Our Seniors Group exists to promote competition among ‘more mature’ members, helping players to retain their current handicaps and to give a structured playing environment to members who are aged 60 and over.
The foundations of the group were built in 1975 when the Executive Committee approved the formation of a ‘Veterans Group’. Founder members included; Jack Wiseman, Phil Rowley, George Brears, Alf McKiernan and Eric Nixon.
Nowadays, there are always between 80 and 100 members who pay an annual £2 subscription. The joining age is 60 years old (or more). However, to encourage new members, players aged 57 and above are encouraged to join as ‘guest members’ with membership status. The sole exception is that they may not win a Cup Competition.
The group meet on a Tuesday morning, 8.15 for 9am and ‘sign in’ at the small bar where entry details and a popular Two’s Sweep can be entered. There is then a draw for partners/opponents etc. and start tees (‘shotgun’ style) are allocated. These are announced at 9 o’clock and the competitors usually meet up afterwards in the Lounge for a ‘bevy’, coffee or sandwich etc. and prize presentations.
Some Tuesdays a Cup competition (individual Stableford) will be played for one of the Cups. This is off full handicap, yellow tees, and is usually handicap qualifying which helps seniors keep their competition handicaps.
Team matches are also held against neighbouring clubs on a home and away basis. Home games are played on a Tuesday and all matches conclude with a convivial meal and drink with our guests, whilst the result is confirmed. A sign-up sheet for home and away games is displayed 3 to 4 weeks in advance, on the Seniors board in the corridor between the small bar and the Changing Room. Players selected for a home match always get priority selection for the return fixture.
In addition to the Tuesday fixtures a number of the seniors members also play in the ‘Thursday Crowd’ at 11 o’clock; turn up, ball in the bag for partners and tees.
The Seniors group arrange away days occasionally which are well supported and have at least one exchange day with another Club in the area (2018 - Louth G.C).
In October / November the group organise a Lunch & Trophy Presentation event where all cup winners receive their trophies and a little memento of their achievement. This is followed by a quiz or entertainer and these events are always well attended.
Finally, in January, the group hold an AGM to appoint next year’s committee and Seniors’ Captain. They discuss members’ feelings on any aspect of the group’s general performance. There is a full set of the group’s rules displayed on the notice board and these can be discussed or amended at any AGM.
The Seniors Group exists to promote competition among ‘more mature’ members of Ashby Decoy Golf Club, helping players to retain their current handicaps and to give a structured playing environment to members who are not really keen to continue with the ‘hustle and bustle’ of competitive club golf.