Allerthorpe hosts seniors

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On Thursday 12 April, Allerthorpe Park Golf Club enjoyed the arrival of members of the Heworth Golf Club Seniors Section for the first home fixture.

This was the first match of the season for the Allerthorpe Park Golf Club Seniors and hosting their friends from York was an excellent opportunity for them to rekindle friendships from last season’s home and away fixtures.

Dave Atkin, seniors captain for Heworth Golf Club was welcomed by Andrew Jennings, seniors captain at Allerthorpe Park Golf Club, along with 15 team members, some of whom played at Allerthorpe Park Golf Club in last season’s fixtures.

The format was read out by Andrew with three pairs starting on the first tee, three on the third tee and two off the 16th tee, enabling all the players to complete their games returning in a reasonable time to enjoy the hospitality, an excellent meal and after-dinner speeches from both captains. The result was a draw in favour of Allerthorpe.

The club has recently undergone much work to prepare the course for the busy summer programme and a few days before this match the greens were again top dressed and prepared and they played very well indeed, with no complaints from either camp. It must be said that the greens staff deserve the recognition for the hard work put in over the recent months and I have no doubt that, once again, this year’s course will match, if not better, the standards achieved in recent years.

Allerthorpe Park Golf Club is also encouraging businesses to share in their success by supporting the club through sponsorship in return for exposure on and off the course in a range of marketing initiatives to members, visitors and other companies. It is an excellent opportunity to promote your company and to share in the club’s success. For more information about sponsorship or membership please phone 01759 306686.

They have recently welcomed several new members from teenage prospects to senior prospectors. The junior section is becoming very strong with some very good young players taking advantage of training initiatives set up by James Drinkall, the head professional. It is said youth is the lifeblood of any successful club; if this is true, then we have a great future and hopefully we will see one of our younger members playing at the top level of this very difficult sport.

On Monday 16 April the seniors hosted visitors from Brough Golf Club in the second home match of the season.

With the sun shining and the course in excellent condition everyone was in good spirits for the match.

Starting on three tees - first, third and 16th - this enabled the players to conclude the match in a reasonable time and enabled dinner to be served without too much waiting from players finishing their matches first.

Again it was a shining example of a group of players getting together for a day’s golf which, on this occasion, resulted in a draw, in favour of Allerthorpe Park.

An excellent meal was accompanied by some after-dinner speeches from both captains.

Allerthorpe would like to thank the Brough Golf Club senior captain Mr Alan Lockett and his partner Roger Exon for an exciting round of golf which demonstrated what these matches are all about - friendship, good golf and a great day out.