Staffs Seniors Championship
Trentham GC, Thursday 11th July 2019

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County President-Elect Michael Entecott presents the Church Trophy to Roger Humphreyson (South Staffs GC).

On a predominantly dry but blustery day many of the elite Seniors golfers of the County gathered at Trentham GC. The course was in excellent condition, with the 'ironed' greens firm and true.

This year's Champion, pictured above, goes on to represent us in the England Golf Champion of Champions weekend at Frilford Heath GC on the weekend of 14th & 15th September.

In his winners speech Roger thanked the club for allowing us to hold our flagship event there again, its clubhouse and course staff, the wonderful team of organisers (Andy G, Pippa, Val, Sue, Andrew D. & Terry) for all their hard work and congratulated the other players who'd won prizes this year.


Staffs Seniors v Leicestershire & Rutland Seniors

Scraptoft GC, Monday 8th July 2019

This will be our first and last visit to Scraptoft GC for a match hosted by L&R Seniors, as the club has sold its land to housing developers and is soon to commence the construction of a new course and facilities about five miles away. None of our team, which included six reserves, had played there before, which tipped this close and enjoyable match in our hosts favour - although if one of the afternoon matches had gone in the other way we'd have taken the honours. The 'Gorilla' trophy we play for is ours this year! Thanks were expressed to the club and its staff, especially the caterers who provided an excellent carvery dinner and choice of desserts.

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Staffs Seniors v Shropshire & Herefordshire Seniors

Trentham Park GC, Monday 1st July 2019

We arrived at the green and pleasant Trentham Park GC mindful of a forecast of possible showers during the day. Thankfully they didn't materialise. We were again supported, and entertained by the antics (see photo) of our past Captain Terry Henwood. An enjoyable day's very competitive golf saw us come out winners 10 v 8 in this League match encounter. We meet again next month in a 'Friendly', to replace the games we each used to have with Lincolnshire Seniors who have ceased to be funded for non League matches.

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Terry Henwood showing his Pilates honed physique on the observation platform close to the 5th tee at Trentham Park GC!


Staffs Seniors v Warwickshire Seniors

Olton GC, Monday 10th June 2019

Twelve months ago we were in the midst of that incredibly dry & hot spell of weather! The challenge for the Captains as we met at Olton GC, ahead of our second League match of the season, was how to deal with the information from everyone's weather Apps - all predicting armageddon!! To comply with the MGU rules, and be able to produce a result on the day, we needed to get all six Better Ball matches past the sixth hole. It was therefore agreed to forego and halve the morning Foursomes, and commence the Four Ball Better Ball games at the morning start time. In the end we thankfully got all matches played to their conclusion, in wet conditions with one particularly noteworthy drenching downpour! After an excellent meal both teams thanked the club for assisting us to reconfigure the format of our day, with particular praise for the catering team and the fantastic condition of their greens. The overall result went down to the last green in the sixth match, witnessed by Terry Henwood who supported us all on the course, with Warks just winning through 10 v 8. This was an encouraging performance from a team missing Bob Aston and Rob Parkes, with Doug Heggie stepping up over the weekend.

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Staffs Seniors v Lancashire Seniors

Wolstanton GC, Monday 20th May 2019

With the forecast for another dry day's golf in store we gathered at this testing course with its six par 3s, to play last year's National Seniors Champions. At their request, and with the club's full support, we'd brought the date of this fixture forward by 10 days to alleviate some fixture congestion. The six morning Greensome matches were played in the usual enjoyable, competitive manner and lunch saw the visitors slightly ahead. In the afternoon Better Ball matches two further games were halved, but with three wins and just the one loss we came through to win the day. We were pleased to have the support of Steve Wild and Mike Entecott on the course in the afternoon, and the company in the clubhouse of the club Captain, President and Acting Manager. The members and particularly staff at the club were thanked by both teams, who included the Lancashire President. We look forward to renewing our many friendships in a year's time, when we'll travel North.

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Staffs Seniors v Derbyshire Seniors

Cavendish GC, Wednesday 15th May 2019

We travelled just over the northern border of our County, to play the first League match of the season near Buxton. This Dr. Alister MacKenzie venue (the golf courses at Augusta National and Walsall are amongst his other creations!) looked a delight under clear blue skies on a warm day. Pleasingly all pairings in our team contributed to the winning score, with none of the twelve matches on the day halved! After the usual thanks were given to our host club, and the bills paid, we headed home happy with the result and to have played on this quality course.

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Staffs Seniors v Cheshire Seniors

Newcastle GC, Wednesday 8th May 2019

Our first Friendly match of this new season saw us meet at this welcoming club.  The overnight and early morning rain, coupled with a forecast that it would cease fairly soon, led the Captains to agree a half for the morning Greensomes. Thus we headed for the first tee soon after 10 o'clock to play our Fourball Better Ball matches. The well drained course thankfully showed little sign of the rain that had fallen and we remained dry for the bulk of the afternoon. At the enjoyable meal after the golf was concluded, brought forward by the accommodating Catering staff, "Chesta" the bear resurfaced. Our respective Men's teams used to play for this 'trophy' and it is now ours, presented to the losers! The visitors, two of whom had previously played for Staffs, and incidentally knew the course much better than our first time players Mike Baker, Mark Pickford and Chris Wonfor (home advantage thus removed) enjoyed a fruitful afternoon winning four and halving two of the six games. The club and all its staff were thanked for their flexibility in accommodating our revised format day, and we look forward to gathering again in Cheshire in a year's time.

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Staffs Seniors v Northamptonshire Seniors

Great Barr GC, Tuesday 11th September 2018​

Our eighth and final Friendly match of the season saw us visit a now very green set of fairways, as summer's hot and dry spell of weather becomes a distant memory.  The incessant early morning rain, coupled with a forecast that it would cease by mid-day led the Captains to agree a half for the morning Greensomes. An early lunch was taken and play got underway at 12.15pm. The well drained course showed little sign of the rain and an enjoyable afternoon's game ensued. A score of 3 & 2 was the result in four of the six matches, but the visitors squeeked home with a win and a half in the other two. Northants were congratulated on winning the East Midlands Seniors League for the first time. The club and all its staff were thanked for their flexibility in accommodating our revised format day.

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Staffs Seniors v Worcestershire Seniors

Worcester G&CC, Thursday 30th August 2018

Our fourth and final League match of the season saw us travel to this new course for many of the team. Warwick Holland was able to give us the low-down on the layout, which is like Brocton Hall GC in many ways, with predominantly long and (very) narrow greens. The morning Foursomes meant that at lunch the home team were ahead 4 v 2. Our afternoon Better Ball play saw us proudly come back to tie the match 9 v 9. This result confirms Worcestershire as West Midland League winners for the first time. Our congratulations went to them, along with thanks to the host club and its staff for the day, blessed with warm weather on a course returning to shades of green, rather than beige and a match played in a great spirit.

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League team players v Worcestershire.


Staffs Seniors v Lincolnshire Seniors

Holme Hall GC, Thursday 23rd August 2018

Following an early start our team assembled at this co-host venue (with nearby Elsham GC) for next year's English Seniors Championship. Due to changes in their Seniors funding Lincolnshire will cease playing four 'friendly' fixtures (with ourselves, Shropshire & Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Warwickshire) and so this is the last time we'll play them, until things change. With the golf course turning back to green from straw coloured, after this summer's hot & dry weather, we played to quality greens. After the morning Greensome matches the home team were 4 v 2 ahead. We were met with a barrage of birdies in the afternoon and our depleted team came unstuck, losing all six afternoon Better Ball games. In the short speeches after the tasty meal we thanked the club for all aspects of their welcome, and hoped that we'll play Lincolnshire again before too long.

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County Seniors Better Ball

Newcastle GC, Monday 20th August 2018

This year's competitions for the Thomas Trophy (Gross) and Cox Chalice (Nett) took place on a predominantly dry day.

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Event report to follow soon.

Pictured above, left to right, are County Seniors Chairman Andrew Dathan, Rob Parkes & Steve Wild (Trentham GC) with the Gross prize along with County Seniors Events Organiser Andy Guy.

The winners of the Nett prize, having played in the second group out onto the coures in the morning had given their apologies for the presentation ceremony.


Staffs Seniors v Nottinghamshire Seniors

Notts GC, Monday 13th August 2018

Our team travelled to Hollinwell, many of us to play it for the first time, and what a golfing treat we had in store. After the morning Greensomes, playing holes 1 to 7 then 8a & 9a to get us back to the clubhouse, we were ahead 4 points to 2. In the afternoon things were somewhat different as their team (half of whom were members) turned the tide, with only our number one pairing of Bob Aston and Colin Heard earning any points. With a meal enjoyed, the staff thanked and awards made - see our News section, we travelled home the better for the experience of being hosted at one of the best courses many of us have played.

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Staffs Seniors v Cambridgeshire Seniors

Bloxwich GC, Monday 30th July 2018

As we move into the second half of our season we welcomed Cambridgeshire to this friendly club. Another new recruit, Terry Bray (Sandwell Park GC) made an impressive debut in the fifth Friendly match of the season. This club's gently undulating course had just benefitted from the recent rains, after the particularly hot and dry weather that has turned most courses brown. The staff were thanked for looking after us. Many of the close fought matches went to the final green, with the home team, for whom all six pairs contributed to our team score, pleasingly winning 13½ v 4½.

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Staffs Seniors Championship

Beau Desert GC, Monday 9th July 2018

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Ben Rhodes (Beau Desert GC) 2018 Staffs Seniors Champion 


Staffs Seniors v Shropshire & Herefordshire 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 Chambers 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 hard work, in this '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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