Seniors Captain’s Report

Andy - senior captain

The shorts and Polo Shirts are being worn less frequently (or in my case not at all) swapped for much warmer clothing now that summer is over, and what a summer of Senior Golf it’s been!

My last report was in early June and a lot of golf has been played since then, with many Trophies’, Medals, Stablefords, Team Matches and Knockout Competitions being won, and lost.

Firstly, can I say a very big “thank you” to everyone who played and made my Senior Captains Away Day so memorable! On a glorious warm sunny day at the end of June, 48 players turned up at Redditch Golf Club to play for the many prizes that were up for grabs, including a putting competition, 2’s and a trophy for the best Stableford score around a course which turned out to be a real but fair test of golf overall 18 holes.

Well done to everyone who played and congratulations to those who walked away with a prize, a special well done to Bob Marriott who took the trophy with a great score of 40 points. Thank you to John Enderbury , Ian Wilson, Faith Wilson and Paula Barrie for helping me out prior to and on the day itself. Not forgetting to mention Redditch Golf Club who looked after us all very well

The results in the latest round of friendly matches have been mixed. We’ve played 11 matches since my last report with 6 losses and 5 wins. Is it down to my selection, our golfing ability or just bad luck that we are losing more than we are winning? If I was a football manager I would be under pressure of the sack, perhaps I am. Someone keeps telling me that it’s the “captain’s curse” and “we’re better than that” and I know we are, Come on you seniors!

The Senior Champion Golfer for the year is Mick Hodges. Congratulations Mick for winning The Marion Norris Trophy (Seniors Championship) with an excellent 69 nett, well done. Not being greedy but only a week before becoming Senior Champion Mick won the Charity Shield, what a great week of golf Mick, Well done!

Albert Grant won the Memorial Chalice, with a fantastic score of 41 points. Well done Alb!

There have been a number of Merit Competitions played over the last couple of months. The roll of honour for notable wins goes to John Enderbury, Dave Slade, Adrian Barrie, Mark Williams (4 wins) and John Collins (2 wins)The race for the Seniors Order of Merit is very tight. With only one merit competition to go, it’s all to play for.  John Enderbury with a total of 157 points is in the lead with John Collins second on 156 points, there could be a tense finish to a great summer season of senior merit competitions.

The Senior Match Play Knockout Competitions have been completed. Well played to Jeremy Hawkins who has won the Seniors Singles and to John Enderbury and Dave Slade for winning the Senior Pairs. Jeremy beat Shaun Parker with John and Dave proving too strong for Mick Hodges and Ken Samuel in the respective finals of each competition.

The weather during late June, July and August was interesting, to say the least. It was either excellent golfing weather with it being very warm and sunny or absolutely pouring with rain. Thankfully for us golfers, there was much more of the former than the latter. However, it was undoubtedly a challenging time for Brett and the green staff team. Well done for keeping the course in great condition allowing us to play some great and at times perhaps not so good golf throughout the summer season, thanks!

I would like to mention the efforts of two seniors who did very well in the Worcestershire County Matchplay Championship’s held recently at Droitwich Golf Club. Both Norbeth Salmon and Tim Ball made it through to the semi-finals where they played each other.

Tim came out on top of that match to make it the final where unfortunately he lost out to Duncan Macpherson (The Seniors and 2nd team County Captain) What with our seniors getting to the final of the Kidderminster Cup, Tim and Norm doing so well in the Senior County Competitions Wharton Park is certainly getting a name for itself within The Worcestershire Golf Union

In my last report, I mentioned that a new Seniors Vice-Captain was needed. I am very pleased to say that Ian Wilson has taken up this role and is already proving to be a great help to me as I enter the later few months of my Captaincy. Ian will take over the reins at the end of February 2020.

It was sad to see Ashley leave Wharton Park recently. He has moved on to embrace new and different challenges. He will be sorely missed by us all as he was always helpful, supportive and showed great empathy towards the senior’s fraternity as well as everyone else at the Club. I’m sure you will join me in saying belated thanks, along with wishing him well in his future endeavours.

Finally, at the beginning of my report I did say that the golfing attire of shorts and polo shirts have now been replaced by the need to wear warmer clothing, and at more frequent times, waterproofs. This is not the case for all senior golfers though, as a small number are off on their travels to sunnier climes in Spain. I hear the temperatures are presently in the mid-twenties, I’m sure you will all be wishing them (and me) well. I’m told that “what happens on tour, must stay on tour” however there may just be some little snippet of news that may have to feature in my next report.

Thank you for reading this missive. All the very best for good Autumn golfing.