Seniors Monthly News Letter
August 4th 2016
Welcome to the fourth edition of the 2016 Seniors News,somewhat delayed but it has been a busy time.
The Seniors Championship has just concluded having this yearbeen run over two days and 36 holes. A very successful event
saw an entry of 44 players, including nine single figure handicaps. The overall gross winner was Paul Lewis for the
second consecutive year with a gross score of 151, with Rod Jelly second on 160 followed by Brian Brookes, Malcolm Lloyd
and Joe Hearn. The nett winner was Brian Brookes on 137 withPaul Lewis second on 141, followed by Ray Clarke, Pete
Maunder and Nick Wigzell. Congratulations to Paul and Brian
The Men's Club Championship was held in July with a strong Seniors representation. Played over 36 holes off white tees on
consecutive days the event produced a notable first round score of 75 ( nett 70 ) from Malcolm Lloyd. Unfortunately Malcolm
couldn't maintain that form in the second round, but still a terrific performance.
The friendly matches have produced mixed results but our form over the last two months has been much improved with our
record over nineteen games showing six wins, six draws and seven defeats, middle of the table stuff but we are invariably
giving shots. We recently beat Burnham at home, having held them to a draw at Burnham, to record a notable win against a
strong team. I am of course grateful to all those that contribute by regularly turning out for what are always most enjoyable
days and welcome any members who would like to represent the Club, just sign up on the notices posted on the Seniors board.
I would like to draw your attention to a few upcoming events.
The Captains Charity Day is being held on Saturday 20th August. The format will be a Bowmaker four ball with entry at
£25 per player, the amount being the same for all members, 5 and 7 day, and visitors. There will be a considerable number of
prizes and all proceeds, including the entry fee, will go to Dorothy House Hospice Care. I urge you to enter and support
this very worthwhile cause.
The Vets Vase Stableford will be held on Monday 15th August. The event is open to all Seniors with the Vets Vase being
contested by those aged 70 and over, ( includes you Terry! ).
The second Seniors Away Day is to be held on Thursday 15th September at Cumberwell Park, notices will be displayed
On a sad note our colleague and popular Seniors member Mike Small passed away last week. Earlier this year Mike donated
the magnificent Beechcroft trophy to be presented annually to the nett winner of the Seniors Championship. Mike's funeral is
to be conducted by Colin Horn and will be held at Upton Lovell
on Wednesday 10th August at 2.30.
I also understand that former member Alf Edmundson passed away last week, at the time of writing I do not have funeral
Finally, my thanks to the Management and staff at Orchardleigh for the continued excellent presentation and condition of the
Course, which many of us believe has never been better.
With best wishes to you all,
Seniors Captain 2016
Seniors Club Championships 2016
The new format to the Seniors Championship at Orchardleigh Golf Club (now played over two rounds) saw last year’s champion, Paul Lewis, successfully defend his title with a total of 151, a magnificent nine shots ahead of Rod Jelly in second place. Paul’s scores were good enough to also take second place in the nett competition (74 and 77 minus his handicap of 5 making a total net of 141). In first place for nett score over the two days, winning the Mike Small Trophy, was Brian Brookes, playing off 12, who scored a brilliant 77 on day one (65 nett) and 84 (72 nett) on day two to win by four shots. Brian also won the Phil Jefferies Trophy for best nett on day one, while the John Scott Trophy, for best nett on day two went to Paul Moakes (85 nett 68).
Seniors Captain, Pete Maunder, presented the prizes with some sadness as Mike Small, who had given the trophy for the overall nett winner, sadly passed away last week. Alf Edmundson, another long standing Senior golfer at Orchardleigh, also passed away last week. Both will be long, and fondly, remembered.
Seniors Champion – Paul Lewis (151)
Runner Up – Rod Jelly (160)
Mike Small Trophy (Best nett overall)– Brian Brookes (137 nett)
Runner Up – Paul Lewis (141 nett)
Phil Jefferies Trophy (Nett day one) – Brian Brookes (65)
John Scott Trophy (net day two) – Paul Moakes (68)
Seniors News Letter
Welcome to this third edition of Seniors News 2016. With the season in
full swing we are enjoying fine weather and the Course is looking in
good shape. The Seniors team has so far struggled to come to terms with
the 9/10 handicap allowance losing our last three games by only one
match but always giving shots to the other side, at Hamptworth this week
we were giving a net total of 90 shots and lost 2½ - 3½.
Better news with the Somerset Bowl team who won their first match and
now face the mighty Burnham and Berrow at Mendip Spring on 2nd
June, good luck to Peter and his team. Last week we played our annual
match against Orchardleigh Ladies with a total of 40 players taking part,
the Seniors won the match with Terry Ryan carried by Pat Pitt winning
the pairs competition. An enjoyable day was rounded off with an
excellent carvery meal, thanks to Di.
The winners of the May medal were Phil Mays in division one and new
member John Griffiths in division two. The Monday roll ups are being
well attended but there is always room for more. A date for your diary is
the White Tee qualifier on Monday 27th June, always a popular event to
give the back tees a go. Entry to the White Tee competition is mandatory
for Div one players, although Div two players can enter a separate yellow
tee competition should they wish. There will be a bacon roll up on the
day with bacon roll and coffee at sign in and a meal following the
competition, all for a fiver.
At the recent Committee meeting it was agreed to amend the qualification
to the annual Vets Vase, this year being held on Monday 15th August.
The event will be a Stableford competition for all with qualification to the
Vets Vase being limited to those players aged 70 or over on the day, there
will be no extra shots awarded as in previous years i.e. All 70 plus play
off their true handicap. Also at the meeting both the Competitions
Secretary (Robert Miller) and the Treasurer ( David Chalker ) announced
their intention to stand down at the end of this year. If you are interested
in applying for either of these positions please speak to any member of
The two Opens have been well subscribed but if you want to enter either
the Pairs on 21st June or the Bowmaker on 19th July please get in touch
with Phil Jefferies.
Finally, the first away day of the year is at Newport Golf Club on
Thursday 16th June . The sign up sheet is currently displayed on the
Seniors notice board along with the roll up subsidy and entries will close
on 6 June. A great day out is assured and I am trying to twist the
Treasurer's arm to subsidise the bridge toll, I mean nobody wants to pay
to enter Wales!!
Wishing you all good health and happy golfing,
Match Result v Hamptworth
Alas another defeat at Hamptworth away losing 3½ - 2½
April 22 2016
Welcome to this second edition of Seniors News for 2016. The good news is that the Course is at last drying out and there is actually some run on the ball, hooray!! All credit to the green staff who have got the Course into remarkably good condition in such a short space of time, thanks guys.
The team matches are well underway with a current record of won one drawn three and lost one. We registered a very creditable draw at Burnham and Berrow, with the three lost matches all going down on the 18th. Other draws were at Cumberwell and at home to Long Sutton with the only defeat at Bristol and Clifton. Our sole victory was at home against Minchinhampton Old, with the team captained by Mel Thomas, ok I can hear all the comments!
We have upcoming games against Bowood, Yeovil and Wells, all away. We still need players for the Wells game on 5th May and I would be grateful for any names added to the sign up sheet currently displayed on the notice board.
Last Monday saw the first medal of the season. Winner in Division One with a net 69 was new member Mike Passingham, welcome and well done Mike. Division Two was won by the big hitting Keith McCleod with a net 70. Having played with Keith a few times recently this success is no surprise, great stuff Keith. Just a reminder that there is a roll up every Monday morning ( Tuesday when Bank Holiday ), everyone welcome, first tee 8.18 with registration closing at 9.00.
Looking ahead a few dates for your diary. Wednesday 18 May, Seniors against Orchardleigh Ladies, first tee 09.30, twenty players per side with prizes for best pair, individual and of course the trophy to the winning team. The match will be followed by a two course meal at £13 per head. Entries are filling up quickly, entry sheet is on the notice board.
Newport Golf Club is the venue for the first away day of the year on Thursday 16 th June. Eight players from Orchardleigh were lucky enough to play the Newport course in March, a terrific venue with a fine layout and greens as good as you will find. This is a no miss event and an entry sheet will shortly be displayed. A second away day will be held at Cumberwell Park on Thursday 15th September.
The Somerset Bowl team, champions in 2015, open their defence of the trophy at Stockwood Vale against Mendip Spring on 4th May. Good luck to Peter Forth and his team, could we do it a second successive year?
As most of you will be aware there has been a change of management at Orchardleigh and a warm welcome to Paul Deeprose, the new General Manager. Paul comes to us with a wealth of experience in the Golf Industry and is already making his mark on the running of club affairs. We wish Paul every success and we are very pleased that he has agreed to attend Seniors Committee meetings. The recent Committee meeting was attended by not only Paul but the Course owner Graham Holloway and his wife Felicity. We enjoyed an excellent exchange of views and I can only emphasise that we all have our part to play in making Orchardleigh Golf Club a successful and profitable organisation.
Other changes see the departure of Club Professional Stuart Clark to a similar position at Bath Golf Club and also Beth who has looked after the bar with a smile. We wish them both every good fortune in their new careers. Dan ( Dougie ) Dredge will take on the Club Professional duties under the watchful eye of Paul Deeprose. I'm sure many Seniors will benefit from Dannie's teaching.
Finally a plug for Golf News, a glossy monthly magazine full of news and interviews. My son Richard is Associate Publisher and complimentary copies are available at the Club.
With dry weather forecast I hope that you will all make the effort to attend roll ups, sign up for matches and join in with our friendly and good fun Seniors Section.
Seniors Captain 2016