The coronavirus lockdown has meant the Club’s Diary has had to be amended. A copy of August's full fixtures is under 2020 Diary tab. As last month, with the health and well being of our membership being paramount in our thoughts, we have cancelled our friendly matches until at least the end of August on the grounds that the social elements of our events are fundamental to the makeup of the day and in the current climate it is impossible to enjoy that aspect.

So please note the following dates in your diaries:

Tuesday 04 August – Walker Cup R4 (C)

Tuesday 11 August – Seniors' Monthly Stableford (C)

Thursday 13 August - Tony Walters Trophy

Tuesday 18 August – Walker Cup R5 (H)

Tuesday 25 August – Harlech Texas Scramble # (drawn teams)

Thursday 27 August – Walker Cup R6 (C)

Senior Ladies are always welcome to join us in the non- trophy events!

Please enter all via BRS in the usual way; that noted # will not incur an Entry Fee and there will be prizes of Wine and M & S Vouchers which will be presented later in the year as and when we can meet up as a group.


Tuesday 29 September - Seniors’ Centenary Away Day at Sandiway GC and Friday 30 October - Seniors’ Centenary Dinner with ladies invited, of course, to both events!

Sandiway is a superb golf course with whom we share Centenary Celebrations this year and is within easy driving distance. To quote from their website:

“Sandiway Golf Club, established in 1920 is a very highly-rated 18-hole course set in mixed heath and woodland and blessed with wonderful natural drainage due to its sandy substrate. It was originally designed by Ted Ray, the first Ryder Cup Captain.”

Further details of this event and the annual dinner will be advised nearer the time in the context of the then prevailing coronavirus restrictions, if any!


The star performer of the month was John Gallagher who followed up his fine 39 points in the first round of the Walker Cup with an excellent 38 points in round 2.

Winner of the 36 hole Kiran Kapur Trophy was Seniors' Vice-Captain Roger Toogood with a score of 76 points, three ahead of Paul Greatbatch. Roger clinched the trophy with a fine second round score of 41 points!

Colin Brown shot 45 points to win the Frank Belok Trophy played for by those 65+ years old while Lawrence Ellerby shot a similar number in the subsidiary event for the "youngsters"!

Sadly, due to lack of support for a drawn event in the current albeit relaxed lockdown situation the Team Yellow Ball had to be postponed to later in the year.


With competitive golf resuming, the above knock-out event has restarted. All are asked to note the new round completion deadlines.

Click on the image to view the draw updated on 18 July
Note! The draw is posted also on the ClubV1 Members Hub where the result of matches can be updated.


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

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


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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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
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 National Seniors’ Events

Organised by National Seniors’ Golf Association

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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 ( just after the ‘Welcome’ page. Do please share it with other golf colleagues and friends.

Click here for the link

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


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:-

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

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


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


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.


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