Men's Seniors' Competitions
Seniors' President's Putter - Monday 16th April
In the first playing of a new club event, an excellent turnout of over 50 players from the Men's Seniors' Section joined President Roger Willis for the inaugural Seniors' President's Putter competition. The brainchild of Terry Mizzi, the 'putter' was kindly donated anonymously and the Seniors' community were keen to support it fully.
With the course still drying out after all the recent rain, and the fairways uncut as the greens team couldn't get the mowers onto them, conditions weren't easy, so many struggled to score points. A few however, overcame the challenges to master the course and the best of those were as follows:
in 3rd place on countback with 36 points was Seniors' Captain Tim Bailey
in 2nd with 37 points was Tim Whitwham
but the winner with a stunning 40 point points was John Cribb. Impressive stuff!
Our thanks go to President Roger for his support for the event.
Pictures of the winners and runners' up are shown here.
Winner John Cribb with Roger
Roger in full flow at the prize-giving
Tim Whitwham who came 2nd
Seniors' Captain Tim Bailey in 3rd
Seniors' Scratch Team Victorious Again As They Win The League!
We recently reported that our successful Senior Scratch Team needed just one more victory to win their 2017/18 league. They duly delivered the result, this time against Aspley Guise GC, last Thursday with a convincing 4-1 away win.
Over the last few months they have played:
at Beds and County, losing 3-2
South Beds, winning 3 1/2 - 1 1/2
at Millbrook winning 3-2
Leighton Buzzard winning 5-0
last years winners (and previously unbeaten) John O'Gaunt, winning 4-1
At this point we were 1 point behind them in the league with 1 game to play. We were away to Aspley Guise, where we don't normally do well and JOG were at home to South Beds. JOG won their match putting them 3 points ahead, leaving us to beat Aspley Guise to win the league. If you Win away from home you get 3 points.
On 5th April our on-form team turned up to do battle, and after a fair tussle we won 4-1 with the following results:
Barry Sullivan won 4&3
Dave Marshall won 3&2
Simon Hollands won 1 up
John Haines won 3&2
Andy Brown "took one for the team " losing 3&2.
This meant we won the league on legs won, having won two more overall than JOG.
Some of our victorious Seniors' Scratch Team - celebrating success!
The other players who should receive congratulations are:
Vito di Sapia
All of whom played throughout the campaign.
The final league position can be seen on the Bedfordshire County Golf web site.
Senior Men's Stableford - Monday 27th February
Around forty hardy souls from the Seniors braved the freezing temperatures and frozen greens to fight for the honour of winning the February Stableford competition.
If playing good golf with all those layers on wasn't difficult enough, the greens were so solid it made it hard to know where to land a shot on them, so that it didn't bounce off the back. For many, this and the other obstacles out there were just too big a challenge, but for a select few, they fought the elements and won.
With 37 points and in 2nd place on count-back was Jim Heaney
But the winner, also on 37 points was Andrew Duthie. Clearly someone whose Scottish roots served him well in coping with the weather!
Roll-on the spring...
Some hardy souls putting out on the 18th
Men's Seniors' Scratch Team Deliver Knock-Out Blow to Leighton Buzzard
A satisfied look on the faces of the victors -
aided, one suspects, by the odd beer or two!
Our Men's Seniors' Scratch Team continued their recent run of good form, this time with a perfect 5-0 drubbing of Leighton Buzzard!
Impressive performances by every member of the team resulted in victory in each pairing. Captain Barry 'Bazza' Sullivan saw the team off to a great start with a 3&2 victory, and the rest of the team followed his example.
The full results were as follows:
Barry Sullivan - W 3&2
Graham Crawford - W 3&2
Dave Marshall - W 6&5
John Haines - W 3&2
Andy Brown - W 2&1
The team have won 3 of their 4 matches so far and now stand top of the league.
With just two games left, against John O'Gaunt and Aspley Guise, we hope they can maintain their form and run out league winners at the end of the season.
Seniors Competition - 13th November 2017
Seniors Texas Scramble took place on a cold November morning with a cold wind blowing over the course. The course still in excellent condition although winter wheels and rules in play. Eight teams of four took part and only six stokes covered all teams.
The winning team was:-
Dick Thompson. Mark Lewin, Peter Gill, and David Pattle, winning with a final score of 63.5, narrowly beating the second team by a very small margin of 0.4. Certainly a very close run competition.
The winners seen here having collected their bottles of wine.
Winners of the Seniors Texas Scramble being presented with their wine, from Seniors Vice Captain Phil Rajotte
Seniors Competition - 6th November 2017
The inaugural Seniors Absent Friends Trophy was played to a field of 60 Seniors. Weather conditions although frosty to start, it turned into a nice crisp sunny day. This new competition was introduced so that Seniors that are no longer with us, past members dearly loved, and now remembered in the form of their own Trophy. A close run competition with only three Stableford points separating the top five players.
Adrian Lennox-Lamb - 39 points
Martin Allen - 37 points
David Emsley - 37 points
Clive Harris - 36 points
Tommy Taylor-Dowson - 36 points
A round of sandwiches and chips made sure that dear friends were recalled and past competitions remembered.
Adrian Lennox-Lamb winning the Absent Friends Trophy being presented by Terry Mizzi.
Senior Scratch Match vs. South Beds Golf Club - 9th November 2017
The Men's Seniors Scratch team did the club proud with a 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 victory over South Beds at Stagsden. In the individual pairings, results were as follows:
Graham Crawford - Win
Vito Di Sapia - Win
John Haines - Win
Simon Hollands - Half
Andy Brown - Loss
This was a very encouraging result for the team as it was the second in this year's series, following the first match away to Beds & County which resulted in a 3-2 Loss.
The next match is away to Millbrook Golf Club to be played on Friday 8th December.
Bedfordshire Pairing win the National Seniors Pairs Championship.
The National Seniors' Pairs Championship has been running for 20 years and is a truly national event with 98 pairs representing 62 clubs in this year’s competition.
Huge congratulations are therefore due to Nick Serrecchia and Mark Lewin from Bedfordshire Golf Club for winning the final, played at Staverton Golf Club near Daventry and becoming National Champions!
Not only did they win, but they beat their opponents from Naunton Downs Golf Club, near Cheltenham, by an amazing score of 7 and 6!
Their journey started way back in April, with regional knock-outs, followed by quarter-finals spread more widely across the country. Having fought their way successfully to the final, they absolutely excelled on the day. We are very proud of them, so if you see them, you may wish to offer your congratulations.
With Bedfordshire Golf Club in such great shape, it's fantastic to end 2017 by having our very own National Seniors Pairs Champions. What a way to announce our Club on the National Stage.
Mark & Nick feature on the National Seniors Golf Association website, so to view the full article, please click on the following link:
Nick Serrecchia and Mark Lewin with their trophies
Seniors Captain vs. Vice-Captain - Wednesday 11th October
On an excellent day for golf, with fair weather and the course in excellent condition, 44 Seniors took part in the annual Seniors Captain v Seniors Vice-Captain Challenge Match.
And this year was a close affair, with both teams recording scores of Holes-Up per completed Match. The result was switching back and forwards on the result of every match declared.
In the event a win by just one hole meant the Vice-Captain Team, Captained by Past Seniors Captain Brian Ralph in Tim Baileys absence, won the Challenge match with a score of 21 holes to 20 holes.
This was certainly a fun event extremely well supported with the result always in doubt. Congratulations to all Seniors in taking part, and begrudgingly well done to Brian and his team, and there is always next year!! We're just sorry that Tim missed his 'Seniors Moment'!
Seniors Captain Terry handing over something to celebrate with!
Seniors' Captain's Day - 6th September 2017
Seniors Captain's Day took place on a very pleasant Wednesday in early September with the course beautifully presented.
Seniors Captain Terry had an excellent turnout of over 70 players for his big day and he set the competition in motion by firing the rocket to commence the Shotgun start. Amazingly with a full course, everyone moved round at a good pace, and therefore minimized the waiting on tees.
Members of the Seniors Ladies (Carole Mizzi, Tina Pollard and Maureen Dawson) did a great job supporting Terry and had baked a seemingly endless array of tasty treats for the half-way hut. Most were consumed by the players, before they left the course!
Following the golf, everyone enjoyed one of chef's 'Carvery Specials' before relaxing with some refreshment to hear a few words of wisdom from Captain John Simpson, before the main man himself, Seniors Captain Terry spoke.
Terry was delighted with the overall feedback on a well organised day, with great fun enjoyed by all participants. After thanking all the helpers, he announced the winners of what were an excellent range of prizes. Having handed out the spot-prizes and a few mystery ones, Terry moved on to the all important main Stableford competition. There were some impressive scores, but the top three were as follows:.
In 3rd place with 37 points - Clive Harris
in 2nd place with 39 points - Martin Allen
but the overall winner with a fantastic 41 points was Peter Kennedy.
All three of the above are featured in the photo here with Seniors Captain Terry Mizzi.
The winning team
Terry lights the
blue touch paper!
Captain and his crew
Some of the players on the 18th
Captain's Crew and Bazza!
The prize table
Finally a big thank You to all those who helped in the organisation, and the running of a very smooth Seniors Captain Day.
Seniors Invitation Day - June 2017
Seniors Invitation Day was a great success. With very high temperatures of up to 30C the field was a bit smaller than normal, but still had 26 pairs involved. This allowed continuous movement around the course and meant no hold ups on tees, which would have been a challenge for many, given the high temperatures and lack of wind.
10 pairs scored over 40 points which is quite amazing given the heat. Feedback from guests and members indicated that they had an excellent, well organised and managed day, with good food, lovely cakes from the Half Way hut and plenty of cold drinks!
Seniors Invitation Day Winning Pairs:
1. Mick Field & John Ingram – 47 points
2. Nick Sparrow & Liam Cummins – 44 points
3. Barry Sullivan & Derek Page – 42 points
26 Pairs Entered (10 Pairs scoring over 40 points)
Above: The winning pairs with Seniors Captain, Terry Mizzi
Below: The Invitation Day Prize Table
Competition Results in Detail
2017 Seniors Matches & Events Diary
Inter Club Match Results
Bedford (Home) WIN 6.5 - 1.5
Kettering (Away) LOST 3.5 - 4.5
Brampton Park (Home) WIN 5 - 3
Leighton Buzzard (Home) WIN 4.5 - 3.5
South Beds (Away) WIN 5.5 - 2.5
St Ives (Home) WIN 6 - 2
Pavenham (Away) LOST 1.5 - 4.5
Wellingborough (Away) LOST 3.5 - 4.5
Luton Hoo (Home) HALVED 3 - 3
Luton Hoo (Away) LOST 2.5 - 3.5
South Beds (Home) WIN 5 - 3
Beds & County (Home) WIN 4.5 - 3.5
Beds & County (Away) LOST 3 - 5
Aspley Guise (Away) WON 5 - 3
Wellingborough (Home) LOST 2.5 - 5.5
Pavenham (Home) WIN 5 - 1
Leighton Buzzard (Away) LOST 2 - 6
Kettering (Home) WIN 5.5 - 2.5
St Ives (Away) WIN 4.5 - 3.5
Abbotsley WIN 6.5 - 1.5
Brampton Park (Away) LOST 3 - 5
Aspley Guise (Home) WIN 6.5 - 1.5
Millbrook (Home) LOST 2 - 4
The Bedford (Away) LOST 2 - 6
Millbrook (Away) LOST 2 - 4
Year End Result
Played 25 Won 13 Lost 11 Halved 1
Wed 18th Four Club Competition
Mon 6th 13 Hole Stableford
Mon 13th Greensome Stableford
Mon 20th Pairs BetterBall Stableford
Mon 27th Yellow Tee Stableford (Q)
Mon 6th Stephenson Cup Draw
Wed 8th White Tee Stableford (Q)
Mon 20th The Bedford (HOME)
Wed 22nd March Hare Trophy Medal (Q)
Wed 29th Kettering (AWAY)
Wed 5th Ken Savill Salver (Medal) (Q)
Thu 6th Brampton Park (HOME)
Mon 10th Scott Cup Draw
Wed 12th Seniors Championship Rnd 1 (Q)
Wed 26th Kitchen Trophy Draw
Wed 26th Leighton Buzzard (HOME)
Wed 3rd South Beds (AWAY)
Mon 8th Pattison Salver Draw
Mon 8th Seniors Championship Rnd 2 (Q)
Fri 19th St Ives HOME
Mon 22nd Young Plate Draw
Wed 24th Seniors Championship Rnd 3 (Q)
Thu 25th Pavenham Park (AWAY)
70's PLUS 3x9 hole 9 (see bottom of page **)
Thu 1st Wellingborough (AWAY)
Wed 7th Luton Hoo (HOME)
Tue 13th Luton Hoo (AWAY)
Wed 14th S.Kenny Trophy over 70's
Mon 19th South Beds (HOME)
Wed 21st SENIORS INVITATION DAY
Fri 30th Jim Baxter Memorial Salver
Thu 6th TATS Summer Comp & Lunch
Mon 10th Beds & County (HOME)
Mon 17th Mixed Texas Scramble
Tue 18th Beds & County (AWAY)
Wed 19th Seniors Championship Rnd 4 (Q)
Mon 24th Aspley Guise (AWAY)
Thu 27th Wellingborough (HOME)
Tue 1st Autumn Eclectic Begins
Thu 3rd Pavenham Park (HOME)
Mon 7th Leighton Buzzard (AWAY)
Mon 14th Bert Hurley Salver (Medal) (Q)
Wed 16th Kettering (HOME)
Thu 24th St Ives (AWAY)
Fri 1st Abbotsley (HOME)
Wed 6th SENIOR CAPTAIN'S DAY (Q)
Mon 11th Brampton Park (AWAY)
Mon 18th Senior Mixed Waltz POSTPONED
Thu 21st Aspley Guise (HOME)
Mon 25th The Bedford Challenge Cup
Fri 29th LADIES NIGHT
Mon 2nd Barry Allen Trophy (Stableford) (Q)
Wed 4th Millbrook (HOME)
Mon 9th Bedford AWAY
Wed 11th Captain v Vice Captain Match
Fri 13th Autumn Eclectic Ends
Mon 16th White Tee Stableford (Q)
Wed 18th Senior Mixed Waltz NEW DATE
Fri 20th AGM and DINNER
Tue 24th Millbrook (AWAY)
Mon 30th Yellow Tee Medal
70's PLUS - Veterans Bedfordshire Trophy (May)
Played over 27 holes
9 on Academy course
9 on Front Main course
9 on Back Main course
Played during May June July
Card to be nominated before play
Mon 6th Absent Friends Cup (Stableford)
Mon 13th Texas Scramble
Mon 27th Greensome Stableford
Thu 30th TATS Xmas Comp & Lunch
Wed 6th 9 Hole Stableford & Xmas Lunch