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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 60-40, so it obviously works.

In the early rounds we try to minimise travel to about 75 minutes, wherever possible. In the later stages 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. 


Important Rule Change for 2018

We are, for 2018, making one important rule change following consultation with all our players (and thank you for everyone who sent in their comments). Each Pair will be allowed to name one reserve player, who can be used at any time if one of the original Pair is unavailable.

We did also ask if players over 70 could use a handicap up to 20 (or 22).  That suggestion was rejected by a sizeable majority and will not be implemented.


How to Enter

Registering is very easy, we do everything by email so no forms, postage or cheques getting lost in the post to worry about. All you need do is send an email ( with: 

Names of both players (main contact first) with email, tel contact(s) and CDH. You can add the name, email and CDH of a reserve now or add it later if it proves necessary. And of course, the name of the Golf Club - be aware that both players do NOT need to belong to the same Club but you must choose one Club as your home base at which you will play all your home matches.

And that's all there is to it. Once I receive that information I'll send you the bank account details so you can pay the entry fee - £27 per pair. I look forward to hearing from you. Closing date March 27th.

You may also add a donation to Prostate Cancer UK to your entry fee if you wish. Just add it to the amount you pay but please send me an email so I can send you a receipt and thanks on behalf of PC UK. All donations will be passed to the charity in April after entries close. If you would prefer to make a donation direct to the charity please feel free to do so - see the "Your Prostate" page by clicking on the link on the left. Thank you.


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.