The County Seniors play ten County matches supported by the L&RGU plus matches against the County of Yorkshire, The Worcestershire Society, the Lady Vets and the County Ladies.
We have an early season competition (the Trial), this enables the squad to get together, it’s an opportunity for new and prospective members to meet the players and for the Captain to get an idea of early season form. This year it is being played at The Leicestershire on 5th April. You are welcome to take part in this event, even if you are not as yet a member of the County Seniors, however in that case you are not eligible to win the Trophy. If you would like to take part in this, please contact the Seniors Organiser.
The matches with the exception of those with the Lady Vets and The Worcester Society are played off scratch. Generally we meet at 9am at the host club for a bacon sandwich and coffee. The morning session is over nine holes; Foursomes for the League matches and Greensomes for the ‘friendlies’ then a light lunch. This is followed in the afternoon by better ball match play over eighteen holes. The day is completed with a jacket and tie dinner.
The Midland Golf Union Eastern League, of which the L&RGU are part, consists of five counties from the East Midlands. Counties from the West Midlands form another league. There is a playoff final for the winners of each league, for the title of MGU Seniors League Champions. The other matches continue to be played as friendlies, but let me assure you, they are always just as keenly contested, the bragging rights for the victorious mean just as much! The Worcester Society and matches versus the Ladies are played in slightly different formats.
The MGU also organise three individual tournaments, as well as a better ball pairs tournament and a Midland group qualifier for the England Golf County Championship, which is the most prestigious competition. As part of the MGU, we have a team in this qualifier, which this year is being hosted by Kedleston Park Golf Club. This team comprises six of our top players, team selection is the responsibility of the Seniors Captain, Alan Turton. All county seniors are encouraged to enter as many of the events organised by the MGU and L&RGU as they possibly can, entry forms for these are to be found on the relevant websites.
The teams for all County matches and subsequent pairings, are selected by the Seniors Captain, from an availability list prepared by the Seniors Organiser. This list is compiled from information supplied by the interested players, which could of course include you.
There is an L&RGU County Seniors Order of Merit, points for which are awarded for success in county matches and seniors’ competitions run by the L&RGU and MGU. The Order of Merit trophy is presented at our end of season dinner, usually held in October/November. We also have a Scratch Knockout Cup, entry forms for which can be found on the website. It is not a requirement that you play for the County seniors to enter this or any of the competitions previously mentioned.
If you are a member of a club in Leicestershire or Rutland, aged 55 or over, possess a handicap of seven or less and would like to get involved in these matches, or if you would like further information. Please contact the Seniors Organiser via this link, Keith Elliott who will then take you through the registration process.
MGU Spring Tournament
MGU Senior pairs
EG Sen Open Am Champ
S & Hereford
L&RGU Sen H’cap Champ’
Litchfield Golf and Country Club
L&RGU Sen Championship
18th – 19th July
MGU Sen Am Champ’shp
Henlle Park 36 Holes over 2 days
8th- 9th August
Englnd Golf County Champ Qualifier (Team of Six)
John Cheatle 4 sms
15th- 16th Sept
Eng Sen Champ of Champs
MGU Autumn Tournament
The Chase, Staffordshire
Scratch Knockout Final
Eng Golf Sen County Chmp
Stanton On The Wolds
Combined County 1st 2nd teams u18 juniors& Seniors
Glen Gorse, AmAm,10 teams of 3 one player from each category