Early indications suggest that Seniors golf is growing in popularity, as 27 took part in the Church Stableford with a further 18 playing on the Holywell the same day; indeed 20-plus is almost becoming the Holywell norm, which reminds me that I should mention how pleased we are that our most senior Senior, Stormin’ Norman Watson, is playing regularly once more. The afore-mentioned Church Stableford was won in some style by David Elliott with 37 points, with Derek Rushton in the runner-up position on 35 points with four blobs (Rule 19 beckons), and Mike Worden on 34 completing the podium.
In spite of being postponed on account of inclement weather the Holywell Eclectic attracted a good entry, and Tyrell Sandry continues to set the pace after three of the six rounds. John Godwin has charged through the field into second place with David Balmford sneaking up the blind side into third; not easy to pick the winner at this stage. However, the star of the round was undoubtedly the ever-persistent Fred Leese who produced a remarkable improvement of 19 shots in one round of which 9 were achieved on a single hole, a record that, one suspects, will not be matched in the foreseeable future. Not content with postponing the Eclectic, the Senior Seniors also managed to abandon entirely the December Stableford that had been postponed until January. They next postponed the January Stableford which will now be played in February in addition to the scheduled February Stableford (pigs and flying come to mind), and all of this we were told was done because it was ‘sensible’. Other epithets could be applied, but in the interest of self-preservation this Junior Senior has decided that discretion is the better part of valour and will keep those he has thought of to himself.