The men seniors aged 55+ members of Gorsley based Ross Golf Club fully supported their sections two winter competitions held recently. In also being together in the club’s restaurant for the lunch that followed this clearly helped towards the belief and feeling that after a two years interlude, normal service was at last being resumed.

The February 16 holes drawn Better-Ball stableford event was contested by 30 pairings and David Williams and Phil Dicks found the perfect combination with a 41-points winning total in which Phil recorded 4 birdies. It was also Phil’s scores which featured in 12 of the 16 holes so there were plenty of highlights to discuss and talk about afterwards.

Graham Jell and an in-form Roger Bennett claimed the runners-up spot on count-back with 40 points from Paul Dando and Stuart McLeod whose 40 points score-card was also notable. It was Stuart’s performance which was stand-out for 12/16 holes and just as well as his partner came equipped for a 3 Club’s/Putter format so both were more than delighted to find themselves among the prize-winners.

The start-sheet for the March Drawn Teams 16 holes Florida Scramble witnessed 18 teams taking part in a medal format. With Geoff Walsh predicting that he would lead his team to glory on the day, he duly obliged with Tim Lewis, Charles Reeve-Tucker and Geoff Bent joining Geoff in the celebrations. Runners-up were David Bridges, Richard Nightingale, Ian Kitchiner and Peter Shaw followed closely by Adrian Berry, Robin Butler, Phil Bull and Doug Graham.

For Robin Butler his 2022 golfing year has started in great trophy-winning style with Robin and Peter Bennett emerging as Winter Pairs League Champions and will receive the Patrick Curtis Shield in due course. 30 pairings have each been undertaking 10 matches throughout the 2021/22 winter period with their best 8 matches counting in the final League table positions. Not only were Robin & Peter able to score the maximum 16 points possible but for the first time in the competition’s 20+ years history, 3 other pairings tabled 16 points totals so the Champion Pairing were determinded on a holes won basis. By the narrowist of margins, this resulted in Robin & Peter’s holes won total of 30 just getting the better of Roger Bennett and Dai Harries’ 29. The top 4 pairings which includes Andy Moszczynski/Paul Jotcham and Hugh Elliott/ Peter Smith will now contest Semi- Final and Final matches for the John Price Trophy. Hugh Elliott will have a special interest being the current holder with Steve Martin when the Cup was first played for in 2020 having been introduced by the then Seniors Captain Colin Price in memory of his late Dad who is still fondly remembered within the Ross Club’s ‘Caring for Others’ culture.