Club - Seniors


There is a highly thriving seniors section for men over the age of 55 years, who meet regularly on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.

The section also has its own singles, doubles and other tournaments, and plays a large number of inter club matches during the summer, visiting courses in Suffolk and Essex. The section has its own committee, annual meeting and a presentation lunch.



An experiment in holding monthly team events has been a success and will become a regular part of play for the seniors at Newton Green Golf Club.

The annual meeting of the group heard of the intention to make the events on-going feature of Tuesday morning rolls ups.

Retiring captain John Ford said well in excess of £1,000 had been raised for the Jude Brady  Foundation, and incoming captain Harry Wordley said supporting the joint cause picked by all captains in the club would again be followed.

This year support would go to Hope for Tomorrow, a national charity which provides mobile chemotherapy units, including at Sudbury Health Centre.

Wordley has already twice been the main men’s captain at the club, and his vice-captain will be Nigel Gerrans.

It was agreed to replace the senior open day on May 10 with a guest day.




The men’s senior section at Newton Green Golf Club is to stage an autumn finals day, it was decided at the annual meeting of the group.

The event is likely to take place in early October, with the season’s trophies being presented, rather than two months later at the annual Christmas lunch.

In his absence due to recovering from illness, John Ford was in installed as captain, with Harry Wordley vice captain. The seniors will support the Jude Brady Foundation during the year.

Retiring captain James Fraser said the Newton’s greens and catering were the envy of many other clubs, and is some weeks in the coming year the seniors would be staging two inter club matches per week.

It was agreed subscriptions to the sector be raised from £2 to £3, with numbers now having passed the 100 mark.



To make sure members did not get the hump, a camel made a bow during a pre-Christmas event at Newton Green Golf Club.

Club joker Dave Foster cannot resist dressing up, and galloped into the club house riding a camel uniform and dressed as a Father Christmas, with a close resemblance to a bearded Arab.

Sixty players had taken part in the annual Texas scramble and Christmas lunch staged by the seniors.

The winning team was boosted by club professional Tim Cooper who was partnered by Bill Havers and Mike Norton, with a score of 61.1. Others: 62.1 Mike Barlow, Paul Hughes and Jim Devereux, 62.6 Paul MacLachlan, Kevin Knights and Trevor Byham, 62.7 Nick Smith, Mike Gadsby and John Sherman, 63.9 Alan Cunningham, Jim Ansell and Geoff Challacombe. Nearest pins, Bernie Pooley, John Sherman and Malcolm Swain.

Annual awards:
Singles.  Jim Ansell, runner-up Paul MacLachlan; plate Mike Hawkins, runner-up Roger Leonard
Doubles. Mick Gronland and Tony Adams; runners-up, Paul MacLachlan and Roger Leonard
BESS Trophy. Steve Street
Thursday league.  Andy Tralau
Pairs. Steve Street and Terry Scurr
Bogey/par trophy. Steve Clarke
Eclectic. Jim Ansell


All aboard the Christmas camel with Dave Foster

Scramble winners Bill Havers, James Fraser (seniors captain), Tim Cooper and Mike Norton

Senior trophy winners Steve Clarke, Terry Scurr, Steve Street, James Fraser (captain) Mick Gronland and Jim Ansell




The membership of Newton Green Golf Club senior section for men is about to hit the 100 mark, it was reported at the group’s annual meeting.

Retiring captain Mike Barnes thanked members for supporting The Bridge Project during his year which, for the first time, had been a single charity effort with the club’s male and female sections.

A packed meeting included discussion on moving the seniors’ day from mid- morning Tuesdays to early Monday mornings, but the proposition was narrowly defeated.  The seniors will also continue to meet on Thursday mornings.

New captain James Fraser announced he would be supporting the Kernos Centre in Sudbury, which specialises in offering professional counselling for people with emotional and personal problems. John Ford was elected vice captain.

During the meeting Andrew Johnson outlined proposals to re-align the first hole in order to eliminate shots heading towards cottages to the right of the fairway.




The Newton Green trio of, left to right, Phil Dunn, Jim Devereux and John Lawlor who won the Royal British Legion Stableford competition at Seckford Hall.



The seniors at Newton Green Golf Club wound up their year with a Texas Scramble competition, following by a Christmas lunch and presentations of annual awards.

The presentations were made by retiring captain Mike Barnes, whose predecessor, warbling Mike Norton, brought proceedings to a close with his guitar as he crooned a selection of ballads aimed at rousing the spirits of the maturely aged audience.

Texas scramble: 1 Andrew Johnson, Kevin Smith and Nigel Gerrans. 2 Chris Williams, Roger Leonard and Alan Cocksedge, 3 Mick Barlow, John Barry and Jamie Walter, 4 Alan Cunningham, Richard Lilley and Trevor Byham. Nearest pin winners, Tony Scurr, Mike Mills, Dave Foster and Phil Barlow.

Annual awards: Singles, Jim Devereux; plate Chris Williams; Doubles, Nigel Gerrans and Bernie Pooley, runners-up Roger O'Brien-Hill and Paul Hughes; Bess Trophy, Jim Devereux; Thursday League, Jim Devereux; Pairs, Tony Matthews and Mick Mills; Bogey/Par, Tony Adams; Eclectic, Tony Mitchell. Birch Grove Shield, Newton Green.


Mike Barnes with the winning team in the Texas Scramble competition and main trophy winners of the year,



When indomitable Irishman Jim Devereux recently received a trophy at Newton Green Golf Club it was the seventh time in 14 years he had collected the same award.

Seniors at the club compete over 30 weeks of the summer for the Brian Eady Senior Stableford glass bowl.

After five years when his name has been missing from the trophy, Jim is back as the winner of a competition which began in 1999. His winning run began in 2001, when he won for the first of six times in eight years.

The only man to put a spoke in his earlier running sequence was donor of the trophy, Brian Eady, who won in Jim’s two barren years.

Jim is seen with the glass bowl and Mick Barlow, who has administered the competition for many years. 


The seniors section of Newton Green Golf Club now has a record 90 members, reported treasurer Bernie Pratt at the annual meeting.

A healthy balance was in hand, and during the year the seniors had donated £250 for new planters installed as part of the upgrading of the first tee approach area.

Secretary Steve Clarke said with the help of emailing, he was looking to improve communications within the section, which was particularly necessary with large numbers playing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In response to a request to play on Mondays, rather than Tuesdays, he said this had previously been rejected. This was in view of other groups having regular slots, and the club’s wish to accommodate visiting societies on Mondays.

Mick Barlow reported 63 players had taken part in the weekly Brian Eady Stableford, with 51 separate prize winners. In the coming year the competition would again run on Tuesdays, from March 31 to October 27. To accommodate expanding numbers, players would again be drawn, but sent off in three tee time slots commencing from 11.30 am, instead of two.

Incoming captain Mike Barnes announced that his charity would be The Bridge Project, This was a local charity supporting people with learning difficulties. He will share this cause with both the club’s men’s and ladies’ captains.

Mike also mentioned that he would like to see members playing with dignity and humour, both in victory and defeat. He also asked if members would consider a change in the colours of the seniors section to white polo shirts. After a brief discussion it was agreed in principle.

James Fraser was elected the section’s new vice captain. 



The annual trophy presentation took place at the Christmas lunch staged by Newton Green Golf Club seniors; following the playing of a Texas scramble team game.

Trophy winners for 2014 were, from left to right: Nigel Gerrans (pairs championship), Peter Webb (Singles plate and doubles knock-out), Jim Devereux (singles knock-out and Brian Eady Seniors Stableford) Mick Gronland (doubles knock-out and Ken Brown Memorial Trophy) and Frank Salt (Birdie/Par Shield). 

The winning Texas scramble team receiving their prize from seniors vice captain Mike Barnes (left) were John Sherman, Terry Scutt and Peter Cade. 

Texas scramble


2014 winners



The photograph of the winners of the Newton Green Open Pairs Championship( A 4 Ball Better Ball Stableford ) held on Thursday 29th May 2014. Pictured with Andrew Johnson. (middle) (Newton Green Men's Captain) presenting Don Miller(left) and Jim Greenfield(right) the winners of the Championship with 43 points. Both players from Play Golf Club, Colchester. Don Miller also won nearest the pin on the 11th hole. 2nd were David Jones and Brian Hawkins with 42 points ocb, Oxford City Golf Club. 3rd were Kevin Elkins and Graham Purnell also with 42 points, Manor of Groves Golf Club, Hertfordshire. Howard Foster, Stoke by Nayland Golf Club won nearest the pin on 6th hole. The morning had started dry, but rain had fallen over the previous 48 hours and the course was very wet. Coffee and bacon rolls for all before the start, and after the competition a two course lunch prior to the presentation. A total of forty played the course and a very enjoyable game was had by all.



Running in conjunction with the Seniors Open Championship was the Senior members competition. This was won by Bill Haver and Andrew Johnson with 49 points. Presentation was made by Senior's Secretary Steve Clarke (middle) Bill Haver ( left) Andrew Johnson ( right ) 2nd were Frank Salt and Mick Barlow 45 points 3rd Dave Foster and Fred Looman 41 points



Charity fund raising for the men’s senior section at Newton Green Golf Club passed the four figure sum for the first time during the last year.

Section retiring captain Bill Havers handed a cheque for £1,030 to Abbi Lang of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) at the annual meeting.

The sum was on top of £278 raised in a one-off gesture during the year for victims of the Philippines hurricane disaster.

It was reported half the club’s senior matches against other clubs had been won, and 53 of the section’s 75 members had played in the weekly summer Tuesday Stableford competition.

To enable seniors to achieve more realistic handicaps, it was decided all games in the Thursday Ken Brown Trophy would be played off competition white tees.

Mike Norton was elected captain for the coming year and he will be supporting as his charity Canine Partners, which trains dogs for disabled people. 



The seniors’ section at Newton Green Golf Club marked the end of their season with a Texas scramble team competition, followed by lunch and presentation of annual awards.

Most successful recipient was Jeremy Hamp, who won the Ken Brown Memorial Trophy and the annual bogey-par award.

Chris Williams, who captains the men’s section of the main club, enjoyed his first year of qualifying as a senior by winning the singles cup, with Peter Webb taking the plate.

Other winners: Pairs, Frank Salt and Alan Monk. Brian Eady Summer Stableford, Kevin Knights. Senior pairs championship, Terry Scurr and Steve Street.

Eighteen teams played in the Texas scramble, with Williams collecting another first prize,  teamed with Richard Lilley and Stuart Seaton with 64.1 points, followed by Fred French, Jeremy Hamp and Tony Mitchell 64.2 points and Patrick Laverty, Peter Webb and Tony Wiles 66.4 points. 





A recent recipient of the British Empire Medal has received a standing ovation from senior members at his local golf club at an annual event he founded.

Andy Dodds received the Queen's Birthday Award for services to Sudbury Cricket Club, where he has been a Jack of all trades, and his nomination was also supported by Newton Green Golf Club, where he has been a similar stalwart.

Nineteen years ago he launched the Andy Platter, a Christmas competition for senior men at Newton, but recently handed over responsibility to other colleagues. He was able to take a back seat for this year's event, and received an ovation for his past services. The club did not have a senior section when he started the platter, but it will now be taken over by the seniors and become a spring time tournament.

This year's event featured a sprinkling of women players for the first time, and ladies' captain Carol Durston was invited to present the awards.

Club men's captain Chris Williams was winner on count back with 36 points from Mick Barlow and, in third place, Phil Barlow 32. Di Cunningham won the competition for women.

Phil Barlow, Carol Durston, Chris Williams, Phil Barlow and Andy Dodds

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