Senior Member’s Captain
7 Feb 2018
I would like to start with a Thank You to both Ian Soulsby and Forster Holloway for their support over the last year. Without them I would not have been able to achieve what we have achieved.
Northumberland Senior League
To everyone who took part in the Northumberland Senior League for Whitley Bay Golf Club I thank them for their support and commitment. We used twenty four players in our twelve fixtures and achieved a very creditable fourth place from thirteen teams. I can not claim credit as I only played two games due to illness and having surgery. Hope for a better season this year.
We have some new members who qualify for the team this year and hope to surpass last years performance.
Ian was the only person to play in all the matches, he and Forster stood in for me as Captain on the Day for all the matches and did Whitley Bay proud. Of the twenty four players used nineteen contributed points to the Team total. We changed the system of picking the team to one of selecting the strongest available team and not trying to give everyone a game. We found some very strong pairs and this was the basis of the team in all matches. To mention a few who did us proud, Tony Hood took sixteen points from a possible twenty to be top scores. This was no mean achievement as the teams we played are all very strong. Other players who achieved creditable points totals were Ian Soulsby, Terry Smith, John Suggate.
Northumberland League Field Day Competition
In the Northumberland League Field Day Competition we fielded a very strong team and finished overall fourth from thirteen teams. We had good results in all the divisions and although we did not win one the combined efforts did us proud. Chris Lennie achieved a two at one of the par threes. This competition was held at Arcot Hall and this year’s is to be held at Gosforth (Bridle Path).
Whitley Bay Seniors Club Field Day
The Whitley Bay Seniors Club Field Day was held and was a great success, much good feed back from the thirty eight who took part was received. Everyone who took part was rewarded with some sort of prize. George Siemaszko won the overall prize. We hope to go to another level this year and hope we achieve the same or better turnout. The day was ended with a excellent buffet catered for by the two Dave’s. supported by the two girls Sophie and Lucy and backed up by Jamie behind the bar.
We have updated the seniors notice board down stairs and with the help of Dawn have updated the Seniors Field Day board. More information will be displayed on the board. We are now passing more information vis E-Mail and by Text hence we are getting more feed back from players etc.
At the Club Field Day we held an extra ordinary meeting to discuss a few items and one of them was to move the Seniors AGM from March to September to meet the needs of the League. All agreed and Ian Soulsby raised the question about the position of Captain. All thirty eight voted and agreed that I would carry on till September 2018 as Captain of the Seniors Team. It was also passed that Ian and Forster would be elected as Vice Captains to assist me in the running of the Seniors. This was also passed.
For the first time we held a Christmas Dinner catered for by the two Dave’s supported by the two girls Sophie and Lucy and backed up by Jamie behind the bar. We had twenty seven attend and have started the ball rolling to have another this year along with a summer golf and buffet day. We are also looking to expand our activities this year so watch the notice board. The dinner was attended by Club Captain David Burston and Vice Captain Paul Suttie.
WBGC Seniors – ‘Monseniors’
We also celebrated the formation and first year of the WBGC Seniors. We understand that there have been some attempts in the past to form a Seniors Group, however this time we seem to be having some success.
The inaugural Monday meeting in March 2017 was attended by ten players. Now known as the ‘Monseniors’, there are currently fifty eight members who receive a weekly e-mail giving arrangements for the forthcoming Monday Competition and results from the previous week.
The first year shows 36 Monday Competitions played, more than 500 rounds. Individual scores are recorded and the top fifteen each week averaged thirty two Stableford points. We are confident that the regular friendly competition and camaraderie have helped the selection and strengthening of our Seniors League Team, which ended the season in fourth place in the Northumberland Seniors Member’s Golf League, our best result for many years.
All Club Members over Sixty Years of age are very welcome to join in, just come along to the Clubhouse on any Monday, half an hour before the first Seniors Competition tee time shown on BRS.
I would like to Thank the Board for all the supports and assistance that they have given me over the year and hope to further push the Whitley Bay Golf Club to achieve the Best in the County.
Len Renham, Senior Member’s Team Captain