SENIORS' SECTION

SENIORS’ TUESDAY’S COMPETITIONS

Following easing of the lockdown, the first informal Seniors’ Roll Up competition will take place on Tuesday 02 June. Play to be in pairs, marking your own card and on the course of your choice. Prizes will we awarded to the best two Stableford scores on each course and entry is FREE!

It is intended that the arrangements will continue until at least the end of June with play in pairs continuing until further advice is received from England Golf. Meanwhile, here is an extract from England Golf CEO's message of 27 May:

"There have also been a great number of enquiries about when clubs may return to three and four ball play outside of household groups. I empathise with this request and understand the point, sharing the frustrations of golfers and clubs.

Social distancing can still be achieved in fourball golf not to mention the freeing up of precious tee times, allowing clubs to welcome back guests and visitor green fee income.

But as we are all aware, the protection of public health must continue to be our key priority.

With no specific government rules for golf, the guidelines exist for outdoor recreation as a whole. Any change will be a change for everyone that we would then apply to golf."


Meanwhile, click on the image for England Golf's update of 29 May the implications of which will be advised in the context of HPL & HPGC's resultant policy. 

MESSAGE FROM PETER SMITH - SENIORS GA

I am often asked how, when and why I started the Seniors Golf Association, and how it led on to the highly successful golf programme for the Royal British Legion. So, as we are about to start playing golf again I thought it a good opportunity to set down a brief outline of how it all began. You can find it at the top pf the SGA website (www.seniorsgolfassociation.co.uk) just after the ‘Welcome’ page. Do please share it with other golf colleagues and friends.

Click here for the link

SECTION ACTIVITIES

The Seniors' Section is open to all members of the Club who have reached the age of 55. The sections' activities are administered by the Seniors' Committee which is chaired by Seniors' Organiser Peter Townsend who is a Welsh scouser for his sins!!!!

Sectional activities comprise both competitive and social golf with the section meeting on most Tuesdays throughout the year. The programme consists of weekly winter competitions ranging from stablefords, drawn team competitions and friendly roll-ups.

Throughout the summer the section has a busy programme of interclub matches and numerous trophy events in addition to "normal" Tuesday activities.

Over the winter the section supports the County Seniors' Scratch Team event playing for the Ken Smith Trophy which the section won in 2004 and have reached in final in 2006, 2009 & 2019.

All who are qualified by age are welcome to participate in the section's activities and are assured a friendly welcome!




If you have attained the qualifying age, are not on Peter’s database, but wish to added please contact him at petertownsend1@hotmail.co.uk

2020 SENIORS’ CAPTAIN - Gerald Smith

Whitchurch born and bred Gerald was educated at Shrewsbury School, Trinity Hall Cambridge and Imperial College London. In 1965 he joined the family business of W H Smith & Co (Whitchurch) Ltd and was instrumental in developing the business not only to exploit the North Sea oil opportunities but also the lucrative market in the Middle East for structural steelwork.

When the family business became a casualty of the industry recession in 1983, wearing his Chartered Structural Engineer’s hat, Gerald set up the SSI Group of Companies which specialised in the design and construction of “difficult and different” steel structures.

Gerald first hit a golf ball at Hawkstone in August 1956 at which time the Hawkstone course was still being renovated under Alex Lyle’s direction following the wartime years of neglect. Gerald joined as a junior member in January 1957 and he is very proud to be the longest serving member of the golf club while his immediate family have served the Club for a total of over 300 years!

Gerald was a member of the Club’s first ever winning Hargrove team in 1971/2 in which included a 13 year old Sandy Lyle; also he was a member of the Club’s first winning Ken Smith Trophy team in 2004. He was first elected to the Management Committee in 1987 and he served as Press Officer for 25 years before taking on the role of Webmaster in 2012.

Gerald won his Masters Green Jacket in 1999 which brought his handicap down to 5.5 and thereby gained him membership of the S&H County Seniors team which he captained in 2007/8 when he lead the team to their first and so far only appearances at the English Seniors’ County Finals.

In 1996 Gerald was Club Captain at a time the Club’s membership peaked at over 600 following the opening of the Windmill course the previous year. In 2013/14 Gerald served as President of the Club and is truly honoured now to be Seniors’ Captain in our Centenary Year. 

Click on the image of Gerald to read his Longest Serving Member Op-Ed

2020 SENIORS' AGM

Held on Tuesday 04 February 2020

The following were elected for the Club's Centenary Year:

# Seniors' Captain - Gerald Smith
# Seniors' Vice-Captain - Roger Toogood
# Seniors' Organiser - Peter Townsend
and
Committee Members who were elected in 2019 for two years are:
Mike Haseley
David Jepson
Percy Mellor
David Roberts
Alan Walker
who each serve for two years.

2020 SENIORS' FIXTURES

Details of the year's matches & trophy events. Note! The Seniors' Away Day will be at Sandiway on Tuesday 29 September - a cracking venue if ever there was one!!

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2020 National Seniors’ Events

Organised by National Seniors’ Golf Association

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SENIORS’ DINNER on Friday 17 January 2020

Hawkstone’s Seniors entertained their wives and partners to a well supported magical dinner and entertainment superbly organised by retiring Seniors’ Captain David Brierley.

Click on image of David with his wife Gill to view photos of the event

SENIORS' 2019 CHRISTMAS STABLEFORD

Pictured are Richard Powell (left) division 2 winner, Seniors' Vice-Captain Gerald Smith who holed in one on the alternate 105 yard 12th hole and Ken MacGillivary division 1 winner.

The top performers were:-

FIRST DIVISION
1st Ken MacGillvray 45 points
2nd Alan Owens 44 points
3rd Peter Williams 43 points
4th Dave Robson 42 points
5th John Gallagher 41 points ob9
6th Dave Greaves 41 points ob9
7th Paul Greatbatch 41 points



SECOND DIVISION
1st Richard Powell 43 points
2nd Alan Butmaro 41 points
3rd Seniors Captain 40 points
4th Bob Parker 39 points ob9
5th Phil Hollins 39 points
6th Bob Smith 38 points ob9
7th Alex Mutch 38 points

Nearest the Pin on 3rd Seniors Captain
Nearest the Pin on 9th Alan Owens
Nearest the pin on 12th Hole Gerald Smith - hole in one!
Longest Putt on 18th Alan Molyneux

2019 SENIORS' MEMORIAL TEXAS SCRAMBLE

60 Senior Members supported this annual event organised by Gerry Whitby to whom all are extremely grateful for his efficient commitment to the memory of our past members. A sincere thank you Gerry from all of us!

Click on the image of Gerry to view the full results

And it was three wins in the bounce for Ken MacGillivray who led his team to victory with a net score of 59.5. Pictured from left are Colin Brown, Ken, James Shaw & Carl Manning.

The spot prize winners were:

3rd Nearest Pin Tim Noble and R/U David Hiles
9th Nearest Pin Phil Latter and R/U Ken MacGillivray
12th Nearest pin Carl Manning and R/U Dave Baker
18th Longest drive Nigel Chesters and R/U Lawrence Ellerby

2019 SENIORS CAPTAIN'S AWAY DAY

At Arscott Golf Club on Tuesday 03 September.

43 members, including Hon Club Sec Louisa Goff, enjoyed a super day thanks to Captain David Brierley. Winner of the shield for the best score of the day was Immediate past Seniors’ Captain Paul Harris OBE who shot 38 points. Runner up was Steve Parkinson with 37 points who beat Nick Rothwell on countback.

Other prize winners were:

Longest drive: Paul Greatbatch and Louisa (tie)
Straightest Drive: David Baker and Louisa (tie)
Nearest pin ladies 1st : Louisa
Nearest pin men 3rd :Richard Powell
Nearest pin 17th: Richard Williams
Longest Putt 16th: Louisa

The Best team score of 132 points was posted by Dave Robson, Phil Hollins, David Rogers and, you’ve guessed, Louisa!

So, despite Paul Harris winning the shield, the star of the day was - Louisa!

The winning team!

And all the winners!

Trevor Clarke wins the Tony Walters Trophy

Trevor shot a superb 40 points to win by virtue of a better back nine from immediate past Seniors’ Captain Paul Harris OBE.

1st Trevor Clarke        40 Points on B9
2nd Paul Harris OBE  40 Points
3rd John Gallagher     39 Points
4th Seniors’  Captain  38 Points
5th Frank Gregory      36 Points

Nearest the Pins

Richard Williams
Roger Toogood
John Gallagher.

2017 SENIORS' SECTION RULES OF MANAGEMENT

Click image to view finally agreed & signed document
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