The 2012 Seniors Championship was played at Canford Magna GC over two days with the first day having the sun and breeze we got under way. All players this year were to play both days with both the Champions being decided over the 36 holes along with the age group subsidiary prizes. The start sheet for the second day would be done in score order from the first day with all those in contention from the first day going out at the back end of the field. The parkland Course proved to be a very stiff test for the players and scoring was not easy. Early starter Selwyn Burke Remedy oak came home in 74 and this was never beaten during the rest of the day the next best was Club secretary Nigel Stubbs on 76 with Kevin Peel Remedy and Rhys Francis Parkstone both on 77. On the Handicap side Selwyn and Nigel continued to lead the way there also but were closely followed by Wilfred Wilshaw and Steve Walton Canford, Mike Welch Knighton and Kevin Peel all on net 71.
So the start sheet was prepared and emailed out for the next day and with over an inch of rain during the night the course was on the damp side but credit to the staff that had it well prepared and again presented beautifully for the last round. The early starters again found it tough going and the scoring was not easy on good slick greens. Defending champion David Barton came home with a pair of eighties so he was not retaining the trophy, Rhys Francis with a pair of 77’s and a 144 total took the club house lead but may well rue his double on the sixth and bogey on the last. Colin short was next and having had 77 on the first day had the best round of the day in the second with a 75 and a 144 total taking the lead off Rhys on count back, so we awaited our first round leader Selwyn who had an 80 giving him a 144 total but slipping back into third place on count back o how he will think of the double on the par 5 twelfth. So Parkstone’s Colin Short is the 2012 County Seniors Amateur Champion with Rhys Francis Runner Up. As for the handicap championship this went to Canford’s Steve Walton who off a 8 handicap had a net 71 and 72 for a 143 total to win and become the 2012 County Seniors Handicap Champion.
The age groups were all keenly contested this year and the prizes went to the following: (No one can win more than one prize)
Scratch: Charlies Foster Came Down GC
Runner Up Bill Kennedy Knighton Heath GC
Handicap: Rob Simms Dudsbury GC
Runner Up Anthony Eden Ferndown GC
65 to 69:
Scratch: Phil Addis Parkstone GC
Runner Up Martin Hastings Came Down GC
Handicap: Pat Lynch Sherborne GC
Runner Up Wilfred Wilshaw Canford Magna GC
60 to 64:
Scratch: Mike Welch Knighton Heath GC
Runner Up Rob Clapp Lyme Regis GC
Handicap: Eric Cross Canford Magna GC
Runner Up Michael Beaumont GC
55- to 59:
Scratch: Kevin Peel Remedy Oak GC
Runner Up Dave Barton Bmth & Meyrick GC
Handicap: Nigel Stubbs Canford Magna GC
Runner Up Don Philpott Weymouth GC
To view the 36 hole scores click here.
We must also mention Canford Magna GC who looked after all competitors and provided them with a course in excellent condition. Very many thanks.
We would also like to thank our Sponsor Ringwood Brewery who kindly gave the club two barrels of their finest ale for hosting this years Seniors Championship.