Seniors Christmas Competition 7th December 2017
Daybreak was anything but promising for the Senior's Christmas Competition followed by the traditional lunch. However, OGC Senior's are hewn from the living rock and strong winds and driving rain were insufficient to deter a very good turn out for the better-ball Christmas pairs stableford competition. Fortunately after about 5 holes the weather cleared in favour of a crisp sharp morning under blue skies. Scoring was good and the final result needed some back nine count-backs to sort out. Winner of the individual 9 hole competition was Fred Levett-Dunn. Well done Fred.
In the main competition the winners with 41 points were Dick Birkin and John Jarvie who just shaded out Captain Terry Hanley and Malcolm Page. Dick and John accepted the wonderful Bill Danter Trophy from Jess Danter. (As one who played a lot of cricket with Bill, it was good to have this opportunity to remember all the fun we had together).
The golf was followed by a traditional Christmas lunch attended by a good number of partners which was also the opportunity to present Cathryn Worth of the QE Young People with Cancer Charity with a cheque for £2,750 being the monies raised by the Seniors throughout the year. Cathryn spoke of how this money would greatly assist the care given to young people with cancer between the ages of 16-25.
As is traditional the day was concluded with a choral extravanza led by the Working Party Choir orchestrated by Tony Sumpter ably assisted on keyboards by Jeannie Morrison.
God bless us everyone.
Hodgson Shield 2017
Seniors vs The Juniors 24th November 2017
In the last team match of 2017 the Seniors hosted the Olton Juniors for the annually awarded "Rainbird Trophy". There were two teams of 10 players with the Seniors captained by Brian Warren and the Juniors by Joe Geoghegan. Age and experience proved to be no match for the flexibility and exuberance of youth and the Juniors were ultimately too strong with stories of net eagles, massive drives and bandits in abundance. Even the inclusion of a young Terry Smith and two 40 handicap beginners in the Junior team could not help the Senior's cause!
Seniors vs The Ladies 19th Oct 2017
Regrettably this match was played in virtually non-stop heavy rain such that a decision was taken to miss out the loop and Geoff Chaplin drove his buggy all over the course to successfully tell everyone to miss out the holes. In the event the Men won by 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 (3 wins, 3 halves, 1 loss). But despite the weather, the match was played in great spirit with everyone enjoying a drink and an excellent meal afterwards. To mark his first official match as captain, Ladies's Captain Ray presented Terry with a Golf Cooling Towel to keep him cool during the stressful heated moments of his captaincy.
The John Lattey Trophy 2017/18
The draw for the Winter John Lattey Trophy is now posted on the Seniors noticeboard and pairs are encouraged to arrange their first round matches as soon as possible while the weather is still kind. The deadline for Round One completion is 10th January, so plenty of time, though finding mutually acceptable dates for four golfers often seems like three-dimensional chess.
Remember, there's a stunning trophy worth pride of place on anyone's mantelpiece at stake - so the best of luck to all!