Seniors Team Matchplay Winners 2023 - Dunscar GC

Busy B’s enjoy the Hopwood experience

THE MDGA Seniors team competition is their most recent addition to the busy Inter Club Knock Outs programme and it has rapidly gained in popularity having 90 clubs aiming to reach finals day.

The magnificent Manchester Golf Club kindly offered to host the finals day since it began and they provided a top class course in fantastic condition with excellent clubhouse service and the usual friendly welcome from staff and members.

It provided a day to remember for the two finalists with Bolton’s Dunscar GC taking on Bury’s Walmersley GC with both teams playing some excellent golf in a true sporting spirit.

Walmersley got off to a flier with a big 5/4 win for Paul Kenyon and Mike Tasker.
But Dunscar dug in deep winning the next three games by Ian Bond and Phil Brown 3/2, Dave Shepherd and John Howard 4/3 and Paul Tebay and Steve Foster 4/3 to give them victory with the last game being conceded to Bob Payne and Dave Aspinall to seal a 3/2 win for a delighted Dunscar.

Dunscar were presented with their prizes and the winner’s trophy by Alliance President Ian Brooks (Bolton Old Links).
Ian gave deserving thanks to all who had made this such a special day for both clubs, blessed by excellent weather, and a great advert for seniors golf in the region.

Geoff Garnett

All matches are to be played under R&A Rules and Local Rules in Force on the Day

  1. Each team will consist of 10 players. 5 Players with a Handicap Index of 15.0 or less, the remaining 5 players with a handicap index of 15.1 to 24.0 inclusive. All handicaps must be current and active. All players must be a member of the relevant golf club.
  2. Players must be over 55 years old on 1st January 2023.
  3. The format will be 4 ball better ball. The Playing Handicap for each player is 90% of the Course Handicap. Once this has been established the stroke allowance will be the full difference from the lowest Playing Handicap player.
  4. The home team will decide which tee will be used for the competition i.e white or yellow and the corresponding stroke index will be used.
  5. Before play commences the team captains must exchange team sheets with the order of play.
  6. The order of play will be as the team sheet. Any team failing to field a full team will forfeit the match not played. The opponents of the forfeited match must be in attendance and ready to play in order to claim the match.
  7. There are no halved matches. If a match finishes all square after 18 holes the match will be awarded to the AWAY team.
  8. Members of more than one MDGA club can only play for one nominated club in all 2023 MDGA team knockouts.
  9. The HOME TEAM must offer a choice of three dates which must be weekday dates i.e Monday to Friday. The home team are under no obligation to offer any alternative dates to these three dates.
  10. Extensions to the closing date will not be granted and it is recommended that matches are played as early as possible so as to allow for a re-arranged match in the event of adverse weather conditions and course closures.
  11. A courtesy round should be offered for each round for a maximum of six pairs. Arrangements are to be made between the relevant team captains.
  12. If a match is not completed in the specified time the MDGA Executive will adjudicate.
  13. The winners must notify the MDGA secretary of the result by text or email by the closing date of each round.
  14. Use of Buggies. Please refer to the MDGA Buggy Policy on the website.
  15. Should any contingency arise which is not covered by the rules the decision of the MDGA Executive will be final.