Stan Eagles Trophy

The South Cerney Stan Eagles Trophy is an annual event, eagerly anticipated by the club’s older seniors as handicaps are adjusted to reflect the age of the competitors, redressing the balance between youthful power and vigour and time-earned experience and knowledge, writes Chris Huckle.

Under the rules of the competition, younger players lose one shot from their handicap for each year below the age of 65, whereas any golfer over 75 receives an additional shot for each year; those in the buffer zone from 65 to 75 play off their regular handicap.

This year’s tournament followed the pattern established in earlier years as the younger players trailed in well behind the winners. Once again, the ‘Father of the Section’, Bob Leggott, at the ripe old age of 88 and taking full advantage of his extra 13 shots led the field home with a net 63 off his adjusted handicap of 35. In second place, with a mere 8 additional shots, was 83 year-old Mike Timbrell with an excellent net 64 off 32. The best of the unadjusted handicappers was Dave Mitchell, whose net 68 off 16 earned him third place.

Seniors captain, Andy Taylor is pictured presenting the Trophy to the winner, who is 25 years his senior.

Stinchcombe Hill away day

Over 30 seniors enjoyed their annual trip out to a gloriously sunny Stinchcombe Hill course. The winner with 38 points off 17 was Andy Hugill, 4 points ahead of the fast-finishing Ian Powell, whose 15 points off the last 5 holes was not enough to overhaul the leader. In third place on countback came the chairman, Peter Jubb, who organised the whole very enjoyable day.