Mike Paines, Seniors Captain - Introduction
Firstly, can I introduce myself - I am Mike Paines the Senior Captain for 2017. When John asked if I would like to be his Vice Captain in 2016 I was pleasantly surprised or even slightly shocked as I would have thought there were other candidates willing to take a shot at having a go. Nevertheless I accepted the position and I am really looking forward to my year, indeed I am honoured to serve as your Captain and will do everything to ensure that the Seniors Section get a fair hearing. I have been a member of the Club for 20 years this year but have only been a member of the Seniors Section for the last 4 years, all seems to have slipped by at an alarming rate.
The Seniors Section is great fun and totally self funded so if we could possibly grow the playing membership in 2017 the Seniors we would be in great shape. In 2016 it was very close to 45% with 30 friendly matches being played. The matches are played home and away between the months of March and September we will continue to operate with a levy of £5 for the away matches which was very successful, so please look for the first sheets to go on the Seniors Board in February giving plenty of time for selection. Also there are Trophy format competitions for both Seniors and mixed, not forgetting Cup competitions in both Summer and Winter. The success that John had in 2016 has been apparent for all to see. Please keep looking at the notice board throughout the season regarding information.
It was great news when it was announced that Dick Lovett BMW were going to continue as our major sponsor for the Seniors Open which, as you know, is well supported by club members who battle it out for the Lawrence Ross Trophy. The visitors who are desperate to play in this come from far and wide which is always amazing. With all the visitors passing through in 2016 this gives me great heart that we will again have a tremendous year in 2017.
The chosen charity for me is the Special Care Baby Unit at the Great Western Hospital which will operate through the Brighter Futures Fundraising Unit. This unit is very close to my heart as my grandson spent 8 weeks here due a premature birth and their caring support to my daughter’s family was superb so your support would be very much appreciated.
Finally, there is a plan to have a Captain’s away day or maybe even an overnight stay when the Senior Friendly matches have been concluded.
Seniors Captain 2017
Mike Paines - Seniors' Captain
The Seniors at Marlborough has been running for many years and is open to all those of 55 or over. We currently have over 100 members. Subscription is a very reasonable £5 per annum.
The main Seniors competition during the year is the Kerley Cup, a monthly handicap qualifying event where the Cup is awarded to the most consistent golfer in each summer or winter season. Other events include the Holledge Plate, the Million Dollar Texas Scramble, the Ron Howard limited club competition. We also run summer and winter Singles and Fourball competitions. We also have a number of competitions against the Ladies – the Mixed Texas Scramble, the Liddamore Trophy and the Rowland Trophy.
We organise a full programme of matches against other clubs. In the summer there are regular matches against clubs from Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire. All members of the Seniors are invited to take part. In the winter there is the Graham Jefferies Winter League. This is played against other local clubs and is for players who have a handicap of 18 or lower.
The Seniors also organise the Club’s Seniors Open. Widely supported by other clubs the Open this year will take place in July and is again sponsored by Dick Lovett Swindon BMW. First prize will be £100.
Outside the Seniors membership there are other activities in which Seniors participate. For example Seniors take part in regular roll-ups throughout the week. There is also the Vowles Trophy in which any club member over 55 can take part.
One element easily overlooked is the sheer camaraderie of the Seniors section. Marlborough already has a reputation for being a friendly club. Proof positive can be found with the Seniors section.