It has not been a great season for Longcliffe Seniors. The final two matches away, at Rothley - lost 5 - 3 and at Ruddington Grange - lost 7.5 - 0.5.
The seasons' full results were: 2 cancelled matches, 12 lost, 7 won. Better luck next year!!
Seniors v Stoke Rochford Monday 17 September 2018
The weather didn’t look too inviting with drizzle as we started the match then it all changed - three seasons in a day! We had to play our best, with many matches going to the wire. Two matches were halved and two went down the 18th dormie. The final score was 5/3 to Longcliffe, with Roy Marriott winning nearest the pin on the 15th for Longcliffe. Many visitors said it was one of the best courses they’ve played with the seniors, possible the best in the county? Many thanks to Michael and his green staff for continuing to keep the course in tip top condition.
The post match meal was superb, with compliments all round. Thanks go to Paul and his staff for keeping up our very high catering standards and for supplying the wine for nearest the pin. Great match, great company and truly looking forwards to the return match next September.
Seniors v Burton (away) Monday 10 September 2018
Another close match, but after 8 years of trying we lost 4 and 3. Better luck next time.....
Seniors v Northampton County (away) Monday 3 September 2018
This eagerly awaited match did not disappoint, but this time it was on Northampton's terms. The weather was perfect, warm and a little humid, but no rain as was forecast. Each team came in with stories of close and enjoyable matches, but the hosts took Longcliffe to town with a 5.5 to 1.5 win; a reverse of the 5 and 1 win we had when they came to Longcliffe. The post match meal was an excellent steak and kidney pie with a strawberry cheesecake and wild berries to follow.
The match was summed up most elegantly by the Northampton captain when he said it was a fellowship of players. We made real friends again and seriously look forward to our reunion next year.
Seniors v Beeston Fields Away Thursday 16 July 2018
What a difference a few days of rain can make. No longer could we rely on hard dry fairways and our approach shots were stopping dead. Beeston had six single handicappers and matters were made more challenging when we were asked to play off their white tees! We should have been aware of our competition having hosted Beeston at Longcliffe earlier in the year, that they have some excellent players and so it panned out. To be fair many of the matches ran to the last few holes with an ebb and flow, but the final tally was 6 to Beeston and 2 to Longcliffe.
Just to rub it in Beeston also won the nearest the pin in two, on the 18th hole. Next time guys?
Seniors Match update.
The Seniors have had a very busy time recently, however results have not gone their way and they are looking for improvement towards the end of the season. Unfortunately they registered a 4.5 - 1.5 loss to Wollaton at home, a 4 and 3 defeat at Rushcliffe, a 3 - 3 half with The Leicestershire at home and suffered a 5 - 3 defeat at Luffenham Heath.
Seniors v Hinckley (away) Monday 16 July 2018
The heat continues to bear down and our lawns are turning to straw, but not at Hinckley golf course. Somehow it manages to retain some green on the fairways. Each hole provides a different challenge and you definitely need to plan your way around and course management is essential.
Longcliffe sent six pairs, but could have sent more looking at the reserve list. Each match was played in a competitive spirit, with at least two going down the long 18th par three, evenly balanced. So the final result was a fair reflection of our day, which went 3 to the hosts and 3 to Longcliffe.
Seniors v Erewash (Away) Thursday 12th July 2018
Erewash is a stern test of golf; fair but challenging. The fairways were brown with the ball running much further than expected. What a fabulous golf course and a joy to play. The usual comments about being bandits and wearing sombreros came out, but in a light hearted fashion. Each match was played competitively, with many running to the last few holes before the final result which was a win for Longcliffe 4.5 to 2.5.
One of the best features about playing in the Seniors is the new friends you make. Erewash is no exception as they went overboard to make us feel welcome. We look forwards to hosting them next year at Longcliffe
Seniors v Glen Gorse (away) Wednesday 20 June 2018
A strong westerly wind greeted us at this away venue, with the first five holes directly into the wind. The course runs roughly east to west and is believed to have the hardest finishing holes in the county. Local knowledge is a big advantage here. Each hole was played at the highest level with net birdies or pars required to win or scrape a half. Suffice to say our best efforts could only bring in 1.5 to 4.5 overall loss. Each game was played in a competitive spirit, with Phil Appleby winning the nearest the pin prize.
We eagerly await the return match next year at Longcliffe, when Glen will have to cope with our sloping fairways and difficult greens. Let's see if we can reverse the result!
Seniors v Kirby Muxloe Monday 18 June 2018
This was a re-arranged match due to inclement weather, and apart from the strong winds at the start the weather was just perfect. Our visitors commented on how well the course was set up, but many struggled with the contours of our greens. Each match was played in good spirits with the usual banter and ribbing, but this did not help our visitors who went down 7.5 to 0.5. Not quite a whitewash, but close!
Many thanks to the greens staff for continuing to make Longcliffe an enjoyable but challenging golf course, which everyone loves to play and the post match meal received excellent compliments yet again.
Seniors v Kibworth (away) Friday 16 June 2018
Longcliffe Seniors travelled to Kibworth for their annual match and although the sun shone, Longcliffe suffered a heavy defeat of 6 to 1.
Seniors v Beeston Fields Monday 11 June 2018
Another fabulous day of golf! Longcliffe is an away venue that is eagerly awaited by the seniors team from Beeston Fields, which included four single handicappers. Our visitors laid down the gauntlet in the early stages in a tight match enjoyed by both teams in a competitive spirit, with a final score of 4 and 4.
The course was in excellent condition ...... congratulations to Michael and his team...... and thanks to Paul, who as usual, supplied an excellent post match meal and the wine for nearest the pin on the 15th, which went to Beeston Fields.
We’re looking forwards to renewing friendships in August, for the return match at Beeston Fields.
Seniors v Northampton County Thursday 7 June 2018
Following a mix up with proposed dates, a depleted team was assembled to face our visitors from Northampton. The weather was perfect, the course in stunning condition which resulted in a most enjoyable and competitive match. With the course drying out care had to be taken on the approaches not to overrun the greens, but this did not detract from the challenge.
The meal was again to Pauls' very high standards and perfect for the occasion. The brandy soaked cherries in ice-cream were a winner!
With a number of teams winning on the last hole the overall score did not do justice to our competitors, with Longcliffe coming out victors 5 to 1. We’re all looking forwards to renewing friendships at Northampton County in September.
Seniors v Burton Thursday 24 May 2018
After a good start to the season with two wins, this was followed by two matches cancelled. Burton was next on the list but we suffered a loss by 4 and 3.
Over the years I have been at Longcliffe we have never beaten Burton both home or away. We have a away match with them in September to try to brake our duck.
Seniors v Longcliffe Ladies 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!!
Seniors v Erewash Thursday 5 April 2018
This was the second outing of the Seniors, with many new faces both in ours and the Erewash team. We caught a window of sunshine and very welcome it was too. Whilst the course was still damp in many places the ground staff should be praised on how well they have prepared it, under very difficult circumstances. The Erewash players also commented on how well the course was playing.
As the Erewash course has been closed for many weeks this may have reflected in the overall score which went 5.5 to 1.5 in Longcliffe's favour. Congratulations to all who played in a very congenial atmosphere. New friends were made all round.
Again, Paul and his staff did us proud with an excellent post match meal and for providing the nearest the pin prize, which went to Erewash.
Seniors v Lingdale Thursday 22 March 2018
Despite the snow still lying on parts of the course the course stood up well for our first match of the season against our local club. In a close match Longcliffe emerged the victors with a hard fought 4.5 to 3.5 win. Old friends met up and enjoyed catching up with old times over an excellent meal supplied by Paul and his team.