The Seniors section at Pitlochry Golf Club was first introduced in 2013, and now has over 80 members. Our section is open to all paid up Pitlochry G.C. and Blair Atholl G.C. members aged 55 and over.
Our primary objective is to offer our registered members an enjoyable eclectic mix of serious and fun golf in a friendly and sociable environment. Although we all enjoy our golf, the fun and banter is very much an important part of our weekly get-togethers.
In the summer season we play most Tuesdays at 11am and entry sheets for each competition are posted on the Seniors’ notice board approximately 2 weeks in advance. A draw is usually produced on the Sunday preceding the Tuesday competition. Details of the format are given on each entry sheet and a full Fixture List is provided and can also be found on the Seniors’ notice board.
ALL of our competitions are played off the forward yellow tees.
Handicaps are not required before you join as you can play for your handicap in our weekly competitions. Three (3) such card entries are required.
We open each season with a Singles Stableford for the TCL Decanter and play a qualifying medal round every month. The monthly medals are alternate Stroke play and Stableford formats.
We also have a Seniors match play knock out championship (for the Neil Panton Trophy) and a Pairs competition for the 4 Ball Better Ball Dyson Salver.
Our eclectic mix of team competitions includes, Texas Scrambles, Stableford 1-2-3, Scotland v England and other 2/3 man team events. Some of the team events are drawn teams, others can be entered as a team and we will make up teams from the remaining entries.
We currently play 4 Inter Club social matches (2 home, 2 away) and have a Seniors outing each year.
In the winter season we continue our golf with a Winter Championship Trophy competition. This is a Turn Up and Play competition, played on a Tuesday and Thursday and played off full handicap. The weather can throw up some real challenges, but that does not stop a very enthusiastic bunch of hardy golfers from enjoying their golf throughout the winter period.
INTERESTED?? If you would like more information or wish to discuss any aspect of our activities, or indeed would like to join, please contact: Ken Nichol - Seniors Membership Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 01796 482275
SENIOR SECTION RULES FOR AWARDING SWEEP MONEY
The following rules will be used by competition organisers to award sweep money.
Awards will be rounded to the nearest £1.00
1-10 competitors - 1st prize only,
11-20 competitors - 1st prize (67%) and 2nd prize (33%)
21 -30competitors - 1st prize (50%), 2nd prize (30%), and 3rd prize (20%)
31 and over - 1st prize 40%, 2nd Prize 30%, 3rd prize 20% 4th prize 10%
2 man team competitions
Up to 15 teams (30 Golfers) 1st prize (67%), 2nd prize (33%)
Over 15 teams 1st prize 50%, 2nd Prize 30%, 3rd prize 20%
3 man team competitions
1st prize only up to 10 teams.
Over 10 teams 1st prize (67%), 2nd prize (33%)
When we have 2 or more golfers with the same winning score over 18 holes then the winner will be decided by the scores over the best back 9, best back 6, best back 3 and finally last hole score.
ENTRY TO TEAM COMPETITIONS
We have a mix of team competitions over the summer. Some allow entry as a team others have drawn teams when the draw is made.
For competitions where teams are drawn from the list of entered names, please enter your names in chronological order in the numbered spaces on the entry sheet. The teams will be created by the organiser on a first come first served basis. It may not be possible to place the last entered 1 or 2 names on the list into a team, so these golfers would be able to play on the day but not be part of a team. Such golfers, not part of a team, will be shown on the draw when it is emailed out. These golfers would be reserves if anyone should cancel. There is of course, nothing stopping such golfers ringing round other members to try to recruit a member(s) to make up a team should they wish
SENIORS WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP 2016/2017
The 2016/2017 Pitlochry Seniors’ Winter Championship came to a conclusion on Thursday 9th March. An exceptional season of favourable weather prevailed – well favourable enough for Pitlochry’s hard core of seniors to take to the course during the winter months. Only a very small handful of days were lost to the elements with competitors alternatively enjoying/enduring rounds in glorious winter sunshine, hard frost and the more traditional wind and rain.
Much credit goes to the greenkeepers for their hard work in keeping the course in excellent condition over the winter months whilst also preparing new tees and bunkers for the 2017 summer season. Exceptionally the Winter Championship was played more often on the main red course (albeit with a few temporary greens in play) than the blue course (temporary greens).
A new Merit Points system was introduced this winter with the winner(s) on any given day awarded 10 merit points, down to 1 point for 10th position (and ties). The winner would be determined by the player who amassed the highest aggregate points total over their best 12 rounds. A revised handicap system was also put in place with reductions applied on a different basis depending on whether the scores were on the red or blue course. All regulars were subject to the handicapper’s scalpel over the winter season.
In the latter part of the season competitors’ enjoyment was greatly enhanced with the Clubhouse being open allowing for an after-match post mortem and a hot coffee/breakfast roll. The efforts of Lee, Gemma and their staff were much appreciated.
Some interesting statistics emerged from the Championship:
Number of Competitions: 33 – 18 red and 15 blue
Number of Competitors: 35 – with 26 playing 12 or more rounds
Total rounds played: 617
Most rounds played: 32 – Tony Boon and Norrie Shand
Biggest Handicap Cut: 7 shots – Alan Kemp
Best score on red course: 44 – Sandy Love
Best score on blue course: 53 – John Dunn
The revised competition format was generally deemed a success – and although the eventual winner was decided with a couple of rounds to spare, the closely fought battle for 2nd and 3rd continued right up until the last round.
The final results were:
1st – 101 points: Jim Wilson
2nd – 93 points: Peter Miller
3rd – 91 points: Roger Senior
4th – 88 points: Kevin Putnam
5th – 87 points: Norrie Shand and Alan Watt
Jim Wilson therefore successfully retained the Winter Championship trophy which he won in 2015/2016. The committee will now consider carefully what steps can be taken to ensure that somebody else wins in 2017/2018.
Pictured below is Jim receiving the trophy from Captain, Roger Senior.