Contest and lunch to mark silver jubilee

The Morpeth Golf Club Seniors section after the competition and before the lunch to celebrate its silver jubilee. Picture by Peter McCartney.
The Morpeth Golf Club Seniors section after the competition and before the lunch to celebrate its silver jubilee. Picture by Peter McCartney.
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A total of 80 golfers celebrated the 25th anniversary of Morpeth Golf Club’s Seniors section by taking part in a pairs competition for a new trophy.

The silverware was given to the section by a long-serving and respected past Captain and Chairman, Alan Sinton.

He presented the trophy to the winners of the contest – Bill Soulsby and John Reed – at a lunch attended by 60 past and present members of the section, including 14 former Captains/Chairmen.

After the toast from current Chairman John Dixon, including the good wishes from members and former members who were unable to be present, Tom Chapman addressed the assembled guests and members.

He holds a unique position in the history of the club as the only person to hold the positions of Captain and Chairman within both the main club and seniors. The 84-year-old is still playing regular golf.

Mr Chapman said the section was formed late in 1988 when a group of retired club members banded together form a group to enable them to play additional golf competitions and applied to the main board for tee-times to be allocated for this purpose.

Despite some opposition, this was granted and the section held its first contest in April 1989. To become members, players had to be retired from full-time employment.

Today, the section has 125 members who meet every Wednesday all year round to play a variety of competitions for a total of 26 – there are also some friendly matches and away days.

For more information about the seniors, call 01670 504942.