Seniors Claret Jug and AGM
The Seniors season, and my term as Seniors Captain, were brought to end with the Annual Claret Jug competition followed by the AGM.The Claret Jug was won by Peter Brooks with a score of 39 pts.
I have had a great season, for which I thank all the seniors for supporting the matches and my away day (although it was rather wet). We did struggle on a few occasions to get a complete team at the last minute, hopefully next year with the adjustments we have made the situation will improve. We have adjusted the qualifying age for Seniors at Longcliffe to 55, which brings us in line with most other clubs. The annual subscription of just £10 is good value for money as this includes an end of season meal and Seniors get to visit some very attractive courses with no green fee.
Roy Longthorn was confirmed as Seniors Captain and John Strodachs as his Vice Captain for 2018. Secretary George Hay and Treasurer Frank Fay will continue for next year. I wish them all well.
Overall Results for the Season were: Played 21 Won 8 Lost 11 Halved 2 Cancelled (due to bad weather) 1
My thanks go to all Seniors and the Ladies section for supporting the Seniors Open and supporting the two competitions we play with the Ladies.
Seniors Match Update 2017
Seniors v Ruddington Thursday 5 October 2017
It started off pretty windy, however the final match of the season was eventually played in calm conditions with plenty of sun. We had to make some late replacements but managed to field a full team. The Ruddington team enjoyed the course, with many playing it for the first time. It was a close result with Longcliffe winning 4.5 to 3.5. A good result for the last match of the season!! As always the meal was much appreciated. Many thanks go to Paul and his staff for the excellent food and service throughout the season.
Seasons Results: Played 21 Won 8 Lost 11 Drew 2. It ends a reasonable season with just one home match lost and one away win at Erewash.
Seniors v Stoke Rochford (away) Monday 18 September 2017
Stoke Rochford was very picturesque, with great views of the hall, lake and river, and greens which were very tricky to read. This clearly distracted the Longcliffe team who lost the match by 5 matches to 3 .
Seniors V Burton on Trent (away) Monday 11 September 2017
Not the best of conditions for golf, which showed as the Longcliffe team went down at Burton by 6.5 matches to 1.5.
Seniors v Church Brampton (away) Monday 4 September 2017
The match started in very low cloud and light rainy conditions, but it quickly improved and the game finished in bright sunshine. The course was in immaculate condition (next year they are hosting one of the qualifying rounds for the Open ). The hospitality was good and the meal excellent as usual. The match was very close, going down to the last game, and resulted in a 4.5 to 3.5 win to Northamptonshire County.
Seniors v Luffenham Heath Thursday 31 August 2017
The match was completed before the rain showers started and the Luffenham Team thought that the course was excellent. The halfway house service provided by David Gray and his wife was much appreciated by all. As always the food was excellent, so thanks go again to Paul and his staff. Nearest to the pin competition on the 15th was won by our own Ian McAra, and the Longcliffe team won the match 5 matches to 3 giving us "revenge " from our defeat at Luffenham. Hoping for a strong finish to the season!!
Seniors v Beeston Fields Thursday 17 August 2017
In a very tight game Longcliffe Seniors emerged winners by 4.5 to 3.5.
Seniors v Luffenham Heath (away) Monday 7 August 2017
It is always a delight to go to Luffenham and our Seniors are keen to travel there to enjoy the course. The match was played in good conditions - no rain for a change. The course was in excellent condition, with greens and fairways showing that the course is not used much....it was millionaires golf!
The Luffenham team looked after us very well with an excellent meal to finish the day. The match was very close, with several matches going to last hole, however Longcliffe lost 5 matches to 3. We look forward to a better result at Longcliffe at the end of August!
Seniors v Rushcliffe Monday 31 July 2017
A convincing win 5-2.
Seniors v Wollaton Park (away) Monday 24 July 2107
The match started in very cloudy and windy conditions, however the course had been prepared for a PGA event and was in excellent condition. It is an enjoyable venue to play with the deer roaming the course adding pleasant dimension to the round. The weather improved, the conditions were fine for golf and as usual our hosts made us most welcome with an enjoyable meal at the end. Unfortunately Longcliffe lost 2.5 to 3.5, which ends our mini run of victories!!
Seniors v Hinckley Monday 17 July 2017
The weather was extremely hot, the course was in excellent condition and the ball running well, providing it was on the fairway.....! Holes 2 and 4 were used as extra starting points, which allowed matches to finish around the same time and therefore the after match meal was enjoyed earlier. The game was close with Longcliffe winning 3 1/2 to 2 1/2. Hopefully we can look forward to strong finish to the season!!
Seniors v Erewash (away) Thursday 13 July 2017
The Seniors got back into winning ways with a comprehensive 4-1/2 to 1-1/2 win away at Erewash. A special mention goes to Neil Harris who 'played exceptionally well' according to the Erewash team captain.....!
Seniors v Northants County Monday 19 June 2017
The match was played in extremely hot weather conditions, with some players having to come off the course due to the heat. The course was in good condition, with the ball running well in the dry weather. Our visitors really appreciated the course and the meal afterwards, but we all appreciated getting back in the club house for a much needed cool drink. The match score was an honourable half, 4 matches each!!
Seniors v The Leicestershire (away) Thursday 8 June 2017
The weather was rather cold, overcast and windy, however the course was excellent condition. The greens were fast and Longcliffe found it difficult to challenge the pins and the team lost 5 matches to 1. As usual the hospitality was very friendly and the meal was enjoyed by all.
Seniors v Kibworth Thursday 1 June 2017
The match was played in excellent conditions and the Kibworth team were full of praise for the course. Andy Wallace enjoyed his first outing for the Seniors and we look forward to him playing many more seniors' matches. The teams were evenly paired with most results being very close and the match result was a draw 4 matches each. Many thanks to Alan Webster he filled a slot at short notice. The visiting team praised our catering staff and the quality of the meal. Well done Paul.
Seniors v Burton Thursday 25 May 2017
The Seniors inconsistent start to the season continued with a 5 - 2 defeat at home to Burton. The match was played in the usual good spirits which continued in the clubhouse. Thanks to Paul and his team for the excellent after match meal!
Seniors v Lingdale (away) Thursday 18 May 2017
It was sunny and the course had dried out pretty well following the heavy rain on Wednesday. Lingdale took advantage and managed to win 5 1/2 - 2 1/2, although all the matches were close. Many thanks to Roy Longthorn and Trevor Todd who filled in for the Longcliffe team at the last minute.
Seniors v Kedleston (away) Friday 12 May 2017
Roy Longthorne and Dave Beswick were the only winners as the Seniors unfortunately went down 5 - 1 to better opponents at Kedleston.
Seniors v Charnwood (away) Friday 28 April 2017
The Seniors first away match at Charnwood resulted in a 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 defeat. Norman Ellis and Arthur Plater were our only winners. This was Roy Longthorne's first match as Vice Captain so he will try to do better next time!!
Seniors v Erewash Thursday 6 April 2017
Today we had our first match against Erewash at home. The weather was excellent. We nearly had to get the suntan cream out!! There were seven matches and Longcliffe won 5 1/2 to 1 1/2, so it turned out to be a good to start the season - long may it continue!
The course was in excellent condition and our visitors were impressed that the course was in such good order so early in the season. There was a slight delay at the start as one of the visitors had forgotten to put his clubs in the car and had to back for them..... another senior moment!!
As usual the food was excellent and our guests were very complementary about the catering presentation. Many thanks to Paul and his staff.