The Veterans Society
In 1952, Mr. O.T. Walters presented a trophy - The O.T. Cup - to the club to be played for by older gentleman members of the club, and it was duly played for on the 9th October 1952. At an informal meeting after the competition, it was decided to form a Veterans' Society, subject to approval by the club. This permission was duly received in a letter from the Secretary dated 28th October 1952. Mr. Walters became the first President of the Society.
Membership is open to all male members of the club aged 55 and over and remains stable at about 120; annual social events include the Summer Dinner and Christmas Lunch, both with Ladies, the Annual Dinner and the Presentation Dinner. A number of trophy competitions are held during the year (see below) as is a Society golfing away day and a regular weekly roll-up competition in the winter months. Home and away matches are also played in the season against the Veterans/Senior sections of eight other clubs.
In 1994 the Society was given permission to stage a Seniors' Open Competition. Its success was assured when in the first year some 160 entries were received from thirteen different clubs, and a substantial contribution was made to the Golf Club. Succeeding yeas have proved equally successful.
(Click on a trophy to see slideshow)
The OT CupThe is the oldest of the Veterans' Trophies (singles Stableford). It was presented by Mr. O. T. Walters who was the first President of the Vets.
Ray Wareham TrophyThis was presented in 1996 by the family of the late Ray Wareham who was President of the Vets in 1985 (4 ball better ball).
Spring Salver(Singles Stableford). This was presented by Bob Fletcher in memory of his father and was first played for in 1954.
Pops BowlThis was presented in 1993 by Mrs. Eileen Watkins in memory of her late husband "Pop" Watkins (singles Stableford).
The Hughes CupThe Hughes Cup
This was presented by Mr. Cliff Hughes in 1963. From the outset, entry to this competition has been restricted to those members of 70 years of age and over (singles Stableford).
Autumn SalverThis was presented by the then Captain of the Club, Mr. Russell Thomas in 1955 (singles Stableford).
The Groves CupThis was presented by Mr. Ron Groves, who was then Captain of the Club, in 1958. The competition for this cup is on a knockout basis.
Aggregate TrophyWhen Brian Killey was Captain of the Club in 2000 he became a member of the Vets and wished to give some memento. This took the form of a Salver which is presented to the member scoring the most points in three out of the four unrestricted competitions viz, the O.T. Cup, the Spring Salver, Pop's Bowl and the Autumn Salver
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