THIRD TIME LUCK FOR TEXAS SCRAMBLE
After false starts both before and after Christmas, Newton Green Golf Club seniors finally found a good weather window of opportunity to stage their normal end-of-year Texas scramble competition.
59.4 Ted Clarkson, Frank Salt and Steve Street, 59.7 John Humphrey, Paddy Brotherwood and Andy Millar, 63.3 Peter Cade, Mick Mills and Nick Smith, 63.4 Fred French, John Clarke and Mick Hawkins.
Seniors captain Bill Havers (right) present awards to the winning team, left to right: Steve Street, Ted Clarkson and Frank Salt.
WILL ANDY STAGE A PLATTER-PLUS?
The annual Andy Platter competition for seniors at Newton Green Golf Club finally had its day during March after its initial, regular December spot had been wiped out by bad weather.
The Stableford competition, launched and organised by club stalwart Andy Doods for the last 17 years, may in future be run by the club's senior section, with the founder threatening to take a back seat following his recent withdrawal from main committee work.
However, players at the club are hoping for a platter-plus if the competition founder can be persuaded to think again when he can find new batteries for his illuminated, spinning bow tie which, until this year, had been a regular part of his attire when presenting prizes.
With players competing off three quarters of their handicaps, and frosty early conditions leading to the use of temporary greens, scoring was difficult but winner Dave Foster, receiving nine shots, scored a credible 38 points, followed by Mike Hawkins 37 and Alan Monk 36.
Alan Monk, Andy Dodds, Dave Foster and Mike Hawkins
NEWTON SENIORS SUPPORT ARTHRITIS CARE
The seniors' section of Newton Green Golf Club handed over a cheque for charity in the sum of £750 at its annual meeting.
Present to receive the money from retiring captain Mick Barlow were Sudbury branch Arthritis Care secretary Muriel Shapley and treasurer Pam Hullet.
The meeting heard the seniors section had continued to grow, with about half the members registered for the weekly Brian Eady Seniors Stableford series. As a token of thanks, long-term organiser of the competition, Albert Walls, was presented with an inscribed glass tankard in view of his likely forthcoming departure from the area.
Incoming captain Bill Havers announced the charity being supported during his year would be East Anglia Children's Hospices.
Caption left to right: Muriel Shapley, Pam Hullet and Mick Barlow.
Newton Seniors Head For Cover
Newton Green Golf Club's senior section had to go ahead with its annual presentation lunch without first venturing on the course to play an 18-hole team Texas scramble.
Continuous rain thwarted play, although the club captain Dave Lavelle and his vice captain Chris Williams, having taken days off to attend the event, battled round the course with a handfull of others to test their waterproofs in friendly rivalty.
Back in the club house, they joined with the main body of non runners to enjoy a meal and witness the presentations of the seniors' major trophy winners during 2012.
The Texas scramble will be re-staged on the morning of Thursday, January 17.
Trophy winners, left to right: Peter Cade (singles), Alan Monk (Brian Eady Stableford and doubles), Dave Aynsley (doubles) and Jeremy Hamp (pairs).
Newton Seniors Donate £500
A cheque for £500 was handed to Angela Bessey, of Marie Curie Cancer (Suffolk Nursing Appeal), by retiring captain Peter Webb at the annual meeting of Newton Green Golf Club Seniors’ Section.
The meeting heard in its matches with adjoining clubs the section had scored a majority of wins, and had organised a successful day as part of the club’s annual golf week.
The seniors meet on Tuesdays and Thursday, and agreed to keep the same format. However, it will monitor the Tuesday sessions in view of increasing use being made of the course as a result of rising membership and additional visitors to the club.
Incoming captain Mick Barlow said there was very good camaraderie in the section and his chosen charity during the year would be Arthritis Research UK.
Newton Green Seniors' Presentations
The seniors section of Newton Green Golf Club staged their annual presentation at a Christmas lunch which followed a Texas Scramble tournament.
Senior captain Peter Webb made the presentations, and then found himself receiving the Texas Scramble award on behalf of his team, which also including Andrew Johnson, Nick Young and Roger O'Brien-Hill.
Annual award winners were: Doubles, Mick Mills and Jim Devereux. Ken Brown Memorial Trophy, Phil Barlow. Brian Eady Trophy, John Humphrey. Bogey/Par Trophy, Dave Foster.
Winning Texas Scramble team of Andrew Johnson, Peter Webb, Roger O'Brien-Hill and Nick Young.
Senior trophy winners: Jim Devereux, Phil Barlow, Mick Mills, John Humphrey, Peter Webb and Dave Foster.
Senior Matches Open To All
The committee of the senior’s section would like to remind all club members aged 55 years plus that they are eligible, if selected, to play in friendly matches that the seniors play against surrounding golf clubs. They will find details on how to register for selection on the senior’s notice board within the main changing area.
The senior’s section committee have pleasure in welcoming the following new members: Jeremy Hamp, Phil Ives, Richard Lilley, Fred Looman, Mick Mills, Alan Monk, John Rose, Andrew Tralou and John Winser, and hope they enjoy their golf and camaraderie within the section.
When The Bad Times Turn To Good
BAD golf has been good news for the East Anglia Air Ambulance to the tune of £506.
Every time a member of Newton Green Golf Club seniors put a shot into a bunker over the last 12 months they had to cough up 20p to captain Roger Doherty’s charity fund in aid of the ambulance fund.
In total more than 2,500 wayward shots were delivered by the hapless golfers into the sand, and air ambulance deputy fund raiser Rebecca Harbour attended the annual meeting of the seniors to collect the proceeds.
Pictured at the cheque presentation, from left to right, are: Roger Doherty, Mick Barlow (vice captain), Rebecca Harbour, Bernie Pratt (treasurer), Roger O’Brien-Hill (retiring secretary), and Peter Webb (in-coming captain).
Christmas Presentations At Newton Green
Newton Green Golf Club seniors battled through unpleasant conditions to complete a 18-hole Texas Scramble event prior to their annual Christmas presentation lunch.
Winners of the competition with a score of 62.5 were the foursome of John Steed, Bernie Pratt, Frank Salt and Steve Street.
Club vice captain Alan Cunningham (left) presented the annual awards to the following, back row: Ernie Doe, Alan Allum, Steve Clark, Frank Salt, Andrew Johnson and John Humphreys. Front row: Peter Webb, Nick Young and Jim Ansell.