January 2019 Newsletter

on Sunday, 20 January 2019.

Members update January 2019

January 2019 Newsletter

With the winter almost over, and the new golfing season almost upon us, the time is right to update you all with updates for 2019.
The link below will take you to our Newsletter covering the following topics:

  • Annual Dinner and prize-giving to be held at Stirling on 1st March.
  • Winter Stableford events in March.
  • Order of Merit and Competition changes.
  • Presidents Cup.

If you have any queries regarding any of these points,please get in touch by email to admin@scottishseniorsgolf.com.

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2019 Newsletter

The new golfing season is almost upon us, so the time is right to update you all on upcoming events, new tournaments and changes that have been made to the Order of Merit timing and points allocations.

Annual Dinner

Our Eighth Annual Dinner will be held at Stirling Golf Club on Friday1st March 2019 at 6.30pm for 7pm prompt start. The Dinner will include the annual presentation of prizes and wives and partners are most welcome to attend.

Numbers are limited to 90 guests with places available on a first come, first served basis. The dress code is jacket collar and tie for gents and at the lady’s discretion. Our first guest speaker/raconteur is our own SSGS member Mr Jim McArthur and he will be followed by the Main Speaker Mr Sandy Jones the former chief executive of the PGA who has had a fascinating career in golf worldwide and the SSGS is delighted to welcome him to our dinner.

Tickets are £30.00 per person. Demand is expected to be high so please contact Alex Hogg at thehoggfamily@btinternet.com  with your reservations.

Payments should thereafter go to Ian Kerr at PO Box 19610, Johnstone PA5 5AQ with a note of the names being paid for. Payment can also be made by direct transfer into our Bank Account, if using this method please ensure you email Ian Kerr at admin@scottishseniorsgolf.com  to advise.

Our Captain, Drew Wilson will be organising a Winter Stableford event the same day as part of the Winter series events so why not make it a great day out. Entries can be emailed to Drew at aliciaanddrew@sky.com

Winter Events

Once again, we have a programme of 1-day Stableford events prior to the main season starting, as detailed below. The next one of these is prior to our Annual Dinner at Stirling on 1st March. If you wish to enter these events then details are on our web https://www.scottishseniorsgolf.com/competitions/winter-events-2016-17

Friday 1st March - Stirling GC 

Thursday 7th March - West Kilbride GC 

Friday 15th March - Monifieth GC 

Friday 22nd March - Drumoig GC 

Friday 29th March – Prestwick St Cuthbert.

Competition & Order of Merit Changes

As advised previously, we have removed the restrictions on members aged under 55 in relation to ALL our competitions with immediate effect.

At the same time, we have decided to amend the closing date of the OOM competition, to coincide with selection date of the International Teams, i.e. after the R&A British Seniors Open. Any SSGS held after that date will count toward the following year’s OOM, in effect making it a “wrap around” OOM. Therefore the 2019 OOM will conclude after the British Open, with this year’s Autumn Meeting being the 1st event in the 2019/20 OOM. As a result of this change, the Finals Day has been cancelled as it no longer has any relevance to the final OOM positions.

We are also looking at the distribution of OOM points allocated to the various events, to recognise the differing levels of Competition. This will therefore rank the British Open as generating most OOM points, followed by the SGL Scottish Seniors Open, and then our own SSGS events. The final points allocation is being finalised and will be published in the near future. If you have any queries regarding this in the meantime, then please contact Ian Kerr by email at comps@scottishseniorsgolf.com

Presidents Cup

We have added a new competition this year to the schedule and Order of Merit. Our president, Gordon MacDonald has kindly donated a trophy for the winner of the main event, and our Honorary Members, Jim & Peter Kinloch have done likewise for the Super Seniors. The date of the inaugural tournament is Thursday & Friday 23/24th May at Blairgowrie Golf Club.

The main difference between the Presidents Cup and our other events, is around the ballot rules in the event of the competition being oversubscribed. If more than 141 entries are received, then preference initially will be given to those players who scored points in the main OOM, and the top 40 from the Super Seniors OOM in 2018. Thereafter normal ballot rules will apply based on handicap as at closing date.

All entry forms are now available on our website.  https://www.scottishseniorsgolf.com/competitions/entry-forms

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during 2019 at our various events.

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