LANCASHIRE COUNTY SENIORS SEASON REPORT FOR 2013
Anticipation was high for the season following our run of success in the previous two years. The month of May did nothing to cast any doubts on this. At Ilkley our 6 man team totally dominated the Northern Counties Qualifier to win by a staggering 23 shots to book our place in the National Finals in October for the third year running, surely this was to be our year. However we then embarked on the worst set of results in a season that Lancashire Seniors has ever had. At all three ‘levels’, League, County and Friendly we failed to achieve the bench mark level that we had set in the previous seasons. Matters must change in 2014, stronger teams will have to be selected and the consequences understood if we are to regain some lost pride.
ENGLAND GOLF NORTHERN COUNTIES SENIORS LEAGUE
Northumberland Southport and Ainsdale GC Won 15 – 3
A brilliant result that was lost in the mediocrity of the rest of the season. It would be unfair to name the losers! Everything was looking rosy, how wrong can one be.
Cheshire Manchester GC Lost 4 – 14
We fielded a near full strength team but were totally outplayed by a Cheshire team really up for the challenge. Thanks to Alan Gillespie & Jez Morgan who won both a.m. & p.m. It would have been an embarrassment without them. It was our first league loss since July 2010.
Yorkshire Huddersfield GC Lost 8 ½ - 9 ½
A very tight match that went down to the wire. Five matches were halved and it is these games that we need to turn into wins. Back to back losses, surely things had to get better.
Cumbria Brampton GC Lost 7 – 11
Things just go from bad to worse, like the very damp weather and the hilly course. Our first defeat by Cumbria in 8 years. 10 of the matches went to the last hole but as with the Yorkshire match five of these were halved. Our inability to close out games is proving costly. A hard day all round.
Durham The Wynyard GC Lost 6 – 12
For the first time ever we were struggling to field a full team for a league match and travelled with a much weakened side. It was close at lunch time but a very indifferent set of four ball results gave Durham a resounding victory.
It is difficult to believe that we have gone from double champions to bottom of the league. The other counties are definitely getting stronger but we can hardly say we are getting weaker. Next year will see a couple of scratch players joining our ranks, hopefully this will prove to be the necessary stimulus to put us back at the top. But to do this we must all raise our games.
INTER COUNTY FRIENDLIES
Shropshire and Herefordshire Hill Valley GC Lost 4 ½ - 13 ½
Closer than the score line suggests! On a course that required a lot of local knowledge. Well done to John Roberts & Henry Green for a.m. & p.m. wins
Staffordshire Newcastle under Lyne GC Won 10 – 8
Perhaps the best result of the season against a very strong Staffordshire team. Well done to the two Mikes, Turner and Tonge for a.m. and p.m. wins.
Lincolnshire Gainsborough GC Lost 6 ½ - 11 ½
A poor morning foursomes showing was briefly overturned in the early four ball matches but our tail enders were just not able to keep up the momentum.
Warwickshire Leyland GC Won 9 ½ - 8 ½
A very close match that we just edged. There were a.m./p.m. wins for Robert Fox/ Chris Rogers and Bob Davies/ Martyn Senior. Special thanks go to Rory Callan & Paul Thomas who played for Warwickshire as they had another county commitment. They also won both their matches!
INTER CLUB FRIENDLIES
SDGA Seniors Clitheroe Won 8 – 4
A very good result against a strong team, that only epitomised our early season form.
Davyhulme Park Seniors Lost 5 – 7
A close match that could have easily gone our way
Lancaster Seniors Lost 0 -12
What else can one say? Even Alistair Campbell would struggle to put a positive spin on this result
Bentham Seniors Lost 2 – 10
Yet another sound hiding.
Denton Seniors Lost 3 – 9
As per usual we were no match for our Denton hosts.
The season closed with our appearance in the County Finals at The RAC Club in Epsom. The team was rocked by the late withdrawal of Alan Squires through illness. We all wish him the very best of luck for his forthcoming operation. The team managed to pluck defeat from the jaws of victory in our opener against Kent but followed this with resounding victories over Devon and Lincolnshire to finish runners up yet again. It is only a little consolation that we amassed more match points than any other finalist had achieved and yet we couldn’t achieve our ultimate goal. We will do our best to have another go next year.
Individually Alan Squires was runner up and Stewart King third in The English Seniors Championship. Glyn Rees, Terry Brown & Ian Crowther filled the podium in The French Seniors Championship.
As I stated at the beginning, 2013 has to be forgotten and 2014 must be year to remember.
Mike Gray Secretary