Garry Bloomfield, Seniors Captain - Introduction
I moved to West Overton from London in 2007 with my wife Tanya, Fay, my mother in law, and our three cats.
My first introduction to Marlborough Golf Club was through my next-door neighbour who kindly invited me along with a couple of other fellow villagers to try out the course. This warm and friendly attitude shown by my neighbour was to be the hallmark of the club
The scenery was like nothing I had experienced around Hertfordshire, especially the view out to Barbury Castle from the 14th tee. It is still the same for me today. That first experience proved to be both challenging and thoroughly enjoyable. The course I found to be extremely good, with the fairways in superb condition and not too long. The greens were consistent and smooth. Surely we all want this.
It is always such a pleasure to play golf in such beautiful surroundings especially when the course is in great shape; as it normally is. The Greens Staff do sterling work trying to ensure the course is always open for its members to play.
Following this fabulous welcome I joined the club in 2010. I quickly became a member of the seniors section and now regularly play in one of the morning roll-ups.
Being a member of Marlborough Golf Club is to become part of a special group who are truly friendly and the happy banter on display either in the clubhouse or on the course is always there. The social life of the club is extremely important and there are many great social events on offer with the Seniors Christmas Dinner and the Club Trophy Presentation Evening forming the foundations of varied and fun social calendar which includes quiz nights, musical events, themed dinner nights and so on.
My record as a golfer is that for thirty years I played golf with a few mates and I never had a handicap. Having joined the club I now have a handicap of 24; should be 18 if only I could drive the ball another 30 yards! I had a few successes winning the Holledge Plate and last year I won the seniors medal championship in the rain, having left my waterproof jacket and umbrella at home! A major event at the club is the BMW Dick Lovett Seniors Open for which I volunteered as a scorer last year and subsequently I joined the seniors committee to gain experience of how it is run and to put something back into my club.
My aim for this season is to make the friendly matches easier to attend and therefore more relevant to the members. To achieve this it will be essential to listen to the views expressed. For effectively the price of a pint you access many internal competitions that may suit your lifestyle more. You can play in matches against other local clubs giving that competitive edge to golf in a convivial atmosphere. The senior’s offers the opportunity to play in friendly matches against other golf clubs within a 40 mile radius of Marlborough experiencing many excellent courses. These matches are great fun and are played in excellent spirit. I want, and so do the rest of the committee, to encourage many more members to play in the inter-club fixture that we have.
In summary then I love this club and get a great deal more from it than possibly I put in but I will continue to work hard in my year as Captain to make it an even better club. My aim is straight forward: to get more members at the club and for those who qualify as seniors to get them more involved in the golfing life of the club. My hope is to meet and listen to as many members as possible in order to help me in my desire to improve the club for all. Happy golfing one and all!
Seniors Captain 2018
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.