Message from The Seniors’ Captain 2017- Tony Gordon. 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 120 or so members can play in 27 matches against other Seniors’ Sections throughout Lincolnshire both home and away, enter one or all of 33 competitions, and have the chance to travel on exchange days, this year to Market Rasen and Grimsby Golf Clubs. Starting in March, we have both singles and pairs knock-out competitions, including one specially for those over 75 years of age. The highlight of the year is the Seniors’ Open competition, this year on 3rd August. With upwards of 170 entries, this is one of the major Seniors’ events in Lincolnshire.
On the Thursdays when there is no competition, we have a well-attended four-ball roll-ups (or should it be rolls-up?!). These provide an easy and friendly entry point to both the Seniors’ Section and to the Club for new senior members. Oh, and there is also a summer eclectic just to keep your mind on the ball. All this for just £3 a year – a bargain in anyone’s book.
Off the course, 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 inaugural Golf Festival week at the end of the summer.
One of the results of all this activity is to enable Sleaford Seniors each year to donate around £2,500 to various local charities and assist the Club financially in selected projects.
Personally, I first played Sleaford in 1965 when pilot training at RAF Syerston. Sleaford had then, I believe, the longest front 9 of any course in the country. I finally joined the Club seven years ago and was warmly welcomed at my first Seniors’ roll-up. As a comparative new-comer, I was both surprised and honoured to be asked by Clive Boyfield to be his Vice-Captain last year. I am looking forward to my year as Seniors’ Captain and am fortunate to have a very strong team in the Seniors’ Committee to support me. So, here’s to a successful, and most importantly, enjoyable year.
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 125 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 subscription of £3.00 for the 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 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. We have a very successful Seniors’ Gents Annual Open Day.
We play 26 home and away matches against some of the best clubs in Lincolnshire, and currently enjoy three 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.