Seniors' Open 2015
Friday 5th June
A very good and thoroughly enjoyable day by all 188 players. I have to admit my role of meet and greet was not in any way arduous - rather like the duck gliding along in an effortless manor whilst beneath the surface a highly efficient machine was working like mad.
What a lot of people I have to thank and in no particular order I will start with the Ladies Section, who, under the able leadership of Lady Captain Jayne Baxter did a sterling job of manning (or should that be womanning) the half way house and the raffle table. They were Janet Allen, Gill Armstrong, Jayne Baxter (Lady Captain), Sandra Blairs, Jenny Cordon (Saffs Seniors' Lady Captain), Tina Edwards, Janet Gilbert, Karen Griffiths, Jaqueline Salt, Jackie Sumerling, Anita Wainwright, Susan Watson and the odd one out Alan Yeomans. In the Pro-shop Jake did an excellent job of entering the cards, as well as dealing with the two's comp and at the same time running the Pro-shop. Our thanks to Mike Barker for setting up the event on the new computer system and to Andrew Baxter who did a sterling job as starter.
The Green staff also deserve a special mention for the magnificent way in which they set up the course for this day: I spoke to a great many players on the day and everyone I talked to had nothing but praise for the course and its presentation - Thank you lads.
Last but by no means least our able Seniors' Section Secretary Mike Wainwright, ably assisted by the Senior's Section Treasurer Trevor Smedley. Mike deserves a special mention for the vast amount of work that he puts into this event. Mike, like many others, does a great deal of work which goes unnoticed by the majority of members. It is the work that he puts in that enables someone like me to glide along, hassle free - as I tell my opposite number in each of the Seniors' matches, my role and only real duty, is to stand up and speak on behalf of the Seniors' Section of Leek Golf Club and to try not to put my foot in it as I do so often.
7th Bob Harris 24" Oxley Park
11th Terry Lethbridge 29.5" Chevin
17th Ian H Burnside 106" Brocton
1st Eddie Crawford and Keith Cleaver 43points Titherington
2nd Steve Crawshaw and John Nichols 42pts Litchfield
3rd G Painter and M Bevin 41pts (back 9) Doxley Park
4th G Dorrilot and A Holmes 41pts (back 9) Micleover
5th D Hill and S Travers 40pts (back 9) Alsager
1st J Hammond and C Cason 39pts Ashbourne G.C.
2nd P Roome and R Hann 38pts Pastures G.C.
Seniors' Section Captain
Brocton v Leek Seniors
Monday 3rd August 2015
Another good day, in every respect. The weather held, dry with a chance of a shower which thankfully never materialised and a reasonable breeze to keep us cool.
This was the return match and their Seniors' Captain, Peter Bright, had drafted in a new partner, Barry Mayer, and revenge for his loss at Leek was obviously on his mind. I was playing with Alan Thorpe, who would admitt didn't have a good day but did come in on holes when I desperately needed him to.
What will stick in my mind was my two approach shots to the first two holes. I don't do fades, at least not deliberately, but having pushed my tee shots to the right on both holes I had no other option. My fade into the first green worked and I finished on the right hand apron some 15 feet from the hole - I missed the putt but won the hole. It was the same story on the second, I hit a lovely fade onto the green and finished some 15 feet above the hole: I parred the hole but so did Peter, with his shot, and we were back to flat. It soon became clear that this was not, by any means, going to be easy and by the 9th hole I had dropped 2 shots and we were all square! Whilst we won the game it had more to do with the opposition slipping up on holes rather than us actually winning them.
As always, the company was excellent - you really do meet a lot of nice people playing this game of ours.
The result was 5½ to Leek 4½ to Brocton.
It was a day when we were all winners. An excellent condition, with hospitality second to none and a meal that over-faced several of those taking part.
Part of the Senior Captain's duties is to finish with a couple of jokes.
One of my jokes was...
In a fort in the Wild West a lookout shouted down to the officer in charge to inform him that an Indian war party was approaching. The officer turned to his Indian scout and said.
"Quickly tell me what we're facing out there.
"The scout put his ear to the ground and said.
" Big war party, more than 100 braves. Two chiefs, one on a black horse one on a white horse. Medicine man with a limp!"
The officer said,
"You can tell all that just by listening to the ground?"
"No," said the scout, "but when I put my ear to the ground I can see under the gate!"
P.S. Always remember, if you're old enough we want you to join us and play in these matches.
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