Ian happy to be of senior service at Tamworth

IAN Trickett was at his dry- humoured best on Monday playing various roles for the Tamworth Seniors as they celebrated a good golfing year with their annual hams day.

Trickett doesn’t have an official Tamworth Seniors position but “he does everything” to make sure his fellow golfers have a trouble-free nine holes of golf at Tamworth Golf Club every Monday morning.

He has a few helpers of course and reckons he wouldn’t know what to do without them but all his golfing mates know and applaud him for the job he does as Tamworth Seniors organiser.

He’s modest about that but enjoys the “job”.

“Been doing it for more than 20 years,” he said.

He actually helped form the Seniors golf day.

After retiring, he and a few mates played “skins”.

He and John Williams then decided to form a regular nine-hole competition because of the popularity of the Monday morning skins – thus the Seniors competition began and now boasts around 80 members playing a nine- hole stableford competition every week.

“We average about 50 players every week,” Trickett said on Monday while counting off the cards.

“Today we had 67 players. It’s the annual hams day. Everyone who played gets one.”

“We pay $11 a round,” he  said.

“That includes green fees.”

$1 of that $11 every week goes towards the hams day, buying the hams for all the players, which totalled $3200 from Tamworth Country Capital Meats, as well as supplying the salubrious lunch (plus mud cake pavlova and ice cream – gotta love that pavlova).

Unfortunately Monday’s hams day was affected by morning rain with a number of groups unable to finish.

That didn’t stop Brian Hyslop from firing a great 24 points and winning the day.

“It was a good day for golf,”  Hyslop said.

“We played through the rain.”

He reckoned Trickett was to thank for his win too as his handicap had blown from 30 out to 42 in recent months.

Trickett is also the handicapper and his system is a thing of  beauty, a miracle that works, reckon Des Yates and Trevor West.

It doesn’t cost anything to join the Tamworth Seniors either. 

All you have to be is over 55 and be a member at a golf club. 

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