Senior’s Open report

35 players contested the Rickmansworth Senior Open on Thursday September 11th, a day blessed with reasonably good weather. Unfortunately the competition wasn’t very open in that there were only three players who do not play regularly at Rickmansworth. The decision to invite senior ladies to play (three signed up) was widely supported albeit with vociferous and heated opposition from a small number.

Despite these factors the day seemed to be both enjoyable and successful. The winner of the tournament with a very creditable 45 points was Wai Sang Wong. Allan MacDonald was second and a guest from Haste Hill, Paul Dimmer, took third place on countback from Roy Prue. Ann-Maria Loughman was the ‘Best Lady’ on countback. Nearest the Pin prizes were taken by Alan Eastwood, Paul Dimmer, Ian Brown and Dominic Nichol while Denis Curran hit the Longest Drive.

Financial success was ensured by the generous donation of eight bottles of wine from Tom Moore for the minor prizes, Roy Prue’s skilful procurement of balls, competition and raffle prizes -including donations from the pro shop and John Jackson – and Roy’s ability to persuade (in a very broad sense of the word!) every player to buy £5 worth of raffle tickets. 

Thanks are due to the catering staff for keeping players fed and ‘watered’ as they got in from the golf. Thanks also to the greenkeepers for their efforts in presenting the course, not least in the improvements resulting from the bunker renovation programme and Geoff Bull for checking the scorecards and up-dating the leaderboard. 

Frank Haines, Seniors Captain