May 7th 1967 was remembered as being a particularly wet and cold day when Mr J. J. E. Pennick, President of the English Golf Union launched his drive from the 1st Tee to officially open Ross Golf Club’s new 18 holes course at Two Park, Gorsley following their move from their 9 holes golf course at Rudhall. Members were therefore both delighted and fortunate that Sunday May 7th 2017 chose to be warm and sunny with perfect playing conditions to enable them to celebrate their Course’s 50th birthday in great style. Members of the Club’s social committee championed by former Club Captain Clive Whitson, Ruth Pimlow and Katie Greenwood among others worked wonders to bring a party atmosphere to the day’s proceedings which for those who took part was much valued and will be long remembered. Another former Club Captain, Robert Bodoano added to the occasion with his reflections of the occasion 50 years ago with the Course now recognised by Clubs and Professionals as being ‘No 1’ in Gloucestershire and a top spot it has occupied since rankings were introduced in 2012.
A shotgun start saw 21 teams of 4 players each from all sections of the Club taking part in a Texas Scramble medal competition with 3 teams bringing home an identical gross 70 medal score. An exceptional finish with 2 birdies in their last 4 holes and a slightly higher handicap allowance to give a 62.1 medal result enabled Club Captain, Kim Hampson to present the day’s top prizes to Club Chairman Graeme Forrester, Juniors Vice Captain Liam Greig, Cass Todd and Richard Mackley. The runners-up on 62.3 medal score were Peter Smith, Mike Bradburn, Trevor Flowers and Charles Reeve-Tucker and 3rd place prize-winners were Harry Griffiths, Phil Thompson, Matty Dobbs and Sam Vitzthum on 62.6.
Shots to the par three 7th green to claim a ‘nearest the pin’ prize caused some fun and games because competitors were required to use provided clubs that were also 50 years old and to her delight it was 30 handicapper Jenny Reeve-Tucker who proved to be the most effective short game specialist on the day.