Men's Seniors' Competitions
Winter is over - Seniors' Winter League Results - March 2020
The last two weeks have seen the culmination of the Seniors’ Winter Leagues, which should be proof enough that the dark days of winter are behind us. One played off the white tees, the other off the yellows — the format of both is the aggregate of the best four Stableford scores over nine potential rounds played between November and March. Inevitably both competitions suffered some disruption due to the vagaries of the weather and its impact on the course so that, in the event, only six rounds in each series were able to qualify.
In the White Tee League, 22 players managed to complete at least four rounds. Moving into the final round, Richard Caunt and David Taylor were neck and neck, but Richard made a decisive move to take the honours. The top three spots were taken by:
1 Richard Caunt 138 pts
2 David Taylor 135 pts
3 Nick Serrecchia 134 pts (on C/B)
Richard Caunt, White Tee Winner
Twenty players played the requisite four rounds in the Yellow Tee League.
Alan Northwood took a one shot advantage into the final round — he had sufficient stamina to extend his advantage and the top three positions were:
1 Alan Northwood 144 pts
2 Clive Harris 140 pts
3 John Mather 139 pts (on C/B)
Previous Men's Seniors' Articles Are Shown Below
Ding and Clive lead the field into the Seniors’ AGM - Dec 2019
The Men's Seniors held their AGM in early December, but the day started with two 9 hole Stableford competitions: one starting on the 1st and one on the 10th. Off the 10th, the scores were close but Clive Harris, with 22 points, emerged as the winner by a single point over Dave Hutton. A different story off the 1st — news spread quickly that amongst the first group home, Ding Davis had scored a quite staggering 27 points. No surprise that his winning margin over second placed Tim Thimaya (on countback) was seven points. As he came in, Ding was overheard saying with uncharacteristic understatement that he had ‘enjoyed his morning’!
Ding receiving his prize from Phil after his staggering 27 points from 9 holes!
Clive Harris receiving his prize from Phil
After a late breakfast, the AGM was attended by more than sixty Seniors and provided an opportunity to thank Phil Rajotte for his hard work and commitment as Seniors’ Captain over the last twelve months, to appoint next year’s Seniors’ Committee and, in particular, to welcome Nick Serrecchia as the Seniors’ Captain for 2020.
In his closing remarks, Nick emphasised that he and Phil had worked closely over the last year and that he was delighted that Phil would continue to play an active role so that they could continue that partnership in 2020. The meeting concluded with the presentation of the years’ trophies.
Ian Kemeys, 2019 Seniors’ Championship winner
The 2020 Seniors Committee are featured below.
- Back row (from l to r): Tony Marsh, Stephen Long, Adrian Lennox-Lamb;
- Front row: Rob Mayfield, Nick Serrecchia, Phil Rajotte
The 2020 Seniors Committee
Seniors' President's Putter - April 2019
The Seniors' President Putter, which is a Yellow Tee Stableford competition, was a very well supported with a field of 84 players from the ranks of the Men's Seniors'. There was a tremendous turn-out from current and past Officers of the Club, with the President himself, Joe Nellis, playing in the same group as previous President, Roger Willis and also several previous Club Captains' and Seniors' Captains' playing. The weather was sunny for the whole round, accompanied by a light South Easterly. With fairways and greens firming up, players were having to adjust from the wintry conditions, but there were some excellent scores. The top three three places were as follows:
Third place went to John Farnworth with 39 points
Second place went to Tony Marsh with 41 points and
First place went to James Anderson with a very good score of 42 points.
Our thanks go to the President, who generously provided prizes for the first three places.
Winner James Anderson,
with Club President, Joe Nellis
Men's Senior Section - Winter league? More like spring at BGC - Jan 19
Putting out on 18 in the January Sunshine
Our Men's Seniors continue to enjoy excellent playing conditions, even in the middle of winter, here at Bedfordshire Golf Club. With light winds and long dry sunny spells it has been a fabulous start to the year and this is reflected in the latest Seniors White Tee Winter league results which were as follows:
1 Lewin, Mark 42 pts (09) Overall Winner 7.8
2 Rajotte, Phil 40 pts (17) Overall Runner-Up 16.5
3 Kemeys, Ian RS 39 pts (21) Overall 3rd Last Six Holes 20.4
4 Marsh, Tony 39 pts (19) 18.7
Well done Mark.
Our captain, Phil Rajotte, also managed his best ever front 9 …. 2 over gross and an impressive 25 points.
Robbie Receives His Best Christmas present ever!
One of our illustrious seniors – Robbie Brown, received a generous golf voucher from his family at Christmas.
He promptly invested in a few golf items, which included a new hybrid club.
On the very first outing with his new club, Robbie hit his drive just beyond the trees on the first. No big deal I hear you say - but with around 160 yards to reach the pin, Robbie took out his new hybrid for the very first time, convinced that this would get him somewhere near the green. Robbie swung the club cleanly through the ball and it disappeared over the fairway bunker towards the green. To the amazement of his playing partners who were watching his shot from further up the fairway, Robbie not only got to the green, he reach the pin and the ball dropped in for an Eagle Two!
As Robbie was heard to say afterwards, "...that's the best Christmas Present I've ever had."!
Robbie has also studied the new golf rules in some detail and has given some very positive feedback.
Always one to have a view on things, Robbie hopes they will help to move the game along a little quicker especially around the greens. Well he proved his point on the 1st, albeit in an unorthodox manner!
A Proud Robbie Brown - with his new Magic Hybrid
Men's Senior Section News - Nov/Dec 2018
The weather may be getting colder and the days getting shorter, but with the course playing so well it's been a great month of golf for the Men's Seniors' at Bedfordshire.
The November Texas Scramble saw a team from Biddenham (Nick Serrecchia, Huw Foulkes, Nick Sparrow & Mike Bonwick) take the title by 0.9 shots – well done lads:
The annual Greensome Stableford also took place in November and it was won on a tight countback by Clive Harris and Gary Glover.
Captain Tim decided to sport the latest (very bright) Seniors ‘winter look’ on a Greensome day! Sunglasses required?
The Winter leagues are going extremely well and have been well supported. The early leaders are John Mather after a superb 41 points in the last round of the ‘yellow league’ and Nick Serrecchia off the whites with some steady scoring.
It’s still not too late to join the leagues or just play a qualifying round. Just turn up on in the bar on Friday and the starter will gladly book you in with a group of players. Full details on the seniors notice board.
Men's Senior Section News - November 2018
Nick does it again on the 6th 😊 Just 3 months on, Nick makes another ace with an almost identical shot. Who says lightening doesn’t strike twice in the same place. (Nick pictured here afterwards)
Seniors White Tee Winter League round 1
Well, Ruby’s services were not required as our Seniors were greeted by blue skies and excellent playing conditions. Round 1 Top 3 results were as follows: Graham Crawford 35 points, John Porter 35 points and Mick Field 33 points (Graham pictured here with his playing partners). The first round of the yellow tee league is on Friday the 9th from 8am.
Absent Friends trophy - After the early morning fog cleared, players enjoyed near perfect conditions with a gentle breeze, warm weather and excellent greens. This was reflected in the superb scores right across the field. Our winner was Trevor Pasquire with 42 points followed by John Mather on 41 points and Tim Whitwham 39 points. Well done.
Men's Senior Section News - October 2018
Following a great Captains Day, there was no stopping our Seniors Captain Tim Bailey with his Bright and Beautiful and Loud and Proud theme.
Tim with ‘The Ladies’
Great Fun was had by all on an excellent evening
Match reports and competition results
Captain versus Vice captain was won by the Captain so enough said about that!! Following that defeat, Phil took some coaching lessons from our very own Mr Motivator – Jim Heaney who kindly took him under his wing for the home match against Aspley Guise. Jim knew exactly how to get the best out of Phil ….. promised him the match ball he found in the woods on the 14th.
Photo 4 – Jim presenting Phil with that ball after he sank the match winning putt.
Photo 5 – Jim does it again against The Bedford. Motivating Ding with the ‘hidden 6 iron technique’ – legend!!
With Jim’s help, our inter-club matches are going rather well this year:
As of 28 September 18 we have played 23. Winning 12, Halved 4 and lost 7.
We have 2 matches left to play - Buckingham and The Bedford away.
Some important announcements from the Senior Section Committee
1. AGM and Trophy presentation
Due to very poor take up of the AGM dinner, the Captain and Vice captain have decided to cancel the AGM dinner and switch it to the 5th December immediately after the 9 hole Stableford and Christmas lunch. This should ensure that we have a wider and more representative attendance at the AGM.
2. Seniors Subscriptions due on the 1st November 2018
Senior subscriptions will be held at £5 and should be paid from the 1st November 2018. Senior membership will allow you to enter all Senior competitions including the additional 18 qualifiers of the yellow and white tee winter leagues. So it’s great value for money!! Payment can be made in either of the following ways:
- Cash placed into a brown envelope and put in the seniors box in the men’s changing room. The envelope must be clearly marked with your name.
- A bank transfer to the senior account at HSBC number 13814262 sort code 40-10-02. Please ensure that your name is quoted
3. Seniors White and Yellow Tee Winter Leagues – 18 new qualifiers for Senior Section Members
Please sign up to one or both leagues as entry will closes on the 31st of October. Signing up means that you can play as many or as few of these handicap qualifying matches as you wish. You will also be eligible for any prizes/trophies and SJT points. This is just a great way of maintaining your handicaps with qualifying scores from white or yellow tees during the winter. For further details, please see the sign-up sheets on the Seniors notice board.
Seniors' Captain’s Day - 5th Sept
The great day finally arrived for our Seniors' Captain Tim Bailey. With near perfect weather, not too hot and not too cold, light winds with firm fairways for those extra long drives and greens that were true, conditions were ideal.
The half way hut was manned by Michelle, Edna and Fiona serving a range of pastries, biscuits and cakes with refreshments. As always, Colin was at hand to make sure the day of golf was well organised and running smoothly for our seniors.
Colin and Seniors' Captain Tim can be seen here patrolling the course to ensure events ran smoothly.
Great weather, excellent greens and ‘fast’ fairways – perfect seniors’ golf!
On behalf of all our senior members, Captain Tim would like to extend his gratitude to John Gubb and his team for doing a fantastic job in maintaining the course in such great condition in what has been a very challenging season.
It’s in all the way in Mark – easy on these greens!!!
Our catering team & bar staff keeping our seniors fed and watered – thank you.
The raffle raised and impressive £560 taking the total for the year to nearly £3,000 for Tim’s charity – Willen Hospice. The raffle tickets sales team of Michelle and Fiona can be seen looking on as Tim announces the winners.
As to the golf, some very impressive scores were posted by our seniors.
39 points didn’t even get a look in with Robbie Brown continuing his excellent form from the senior club matches to bring home a stunning total of 43 points to claim the top prize.
The next 3 places were taken up by:
in 2nd place, Martin Allen with 41 points,
in 3rd, Derek Spadaccini 41 points
and Ted Hall on 40 points.
The prize winners can all be seen here receiving their awards
There were also prizes for nearest the pin which were won by Wilf Mannion, who rolled his tee shot all the way down the 6th to finish just a few feet from the pin, and Jim Heaney on the 13th with a more traditional approach shot!
One last thing … we just couldn’t fail to mention the happiest man of the day – our very own Nick Turnbull who couldn’t wait to get his hands on a personally signed poster of Gordon Ramsey! Nick can be seen here - ecstatic with a poster of his idol.
Last but not least, a big thanks to all our members who took part and made it a special Captain’s day for Tim.
And a final reminder from Captain Tim …… don’t forget to book your table/place for Ladies night. Entry sheet is on the notice board!
SENIORS LADIES NIGHT - Hosted by Seniors Captain: Tim Bailey
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 - 7pm for 7.30pm
John pulls it off ….. at 81
On the 1st of June a team from the Bedfordshire Golf Club took part in the annual St Philips and St James's Charity Golf Day held at Mowsbury Golf Club.
John Pepper won the individual event with a score of 40 points contributing to an overall team score of 119. We subsequently learned that John not only won the over 60s singles trophy but was the oldest of all the 116 participants at the ripe old age of 81.
Well done the team and well done John …. may it long continue.
Jim Beam plays a great 'short' game to win
After years of trying Jim finally gets his man - and what a great smile to go with it.
(Jim pictured here with his playing partners after victory)
The seniors match against Wellingborough GC saw Jim pitted against his nemesis, none other than Andy Charter of Wellingborough Golf club. An inspirational team talk before the game by Jim, ‘ I’d really like to beat this bloke so you’d better play well Nick’ was all that was needed to inspire the team. Jim finally pulled it off with a 3&2 win which helped Bedfordshire win the match against Wellingborough.
Breaking news ……. Bedfordshire Seniors managed to beat Pavenham GC 3.5 to 2.5. Very well done boys!
A day with the ladies
The annual Mixed Seniors Texas scramble was held on the 30th July.
It was an excellent day with the competition played in the true spirit of the Bedfordshire Golf Club ….. the respective captains winning with an impressive gross 58.1 and duly presented themselves with the winning prize!
(They are pictured here with their 'trophies')
Very well done to captains Tim and Hilary, John Pepper and Sheila Fairey
Seniors National Pairs Championship – A Home Hole-In-One for Nick
Our National Seniors Pairs Champions, Nick Serrecchia and Mark Lewin started the defence of their title in April of this year.
They safely navigated through the early rounds getting past some tricky opponents and golf courses!!
In the fourth round they were drawn against a pair from Langdon Hills. On a glorious day at Bedfordshire Golf Club our intrepid pair knew they had a battle on their hands when their opponents won the 4th and 5th to bring the match back to all square. On the 6th, with the green keepers and other members kindly stopping to watch, the pair from Langdon Hills found the green from the white tees to put further pressure on the home pair. Ever one to step up to the challenge, Nick then pitched his ball onto the well-watered green and his ball rolled a few yards forward before dropping for Hole-In-One!
That wrenched the initiative back and made all the difference in the match, with Nick and Mark never looked back from this point to pull off a 3&2 win to march on to the last 16.
We wish both of them the best of luck in the next round.
Nick with the stick after his hole-in-one at the 6th
2018 Senior Section Charity Open Day
in Aid of the Willen Hospice Charitable Trust
After much deliberation and many last minute entries the day was, by all measures, a great success. The open and flexible format led to significantly more entries than previous years with a total of 84 on the day. Captain Tim organised some fantastic prizes including a round for 4 at Woburn Golf club. There was also a raffle and an auction which raised significant amounts of money for the charity – a total of over £2,000 on the day.
As for the competition results:
1st Phil Rajotte & Tim Leniham 44 pts
2nd Peter Hancock & Hetti Weerasinghe 43pts (on count back)
3rd Nick Serrecchia & Mark Lewin 43pts (on count back)
4th Richard Suthers & Robbie Brown 43pts (on count back)
5th Martin Allen & Adrian Lennox-Lamb 43pts (on count back)
The winners are all pictured here with Seniors' Captain Tim
Tim would like to thank the committee for all their help, guests and members for entering and contributing so much to the day. We would also like to express our gratitude to the club, the catering staff, bar, our admin team and our green keepers for our wonderful course.
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