Seniors Newsletter - September 2019


September 2019

From our Captain

Writing this month’s report, I realise that ten months of my tenure have passed. How time flies.

August has again been busy with interclub with four matches giving 4 wins and one halve.

The John Day Team have won through to the final thanks to Malcolm Norton winning the playoff hole. The final will be held at Three Rivers GC against Burnham on Crouch on 11th September.

One of the issues that has come up at club committee is the problem of slow play. We must all be aware of keeping up with groups in front and also letting following groups behind if holding up. One of the suggestions is putting signs with the time you should take when reaching certain points on the course.

Let’s hope the weather keeps fine in September.


Essex John Day Trophy

Congratulations to the SbN team that were victorious in the semi-final match, played against Benton Hall. The match ended all square but won on the first playoff hole. The team now move on to play against Burnham on Crouch in the final to be played at Three Rivers GC on the 11th September. The team would be delighted with any support from other members. First tee at 1pm.

Roy Tricker

With only the September and October Stablefords to be played it is going to be difficult to dislodge Paul Sandfield from the top of the Roy Tricker Trophy. Leading positions …….

                1st   Paul Sandfield                            236 points

                2nd   Allen Smith                                224 points

                3rd   Adrian Cherry                            221 points


Congratulations to Richard Middleton on winning the inaugural Presidents Prize in late July with a score of 43, shading out Allen Smith on countback.


Congratulations to Paul Sandfield (44 points in Div 1) and Steve Ling (41 points in Div 2) on winning their respective divisions in the August stableford, also to Ed Daniels (24 points) in the August 9 hole competition.  

Finally, congratulations to Stan Bradshaw on winning the Medal Cup for the lowest net score, edging out Reg Reid, and to John Parkinson for winning the Medal Bell for the lowest gross score.


A very welcome this month to Tony Emms, Barry Welch and Phil Wright. Tony and Phil have been members of SbN for a while whilst Barry has only recently moved from South Essex into Suffolk. We are sure that you will all make them very welcome and we look forward to their involvement in our fun and games in the years ahead.

SbN National Competition Volunteers

Many thanks to the Senior members that have already volunteered to support the 3 major comps in September. Further assistance is required – it is still not too late to offer a little of your time. Please contact either Alan Line or Sue Grieves

Disability Golf Championship - 7th 8th September / LETAS - 12th, 13th, 14th / European Tour Qualifier - 18th, 19th, 20th

Evening Competitions / Members Events

Captain’s Ball – 5th October


This should be a good evening – it would be wonderful if this were to be well supported by the Seniors. Tickets can be purchased from the Sports Bar.

SbN Seniors Invitation Day

Another reminder of Invitation Day on the 4th October – the entry sheet is on the board.

Course news


Two new greenkeepers have recently started at SbN, including Miguel from the Pro Shop. We wish them both well in their new jobs.

Course Work

Most course work on the Gainsborough centres round preparation for the various upcoming Tour events in September.

Some tree work will be carried out by contractors during August.

The mown path from the 5th Gainsborough tee to the fairway is to be reinstated.

The clearing of the 3rd Constable pond is scheduled to take place in October / November.


Steve Young will be looking at ways of making the bunker behind the 3rd Gainsborough green easier to get in and out of. There was a proposal by the Course sub-committee to ask the landlords if this could be filled in, but after consultation it was agreed to try and improve access.

The bunker on 16th Constable is to temporarily be made GUR while a way of dealing with the condition of the steep bank is considered. It is no longer possible to cut this using a Flymo on a rope for H & S reasons.


It is proposed to introduce the single colour flags from November once the new 150 yd markers are in place on the Constable course. It is then intended to use the better quality flags in the better weather months and others over winter.

Tee pot placement

Karl asks that greenkeepers make decisions on where to place tee pots on any given day – including competition days. Many of our (particularly Green) tee boxes are too small for the amount of footfall they take. The staff will utilise the flexibility allowed to retain a measured course for competitions.


Once again, many thanks to Peter G and his team for their continuing involvement in the management of our two courses. So much appreciated.


Forthcoming Diary Dates ……………

Monday 2nd September                        Monthly Stableford & Senior Veterans Cup - Constable - enter on HDID

Wednesday 4th September                   Inter Club Match v Haverhill - Constable - enter on board

Wednesday 4th September                   Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

7th / 8th September                                England Golf Disability Golf Championship - Gainsborough

Monday 9th September                          Seniors Committee Meeting

Wednesday 11th September                  John Day Final v Burnham on Crouch @ Three Rivers GC

Wednesday 11th September                  Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

12th / 13th / 14th September                   LETAS Tournament - Gainsborough

Thursday 12th September                     Inter Club Match v Newton Green - Away - enter on board

17th / 18th / 19th / 20th September        European Tour Qualifying - Gainsborough

Wednesday 18th September                Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

Thursday 19th September                    Inter Club Match v Rushmere - Away - enter on board

Wednesday 25th September                Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

Friday 27th September                          Inter Club Match v Braintree - Gainsborough - enter on board

Monday 30th September                       Suffolk v Essex

Tuesday 1st October                             Seniors Committee Meeting

Friday 4th October                                 Seniors Invitation Day

Saturday 5th October                             Captain’s Ball - Devora Suite

Monday 7th October                               Wednesday Swindle on a Monday - see web site for times

Wednesday 9th October                         St Andrew’s Greensomes

Wednesday 16th October                       Wednesday Swindle - see web site for times

Friday 18th October                                Seniors Past Captain’s Competition