My name is Howard Marshall  and as the 2019 Captain of The Thornbury Seniors Section, I am delighted to extend to you a warm welcome. I am usually to be found around the clubhouse every Thursday so if you want to have a chat come along and introduce yourself (anyone there should be able to point me out to you).

Thornbury GC is a friendly, welcoming club and the Seniors Section is no exception. As a relatively large section with over 200 members, our aim is to provide golf in an atmosphere that balances a competitive edge with that of an outlet for social interaction. We are open to all male members aged 55+ and with a range of handicaps from single figures to 28 (and higher with the new CONGU arrangements). Every effort is made to encourage people to reach a standard of golf, combined with knowledge of the Rules of Golf and etiquette that allows them to interact in our golfing activities as seamlessly as possible.

Our Golf:

Our regular Thursday Golf is played over a range of formats (see below) and attract large entry fields. In 2017 the average number of participants was just over 70. Curiously, the current average age of the active Seniors is also just over 70 so new members between 55 and 70 would always be welcomed.

A singles knock out for the Hunter Cup is played during the winter and a pairs Better Ball competition for the Bostic Shield in the summer. The Seniors Section also manages organisation of the Summer Mixed Pairs knockout open to all male and female members of the club.

We play a Medal on the Thursday of the first week in the month and an individual Stableford on the Thursday of the third week of every month with prizes in each of three Divisions. In the summer months these competitions are played from the White Tees and are formal Qualifiers for handicap purposes. Sign up for these competitions is managed through the MasterScoreboard computer system, where competition results and individual performance records can also be viewed. The best six scores in each of these throughout the year are aggregated to decide the winner of The Mike Smith Putter (Medals) and The Jackson Jug (Stablefords). In addition there is an Eclectic trophy awarded for the lowest gross score achieved on each hole during the summer qualifiers.

 On the other Thursdays of each month, we play a wide variety of pairs and team competitions (social golf).  Sign-up sheets for all of these games are posted on the Section notice board three weeks in advance and although they fill up quickly we are always able to ensure everybody gets a game.  Sign up for these social competitions will be moved to MasterScoreboard in the near future.

In July (usually on Thursday and Friday of the fourth week) we play over two days for our most prestigious Trophies. The 36 Hole Seniors Championship, incorporating the 36 Hole Veterans Cup for those 70 and over and the Seniors Cup for the best 36 Hole Nett Score.

 Between April and October we play friendly matches against other Clubs in the local area. Twenty six are scheduled for 2018 and are played as match play Four Balls. These are very friendly occasions, including players from the full range of handicaps. The only thing at stake in these fixtures is the “bragging rights” for the following year.

Traditionally the Captain organises an Away Day and a 3 day Tour involving two nights accommodation and three rounds of golf. The Section holds a Seniors Open in early June and a Seniors Mixed Pairs Open in September.

Finally, we hope you found our web page and those of the other Club Sections helpful. Should you require any further information please contact our Secretary as below:

Secretary:         John Hart  07795 067267 – email

Howard Marshall
Seniors’ Section Captain 2019

 "Play the ball as it lies, play the course as you find it,

and if you cannot do either, do what is fair.

But to do what is fair, you need to know the Rules of Golf."

(The R&A provide a free Rules app for your smartphone!)