What is Senior’s golf?
The ‘Seniors’ is a relaxed and friendly competition played over 9 holes on Monday mornings, from the yellow (social) tees, for those over 55.
It was run from 1988 until 2014 under the stewardship of youngster, Ian “Tricky” Trickett. Maximum handicap is 50 (you start on 1 less than your GA handicap), there are no annual fees, visitors and beginners are welcome.
A feature of the group is the annual “Xmas Hams Day”. On this day, every regular player receives a substantial ham, along with the Xmas lunch.
Come along and join us on a Monday, just roll up from 7.30am, bookings not necessary.
The Seniors Team
Tamworth Golf Club.
Rob Black shows his putting prowess to John Frame, Frank Henry and Stuart Johns
“Bing”Chen, Robin Barlow, Rod Doolan, Gary Bryant and John Ryan preparing to tame the course.
23rd July report is as follows:
A much better morning greeted 32 players today, and whilst it was a little chilly early, it turned into a beautiful morning.
A special greeting was extended to a visitor from Newcastle, former Tamworthian, Kerry O’Neil.
First place on 23 points went to Glen Crosby followed up in second place by Eric Callcut on 21.
Third was Peter Ullman on 20 points, with Mr Consistency, Noel Dunford coming in Fourth, also on 20 points.
In fifth place was Robert Black on 20 points and sixth place went to Rod Doolan on 19. Seventh place went to Mr Hole-in-One, John Wakefield on 18, followed in eighth place by Ted Coupland also on 18.
Rounding out the ball count with another 18 points was John Robinson in ninth place. We really need to get a lot more starters so we can extend the prize list.
The nearest-the-pin winner deserves a special mention.
I’ve played a lot of golf with Bing Chen, and his putting has let him down on many occasions.
His goal each game is to keep his putting to two.
Well, he went one better today, sinking his nearest-the-pin winner on the ninth for a birdie; well done Bing.
For those who haven’t heard, regular player Frank Peterson had unscheduled heart surgery in Sydney last week, and I understand he is now back home recuperating.
I sent a message to Frank on behalf of the Senior players wishing him all the best for a speedy recovery.
I need him to help with the count-backs, and Robbo needs him to drive the cart!
Overheard in the Pro Shop – Pro to visiting Senior, “Did you enjoy your round?”
Visitor – “It was great thank you”
Pro – “How did you find the greens?”
Visitor – “Easy; I just walked to the end of the fairways and there they were!”
And I can promise you, they won’t get any better!
A Par from Pete
This month we will feature another of Nature’s true gentlemen in the form of Noel Dunford.
Noel is one of the original instigators of the Senior’s Competition, and as such it is fitting that we do a profile on him.
Noel made me promise not to take a photo, which I didn’t; I just happened to stumble across this one someone must have snapped during a recent game he was having with another of the originals, Ian Trickett.
Noel was born in Parkes on 29th October 1929, and grew up and went to Primary School in a place called Gunningbland about 30 km west of Parkes. He went to High School in Parkes after which he took up farming in the Gunningbland area until the age of 35.
He then purchased the property “Castle Doyle” in the Halls Creek area east of Manilla and remained there for a further nine years.
After this he moved to Tamworth where he took up a stock and general carrying business which he conducted until 1993 when he retired to care for his ailing wife. When this got too much for him, he put Coral in a nursing home, and not only did he continue to care for her, he also spent much of his time caring for other residents.
Before the introduction of the Tamworth Freight Centre, Noel used to deliver stock to the railway yards where he would back his truck up to the rail wagons and off-load them. I understand there where times when he was a little slow on the uptake, and beasts would escape, and his remedy was to borrow an old milking cow from the manager of the yards to settle the fugitive down so they could load it!
Noel took up golf when he was 55, and his club handicap was 17. It varied somewhat over the years, and it is now 18.
He’s had one hole-in-one, and he once set himself a goal when he heard that Don Bradman had played (golf) to his age; Noel now has 20 competition games to his credit where he has played to his age, a feat not many of us could lay claim to.
Noel and Ian Trickett started the Senior’s Competition about 25 years ago, and both gentlemen, now into their eighties, play regularly. Noel has thought about giving the game away, but the prospect of playing bowls doesn’t interest him. In Noel’s words, he is capable of some good, and some horrible shots, but the fact that he’s never been known to swear probably indicates that he hasn’t had too many horrible ones.
Those who are acquainted with Noel will agree he is one of Nature’s gentlemen, with a generous and caring manner. We hope to see him burning up the course for many more years to come.