Wednesday 5th February 2020

The first few days of 2020 did at least bring us a short lull from all the rain we have been getting over the last couple of months or so. It allowed many seniors to venture out onto the golf course and play some competitive golf, albeit, at times on a shortened course. Sadly, as I write this newsletter “Storm Brendan” has been/is dumping yet more rain on us.

I must say that the amount of rain we’ve had this winter so far has been unprecedented. I’ve been a member of Wharton Park for 23 years plus and have not experienced the course being so wet for this length of time. It’s undoubtedly frustrating that as golfers we are unable to play as much as we would like. I am aware that Brett and his team are working hard, in very trying conditions, doing everything they can to make the course as playable and safe as they possibly can. Unfortunately none of us can control the weather.

Anyhow back to competitive golf: we’ve managed to play a further round of our senior’s Winter League. It was The Staffordshire’s turn to host, and on a dry day the team of 6 pairs playing better ball match play performed well with 3 wins, 1 half and 2 losses. That means that the running total with 2 further rounds to play is: The Staffordshire leading on 16 points, Bransford 14, ourselves 13 and Little Lakes on 5. Both The Staffordshire and Bransford have hosted so the advantage of a home round awaits us with still all to play for, come on you seniors!

With the dry spell lasting more than a few days the seniors played their second round match in The Kidderminster Cup. After a good win in the 1st round against Droitwich B the draw meant the team travelling to The Worcestershire Golf and Country Club to face their A Team. Sadly, home advantage and the quality of the opposition proved too good for our seniors on the day.

The Seniors Christmas Wines & Spirits which was due to be played on the 13th December was a casualty of the weather. This competition is run as a Texas Scramble with a traditional Christmas meal afterwards with prizes for all (some better than others for the winners). It is now likely to be held in either late January/ early February so those who have entered please keep an eye on the notice board for the revised date.

As we get further into the New Year the time has come when the notice regarding entries for the Senior Knockouts (Singles and Pairs) has been posted, again please look at the notice board and Intelligent Golf to obtain the relevant information of how to enter.

When weather and course conditions allow the senior winter roll ups will be run. These are played as stableford format on a Tuesday and Friday morning.

As I mentioned before in previous newsletters, please, whatever standard, if you are 55 years of age or over you are more than welcome to join in.

Fingers crossed that it will stop raining sometime soon.