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A message from Vanessa Bell, Suffolk County Captain...


As you are (hopefully) aware, 2017 was a hugely successful year for the Suffolk Ladies First Team.  We won the East Region Match Week at Hunstantion in June which qualified us to play in the England County Finals at Felixstowe where we came 3rd - that's 3rd nationally!

We are hoping to build on our success, strengthen and broaden our squad and we need your help. We would love to hear from any lady golfers with a handicap of 5 or under who would be interested in joining the Suffolk Ladies Squad.

Our County Coach Kevin Lovelock and I are holding a 'First Team Open Day' where we hope to meet and talk with all ladies interested in becoming part of the 2018 squad.  There will be allotted time slots which will enable us to have a conversation about golf, aspirations and ambitions and to explain about the structure and commitment involved from our side - sounds heavy but it really serves as an opportunity to meet each other, have a chat and explore possibilites.

If any ladies are interested please contact me via my email address


Rebecca Evans and Juliette Coffey win the Lady/Junior Foursomes…


Five pairs took part in the Lady/Junior Foursomes 2017 played over 18 holes at Hintlesham Golf Club (22nd October). The field was small but nevertheless the golf was exciting as Storm Brian made the playing conditions extremely difficult. The players battled against strong winds and the cold but everybody contributed some wonderful golf shots along the way and close scores were posted.

Rebecca Evans and Juliette Coffey won the trophies which were presented by Kay Anderson, President of the Suffolk Veteran Ladies Golf Association.   She kindly donated the trophies to the Suffolk Juniors in 2006. Rebecca Evans thanked her for coming and also thanked the Suffolk Lady Vets for their support of junior girls golf in Suffolk. May Bird and Cleo Parfett, last year’s winners, took part again this year which was great.

Hintlesham Hall were thanked for their hospitality and for their generosity in allowing the event to be held on their course. 

31pts Rebecca Evans & Juliette Coffey;
27pts Vanessa Bell & Layla Farthing;
26pts Vanessa Bell & Ella Bell; Wendy Wootton & Charlotte Smith.
25pts May Bird & Cleo Parfett.

Vanessa Bell


County Seniors lose to their neighbours from Norfolk…

Closely fought and exciting, the match went Norfolk’s way by close margins on an unseasonably warm day with a strong, blustery wind blowing across Halesworth’s open fairways. The Halesworth Golf Course was in excellent condition as the three four-balls wound their way round. The course was busy so, just for this year, the format was changed from the usual 6 singles matches to four-ball-better-ball to accommodate a large group playing up ahead.

In the first match the Suffolk pairing of Venetia Lebus  and Vicki Hunt fought back from dormie two down with some inspired chipping and putting to halve their match against Norfolk's talented Jo Ashmore and Janet Lavin. In the second match there was plenty of chat particularly from our Sandra Ball and Norfolk’s Sharon Black. Long hitting was outstanding from the two of them and their respective playing partners, Deb Pottinger and Norfolk Captain Nicky Wylie could hardly get a word in edgewise.

There was also some great golf played in the third match particularly by Suffolk’s Helen Bray in a closely contested battle against the consistent Norfolk pairing of Nickie Clarke and Ann Fletcher. Helen made birdie from just off the green on fourteen and a golden ferret (chip in birdie from a bunker) on seventeen to take the match down eighteen. Unfortunately for Suffolk there was a missed birdie putt which made Ann Fletcher’s par good enough to halve the hole for Norfolk and win the match by just the one hole.

It was great to see senior golfers swinging and hitting so fluently. Most of them have played for their first County teams over the years and they haven’t lost their love of competition. Give them a few balls, a bag of clubs and good company and they are off and running!

The meal of roast loin of cod and chocolate tart provided by Halesworth’s Chef was delicious and appreciated by all in cheerful good humour!

Results (Suffolk names first):
Venetia Lebus & Vicki Hunt halved with Jo Ashmore & Janet Lavin;
Deb Pottinger & Sandra Ball lost to Sharon Black & Nicky Wylie 2/1;
Tessa Summers & Helen Bray lost to Nickie Clarke & Ann Fletcher 1 down;

Final Result: Suffolk 0.5, Norfolk 2.5


A close result for Suffolk Seniors and Suffolk Vets in their annual match at Aldeburgh...




Apres-Golf with tea and cakes for the 'old friends' of Suffolk Seniors and Suffolk Vets.  Not so much of the old maybe... 


There was a sea of Suffolk County blue jumpers against a blue, blue sky at Aldeburgh Golf Club for the Seniors versus Vets annual foursomes match off handicap. The wind was blustery but the atmosphere was friendly as many of the Vets team had played for the Seniors throughout the season.  So, unsurprisingly, there were some close matches and much fun.  Ironically, the Seniors team, officially ‘away’, was dominated by Aldeburgh members playing on their home course.  

The first match was level on handicap with never more than one hole in it and it ended all square, though the Vets did have to make birdie on eighteen to secure the half.   The Seniors’ second pairing of Lotti Edmunds and Jayne Hale, both of Aldeburgh, gave four shots but benefited by their opponents spending much time playing from the sand in many of Aldeburgh’s 100-plus bunkers.   The Seniors also won the third match, aided by an amazing 7-iron from Jo Moore. The ball flew from rough 176 yards from the green, avoided bunkers and finally ran through white hoops protecting newly seeded greenside grass to finish 10 feet from the flag! (Tessa Summers was quite helpful with the putter as it happened!)   The final match was very close but eventually Vivien Kemp and Ann Graves reached the eighteenth green and put a point on the match sheet for the Vets.  

Results (Seniors names first):  Marietta Robbertse & Susie Manson-Bahr halved with Vicki Hunt & Sheila Jarvis;  Lotti Edmunds & Jayne Hale bt Irma Suttle & Liz Jeary 2/1;  Tessa Summers & Jo Moore bt Carolyn Heywood & Joan Garrett 4/3;  Sandra Ball & Clare Charlwood lost to Vivien Kemp & Ann Graves 1dn.  

Final result:  Seniors 2.5, Vets 1.5. 

Thanks to Tessa Summers


Woodward and Norman win the Haskell for Felixstowe Ferry...




Amanda Norman (left) and her sister, Jo Woodward, flank Allison Kemp, the Felixstowe Ferry Captain, who holds the Haskell Trophy which they won by 6/5 against Abbie Symonds and Helen Bray from Ipswich.  The weather was kind at Haverhill and the welcome warm for Suffolk's last Inter-club Finals of the 2017 season. 

The first eighteen holes of the 36-hole match was a close affair and the teams were all square at lunch. Jo and Amanda were frustrated by their putting at this point but they went up a gear after lunch. The putts dropped and Abbie and Helen found them altogether too hot to handle. The match finished on the thirteenth (31st) hole for a 6/5 result as the Felixstowe Ferry partnership captured the trophy for the second time in three years.

Result: Jo Woodward & Amanda Norman (Felixstowe) bt Abbie Symonds & Helen Bray (Ipswich) 6/5.