Monday 12th September - Ramsey
Wednesday 14th September Rowany
Friday 16th September - Castletown
The 2015 DeanWood Seniors'Classic results (report by Pat Kelly)
The first full week in September sees the IOM Senior Classic Society play their annual competition. This is a very popular competition played over 3 separate courses on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday (hopefully giving time to recover!) in a stableford format and no one competitor can win more than one prize. For more years than I can remember we have been most generously supported by sponsors Dean Wood and this was the case this year. For several years we have not been blessed with fine weather but organiser, Mary Manuja, certainly had her prayers answered this year as we stayed dry (if a little windswept!) all week and the largest field for several years entered.
Monday was played in beautiful conditions at Peel and this was reflected in the scores. The winner with a magnificent 43 points was Catherine Travers, 2nd with 38 points was Dot Simpson, and in 3rd place with 37 points was Pauline Kennish. The hidden holes prize was won by Irene Waterhouse.
On Wednesday, we moved to Rowany and were met with a strong easterly gale which again was reflected in the scores. The winner on the day was Isabel Cartmel, second was Lesley Cullen and in third place was Ann Scott. All three ladies had 34 points so the places were worked out on count back.The hidden holes prize went to Linda Keegan.
The final round and presentation took place at Douglas on the Friday, again, surprise surprise in windy conditions! The winner on the day was Irene Kennaugh with 39 points, second was Diane Karran with 37 points and in third place was Rosemary Corrin with 35 points. The hidden holes winner was Rosemarie Sinclair.
Jimmy McWhinnie, from the sponsors Dean Wood came along to present the daily prizes at a full clubhouse and spoke of their delight at being associated with the competition, and finally presented the main prizes. The competition was very close and there were several ladies in contention but the overall winner was Heather Skinner with 103 points, in second place was Jane Gaines with 102, just beating Dorothy Shallcross on the back 9 into third place.
On behalf of everyone the delighted winner thanked Dean Wood for their sponsorship, all the officials at the three clubs who had helped in some way and Mary Manuja for her organisation.
Senior Reps from each club are reminded the “follow-up” meeting will be at 2pm on October 2nd at Douglas Golf Club.
a brief history by Mary Hewitt
Originally christened The Seniors Championship, this event was started about 20 years ago and was held in October as a final tournament of the year for senior ladies aged 60 or over. After many years of severely bad weather, it was re-named The Seniors Classic and moved to September. Audrey Johnson had the original idea and Gladys Skillicorn, our President at the time, gave the trophy which still bears her name.
I think our first effort attracted only 18 entries but we now have a fairly stable entry of 40 to 44 players each year which pleases us very much. The format of playing 3 different courses over the week was adopted on the theory that at least 2 of the days would offer playable weather and this has worked out pretty well.
The Seniors Classic is not an official LGA competition but a society event run by a group of dedicated volunteers, however it has become a popular and well-established tournament which I hope will go from strength to strength for many years to come.