Busiest week of the 2017 season for West Wilts Golf Club Seniors
The Seniors of West Wilts GC had their busiest day at the office last week with home matches on Wednesday 14th versus Chippenham and Friday 16th June versus Wellow.
In addition, a win versus High Post in the Knighton Heath Knockout Trophy means that we are through to the third round. Let's have a look at the matches separately in a little more detail. As Vice Captain of The Seniors, Terry Turner confronted a very strong team from Chippenham with accurate handicaps and definitely no "bandits" anywhere on the horizon. Terry played with Stephen Brackley losing by the narrow margin of 3 in 2 whilst David Simpson/Derek Pike enjoyed a thrilling encounter against identical handicaps resulting in a memorable 2 in 1 victory. The final result was a 4 to 2 win for Chippenham but our gallant Seniors upheld their reputation as indomitable fighters in the face of adversity. Every cloud has a silver lining and undeterred by defeat, Peter Walton as Seniors' Captain 2016, led his team to a resounding five and a half to four and a half home victory versus High Post in the Knighton Heath Knockout Trophy which, as described above, means we are through to the third round. You might think that 2 matches in the same week was enough to exhaust the Seniors but you would be entirely wrong. The week finished on Friday 16th June with a magnificent home game versus Wellow under very warm but breezy weather conditions. Congratulations to Ian Park who offered to play at the last minute and went on with Chris Martin to record a highly creditable 5 in 4 win. The final team result was a magnificent four and a halve to one and a halve victory to The West Wilts Seniors. In conclusion, Vice Captain Terry Turner wishes to place on record his sincere thanks to all those Seniors who rallied to the cause and volunteered to play during the busiest week so far of the 2017 season, whoever suggested that retirement was a time for relaxation and peaceful contemplation?
For those of you looking for some amusing and light hearted reading material, you need look no further than the short history of West Wilts Golf Club 1891-1991 written and compiled by Gervase Nicholls from which I have taken the following extract. George Gilbert, as Head Green Keeper, retired in 1971. He joined the staff shortly after WW1 in 1918 and on his retirement the members subscribed to a testimonial fund for him. He was a great character and would delight in approaching a new member on the course when the conversation would go something like.... "They tell me golf is a difficult game." "I'll say it is, I'm only a beginner." "Well," says George, taking the putter out of the new member's bag. "What's this?" "That's a putter," says the member, "You use it on the greens". "Got a ball?" says George, and he tees it up, hitting it some 200 yards down the fairway, hands the putter back to the member remarking that it is not all that difficult. You might be interested to know that the Gentlemen's Annual Subscription in 1965 was 15 Guineas rising to £38 in 1976, now that's what I call rampant inflation. Let's finish with a couple of gems from The Book of Golf Quotations. Gary Player, as one of the all time golfing greats, once wrote,"Anyone who criticizes a golf course is like a person invited to a house for dinner who, on leaving, tells the host that the food was lousy." The golfer has more enemies than any other athlete. He has 14 clubs in his bag, all of them different; 18 holes to pay, all of them different and all around him are sand, trees water and wind. In addition, the game is 50% mental, so his biggest enemy is himself, writes Martin Hicks-Lobbecke.