Seniors County Team
The County Seniors Section is open to all NGU affiliated members over the age of 55 although County matches are in the main for players with a single figure handicap.
The aim of the section is to enjoy good social combined with a competitive edge. Matches are played throughout the Midland and Anglia Regions alternating home and away each year. We currently play a mixture of Fourball/Foursomes and Singles formats.
Other Counties involved are Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk. Suffolk, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Leicestershire, Shropshire & Hereford, Staffordshire and Lincolnshire. Most of these Counties come together to compete in the annual Midland County Team Championship with the winners progressing to the National Final played against 2 other regional finalists over 3 days at a top venue. Northamptonshire were fortunate to be finalists in 2006 & 2010. We also compete in the Anglian Seniors League, winning the inaugural 2012 tournament and then again in 2014 , 2015 and 2016. 2013 saw the introduction of a new Midland Seniors League and we fortunate in sharing the East Regional title with Nottinghamshire. We finished runners-up to the same county in 2015.
Other fixtures include a warm up match against the County 1st Team in late March and the Seniors County Championships which is open to all members of NGU affiliated clubs aged 55 or over on competition day. Trophies are presented for best scratch and best nett and other team and age related prizes, all are welcome. In the Autumn we also hold a Fourball Better Ball Open for Seniors within and outside the county.
There is also an annual Open Fourball Competition played late in the season. This is for all senior men, not just elite players and also open to players from outside the county.
A fixture list is sent to all eligible players early each year seeking their availability. This means we can plan well ahead and give all a chance to represent their County.
The enthusiasm of the players makes my job as non-playing organiser an absolute pleasure. The County subsidise us by providing a ball for each round and enabling us to pay mileage for away matches to those wishing to claim, as well as modest hotel accommodation where appropriate. Players purchase match clothing at cost.
We are happy to receive contact details from any member with a handicap of 8 or below. If you are interested please use the contact form (click on the link at the top of the page) provided under "Contact Us".
Another very successful season for the seniors in 2016.
The County’s most consistent and successful team.
The season started early on the 16th March with the first of four Winter coaching sessions attended by the majority of the senior’s squad of players.
2016 proved to be another very successful season for the league squad, winning the Anglian league for a third successive year with another 100% record.
However, the friendly fixtures proved a lot more difficult with only one match being won against Bedfordshire, of the seven matches played.
With our selection policy of everyone being selected for a least two matches, the friendlies will continue to be a problem. The other Counties have a much stronger depth to their squads. The overall feeling is that everyone enjoys the matches and gives of their best.
The six man team was staged at Shirley GC,Solihull. A windy day with difficult quick greens greeted the players. The team came third, only six points behind the winners Worcestershire. I would like to mention Richard Cole of Peterborough Milton who recorded the best 36 hole gross score of all of the players, on the day.
Several new players joined in the fun this year, notably Alan Freeman from Overstone Park and Alistair Heslop from Whittlebury GC, both of whom were strong additions to the league squad.
A big thank you to John Harris for his communication skills, always making sure that the players selected by the Captain were there on the day.
2017 will be an even bigger challenge in the Anglian league, with the other Counties becoming stronger each year. We have set a target of retaining the Anglian league and qualifying from the six man team event.
MikeAbbottsCountyseniors Captain 2016.
Pictured from left to right Malcolm Evans (NGU), Rodney Haig, Doug Hill, Graham Jones, Phil Longworth, Ted Dunn, David Dare, Mike Abbotts (Captain), Paul Swain, John Harris (Match Secretary), Peter Collins, Martin Harris, Tim Johnson, and Gary Hardy