WELCOME TO OKEHAMPTON GOLF CLUB SENIOR’S SECTION
Captain: David Warren Vice Captain: Clive Yeo
Secretary: Martyn Gannon Tel. 01837 55058
Treasurer: Michael Curran
DMVGA Representative: John Leonard
Welcome to the Seniors’ Section of Okehampton Golf Club. If you are a member of OGC and aged 55 or over you are eligible to join this Section for a small annual fee (2018 £10). This will entitle you to enter the Monday competition and play in friendly matches against other clubs. if you are 60+ you are also automatically a member of the Devon Men Veteran Golfers Association (DMVGA), qualifying you to play in the prestigious Emerton Court inter-club knock-out competition, if selected, as well as the North Devon & Cornwall League.
Monday Competitions: Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) the first tee is reserved for The Seniors’ Section from 08.00 to 10.00. Each week the Captain hosts a variety of competitions from informal drawn team games to individual qualifying Medals and Stablefords. The schedule is published each year and issued to each paid-up member/ Sign-up sheets are posted well in advance on the Seniors’ notice board and, for ‘Drawn Games’, the draw takes place at 08.45.
Thursdays: In addition to the regular Monday events, on most Thursdays there is an informal roll-up with the draw taking place at 08.30am. Everyone welcome.
Friendly Matches: Every year friendly matches are played against other clubs in Devon and Cornwall. In 2018 there will be 22. Each match will usually consist of 6 pairs per club, playing in handicap match-play format. Each pair of matches (home and away) has a team manager appointed by the Captain, who will be responsible for team selection and all necessary arrangements. The fixture list will be published at the start of the season with sign-up sheets posted on the notice board well in advance of each match. It is convention that those playing in the home fixture are first pick for the away match. Similarly, if playing the away fixture first, it is expected that you will participate in the subsequent home leg. The home players normally host their opponents to bar drinks and wine with the meal. Where possible, team members should wear club colours i.e. navy trousers, white polo shirt and navy sweaters and change into jacket and club tie for the post-match meal. Match meals are usually priced from £12 to £15 depending on the club.
The Emerton Court: This is an inter-club knock-out competition open to all clubs affiliated to the DMVGA. The format is match play home and away with a team of five pairs, aged 60+. The Captain will select the team and a practice round on the opponent’s course is customary. Club colours are worn.
North Devon & Cornwall League: New of OGC in 2018, the League is made up of two divisions of five clubs each, all located in either North Devon or just over the county boundary in Cornwall. Each club hosts the other four in their division, with teams of seven players each, with the five best individual scores to count. At the end of the season all ten clubs come together for a day of keen competition to decide the League’s winning club. Nick Atkinson (Immediate Past Seniors Captain) will manage the League team in 2018 and it is hoped that all those wishing to take part will have an opportunity to enter. Club colours will be worn.
Competition and Special events: Throughout the season there are a number of individual club competitions and outside events. These include:
The Millenium Trophy – Clubs affiliated to the DMVGA are invited to enter teams of three to play in a stableford format with all three scores to count. The team to consist of one player from each handicap categories 0-14, 15-20, 21-28.
The Memorial Cup – a club knockout competition of individual match-play, played over the season.
Other Club Trophies – the Pat Terry Cup (16 holes, white tees Stableford), the Frank Dann Trophies (Medal, best gross and best net), the Doug Cooper Trophy (stableford shotgun start, prior to the Seniors’ Christmas lunch).
The Veteran’s Cup Order of Merit (for the senior golfer with the best aggregate six scores of the nine qualifying Medal and Stableford competition), and the Seniors’ Championship. New for 2018 – in addition to the Championship Cup (net score winner) a new trophy will be awarded for the best gross score, the Warren Salver.
Club Opens: Three Seniors Opens each year – Spring, Summer and Autumn. Members are encouraged to use these occasions to invite guests and potential new members. 2018 Open dates are 16th April, 16th July and 17th September.
Captain’s Away Day: Each year the Seniors’ Captain organises his Away Day for end-of-season camaraderie with food and fun prizes. In 2018 this will take place on Friday 19th October at Lyme Regis Golf Club. Additionally, as the 2017 Captain’s Away Day had to be postponed, this will now go ahead on 29th March 2018 at Honiton Golf Club, hosted by the 2017 Seniors’ Captain Nick Atkinson.
The Seniors’ Section AGM: is held in November each year (Monday 19th November 2018), at which the Captain hands over to his elected successor. The year ends with the Seniors’ Christmas Lunch (Monday 10th December 2018).