Senior's Newsletter - October 2020


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October 2020

From our Captain

I should by this time be coming to the end of my year as Captain, but as we all know Covid 19 took over and decimated my year.

We managed just one Seniors friendly match at Brett Vale in March which incidentally we lost heavily 7 – 1 so it could be that I will be the only Captain to have been whitewashed in his year. I have to say that doesn’t sit to well with me I’m afraid and next year we will have to do better.

Fortunately for me I will, with your continued support still be your Captain for next year to hopefully put that little issue to bed and raise some much needed funds for my charity. The British Heart Foundation.

Something I have a very personal reason for doing so and if I may just remind you again of what I said in my address at last year’s AGM.

I told you of a very good friend of mine and our family was awaiting a Heart Transplant which at that time was his last hope of living a normal life. Well after having one false alarm he did eventually receive his Heart at the Royal Papworth in Cambridge and he has been doing really fantastically up to recently when as often happens other organs become effected and he now finds himself on the urgent list for a Kidney Transplant. I can’t tell you how important it is to continue to raise money for the BHF especially at this time so I’m hoping that I can rely on your continued support and generosity throughout 2021 to bolster my Charity Fund.

Moving on to Golf and this month we had the Summer Singles Final for the Reg Fox Trophy between Steve Tree and Phil Ledger which I had the privilege to Referee and a very tight game it was going right to last hole with Steve winning by the narrowest of margins.

We also had the re-arranged June monthly Stableford which incorporated the Captains Prize and was subsequently won by Ray Firth from the Second Division with a splendid 43 points and the winner from Division One was Ian McKay with a credible 39 points. Many congratulations to Ray for winning my prize.

This was followed by the Seniors Stableford & Vets Cup played on the Constable Course and my congratulations on winning Division One and the Cup go to Bob Filer with an excellent score of 43 points and winning Division Two was Roger Gardiner with an excellent 40 points.

Finally keep an eye to the club news bulletins for the up to date news of the World Handicap System, as more details will be released for your information in regular stages up to it’s introduction in November.

Don’t forget from the 1st October preferred lies will be introduced.

In the meantime, continue enjoy your golf!

Terry M


A very warm welcome this month to Brian Butcher, Mark Clark & Derek McWilliams who have joined the section during the past month and are all getting involved with the section, particularly by playing in the swindle. We are sure you will all make them very welcome.

Annual General Meeting

It will come as no surprise to members that it is not going to be possible to hold an AGM in November in the usual way. Alternative arrangements are being made and will be advised to members shortly.

World Handicap System

An increasing amount of information has been circulated over the past months about the WHS which comes into use at the beginning of November. Your WHS Index will be available to you sometime later this month, you need to make yourself aware of what this is and, whenever you play a round of golf use the chart that will be available to see how many shots will be available to you on that day, on that course – it will change from Gainsborough to Constable. Although it all sounds very complicated many countries have been using this system for years and have no issues with it at all. The 3 Captains Match on the 2nd November will be the first opportunity you have to use your new WHS Index – please be prepared.


A very busy month as we try and catch up with all of the competitions missed during the virus close down months. Congratulations  to Ian McKay (Div1) and Ray Firth (Div2 & Senior Captains Prize) in the first stableford and to Bob Filer (Div 1 and senior Veterans Trophy) and Roger Gardiner (Div 2) and finally Ian McKay (Div 1) and Brian Hemmings (Div 2) in the remaining comps. What a month Ian has had – well done.

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2020 has seen the introduction of a SbN Seniors Championship – two rounds of medal scoring, one on each course, competing for a new trophy, very kindly donated by Immediate Past Captain, Ian Bickers, for the lowest gross score and a new trophy purchased by the section for the lowest net score . At the present time the first round has been completed over the Constable course and Richard Cross has made a great start with a round of 73 (net 68) – well done Richard. The second round is to be played this coming Wednesday.

Congratulations also to Steve Tree on his victory in the Summer Singles and Mike Moore on winning the Desperately Unlucky Trophy.

Hole In One

Congratulations to John Smith on acing his tee shot on the 8th Constable as part of his Championship Medal round. A superb 7 iron that slam dunked the hole so hard that the ball ended up below the foam insert.

SbN Golf Team

The club has a number of voluntary vacancies available in the new look Golf Operations team – if any member is interested please have a word with Karl to see how you may be able to support the club in this way.

Preferred Lies

Preferred lies now in use. Please help protect the fairways !!

Course notes

  • Preferred lies are in force from 1st October so dig out those Divot Ends! Black lines will once again be marked out once we lose fairway definition by mowing.
  • Winter maintenance work on greens will take place towards the end of the month.
  • Various tree trimming will be taking place over the winter months.
  • The winter tee on the 6th Constable is to be finished and hopefully be brought back into play this winter.
  • Some improvements re to be made around the first tees on both courses.
  • Although the quality of paths are an issue, any major refurbishment will not take place until next year, but patching of the main problem areas will be taking place.
  • In an effort to spread wear over tee boxes, it is intended to leave the white tees out this winter.
  • Although not directly related to the men, there will be a gradual improvement programme for the Blue tees, commencing on the back 9 of Gainsborough


Many thanks indeed to Peter Garnett and Norman Davidson who both put in many hours a month to support the members in the management of the courses.


Forthcoming Diary Dates ……………

Monday 5th October                       Wednesday Swindle on a Monday - contact Malcolm Norton

Wednesday 7th October                SbN Seniors Championship - Round 2 - Medal - Gainsborough course

Wednesday 14th October              Wednesday Swindle - contact Malcolm Norton

Monday 19th October                     Wednesday Swindle on a Monday - contact Malcolm Norton

Wednesday 21st October              Monthly Stableford & Millennium Trophy – Gainsborough – enter on HDID

Monday 26th October                     Wednesday Swindle on a Monday - contact Malcolm Norton

Wednesday 28th October              4 Ball Better Ball - enter on HDID


Monday 2nd November                  3 Captains Match – Gainsborough – details shortly

Wednesday 4th November           Wednesday Swindle - contact Malcolm Norton

Monday 9th November                  Senior’s Captains Drive In and Monthly Stableford – Gainsborough – watch for details on HDID

Wednesday 11th November         Wednesday Swindle - contact Malcolm Norton

Monday 16th November                Wednesday Swindle on a Monday - contact Malcolm Norton

Wednesday 18th November         Hi-Lo Competition - Constable

Wednesday 25th November         Wednesday Swindle - contact Malcolm Norton