SENIORS' SECTION

SENIORS' CENTENARY AWAY DAY

A full house Entry of 60 - with sadly only 55 able to complete their rounds - proved that Sandiway Golf Club is the very highly-rated 18-hole course which we were expecting. And we were blessed with a benign, warm, sunny autumn day on 29 September with excellent service in the socially distanced Club House.

The Seniors' Captain would like to thank all who supported this event and to congratulate the prize winners.

Click on the image to view the full list of the day's good golfers!

and click on the image of Seniors' Captain Gerald presenting the winner, Steve Lawson, with The Shield to view more pics of the day.

Paul Corfield's Ace

New recruit to the Seniors' Section, Paul, achieved the first hole in one of his golfing career.

Paul, who plays off 12, achieved his feat on the 150 yard 6th hole at Lilleshall Golf Club using a 7 iron. Very well done!

2020 SENIORS’ DINNER

Following the government’s latest tightening of permissible social activities it is with very much regret that we have had to cancel the Seniors’ Dinner which was scheduled for 30 October and, sadly, it looks as if it will be impossible to hold such an event any time soon.

The Seniors’ Committee is endeavouring to arrange an end of year Presentation attached to the Christmas Stableford with arrangements appropriate to the coronavirus circumstances prevailing at that time. This Presentation is intended to cover not only the prizes due for the “fun” events played though the summer but also for my Seniors’ Away Day at Sandiway scheduled for 29 September.

Gerald Smith
2020 Centenary Seniors’ Captain

SEPTEMBER REPORT

Very many congratulations to 2018 Seniors' Captain, Paul Harris OBE (pictured below) who beat Stuart Rimmer by 2 & 1 in a closely fought final to clinch the Russ Noble Trophy. In his year of Captaincy Paul won the Frank Belok Trophy and Paul is understandably very proud of these successes!

Notwithstanding Paul Harris’ success in the Russ Noble Trophy, the undoubted star of the month was Kevan McGrail who followed up his Walker Cup victory by posting a stunning 45 points to win the Senior Organisers’ Trophy.

At the start of the month, 37 points were the scores posted by Paul Greatbatch & Nick Rothwell to win their respective divisions in the September Monthly Stableford.

And, at the end of the month, Michael Lewis-Wright won the Alex Lyle Veterans’ (60+) Trophy with a nett 74.

2020/2021 SENIORS’ WINTER LEAGUE

RULES. Betterball stableford points to be played off yellow tees with 90% handicap allowance. Maximum of twelve rounds to be completed by 28th February 2021. Games to be played against at least 4 different pairs participating in the competition. Winners will be the pair with the highest number of points from their best 6 rounds. In the case of a tie the last played card used to find the top 6 score will count to find the winners. Should the course be 'shortened' over the winter with bucket holes, scores will not be accepted. Any questions should be directed to David Jepson (david_jepson@msn.com)

Click on the image to view the pairings entered; this will be updated progressively with the results

AUGUST REPORT

Despite his good start in the first two rounds of the Walker Cup, John Gallagher had to concede defeat as Kevan McGrail stormed through with three rounds of 38 points to win the Trophy from Rob Clarke on account of his best third round score. Mike Powell was third, four shots behind with a three round total of 110 points.

On 13 August, 2017 Seniors’ Captain Dave Samuel (pictured) shot a super 40 points to win the Tony Walters Trophy relegating Chris Cooper & in form Kevan McGrail, who each scored 37 points, into 2nd & 3rd places.

Meanwhile, on the previous Tuesday winners of the August Monthly Stableford were Dave Ralphs & Bob Parker who each scored 41 points to win their respective divisions.

Sadly, due to a combination of the poor weather and still a lack of support for a drawn event, in the current albeit relaxed lockdown situation, the Harlech Texas Scramble sheduled for 25 August was postponed to later in the year.

SECTION ACTIVITIES

The Seniors' Section is open to all members of the Club who have reached the age of 55. The sections' activities are administered by the Seniors' Committee which is chaired by Seniors' Organiser Peter Townsend who is a Welsh scouser for his sins!!!!

Sectional activities comprise both competitive and social golf with the section meeting on most Tuesdays throughout the year. The programme consists of weekly winter competitions ranging from stablefords, drawn team competitions and friendly roll-ups.

Throughout the summer the section has a busy programme of interclub matches and numerous trophy events in addition to "normal" Tuesday activities.

Over the winter the section supports the County Seniors' Scratch Team event playing for the Ken Smith Trophy which the section won in 2004 and have reached in final in 2006, 2009 & 2019.

All who are qualified by age are welcome to participate in the section's activities and are assured a friendly welcome!




If you have attained the qualifying age, are not on Peter’s database, but wish to added please contact him at petertownsend1@hotmail.co.uk

2020 SENIORS’ CAPTAIN - Gerald Smith

Whitchurch born and bred Gerald was educated at Shrewsbury School, Trinity Hall Cambridge and Imperial College London. In 1965 he joined the family business of W H Smith & Co (Whitchurch) Ltd and was instrumental in developing the business not only to exploit the North Sea oil opportunities but also the lucrative market in the Middle East for structural steelwork.

When the family business became a casualty of the industry recession in 1983, wearing his Chartered Structural Engineer’s hat, Gerald set up the SSI Group of Companies which specialised in the design and construction of “difficult and different” steel structures.

Gerald first hit a golf ball at Hawkstone in August 1956 at which time the Hawkstone course was still being renovated under Alex Lyle’s direction following the wartime years of neglect. Gerald joined as a junior member in January 1957 and he is very proud to be the longest serving member of the golf club while his immediate family have served the Club for a total of over 300 years!

Gerald was a member of the Club’s first ever winning Hargrove team in 1971/2 in which included a 13 year old Sandy Lyle; also he was a member of the Club’s first winning Ken Smith Trophy team in 2004. He was first elected to the Management Committee in 1987 and he served as Press Officer for 25 years before taking on the role of Webmaster in 2012.

Gerald won his Masters Green Jacket in 1999 which brought his handicap down to 5.5 and thereby gained him membership of the S&H County Seniors team which he captained in 2007/8 when he lead the team to their first and so far only appearances at the English Seniors’ County Finals.

In 1996 Gerald was Club Captain at a time the Club’s membership peaked at over 600 following the opening of the Windmill course the previous year. In 2013/14 Gerald served as President of the Club and is truly honoured now to be Seniors’ Captain in our Centenary Year. 

Click on the image of Gerald to read his Longest Serving Member Op-Ed

2020 SENIORS' AGM

Held on Tuesday 04 February 2020

The following were elected for the Club's Centenary Year:

# Seniors' Captain - Gerald Smith
# Seniors' Vice-Captain - Roger Toogood
# Seniors' Organiser - Peter Townsend
and
Committee Members who were elected in 2019 for two years are:
Mike Haseley
David Jepson
Percy Mellor
David Roberts
Alan Walker
who each serve for two years.

SENIORS’ DINNER on Friday 17 January 2020

Hawkstone’s Seniors entertained their wives and partners to a well supported magical dinner and entertainment superbly organised by retiring Seniors’ Captain David Brierley.

Click on image of David with his wife Gill to view photos of the event

SENIORS' 2019 CHRISTMAS STABLEFORD

Pictured are Richard Powell (left) division 2 winner, Seniors' Vice-Captain Gerald Smith who holed in one on the alternate 105 yard 12th hole and Ken MacGillivary division 1 winner.

The top performers were:-

FIRST DIVISION
1st Ken MacGillvray 45 points
2nd Alan Owens 44 points
3rd Peter Williams 43 points
4th Dave Robson 42 points
5th John Gallagher 41 points ob9
6th Dave Greaves 41 points ob9
7th Paul Greatbatch 41 points



SECOND DIVISION
1st Richard Powell 43 points
2nd Alan Butmaro 41 points
3rd Seniors Captain 40 points
4th Bob Parker 39 points ob9
5th Phil Hollins 39 points
6th Bob Smith 38 points ob9
7th Alex Mutch 38 points

Nearest the Pin on 3rd Seniors Captain
Nearest the Pin on 9th Alan Owens
Nearest the pin on 12th Hole Gerald Smith - hole in one!
Longest Putt on 18th Alan Molyneux

2019 SENIORS' MEMORIAL TEXAS SCRAMBLE

60 Senior Members supported this annual event organised by Gerry Whitby to whom all are extremely grateful for his efficient commitment to the memory of our past members. A sincere thank you Gerry from all of us!

Click on the image of Gerry to view the full results

And it was three wins in the bounce for Ken MacGillivray who led his team to victory with a net score of 59.5. Pictured from left are Colin Brown, Ken, James Shaw & Carl Manning.

The spot prize winners were:

3rd Nearest Pin Tim Noble and R/U David Hiles
9th Nearest Pin Phil Latter and R/U Ken MacGillivray
12th Nearest pin Carl Manning and R/U Dave Baker
18th Longest drive Nigel Chesters and R/U Lawrence Ellerby

2017 SENIORS' SECTION RULES OF MANAGEMENT

Click image to view finally agreed & signed document
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