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Senior Captain Report

Well, what disappointing weather we’ve been having since my last report 3 weeks ago. Its dry one minute then heavy rains the next, although many more rain minutes than dry ones!

All the rain has certainly created challenges for, not only us golfers, but for the Green Staff as well. It can’t be easy for Brett and the team to try and keep the course in a reasonable condition when it’s pouring with rain for us members. Well done, and thanks for your continued efforts.

Unfortunately, it’s been necessary to close the course on the odd day because of the weather. This resulted in the seniors last merit competition having to be postponed. As I mentioned in my last report the seniors order of merit is very close and the tense conclusion to this competition is going to take a little longer, until the first week in November.

Thankfully the last couple of Senior Friendly matches went ahead without too much disruption. We managed to record a good win at home against Cleobury Mortimer. The final match, which was a Tri- Match, between us, Ludlow and The Wrekin was recently held at Ludlow. The scores over all of the games within the 3 series of matches were very close but eventually the team with highest number of cumulative points was The Wrekin.

The wet weather hasn’t been a problem for all seniors, as 16 of them managed to escape to Spain for a week’s golf at the beginning of October. The intrepid travellers went to El Rompido Golf Resort where there were 2 different, but challenging 18 hole courses located in a natural site of wetlands surrounded by pine and orange groves.

5 rounds (3 on the North and 2 on the South) each as a different format were played. Everybody had the opportunity to play with everyone else, which added to the camaraderie of the tour.

Congratulations to Stuart Shiels who was the player with the highest total of points over all of the 5 rounds. Well done, also, to Andy Oxenham who achieved the best score in the singles format.

I’ve always said that “what happens on tour, must stay on tour” so there’s nothing I can really add to the fact that “a great time was had by all”. But wait! and without mentioning any names here are some little snippets from the golf course which did make us all chuckle: someone taking 5 putts from 4 feet, another scoring 9 blobs in 1 round, a total of 127 golf balls lost over the week! Now off the course? I’m certainly not going to mention anything that happened there! Unlike the UK, the weather was warm and sunny. Now back to wearing waterproofs!!


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