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Seniors Newsletter October 2016

Annual Meeting (sometimes called the AGM....)
Yes it is that time of year again when you get to vote on who will be on the next committee, for the next captain and discuss the future issues for the seniors. The meeting is a week on Monday at 1.30 pm on 7th November in the clubhouse. There is golf as usual, a bag day – special ball competition, followed by a free lunch (even if you didn’t play). They say there is no such thing as a free lunch and it is true – as you have to listen to the committee speeches but they will also listen to you! So come along – there is even time, if you are quick, to nominate yourself as captain!
Christmas Lunch
Keep an eye on the noticeboard as details about the Christmas Cracker will be up soon. It will be on Wednesday 14th December. There will be golf beforehand, a 3 course lunch and the annual prize giving. There may even be Joe’s famous putter competition!
Final details about cost are being worked out but it will be very similar to last year so make sure you book early!
Bradnor Bugle
Don’t forget to read the Bradnor Bugle each month as it not only has general news about the club but often information about what seniors are doing. Plus there is at least one joke per edition! (and no that is not about my golf!!)
Lightning Strikes twice
It isn’t supposed to happen but it has. Not long after he shot a gross round less than his age, Colin Mansell has done it again! The handicap committee have recognised this and Colin is now rightfully a single figure handicapper. Not bad at an age when most of us are happy to shoot under 100. An inspiration for everyone – keep it going Colin!
Sam Hinton – Senior Secretary
Created: 30-Oct-16 18:39

Seniors Newsletter September 2016

Dear All,


Late Summer Away Day - Thursday 6th October 2016

The final away day of the year is going to be at a superb course with good greens, not too long but tricky to play in the wind. We have secured an amazing deal. Only £12.50 for a bacon bap & coffee on arrival, 18 holes of golf, sandwiches & chips plus ‘open standard’ prizes. There will be a nearest the pin competition on every par 3 & 18th + vouchers for team winners all totalling about £100 (assuming a reasonable turnout!). The venue is of course at Kington, with the draws for partners/teams at 9.15 and 1st tee at 10.00 am. The sheet is up on the noticeboard.



The AGM is scheduled for November 7th. The paperwork is on the noticeboard with sheets for nominations to committee and captain + minutes from last year. We know there will be at least 3 vacancies as neither Andy Edey, Paul Finch nor Sam Hinton are standing again. Apart from the glow of virtue from giving something back to seniors golf, it is also potentially great fun. You can be involved in the decisions about what competitions will be played and when; putting right all those frustrating problems rather than simply moaning in the bar; standing up and announcing that the bandit you played with has finally been cut after he scored 43 points; even helping to choose the Christmas cracker menu! Alright I may have cherry-picked my personal favourites and there are other more serious matters involved but you will get a great deal from it. So get your name down – Kington Seniors Golf needs you!


Seniors Open

This year’s open was a resounding success. The course was perfect for the large number of visitors with hardly a puff of wind and relatively slow greens due to heavy rain beforehand. Scoring was very good with the following gross score results:

1st (69) Richard Elmes & Ted Davies (Kington)

2nd (70) Colin Mansell & Steve Tanner (Kington)

3rd (71) Gordon Glover & Nigel Venables (Kington)

In the stableford, Joe James & Dick Lee (Kington) were 3rd with 47 pts, (24 & 23)

The success of the open was not solely due to the weather. Our thanks to Chris Scott for organising all the entries, to Paul Finch for leading on the organisation of the day, and to Gill & Glyn Wictombe, John Lockwood & Ivor Morgan for their sterling work on the day. If I have missed anyone out please let me know as it is not deliberate!

Sam Hinton – Seniors Secretary

Created: 18-Sep-16 13:17

Seniors Newsletter August 2016

Upcoming Events
Ancients Cup – This is a club competition for which you need to be 55+ so all seniors qualify even if you look younger or don’t want to acknowledge your age! It will be held on Wednesday 17th August and there is an entry sheet on the club noticeboard. It is an ‘Honours Board’ competition so a prestigious one to win!
Seniors Open – Our own premiere event is on Wednesday 24th August and there are some prime slots still available for the morning so contact Chris Scott (01544 340069 or Don’t forget that it is two competitions in one. There is a standard better-ball stableford competition but also, uniquely, a better-ball gross competition. Plus nearest the pins on 3 holes and the usual ‘2’s and the chance to win a sleeve of Premium Golf Balls.
Matches – Away at Cradoc – 18th August, Home to Burghill – 1st September, Home to Brecon 8th September. See Seniors Board for details.
Seniors AGM – Yes it is early to be mentioning it but you need to make a note in your calendar as tickets are going fast (only joking....). The date is 7th November and we will be looking to appoint to a number of vacant committee posts plus your chance to raise and discuss any key issues. So don’t just moan about what the committee gets wrong, take part and put it right! Watch out for more details on the Seniors Board.
Stop Press
At an age when most of us are resigned to the fact that the only thing increasing in our golf is our handicap, it is remarkable to witness the exploits of Colin Mansell. In the summer League on 1st August he shot a gross 76 – below his age! His handicap has been coming down as well (quite right too according to some in the bar where I see a sombrero has been looking for an owner!). Well done Colin! 
Created: 11-Aug-16 12:55

Seniors Newsletter July 2016

Upcoming Events
Joint Captains Charity Day – this Saturday 30th July there is a team stableford for the Mens and Ladies Captains charity. Teams of 4, best 2 scores, with plenty of prizes – nearest the pin on all par 3’s, longest drive. Any combination of player in a team so invite family and friends! Ring the Pro Shop or add your team on the main noticeboard, Shotgun start at 10.00 am I believe.
Seniors Open – still places available for the Seniors Open. Pairs betterball competition off the yellows. Contact Chris Scott who still has some early slots but hurry as they are in demand. Two competitions in one as there is a gross medal score and a stableford score plus nearest the pin on 2 x par 3’s and 18th + a raffle and 2’s so every chance of winning something even if it is a bottle of aftershave!
We also need donations for the raffle prizes so all contributions welcome.
Away Day – we are exploring the possibility of having the third and last Away Day of the year on October 6th at Celtic Manor. There seemed to be enough interest on the basis of £45 for the usual bacon bap + tea/coffee, 18 holes of golf followed by 2 course meal on the Montgomerie course. Opportunity to play on a course used for professional tournaments with very true greens – so every excuse when I 3 x putt! I will find out more detail but watch out on the Seniors noticeboard for details!
Stop Press
Club Championship – one up for the older golfers,  with the winner being 55+ (admittedly an over 55 also came 40th out of 40 no names but Richard Elmes should be congratulated for taking part!). Yes - George Smith won the Club Championship with a pair of 74’s – amazing performance showing all those long-hitting youngsters that it isn’t how far but how many that counts!
Herefordshire Seniors Championship – Gordon Glover came 2nd, losing in a 4 hole play-off, at the County Seniors Championships. A very fine performance by Gordon in tough windy conditions (at least they were for me as I lost 5 balls!). We know he is a shy retiring chap but if you ask him nicely he may well tell you all about it!
Sam Hinton – Seniors Secretary
Created: 28-Jul-16 08:50

Seniors Newsletter June 2016

Away Day
The next Away Day is to Raglan Parc on Wednesday 13th July. The cost is £25 for bacon bap & coffee on arrival, 18 holes of golf + 2 course meal & prizes! They have sorted out their pump so the greens will be in good condition! Although I put up an entry notice about this a few weeks ago someone, inadvertently I am sure, took it down and we don’t have a record of any names previously put up so........this means you should put your name down again to make sure of your place.
Seniors Open
It is fast coming up so get your entry in soon to Chris Scott and get your preferred start time! Also we are looking for volunteers to help (you can still play and help!) so please see any committee member and let us know. 
Club’s 90th Anniversary Summer Party
There is a big party coming up on Saturday 9th July to celebrate either Andy Edey’s captaincy or the club’s 90th year since it was founded – one of the two – you choose! There is a sumptuous Summer Buffet, homemade desserts, cheese & coffee provided by our stewards, Barry & Julie. Dancing afterwards to our Band & Disco in the marquee. Tickets are £20. We are looking to organise a seniors table (no it doesn’t mean a freebie!!) so keep your eye on the notice board.
Marathon Walk
Tom Davies is planning to walk the Wales Coast path (all 1100 miles!) in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. See Ted Davies for details but you can sponsor by using this link or go to the ‘Just Giving’ website and search for “Tom’s Welsh Wander”.
Sam Hinton, Seniors Secretary
Created: 24-Jun-16 23:01

Seniors Newsletter May 2016

Knock Out Draw


Remember the K/O draw will be held on 9th May after the golf. Not only that but there is also a free lunch. Now you may think there is no such thing but for you it is true. Admittedly you may have to listen to Andy Edey but if you focus on the sandwiches and chips it can pass you by – just listen out for your name in the draw! It will also be the first day for our new caterers,  Julie and Barry Murray, so you get to sample their food before anyone else! Even if you can’t play just come along to marvel at the efficiency of the draw and the taste of the sarnies....


Upcoming Golf


Last chance to enter the Men’s Invitation Day on Sunday 8th May. A few places are still left and the forecast is much warmer weather!

Next match is away at Cleobury Mortimer, 12th May, and Terry is looking for a few players so give him a ring on 01568 708873 if you can play.

Next Home match is 19th May with Builth Wells as the visitors. The sheet is already up on the board.


Next Away Day is at Raglan Parc and a sheet will be going up on the board very soon. You may not realise but most golf clubs hosting societies will not accept late cancellations and charge the full fee for the final numbers agreed on a particular date. So if you cancel after the set date you will still have to pay whatever fee the club charges. This date will be on the sheet.


The next medal is on May 23rd and the sheet is already up. Numbers were over 35% up on last year with the new format so put your name down quickly. Only one player entered the wrong competition on the computer – no names no pack drill although he wasn’t blowing his own trumpet more of a bugle......! The only caveat on the first playing of the new format was that one or two players changed from one competition to another at the last minute. The committee feels this is not in the spirit of the game so please stick to your nominated tee.


And may seem only yesterday that winter ended, it certainly felt that way up on the 9th tee, but the Seniors Open is already filling up. Please contact Chris Scott and get your entry in so that you can get that preferred tee time before someone else grabs it!


Enjoy the lovely weather on the course – who knows how long it will last.....


Created: 04-May-16 20:23

April Seniors Newsletter

New Medal Format
The booking sheet for the first of the summer medals, with the new choice of competitions, is already up on the notice board. The more observant of you will have spotted there is a column to enter which tee the player intends to play off, W (White) or Y (Yellow). The less observant of you could add this detail to their name! The two competitions will have the same prize format as the winter & summer leagues with a 1,2 & 3rd in each.
Any news about ill or injured members?
It is good to see George Farr back playing again and hitting the ball down the middle. Also please see the notice board for Dave Haley’s reply to the card sent to him on his retirement from active golf. If you know of any present or recent senior who is unable to play for a few weeks because of injury or illness please let one of the committee know. It can be a help in that situation for friends to keep in touch when this happens so if we know about it we can either do something on behalf of the section or enable individuals to do react. Obviously we want to respect their privacy so will only act if we are sure the member is happy to be contacted. So do let us know!
Note that winter rules is officially over and so there is no moving the ball on the fairway unless taking an ‘unplayable’ penalty! The good news is that the greens are now being mown so are picking up speed and becoming more true except, of course, on my putts which are clearly hitting all sorts of bumps!
Another hole-in-one on the last Blueballs of the year at the 3rd at Aberdovey. This is an unusual par 3 with a blind tee shot. Sam Hinton hit the successful shot although his ‘caddy’ Andy Edey is claiming 10% of the winnings as it was down to his accurate advice!
The next Away Day is on April 21st at Ombersley. The booking sheet is on the notice board. If you had already expressed an interest you will find your name on the sheet, simply confirm your attendance. If your name isn’t there please add it and we can always approach Ombersley for more than the initial 20 tees booked. The cost is £30 which covers tea/coffee, 18 holes a 2 course meal and prizes.
The next few matches are 7th April Sapey at home, 14th April Rolls of Monmouth away (please note as a late change to the programme) and 28th April Ludlow away.
And finally – the club has a new ‘Festival of Golf’ week with some very interesting events, including a Texas Scramble on the Monday, 4th July. More details to follow so watch the board......
Enjoy your golf
Created: 07-Apr-16 15:08

Seniors Newsletter - February 2016

KGC Seniors Newsletter - February 2016

New Medal Format:
After agreement at the 2015 AGM that we should change the format of the medal competitions to encourage more people to play in them, here are details of the new playing format. There will be two competitions on the day, one off the white tees and one off the yellow tees. It is up to each player to choose which competition they will enter. However they should put a ‘Y’ or a ‘W’ next to their name on the Tee booking sheet, they must mark their scorecard with the tee choice and inform their playing partners. When entering your score on the computer you will need to select the appropriate competition first before entering your score. This is a new approach which we all hope will allow each of us to enjoy playing a medal format and, of course, it will be reviewed at the end of the summer.

Inter-club Matches:
Yes I know it is minus 2 degrees outside and blowing a gale but spring really is just around the corner! This means that the first of the matches is coming up so keep an eye on the noticeboard for the next few matches:

3rd March – Ludlow at Kington (Stop Press – list is already on the board and names are being added so move quickly!)
10th March – Wharton Park at Kington
17th March – Cradoc at Kington

Any news about ill or injured members?
If you know of any present or recent senior who is unable to play for a few weeks because of injury or illness please let one of the committee know. It can be a help in that situation for friends to keep in touch when this happens so if we know about it we can either do something on behalf of the section or enable individuals to do react. Obviously we want to respect their privacy so will only act if we are sure the member is happy to be contacted. So do let us know!

Away Days:
The first two away days have been organised and lists are already on our noticeboard. On Thursday 21st April we have a 12.30 tee time at Ombersley. We have played here the previous two years and everyone seems to have enjoyed it. The cost is £30 which provides for coffee on arrival (if you want a bacon bap you can order one on arrival), 18 holes of golf and a two course meal afterwards + prizes. The second is again at Raglan Parc on Wednesday 13th July (note Wednesday!). We played there last year and the course was enjoyable although the greens were a trifle quick because of equipment problems. We are promised the greens will be fine and so the format is the same – coffee and bacon bap, 18 holes of golf and a two course meal afterwards + prizes. This is all at a discounted rate of £25 to compensate for all those extra putts last year! A third one is being arranged for late summer/early Autumn. We will keep you posted. So get your name down on the list!!

Sam Hinton

Created: 17-Feb-16 09:41

Summer League 21.09.2015

Division 1

1st Arthur Hyde 35

2nd Colin Mansell 35

3rd Richard Williams 34


Division 2

1st Ivor Morgan 42

2nd John Allen 34

3rd Barry Dudley 33

Created: 21-Sep-15 17:55
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