Seniors Section

Welcome to the Seniors Section of Evesham Golf Club, in which we have a varied programme of golf through out the year. There are roll ups on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings taking place at 8.15.

The main Seniors day is Wednesday, when most, but not all competitions are held. During the winter months a Winter League and Eclectic competition is run fortnightly, with a throw up fiddle in between.

During the main golfing season there many competitions to get involved with, several Trophy, Stableford and Medal competitions, Open and mixed events, away days, and 20 interclub matches.

The section is open to all male members who are aged 55 and over. We have about 75 playing members, with age’s from 55 to 80 plus, with handicaps generally falling between 13 and 24. We are a friendly section, as indeed the whole club is, and we welcome anyone who wishes to play with us. While we believe that Senior’s golf should be a social game, and should be fun, we still believe in being competitive and adhering strictly to the rules of golf. A committee is elected each year at the seniors A.G.M to administer the section.

Senior Captain Bill Dobie
Vice Captain   Mike Hocking
Secretary          Neil Croft
Treasurer                Steve Deakin
Competition Secretary Malcolm Hiscock
Committee member Ian Wood
Committee member Malcolm Carnall
Committee member Tony Clemow

AGM and Ralph Burton Trophy

Evesham Seniors held their AGM on Wednesday 10th October and took the opportunity of presenting the cup to the winner of the Ralph Burton Competition.

This is a prestigious trophy played over several months in a knockout format. The overall winner was Tim Swift.

Picture Malcolm Hiscock

L-R – New Seniors Captain for 2018-19 Mike Hocking, Tim Swift and outgoing Captain Bill Dobie

Autumn Cup

On Friday 21st September Evesham Seniors played their Autumn Cup qualifying medal competition. It was played in difficult windy conditions and was won by Competitions Secretary Malcolm Hiscock with a very impressive net 73. Second was Seniors Captain Bill Dobie with a net 74 and in third place was Doug Wright on 75.

Picture.... Mike Hocking

Mike Morris Pairs Competition

Evesham Seniors competed for the Michael Morris trophy, a pairs competition. The winners were Ian Wood and Richard Saville. The prizes were presented by Seniors Captain Bill Dobie

L to R Ian Wood, Captain Bill Dobbie and Richard Saville.

Picture Mike Hocking

Jubilee Cup

On Friday the 24th August Evesham Golf Club Seniors held the Jubilee Cup competition. This was a medal competition and it was won by seniors competitions Secretary Malcolm Hiscock with a net score of 70. Second was Doug Sharp with Brian Rogers in third place.

Two away matches have also been played with a loss at Bransford and a halved match at Ombersley.

Picture: L to R Bill Dobie (Seniors Captain), and Malcolm Hiscock.

Wychavon Challenge Cup

The Wychavon Challenge Cup competition was played on Wednesday 15th August at the Craycombe course Played as a better ball medal format, it produced some excellent scores.

The winners were Martin Williams and Hans Holzgartner, with a very impressive net score of 66.

L to R Michael Hocking (Seniors Vice Captain) and the winning pair, Martin Williams and Hans Holzgartner.

Picture .. Malcolm Hiscock

Seniors Club Champsionship

Evesham Golf Club Seniors held their annual Championship played over two rounds on Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th August. The Diffin trophy went to the player with the best two gross scores and the Wilson Jug went to the player with the best two net scores with the Seniors Champion being the winner of The Diffin trophy.

Course conditions for the two rounds were completely different; warm and dry on the Wednesday with a lot of awkward run on the ball and windy and rainy on the Friday.

The winner of The Diffin Trophy and Seniors champion for the year was Tony Fawcett with a combined gross score for the two rounds of 174. Second on 175 was Seniors Captain Bill Dobie and third on 176 was Alan Askew.

The winner of the Wilson Jug was Gerry Ricketts with a combined net score for the two rounds of 145. Second on 146 was Tony Fawcett and third with 148 was Colin Hussell.Picture L to R Tony Fawcett, Seniors Captain Bill Dobie, and Gerry Ricketts

Picture-- Mick Hocking

The Seniors team have recently played two away matches loosing narrowly to Tewkesbury Park and slightly more convincingly to Puckrup Hall.

Seniors Invitation Day

On Wednesday the 25th July Evesham Seniors held their annual Invitation day. Many of the local clubs were represented and a good day was had by all. Thankfully most of the matches were finished before the temperature climbed into the 30’s

The competition was a two ball better ball stableford and was won by local member Graham Hughes and his playing partner Terry Cox from The Worcestershire with a very impressive 47 points. Second on count back was local member Richard Saville and his playing partner N. Cowle from Tewkesbury Park with 46 points and in third place were Geoff Wellens and M. Malone also with 46 points.

Nearest the pin were John Vaughan from Evesham and Terry Cox.
Evesham Seniors have also recently played two home matches loosing narrowly to Ombersley and then beating again narrowly Lilley Brook from Cheltenham.

Seniors Mixed Open

On Wednesday 11th July Evesham Golf Club’s Seniors Section held their annual Mixed Open. A full house enjoyed excellent weather conditions and a course that was playing very short due to the hard ground conditions.

Scores were high and the event was won by local members Jean Bevan and Martin Williams with 45 points followed by Lesley Curnock and Men’s section Vice Captain Pete Moore with 44 points. In third place were also Evesham members Angela Fletcher and Geoff Wellens on 43 points.

Participants came from near and far in particular a couple from Devon who arranged to play on their way back to Devon from a concert in Manchester.

Nearest pin were on 6th for the Ladies Jean Bevan and the Men Alan Davies, and on the 9th for the Ladies Angela Fletcher and for the Men Phil Andrews.

Picture M Hocking – l – r Martin Williams Bill Dobie Seniors Captain, Jean Bevan.

Costa Craycombe Trophy

On Wednesday 13th June Evesham Golf Club Seniors played the annual Costa Craycombe competition. The weather was fine and the course in lovely condition. The competition was a medal competition played off the white tees. The winner was Paul Buckley who came in with a magnificent net 65 followed some way behind by captain Bill Dobie on 74 and vice captain Mick Hocking on 75.

Evesham Golf club Seniors match against Tewkesbury

Evesham Men’s Seniors played their third home game of the season and held a strong Tewkesbury Park team to a half.

This was Tewkesbury Parks seventh match this year and the first time they had not managed to win.

This season Evesham Seniors have won their previous two home matches against ‘Bransford’ and ‘The Worcestershire.

Seniors Captain Bill Dobie and his playing partner Steve Deakin lost their match by 1. There were losses also for John Vaughan / Doug Sharp, and Malcolm Hiscock/Malcolm Carnall. The winning pairs were Martin Williams/Richard Saville, Dave Kewley/Ian Wood and Neil Croft/Mick Hocking.

Right Royal Day

On Friday 18th May The Seniors and Ladies of Evesham Golf Club held A Right Royal Day to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan.

Thirty six members took to part in the American Foursomes Competition all sporting patriotic attire. The 'Queen' joined in the fun and was photographed with the players before the shotgun start at 9.30.

The competition was followed by a regal luncheon where the prizes were presented. The winning pair being Enid Walker and Ian Facer, with 39 points on a count back from Patsy Brumage and Bill Dobie. Marlene Billings and John Hutcheon taking 3rd place. The 9 hole competition was won by Richard Birmingham and Hana Reid. Hana was the winner of the Ladies Nearest The Pin but as none of the gentlemen made it to the green that prize was awarded to Richard Saville for being to best dressed man on the course.

Thanks to Jeff Fletcher for being the royal photographer and Pat Saville for masterminding the menu.

Seniors 3 Club Competition

Having completed all 10 games of the Winter League, the seniors at Evesham Golf Club held their first 2018 event on Wednesday 14th March.

The annual 3-club stableford competition was won by Richard Saville who scored 36 points.

The photo shows Richard, on the left, being presented with the winning trophy by this year's seniors section captain, Bill Dobie.

Picture .... Neil Croft

ERIC TYLER TANKARD

MALCOLM HISCOCK TRIUMPHS

The inaugral competition for the Eric Tyler Tankard was played from the white tees and with the weather changing from snow only a few days previously to almost balmy spring conditions, the 26 senior entrants were able to enjoy their rounds. The scoring was not particularly low as there was little run on the ball and with the CSS being reduction only, no handicap adjustments were necessary, but steady golf from Competition Secretary Malcolm Hiscock saw off Alan Askew, both scoring 34 points and Mike Brumage with 33 points. Eric had been a long time member of the Seniors section until a few years ago,when he retired to the Banbury area and although he sadly passed away last month, the competition will be a fitting reminder in the future. Senior Skipper Bill Dobie is pictured presenting the tankard to Malc.

Seniors Captains Charity for 2017

The Evesham Seniors Christmas lunch was the ideal occasion for outgoing Seniors Section Captain Ian Wood to present a cheque for £2000 to Martin Blackaller from Ian’s Captain’s Charity, Acorns. The money was raised by the Seniors Section throughout the past year on behalf of the Captain’s Charity.

In thanking the Seniors for their generous donation Martin explained how the money would be used to support children with life limiting conditions together with their families and carers. Martin also explained how the charity was heavily reliant on donations needing to raise some £7M to fund their £10M budget. The remainder of the money comes from Government grants.
Each year Evesham Golf club Seniors' Section has a full programme of events, competitions and matches, including eighteen trophy competitions. The trophies are traditionally presented following a Christmas lunch in December, one of the highlights of the year for the senior golfers.

Seniors Section Golfer of the Year

Evesham Golf Club Seniors Section Golfer of the Year is a trophy presented to the player who accumulates most points awarded during the year for entering events and competitions, with extra points awarded for doing well.

The trophy itself is a lovely silver bowl presented to the Section by Steve Deakin, and therefore known as the Deakin Trophy.

The winner this year is Ian Wood who was also the Section captain during the year.

Seniors AGM Competition

Evesham Golf Club Senior’s section held their Annual General Meeting at the clubhouse on Wednesday 11th October.

Prior to the meeting 24 seniors took to the course for a 9 hole stableford competition. Outgoing captain Ian Wood sealed his year as captain by winning the competition by 1 shot. Before the meeting took place the prize-giving for the Ralph Burton knockout competition and the Spencer plate competition took place. The winner of the Ralph Burton trophy was Ian Wood and the runner up was Ian Facer. Winner of the Spencer plate was Alan Askew and the runner up was Dave Kewley.

At the AGM outgoing captain Ian Wood thanked the section their help and support and particularly thanked members of the committee for all their hard work in making the seniors events and competitions a great success. The charity fund raising effort by the section means that Acorns, Ian’s chosen charity, will receive a cheque for £2000. He then handed over the reins to new captain Bill Dobie and wished him well for the coming year.

Picture shows outgoing senior captain Ian Wood congratulating the new seniors captain, Bill Dobie.

Match Report v Broadway

Evesham Golf Club seniors played their final match of the season against Broadway at the Craycombe links on Wednesday 4th October. The day was dry but blustery and the course was in good condition for the time of year. Broadway fielded a strong team and the Evesham squad had to be at their best. Some good golf was played by both sides and both sides shared the honours in halving the match 3 games to 3 which was a fair reflection of the play.

Results

Ian Wood and Robin Flack won
Neil Croft and Mick Hocking won
John Vaughan and Les Bond won
Doug Sharp and Phil Williams lost
Tony Clemow and Malcolm Carnall lost
Richard Saville and mike Whiteford lost

Match Report v Redditch

On Wednesday 29th September Evesham Golf Club Seniors played their re-arranged home match against Redditch Golf Club seniors. This match had been postponed from earlier in the season due to the flooding. The day started out very wet and rainy but brightened up from mid-morning onwards. Although the course was wet to begin with this did not deter the players from their game and all the matches were close. In the end though Redditch got the better of Evesham seniors winning by 4½ to 1½.

Results

Ian Wood and Bill Dobie won by 2 up
Mick Hocking and Alistair Millward lost by 3&1
Doug Sharp and Phil Williams lost by 2&1
Ken Hardacre and Richard Saville lost by 4&3
Mike Whiteford and Mike Abraham lost by 3&2
David Scott and Derek Jackson halved.

Seniors v Ladies

On Wednesday 27th September the Evesham golf Club seniors played their annual match against the Evesham golf Club Ladies. This event is eagerly anticipated by both Ladies and Gents and is a most enjoyable event. The format was a better ball stableford competition with the total score of each side being used to decide the winners. The course was in excellent condition for the day and the weather was kind too. In the end the Gents ran out winners with a total score of 222 to the Ladies 206.

Autumn Cup

The annual Evesham Golf Club seniors Autumn Cup competition took place on Friday 22nd September at the Craycombe links. This is the final trophy competition of the season. A strong field took to the course to contest this competition. The format was a medal played off the white tees. Conditions were quite favourable for some good scoring but many players found it tough going. The winner on countback was Martin Williams with a nett 74 with Bryan Rogers in second place.

Match Report v Worcester Golf and Country Club

Evesham Golf club seniors played their away match against Worcester Golf and Country Club on Monday 11th September. Although the day was a bit showery the course at Boughton Park played well although they had to contend with one temporary green. Sadly it made no difference as they were unable to improve their away record going down by 5 games to 1. Following the golf they enjoyed a nice meal and some convivial chatter in the club house.

Results

Ian Wood and Malcolm Carnall lost 6&4
Mike Abraham and Phil Williams lost 3&2
Ian Facer and Tim Swift won 4&3
Mike Whiteford and Les Bond lost
Neil Croft and Peter Ratledge lost
Bill Dobie and Doug Sharp lost 3&2

Askew Triumphs in Jubilee Cup

Some 23 Evesham Golf Club seniors turned out for the annual Jubilee cup competition on Friday 25th August. On a fine day for golf the competitors enjoyed their rounds and there were some excellent scores. The competition was a medal off the white tees which always makes scoring well that bit more difficult.

The winner was Alan Askew who carded a nett 69 playing off a handicap of 12. In second place with a nett 72 was Malcolm Hiscock and in third place with a nett 74 was Geoff Wellens.

Picture Ian Facer

Match Report v Bransford

On Tuesday 22nd August Evesham Golf Club seniors played their away match against Bransford seniors. Although it was dry but overcast, we had our usual trouble negotiating our way round the course whilst trying to avoid the many lakes and watercourses that are a feature of the course at Bransford.

In the event the Bransford team‘s home advantage was telling and they won by 5 games to 1. Afterwards we were entertained to drinks and lunch which went down well.

Results

Ian Wood and Bryan Rogers lost 2&1
Malcolm Hiscock and Malcolm Carnall lost 5&4
Ian Facer and Mick Hocking lost 4&3
Mike Abraham and Richard Saville lost 6&4
Neil Croft and Steve Deakin lost 4&2
Martin Williams and Phil Williams won 3&2

Wychavon Challenge Cup

On Wednesday 16th August 20 Evesham Golf Club Seniors played in the annual Wychavon Challenge Cup competition. The format is a fourball better ball medal played off the white tees. The players handicaps were reduced to 90% of their playing handicap to make matters more challenging. Fortunately we were blessed with a fine dry day to play this competition.

There was some excellent scoring and the winners with a nett 66 on countback (31 on the back nine) were Ian Wood and Jeff Fletcher. During the course of their round Ian Wood scored an eagle at the 15th hole and Jeff Fletcher scored a nett albatross at the 18th.

In second place also with a nett 66 but with 33 on the back nine were Geoff Wellens and Gerry Ricketts.

In third place with a nett 69 were Malcolm Hiscock and Hans Holzgartner.

Match Report v Ombersley

Evesham Golf club Seniors played their away fixture against Ombersley on Tuesday 15th August. The day was fine and dry with good sunny spells. The course at Ombersley was playing very well and the greens were in good condition.

Once again some good golf was played by both teams and an enjoyable day was had by all. Ombersley gained the upper hand winning by four matches to two. Following the golf an excellent carvery meal was served and we all enjoyed good conversation and bonhomie.

Results

Ian Wood and Ian Facer won 2&1
Neil Croft and Steve Deakin lost 5&3
Martin Williams and Mick Hocking won 4&3
Mike Whiteford and Malcolm Carnall lost 4&3
Malcolm Hiscock and les Bond lost 2&1
Bill Dobie and Tony Clemow lost 5&3

Seniors Championship

This year’s seniors championship was played over two days on the 9th and 11th August. Unfortunately the weather intervened and forced the Wednesday round to be abandoned due to a waterlogged course. The competition was reduced to a single round on the Friday. Fortunately the weather smiled on us that day and we enjoyed the excellent condition of the course.

A total of 20 players took part and some good scores were achieved. In the end Mike Abraham ran out winner of both the Diffin cup and the Wilson jug. His score of gross 86 and nett 70 was sufficient to win the competition. In second place with a gross 88 and nett 72 was Geoff Wellens. In third place gross was Bill Dobie with a gross score of 89 and the nett third place went to Steve Deakin with a nett score of 73. Congratulations to all the winners.

Let’s hope that next year we can get both rounds played.

Match Report v Abbey Park Monday 24/7/17

On Monday 24th July Evesham Golf Club seniors hosted Abbey Park Seniors at Craycombe links for the friendly match. As always the course was in good condition and some excellent golf was played. The teams were evenly matched and some good golf was played. Evesham ran out winners by 3½ to 2½. Surprisingly three of the games ended up as halves which shows that the teams were evenly matched. Following the golf we once again were provided with an excellent lunch by the catering team.

Results

Ian wood and Richard Saville won 1 up
Tony Clemow and Tim Swift halved
Ian Facer and Alistair Millward lost 2&1
Mike Whiteford and Malcolm Carnall halved
Steve Deakin and Doug Sharp halved
Bill Dobie and Roger Holmes won 4&3

Match Report v Lilleybrook 17/07/17

Evesham Golf Club seniors played their home fixture against Lilleybrook at the Craycombe links on Monday 17th July. The day was warm and sunny and the course was in good condition although it was very dry so ideal conditions for some good golf to be played. We welcomed Roger Holmes and Tim Swift to the team and both contributed to our victory. Our visitors played some good golf including several chip-ins but we ran out winners by 3½ to 2½. After the match we enjoyed a good lunch and conversation as is usual with these matches.

Results
Ian Wood and Mike Whiteford lost 2&1
Martin Williams and Tim Swift halved
Ian Facer and Peter Ratledge lost 1 down
Richard Saville and Malcolm Carnall won 5&3
Les Bond and Roger Holmes won 6&5
Bill Dobie and Derek Jackson won 6&5

Seniors Mixed Open

Evesham Golf Club Seniors hosted the annual Senior’s Mixed Open on Wednesday 12th July at the Craycombe Links. Some 84 competitors were welcomed by the club on a fine sunny day. Many of the players came from other clubs and it was a pleasure to welcome them to Evesham. Many of the visitors complimented the club on the excellent presentation of the course and the facilities offered.

The competition was a greensomes pairs stableford whereby both players of the pair drove off the tee and then the best drive was chosen to continue play. The course was in excellent condition considering the dry spell that we had had recently. Some impressive scoring was achieved by many of the teams. Following the competition an excellent buffet provided by the catering team was enjoyed. The charity raffle in aid of Acorns raised over £290.”

Results:-

Winners with 42 points were Dave and Lesley Kewley
Runners up with 38 points were Richard Curnock and Ruth Masters
Third place with 37 points on countback were David Hogg (Puckrup) and Conryn Abbott.

Nearest the pin on the 9th Men David Hogg (Puckrup), Ladies Julie Powell (Leominster)

L to R.. Ian Wood ( Seniors Captain), Les Kewley and Dave Kewley

Picture Jeff Fletcher

Hugh celebrates 90th Birthday in style!

Hugh Homer, for 45 years a resident of Hill and a member of Evesham Golf Club since 1985, on Monday morning achieved his long held ambition when he played 9 holes of competitive golf on the first day of his 91st year. Surrounded by family and friends the 90 year of drove off accompanied by daughter Jane and grandsons Bill and Ed.

Some 30 plus members and family also joined in the round, which was celebrated afterwards in the clubhouse where his wife Jean and other non-playing family and friends joined him for a buffet lunch.”

Seniors Open

This year’s seniors open was held on Wednesday 7th June at the Craycombe links. A field of 80 players attended playing as pairs in a betterball Stableford competition. More than half the players came from other clubs and it was a pleasure to welcome them. There were many good scores with the majority of the field achieving 40 points or more. Fortunately the weather held and the event was played in dry but windy conditions. The course was in excellent condition and many of the visitors complimented the club on the excellent presentation of the course and the facilities offered.

Following the competition Lisa and her staff provided a running cold buffet. The results were as follows:-

Overall winners - David Shuttleworth and Trevor Hallet (Forest Hills) with a score of 47

Second place - Mark Cox and Roger Price (Kidderminster) with a score of 46

Third place - Graham Hughes (Evesham) and Terry Cox (The Worcestershire) with a score of 45

Nearest the pin on the 9th - Mike Whiteford (Evesham)

Drive nearest the line on the 5th - Bill Dobie (Evesham)

Congratulation to all the winners!

A special thank you to Steve Deakin for organising such a successful event and to all the helpers without whom we could not have laid the event on.”

Match Report v Lilleybrook 01/06/17

Evesham seniors played the Lilleybrook seniors at their course in Cheltenham on Thursday 1st June. It was a warm and sunny day as they teed off at 12.30. The course at Lilleybrook was in excellent condition and the greens were fast and true. Some good golf was played by both teams and after negotiating the famous back nine up and down the side of the Cotswolds they were glad of a cool drink. The meal after the match was excellent and well presented. The result did not go in Evesham’s favour and they lost by 5 games to 1.

The results were:

Ian Wood and Steve Deakin lost by 4 & 2
Ian Facer and Richard Saville lost by 2 down
Malcolm Carnall and Mike Whiteford lost by 5 & 4
John Vaughan and Les Bond won by 3 & 2
Martin Williams and Alan Bees lost by 1 down
Bill Dobie and Doug Sharp lost by 1 down”

Hiscock triumphs in Costa Craycombe.

Malcolm Hiscock carded a fine nett 70 to win Evesham Golf Club seniors Costa Craycombe trophy. Tim Swift was just beaten into second place on countback after also carding a nett 70. In third place was Doug Sharp with a nett 74. 20 golfers set out on a fine sunny morning to play in this competition which is a medal off the white tees. For the seniors this is a tough challenge but some excellent golf was played on an enjoyable morning.”

L to R.. Ian Wood & Malcolm Hiscock

Picture Jeff Fletcher

Match Report v Tewkesbury Park 24/05/17

Evesham Golf Club Seniors entertained Tewksbury Park seniors in the return fixture of our inter club matches on Wednesday 24th May.

The weather was fine and warm and the course was in fine condition as we started the match and over the course of the morning the temperature rose to give the warmest day of the year so far.

Some excellent golf was played by both teams. One of the visitors recorded a nett 67 playing off a handicap of 11. Many of the matches swung one way then the other. In the end Tewkesbury Park just shaded it by 4 points to 2.

Results:

Ian Wood and Dave Kewley lost 2&1
Martin Williams and Les Bond won 2&1
Geoff Burton and Mick Hocking lost 2&1
Mike Whiteford and Steve Deakin lost 2&1
John Vaughan and Richard Saville halved
Bill Dobie and Ron Smith halved”

David Taylor Flag Competition

Evesham seniors competed in the David Taylor Flag competition on Monday 15th May. Some fine scores were achieved despite the rainy conditions. The object of the competition was to try to get as far round the course as possible having started on the 18th green before running out of shots. The winner was Dave Kewley who reached the 18th green for the second time in his round. Not far behind was Roger Holmes and in third place was Derek Jackson.

L to R... Dave Kewley and Seniors Captain Ian Wood

Picture Jeff Fletcher

Match report v Puckrup 03/05/17

Evesham Golf Club seniors entertained Puckrup seniors at the Craycombe course on Wednesday 3rd May for their third home match of the season. They welcomed Derek Jackson to their squad. Although the weather was dry it was cool and the course was playing at its best. The contest was hard fought but Puckrup ran out winners by 4 games to 2. Following the match both teams enjoyed a convivial lunch provided by the catering staff. Results

 Ian Wood and Malcolm Hiscock lost 3&2
Mike Whiteford and Mike Brumage lost 4&3
Dave Kewley and Doug Sharp lost 4&3
Steve Deakin and Les Bond won 6&4
Ian Facer and Tony Clemow won 3&2
Neil Croft and Derek Jackson lost 2&1

Wychavon Cup

Twenty six Seniors took to the links for the Wychavon Cup earlier today on a fine spring day and with the course looking in wonderful condition despite the recent dry weather. The competition format was a better ball medal with drawn partners off the white tees and on a day of mixed scoring the result were..

Winners – Peter Ratledge & Martin Williams – Nett 69
2nd Place – Jeff Fletcher & Mick Hocking – Nett 74
3rd Place (on count back) – Steve Deakin & Peter Belcher – Nett 75

Left to right...Ian Wood Seniors Captain, Martin Williams
and Peter Ratledge (Picture Jeff Fletcher)

Match Report - The Vale 27/4/17

The E.G.C. Seniors played their second away match of the season against the Vale. The course at the Vale was in excellent condition as they had hosted an open competition the previous day. There were some close matches but The Vale won through in the end winning 4 matches to 2. Evesham welcomed Mike Palmer to their team and he won the “ nearest the pin” competition. The host club laid on a splendid lunch after the match.

Results

Ian Wood and Brian Osborne lost 3&2
Mike Palmer and Mike Whiteford lost 2&1
Dave Kewley and Malcolm Hiscock lost 7&5
Neil Croft and Les Bond lost 3&2
Ian Facer and Steve Deakin won 4&3
Bill Dobie and Mick hocking won 3&2

Match Report - Tewkesbury Park 27/4/17

Evesham Seniors played their first away match of the season at Tewkesbury Park on Monday 24th April. The course at Tewkesbury was in excellent condition and all six matches were keenly contested. However, they were unlucky with their putting and they came up against some spirited competition from the Tewkesbury Park team. They lost by 6 games to nil but the scores from all matches were very close and could have gone either way.

Results

Ian Wood / Mick Hocking lost 1 down
Martin Williams / Mike Whiteford lost 3 & 2
Dave Kewley / Les Bond lost 2 & 1
Neil Croft / Steve Deakin lost 1 down
Malcolm Hiscock / Mike Brumage lost 1 down
Bill Dobie / Peter Ratledge lost 1 down

Ray Till Tankards

26 Evesham golf club seniors took part in the annual Ray Till tankards competition on Wednesday 12th April. The format for this competition is greensomes bogey whereby pairs of golfers have to score nett par for a half and better than nett par for a win. This is a difficult format as teams are playing against the course as well as the rest of the field and is made more difficult as the competition was played off the white tees.

Winners were Mike Brumage and Les Bond with a score of plus 1
Second on countback were Bryan Rogers and John Smith on level
Third were Dave Kewley and Peter Ratledge also on level

L to R Mike Brumage, Ian Wood ( Seniors Captain) and Les Bond

Picture Jeff Fletcher

Match Report - The Vale 5/4/17

It was a bright and sunny morning that greeted the Evesham Seniors team on arrival at Craycombe links for the first of our two local derbies against The Vale. We caught up with many old friends from the Vale and we had a keenly fought competition over the morning. Evesham Seniors ran out winners by 4½ to 1½.

The results were:

Ian Wood / Dave Kewley won 7&5
Ian Facer / Mick Hocking won 5&4
Neil Croft / Les Bond halved
Martin Williams / Mike Whiteford lost 3&2
Malcolm Hiscock / Mike Brumage won 3&1
Bill Dobie / Doug Sharp won4&3

Following the golf an excellent meal provided by Lisa and her team was enjoyed by all along with much convivial conversation.

Match Report - The Worcestershire 29/3/17

Evesham Golf club seniors hosted the Worcestershire golf club seniors at the Fladbury links for their first match of the season.

On a dry but overcast day some excellent golf was played and the match was keenly contested as ever. Evesham seniors ran out winners by a margin of 5 to 1. Following the match everyone enjoyed much convivial conversation over a meal provided by Lisa and her team at the clubhouse.

Individual results were:

Ian Wood / Martin Williams lost 3&2
Neil Croft / Richard Saville won 2&1
Ian Facer / Les Bond won 5&4
Bill Dobie / Mick Hocking won 5&4
Malcolm Hiscock / Mike Whiteford won 1up
Dave Kewley / Mike Brumage won 4&2

Eric Tyler Trophy

The Evesham Golf Club Seniors held their first qualifier of the new season in a Stableford Competition for the Eric Tyler Trophy.

On a distinctly unpleasant rainy morning giving difficult golfing conditions the winner, with 33 points, was Bill Dobie who was rewarded with the Trophy. In second place on countback with 31 points, was Ian Facer and in third place also on 31 points was last years winner Neil Croft.

L to R. Winner Bill Dobie, and Ian Wood - Captain Evesham Seniors.

Picture Ian Facer

Winter League 2016/2017

This year’s winter League has now been completed. All ten rounds were played on the red course and we enjoyed some fine winter weather on the days that the rounds were played. The format was a stapleford competition with the best five scores to count. The lead was hotly contested from the outset with some magnificent scores being recorded. The winner was Martin Williams with a best five score of 197. In second place with a score of 195 was Geoff Wellens and in third place with a score of 192 was Mick Hocking.

There was also an eclectic competition with the best score on each hole over the ten rounds being recorded. The winner was Les Bond with an eclectic score of 58. In second place was Mick hocking with a score of 57 and Martin Williams was Third with a score of 54.

L to R Geoff Wellens, Ian Wood – Seniors captain, Winner Martin Williams and Mick Hocking.

Seniors 3 Club Challenge

An overcast but dry morning on the 1st March saw the Evesham Seniors play their 3 club challenge competition, the 3 clubs to include a putter. This format gives golfers the opportunity to improvise shots with the clubs available and to perhaps occasionally reflect on why they carry around the other eleven clubs, especially as over 50% of the field scored 30 points or better.

Mick Hocking was the winner scoring 38 points with last year’s winner Ian Wood coming second with 35 points. Third place went to Geoff Wellens on count back from Neil Croft and Bill Dobie just missing out all on 34 points.

Captain Ian Wood presented the trophy to Mick Hocking with Neil Croft and Geoff Wellens

Seniors Winter League

The winter league is well under way with 5 rounds played so far. We have been lucky with the weather to date and have been able to play all the rounds so far on the red course.

Setting the pace are Bill Dobie and Malcolm Boscott with total points scores of 164 closely followed by Bryan Rogers on 161 and Ian Facer on 159. However, that could all change in the remaining 5 rounds as the result depends on the best 5 rounds so there is plenty of time for the following pack to catch up.

In the eclectic competition Bryan Rogers is in the lead with a score of 52. Ian Facer and Geoff Wellens are chasing him with scores of 50. Bill Dobie, Les Bond and Malcolm Boscott are all on 49. Only 6 points separate the top 13 in this competition so there is plenty to play for next year.

Seniors Christmas Lunch

The Christmas competition was a greensomes competition won by Malcolm Boscott and Brian Chapman. The lunch that followed was enjoyed by 35 seniors who were joined by Dan and Ryan.

The Evesham Seniors Christmas lunch was the ideal occasion for outgoing Seniors Section Captain Martin Williams to present a cheque for £1502 to Sue Smith, Chair of the Worcester & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK, the money having been raised by the Seniors Section throughout the past year on behalf of their Seniors Captain’s Charity.

In thanking the Seniors for their generous donation Sue explained how the money would be used to support people affected by Parkinson’s together with their families and carers. Sue also explained some of the recent initiatives being launched as part of providing this support include exercise classes and singing for fun sessions.”

Picture by Jeff Fletcher

Autumn Cup

In contrast to the dank conditions for the recent foursomes event it was gloriously warm and sunny day for the Evesham Seniors Autumn Cup, a medal format off white tees, and their final trophy completion of the season. With the course playing beautifully everything was set for a day of low scoring and so it turned out with victory going to Alan Askew with a splendid five under par 67 earning Alan the trophy and a one shot handicap reduction. Second place went to Geoff Wellens (70) with Steve Deakin (71) taking third spot.

L to R Alan Askew, and Martin Williams (Seniors Captain).

Picture... Jeff Fletcher

Mike Morris Foursomes

A wet drizzly morning harbouring the arrival of autumn greeted the Evesham seniors as they gathered for the Mike Morris Foursomes. The infrequently played foursomes format coupled with the less than favourable conditions made scoring difficult for number of the pairings but not for the eventual winners Malcolm Boscott and Steve Metcalf who took victory with splendid 40 points.

L-R Malcolm Boscott, Martin Williams (Seniors Captain) and Steve Metcalf.
Picture Dave Kewley

Wychavon Challenge Cup

The Wychavon Challenge Cup was the latest trophy to be contested by the Evesham Seniors played as a Pairs better ball medal off the white tees with a 90% handicap allowance. On a day of very good scoring victory went to Ian Tait partnered by Seniors Captain Martin Williams with a nett 62 to win by six shots from Geoff Wellens and Jerry Cain who took second place on count back with a nett 68 with Mike Brumage and Malcolm Boscott taking third place.

Seniors Captain's Charity Day

An elimination Texas Scramble was the format for the Evesham Seniors as they gathered for the Seniors Captain's Charity Day at the Craycombe course. Playing fourballs off 10% of combined handicap the competition was keenly contested with the team of Ian Tait, Ian Facer, Ian Wood & Jeff Fletcher, who by popular demand was made an honorary Ian for the day, coming out on top with a score of 62.4. Second place went to Bill Dobie, Malcolm Hiscock, Mike Brumage & Ray Smart (63.2) with Dave Kewley, Jerry Cain, Roy Weston & Steve Deakin (64.1) taking third spot. To round off a splendid day £475 was raised for the nominated charity, Parkinson's UK (Worcester)

L to R Jeff Fletcher, Martin Williams (Seniors Captain) Ian Tate and Ian Wood ( Ian Facer unfortunately was not available for this picture).

(Picture Neil Croft)

Jubilee Cup

The Jubilee Cup, a medal format off the white tees, was the latest trophy competition for the Evesham Seniors. With the Craycombe course in superb condition and the weather hot and sunny a good field had assembled and despite the scoring being higher than might have been expected there was little dividing the leading contenders. The Jubilee Cup winner was Malcolm Hiscock, with a one over par 73, on count back from Alistair Millward with third place going to Roy Weston (74).

Earlier in the week the Seniors had played a stableford qualifying completion that was won by Alistair Millward with a splendid 44 points earning Alistair a 3 shot handicap reduction. Second place went to Ian Facer (41 pts) with Steve Deakin (37 pts) taking third place.”


L. to R. Martin Williams (Seniors Captain) and Malcolm Hiscock

Picture J Fletcher

Seniors Championship

Thirty six holes of medal format golf off the white tees spread over two days was the challenge that faced the Evesham Golf Club Seniors when they contested this year's Seniors Championship. Fortunes predictably fluctuated over the two days with in some cases promising first round scores being undone by a poor second round and vice versa but in the end it was consistent play and scoring over the two rounds that was the key to success.

The Bob Diffin trophy for the best gross score was won by John Richards with rounds of 84 & 80 (164) on count back from Alan Askew 82 & 82 (164) with Malcolm Boscott in third place with 85 & 81 (166).

In the best nett score competition, played for the Wilson Jug, rounds of 73 & 67 (140) saw Tony Fawcett lift the trophy on count back from Alan Askew 70 & 70 (140) with John Richards third with 73 & 69 (142).

Picture L to R..... Tony Fawcett “Wilson Jug” Martin Williams (Seniors Captain) John Richards the “ Bob Diffin Trophy”

Seniors Invitation Day

It was that time of year to meet up with old golfing friends as the Evesham Seniors held their annual Invitation Day, played as a better ball pairs stableford.

With the weather good, save for an occasional shower, and the course in excellent condition everything was set up for a good scoring day and so it proved.

The lead changed hands several times with the eventual winners being Mike Brumage and John Best with a superb 47 points. Bill Kite & John Williams took second (45 pts) with Mike Abraham & Ball Johal third (44 pts) and Martin Williams & Ray Thompson fourth (43 pts).

The best back 9 prize went on count back to Mike Whiteford & Gary Bristow (21 pts) and nearest the pin was won by Mike Brumage (best home player) and Keith Williams (best guest).
Not one to miss out on an occasion Geoff Insall "happened" to be on hand to congratulate the winners claiming it was 3 brummies together.......

Seniors Match Reports

The past three weeks have seen a run of home games for the Evesham Seniors at the Craycombe course starting with a match against the Worcester G&CC. This was a very close and keenly fought match which ended in a 3 all draw with wins for Martin Williams & Mike Brumage (5&4), Bill Dobie & Richard Saville (5&4) & Mike Whiteford & Ian Facer (4&3).

Next up were the Redditch Seniors in a match which saw Evesham come away with a fine 5 – 1 victory with four matches going to the last hole and wins for Martin Williams & Ian Tait (3&2), Dave Kewley & Steve Deakin (2 Up), Bill Dobie & Ian Facer (1 Up), Malcolm Hiscock & Mike Whiteford (1 Up) and Ian Wood & Neil Croft (2 Up).

The Evesham Seniors continued their good form in their latest match which was a 6 – 0 victory over Ombersley with wins for Martin Williams & Richard Saville (7&5), Ian Facer & Mike Whiteford (3&1), Neil Croft & Geoff Burton (5&4), Dave Kewley & Alistair Millward, making his debut for the team, (4&2), Ian Tait & Mike Brumage (1 Up) and Ian Wood & Malcolm Boscott (1 Up).

Costa Craycombe

A morning more suited to early winter that summer awaited the Evesham Seniors as they competed in a white tee medal competition for the Costa Craycombe trophy. With heavy squally rain making for difficult early playing conditions and the medal format meaning every shot counted, returning to the club house with a competitive score was always going to be challenging.

The eventual winner was Malcolm Boscott with a excellent level par 72 which won him the trophy and a one shot handicap reduction. Three players were tied on 75 with on count back second place going to Martin Williams with Ian Tait third and Dave Kewley fourth, Dave also having his handicap cut by one.

Seniors Captains Day

This year's Seniors Captains Day took the form of the now traditional ‘Ryder Cup’ played over 6 holes of greensomes, 6 holes of fourball better ball and 6 holes of singles between teams representing Europe, led by the Seniors Captain, and the USA, led by the Seniors Vice Captain. After a keenly fought contest in which Europe won the fourball and singles with the USA taking the greensomes, the match was won by Europe by 76 and a half points to 67 and a half.


Photo L to R... Steve Metcalf, Mike Brummage, Neil Croft, Graham Pulford, Malcolm Hiscock, Ian Facer, Martin Williams (Seniors Captain), Richard Steel, Mike Whiteford, Brian Chapman, John Smith and Ian Tait.
Picture.. Jeff Fletcher
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