Monday 3rd October saw the tenth anniversary of the Seniors’ Open. This has now grown into a very popular and prestigious event. This year there were 108 players, but an additional 66 had to be turned away. Participants came from many parts of the country, from Worcestershire to Bristol, to Weymouth, to Burnham and Berrow. Next year, the Seniors have agreed to change the tee times so that another 36 will be able to play. The event went very smoothly, thanks to the many volunteers and the Club’s staff. A special mention should be made of John Harbinson who is the Open Secretary. There was a last minute withdrawal, so thanks to Club Captain Tony Mindel for stepping in to score the other pair. The weather started fair but windy, but by 2.30 the rain had started to come in, making difficult conditions for the closing field.
There was a close result with only 1 point between the top four for the Visitors and also one point in it for the St Enodoc top three.
Winners Peter Bennett (Exeter) and Peter Rowlands (Stover) 40 points on count back.
Runners up Dick Ford and Alan Ashworth (RND) 40 points on count back
Winners Nigel Thomas and Colin Earle 38 points
Runners up Peter Mattinson and Mike Kent 37 points on count back.
Peter Rowlands also managed two two’s and Kevin Birkett was also a little greedy by winning two Nearest The Pin’s !
The usual splendid meal was provided by Ian and his team and then the presentations by Steve Smith in his first function as the new Seniors’ Captain.
The Raffle for the Club Captains’ Charity - Cancer Research UK, raised £380.
This morning the Club received a very nice email from Burnham and Berrow members and I quote ;
‘by a distance, it’s the best organised open event in which we try to compete - and yesterday was no exception. It was a marvellous experience and so well organised by a team of such efficient, cheerful individuals.’