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Competitions Update 2018

Ladies Autumn Am Am  Tuesday 9 October 2018
With beautiful blue skies and temperatures in early 20’s, course conditions continue to change week on week.  Nine teams set out to enjoy the climes, but it was Angela Austin, Sylvia Armson, Jane Ackling and Claire Bottom who made first place with a meritorious 81 points.  With the same worthy score, Ali Groom, Julie Bowler, Suzanne Pretty and Gilly Higgins narrowly missed top spot, falling short by 1 point on the back 9.  Congrats everyone....

Ladies Autumn Stableford   Tuesday 2 October 2018
Not the easiest of conditions as the weather becomes increasingly changeable nevertheless, Angela Austin was in fine form, posting a notable 35 points for the win.  Equally worthy was Claire Bottom, also with 35 points, who was edged out on the back 6 to take runners up position.  Well done ladies...

Ladies Margaret Simpson Trophy  Tuesday 18 September 2018
The tail end of a storm from the US was forecast and it didn’t disappoint. At times it was hard to steady yourself on the tee. An impressive field of 45 ladies battled the elements but its congratulations to Sue Roberts who achieved her second win of the season with a mighty 39 points.  Rachel Miller was narrowly beaten with 38 points. Well done ladies.

Ladies Hepworth Cup  Tuesday 4 September 2018
It was tight at the top with 4 four ladies in contention for the trophy win. The back 9 separating them, they all secured a solid overall +1 score in this Bogey competition.  Congratulations to Angela Austin who won, followed by runner up Jane Ackling.  Both ladies narrowly beat Margaret Chilvers and Pat Haslam.  Well done ladies...

Ladies Pidduck Trophies/Daily Mail Foursomes - Tuesday 28 August 2018
After significant rains over the bank holiday weekend, there was less run on the fairways and the greens had softened. Winners, by the narrowest of margins, were Joanne Barradell and Rachel Miller with a solid nett 71.5. With an identical score, Anne Kilby and Ladies Captain Jenny Chambers were beaten on the back 6 by a couple of strokes. Well done to all!

Best of luck to Joanne and Rachel who qualify for the Daily Mail foursomes, Spring 2019.

Ladies Captain's Day - Tuesday 21 August 2018
As the only shotgun in the ladies calendar, this comp always generates a great atmosphere prior to tee off.  Conditions were excellent if a little humid; there was very little wind and although the fairways remain dry, the greens were receptive.

The winner, with a creditable 42 points was Rachel Miller who has won the trophy for three consecutive years.  Runner up was Anna Brocklehurst with a strong 38 points followed by Anne Kilby who had a solid round and amassed a praiseworthy 37 points.  Beaten on the back nine, Pat Mountford also on 37 points, continued her good run of form to take 4th place.  Finally, Kerry Variava capitalised on last week's great win to take 5th place with 35 points.

Well done to the nearest the pin winners: Anna Brocklehurst on the 1st, Rachel Miller on the 5th, Angie Lane on the 15th.  Margot Lawrence took the prize for nearest the pin in two on the 14th.

Ladies Captain Jenny Chambers ensured the whole day was a huge success; from the on-course refreshment (choc ices delivered to players via a decked out ice-cream "buggy"), to the perfect post-round lunch and finally, thanks to Paul, Matt and team, the day was rounded off with a superb meal.

On behalf of the Ladies Captain, thanks to everyone who made the day a great one.

Ladies Rye Cup - Tuesday 14 August 2018
Despite some rain in the previous week, on the day the weather was fine and the course had plenty of run once again.  Kerry Variava took advantage of the good conditions to shoot a superb nett 64 to take the Cup this year.  Runner up was Fiona Johnson with an equally impressive net 71.  Congrats ladies..

Past Captain's Trophy / EG Medal / Putting Comp  Tuesday 31 July 2018
It was damp underfoot after the weekend's downpour, temporarily slowing the greens and reducing run...until the anticipated increase in temperatures return!  Congratulations go to Morag Harding who wins this year's Past Captain's Trophy with a net 77 (103-26).  This week's medal winner was Sylvia Armson with a great nett 73 (96-23) followed by Julie Bowler who to took runner's up position with a net 75 (84-9).  Finally in the putting competition, Rachel Miller won with 29 putts and Angie Lane close behind with 30.

Sylvia and Julie are both eligible for this year's Gold Medal.

Ladies Gwynne Davis Cup / EG Medal - Tuesday 26 June 2018
With the weather continuing to break records, Jackie Haines has achieved her very own personal best.  Jackie joined Longcliffe 10 years ago and having won with a fantastic nett 68, this is the first time that she has ever been on a board or trophy! Congratulations Jackie. Well done also to Hayley Smith who shot an impressive nett 71 to take runners up position.

Summer Solstice Am Am - Tuesday 19 June 2018
The team of Sylvia Armson, Jenny Chambers, Jayne Harris and Alison Seddon enjoyed the course conditions and each others' company resulting in a solid 83 points to win.  Runners up, with a sound 82 points, were Anne Kilby, Irene Moody, Sandra Roberts and Hayley Smith. Well done all.

Professional's Day for Ladies   Tuesday 12 June 2018
Jayne Harris secured a fantastic 40 stableford points to win 1st prize. Equally impressive were Ann Todd who came 2nd with 36 points, followed by 3rd placed Hayley Smith on 35 and Madeline Ellis also on 35 points who claimed 4th prize. Sarah Haslum narrowly edged out Julie Bowler on the back 6 to take the Best Gross. Congratulations also to Sue Ward who was nearest the pin on the 15th.

EG Medal / Putting Comp  Tuesday 5 June 2018
As the dry weather persists, course conditions continue to change.  Rebecca Wood clearly excelled  to win her first comp at Longcliffe with a superb nett 69 (78-9).  Runner up was Sue Overton with an excellent nett 71 (103-32), highlighting her good run of form.

Congratulations to Rebecca Wood and Jackie Haines who are now eligible for the Gold Medal.

In the newly introduced Putting competition, Angie Lane beat Kate Hammond on the back 9 to win with an impressive 30 putts. Well done to everyone who successfully juggled both scorecards!

Ladies Saturday Medal - Saturday 2 June 2018
A special mention for Alison Davie who shot a fantastic nett 69 (84-15) to beat her compatriates on the day. Perhaps the growing Saturday competition suits you Alison?!

Hunt Wells / PING Betterball Stableford   Tuesday 29 May 2018
Congratulations go to Alison Groom and Angela Lane who won both comps with a creditable 41 points, whilst runners up were Kate Hammond and Rachel Miller with a solid 39.  We wish Alison and Angela the best of luck as they wait to hear if they have qualified for the PING Plate Finals in September....fingers crossed!

Chapman Cup / EG Medal  Tuesday 22 May 2018
The field were vying for the top four places in order to qualifying for the play off's.  On the day, Hayley Smith overcame the inconsistent greens to attain a superb nett 69 including two 3's and a 4 on the first three holes!  In second was Gill Youngs with a creditable nett 72, followed by Sue Overton and then Anne Kilby both on a solid nett 74, but separated by one stroke on the back nine. We wish all these ladies the very best of luck going forward....

Cooper Cup - Tuesday 15 May 2018
With this competition cancelled back in the grim mid-winter that was March, we couldn't have picked a better alternative date for the weather; clear skies for the duration. Winner on the day was Sue Roberts who delivered an excellent +1, closely followed by Ann Todd on zero who in turn beat Gill Youngs, also zero, on the back nine. Well played ladies!

Anderson Cup/Grannies Bowl  Tuesday 8 May 2018
Another excellent day for golf following a baking bank holiday weekend. Some early morning dew made the course trickier for some however it didn't impede Hazel Elias-Jones who amassed an impressive 37 points to take the Anderson Cup this year. She narrowly beat Rachel Miller with 36 points who in turn pipped Irene Moody with 35 points. However, Irene's good form was deservingly rewarded by winning the Grannies Bowl for this year. Great to see a growing turnout of players once again; well done to all.

Walmsley Wootton/Coronation Foursomes - Tuesday 1 May 2018
The course continues to dry out but it was a battle in the wind for most of the day; the well earned scores reflected this. The winners of trophies were Pat Gubb and Ladies Captain Jenny Chambers with a commendable 30 points. Runners up with 29 points were Claire Bottom and Kerry Variava. Claire and Kerry opted to enter, and therefore qualified for, the regional heat of the Coronation Foursomes later in the year. We wish them the very best of luck going forward.

Briggs Broadbent/Young Cup/EG Medal Tues 24 April 2018
With the threat of rain from midday, it was a race to get round.  Though the course played long and windy, the CSS of 72 showed that good scores were returned regardless.  Rachel Miller came out on top with a net 71 to win the Briggs Broadbent Trophy with Alison Groom runner up with a respectable net 76.  Meanwhile, Pat Haslam won the Young Cup with a strong net 73, closely followed by Irene Moody with a commendable net 74.

Rachel Miller (Silver) and Sue Overton (Bronze) are both eligible to play in the Gold Medal.

Ladies Spring Am Am - Tuesday 17 April  2018
Though most of the field experienced good weather, it was the winner's who played through the worst conditions!  Congratulations to Joanne Barradell, Beth Johnson, Fiona Johnson and Tina Rumming who amassed a very credible 76 points.
Ladies Barlow Elsom  Tuesday 2 April 2018
Seven days on and another lucky gap in the persistent grey skies. While the course was understandably wet, it was a joy to be out and playing; the fact that all bunkers were GUR was a revelation under the circumstances! The winners of the day's greensome medal, with a very respectable 74.2, were Julie Bowler and Suzanne Pretty. They managed to beat runners up Joanne Barradell and Alison Davie by a mere 0.4 having who secured a round of 74.6! Well done ladies.
St John's Cup Tuesday 27 March 2018
And so the new season commences! Unusually for the weather of late (!) it was a drizzly start to the first ladies qualifier for 2018. Whilst wet under foot in places the greens were considered receptive, testament to the grounds staff.  Congratulations go to our very own Ladies Vice Captain Margaret Norris who took the trophy this year having played a "steady and thoroughly enjoyable" round, accumulating 32 worthy points in the conditions. Well done also to Claire Bottom who was runner up with 31 points.

Ladies Match Update 2018

Ladies v Charnwood Forest  Thursday 6 September 2018
In the last match of the season Forest visited Longcliffe for a very friendly Am-Am which unfortunately coincided with possibly the wettest day of the summer and the consensus was to abandon play after 10 holes. The day was saved by a superb lunch before play and very welcome tea and cream cakes after our drenching.

Ladies Handicap League The Leicestershire Thursday 9 August 2018
The very hot humid temperatures which we have had for weeks finally dropped to make conditions much more comfortable for the final match of the season.  It was a pleasant occasion and a close game which resulted in another win, this time by 2 - 1. Well done to Alison Seddon, Jane Ackling, Rachel Miller, Gilly Higgins, Sylvia Armson and Kate Hammond.

Ladies Handicap League v Rutland Water  Thursday 12  July 2018
Another hot and sticky day to take on the friendly visiting team, representing the third of four league matches.  A match of mixed fortunes, but ultimately a satisfying 2-1 win for Longcliffe: thanks to Kate, Beth, Gilly, Sylvia, Rachel and Angie.  Thanks also to Ladies Captain Jenny and Vice Capt Margaret for their support, food and drink on the way round.  Final thanks to Paul and his staff for a excellent post match meal.

Ladies Triella - Longcliffe/Birstall/Rothley - Away at Birstall - Friday 13 July 2018
With a threat of thunder/lightning/rain, we believed it was a race against time; thankfully the jet black clouds passed us by.  Since it’s inception, Rothley have won this comp every year.  Unfortunately this year was no different however, Longcliffe gave them a good run for their money as runners up. This very friendly yet competitive meeting was rounded off with excellent fish and chips as we came in.  Thanks to Irene, Fiona, Sylvia Jo, Joanne and Rachel who teed off at 4.45pm+ and all played well to boot.  We’re all genuinely looking forward to both teams coming to us next year; we’re now overdue a win!

Ladies Handicap League v Market Harborough (away) Thursday 14 June 2018
Our second match of the season took place against Market Harborough, the forecast was good but we hadn't predicted the strong winds that the teams had to battle against.  Unfortunately, Market Harborough were missing one member of their team, but they still gave us a close game with two against one.  We won 5 and 4 in one game, 4 and 2 in another and the third game was halved with the final putt.

A superb tea of salad, sandwiches and cream scones finished off the day which had been much enjoyed by all and we look forward to hosting Market Harborough next year.

Ladies v Seniors Monday 21 may 2018
The annual match between Longcliffe Ladies and the Seniors took place in the usual hard fought competitive spirit and as was thoroughly enjoyed by all, particularly the Ladies, who emerged victorious in a tight match, 4.5 to 3.5.  A great day was had by all!!

Ladies v Kirby Muxloe (away) Thursday 10 May 2018
Lovely weather, gorgeous course and friendly company made the day, however the result was a loss, 3 1/2 to 1/2. 

Ladies Handicap League v  Rothley (Away)  Wednesday 9 May 2018
A tough first of four matches in our league battle.  Though the weather was fine we were faced with heavy rough, slick greens and impressive opposition on the day.  As a result we succumbed to a discouraging 3-0 defeat. Onwards ladies.....3 more matches to make up the difference!

Ladies v Lingdale (away) Thursday 3 May 2018
The ladies enjoyed a very close game at Lingdale which resulted in a 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 win to the home team.

Ladies v Rushcliffe (away) Thursday 26 April 2018
On a dry fresh afternoon at Rushcliffe the views over the course and the adjoining countryside were exquisite.  The Longcliffe team of six came away with a 2-1 win. 

Ladies v The Leicestershire (away)  Thursday 15 March 2018
Our first game at The Leicestershire fell right in the middle of the rainy weather.  As a result, the Leicestershire Captain thought it would be expedient to play an AmAm format over 9 holes.  We did and miraculously missed the downpour that appeared as we enjoyed our lunch in the Club House!

Ladies' Annual Away Day

The venue for the ladies' annual Away Day this year was Scraptoft Golf Club and 37 ladies had a great day.  The tropical conditions of the summer persisted but despite this the course was in good condition, better than that of some of the participants when they finished!

The prize for nearest the pin went to Christine Watson; Hazel Elias-Jones had the longest drive and Margaret Norris won the Glen Ollerhead Trophy for the best individual score with 40 points. The Travelling Trophy for the best Am-Am score was won by Margaret Norris, Pat Mountford, Bev Kaye and Joy Robinson with a magnificent 95 points, with Gilly Higgins, Julie Bowler, Christine Watson and Carol Lane in 2nd place with 86 points.

All in all - a grand day out!

Ladies Club Championship

Both rounds of the Ladies Club Championship took place in exceptionally high temperatures and challenging course conditions.  Two medal round scores on Tuesday 10 July and Sunday 15 July were combined to test the players. On Tuesday five competitors played below their handicap and on Sunday two did, an excellent effort in the conditions.

The Ladies Club Champion and winner of the Deacon Salver is Suzanne Pretty, the runner up is Tina Rumming and the best net in the division is Beth Johnson.  The Fleet Vase winner is Anna Brocklehurst, runner up is Jackie Haines (by one point on the back nine on Sunday from Gilly Higgins)  and the best net prize goes to Sylvia Armson.

Hayley Smith wins the Brunton Cup, Sue Overton is runner up and the best net prize goes to Madeline Ellis.

Congratulations to all and thanks to supporters and caddies, the catering staff for a delicious tea of sandwiches and strawberry cream scones and Rob Pretty as official photographer.  It all made a special day for the ladies.

Chapman Cup Final

This year's final was between Sue Overton and Anne Kilby. On the day, conditions were fine with a light breeze.  Both Sue and Ann played well, making it a very close match throughout, however Anne won the 15th, 16th and 17th to win 3 and 2. 

Very well done to both ladies for reaching the final; many congratulations to Anne. Finally, huge thanks to Morag Harding for agreeing to referee and for providing all the match information.

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