Three early starters: Nick Chapman (Marlborough), Bob Crocker (North Wilts) & Geoff Laney (Marlborough)The Marlborough Golf Club Seniors’ Open, sponsored by Dick Lovett BMW, had a record entry with 106 players.
Seventy of those competitors were visitors from other golf clubs in the region - and beyond.
The three winners were: Division 1 – Andy Williams (Wells Golf Club), Division 2 – Alan Wignall (Clevedon Golf Club), and Per-Axel Warensjo in the home competition.
Dick Lovett BMW’s sponsorship had helped increase the first prizes to £100 and the firm’s general manager, Steve Faulkner, was very pleased with the event: “We are delighted to be associated with Marlborough Golf Club. It is such a friendly club. Everyone was made to feel very welcome and clearly enjoyed the day.”
David Ferris, captain of Marlborough Seniors, was grateful for the sponsorship and delighted with the day: “It was a fantastic day. The course was in excellent condition. We look forward to our sponsorship with Dick Lovett BMW for the next two years.”
The very last player out on the course was Mike Johnson who had come all the way from Weymouth. He came with two friends to take part in the Marlborough competition to mark the fortieth anniversary of the restaurant he owns in Weymouth – the Marlborough Restaurant.
He was especially appreciative of the welcome he and his friends received – and of a good day’s golf: “We’ve had a great time. We’ll be back next year.”
(L to R) England 'A' team player Ben Amor with Natasha Chapman & Connor HowieJust four years ago sixteen-year old Natasha Chapman’s main interest was swimming. Then she went along to a ‘Try Golf for Free’ week at Marlborough Golf Club - and she was hooked.
Now Natasha is an active member of the Marlborough Juniors with a handicap of eight.
Marlborough Golf Club is again running a ‘Try Golf for Free Week’ from Monday, May 19 to Saturday, May 24 as part of English Golf’s national ‘Get into Golf’ campaign.
The aim is to give people who have never tried golf before an opportunity to pick up a club and have a go. Simon Amor, the club professional, will be on hand to provide expert tuition.
There are separate events for Juniors, Girls, Ladies, Adults and Families. There is also a special ‘Get Back into Golf’ session for those who have played before and want to pick up where they left off – or even further back.
Particular emphasis this year is on attracting more young people like Natasha into golf. Marlborough Golf Club already has a thriving Junior section, but they would like to see more young people taking up the game.
The ‘Try Golf for Free’ week gives them an ideal opportunity. To book a place contact Simon Amor on 01672 512493.
The week will be preceded by an Open House Day on Wednesday, May 14 when interested golfers are invited to come along and find out more about the club. Enjoy a free coffee, a guided tour of the club and a chance to enter a chipping competition.