Seniors Open - Tuesday 9 May 2017
After last years wind and rain, this year the weather was much kinder and after an initial chilly start it turned into a lovely warm Spring day.
Many thanks to:
Steve and his greenstaff who presented the course in immaculate condition - this drew much praise particularly from the visiting players.
Ryan, Debbie and Elvira who kept us well fed and watered
Peter Cheesley who once again did a great job of organising the whole thing assisted by the Senior's committee members
All those SVGC members and guests who supported the day, monies raised will go towards my charity - The Great Western Air Ambulance.
Overall winners: Mel Gibbon & G Dyer (Wells) 49 points
Away Players: C Bain & P Ponter (Chipping Sodbury) 47 points
Home Players: Ian Haddon & Malcolm Gray 47 points
Seniors Open Report at the AGM - Peter Cheesley reported the following:
Stockwood Vale Golf Club Seniors Open 10 May 2016.
The format for this event was Stableford four ball better ball played in pairs. The change was introduced in attempt to increase the number of players for the event. In previous years the format was an individual qualifying stableford. It was noticed that the number of players entering the Seniors Open was going down. This decrease in players was not unique to Stockwood. It was occurring in other golf clubs in the region. To try to increase the number of players the four ball better ball Stableford was chosen as the format for 2015. The total number of players was 120 for 2016. It was comprised of 74 Stockwood Vale members (37 teams) and 46 players from other clubs (23 teams). This was an increase of approximately 20 players from the previous year’s better ball Stableford. Hence the change to the new format is still achieving its objective of increasing the number of players. However time will tell. Other golf clubs in the region are having the same issue with decreasing entrants. On the day the following golf clubs had members playing, Saltford, Kingsdown, Broome Manor, Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury, Knowle, Oxford City, Chippenham, Tiverton, Oake Manor, Mendip Springs, Brickhampton Court, Cumberwell Park, Long Sutton, Filton, Woodspring, Clevedon, Kendleshire Bath, Minchehampton, Enmore and The Players. It was a fine day and the course played well. Even though the play was slow at times the golfers enjoyed the day. The overall winners came from Stockwood Vale, G.Dyer and M.Gibbon. Prizes were given to the first four places for home and visitors. Prizes were also given for nearest the pin (four holes) and the longest drive. The raffle and the Seniors Open in combination raised in the region of £600 for the Seniors Captain Charity (South West Children’s Hospice). The Stockwood Vale members were very generous in the amount of prizes donated for the charity and are thanked for the various amounts of different wines donated to the good cause. Also a great thanks to Martin Edenborough and the green staff of Stockwood Vale Golf Club. Also to Ryan and the catering staff for their support during the event. Many thanks to Lyndon as the starter for the day. Also to all the club members who played on the day and to those who prizes for the raffle. And the Open committee in their support of the Open. The mode of application for the Open was via the Stockwood Vale mail shot and the web page Golf Empire. This will be continued for next year. For next year (9 May) the tee times will be 10 mins apart in an attempt to speed up play. The start time will be 08:30. The main prize will be at least £100. It will be a maximum handicap of 24 with a 90% allowance.
Seniors Open - Tuesday 10 May 2016 - Mike Newell - Seniors Captain
The Seniors committee would like to thank all the players, both SVGC members and visitors from far and wide, for participating in the Stockwood Vale Seniors Open this year.
The weather could have been kinder, in as much it rained almost constantly all day with the final few groups being caught in a tremendous downpour which made the playing conditions almost impossible.
Thank you for supporting the raffle which was in aid of The Children’s Hospice South West. The funds raised through the Open amounted to £658.50, this money will be added to the charity fund and presented to Olly Slym from CHSW at beginning of November.
The scoring was very good with the top three groups all scoring 44 pts.
We would like to put on record our thanks to people who helped make the day a successful one:
Steve Francome and his greenstaff for preparing the course.
Ryan Thomas and his staff for feeding and watering us.
Lyndon Cheal for acting as starter for the day.
Mrs Julie Fry for helping on the reception desk and organising the raffle tickets.
Seniors Committee members for their help on the day.
Martin Edenborough and club management staff for their organisation.
Members of the golf club who donated raffle prizes.
Peter Cheeseley, our Open Secretary for his dedication and organisation of the Open.
M Gibbon & G Dyer 44 pts count back
Home Winners: 1st D Bryant & M Gray 44 pts
2nd R Cook & R Bull 42 pts
3rd R Payne & R Bruce 42 pts
4th P Hooper & D Andrews 42 pts
Away Winners: 1st M Prince & B Farmer (Kingsdown) 44ts
2nd S Manlow & M Shaw (Oake Manor) 43 pts count back
3rd R Knapman & N Jordan (Chipping Sodbury) 43 pts
4th D Hussey & A Voss (Tiverton) 43 pts
Nearest the pin: 2nd hole F Swelders (Chippenham)
4th hole Phil Smith (Stockwood Vale)
6th hole M Newell (Stockwood Vale)
12th hole T Edenborough (Stockwood Vale)
18th (second shot) D Butcher (Long Sutton)
Longest drive 16th hole: N Burrows (Filton)
Many thanks to all who participated in our Open competition.
Everone who entered turned up on the day and we hope everone enjoyed the course and their golf despite the continuous rain.
Please click the images for the results and some pics
As Senior Captain it is my pleasure to welcome both old friends and new visitors to the Stockwood Vale Seniors Open. It is a great compliment to the club and all of those who work so hard to make this day memorable that so may return each year to play in our open.
Our compliments go to the green staff for all their efforts to make sure the day is enjoyable for all.
We have great prizes on offer this year and those who win them will not be disappointed.
I hope that the weather will be kind to us. So enjoy a great day’s golf and the hospitality of the Stockwood Vale Golf Club.
Mike Newell Senior Captain
Please click the image for the draw/tee-off times
The event is a team better ball stableford for two players with 9/10's handicap for each player.
The prizes for the competition are as follows. The winning team will be the Senior Open Champions of Stockwood Vale. The remainder of the field will be divided into the first four places for the visitors and the first four places for Stockwood members. Also nearest the pin on all par three’s, longest drive on the 16th fairway and nearest the pin 2nd shot on the 18th. In the event of a tie a count back will be applied. The Senior Open Committee’s decision will be final.
Our Charity this year is The Children’s Hospice South West. Many prizes have been donated and we hope that you will all buy tickets to support this worthy cause.
Coffee will be available on arrival (which is included in the entry cost). The bar will be open for drinks and food during the event.
The marker posts to the centre of the green are as follows: Red top post 100 yards, Yellow top posts 150 yards and White top posts 200 yards. The flags on the green are as follows: Red is front of the green, yellow centre of the green and white back of the green. The only internal out of bounds in on the 7th hole. It does not apply on the 11th hole.