Seniors Newsletter - July 2019


July 2019

From our Captain

June has been a busy month for the section. We have had six inter club matches of which we have won three, lost two and drawn one. Frinton stands out as unfortunately two members were unable to get there due to problems on the A12. The match started in driving rain and at the tenth the Frinton Captain offered an honourable halve which I took graciously. The other matches carried bravely on including PJ who finished the round even though he and his partner won 5 & 4. Thanks to all the members who are putting their names down which makes Mike Moore‘s task easier.

Congratulations must go to Peter Jay for winning the Veterans Cup, he is now protecting his handicap. Also, to the John Day Team who beat Chelmsford and now meet Clacton at SBN in the next round.

Finally, it is Charity Day on Monday 1st July and I hope as many members as possible can take part so we can raise more funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Paul, Peter and Allen have a good selection of auction items.



A very warm welcome this month to Stuart Gregory. Stuart has been a member of SbyN for a few years and will be well known to many of our members already, particularly those that are regular supporters of Friday Night Mixed. We are sure that you will all make Stuart very welcome and we look forward to him playing an active part in our fun and games in the years ahead.

Captain’s Charity Day

Everything organised for yet another enjoyable day on the 1st July and hopefully a successful day for our Senior Captain’s charity. If you haven’t already entered there may, just about, be time – but you need to be very quick.

Any bottles etc etc for use in the raffle would be very much appreciated. Either bring to SbyN in the next few days or on the 1st.

Inter Club Matches

Clearly some excellent team selections by Mike Moore as the teams fielded by SbyN have had a particularly successful year with the only defeats being the away matches at Brett Vale and Haverhill. Please continue to support Mike in his unenviable task of fielding teams – a task that is sometimes extremely challenging!

Essex John Day Trophy

Following an excellent victory against Chelmsford on the Constable course the team have now been pitted against Clacton GC in the quarter finals, again on home soil. This match is to be played on Thursday 11th July – first tee time is 11.50am. Good luck to our team.

In the match against Chelmsford Adrian Cherry holed his tee shot on the 8th hole. Well done Adrian – his first ace after playing the game for something like 30 years.

SbyN Seniors Invitation Day

We hope that you all have this date in your diary - Friday 4th October. This competition is a 4 ball better ball competition and gives members the opportunity of inviting one their friends to play with them on the Gainsborough course, which should be in superb condition after the big competitions in September. Lunch is served after the golf and awards to the more successful. This day is an ideal opportunity to host one of your friends, who should be of Senior age please, a fun day with no auctions, draws etc etc – the only cost involved is the entry cost and the odd drink or so.

Full details will be available shortly – watch this space.

American Greensomes – 5th July 2019

As a part of the SbyN Festival of Golf we have taken the opportunity of reorganising the American Greensomes, which we had to cancel earlier in the year due to dreadful weather. Please enter, in pairs, on HDID.

The Golf Challenge Trophy – Gosfield GC

This competition was unfortunately rained off in June – a new date is being arranged - a provisional date is the 21st October.


Congratulations this month to Paul Sandfield, on winning Div 1 and the Senior Captain’s in the June Stableford, with 41 points, edging out Div 2 winner, Gordon Bryan, who recorded can excellent 40 points.

A small handful of members playing in the Senior Captain’s Prize competition failed to tell Gordon in advance that they would not be staying for the lunch. They paid the entry fee in the pro shop but not the additional food cost. Because the food was pre-ordered based on the number of entries, the section had to pay for the meals that weren't eaten. This is clearly unacceptable. The competition notice clearly states when a meal is involved -  and when this is the case there is an expectation that members will attend the meal. Only in exceptional circumstances to let Gordon know if they can't. Furthermore, when a meal is involved, either such as this competition, Charity Day, Invitation Day or an Inter Club match there is also an expectation that members will change from golf attire to the expected dress code.

A very close competition in this year’s Veterans Cup with Peter Jay edging out John Williams on countback – each scoring an excellent 43 points.

Peter being congratulated on his success by Men’s Captain, John Sandford

A modest turnout, not unusual, for the Spring Medal comp. Congratulations to John Smith in Division 1 with a net 68 and Neil Ashwell with a net 69 in Division 2

Seniors Inter Club Tournament - Stowmarket GC

Good luck to the team representing SbyN on the 15th July, to be held this year at Stowmarket GC.

Division 1 players playing off the white tees.

There has been some confusion in recent Senior's competitions regarding the two points received by division 1 players playing from white tee boxes.

Before play, each player should identify which holes they receive their two extra shots. For example if your handicap is 10 then stroke index holes 11 and 12 are the holes you receive the extra shots. 

You do not need to do anything other than record the actual number of shots taken on these holes, the HDID system will adjust your Stapleford points when you enter your score.

However, some people have not done this, believing they have already blobbed the hole, so have either put 0 on these holes instead of their actual score or have failed to putt out.

Friday Night Mixed

Unfortunately, the June evening had to be cancelled because of very heavy rain showers forecast. The next FNM is on the 5th July. Always very enjoyable evenings.

SbyN National Competition Volunteers

Each year our members have provided invaluable support to the club in various ways with the national competitions held in September.

 This year there are 3 competitions - Disability Golf Championship - 6th, 7th 8th September / LETAS - 12th, 13th, 14th / European Tour Qualifier -  18th, 19th, 20th

Sue Grieves and Alan Line would very much appreciate any support you are able to offer, as do the players competing.

 Please see that the form at the bottom of this newsletter, complete and drop to either Sue or Alan.

 These competitions would be nothing like as successful without this help.

Completed forms can be passed to Sue Grieves - 01473 822810 or Alan Line - 01473 828240

Roy Tricker Trophy

Leaders after the June stableford ……

1st       Paul Sandfield                                  215 points

2nd =   Graham Vandervord                       212 points

2nd =  Roger Davies                                      212 points

4th =  Stan Bradshaw                                   206 points

4th =  Tony Denmead                                  206 points

Wednesday Swindle

Numbers continue to vary, much dependant on clashing with Inter Club matches, oh yes, and the weather.

Dates for July are the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and Monday 29th 

Course news


  • Both courses are looking extremely good at the moment, with the recent rainfall coming at a very good time. Credit must go to Steve Young and his team for all their hard work.

Staff Matters

  • The two units that will provide better welfare facilities for the greenkeepers have been delivered to site. Once they are finally positioned and connected to the various services, they will provide changing / drying, as well as showers, toilet and office facilities.
  • We are back to having a full complement of greenkeepers and as in previous years, have employed two summer workers specifically for bunker maintenance.


  • The Constable greens have now recovered well from the earlier hollow tining.
  • The Gainsborough greens will be hollow tined later in the year after the various external tournaments have been played.
  • The new treatment trialled on part of the 8th Gainsborough does not appear to have had any effect, but it could be too early to pass final judgement.
  • The programme of sprinkler replacement will continue, improving the reliability and coverage of greens and tees.
  • Winter temporary greens will be prepared from September onwards.


  • An electric fence has been in use around the white tee box on 8th Gainsborough in an attempt to keep badgers away and appears to have been quite successful. In the meantime, the tee box has been levelled and over seeded.
  • Maintenance is planned on the following tee boxes on the Gainsborough course, possibly using turf from the 17th tiger tee – 1st, 12th, 14th, 17th.
  • Winter tees are to be levelled using turf where necessary.
  • The approved development work on the 1st / 18th Constable Yellow tee will take place towards the end of the year, including the provision of some steps.
  • Yellow tee markers have faded and will be replaced.
  • Additional broken tee ‘caddies’ are to be provided on par 3 Yellow tees.

New Flags

  • Existing flags are getting in a poor state of repair. The yellow ones are fading and it is difficult to determine white and yellow from a distance.
  • The suggestion is that in the Spring next year, they be replaced with single colour flags which could be of better quality. Also better quality flagsticks.
  • The position of the hole on the green would be identified by an alternative method.


Once again, many thanks to Peter G for his continuing involvement in the management of our two courses.


Forthcoming Diary Dates ……………

Monday 1st July                                   Senior Captain’s Charity Day - Gainsborough - see above

Wednesday 3rd July                           Inter Club Match v Gosfield - Gainsborough - enter on board

Wednesday 3rd July                           Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

Friday 5th July                                       Seniors American Greensomes - enter on HDID

Friday 5thJuly                                       Friday Night Mixed - enter on board

Monday 8th July                                   Seniors Committee Meeting

Wednesday 10th July                         Inter Club Match v Braintree - away - enter on board

Wednesday 10th July                         Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

Thursday 11th July                              John Day Trophy v Clacton - Constable

Friday 12th July                                    Inter Club Match v Five lakes - away - enter on board

Monday 15th July                                Inter Club Veterans Tournament - Stowmarket GC

Wednesday 17th July                         Inter Club Match v Benton Hall - away - enter on board

Wednesday 17th July                         Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

Friday 19th July                                    Captain Pro Match v Eric Fisher & Malcolm Norton

Wednesday 24th July                         Inter Club Match v Rushmere - Gainsborough - enter on board

Wednesday 24th July                         Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

Friday 26th July                                    Hickory Golf – enter on HDID - details above     

Monday 29th July                                Inter Club Match v Burnham On Crouch - away - enter on board

Monday 29th July                                Wednesday Swindle on a Monday - see web site for times

Wednesday 31st July                         Monthly Stableford & Presidents Prize - Gainsborough - enter on HDID

Friday 2nd August                               Inter Club Match v The Warren - away - enter on board

Friday 2nd August                                Captain Pro Match v Paul Sandfield & Alan Line

Monday 5th August                            Seniors Committee Meeting

Wednesday 7th August                     Inter Club Match v Hintlesham - Gainsborough - names on board

Wednesday 7th August                     Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

Friday 9th August                                Friday Night Mixed - enter on board


English Disability Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship / WPGA - International Challenge / European Tour Qualifying School

Please complete in Block Capitals:

Surname________________________     First name______________________________

Telephone No.____________________   Email:_____________________________________

I am available to act as a Marshal / helper on the dates indicated below for the English Disability Championship:

This may entail: Ball spotter, play controllers, scoring or carry boards, play will mainly be in the morning,

    Saturday      7th Sept       2 hours / 4 hours       Please circle your availability

      Sunday      8th Sept       2 hours / 4 hours       Please circle your availability                                                                                                                                                   

I am available to act as a Marshal on the dates indicated below for the Ladies Access Series:

Thursday     12th Sept         am or pm / both          Please circle your preference

Friday         13th Sept         am or pm / both          Please circle your preference

Saturday     14th Sept          early/late start                  Please circle your preference

NB The jobs for Saturday will be for the duration of the field passing your hole

Please indicate the roles you feel able to undertake for the LETAS:

1. Marshal as a ball spotter on the fairway or the tee                                    Yes/No

2. Help on the Main scoreboard                                                                           Yes/No

3. Assist with the ‘On-Course’ scoring and use a radio if required                           Yes/No

        4. A limited number of Walking Scorers will be required; if you would

like to go into the hat for such a job, please indicate.                                     Yes/No

OR I am happy to help anywhere                                                                                                   Yes/No

As an indication you will be requested to report to the Chief Marshal’s Office at 7.00 am for marshalling on the first and tenth holes on the first 2 days and at appropriate intervals for the subsequent holes and on the same basis from noon for the afternoon session.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us and we look forward to seeing you at the tournament

I am available to act as a Ball Spotter on the dates indicated below for the European Tour Qualifying school:

Tuesday     17th Sept         am or pm / both             Please circle your preference

Wednesday 18th Sept         am or pm / both             Please circle your preference

Thursday    19th Sept          am or pm / both             Please circle your preference

Friday         20th Sept          am or pm / both             Please circle your preference


We will contact you, preferably by email, to confirm your role and time of attendance at the course

We need to collect the information above in order to communicate our arrangements to you.  All the personal data we hold is located on computers and password protected documents and no third parties have access to your personal data.