This page covers the history of the seniors competitions and provides information regarding format and regulations covering each event.
WGC seniors committee wishes to encourage the participation in golf of all players regardless of disabilities, temporary illness or injury which may affect a members ability to complete the course by walking. In these circumstances it is acceptable for a member to use a buggy for transportation by himself provided the criteria detailed in the use of buggies regulation (below) are met
The Garden Trophy was the brainchild of Ken Napleton who's company, KJN Engineering established this annual event in 2005. The proceeds raised on the day are then used to replace and introduce plants and shrubs, such as those on the first tee, and other enhancements to the course. Chris Rowntree was the first winner in 2005, but mention needs to be made of Tom Stocker who won it the following year. Tom having completed his round went home and later that evening got a call from Ken Napleton to inform him of his victory. Tom was amazed and astounded but recovered quickly enough to ask "what have I won?" Kens respnse of "two ton of horse manure for your garden, when do you want it dropping off" was met with silence. Tom was quite relieved when told that the runner up got four tons on the way!
Ken was forced to announce his retirement from the game in 2013 and consequently his sponsorship of the event. Bond Street Trophys of Hinckley have taken up the sponsorship of this trophy
As a tribute and in memory of deceased members, the Memorial Trophy was introduced in 1998. Following the loss of a member, many families of the deceased would contact the club to donate a trophy, which of course eventually meant that there simply wasnt enough room in the calendar or indeed the trophy cabinet. By introducing the Memorial Trophy, the winners name and any active members who have passed away during the year are inscribed and entered in the club book of remembrance.
The Senior Citizens challenge cup has become affectionately known as the "Tom Hobbs Cup". Past member Tom donated this cup in 1991 and the competition always attracts a good entry from senior club members.
Singles Stableford - Full Handicap - White tees - Active handicap required. Qualifying event.
The seniors club championship was introduced in 1997 awarded for the best gross score.
Two years later saw the introduction of the Faulkner Cup (below) awarded to the best net sco
The Faulkner Cup is awarded to the best net score.
Club Pro David Raitt provided this magnificent trophy in 2008 to be competed for by local clubs. The original winners were Hinckley G.C. and despite home advantage Whetstone have previously only won in 2009, & 2013. Beedles Lake won the 2015 and 2016 events. Ullesthorpe triumphed in 2017. and the winners in 2018 and 2019 were Whetstone Golf Club again
At least four drives by each member of the team must be used during the course of the round: A
Introduced in 1994, the Grandee has quite a chequered history and was purchased by the nucleus of the sections founding fathers. Before the seniors section became a recognised sub section of the club, a handful of retired members met for a game. They would throw a few pounds into the odd competition organised among themselves and any surplus added to a kitty. The club committee of the day questioned the principle of this and it is thought may have had eyes on the growing pot of money. The grandees, a name suggested by Pauline Napleton and adopted, were anxious that the money they put in stayed with them and after occasionally heated different points of view were expressed, they went out and bought the trophy.
2021 winner: Tony Holt
To commemorate the second millennium
Separate award for over 75's veteran winning senior member.
The inaugural winners in 1997 were J. Robinson & Brian Morgan.
This shield is awarded by the seniors committee to the senior member who has shown commitment, support and made a consistent contribution to the image, well being, promotion and development of the senior section.
Awarded to the member with the highest points aggregate based on medal placings throughout the year.