Course champions awarded at Astbury

In the week of the Open Championship, Astbury Seniors awarded their own champions at their presentation evening last Friday.
As is the case every year, June and July are two of the busiest months for Astbury Seniors, and, indeed, for the club as a whole.
The dry weather has resulted in excellent conditions for golfers to drive the ball to places they have never been before. And, in the process, register some very high scores.
First up, was the seniors Stableford Cup, played on 8th June. 
In first place was seniors chairman, Richard Alcock, with an excellent round of 40pts, playing off a handicap of 16. Ray Bailey, returning to golf after overcoming a bout of the yips, showed that the old magic was still there, coming second, also on 40pts, off 15. 
John A Hunter was third with 39pts off 10. 
Former club captain and seniors skipper Eric Porter took the prize for the over 75s with 37pts, off 17.
The seniors Better Ball Stableford, held on 22nd June, again threw up some good scores. 
Bryan Neil and Geoff Hilditch were over-all winners with 43pts, followed closely by seniors match secretary, Sid Eyre, and Andrew Holland, with 42pts. 
The competition was also notable as Malcolm Bailey scored a hole in one on the 11th. 
Alan Johnson and Ian Booth scored twos on holes seven and 11, respectively.
Always a popular competition, the seniors greensomes, on 26th June, was won by past skipper Ken Dyson, and Ron Cooper, with 47pts off 24. 
Dave Pope and Chris Sennitt were in close pursuit with 45, off 18. Two’s were scored on hole 15 by Keith Deadman and assistant competition secretary Vaidy Iyer.
The Rhodes Trophy on 3rd July saw Geoff Hilditch take first place with 41pts off 27. 
Dave Pope, always the bridesmaid never the bride, was runner-up once again, with 40pts off 18. 
Philip Ford was in third place with 39 off 18. 
Chris Sennitt was in the mix once again, taking the over 75 prize, also with 39 off 18. Hole seven provided twos for Pete Addison and Ken Dyson.
The Seniors Shield, the only medal this time, proved to be very competitive. Former club president Alan White took the honours with a net 68, followed closely by club vice captain Denny Stevens, also on 68, and Bob Smith in third place on 69. 
A high scoring competition also produced seven twos, scored by Pete Addison and Alan White on hole four; seniors skipper, Graham Bethell, and Alan Johnson on hole seven; Chris Sennitt on hole 11; and Doug Allan and Bob Woods on hole 15.
Finally, the seniors July Stableford was won by Dave Stubbs on 39pts, off 18, beating his pal, Phil Ford, into second place on countback, also with 39. Competition secretary Cliff Bossons, playing off eight, came in with 38pts to claim third place. Eric Butterworth took the over 75s prize with 35 off 16. Twos were scored on holes seven and 11 by Bish Niewola and John Cooke respectively.
After an excellent meal and hospitality at the bar, seniors skipper Graham Bethell thanked everyone for their attendance, especially several women members; thanked competitions secretary, Cliff Bossons, for organising everything; thanked everyone for taking part and offered his congratulations to all prize winners.
Altogether, it was an excellent evening and an indication of a thriving seniors section at Astbury.

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