Men’s Golf Seniors Report

Having acted as Chairman of the Roehampton Club Seniors since our previous Chairman, Quentin Robey, resigned in March, I now have had the honour of being elected by the Seniors at our AGM on 27th October. I am being ably supported by Clive Nicholson, who will be Vice-Chairman and Mel Davies as fixtures secretary. David Paterson will continue to be the organiser of the seniors’ participation in Senior Mixed matches and Geoff Bradford will oversee our knockout competitions. We have also recruited John Cardwell to our Committee, and I fully expect him to pitch in to make my role much easier.

The excitement (for me) of our AGM came in mid-afternoon after a morning devoted to our monthly Grail competition, contested by some sixty competitors. The worthy winners on the day were
1st Russell Gooding 39 points (14 Back 6)
2nd Eiji Wakiwaka 39 points (13 Back 6)
3rd Donald McKenzie 39 points (16 Back 9)
4th Danny Gesua 38 points

The Grail was the last qualifying event for our two ongoing competitions. Unfortunately, there was little scope for drama in outcome of the Summer Eclectic. David Bouch was already well ahead with a score of nett 39. All that was left to be decided were the minor places and the best gross score apart from David Bouch himself. In the event Hassan Dajani came second, Peter Rold third, Douglas Millar fourth and David Moss fifth while Mel Davies had the best gross score of 65.
The Grail was also the final event in determining the Seniors Order of Merit for 2021. Here again the outcome was a foregone conclusion as David Moss’s early season successes had put him well clear of the field. The others placed in the competition were Alun Hughes, Nigel Brown and Hassan Dajani.

The AGM was appreciative of the work by Quentin Robey and others and the good offices of the Golf Managers in enabling us to have a full programme of events and matches in 2021. We played our last three matches against Strawberry Hill (won), Leatherhead (lost) and Wimbledon Park (won) in the past week. The latter fixture was our opportunity to wish Wimbledon Park seniors well, as part of their course is taken over by the AELTC. Our final record was 19 matches played, with twelve wins, five defeats and two draws.

In common with the rest of the Club, we did not run our normal knockouts this summer, concentrating on a single four ball better ball competition. This proved popular and was concluded last week with the winning pair of cousins, Ralph Evers and Simon Lucas defeating David Bouch and Clive Nicholson at the 16th hole in the final. At the AGM we did a roll call of winners for both 2020 and 2021 as it was our first get together since October 2019. A full schedule of all prize-winners will be place on the Seniors’ Golf noticeboard.


A presentation was made to Quentin Robey in recognition of his five and a half years’ service as Seniors Chair. Thanks were also recorded to Libby Dand who had led the senior mixed team over the past two years.

The programme of events and matches for 2022 was shared with seniors and provides the basis of a busy year for us all. Before that I hope that Seniors will attend the Men’s Golf Dinner on 19th November and sign up for our Christmas 9 Holes and Lunch on 8th December.

Douglas Millar, Chairman