CIRENCESTER Seniors opened their season on Tuesday, March 25 with a victory at Stinchcombe Hill.

Cirencester Golf Club

Seniors' Section

Stinchcombe 2.5

Cirencester 4.5

Past president Robert Evans and Bob Allen got the visitors off to a fine start, strolling to a comfortable 5&3 win which was followed by another easy win by seniors' captain Clive Bennett and John King by 4&3.

Stinchcombe got back into the match with a win and a half in the next two matches. Mike Bishop and John Thurston took their match by 2&1 and despite a heavy defeat in the penultimate match Cirencester's final pairing of immediate past seniors' captain David Findlay and Pat Waldron sealed victory with their 2 up win.

Marlborough 4.5

Cirencester 1.5

MARLBOROUGH was the venue for Cirencester's second match of the season on March 31 but a disappointing result ensued.

It started well enough with a battling half achieved on the 18th by seniors' captain Clive Bennett and Roy Lipscombe.

The narrow defeat by 2&1 of Tony Jafrate and John Pugh was put right by a win for Ray Russell and Patrick Moylan by 2 up.

But after that things went downhill for Cirencester.

The only excuse that could be tenuously made was that the greens were slower than Cirencester have been used to.

80th birthday celebrations for Davey and Barcillon

TWO Cirencester Golf Club members, ex-president Keith Davey and Robert Barcillon were celebrated on the occasion of their 80th birthdays.

Seniors' captain Clive Bennett provided a insightful and amusing commentary on each of their lives.

In the case of Barcillon, who achieved the rank of Air Commodore, it was fascinating to hear about a man who has achieved so much and yet retained his modest composure.

Davey had no less interesting a life but seemed to have made sure there was always plenty of time for golf.

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