points clear of runner-up Ray Hurst on 39 points with Rocky Fearis claiming third place also with 39 points but a lesser back nine hole score. With social distancing in place, it was good to see a healthy group of seniors back playing competitive golf in the New Forest. The photo shows David Senior with the Lottie Sefton trophy.
Tuesday 4th August 2020 – August Medal
‘Clark and Hall Medal Winners’
After a lengthy period of absence due to Covid19 restrictions, it was a real joy to welcome the Seniors Section back to playing qualifier trophy competitions. An excellent turnout of members, who maintained social distancing, participated in the August Monthly Medal playing on a course which was provided in supreme condition by the greens staff. The fairways welcomed long drives whilst the greens with their immaculate appearance provided a tough test for those who have recently become used to short distance gimmie putts. The medals were awarded to Alan Clark (Division One) for a very respectable net 65 and to Ian Hall (Division Two) who carded 68 with a better back nine hole score than Ian Coundon. Competition net placings: Division One -1st Alan Clark 65, 2nd Phil Wright 66, 3rd Steve Lupton 69. Division Two – 1st Ian Hall 68, 2nd Ian Coundon 68, 3rd Mike Broom 71.
Thursday 18th June 2020 – Hole in One on 11th
‘No Bounce Burn’
With the best, so far, of our Competitions having been cancelled, thanks to Mr Pepsicolavirus , we can but bring you news of a “fantastic” hole in one captured by our overseas contingent none other than Laurie Burn, during his Winter League Qtr Final, complete with is “gap wedge”in hand….the ball flying onwards to the par 3 , 11th hole and, without as much as a gentle roll up on the green or even one bounce …it plummeted straight in the hole !!!. Laurie said that he is “baie bly en vereer” to receive the trophy
Tuesday 10th March 2020 – March Medal
‘Matthews and Cockshott March Medal Winners ’
The Seniors held their first formal competitive event of the year, the March Monthly Medal incorporating the Pro-Am Qualifier, on a dry and mild morning which was completely opposite to recent days during the month when it seemed to rain every day. To allow the course to recover from the recent period of heavy rain a shorter course was designated for the event being a total 13 holes with handicaps adjusted accordingly. Division One category players saw Ross Matthews achieve his medal win with net 46 followed closely in second place by Chris Webb, also with net 46. Graham Fearis took the third spot with net 47. John Cockshott was delighted with his medal win in the Division Two category with his score of net 49 which just edged Colin Moody into second place with his net 49. John Pickering claimed third place with a score of net 51. The best overall net score of the competition earned Ross Matthews a place in the Seniors Pro Am team to be entered in the New Forest Golf Club Pro Am Tournament scheduled for later in the year. The photo shows (l to r) Ross Matthews and John Cockshott.
Tuesday 7th January 2020 – Hole in One on 14th
‘Moody’s Wonder First Shot’
Just the same as we started the 2019 Season it’s happened again !!!!…when Colin Moody took just a moment to secure a hole in one with his first shot of the day. Departing from the Clubhouse with his fellow senior golfers to enjoy a round in the Bowmaker competition, he strolled out to his starting hole, the 14th par 3, pulled his chosen club from the bag and without hesitation or even a practice swing he executed a smooth stroke which set his ball on the target line for the pin and within a moment the ball nestled in the bottom of the hole. Such occasions are few and far between and Colin took the opportunity to accept the adulation of his fellow golfers.