Here we go again, beginning another year of golfing news and information. We can keep the general news coming, but we would still like to have your more personal titbits and achievements so please send them to us when you can. If there's a picture to go with the words, that would be even better.
The Entry Form for the Division 4 meeting is available to download (on the right hand side of this page under Downloads). This is an individual Stableford Competition for ladies with handicaps between 31 and 36 (inclusive) at the time of entry.
Don't forget that there is also a Team Trophy - awarded to the Club with the highest total Stableford Score from any three players.
Click here for the General County Competition Conditions. The Conditions for the Division 4 Meeting are available under the Event (Events - Events & Results - all events are in chronological order).
These Taster Sessions are designed as an Introduction to Golf for Junior Boys and Girls (aged 6-14 years old). There will be three sessions, starting at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Further details (including how to reserve a place) are available to download on the right hand side of this Home Page under Downloads.
We think this sounds like a really good way to persuade youngsters to have a go at golf. If you know anyone who might enjoy it, please encourage them to join in the fun. We hope the initiative will be very successful.
A five-hole winning margin on a beautiful sunny afternoon was enough to make the day for the Woodbridge men who beat the Suffolk Ladies' team in their annual practice match. The teams played level except for three courtesy shots awarded to the ladies, compensating for the three par four holes on the back nine which they would normally play as par fives. The second hole was out of play, so counted as a half.
The Woodbridge team was, as usual, very strong, consisting as it did of the Club's Hambro team 'probables'. Suffolk Captain, Laura Lowe, also had a strong team out which came off the course with some pretty good results.
Results (Ladies names first)
Sharon Luckman & Abbie Symonds lost to Steve Mann & Adrian Studd 1 dn;
Vicki Inglis & Lils James lost to Dom Rosser & Ricky Dzierozynski 8 dn;
Vanessa Bell & Sarah Saggers halved with Garry Robinson & Daren Hilton;
Alice Barlow & Eloise Aldous bt Andy Whittaker & David Reid 4 up.
Final Result: Suffolk Ladies lost 5dn.
The conditions featured an energetic and blustery wind but was mercifully dry underfoot as the Suffolk Ladies team gathered today (Sunday 8th February) to do battle with a strong eightsome of Aldeburgh Gentlemen. The result was a two-to-one victory for the men with one match halved. Mitigating circumstances from the ladies' viewpoint included a level match, the men playing off the white tees and the ladies off the red, a challenge taken up without any courtesy shots which might be the norm. Eight of the sixteen players were sporting category one handicaps.
The first successful Aldeburgh team featured Lewis Staff and Roger Taylor, combined handicap 3, versus Sharon Luckman and Eloise Aldous, respectively 2 and 6. Post match chat found everyone paying compliments to each other but it seemed that Lewis played something of a blinder all round while most of us will know that Roger Taylor is capable of magic when required. The ladies went down by 4/3 in an enjoyable encounter that might have been closer with more golf played in recent weeks, though they were keen to establish that they had been generally outplayed.
Dick Jenkinson (7) and Jack Levermore (9) put the other point on the board for the home team, outplaying Sarah Saggers (4) and County President Ann Graves, handicap rather higher but enjoying the experience nevertheless, on her first outing with the team in her new capacity. Dick and Jack (7 & 9) won the first two holes and the ladies couldn’t quite catch up. Aldeburgh polished off the match by 5/3.
The ladies’ point came from Vicki Inglis (1) and Lils James (3). Vicki found herself in the opposite camp from her father Doug (6), a recent new member at Aldeburgh. He was playing with Will Morcombe (4) whose golf has leapt and bounded into category one over the past year or so. They left the sixteenth green all square. Doug confessed that his side should have won seventeen but didn’t and he sent their ball bush-bound on eighteen, allowing the opposition to finish two holes to the good.
The halved match was a real battle. Vanessa Bell (1) and Abbie Symonds (6), rushed into a four hole lead after ten holes against Chris Nall (7) and Mike Olding (5). The gentlemen proceeded to win the next five holes only to three-putt the last, allowing the ladies to claim what was, in the end, a hard-earned half point.
The Ladies’ next practice match will be against Woodbridge Gentlemen on 16th February.
Results (SLCGA names first):
Sharon Luckman (Felixstowe) & Eloise Aldous (Newton Green) lost to Lewis Staff & Roger Taylor 4/3;
Vicki Inglis (Woodbridge) & Lils James (Rookery Park) bt Will Morcombe & Doug Inglis 2 up;
Vanessa Bell (Ipswich) & Abbie Symonds (Ipswich) halved with Mike Olding & Chris Nall;
Sarah Saggers (Ipswich) & Ann Graves (Woodbridge) lost to Dick Jenkinson & Jack Levermore 5/3
Final Result: Ladies 1.5, Aldeburgh Gentlemen 2.5
The Entry Form for this Competition is available to download on the right hand side of this Home Page under Downloads. There is a County (Team) Scratch Trophy - so Suffolk Ladies, if you are 50+, please join us - the more the merrier!
We hope she will find plenty of time for all her hobbies because she is also a Magistrate, which is no doubt busy, but we can plainly rely on her to see fair play on the golf course.
We wish her a very happy tenure as our President.
Presidents share a moment together. Ann Graves (left) takes over from Pippa Beak.
Fiona Edmond of Ipswich took the Silver Medal with a wonderful score of nett -9, while Sally Clark (Cretingham) went one better, winning the Bronze Medal at nett -10 - a fantastic result
Pippa Beak presents the Bronze Coronation Medal to Sally Clark (Cretingham) who returned the winning score of ten under her handicap.
The Junior Captain’s jersey went to Melissa Schroeder who also won her Junior County colours, along with Eloise Aldous and Alice Barlow.
The new Junior Improver Award went to Chloe Bennet (Rushmere) for a tremendous handicap reduction from 32-22 during 2013. Well done, Chloe!
Please click here to access the relevant England Golf website page.
Details/contact information for the following Competitions are (or will be) available on this page:
Four Ball Better Ball Championship - 23 April at Brookmans Park GC
Ladies Championship - 4 September at Thetford GC
Australian Spoons Entry Form available to download - Final will be held on 6 August at Haverhill GC
Junior Regional Girls Championship Entry Form available to download - To be held on 11 August at Bedford & County GC