Senior Captain's Welcome

I offer a warm welcome to all senior golfers, new and longer standing and hope you will enjoy a successful and sociable golfing year in 2017.

For  Seniors, there is golf for everyone’s taste; Social golf on our own wonderful course, and friendly, yet competitive matches against local clubs. It would be nice to get as many as possible playing in the 6 Seniors Competitions, (all mid-week in 2017), in addition to 8 monthly qualifying competitions. There are 2 year-round competitions, the Eclectic and the Order of Merit, both of which take results from these 14 competitions. We also have away days in May and August, and an Exchange Day with Toft in September, all arranged by volunteers.

Throughout the past years, the relaxed and friendly nature of our regular social roll-ups, now twice a week, offer the opportunity for social golf with a change of faces. The Roll Up is also an easy entry point to the club for new senior members. I am fully confident that this year’s Vice-Captain, Jim Keable, will ensure the roll-ups continue, and hopefully well supported and enjoyed.

There are also two more opportunities to join with Seniors from other clubs through the Seniors Open in June and the Seniors Invitation Day in October.

Blankney Golf Club has developed over the years into one the best courses in the county thanks to its proprietors and the hard work and dedication of Graham, John, James, Becky and their respective teams. They deserve our respect and support.

Co-operation with the Club and the Ladies Section is highly valued I hope that we can continue past links with Paul, the Club Captain and Mandy the Ladies Captain for 2017.

I would say that the biggest benefit of my time with the seniors has been in gaining new friends, not only with seniors but throughout the club.  I have enjoyed the many opportunities to sample other courses, through matches, away days, exchange days and group related days. The opportunity to play with golfers of all standards is an experience worth treasuring.

 However, these Social days are not very well supported, for example twice as many Toft golfers came to Blankney as we took to Toft on exchange day. The away days attracted no more than a couple of dozen. If anyone has any ideas to improve the engagement of Blankney Seniors, I would love to hear it (drop me a note over the bar, or email me at johnthompson677@gmail.com)

I sincerely hope that all those members that supported the matches in 2016 will continue in 2017. Roger Fry’s report highlighted the shortage of available members for matches and as I said in my address at the AGM, it would be a tragedy if Blankney could not raise 16 man teams for matches.

For 2017;

It is my wish to see more Senior Members become “active” in matches and competitions

It is my aim to do my best to make that happen.

It is my pledge to future Seniors Captains that I will support them as long as I am able, no time limits.

I hope you will join me in having a great year, full of good humour, much empathy and lower handicaps!