Nigel Chesters has only gone and won his first UKSGA - UK Senior Golf Association event by one shot from fellow debutant Stephen Mason from Wakefield GC. Played over two days at Aberdovey GC, Nigel carded a consistent 74-74 to take the win. Well played Nigel


New member information from Seniors Captain Roger Toogood

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Russ Noble

2021 SENIORS’ CAPTAIN - Roger Toogood

Having grown up in Newton Abbot Devon, Roger joined the Royal Air Force not long after leaving school and was trained to become Air traffic Controller. He was then required to move around the country fairly routinely during his first 30 years of service and worked both at home and abroad. At home his tours of duty took him as far North at Peterhead in Scotland, as far South as Heathrow as far West as Newquay and as far East as Lincolnshire. However, as the home of military air traffic control has always been at Shawbury he came to know this part of the country well and eventually settled here back in 1984.

Despite playing a wide variety of sports as a young man, his association with golf was very limited prior to the age of 50 and it was not until he got closer to 60 years of age, that his involvement in the sport became more focussed and full membership of Hawkstone Park got under way.

Not surprisingly, therefore Roger has not yet achieved the single figure handicap so coveted by many. Nor can he boast as long an association with our sport as some of our other previous Senior Captains. However, from the outset, he has been a stalwart supporter of all our Seniors golf activities and sees his tenure as Seniors Captain 2021 as an opportunity to get even more closely associated with the game we all so enjoy.

Photos of Roger’s “Virtual” Drive-in

The day for his Drive-In had come to pass,
For he who would be Seniors' Captain at last,
So, despite Flood and Lockdown,
He took to the course with a frown,
But couldn’t find his ball in snow covered grass.Alternatively:

But slipped in the snow and fell on his **** (bottom!)

Gerald Smith’s Valete

A personal message from the retiring 2020 Centenary Seniors’ Captain

Well, we can all agree that 2020 was a very odd year and not the sort of Centenary we were looking forward to enjoying.

Tuesday 02 February was the anniversary of my taking office as your Seniors’ Captain and, in the absence of us being able to meet at an AGM, I have handed over the reigns to Roger Toogood; I wish Roger well in the hope that it won’t be long before some element of golfing normality returns.

I was delighted that my Away Day at Sandiway was not only blessed with lovely sunny weather but also so well supported with 60 entries as a result of which we raised £120.00 for the Captains’ Charity.

Had we been able to meet as a group on 02 February my Captain’s report would have noted that I believe I am the first Seniors’ Captain not to lose any of our inter-club friendly matches but, sadly, that record is surpassed by my failure win any such matches!!

My thanks go to both PT and the Seniors’ Committee for their support and I wish all a much better golfing year than that which has just passed.

I have now retired to the ranks in my 65th year of continuous Club membership with the comfort of having had my COVID-19 jab!


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


A full house Entry of 60 - with sadly only 55 able to complete their rounds - proved that Sandiway Golf Club is the very highly-rated 18-hole course which we were expecting. And we were blessed with a benign, warm, sunny autumn day on 29 September with excellent service in the socially distanced Club House.

The Seniors' Captain would like to thank all who supported this event and to congratulate the prize winners.

Click on the image of winner Steve Lawson receiving the Trophy from Seniors’ Captain Gerald Smith to view the full list of the day's good golfers!


RULES. Betterball stableford points to be played off yellow tees with 85% handicap allowance. Maximum of twelve rounds to be completed by 31st March 2021. Games to be played against at least 4 different pairs participating in the competition. Winners will be the pair with the highest number of points from their best 6 rounds. In the case of a tie the last played card used to find the top 6 score will count to find the winners. Should the course be 'shortened' over the winter with bucket holes, scores will not be accepted. Any questions should be directed to David Jepson (

Click on the image to view the pairings entered; this will be updated progressively with the results


This annual event is 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!

This was our seventh year to honour and remember those members of the section who are no longer with us.

Once more Gerry Whitby, the organiser, was supported by 56 members playing in 14 teams each named after a past member.  

This year we particularly paid tribute to recently departed Past Captain and Secretary David Driver de Valle as well as Peter Bevan.

Due to Covid 19 the various prizes were restricted to one only, namely the winning team whilst the entry fees balance (£100) 
was given to the Captain’s Charity. 

The winners were Nigel Chesters,  Dave Robson,  Alex Mutch and Peter Bichener.

Paul Corfield's Ace

New recruit to the Seniors' Section, Paul, achieved the first hole in one of his golfing career.

Paul, who plays off 12, achieved his feat on the 150 yard 6th hole at Lilleshall Golf Club using a 7 iron. Very well done!


Very many congratulations to 2018 Seniors' Captain, Paul Harris OBE (pictured below) who beat Stuart Rimmer by 2 & 1 in a closely fought final to clinch the Russ Noble Trophy. In his year of Captaincy Paul won the Frank Belok Trophy and Paul is understandably very proud of these successes!

Notwithstanding Paul Harris’ success in the Russ Noble Trophy, the undoubted star of the month was Kevan McGrail who followed up his Walker Cup victory by posting a stunning 45 points to win the Senior Organisers’ Trophy.

At the start of the month, 37 points were the scores posted by Paul Greatbatch & Nick Rothwell to win their respective divisions in the September Monthly Stableford.

And, at the end of the month, Michael Lewis-Wright won the Alex Lyle Veterans’ (60+) Trophy with a nett 74.


Despite his good start in the first two rounds of the Walker Cup, John Gallagher had to concede defeat as Kevan McGrail stormed through with three rounds of 38 points to win the Trophy from Rob Clarke on account of his best third round score. Mike Powell was third, four shots behind with a three round total of 110 points.

On 13 August, 2017 Seniors’ Captain Dave Samuel (pictured) shot a super 40 points to win the Tony Walters Trophy relegating Chris Cooper & in form Kevan McGrail, who each scored 37 points, into 2nd & 3rd places.

Meanwhile, on the previous Tuesday winners of the August Monthly Stableford were Dave Ralphs & Bob Parker who each scored 41 points to win their respective divisions.

Sadly, due to a combination of the poor weather and still a lack of support for a drawn event, in the current albeit relaxed lockdown situation, the Harlech Texas Scramble sheduled for 25 August was postponed to later in the year.


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.


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