BRANSTON Golf Club attracted more than 100 players from 24 clubs from right across the Midlands and one from France to their Senior Men’s Open Pairs competition.
The competition was held at the club’s challenging championship course, noted for its water hazards.
Widely admired as arguably the most professionally run and friendly seniors golf section in the Midlands, Branston is thriving with nearly 100 members meeting to play friendly competitions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as well as 26 inter-club matches home and away during the season.
These, together with mixed competitions with members of Branston Ladies section, a Winter League, two Open events and a captain’s away day makes Branston stand out.
“In addition to strong entries from local golf clubs, today’s event attracted teams from clubs stretching from Nottingham and Wellingborough in the east to Wolverhampton and Stafford in the west and south to Bromsgrove and the Vale of Evesham - we even had one competitor from Carcassonne in France,” said Rod Greenfield, organiser of the Branston Seniors Open Pairs competition.
“Branston Seniors is a real mixture of characters, from professionals to entrepreneurs, all of whom excel in the really good spirit and fun while enjoying a game of golf with like-minded people of mixed golfing abilities,” said Ken Vaughan, captain for 2014 and a retired policeman well known locally as a footballer, initially with Repton Casuals and then Staffordshire Police, where he also ran the County Police Golf Society for two decades.
Vice captain for 2014, Ted Bell, a one-time local government Trading Standards specialist responsible for consumer advice and prosecutions in magistrates courts, and later a Nissan car local dealer only started playing golf after retiring fully in 2006.
He said: “Golf has surprisingly taught me the discipline of self control and patience!”