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 2018.
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, 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 an away day in April, and an Exchange Day with Holme Hall 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, Ray Harrison, 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, Sarah, 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 Robbie, the Club Captain and Lynda, the Ladies Captain for 2018.
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.
I sincerely hope that all those members that supported the matches in 2017 will continue in 2018. I said in my address at the AGM, it would be a tragedy if Blankney could not raise 16 man teams for matches.
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 for 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!