Message from The Seniors’ Captain 2018 – Graham Anderson.
I am a relatively new to the Sleaford GC Seniors’ Section with only 5 years as a member; however, I was made very welcome when joining and being an accountant was soon proposed into the role of Seniors’ Treasurer. I was then very honoured to be invited by Tony Gordon, the outgoing Seniors’ Captain, to be his Vice-Captain and I now take over those prestigious reins. I look forward to my term in office and working with a very strong committee to support and guide me through the year.
Sleaford Seniors’ Section is an integral and vibrant part of the Club. Playing on a course which Seniors enjoy as the terrain is not physically demanding, our 130 members can play in 29 matches against other Seniors’ Sections throughout Lincolnshire both home and away. You can enter one or all of 33 Seniors’ competitions, and have the chance to travel on exchange days, this year to Market Rasen and Tydd St Giles Golf Courses. Starting in March, there is the Singles, Pairs and Golden Oldies (over 75) knock-out competitions. The highlight of the year is the Seniors’ Open competition, this year on 2nd August 2018. With upwards of 170 entries, this is one of the major Seniors’ events in Lincolnshire.
Each Thursday when there is no competition, we have a well-attended Roll Up which provides an easy and friendly entry point to both the Seniors’ Section and to the Club for new senior members. There is also a summer eclectic.
Sleaford Seniors have an active social programme with 4 dinners in the Club’s well-appointed restaurant to which those very important parts of a golfers life, our wives and partners, are invited. These are always well attended with up to 100 people sitting down to dine.
Co-operation with the Ladies’ Section is very important to us and we have several joint competitions during the year. Within the Club itself, we will be actively supporting the Golf Festival week in August 2018 with the Over 55 (Any Lady/Gent Combination) AM AM on Thursday 23 August 2018.
With all the matches and other events we are proud to consistently raise between £2000 and £3000 in funds for Charitable causes.
The Seniors’ Section was formed in the early 1970’s. Membership is open to Club members aged 55 years of age or over (we do not stipulate an upper age limit!). We have approximately 130 members of which about 90 regularly participate in competitions, matches and Exchange Days. Others play on a less frequent basis or are retired golfers enjoying the company of their contemporaries. We pay an annual donation of £3.00 for the Seniors’ trophy fund which allows play in all Seniors’ events, or to simply enjoy the social side of the group. There is the opportunity to win any of the 20 trophies that are exclusive to the Seniors’ Section.
We produce a diary/fixtures list and address book annually, and it is issued at the start of each Seniors’ Captain’s term of office. There is a Seniors’ Committee chaired by the Seniors’ Captain assisted by the Senior’s Vice-Captain, Immediate Past Seniors’ Captain, Seniors’ Secretary, Seniors’ Treasurer, Seniors’ Competition Secretaries, Seniors’ Mens Open Secretary and two co-opted members, one who runs the numerous raffles and one who co-ordinates with the ladies to host the Halfway House for matches and competitions. The Seniors’ Mens Open is a very successful event.
We play 29 home and away matches against some of the best clubs in Lincolnshire, and currently enjoy two Exchange Days which are always well supported. There are also eight occasions when we play mixed competitions with the Sleaford Ladies’ Section.
There is an active social side for anyone interested. We have four dinner occasions, Ladies’ Guest Night Dinner (March), Seniors’ Championship Day Dinner (July), Presentation Night Dinner (October) and our end of year Christmas Dinner (December) all of which are well attended.
If you wish to join us and enjoy the friendly and sociable atmosphere that prevails throughout all occasions you will be made most welcome. You just need to fill in the Seniors’ Application and Registration Form which can be found in the Seniors’ Mail slot in the Spikes Bar and hand it or leave it in a sealed envelope with your £3.00 marked for the attention of the Seniors’ Treasurer or any Seniors’ Committee member.
The Seniors’ normally play their competitions and matches on Thursday morning starting at 08:00 hours, with the occasional Monday home match. Many of the Seniors also meet for informal ‘spin-ups’ on other weekdays and new members are always welcome. All information regarding our events can be found on the relevant notice boards and details are regularly emailed to members.