Welcome to the Thornbury Seniors Section
My name is John Warren and as the 2017 captain of The Thornbury Seniors Section, I am delighted to extend to you a warm welcome.
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 members aged 55+ and with a range of handicaps from low through to medium and high. Every effort is made to encourage people to reach a standard of golf and knowledge of etiquette that allows them to interact in our golfing activities as seamlessly as possible.
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. These competitions are qualifiers for handicap purposes, when played off the white tees in the summer months. 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) – two of our Honours Board competitions. In addition there is an Eclectic trophy awarded for the lowest scores achieved during the summer qualifiers.
On the other Thursdays of each month, we play a wide variety of pairs and team competitions (fun 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. Our 36hole Championship for all Seniors is played over two days in July and an 18 hole Veterans Cup takes place in August for those 70 and over. At least three qualifying rounds must be played each year in Seniors competitions to qualify for these events.
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. Between April and October we play friendly matches against other Clubs in the local area. Twenty six are scheduled for 2016. These are played as match play Four Balls, usually with seven pairs per team. These are competitive but still very friendly occasions and include players with the full range of handicaps.
Traditionally the Captain will organise an Away Day and also a 3 day Tour typically with three rounds of golf. The Section holds a Seniors Open in early June and a Seniors Mixed Pairs Open in September.
We have a lottery draw each month, four cash prizes, with a proportion of the revenue supporting our inter-club matches. All members are encouraged to join along with playing in the matches.
Finally, we hope you found our web pages and those of the Club helpful, should you require any further information our contact details are as below:
Secretary: John Hart 07795 067267
Seniors Section Captain 2017