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As the playing season gathers pace, there are things you need to do!
Enter for the Ladies and Seniors Championships (12-14th May2017 at Aldeburgh). Entries close on 21st April. Forms to be found on SLCGA/Blue Book Online. Maximum handicap for the Ladies Championship is 18.
Take the plunge if you haven’t done this before. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some good golf on a great golf course and gain some experience pitting your skill against the best players in Suffolk.
Find a friend and enter for the East Region Foursomes competition to be held at South Beds on April 20th 2017. Conditions of entry also to be found on SLCGA/Blue Book Online. Closing date 30th March, so get your skates on, if you are interested.
You might also take a look at the Suffolk Golf Day, Hintlesham, Monday, 14th August, while you’re perusing the Blue Book Online. Entries are now open and this is such a popular event, it’s better to get in early. All you need are three trusty friends and you can book yourselves a great day out in cheerful company and very inviting surroundings. We are always spoilt when we visit Hintllesham for which we are very grateful.
There are many other events you may fancy and be eligible for, so make a note of them and their entry dates in your diary, so you don't miss the boat! (We do love a mixed metaphor...)
The first foursomes practice match of the year pitted the Suffolk Ladies’ First Team against the Aldeburgh men on Sunday, 5th February. The course and weather conditions were perfect for winter golf and the strong squad of ladies really took advantage of the opportunity, making a clean sweep for a 4-0 scoreline.
Captain Vanessa Bell was thrilled with the outcome and her team’s performance. “I am confident that the golf will only continue to improve as we approach County Match Week in June. We have some great foundations on which we can continue to build.”
Results: Fiona Edmund & Lottie Whyman bt Roger Taylor & Nick Ramskill 3/2; Vanessa Bell & Vicky Inglis bt Stephen Parkhouse & Mike Jones 3/2; Sharon Luckman & Alice Barlow bt Mike Olding & Chris Nall 5/4; Lils James & Abbie Symonds bt Dick Jenkinson & Tom Huggins 1 up.
Final Result: Suffolk Ladies 4, Aldeburgh Men 0.
Sarah Saggers, our immediate Past Captain, has turned her attention back to playing golf as she promised she would and last Saturday (28th January) became quite a red letter day when she made a hole in one at Aldeburgh's short fourth, the one with the sleepered bunker round the bottom two thirds of the green.
Aldeburgh is Sarah's second club and their team took on the ladies from Cambridge University during their annual practice match prior to the Varsity match against Oxford in March. By her own admission, Sarah wasn't playing well, but she hit a tidy seven-iron to the flag. The hole can't be seen from the tee, especially if you are no taller than petite Sarah, but she saw it bounce once on the green before it disappeared from view. 'I think it's in the hole', she told her opponent and, sure enough, there it was! An exciting moment. Aldeburgh beat their visitors by four matches to one.
Oxford's ladies will play their practice match at Aldeburgh on Saturday, 18th February.
Vanessa Bell was elected County Captain. Her thoughts: ‘I’m proud and honoured to have been elected as Captain of the County. It is a very prestigious role. I am looking forward to the challenge of being a playing Captain and building on the success of last’s County Match Week. I am confident that we can win through to the County Finals this year.’
Sharon Luckman (Ipswich) and long-serving member of Suffolk’s team became County Vice-Captain. Eloise Aldous (Newton Green) took over as Junior Organiser.
Molly Newson (Thorpeness) became Junior Captain for 2017. She received her Captain’s jersey.
Presentations of awards and trophies:
The Joy Winn Salver, which goes to the player with the lowest scratch scores returned over the year, was won by Newton Green’s Alice Barlow, who enjoyed an absolutely stellar 2016 with an unprecedented list of achievements. As a fitting climax, she won
The Nigel Birrell Trophy which the County Captain awards to the most outstanding golfer of the year and gained her County Colours.
Abbie Symonds was presented with her very well earned County Colours.
Colours used to be awarded when a First team player notched up three singles wins in County matches. The criteria are now changed. In future, foursomes wins will be included and colours will go to players with eight or more wins under their belt when representing Suffolk at County Match Week and/or National County Finals.
The Silver Medal (for the lowest score of the year by a Silver Division player): Mandy Williamson (Haverhill) -9.
The Bronze Medal (for the lowest score of the year by a Bronze Division player): Fern McCarthy (Flempton) -14.
The Eva Harris Shield for achievements in Junior Golf: Fiona Stokes (Haverhill) who reduced her handicap from 12 at the start of the year to 6.8.
Junior Improver of the year: Georgia Parker (Bury St Edmunds), cut her handicap from 19 to 11 winning many competitions in passing.