The Charity Gents Seniors Open took place on Wednesday April 13th with 56 teams (of 3 players) taking part. 23 home teams and 33 visiting Teams representing 11 clubs from Bowood Park in the East to Cape Cornwall in the West.  The full results are on HowDidiDo but in summary: The format was “3 Ball 90% handicap off yellows, two scores to count”.

The winners were from West Cornwall (Steve Blyth, Nick Watters & Simon Sharp) with an amazing score of 93 points.

The best Falmouth team was Andy J Anderson, Mike Bartlett & Rob Brown with 89 points.

The first 6 places alternated between visitors and home teams with Club Captain Nick Chinn’s team coming in 6th.

Nearest the Pin in 2 on #11 was Mark Goodman from St Austell with 25½” (0.65m).

The longest drive was Ben Langdon from Falmouth.

8 x 2’s were scored on the day with Richard Perrin and Mark Butland both securing two each. The other Falmouth player with a ‘2’ was John Bacon. Visitors David Bellis (Bowood), Nick Oswald (Trevose) and George Temby (St Enodoc) scored 2’s. All 2’s were rewarded with 2 dozen golf balls.

The Charity being supported this year by the Seniors (and the Ladies Section) is Sea Sanctuary based in Penryn. This charity focuses on using the sea and water based activities in the treatment of mental health for people of all ages. Their work centres around a magnificent Tall Ship called ’Irene’ which is now docked in Falmouth Harbour and will be with the Charity for the next 5 years.

The participants in the Open raised a substantial amount of money on Wednesday during the competition.  Entry fees were one contribution, but the Raffle organised and run by Seniors Vice Captain Nick Brown was amazing in raising a further £550. Donations from members and local businesses were outstanding and through their generosity, and Nick’s tireless commitment, the Charity will benefit substantially this year.  Some of the donations were too valuable for a raffle and will be auctioned later in the year to add to the accrued funds.

Nick Brown and I would like to acknowledge the following people who gave so generously of their time and skill to enable the competition to run so smoothly on Wednesday.

Pete Brierley, Competition Secretary, for all his invaluable help before, during and after the event to ensure that all players were logged and checked, all scores were correct and the prizes went to the right teams. Roger Scorse, Treasurer, for checking cards and helping seniors, home and visitors, in entering their scores throughout the day.

Alison Smith, Ladies Captain, and her team (Donna Craig, Sally Ingle and Carol Sanz) on the registration desk who managed all the entrants with calmness and courtesy and got the competitors to contribute money for playing, the 2’s competition and the Raffle.

Former Seniors’ Captain, Ray Smith, who helped throughout the whole day, Jeff Hobden for spelling Nick as Starter and Euan Reid, assisted by Gus Gunn, for running the putting competition.