I am honoured to have been elected Captain of The Burstead Seniors Section for 2021. I, along with Tom Dines, my Vice-Captain, and the rest of the Seniors committee extend a warm welcome to everyone. We aim to continue to provide a relaxed and sociable environment in which our members can enjoy their golf.

I can usually be found around the clubhouse every Tuesday morning and most Monday and Thursdays as well, so if you want to have a chat come along and introduce yourself (anyone there should be able to point me out to you).

The Burstead Golf Club is a friendly, welcoming club and the Seniors Section is no exception. As a relatively large section with over 120 members, our aim is to provide golf in an atmosphere that balances a competitive edge with that of an outlet for social interaction and it is open to all male members aged 55 and over.

The first thing that struck me when I first joined the Seniors was just how friendly and welcoming everyone was, from the then Captain and Secretary to those just rolling-up on a Tuesday. Nothing has changed: this is still the friendliest group of golfers you could wish to find anywhere. I have been a member for a little over eleven years, and in that time I can honestly say that we are also one of the best organised vets sections in Essex!

We offer a very full and varied calendar of events including regular competitions every Tuesday with an emphasis on having fun. We also have ‘away days’ at other clubs twice a year, plus an annual 3-day ‘tour’ that is organised by our Social Secretary during June. In addition we play 12 inter-club matches, home and away, locally and around Essex (the full fixture list can be viewed on our Fixtures Page).

There are also competitions and matches with and against our Ladies Section which are well supported and highly enjoyable.

We have many social events throughout the year, from a Summer BBQ/Quiz night, two Sunday Lunches, and ending the year with the annual Ladies Night dinner and dance; this is a good opportunity for you to ensure your wives and partners don’t think they are becoming a golf widow!

My chosen charity for this year is Brain Tumour Research. Brain tumours are indiscriminate and they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

I look forward to playing with as many Burstead Seniors as possible over the coming year and also to welcome new members to the section and to the club.

In closing, I wish all Seniors – current and future – birdies not bunkers and plenty of pars and that we all have an enjoyable 2021 together.