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Monday 9th March 2020

Unfortunately, the unprecedented weather we’ve been having continues to dominate my reports of late. What with recent storms Brendan, Ciara, Dennis and now Jorge, when is it all going to stop and allow us to play some “proper golf”! I know, I know, many of you would say that I’ve never been able to play “proper golf” anyway, and yes, that’s probably true.

There is some golfing news to report: the rain did ease for a few days in early February. As the course slowly dried out, helped by strong winds, Brett and his team were able to get out and cut fairways, rake bunkers and get the greens playing the best they’ve been for months. Thank you for all your hard work and well done to all the green staff.

During this time we were able to play a further round of our senior’s winter league. This time we were the hosts and on a dry but windy day. With the course looking in great condition, considering the weather and time of year, our team of seniors ran out winners with 4 wins, 1 half and 1 loss against The Staffordshire, Bransford and Little Lakes. With a final round to play the running total in the league is: The Staffordshire leading with 23 points, ourselves (1 point behind) in second place on 22 points, Bransford19 points and Little Lakes on 8 points.

Sadly after the very brief spell of comparatively dry weather the rain returned. The senior’s Christmas wines & spirits, which had already been postponed once (and rescheduled for the 11th February) was postponed again. It is now, hopefully, to be played on the 20th March.For more information please see the senior’s notice board.

The regular senior rollups on a Tuesday and Friday have also been severely curtailed because of the weather. However, when the course conditions have allowed, and albeit on a shortened course, there are some hardy senior golfers who do venture out to play. Well done to those who have won the recent spoils.

My term as Senior Captain is coming to the end with this missive being my last report. Ian Wilson, the present Seniors Vice Captain officially has taken over as of the 1st March.

It has been an honour and privilege being your Senior Captain. It’s not been without its challenges and hard work but very enjoyable none the less. Can I please thank all those people who have supported me, Ian Wilson my Vice Captain, Bob Marriott, Dave Slade and John Enderbury who have worked hard and diligently behind the scenes organising important things such as money, our inter club fixtures and various senior competitions. My thanks also go to Mike Dimbylow for arranging and running the winter roll ups.

I must also say thanks to Carlie, Brett, all of the green staff, Matt, the catering/bar staff, Ray, Ollie and the staff in the pro shop for being helpful, accommodating and putting up with, not only me, but the demands of us senior golfers.

My final and most important thanks go to all of you, for electing me as your Senior Captain and making a contribution, however big or small to senior golf at Wharton Park.

I wish Ian Wilson, the new Senior Captain all possible success and if you give him as much support as you have given me, I’m sure he will have at least an equally enjoyable year as I have had.

Andy