Seniors see off Sandford

Seniors vs Sandford Springs (Home) - Tuesday 3rd December

In the pale winter sunshine at Donnington Grove, our aged heroes stirred their loins (apologies if this conjures up unpleasant images? – Ed) and managed to secure a fine victory over Sandford Springs in this years Graham Jefferies Winter League.

Splendid performances from Messrs. Gaskell Clarke and Carvill contributed to an overall team win by 2.5 to 1.5.

So, after a dismal start to this years campaign, DG seniors are moving steadily up the pool table. Watch this space – but don’t put any money on it!

Well played team – Ed.

Water-logged at the Wiltshire in the GJ League…

Seniors vs The Wiltshire (Away) - Monday 18th November

Our aged heroes slithered and splashed around the mud soaked ‘fairways’ (surely some mistake here – ED?) yesterday in their GJ winter league match v the Wiltshire GC and yet convincingly managed to halve the match.

This was down to a fine performance from Big Al. and Big Kev. and sound halves from Andy M & Rob C and Peter D & Barry W.

In fact, it was only the pair of captains (sure this is the right word? – ED) out first, who managed to let the side down.

So well done team – onward and upward – and come back soon big Kev !

Ed.

Cumberwell convincingly Clobbered !

Seniors vs Cumberwell Park (Home) - Thursday 14th November

To make up for the narrow defeat in the recent away match,our aged heroes pulled out all the stops yesterday and turned in a splendid performance to beat a really good Cumberwell Park team by 3 to 1 and indeed our fourth pair only narrowly lost their match on the last green.

A really good all round team performance which has restored some (though not much!) semblance of acceptability to our position in this year’s GJ league table.

Well done team – Ed,

Seniors Suffer Another Crushing Defeat

Seniors vs Sand Martins (Away) - Monday 11th November

Sad to say our winter league match players suffered a second four nil drubbing in succession in the M4 League away to Sand Martins.

Despite the weather, with the match having to be played over the back nine twice with the front nine closed, the course, especially the greens, was in pretty good nick. Unfortunately so was the opposition who proved far too good on the day.

Seniors Lose Away In the Graham Jefferies League

Seniors vs Cumberwell Park (Away) - Thursday 31st October

The Seniors had a very enjoyable day at Cumberwell Park losing 2.5 to 1.5 with two matches being closely fought. Despite all the recent rain and autumn work, the course (blue and yellow) was in pretty good nick and as fun to play as ever.

They are a good team so we will need to be at our best for the return in November.

Seniors Take a Pasting in the M4 League

Seniors vs West Berks (Home) - Tuesday 29th October

Our Seniors took a fearful hammering from a very strong and determined West Berks outfit in our home M4 League match yesterday. Although the score was 4-0, three of the matches were well contested with two going to the final putt on the final green.

This one will be a good one to win away!

Good Win for Seniors in M4 League

Seniors vs Hadden Hill (Home) - Friday 25th October

The seniors battled against inclement weather to win their home league match against Hadden Hill by 3-1. This is the first time that we have played against this opponent who seemed to go away with good thoughts about the course despite the conditions.

We look forward to our return fixture in March which hopefully will be played in somewhat drier conditions.

Seniors Downed Emphatically by Sandford Springs

Seniors vs Sandford Springs (Away) Tuesday 22nd October

The M4 Winter League match away at Sandford Springs was played in glorious sunshine on an immaculate course. Unfortunately our golf was less than immaculate, losing 3½ to a ½. Bring on the return match in February !

Seniors End Of Summer Season Bash

Captain vs Crew - Thursday 17th October

The seniors enjoyed a terrific day with the 12 members of the Captain’s team holding sway over their twelve counterparts in the Crew ably led by Dave Lawson. A fun time out on the course, despite some rain, was followed by a meal and trophy presentation.

Commiserations to Graeme who was assaulted by Roger’s reverse shank and suffered a broken ulna bone in his forearm. A desperate way to nobble the opposition! We hope that you are soon back on the golf course Graeme. 

Thank you to everyone who took part. 

Some of the key presentation photos follow: 

Good Start in M4 Winter League

Seniors vs Downshire (Home) Tuesday 15th October

Our chaps began their M4 league campaign with an excellent home win against Downshire by 3-1. Three very competitive games and one easier effort meant it was a closely fought match in surprisingly decent conditions given the deluges of rain that the course has recently suffered. Well done to Dave and his green staff.

Seniors stun Studley

Seniors vs Studley Wood (Home) - Thursday 10th October

A welcome break from all the recent rain allowed our Summer match against Studley Wood to be completed in really rather pleasant conditions.

Sadly for our visitors, the Donnington athletes were in splendid form and came through victorious with a fine 4-2 win.

As always, we had a good day out with our friends from the north. They were highly complimentary about the course, the hospitality and, particularly, the food - fish and chips served fresh from the fryer and absolutely delicious.

That's now it for this season's Summer matches. Winter golf follows, but fear not for next Summer can't be too far away can it ??

See you all in April !

Seniors wilt against The Wiltshire

Graham Jefferies League (Home) - Friday 4th October

In somewhat soggy conditions the spirits of our aged heroes were further dampened by a fine performance from our visitors from The Wiltshire.

A fine performance from our Seniors Captain was the only highlight in a team performance which matched the miserable weather as The Wiltshire ran out winners by 3 to 1.

Nonetheless, it was a match played in the very best friendly spirit and traditions of the GJ Winter League and our visitors returned home impressed with our course, our lovely bar staff and our hospitality. They were clearly less impressed with our golf!

Onwards and upwards? Well done team – Ed.

End of Season Match – A Close Run Thing

Seniors vs Ladies - Thursday 26th September

The Seniors had a very enjoyable encounter against our Ladies coming out with a close fought win (2.5 to 1.5) on a surprisingly pleasant day with only the odd couple of rain showers to contend with. The greatest success was probably getting the match to go ahead given all the conflicting commitments at this time of the year. The highlight of the day was without doubt seeing Anne-Marie back out on the golf course doing some putting and chipping to help Fay in her match after a late withdrawal. Well done to both sides for making it a thoroughly rewarding afternoon.

2019 DG seniors open

A GREAT DAY ENJOYED AT THE SENIOR MEN’S PAIRS OPEN

Excellent weather, a superb course and great food meant that most and probably all the 100 entrants had a thoroughly enjoyable day. A big thank you to our wonderful ladies who helped keep the wheels of process operating smoothly throughout the day.

Congratulations to Patrick Griffin and his guest, Ian Vickerage, who won the overall prize with a stonking 47 points better ball score. Peter Jones from the Downshire and Martin Rudderham from Amfield were the Guests winners and perennial winner, our club captain Rob Carvil, with his guest David Griffin won the Members first prize. Over 60 guests participated.

Finally a big thank you to all those who entered and contributed to a whopping £889 raised for the Captains Charity.

Andy Madeley and Peter Darwin win Senior Pairs Charity Bowl

An “enthusiastic” entry of 12 pairs competed in the Charity Bowl held on Thursday 12th September on a cloudy but pleasant day at Donnington. The competition was based on the two individual stableford scores being added together and Peter Darwin and Andy Madeley ran out winners with a solid points score of 71. Peter Smalley and Ian Flack came second with 69 and Mike Pritchard and Patrick Griffin came in third with 65.

The highlight of the day for John Rance, Nick Marshall and Peter Darwin was probably obtaining bragging rights from beating the pro (Tom Fleming) on the seventh with Tom being particularly intrigued that his seven iron was not a match for John’s driver.

A useful sum of £320 was raised for charity with £180 coming from the entry fees and £140 from very generous “beat the pro” contributions and thank you in particular to the winners for ploughing their winnings back into the charity pot. A special mention to Tom for giving up his time to support the charity over a three hour period (because of a staggered start).

Disappointing Defeat for Seniors

Seniors vs Wokefiled Park (Away) - Wednesday 11th September

The Seniors suffered a significant away defeat by 4-2 in their last Summer League game at Wokefield in a closely fought match against an opposition that were certainly on their game on the day. It was a disappointing outcome, leaving the winning of the championship out of our hands, but a cracking match on a well presented course against our good friends from Wokefield. All lost matches went to the wire. A good effort team!

Honourable draw at Sherfield

The Seniors braved the elements on the Wellington course at Sherfield Oaks on Friday.

With the wind and the cold it felt like Autumn was truly here.

The Seniors having drawn at home, managed an honourable draw away also.

Well done to Nick Marshall who played extremely well and won on his debut, partnered ably by Simon De Angels.

Well done also to Mark Ottaway and Ian Flack the other winners.

Seniors retain Brian Whelan Trophy

Seniors vs Freshwater (Home) - Wednesday 4th September

The Seniors hosted their good friends from Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight today.
Everyone had a thoroughly good time and our guests were very complimentary about the course and the refreshments.

Nearest the pin was won by big John Smith for Freshwater and Chris Tobin for DG.

Having won 3½: 2½ at their place we were keen to at least draw to retain the trophy. However we did a bit better than that winning 5½:½!

We may have to get a replica made for Freshwater to keep at their place!

Seniors Trounced !

Seniors vs Newbury & Crookham (Away) - Thursday 23rd August

A thoroughly enjoyable day at Newbury could not hide the fact that our Seniors suffered a heavy defeat by 3.5 to 0.5. Some of the opposition played out of their skin!

Only four matches were played because the Home Team struggled to feature a full squad as many of their members were attending the funeral of a colleague. However Donnington’s four extra players were able to enjoy the course and join the teams for the after match pleasantries.

Seniors Stuffed at Studley

Seniors vs Studley Wood (Away) - Tuesday 20th August

A bright sunny day.
A course in good condition.
Fast Greens.
Wholesome grub.
Good Company.
And a tonking from our hosts.

With the notable exception of Ian Flack and Mark Ottoway, the rest of us came away with our tails between our legs after a heavy 5-1 defeat.

It's a long drive up the A34 to Studley so maybe we were all a little jet-lagged.

All to play for then in the return leg at DG on October the 14th.

Another win for the Seniors

Seniors vs Shanklin & Sandown (Home) - Tuesday 13th August

On a glorious day (one of the few in August so far) the seniors enjoyed a fine victory over the visitors from the Isle of Wight.

Cliff and John enjoyed a sporty win over their opponents, one of which left his hearing aid on the Isle !

Mike and Dave scraped a half thanks to an amazing 720 degree lip out by the opposition on the 17th.

A warm welcome to new member Ofer Ben-David (Ben), who won his opening match with Tom.

Seniors gain payback for earlier thrashing

Seniors vs Mill Ride (Home) - Monday 12th August

An excellent contest ended in a close home win against Mill Ride Seniors by 3.5 to 2.5.

All matches were very tight until the last knockings and all parties seemed to have enjoyed this new fixture on what eventually turned out to be a great day for golf after both weather and home team player numbers improved dramatically from a dodgy start. A big thank you to Peter Drummond who was hauled off the course to start the match having already played nine holes.

Seniors Achieve Nail Biting Win

Seniors vs Sandford Springs (Home) - Wednesday 7th August

Our redoubtable Seniors managed to defeat Sandford Springs by the closest of margins in their last home league match of the season.
Four of the matches had a wafer thin of difference with Barry Lancaster and Dave Williams securing a valiant half in the last match to ensure that we won 3.5 to 2.5.

Well done team – onwards and upwards!

Overall Win against Marlborough

Seniors vs Marlborough (Home) - Tuesday 5th August

In our first summer home friendly against Marlborough for a number of years, the Seniors lost only 1 game. All the others were won or halved. The final score was 4:2. Added to the 3:3 draw at their place meant that we also won overall.

It was a glorious day and we had an extremely friendly and enjoyable match. The visitors were very impressed with the condition and quality of the course and the delicious meal.

Well done all!

Osborne Overcome

Seniors vs Osborne (Home) - Thursday 1st August

Our friends from over the water came to visit DG today and had a splendid time.

They were indeed, overcome with our great course, the great hospitality, the great food and service from our bar and restaurant staff and indeed the great weather!

They were also overcome by the quality of golf from our aged heroes, who ran out winners by 5 games to 1.

Well done team!

What a Scorcher for our Seniors

Seniors vs West Berks (Away) - 25th June

The Seniors had a very enjoyable away trip to West Berks on the hottest day for many a year. West Berks were excellent hosts ensuring that there were as many buggies as possible to go round and plenty of water during the round.

The match ended in a close fought draw which meant that West Berks held on to the Elfed Trophy by virtue of their previous win in the first match at Donnington.

The camaraderie and fun was a fitting testament to the memory of Elfed Davies who had such an important involvement in the development of both sets of Senior Groups.

A worthy and wet draw at Caversham

Seniors vs Caversham Heath (Away) in the Three Counties Summer League - 19th June

The Seniors may have looked like drowned rats but this was no sinking ship. The Team overcame a very wet and muddy first four holes, which are being significantly changed in a major reworking of the Caversham Heath course, to register a very creditable draw against our good friends and rival league contenders.

Starting was a bit risky given the rain and forecast but the weather calmed and most of the round was played in decent conditions.

Well played and good resolve shown.

Seniors Manage Important Draw at Springs

The Old Boys had a great day out at Springs playing on their much changed and superbly presented course achieving a hard fought draw. The weather was almost perfect and as ever the company was very enjoyable.
These are the first away points secured by any club in the Seniors Summer League so far this season.

Well done team!

Seniors IOW tour 2019

Our annual raiding party to the Isle of Wight took place on the 2nd - 4th July.

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N&C see off the Seniors (just!)

Old golfing friends, Newbury and Crookham visited Donnington Grove today and not only brought the sun-shine with them but also their A games.

In a very close match, our visitors won through by 3.5 to 2.5 with many of the games going to the 18th hole.

All who played were justifiably impressed by the superb condition of the course and the excellent service from the restaurant and bar staff.

It really made our aged heroes feel very proud to be members of Donnington Grove.

Well done to everyone in the DG team……

Seniors Lose First Leg of the Elfed Trophy

Seniors vs West Berks (Away) 24th June

On a glorious day for golf, the intrepid warriors narrowly lost 4 against 2 to West Berkshire.
The course was in fantastic condition.
We were narrowly beaten in all 4 of our lost matches, so there is good reason to be optimistic in our return match, for the Elfed trophy, later in the year.
A memorable feature of the Captain’s match was Steve Haylor driving the green on the 14th hole. Luckily he is unavailable for the return!

Thanks for all the support of our team.

Seniors Achieve Home League Win Against Caversham

Seniors Achieve Home League Win Against Caversham

The pattern of home wins in the League continues with our Seniors securing a hard fought win against Caversham Heath by 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 on Thursday 20th June.

As usual this was an excellent day with our friends from North Reading on a great course and with excellent company.

Finally we say a big thank you and farewell to the cheerful demeanour and great golf of our friend Jim Purvis and hope that he and Sarah have an exciting new life back in the North Midlands.

Great Away Win at Manor House for Seniors

Thanks to all the team for braving the persistent drizzle, intermixed with a good downpour!
The Manor House course was in excellent condition, and the greens remained playable despite the conditions.
One notable feature of the course was the waist high grass, for those particularly errant shots!
The result was a narrow victory for Donnington at 3 1/2 to 2 1/2, which meant, as we drew our home fixture 2 1/2 to 2 1/2, that we retain trophy.

Thanks again to all those intrepid warriors involved in the match

No redress for Seniors

Seniors vs Weybrook Park (Away) 6th June

The unyoung warriors ventured to Weybrook Park to attempt to redress the heavy loss at home.

The weather was good and the course in good condition.

The untouchables Mark Ottaway (win) and Simon De Angeli (half) retained their unbeaten record but alas only 1 win and 2 draws meant a defeat by 4:2 as a team.

Peter Robertson made his debut for the team and acquitted himself extremely well.

A good meal and enjoyable banter followed, making it a splendid day.

Seniors Lose M4 Cup Match Away to Mapledurham.

“Seniors Lose M4 Cup Match Away to Mapledurham.

Unfortunately Mapledurham were too good on the day and beat our intrepid warriors 3-1.
The course was well presented, the greens ran well and the company was excellent – shame about the result.”

Marlborough mixed bag…..

Seniors vs Marlborough (Away)

Our aged heroes resumed their summer fixtures with Marlborough with a mixed bag of golfing performances.

High points were delivered by Messrs Walker and Armitage whilst low points arrived courtesy of Messrs Lewsey and Webb and particularly Reseigh and Gaskill (though it must be pointed out that the latter did play to his handicap!).

Thanks largely to our last minute volunteers, DG seniors drew the match with Marlborough and everyone who played had a very enjoyable time. Importantly, all were very pleased that the regular summer fixture between the two clubs had been re-instated.

Well done team – good job.

Ed

Seniors see off Sherfield Oaks

M4 league - Summer KO

Amidst sunshine and showers yesterday, our aged heroes won their first M4 summer KO match against a strong team from Sherfield Oaks.

It was a hard fought match which finished 2-2 and so it meant extra holes for Andy Woodley and ‘occassional’ senior, Graham Attridge.

Our plucky pair won the second of the play off holes to secure the victory so it’s onwards and upwards (or is it forwards?). Whatever the direction – its definitely a case of – Well done team!

Ed

Seniors Bow at the Temple

Seniors vs Temple (Away)

On a glorious day our brave lads went forth to the Temple Golf Club.

Spirits were high as the first 2 pairs came in as winners. Rob Carvill, maintaining his unbeaten season in all teams then John Rance and Mark Ottaway held off the opposition down the 18th. Unfortunately the joy was short-lived as the following 4 pairs were all vanquished.

The final score a 4:2 loss.

The course was beautiful, the company entertaining and the food delicious, so a good day was had by all.

Honourable Draw for Seniors

Sherfield Seniors Home 13th May

On a fabulous day, the red shirted warriors had two members playing their first match, Philip Caulfield and Chris Webb. They acquitted themselves very well and are welcome additions to the team.
They were part of a titanic struggle with the equally red shirted Sherfield Seniors.

The first 3 matches went down to the 18th hole. Unfortunately 2 went against us but we won 2 of the last 3 for an honourable draw. 3-3.

The visitors were very complimentary about the condition of the course and the food.

We look forward to meeting them at home again in 2 weeks time in the M4 Summer KO.

Our brave boys bashed at Badgemore

Seniors Away at Badgemore 9th May

The weather forecast said “Sunshine and showers” and that’s exactly what we got, both literally and metaphorically with a few results to smile about and a few more dampening our collective spirit.

The course was in great condition and with two new bunkers under construction, it should be even better next year. They’re always a friendly bunch at Badgemore and today was no exception.
The grub was exactly that – proper grub with steak and ale pie and apple crumble. Yum.

And the result? Well we pushed them hard but to quite hard enough with Badgemore running out winners by the closest of margins – 3.5 to 2.5.

Mill Ride at DG - 7th May

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Seniors Away Defeat to Sandford Springs

The Seniors suffered their first defeat of the Summer League away to Sandford Springs. On an excellent day for golf a strong Donnington team were beaten in a hard fought match by worthy opponents by 4-2. Commiserations to Chris Armitage and Tom Reseigh who were emphatic victors but to no avail

THE SPRINGS SPRUNG UPON...

SENIORS v THE SPRINGS 25/4/19 AT DG

With Spring upon us, the Springs Seniors found themselves truly sprung upon on Thursday 25th – as our aged heroes chalked up an impressive 6-0 victory.
Every one of our seniors pairs played well but notable wins were recorded by Messrs Ravenhall & Skelly and Griffin & Purvis. Geordie Jim is shortly moving north (well as far as the Midlands anyway) and DG Seniors will miss his golfing prowess and even his renowned grumpiness! We all wish Jim and Sarah well in their new home and golf club.
Despite the result – our guests (who are splendid chaps) had a really enjoyable day and whilst they may have left with their tails between their legs – they all had smiles on their faces.
Well done team.

SENIORS v WEYBROOK PARK 23/4/19 AT DG

Our match with Weybrook Park was played in excellent conditions, with the ball running on both the fairways and the greens.
Catering was great.
Company was stimulating.
Shame about the result. Weybrook won four and half to one and a half.
We must (hope to) avenge this defeat at our return match on 6th June

Heavy Defeat for Seniors against Mill Ride

The Seniors fell to an unaccustomed heavy defeat (5-1) in their away fixture to Mill Ride on Wednesday 17th April. No excuses as on the day the opposition were just the better side and big thanks to Peter Drummond and Barry Lancaster for ensuring it was not a whitewash! This was a new fixture on an excellent course and in terrific weather and we need to improve when we meet them at home on 7th May.

Another fine win for the Seniors

A lovely sunny day, a golf course in great condition, a bunch of nice visitors from Badgemore Park and a convivial meal to follow. What could be better? Well, perhaps a victory for the Captain of the Day, that’s what!

No matter though. The strength of the squad shone through with the only defeat being suffered by yours truly. Three wins and two halved matches saw the DG boys through by a 4-2 margin. I’m so glad this is a team game.

Off to the practice grounds now.

DL

Seniors Home Match versus Manor House

The Seniors had a very entertaining home friendly against Manor House with all matches, barring one, going to the last hole. A special mention for Barry Lancaster and Alan Weddell who were playing their first match and a long awaited return for Russ Castle. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

Seniors Home Match vs Wokefield Estates

Our intrepid seniors had a resounding home victory against Wokefield (5-1) in their first match of the summer season ensuring a strong start to their defence of the Three Counties Seniors Summer League. The course and the weather were pleasures to enjoy and a good afternoon was spent with our good friends from Wokefield.”

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