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The National Seniors Pairs Championship

The National Seniors Pairs Championship is a Pairs better-ball knockout event. Handicap allowance is 90% as in CONGU rules. In the event of the match being tied play continues on a sudden-death basis to decide the winner. The winning Pair then go through to the next round. We try to arrange fixtures so that each alternate round is home or away, to level the playing field a bit, and also, away players receive one extra courtesy stroke. This rule was introduced several years ago as home Pairs were winning in 75% of cases. It's now closer to 50-50, so it obviously works.

In the early rounds we try to minimise travel to about 75 minutes, wherever possible. At quarter-final stage it depends on which Pairs are left in, but again we try to match Pairs that have the least difficult travel patterns. Courtesy of the course should be given to visiting players (though if that is not possible, as might happen at a proprietary Club) we have rule whereby the visitors' green fees are shared with the home players - see the Rules page by clicking on the page name on the left of this page. Each round has a window of about five weeks to arrange and play the match. The handicap limit is 18 - but again see the Rules page. To enter, or to ask any questions, just send an email (go to the E-mail page, listed on the left). And we look forward to having you involved. Entries for 2018 open on December 1st 2017.

We are seeking consultation on a rules change to allow one substitute to be nominated by each Pair. This year we had an unseemly number of injuries to players which resulted in one a dozen pairs having to pull out, including two semi-finalists. We are also asking whether the handicap limit should rise from 18 to 22 for over-70s. Have your say by sending an email - see the Contact us page.

 

The Finals 2017

The finals were held at Staverton Park in mid-October in warm and pleasant weather - though Storm Ophelia made its presence known just as we finished the semi-finals. A brilliant red sun could be seen in a stormy-looking sky but we stayed dry and pretty warm.

In the Plate semi-final Steve Lapage and Ian Barrowcliffe from Rowlands Castle defeated Brian Whitelaw and Roger Harrison from Cambridge Meridian. In the final, the same Pair lost to Staverton Park's Peter Trueman and Kevin O'Hagen, who sat out the semi-final due to the withdrawal of the fourth qualifiers. Congratulations to Peter Trueman and Kevin O'Hagen (Staverton Park), our 2017 Pairs Plate winners.

In the National Seniors Pairs Championship itself, the semi-finals also saw one Pair sitting out the first day. In the semi-final played Bob Bickerdike and Alan Stenton from Naunton Downs saw off, on the final putt, a fighting challenge from Jim Fern and Ron Parr from Five Lakes, both pairs enjoying their first taste of semi-final competition.

In the final they faced Bedfordshire GC's Nick Serrecchia and Mark Lewin, losing that match after a final filled with excellent golf. So, congratulations to Nick Serrecchia and Mark Lewin  (Bedfordshire Golf Club), our 2017 National Seniors Pairs Champions.