SENIORS' CAPTAIN'S NOTEBOOK
This will be my last Notebook offering before Andy takes over as captain at the Seniors’ AGM on 1st March.
Since Christmas there has been quite a bit going on. Some of it tidying up work in progress and a lot laying out plans for the year ahead.
So what follows should get you all right up to date.
Three Captains’ Challenge
39 Seniors turned out on 18th January on a glorious winter morning to play in this annual challenge match between teams supposedly representing last year’s, this year’s and next year’s captain. However, it did not quite work out that way. Because Jim Shaddick had moved away to Herefordshire we invited Bernard Apperley to stand in and have the opportunity to defend the trophy that his team won for him last year. Because I have not returned to games following back surgery we invited Terry Flack to Captain a team. This Challenge Competition was Terry’s idea when he was captain and it seemed only right to ask him to take up the captaincy baton again, albeit just for the day!
The golf part of the challenge was over 12 holes with three clubs and a putter. Even that challenged some of Seniors ability to count and even yours truly as Starter let one player off down the first with a full set of clubs before hauling him back! A £10 donation to the Air ambulance will force me to reveal his name!
The golf produced a range of scores from 10 to 26 points and that 26 best individual score very fittingly secured first prize for next year’s Captain, Andy Cox. He was closely pursued by Andy Hartley with 25 and John Ashenhurst with 23.
Having had an extremely good curry lunch our teams went into the quiz part of the challenge with only one point separating them. The lead changed hands several times through the quiz and we finished up having to play tie breaker questions after Bernard’s and Andy’s team tied after five rounds of quiz questions.
Bernard’s team prevailed again by estimating the length of the great Wall of China closer to its actual.
All those who took part agreed that it is a great way of breaking the January post Christmas cabin fever.
Now it is time to look ahead to events in the pipeline
Captains and Committee Members Bowl Competition
Just a reminder to all our past Captains and Committee members that this competition and lunch is on Thursday 22nd February. The BRS is now open for entry. So if you would like to play then please sign up on the BRS.
Season’s Curtain Raiser and AGM
It may only be the end of January but the competition season is not far away.
How about this for a starter to the season ?
A 12 hole Bowmaker Stableford with a gentleman’s start time of 10am in the morning and you do not need to take on the hill!
Follow that with Simon & Oscar’s Bangers and Mash lunch and join us for the AGM of the Seniors Section of Lilley Brook Golf Club.
At the AGM you can celebrate some of the principal achievements of the section during 2017 with your retiring captain and then vote on the appointment of your committee. Finish it all off by welcoming your captain and vice-captain for 2018.
All that and good company for only £10.00 along with the chance of a prize from the competition as well. An event not to be missed!
The sign-up sheet for the competition and lunch is on the Seniors’ Notice Board and you have until 24th February to book your place.
If you want to take a more relaxed approach to the day, then you can come for lunch and attend the AGM for a mere £7.50. Again, just sign up on the lunch only sign-up sheet on the Notice Board.
Whichever of these you sign up for please put your payment in an envelope with your name on it and mark it AGM and put it in the Seniors’ Competition Box.
You can, of course, give all that a miss and just come along to the AGM which is scheduled to start at 1.30pm
Whatever you choose your Seniors’ Committee looks forward to seeing you
Seniors’ County Competitions in 2018
May I encourage you to consider entering two of the Gloucestershire Golf Union’s competition for Seniors in 2018
The first is the Seniors County Championship which is to be held at Brickhampton on Thursday 9th August. It is open to all those who have a competition handicap of 18.4 or less, are over 55 on the day of the competition and have either been born in the county or have been a member of an affiliated club for more than 12 months.
The second is the County Men’s 50+ Scratch Championship which is to held at Chipping Sodbury on Thursday 4th October. The competition has a handicap limit of 9.4 and we currently have 15 members of the Seniors’ section who have eligible handicaps and there may be more members of the club who are also eligible for this competition.
Last year Steve Smart did us proud by coming 5th overall and 2nd on handicap in the Seniors County Championship.
This year’s club captain, Brian Hutchins has already entered the County Championship competition.
So go on guys. Go and make us proud!
To enter go to www.gloucestershiregolfunuion.co.uk and click on the ‘More info’ tab under County Competitions. Then click on the relevant competition and it will take you to the entry documentation.
We all need to note that the Seniors’ County Stableford for 2018 is to be played her at Lilley Brook on Wednesday 26th September. Entry to this will go to the winner of each division of our qualifying competition which this year will be our Summer Stableford to be held on Monday 13th August. If the winner in each division is unable to take part the invitation to play will go to the runner up in each division.
So, another opportunity for a Lilley Brook Senior to do us proud!
National Seniors Club Classic
There is the National Daily Mail Foursomes for both men and ladies.
Now we have uncovered a similar and very attractive team opportunity for Seniors organised by the Seniors’ Golf Association.
Our ladies did us proud in the Daily Mail last year by reaching finals week end.
This is an opportunity to show what we Seniors can do!
The National Seniors’ Club Classic is a match play team event for teams of four (plus up to three nominated reserves) competing on a knockout basis regionally at first * and progressively from there to finals week end at Staverton Park, Daventry between 14th and 16th October 2018.
In the event of a first round loss there is a Plate Competition.
The Seniors Committee would like to see Lilley Brook represented in this competition.
If you would like to be part of a Lilley Brook Seniors’ Team for this competition, have a handicap of 18 or below and want to find out more then please put your name on the sign-up sheet on the Seniors Notice Board..
If there is sufficient interest we can enter more than one team so do not hold back if you are interested and there are already seven names on the list.
If we get sufficient interest over the next few weeks then we will hold a full briefing meeting immediately after the AGM on 1st March.
If you would like to do your own research prior to that then look on www.seniorsgolfassociation.co.uk
*Initial regional matches will be drawn to allow travel of about no more than 75 minutes. There is an approximate 6 week playing window for each match.
Changes to handicaps on 1 January 2018
You will I hope have read in the Club Newsletter and on the club website about the changes to handicaps that have come into force on 1 January as result of the changes to handicaps introduced by CONGU, the body which governs the way in which handicaps are managed across the UK.
Principal amongst the changes was the introduction of two new divisions of handicaps to permit handicaps to be awarded in the range from 29 to 54.
We have few seniors who have crept up from 28 to 29 and 30. It is possible that few more will move above 28 during the year as a result of adjustments arising from competition play or from the end of 2018 Annual Review of handicaps.
As a result of the CONGU changes your Committee has considered the future policy towards entry to our competitions.
We have decided that we will maintain the current playing handicap limit of 22 for the Dick Bramwell Trophy but only those with a C handicap may enter. In order to preserve the integrity of our Cup and Trophy Competitions we will restrict entry to those with a handicap of 28c or less. Also, we will maintain our limit of 28 for entry to the Seniors’ Open Day. Anyone with a C handicap may enter all other competitions. This includes our 9 hole competitions. For 2018 the current Division 2 in these latter competitions and will be extended to include all those with handicaps in excess of 28c to allow them to participate in the prize pool.
We believe this provides affair balance between preserving the integrity of our major competitions and allowing everyone to participate and have the opportunity to improve their current handicap position.
We will also be contacting the 13 or so of the members of the Seniors’ Section who do not currently have C handicaps to review with them what they might wish us to do to make it more easy for them to convert them to get in the number of qualifying scores to allow them to convert them to full C handicaps.
And a final thought from me
It was later reported that his wife got out safely and that he did indeed par the hole.
He says the divorce isn't going to be that bad, now that there's no house involved.
With very best wishes and I hope to see you at the Curtain Raiser and AGM