Sports - Golf
According to Harry L. Wilson in 1904 “This new game of golf seems to have too much walking for a game and just enough game to spoil a good walk” something the group often ponder when the going gets tough.
Rest assured the members always exude a calm demeanour under all conditions and are on-hand to assist where required; we like to encourage a more relaxed approach. Golf provides a good way to enjoy healthy exercise, fresh air and some lovely scenery not to mention a convivial atmosphere and refreshments in the clubhouse where congratulations or commiserations are exchanged.
The Stanway U3A Golf Group was formed in 2013 in order to play social golf over 9 holes at one of several local courses. We play in all weathers Monday and Thursday mornings
Unfortunately Covid restrictions and reappraisal by clubs has meant some courses are not now able to accommodate the U3A as previously. As a result we now play mostly at Birch Grove with some at Maldon and Rivenhall Oaks.
All levels of experience and competence are welcomed although we presume golfers will have had previous experience as we are unable to accommodate absolute beginners. There are of course some golf etiquette/course rules to be observed eg dress code (no tee-shirts, wear golf shoes etc). Each person should have their own equipment – very important in these Covid times. Green fees ( usually £10-£15) are the responsibilty of the player and are paid directly to the club.
We usually hold at least two competitions a year, mid –summer and Christmas with players being joined by wives, husbands, partners for drinks and lunch in the clubhouse.
Anyone wishing to join can contact the Group Leader by clicking on the Bluebird contact button at the side of the page to send a message
End of Summer 2021 Golf Competition
STANWAY u3a Golf Group held their 'End-of Summer'(?) Competition and Lunch on August 21st at Birch Grove Golf Club. The format for this competition, arranged by our Events Organiser John Allen, was 3 clubs and a putter so selection of clubs was very important.
A large field of 33 members contested the event over 9 holes in varying weather conditions, sunny, cloudy, breezy but fortunately without rain.
After some competitive golf, relative newcomer Andrew Trimnell was announced as the winner with a net score of 25
Andrew was presented with the coveted Green Jacket and Trophy by Handicap Secretary and Scorer, Graham Barney. Joint second were John Woodrow, John Allen, and Keith Parsons on 28. Longest drive winner was Bob Keen and nearest the pin was Lesley Connolly.
Afterwards the golf members enjoyed lunch of lasagne or ploughman’s' .
Thanks were extended to John Allen for organising the competition who was assisted by Graham Barney and Keith Pearson, Thanks were also extended to Birch Grove Golf Club who once again excelled with their hospitality.
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