Welcome To Whetstone Seniors Section

Updated July 20th  2017

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Seniors Championship Results

July Newsletter (p1)

July Medal Results

Inspired Travel Trophy results

REVISED Grandee trophy Start times

REVISED Captains away Day at Nuneaton - Start Times

REVIISED Tom Hobbs Cup start times

REVISED August Medal Start Times Incl Earlies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email us at:    seniors@whetstonegolfclub.co.uk

The seniors section was formed in 1993, prior to which a fairly small group of seniors used to meet up and arrange a medal with their usual four ball friends, occasionally playing a match against Oadby, Western Park and Market Harborough.

Ken Napleton became secretary at that time and he instigated a proper monthly medal comp with a draw for playing groups and tee times. The main benefit then remains the same today with old and new members being “thrown” together to play with people they had possibly not previously even met let alone played with. There were apparently one or two dissenters, but the format was quickly adopted and remains the same today.

 

At that time Ken’s son Matthew was a regular “A” team player and Ken used to accompany him to many away games as caddy with the additional motive of getting to meet seniors at other clubs and to arrange further fixtures for WGC.

 

David Hytch became first Seniors Captain in 1993, at that time Ken Napleton was elected Senior’s Chairman and Secretary, remaining on the committee until 2004. John Wills was elected Captain in 1994 and still retains an active inerest as do many of our past Captains supporting the club as much today as in the past:

Wally Hammond having previously helped with comp desk duties became captain in 1995, still a regular is Peter Halford captain in 96.

There was now a strong and growing seniors section and it was 1996 the seniors achieved autonomy from under the clubs main committee and went on to conduct their own affairs.

Irrepressible Brian Marris became seniors captain in 1997. Sadly 1998 Capt John Robinson has since passed away. Also in 1998 with Dave Raitt’s support, we gained our own seniors honours boards. That same year the seniors presented the club with the events board outside the club house. Brian Morgan, he of the valleys, became senior’s Capt in 1999 and is another who continues to play regularly. Tony Turnock took over in the millennium year and has since emigrated up North. Ken Napleton having been the driving force behind the seniors, became Capt in 2001.  He also sponsored, through his company KJN Heating, the garden trophy providing the trophy and prizes with the proceeds from the event going to the garden fund which provides the features and replacement plants, such as those on the first tee. In 2014 we welcomed a new sponsor, Inspired Travel of Burbage, who will continue to provide through the Garden Trophy, funding for garden and other improvements. Ray Morris took over in 2002, although at that time he was already club treasurer and was also seniors secretary from 2003 up until 2012. Chris Rowntree took over in 2003 with another club regular Dave Jaundrell taking over in 2004. Bob Nettleton became capt in 2005 and remains as committed as ever to the WGC cause. Sadly 2006 Capt Dave O’Neill passed away in 2009, with Howard Lissaman holding the mantle in 2007 we gained another Capt committed to making WGC seniors the friendliest club on the Leicestershire circuit. Ken Johnson returned from a sabbatical and became Capt in 2008, and was followed by the very popular and always approachable Stuart Goddard in 2009. Stuart was succeeded by the ever dependable and totally reliable Dennis Burbage in 2009. following which the late Alan Gower, who like many before him showed complete commitment to WGC senior section continued to work tirelessly for the club. Past Club Capt Trevor Hodges took over for 2012 and our 2013 Capt was the indomitable and irrepressible Roger Greatwood. Steve Cave took office for 2014 bringing his irrepressible brand of enthusiasm and commitment, and will be remembered for his sense of humour, enthusiasm and inclusive style of chairmanship.

Graham Nutting who had previously served as club captain took the seniors captaincy for part of 2015 before retiring from the club. Vice captain Chris Smith filled the void admirably throughout the remainder of the year, going on to become seniors captain in 2016. Geoff Crofts leads the seniors as captain for 2017. 

 

Further seniors section club competitions’ were introduced to what was becoming an increasingly important and growing section of the club.

 

 

Competition

Year of Inauguration

First Winner

Seniors Championship

1993

John Fisher

Grandee

1994

B. Arkell

Memorial Trophy

1998

L. Brown &

Tony Turnock

Millennium Trophy

1998

Barry Brindle

Garden Trophy

2005

Chris Rowntree 

Captains Cup

1997

John Fisher

 

Add to that The Blarney Cup, Tom Hobbs Trophy, Winter League, Summer K.O. Captains’ Charity Event, Monthly Medals, LSGS Championship, Breakfast Scramble, Seniors Open, Inspired Travel Trophy, Santa Special, Three Away Days plus around 30 team matches, and you can see that since its inception respective committees have worked hard to provide a very full programme of events.

Away from the fairways Mick Jarram became our first social secretary organising our Christmas “do” and race night. Whilst always putting the golf first, successive social secs have added to the seniors’ social events to ensure a varied programme of activities embracing members, partners, families & friends. In 2008 the seniors newsletter was introduced, originally intended as a bi monthly light hearted look at what the section was up to, it now appears each month and over 85 issues and 5000 copies have been produced. Our own charity calendar followed in 2010 and member’s photos can be viewed throughout the World Wide Web.

 

It speaks volumes for the spirit and friendship of the section that so many people who have been instrumental in its development remain as committed today as they were when the section was officially formed in 1993. Success is reflected not just in the numbers, most senior competitions attract 80-100 senior members throughout the year, but moreso within the spirit and friendliness of the club.    

 

What of the future? Benjamin Franklin wrote In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Neither of which are very welcoming or inspiring! But against a background of declining interest in all forms of the game WGC and the seniors in particular continue to flourish. With the continued support and the efforts of so many past and hopefully future guardians of our club, we should remain optimistic. For many WGC is a Mecca of friendship and good times, none more so than in our wonderful seniors section, wherein lies the very heart of the club.

 

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