Staffs Seniors Championship - Beau Desert GC, Monday 9th July 2018

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Staffs Seniors v Shrop. & Heref. Seniors - Ludlow GC, Thursday 5th July 2018

For the third of our four League matches this season we travelled to Ludlow GC, which is set amongst the Race Course. This relatively flat course was hard and bouncy due to the continuing hot, dry weather but the greens were a joy to putt on. The club and staff, including one of their players who is head greenkeeper, were thanked for looking after us all so well. There weren't many close matches during the day's play, which saw home advantage tip the tie in favour of the home team who won 10½ v 7½.

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Staffs Seniors v Leics. & Rutland Seniors - Lichfield G&CC, Monday 2nd July 2018

All four of this year's new recruits played in the fourth Friendly match of the season. This club's course and facilities continue to develop and the staff were thanked for looking after us all so well, especially the greenkeepers for coping with the prolonged hot and dry summer. Amazingly two of the new recruits scored their first hole in one! Congratulations to Andy Martin (Leek GC) on the 8th hole in the morning round and Jim Chambers (Beau Desert GC) on the 4th hole during the afternoon round, and thanks for the drinks during our meal. The home team, for whom all six pairs contributed to our team score, pleasingly won 11½ v 6½.

Pictured left to right are Andy Martin, Mark Ashton and Jim Chambers.

Pictured left to right are Andy Martin, Mark Ashton & Jim Chambers.

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Staffs Seniors v North Wales Seniors - Barlaston GC, Monday 18th June 2018

Our third Friendly match of the season involved us hosting the four Counties that comprise North Wales Counties at Barlaston GC. We were pleased to welcome Jim Chalmers of Beau Desert for his first game and Past Captain Tony Wright (Little Aston GC) for the first time this year. Many of the morning 9 hole Greensome and afternoon 18 hole Better Ball matches went all the way to the final green in a close fought and enjoyable encounter. The club and staff were thanked for welcoming us straight after a busy weekend, with their Captain's Day on Saturday and County Boys Championship on Sunday. Of particular note were the fantastic trifles served as dessert! This fixture, now in its fourth year, saw North Wales win for the first time 7½ v 10½.

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Staffs Seniors v Warwickshire Seniors - Trentham GC, Thursday 14th June 2018

Our second League match of the season saw us host last year's winners Warks at Trentham GC, who looked after us superbly. Storm Hector caused issues further north, but thankfully only gave us a strong wind to contend with in the morning and early afternoon. We welcomed Warwick Holland for the first time this year, in a team missing two club members - Rob Parkes and Guy Davis. Would their presence have made a difference, probably but Warks were missing a couple of their preferred team too. The club and staff were thanked for their efforts in providing ideal conditions for our competitive golf. The strong Warwickshire team won the day 7 v 11.

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County Seniors Foursomes - Druids Heath GC, Monday 21st May 2018

This year's championship, for the John Loader Trophy, went ahead on a wonderfully sunny day.

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Picture above left to right are Derek Verey, Club President John Lakin, Ian Wilson and County Seniors Chairman Andrew Dathan with the Gross prize.

Picture above left to right are County Seniors Chairman Andrew Dathan, Andy Alford, Steve Warner and Club President John Lakin with the Nett prize.

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Staffs Seniors v Lancashire Seniors - Wigan GC, Thursday 24th May 2018

After an early start and relatively easy journey up the M6 we arrived at this hidden gem of a course on another gloriously sunny day. We played the original nine holes in the morning Greensomes, being 1-7, 17 & 18. In the afternoon Better Ball matches we also got to see the newer nine holes, opened in 2001. New members to our squad, Andy Martin (Leek GC) and Ian Skidmore (Enville GC) played well. All of the staff were thanked for their worked hard, in the moated clubhouse, to ensure we all enjoyed the day of competitive golf. The strong Lancashire team, total handicaps 19, merited their win by 13½ v 4½.

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Staffs Seniors v Derbyshire Seniors - Ingestre Park GC, Thursday 17th May 2018

The morning Foursome matches were keenly contested, on a fine course now benefitting from the better weather May has thankfully brought us. The afternoon Better Ball matches mainly went our way, resulting in the team producing a 12½ v 5½ victory - well played Staffs. We were looked after magnificently by all of the staff at the golf club, whose reputation continues to be enhanced by days like this.

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Staffs Seniors v Cheshire Seniors - Astbury GC, Tuesday 1st May 2018

A slow start in the morning Greensomes, over ten holes (3rd to 12th), was followed by much better play in the afternoon Better Balls. The outcome was a pleasing 10 v 8 win, with all six pairs scoring, in our season opening friendly where we welcomed Rob Parkes (Trentham GC) for the first time and Steve Wild (Trentham GC) County President elect back into the fold. Astbury, and particularly the greens, played much better than we had dared to hope after this winter's dire, wet weather. All of the staff at the club were thanked for the warmth of their welcome, and condition of the course and clubhouse facilities.

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