Seniors Update – 21st October 2019

Since the last update on the activities of the Seniors Section we have held our AGM.  I was delighted to be confirmed as Captain for another year with Derek Whitmore and Tom Nisbet continuing in their roles as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  Approval was also given at the meeting to increase the monthly sweep fee to £2, which will allow us to pay out for anyone lucky enough to score a 2 during their round. Disappointingly, under the rules of Kilspindie Golf Club, which are applicable to the Seniors Section, no payment can be made for a hole in one.  However, we were delighted to acknowledge Ian Webster’s hole in one at the 8th during the September meeting. Congratulations to Ian.  Don’t expect that to happen every month!

Congratulations also go to Norrie Smith who won the Seniors Champion of Champions trophy with both the best gross and net scores.  Well done Norrie.

We have also recently started our new season’s team matches against other East Lothian clubs but to date we have not been as successful as we were at this time last year.  In our two away matches against Craigielaw and Luffness New we halved the first match but lost the second convincingly 4.5 to 0.5.  We played Haddington at home and happily we won that match 3.5 to 2.5. 

We had a beautiful day at St Andrews

We also played our biennial game against St Andrews New Club.  Everyone who played thoroughly enjoyed the day out, albeit for some it started early and finished late.  Thanks go to Alan Sharp for once again helping with the arrangements.  We were heavily beaten 6.5 to 1.5 with 4 matches being played on the Jubilee course and 4 on the New Course.  Both were in excellent condition but a few, like me, found putting on greens with a STIMP reading of 12 very tricky.

Our next matches are against Gullane and the Glen (both at home) and then Longniddry (away) and Dunbar (home).

Our summer Turn-up Competition was won by Billy Fraser with a 6-round total of 245 points which is only 5 points above the standard scratch Stableford score for 6 rounds. Tom Nisbet was the long-time leader of the competition but due to a hip operation he was unable to play on the last few Tuesdays and Billy finally overtook him on the very last day. The player with the best eclectic score over the competition was Robin Smith with a net score of 57 points who won on a count-back over David Grant and Danny Kelly. Congratulations to the two winners. Their trophies will be presented at the Seniors Prize Giving Lunch to be held on 3rd March 2020.

The Winter Turn-up Competition started on 10th September and we have already seen an increase in the numbers turning up on a Tuesday, together with some incredible scores.  The competition will continue every Tuesday until the end of March, except when we have a Team Match or a monthly competition.  Finally, we are giving serious consideration to trialling the summer turn-up as a counter for handicap purposes, before the new mandatory handicapping system finally comes into play.  Derek, Tom and I will discuss this over the next few weeks and then update you on our decision.  The proposal has already been supported by KGC Competitions Committee.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our next monthly competition on 5th November.

Gerry Granger

Seniors’ Captain