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Here we go with the County Championships 2015, Felixstowe 8/9/10 May.


County Captain Sarah Saggers will need a few new caps for her County team this year if the small entry for the Championship is any indication.   Just nineteen players will line up at Felixstowe on Friday (8th May) and some sparkling performances from the ‘probables’ and some encouraging results from the others would make for a cheerful outlook.

Last year’s Strokeplay Champion, Sharon Luckman, playing on the course she knows so well, is probably the one to watch.   She tees off with Sarah Howe.  Amanda Norman is also in the field and she, too, may be able to play the course with her eyes shut.  The younger players will be hoping to make a good impression.   Lottie Whyman, currently enjoying a spell of freedom that allows her to play plenty of golf, Alice Barlow, Eloise Aldous and Abbie Symonds are all in the field and will be hoping to do well.  It will be nice to see Sarah Jane Barker in action, too.

Tanya McGregor (Bungay), who is reeling off some good scores and Emily Penfold (Newton Green) who has been playing with the first team this winter will both be in the spotlight and then, of course, there are the ‘known’ candidates for first team status:  Vicki Inglis, Lils James, Sarah Howe, Captain Sarah Saggers, and last year’s Match play Champion and County vice-captain, Vanessa Bell, who can be relied on to put in a good performance.  All of them will have an eye on the presentation to be held on Sunday when the Captain will announce her team to play in the inter-county matches to be held at Chigwell GC in June.  

Friday lunchtime's scores will be particularly interesting and will either add pressure or bring smiles of pleasure according to the morning’s success or lack of it.  The afternoon performance can be crucial.  Of course it depends upon the individual’s perspective.   The Strokeplay section of the Championship used to be a simple matter of playing well enough to qualify in the first sixteen to take part in the Matchplay Championship, with one’s place in the county team depending on that outcome.   However, as Suffolk’s golfing standard has improved, the players have become more competitive and keen to combine with qualification a winning score which brings with it the title of County Strokeplay Champion.   ‘Just qualifying’ is no longer good enough.

See below for the full line-up.

An even smaller field will contest the Seniors Championship.   The holder, Helen Bray (Ipswich) will play with Sarah Jane Barker at 9.27am.  At 09.41: County President Ann Graves (Woodbridge)goes out with Pippa Beak (Flempton), Rachel Trotman (Aldeburgh) with Ann Maskell (Felixstowe) (09.48), Teresa Wardlaw (Stowmarket) with last year’s runner-up, Lotti Edmunds (Aldeburgh)(09.55) and Jo Moore (Bungay) with Ann Gallagher (Ipswich) at 10.02.

Good luck, everybody, and we’ll hope for a beautiful day at the seaside.  A gallery would be good!

Julie Latimer-Jones

Start Sheet:

08.24 & 12.54    Vicki Inglis (Ipswich) & Amanda Norman (Felixstowe)

08.31 & 15.01    Vanessa Bell (Ipswich) & Emily Penfold (Newton Green)

08.38 & 13.08    Abbie Symonds (Ipswich) & Sarah Saggers (Ipswich)

08.45 & 13.15    Trudy Read (Rushmere) & Jenny Howlett (Bungay)

08.52 & 13.22    Eloise Aldous (Newton Green) & Tanya McGregor (Bungay)

08.59 & 13.29    Dianne Taylor (Woodbridge) & Wendy Wilderspin (Stowmarket)

09.06 & 13.36    Alice Barlow (Newton Green & Pippa Neall (Woodbridge)

09.13 & 13.43    Sharon Luckman (Ipswich) & Sarah Howe (Ipswich)

09.20 & 13.50    Lils James (Rookery Park) & Lottie Whyman (Ipswich)

09.27 &             Sarah Jane Barker (Bungay) & Helen Bray (Ipswich)
13.57                Sarah Jane Barker (Bungay) & Marker


Julie Otto -  a sparkling life in golf...Julie_Otto

We’re looking back and looking forward!   Julie Otto was Suffolk’s most successful and highly influential lady golfer as an amateur and, at the height of that, her first golfing career, she was probably the finest amateur lady golfer in the world.  

Learning the golf game at Felixstowe Ferry, she was a precocious talent who played for the County as a teenager, reduced her handicap to + status, became a very young County Captain and was largely responsible for helping the Suffolk team to the County Finals.  

She was regularly Suffolk Champion and still holds the course record at Aldeburgh where she returned a six-under par 68 in the County Strokeplay Championship in the early nineties. She won the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship twice, Captained England at the World Amateur Team Championships and played in five Curtis Cup teams.

Julie chose to remain an amateur because she enjoyed the life and she forged a career in golf alongside her playing activities, working for the R & A.     Here she met her husband, Steve Otto, the R & A’s Director of Research and Testing.   They adopted three sons but, while the boys keep Julie very busy, she is still not busy enough because she decided that she would at last turn pro and concentrate on coaching average golfers and, based at Elie Golf Club near St Andrews, she is doing that very successfully.   

She has recently won the prestigious Whitcomb Cox trophy and become the top female assistant.   She was the best performer in the golf coaching exams and topped the Golf Pride sponsored equipment technology module.

Now 48 years old, Julie was described by PGA Chief executive Sandy Jones as ‘ a shining ambassador for the game of golf’.

A bubbly, straight-talking character, Julie was always my favourite correspondent when I was writing up the county golf scene for the East Anglian.   Extremely articulate, a five minute chat with her at the end of a day’s competitive golf would produce plenty of amusing and factual detail and it was particularly useful that her golf was always of such a standard that there were plenty of birdies and usually a flurry of eagles to write about.  

It’s great to know that her new career as a golf coach is proving as satisfying as her earlier one with golf clubs in hand.  Her ‘Wednesday Ladies’ group is lucky to have her on their side.

Congratulations, Julie.

Julie Latimer-Jones


Coronation and Centenary Foursomes 2015

Entries to both these Competitions are now being accepted by Deb Howlett (the Foursomes Organiser).
Please click here for the Coronation Foursomes Entry Form - Woodbridge Golf Club on Tuesday 14 July
Please click here for the Centenary Foursomes Entry Form - Bungay Golf Club on Thursday 2 July


Junior Championship, Ipswich Golf Club - Tuesday 26 May 2015

Teresa Wardlaw is now accepting entries - please click here for the Entry Form


Woodbridge Gentlemen 3, Suffolk Ladies 1...

The Suffolk Ladies first team lost to the Woodbridge Men's Hambro side by three matches to one in a hard-fought tussle.  To see the full report, click here


SGU team too good...

A team chosen from the County first squad played a friendly match against a very strong SGU team at Royal Worlington and ...... for more detail, click here


County Championship and Seniors County Championship, Felixstowe Golf Club - Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday, 10 May 2015.

For further details:

Start Sheet for County and Seniors Championship

please click here to take you to the County Championship Event page on this website
please click here to take you to the Seniors County Championship Event page on this website


Suffolk Golf Day, Hintlesham Golf Club - Monday 10 August 2015

Chris Lynch-Bates will be accepting entries for the Suffolk Golf Day from 17 March 2015.
For further information:
please click here to take you to the Suffolk Golf Day Event page on this website

Click below for:
Suffolk Golf Day Entry Form.

This Entry Form is also available in the SLCGA Blue Handbook, as well as a Download on the right hand side of this page and under the Suffolk Golf Day Event.

Division 4 Meeting, The Suffolk Golf Club - Thursday 21 May 2015

For further details:

Start Sheet for Division 4

please click here to take you to the Division 4 Event page on this website