County Job Role - Fixture Secretary
click here to download job description - responses back to Pennysmall@tesco.net by 29th September 2017.
Autumn Foursomes - 11th September 2017 - Trentham Park GC
On a very windy, and at times very wet, Monday, 44 pairs from 20 clubs played in the
County Autumn Foursomes for the May Evershed Plates.
The winners, with a very commendable 37 points in the conditions were
Gina Wilkie (Barlaston) and Lynn Gray (Drayton Park) pictured above
A close second with 36 points were Sally Sketcher (Trentham) and Sue Spencer (Whittington) pictured below:
Many thanks to all who braved the weather and took part, to Trentham Park for hosting and to Lady Captain, Shirley Thomas for all her help on the day
For full results go to menu then results then competition results.
Mactier Cup Final - 14th August 2017 - Onneley Golf Club
Rachel Bishop of the Chase is the Winner of the 2017 Mactier Cup with 37 points
From left to right:
2nd in the Silver Division - Karen Sutton - Newcastle (34 points)
Overall Winner - Rachel Bishop - The Chase (37 points)
2nd in the Bronze Division - Angela Hughes - Penn (31 points)
Winner of the Bronze Division - Diane Ball - Westwood (32 points)
Special mention to Sue Clarke of Whittington who achieved a Hole in One on the third. Sue came 3rd in the Silver Division with the same number of points as Karen.
Our thanks to Onneley for their hospitality with special thanks to Lady Captain and County Delegate Nina Watson for all her help.
2nd Team v Derbyshire - 11th August 2017
The second team played their away match against Derbyshire on a sunny but breezy day. It was quite a drive for some but we arrived at Mickleover bright and early and ready for action. This was the deciding match between us to see who would go through to the Midlands North Region Final at Worfield. Notts are waiting in the final for the winners.
We thought we could be in for a challenge when we saw the height of the hill from the first tee but the course was really good - not very long but with tight tree-lined fairways. Not many took drivers off the tee and you had to place your tee shots on the correct side of the fairway for your shot to the green.
In the foursomes, Emma Leech and Annette Deeley came up against the strong pairing of Debbie Deakin and Lesley Watson. Debbie and Lesley came out on top. Lynn Gray and Rachel Bishop had a good win before Terri Smith and Rachel Birch lost out to Pauline Bramley and Debbie Eaglefield. We went into lunch 2-1 down with it all to do in the singles if we wanted to reach Worfield.
The singles matches started well with Emma Leech making a terrific comeback to halve her match with a birdie on the 18th after being 3 down with 3 to play against the home player Debbie Deakin. Rachel Bishop then won her match 1 up. Annette and Terri lost out in close matches before 'Supa Scot' Lynn Gray had a good 4&2 win. Rachel Birch lost out to the experienced Sian Mansey in the last match. We lost in the singles 3.5-2.5.
The overall result was 5.5 - 3.5 to Derbyshire. We wish them well in the final.
Thanks go to the Staffs team:
Lynn Gray, Terri Smith, Rachel Birch, Debbie Loach (Captain), Rachel Bishop, Emma Leech and Annette Deeley
Silver Division Meeting - 31st July 2017 - Drayton Park GC
Silver Divsion Winner 2017 2nd Nett Tracey Klek Beau
Trentham GC 70 points 3rd Nett Nicky Lockley Beau
Silver Division Best Gross
Sue Spencer - Whittington
May Evershed Cup for Best Team Nett Staffordshire Cup for Best Team Gross
Nicky Lockley, Cynthia Butler, Mel Bailey Christine Fisher, Jayne Fletcher, Sue Spencer
Grateful thanks to Drayton Park for being perfect hosts for the Silver Division.
Special thanks to Lady Captain, Janet Clark for all her help and to our County President, Diana Jeynes, for the presentation.
For full results go to the results tab and select 'competition results'.
County 2nd Team v Shropshire 2nd team - 24th July 2017 - Enville
The 2nd team played their home match against Shropshire 2nd at Enville on another warm and sunny day. We have been lucky so far this year with good weather for our matches. The match was played on the Highgate course.
A combination of a breeze and thick, heather lined, fairways proved a challenge but Staffs came out of the morning foursomes winning the session 3-0.
After lunch in the singles, Lynn Gray and Rachel Bishop secured the two winning points we needed for victory. Terri Smith narrowly lost out on the 18th after a close match with Margaret Lynch and Lauren Birch fought back well in a loss to Bernadette Micklewright. At the end of the field, Debbie Loach and Rachel Birch both won their matches. Staffs won the singles 4-2
The overall result was a 7-2 win for Staffs.
Well played to the team of: Lynn Gray, Terri Smith, Lauren Birch, Rachel Birch, Rachel Bishop and Debbie Loach.
At tea, Lynn Gray was presented with her 2nd team colours. Well done Lynn!
2017 Bronze Alliance - 17th July 2017 - Penn Golf Club
On one of the nicest days of 2017, 14 teams of three competed for the Staffordshire Rose Bowls in the 2017 Bronze Alliance.
The winners, with an amazing 84 points were Pauline Kearney, Muriel Patch and Maureen Glazzard of Penn Golf Club:
Thanks to Penn for hosting the Alliance this year and to Jeanette Walford and Ann Rafferty for their help on the day.
2nd Team v Derbyshire 2nd Team - 10th July 2017 - Enville
The 2nd team played their home match against Derbyshire at Enville on the Highgate course. The temperature was comfortable for playing golf with one or two showers. After the hot weather the course was quite dry with a lot of run on the ball.
We set off for the morning foursomes after consuming enormous bacon rolls. Derbyshire won the morning foursomes 2 - 1 with Emma Leech and Annette Deeley securing a crucial point for Staffs.
In the afternoon singles, the session was drawn 3 - 3.
The overall result was a 5 - 4 win for Derbyshire.
Well played to the team of Emma Leech, Terri Smith, Rachel Bishop, Lauren Birch, Annette Deeley and Debbie Loach. A presentation was made at tea to Terri Smith, who received her 2nd team colours. Well done Terri!
2nd Team v Shropshire 2nd Team - 5th July 2017 - The Shropshire
The 2nd team played their first league match of the season away at The Shropshire on a sunny, hot and humid day.
The Shropshire has three nine hole courses and for the morning foursomes we played the silver and blue nines. The morning couldn't have gone better for Staffs as we went into lunch having won all three foursomes matches.
For the afternoon singles we were playing the silver and gold nines. This was another good session for Staffs, winning the singles five matches to one.
The overall result was an 8 - 1 win for Staffs.
Well done to the team of Emma Leech, Lynn Gray, Terri Smith, Debbie Loach, Lauren Birch, Rachel Bishop and Annette Deeley.
Bronze Division Meeting - 12 June 2017 - Great Barr GC
Congratulations to Helen Toft of Trentham Golf Club who won the Challenge Bowl for best nett with 37 points
Congratulations also to Bev Doughty, Sara Allen and Trudie Hanson of Branston Golf Club who took the Williamson Team Cup with 104 points
Our thanks to Great Barr for hosting this event. Special thanks to Lady Captain Cath Dudfield for her help on the day.
For full results follow menu, results, competition results
Sue Turner Trophy - 15 May 2017 - Ingestre Park Golf club
Winners: Mandy Belcher & Penny Small - Branston Golf & Country Club - 45 points
For full results go to menu, results, competition results
Our thanks to Ingestre for hosting the 2017 Sue Turner.
Special thanks to Lady Captain Ruth Jennings, County Delegate, Joan Burgess and Mandy Shelley and her team (pictured above) who catered for us so well during this well supported competition.
English Senior Women's Amateur Championship - South Staffs GC - 15 May 2017
Day 4 - Quarter Finals
Well done Julie Brown and Annette Deeley who both got through to the quarter finals of the British Senior Women's Championship at South Staffs GC. Unfortunately it ended there, Julie was defeated 2/1 and Annette lost on the 21st hole. Well played ladies.
It rained and then it poured – but England’s leading seniors put on an impressive display of dogged determination in the first match play round of their national championship.
The English senior women’s amateur is something of a magnet for bad weather – and the greenstaff put in sterling work to keep the greens playable. The players, meanwhile, were stoic. “You’ve just got to get on with it,” was the steady response as they returned, cold and dripping wet, to the South Staffordshire clubhouse.
“I haven’t played in a good weather one yet!” said former champion Julie Brown of Trentham (pictured top), who nevertheless had a successful outing, losing just one hole and winning her game 5/4. Tomorrow she plays fellow international Lindsey Shaw (Chevin, Derbyshire).
Brown is one of two Staffordshire players through to the second round, alongside the host club’s Annette Deeley - who is living the dream.
Three years ago she was recovering from breast cancer and major surgery when Brown – a good friend – told her that this championship was due to be played at her home club. “That was the catalyst, that kept me going. I’m playing here because I can and it’s been a fantastic experience,” she said.
Today she knocked out former British champion Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest, Sussex) and tomorrow she faces another past winner of the British title, Felicity Christine (Woking, Surrey).
Top seed Caroline Berry and defending champion Cath Rawthore will be pitted against each other in an intriguing all-Cheshire second round clash.
Berry (Bromborough) was taken to the last hole by English senior captain Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey) but a birdie on the 17th – her third there in consecutive rounds – had given her a crucial advantage.
Rawthore (Sale) sped away in her game and was six up at the turn, but her opponent, Jane Sly (Mill Ride, Berkshire), pulled her back with a pair of birdies and the match went to the 15th.
Two more past champions are safely through to the next round. The 2015 winner, Helen Lowe, (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) will take on Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk), who was an England international in the early 90s and is making her debut in senior golf.
The 2013 champion, Janet Melville (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) birdied the last to take her place against Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex), a past winner of the English senior stroke play title. Housman in turn came through a good tussle with last year’s runner-up, Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire).
Another international, Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex), improvised with her rescue club to avoid fat chip shots and it paid off with a 3/2 win. She plays Sandy Catford (Wath, Yorkshire) who was another fast starter today. She was five up at the turn before Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham, Berkshire) fought back and took the match to the 16th. “It was a really good, feisty second nine,” said Catford.
Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury, Devon), mounted a successful fightback after dropping three behind in her game. “I had a struggle and a big hook – and changed my grip over the last few holes and managed to win,” she said after her 2up win. She will play Nicola Tebbutt (Carlisle, Cumbria).
Tomorrow’s line-up is completed by English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) and Julia Gallagher (Woburn, Bedfordshire) who won through on the 19th today.
In the second flight, for over 60s, the top seed Cathy Armstrong (Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire), was toppled by the 16th qualifier, Sue Penfold (Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire), who won 1up. She now plays Sue Westall (Copt Heath, Warwickshire).
Past winner Caroline Berry steered a skillful course around South Staffordshire Golf Club to lead the qualifiers for the match play stages of the English senior women’s championship.
She pipped Lulu Housman to the top spot on countback, thanks to her second round of three-over 76. Meanwhile Jackie Foster, the English senior stroke play champion, shot the low score of the qualifying rounds with one under-par 72, to become third seed.
They head the 32 qualifiers for the championship knockout, while another 16 players, aged over 60, go forward to Flight Two. Click here for the Flight One matchplay draw for the Wendy Taylor Salver. Click here for the Flight Two draw for the Ann Howard Trophy.
Berry, the 2010 champion (image © Leaderboard Photography), is carrying on the fine form she demonstrated in last week’s French senior international open, where she was second amateur and fourth overall.
“It was very good practice for here because the greens were very, very quick and undulating, like these,” said Berry, from Bromborough, Cheshire. She negotiated them well, even holing a tricky downhill putt for a birdie on 17. “The 17th and the fourth were my friends - I birdied them both in both rounds!”
Housman was supported by her identical twin, Georgie, as she added 79 to her opening 75 and appreciated her intuitive caddying. “She makes the right remarks at the right moments,” she said.
Nevertheless Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex) found it tougher today, finding herself out of position on occasion and watching putts slip by. “I would have liked better today but I’m really happy with two scores in the 70s.”
Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) reversed her fortunes of yesterday when she came home in two-under par. In the first round she was two over par after 12 holes and appeared to be cruising in, only to drop eight shots over the last six holes. “I’m just relieved,” she said after posting today’s score.
The leading qualifiers also include Staffordshire’s Julie Brown (Trentham) who won this title in 2014. She shot one-over 74 today, improving on her first day by seven shots. “I wasn’t very happy yesterday, I just struggled and was out of sync, but I played much better today.
Overnight co-leader Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) joins her on 155, one shot ahead of playing partner Fiona Edmond, (Ipswich, Suffolk). The pair last saw each other over 25 years ago in keenly contested county games.
Back then Edmond was an England international who had made headlines as the first woman to play in the Cambridge University team. But injury and ME – which left her bedbound for six months and housebound for three years – put paid to her golf.
After her recovery her energies were spent on her six children and her garden design business and she returned to golf only a few years ago when one of her sons asked her to play. She loved it, immediately applied to join the club and six weeks later shot a course record 67.
This is her first big championship in many years and she said: “I’m loving it, I think I’m really lucky to be able to play again and to come here and meet up with old friends.”
South Staffordshire's own Annette Deeley qualified comfortably in seventh place.
Internationals Aileen Greenfield and Lulu Housman set the pace on a windy first day at the English senior women’s amateur championship at South Staffordshire Golf Club.
The conditions were testing, especially when combined with the slick greens, but the leaders fashioned impressive scores of two-over 75 as they set about the 36-hole process of qualifying for the match play stages.
“This is the sort of course where you have to think your way round,” said Greenfield, who was in England’s winning team at last year’s senior Home Internationals.
She did that in style, with two matching halves of one-over par – thanks in part to a sure touch on the greens. “The greens are very undulating and the downhill, downwind putts are very difficult,” added Greenfield, from Pyecombe in Sussex (Image © Leaderboard Photography).
She was followed in by Housman, whose score marked a return to championship form after a disappointing season last year when she missed out on a place in the England team.
She played for the national side in 2015, after winning the English senior stroke play title, and her aim this week is to amass precious order of merit points to help her return to the team.
Housman, from Wyke Green, Middlesex, has put in plenty of work with her coach and she remarked: “Today was a good start, but there’s a long way to go and I’ve got to keep my head screwed on!”
The leaders are being chased by Suffolk’s Fiona Edmond (Ipswich), a former England women’s international who is making her debut in senior ranks and is one shot off the lead.
Behind her is a group on five-over 78, made up of former champion Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire), Yorkshire’s Heather Staniforth (Hallamshire) and Devon’s Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury).
The local challenge is led by South Staffordshire’s own Annette Deeley on 79, while past champion Julie Brown (Trentham) shares 12th place on eight-over. She’s in a group which includes defending champion Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) and 2015 winner Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire).
Shorrocks was a member of an England Golf working party which came up with a new format for this year’s tournament. It increases the championship match play flight to 32 players and introduces a second flight for the top 16 players aged over 60. “I think it’s gone down very well,” she remarked of the changes.
The leading players in Flight Two – contesting the Ann Howard Trophy – are Carol Wild (Notts Ladies) and Jeannie O’Keeffe (Hankley Common, Surrey) who both shot 82 today.
O’Keeffe, who putted well to set the target, commented: “My days of playing in the top flight are past and I’m very, very happy to have Flight Two and it’s lovely playing against my peers. It’s exciting and there’s a strong field.”
Final - Sunday 6th May 2017 - Handsworth Golf Club
Georgia Pritchard v Julie Brown Georgia Pritchard (5&4)
Georgia Pritchard is the County Champion for 2017 - Very well played Georgia!
Semi Finals - Sunday 6th May 2017 - Handsworth Golf Club
Emily Brennan (Trentham) v Georgia Pritchard (Beau Desert)
Georgia Pritchard (2&1)
Emily Coleman (Trentham) v Julie Brown (Trentham)
Julie Brown (2&1)
County Championship Saturday 5th May 2017 - Handsworth GC
Playing in the quarter finals were:
Jenny Rhodes (South Staffs) Lynn Gray (Drayton Park)
Holly Langford (Perton Park) Anne Edwards (Walsall)
Intermediate Trophy Winner and Overall Best Gross and therefore winner of the Wedgewood bowl, Emily Brennan (Trentham)
County Champion and Overall Best Nett, Georgia Pritchard (Beau Desert)
Our thanks to the staff and members of Handsworth for hosting our Flagship Competition over the three days.
Best gross: Sue Simmons and Jenny Cordon ( Leek/Sandwell Park)
Second Nett: Anita Morley and Ann Wassall (Enville)
Winners of the Beryl Snape and Kay Denham Salvers: Eileen Thomas and Fiona Bowers (The Staffordshire/Enville)
Many thanks to all at Enville who made the day such a success and to all who took part today.
For full results go to the results tab and select Competition Results
2nd Team v Worcestershire 2nd Team 2017
On Wednesday 12th April the 2nd team played our annual friendly at home against a very youthful Worcestershire 2nd team. The match this year was played at Penn Golf Club. The weather was sunny but with a cold wind blowing which made for difficult scoring conditions.
In the morning foursomes, first out were Emma Leech and Lynn Gray playing against Naomi Austin and Millie Birch which Staffs won 1up. Second out were Terri Smith and Lauren Birch playing Caitlin McNeil and Constance Brooks which Staffs won 3&2. Playing third were Annette Deeley and Rachel Birch who had a hard fought half against Cath Francis and Kacey Haynes. So we went into lunch leading 2.5 - 0.5.
In the end the result was close with Staffs losing out in the singles 3 - 4 to Worcestershire.
Rachel Bishop lost out to Naomi Austin in the opening match. The two home players from Penn, Emma and Terri won their matches 3&1 and 4&3 respectively. Rachel and Lauren Birch had tough matches losing out to Constance Brooks and Caitlin McNeil. Lynn had a 4&3 win and Annette had a close match narrowly losing out.
The final result was a 5.5 - 4.5 win for Staffs.
Staffordshire County Girls Championship 20th April 2017
Congratulations to all the girls who took part in this years' Championship
2017 Champion - Georgia Pritchard - Beau Desert
2017 Runner Up - Ella Pugh - Walsall
Bronze Plate - Winner - Kate Smith - Sandwell Park
Bronze Plate Runner Up - Chloe Williamson - The Chase
Best Nett - Ella Pugh - Walsall
Second Nett - Kate Matthews - Trentham
Under 16 Champion - Rachel Birch - Bloxwich
Under 14 Champion Katie Symonds - Aston Wood
Thanks to Sandwell for hosting the Championship
and to Lynn and Julie for organising the event
Results of the Whittington Ladies Trophy- 18th April 2017
36 Holes. Stroke Play. This is an England Golf Order of Merit Competition
Winner Nicola Slater Woodsome Hall Hcp 1 Score 144
Runner-Up Louisa Brunt Royal Birkdale Hcp +2 Score 146
3rd Morgan Thomas Beau Desert Hcp2 Score 148
4th Gemma Allman Stanmore Hcp 1 Score 148
5th Natasha Ainsley Thomas Whittlebury Park Hcp 3 Score 149
Best Nett Aggregate Elise Davies Wrexham Hcp 6 141
Best AM Gross Olivia Kelly Erewash Valley Hcp 3 72
Best AM Nett Nicole Stewart Chart Hills Hcp 4 73
Best PM Gross Holly Haslem Stockbrook Manor Hcp 3 71
Best PM Nett Lea Anne Bramwell Abergele Hcp 4 69
Congratulation to Morgan Thomas (Staffordshire) who came 3rd.
Winner: Nicola Slater - Woodsome Hall
2nd Team v Vets - Perton Park - 5th April 2017
The 2nd team played against the ladies Vets team at Perton Park Golf Club on Wednesday 5th April.
We decided to play fourball betterball matchplay. It was a lovely sunny day but with a very strong cool wind blowing which made for some long holes.The match resulted in a win for the 2nd team 4 - 0. The results were:
Debbie Loach & Terri Smith won 1up against Sue Spencer & Sally Sketcher
Annette Deeley & Sam Smith won 1up against Bev Chattaway & Jayne Fletcher
Rachel Bishop & Jayne Cooper won 5&4 against Isobel Rees & Bridget Locke
Emma Leech & Lynn Gray won 2&1 against Pam Bailey & Christine Davies
Proposed 2019 Rule Changes
The proposed 24 new Rules, reduced from the current 34, have been written in a user-friendly style with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, bulleted lists and explanatory headings. The initiative also focuses on assessing the overall consistency, simplicity and fairness of the Rules for play.
The Rules are currently delivered in more than 30 languages, and the proposed wording will support easier translation worldwide. When adopted, the Rules will be supported by technology that allows the use of images, videos and graphics.
Highlights of the proposed Rule changes
- Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
- Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
- Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
- Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
- Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
- Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.
- Simplified way of taking relief: A new procedure for taking relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from a specific relief area; relaxed procedures for dropping a ball, allowing the ball to be dropped from just above the ground or any growing thing or other object on the ground.
Girls Golf Rocks 2017
Honorary Membership for Bridget Jackson
Bridget Jackson becomes honorary member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
Renowned English golfer Bridget Jackson has accepted an invitation to become an honorary member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Ryder Cup hero and double Masters champion José María Olazábal has also become an honorary member.
During a notable amateur career, Bridget Jackson played in the Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland on three occasions and as an England international for 11 years.
She has served as Chair and President of the former English Ladies’ Golf Association and President of the Ladies’ Golf Union. She was made a MBE in 2003 for her services to women’s golf.
Bridget Jackson said: “I am delighted to accept this invitation to become an Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. I have been fortunate to be involved in golf throughout my life and have always enjoyed being able to give something back to the game. I look forward to representing the club and playing my part in continuing its great tradition of supporting golf.”
Keith Macintosh, Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, said, “I am very pleased to welcome Bridget Jackson and José María Olazábal as honorary members of the club.
“Bridget has graced the game for many years as a fine amateur golfer and exceptional administrator, while José María is one of golf’s outstanding champions and has achieved notable success throughout his career as a player and as Ryder Cup captain. Both of them thoroughly deserve this recognition.”
Bridget Jackson won the British girls’ championship in 1954 and two years later triumphed in the English and German women’s championships. She won the Canadian title in 1967.
Initially included as a reserve in the GB&I team for the 1958 Curtis Cup against the United States, the withdrawal of Philomena Garvey led to Jackson playing in the match for the first time, which was tied 4½ - 4½, at Brae Burn. Jackson also played for GB&I in the Curtis Cup in 1964 and 1968, and the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe on four occasions. In 1973 and 1975, she was the non-playing captain of winning GB&I teams in the Vagliano Trophy.
In 1964, Jackson was England’s playing captain in the first ever Espirito Santo Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships, winning a bronze medal. She also won the Home Internationals with England on six occasions.
Following a successful playing career, Jackson became a talented golf administrator and was chair of the English Ladies Golf Association from 1971-72 and President from 1993-95. She became President of the Ladies’ Golf Union in 1998 and subsequently an Honorary Vice-President. She has also been President of Handsworth Golf Club and Royal St David’s Golf Club.
Girls Golf Rock 2017
Taster sessions for Girls Golf Rocks take place from 19th March.
Clubs taking part: Branston, Calderfields, Three Hammers, Keele
Some photos of the girls at the first taster session.
Staffordshire Golf Development Group (SGDG)
What is the SGDG?
A partnership between England Golf, Staffordshire Ladies Association, Staffordshire Men’s Union, The Professional Golfers Association and the Golf Foundation. The group, which meets at least every three months, discusses plans to make Staffordshire a strong and thriving golfing county, which will benefit the counties affiliated golf clubs.
To increase the number of people who play golf at least once a week
MORE PLAYERS: Increase the number of players who play golf regularly
We encourage all Staffs golf clubs to engage with the SGDG to ensure the vision and aims are successful.
For more information please contact:
Malcolm Eustace 07826258231 firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Small 07899 916852 email@example.com
Winners of Scratch League Division ll
Branston Golf Club
Rachel Alford (Team Captain)
Winners of Scratch League Division lll
Leek Golf Club
Pat Beeson (Lady Captain)
Winners of Scratch League Division iV
Walsall Golf Club
Penny Speer (Team Player)
Winners of Scratch League Division V
Penn Golf Club
Benita Toth (Lady Captain)
Winners of Scratch League Division Vl
Druids Heath Golf Club
Sandra Fraser (representative)
Winners of Scratch League Division Vll
Branston Golf Club
Penny Small (Team Captain)
New Committee Members
Diana Jeynes (Whittington)
elected as President
Jenny Rhodes (South Staffs)
elected as County Captain
Louise Manning (Branston)
elected as England Golf Representative
Debbie Loach (Enville)
elected as Second Team Captain
Honorary Life Membership
At the 2016 AGM, Julie Brown was awarded
Honorary Life Membership to
Staffordshire Ladies Golf Association
for her long term service to the County.
Mary Turner Bowl - Handsworth GC - 10th October 2016
The Annual competition for the Mary Turner Bowl was Held at Handswoth Golf Club on 10th October 2016.
Twelve players from Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Herefordshire&Worcestershire competed in a better ball alliance stroke play (maximum handicap 12).
Congratulations to Staffordshire who retained their title with 418 points. Worcestershire&Heredfordshire were second with 427 and Warwickshire third with 429.
County AM AM - Newcastle GC - 3rd October 2016
The County Am/Am was held at Newcastle Golf club on Mon 3rd Oct, on a lovely sunny day. 104 ladies took part, representing 18 different clubs.
Many thanks to the county players who took part to make the event such a success. Also thanks to Jules Heath as Am/Am organiser for her final event.
Winners Trentham 2 – 75 points, Jan Williams, Mandy Paterson, Glynis Byatt, with Debbie Loach
(pictured below with Barbara White Newcastle Lady Captain, Penny Small and Jules Heath)
Inter Club Finals - Ingestre Park GC - 29th September 2016
Perry Cup 12-24 - Beau Desert GC v Newcastle GC
Winners: Perry Cup 2016 - Beau Desert GC
County Shield 25-36 - Aston Wood GC v Branston GC
Winners: County Shield 2016 - Aston Wood GC
Centenary Competition 2016
Winner of the Centenary Vase 2016 with 45 points
Rachel Bishop (The Chase) and Anne Edwards (Walsall)
Second place Ann Keighley and Jane Medina (Aston Wood) with 41 points
Third place Deb Pursell and Mandy Ambert (Trentham) with 40 points
Thanks to Bernadette Cook and Di Jeynes for the presentation and to all at Druids Heath who hosted the competiton.
Special thanks to Rachel and Anne who donated their 'Twos Balls' to the juniors.
Update - Morgan Thomas
As requested to be kept informed of any golf competitions, Morgan after her 6x week absence played her first competitive match today after being given the all clear and won the U16 Midlands Counties Champion of Champions.
She shot +2 & -5 to finish -3 0verall, we were informed afterwards she was 2x shots off the course record for Shifnal.
She would have won the U18 Championship by 8x shots which was won by a girl from the Wales National Team.
So fingers crossed that 6x weeks working on short game is the shape of things going forward once she chipped the rust off after the 1st round.
Autumn Foursomes 2016
2016 Autumn Foursomes winners - Pat Mumford (South Staffs)) and Eileen Thomas (The Staffordshire GC)
Val Mason, President of SLCGA and Val Rutter, Lady Captain of Walsall GC presented the prizes.
Our thanks to Walsall for a very enjoyable competition.
Mactier Final 2016
Congratulations to Margaret El Fakhri (Newcastle Under Lyme GC) Overall Winner of the 2016 Mactier Final with 37 points
Penny Small (County Representative) and Jenney Hollis (Lady Captain of Branston GC) presented the prizes.
1st Prize Silver Divison - Alison Shinebaum (Handsworth GC) - 35 points
2nd Prize Silver Division - Sandrta Redrup (Oxley Park GC) - 33 points
1st Prize Bronze Division - Christine Hill (Druids Heath GC) - 34 points
2nd Prize Bronze Division - Christine Spratt (Brocton GC) - 34 points
Our thanks to Branston GC for hosting the Final.
Staffs 2nd Team
I am please to announce that the Staffs Ladies 2nd Team has secured a place in the league final by remaining undefeated in the league matches.
The first match was played on 16th June at The Chase GC vs Derbyshire. It was a well fought match facing a strong Derbyshire team. Staffs won the morning foursomes 2-1 and finished the match 6-3 winners after the afternoon singles.
The second match was played on 23rd June at Chesterfield GC vs Derbyshire. It was another close match with Staffs winning the morning foursomes 2-1 but Derbyshire battling back in the singles with Staffs just holding on for a 5-4 match win.
The third match was played at Shrewsbury GC on 11th July. Staffs made their lives a little easier by winning the morning foursomes 3-0 and then running away to a 6.5-2.5 win.
Staffs went into the final match at The Chase GC on 26th July vs Shropshire knowing a win would guarantee a place in the final. Shropshire had beaten Derbyshire in a earlier match so Shropshire still had sight of a final place themselves. With this in mind Staffs won the morning foursomes 2-1. The afternoon singles weren't looking great for Staffs after 9 holes but the team knuckled down and eventually romped home to a 7-2 win.
There were some big individual wins along the way with Lynn Gray winning two matches 7&5 and 8&7, Emma Leech winning two matches 6&5 and 8&7, Debbie Eaglefield winning a match 7&6, Anne Edwards winning a match 8&7.
The final is on MONDAY 15th AUGUST at Stanton on the Wolds Golf Club. Our opponents are Nottinghamshire.
I'm very proud of my team for 2016... Now let's retain the trophy we won back last year!!!
Silver Division - Bloxwich Golf Club - 1st August 2016
Winner of the Bridget Jackson Salver:
Madeleine Winnett - Trentham
Winner of the Gross Prize:
Terri Smith - Penn
2nd Nett - Annette Deeley - South Staffs
3rd Nett - Tracey Klek - Beau Desert
4th Nett - Sue Ferneyhough - Drayton Park
Winners of The Staffordshire Cup:
Winners of The May Evershed Cup:
Our thanks to Bloxwich Golf Club
With special thanks to Graham for
putting up the banner!
Bronze Alliance - Lichfield Golf and Country Club - 14th July 2016
Winners of the Staffordshire Rose Bowls:
Trudie Hanson, Sara Allen and Penny Small from Branston Golf and Country Club with 93 points
Liz Kendrick and Karen Crarer (above) along with Christine Naisbitt of Whittington Heath came second with 86 points
Lin Strachan, Meena Bhagrath and Jane Medina from Aston Wood came third with 85 points
Our thanks to Lichfield for hosting the Alliance and special thanks to Lady Captain Carol Bradbury and County Delegate Virginia Callaghan for their help on the day.
Bronze Division - Wolstanton GC - 13th June 2016
Sara Allen - Branston Golf Club, winner of The Challenge Bowl with 38 points.
Jane Docksey, Sara Allen and Kim Tierney - Branston Golf Club, winners of The Williamson Team Cup with 93 points Mr Captain, Neil Hancock and Lady Captain, Shirley Howard presented the prizes.
Our thanks to Wolstanton Golf Club for their hospitality. Special thanks to the groundstaff for their hard work to make the course playable in the inclement weather and to Wolstanton County Delegate, Jane Ankers.
Staffs Ladies v Handsworth Men Scratch - Handsworth GC - 10th April 2016
The match was played on a cold, windy but dry day. Staffs ladies were given a 2 up start and then whichever team went 2 up they had to give a shot on the next hole as long as it wasn't a par 3.
Gina Wilkie & Emily Brennan v Dave Westwood & Frank Wallington 1up
Julie Brown & Georgie Taylor 4&3 v Ian Winstanley & Little Ahmed
Annette Deeley & Julia Gaunt 1/2 v Carl Smith & Andy Trudy 1/2
Rachel Bishop & Anne Edwards v Warren Bingham & Tony Almond 2up
Handsworth Men won 2 1/2 - 1 1/2
Staffordshire v Worcestershire & Herefordshire - Kings Norton GC - 17th April 2016
This match, foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon, was played on a dry day but a very wet course.
Gina Wilkie & Emily Brennan 2 &1 v Ciara Kelly & Aimee Field
Georgie Taylor & Emma Leech v Anna Rock & Harriet Matthews 2 up
Debbie Warren & Debbie Loach 4 & 2 v Alice Brookes & Laura Yapp
Rachel Bishop & Julia Gaunt v Sarah Cranton & Emily Furness 2up
Result for morning foursomes 2-2
Gina Wilkie 3 &1 v Anna Rock
Rachel Bishop v Ciara Kelly 5 & 4
Georgie Taylor v Aimee Field 1 up
Debbie Loach v Sarah Cranton 7 & 6
Emma Leech 1/2 v Alice Brooks 1/2
Emily Brennan 6 & 5 v Emily Furness
Julia Gaunt 1/2 v Harriet Matthews 1/2
Debbie Warren 4 & 2 v Laura Yapp
Afternoon result 4-4
Overall match was halved at 6-6
Staffordshire v Warwickshire - Moor Hall GC - 15th April 2016
This match was played on a dry sunny day. Warwickshire however, were only able to field 7 players for the afternoon singles.
Gina Wilkie & Georgie Taylor v Rachel Rusted & Gemma Bradbury 2 & 1
Annette Deeley & Jenny Rhodes 1 up v Yen Pham & Kelly Knight
Debbie Loach & Emily Sutton v Claire Howells & Julia Burton 4 & 3
Morgan Thomas & Julia Gaunt 1/2 v Adele Middleton & Charlotte Priddel 1/2
Result for morning foursomes 1 1/2 - 2 1/2
Gina Wilkie 3 & 2 v Yen Pham
Morgan Thomas 3 & 1 v Gemma Bradbury
Julia Gaunt 1/2 v Adele Middleton 1/2
Emily Sutton 3 & 1 v Claire Howells
Debbie Loach 1 up v Julia Barton
Georgie Taylor 2 & 1 v Charlotte Priddel
Jenny Rhodes 1 up v Kelly Knight
Result for afternoon singles 6 1/2 - 1/2. Overall match result 8 - 3 to staffs.
A great come back from being down in the morning foursomes without losing a singles match. Well played everyone.
County Championship - 2016
Finalists: Julie Brown and Fern Clark
Winner of the Vicountess of Lewisham Cup:
Julie Brown - Trentham Golf Club
Winner of the Runner Up plate - Fern Clark
Best Gross Runner Up - Morgan Thomas
Overall Best Gross and winner of the Wedgewood Bowl - Emily Brennan
The First semi final between Sue Spencer and Fern Clark was decided on the 18th green
The second semi final between Julia Gaunt and Julie Brown was also decided on the 18th green
Our thanks to the staff and members of Trentham Golf Club for all their help with the County's flagship event and to all 28 competitors who took part for making it a memorable County Championship.
Spring Foursomes - 25th April 2016
Best Nett - Madeleine Winnett and Tina Platt - Trentham
Presenting the Beryl Snape and Kay Denham Salvers are Val Mason, President of SLCGA and Lady Captain, Eugenie Bartlett
Best Gross - Sally Sketcher and Julie Brown - Trentham
2nd Nett - Sue Macmillan and Annette Deeley - Trentham and S.Staffs
3rd Nett - Charlotte Peters and Isobel Rees - Enville
Thanks to all staff and members at South Staffordshire Golf Club who helped to make it a super day. Special thanks to County Delegate, Anne Marczak for all her help.
Sue Turner Trophy - 18th April 2016
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Sue Turner Trophy - Val Rooney and Susan Adams - Beau Desert
Thanks to Maureen Robertson, Whittington Ladies President, Sue Gartland, Lady Captain of Whittington and Val Mason, President of SLCGA. Our thanks to the ladies and gentlemen of Whittington who gave their time to enable the competition to run smoothly and for their warm welcome.
2nd Nett - Helen Jessop and Tina Bond - The Manor
3rd Nett - Sue Hatton (above) and Tracey Klek - Beau Desert
4th Nett - Caroline Corrigan and Amanda Evans - Ingestre
5th Nett - Mary Jenner and Alison Taylor - Ingestre
Staffs 2nd Team v Worcestershire at Fulford Heath - 29th March 2016
Great performance by my team today at Fulford Heath GC. We played a tough match against Worcestershire. The morning foursomes saw us go into the afternoon 2.5-1.5 in the lead.
The afternoon singles were a good battle with Staffs coming out on top with an overall victory of 8-4.
Well played Anne Edwards, Annette Deeley, Lauren Birch, Corinne Tooth, Lynn Gray, Sam Smith, Emma Leech, Terri Smith. More of this all season please 😀
Results as follows...
Rachel Bishop & Anne Edwards win 6&5
Sam Smith & Emma Leech halved
Corinne Tooth & Lynn Gray win 7&5
Terri Smith & Annette Deeley lost 1 down
Rachel Bishop won 6&5
Anne Edwards won 2&1
Lauren Birch won 3&1
Sam Smith lost 1 down
Terri Smith halved
Lynn Gray lost 2&1
Emma Leech won 4&3
Corinne Tooth won 5&3
Staffs Ladies v Staffs Men - 27th March 2016
The match against the county men was played at Drayton Park on Sunday 27th March with the weather being very blustery with a couple of showers thrown in. This years format was fourball with a level start but which ever team went 2up they had to give a shot on the next hole as long as it was not a par 3.
Results as follows:
Gina Wilkie & Sam Meese v Matt Fieldsend & Jack Gaunt 2up
Julie Brown & Julia Gaunt v Freddie Sheridan Mils & Lewis Pearce 2&1
Debbie Warren & Emily Sutton v Henry Sheridan Mills & Ryan Brooks 1 up
Rachel Bishop & Anne Edwards 1up v Tom Hewitt & Chris Crane
Overall result 3-1 to the mens county.
Trevose - 19th/20th March 2016
This years matches at Trevose were played over the weekend of the 19th and 20th March. Unfortunately Staffordshire were only able to field a team of 6 this year.
Saturday, when we played Cornwall Ladies the weather was dry but extremely cold and played the singles in the morning with the following result:
Emily Brennan v Georgie Price 4/3
Rachel Bishop 1/2 v Victoria Pawley 1/2
Sam Smith 1up v Wendy Briggs
Lynn Gray v Jan Harrison 1up
Anne Edwards v Nikki Hodge 3/2
Julia Gaunt 1/2 v Laura Andrew 1/2
Overall morning result 4-2 to Cornwall.
We then played the fourball in the afternoon, again the weather was bitterly cold.
Rachel Bishop & Anne Edwards v Georgie Price & Victoria Pawley 3/2
Emily Brennan & Sam Smith 3/2 v Wendy Briggs & Jan Harrison
Lynn Gray & Julia Gaunt v Jan Sargent & Danielle Price 2 up
Afternoon result 2-1to Cornwall with the overall match resulting in a 6-3 win for Cornwall.
Sunday we played against the Trevose men’s scratch team. The match was again fourball, with the ladies starting with a 2 up start and 90% of the handicap difference with a pleasing result of a 2-1 win to our staffs ladies.
Rachel Bishop & Anne Edwards v Nick Gammon & Jonathan Remain 2/1
Sam Smith & Emily Brennan 2/1 v Carl Burley & Steve Davies
Lynn Gray & Julia Gaunt 3/2 v Mark Pawley & Tom McIntrye
Staffs Ladies and Trevose Men (County Captain, Julia holding onto the trophy
Lady Senior Order of Merit 2015
Congratulations to Julie Brown (Trentham) who has won the Lady Senior Order of Merit for 2015 by a long margin.
Results of the top 10 shown below:
Player Club County Points
1 Julie Brown Trentham Staffordshire 122187.
2 Helen Lowe Scraptoft Leicestershire 54986.
3 Lulu Housman Wyke Green Middlesex 50569.
4 Lindsey Shaw Chevin Derbyshire 47789.
5 Caroline Berry Bromborough Cheshire 41548.
6 Sue Dye Delamere Forest Cheshire 38421.
7 Catherine Rawthore Sale Cheshire 24894.
8 Aileen Greenfield Pyecombe Sussex 24300.
9 Joanna Galway Pyecombe Sussex 18648.
10 Janet Melville Royal Birkdale Lancashire 18169.
Inter Club 12-24 Winner - Newcastle
Inter Club 12-24 Runner Up - Beau Desert
Inter Club 25-36 Winner - Trentham
Inter Club 25-36 Runner Up - Sandwell Park
Scratch League Winner - Trentham A
Scratch League Div II - Whittington Heath
Scratch League Div III - Trentham B
Scratch League Div IV - Enville B
Scratch League V - Aston Wood
Scratch League VI - TrenthamC
Scratch League VII - Leek B
Retiring Officer - Ann Rafferty
Retiring from website - Gill Bloxham
Hon. Competition Secretary
Ann Rafferty handing over to Margaret Wright
Helen Peters - Enville receiving the Shield
for hosting the 2015 County Week
Mary Turner Bowl 2015
Well done Staffs!!!
On Monday 12th October we managed to get the Mary Turner Bowl back for the first time since 2009.
The team did the county proud winning by 17 shots. The day was topped off with Julie Brown and Sam Smith taking 1st with a nett 67 and Rachel Bishop and Anne Edwards coming 2nd with a nett 70.
Well done team for a great win and let's keep the trophy next year! The team consisted of
Julie Brown, Sam Smith, Rachel Bishop, Anne Edwards, Gina Wilkie, Sue Macmillan, Debbie Eaglefield, Bev Chattaway,
Lynne Gray, Olivia Raybould, Jules Heath, Debbie Warren
County AM AM
The COUNTY AM AM was held at Drayton Park Golf Club on 5th October 2015.
Congratulations to the winning Team Aston Wood III, Nicky Whitton, Jane Jones, Loiuse Laishley and their County Player Sam Smith who won with a score of 80pts with a BB6 than the team from Drayton Park who also had 80pts.
Full results can be seen on the competition results page.
Autumn Foursomes - 7th September 2015
Overall Winners with 37 points were Bridget Locke and Caroline Corrigan (Ingestre Golf Club)
Thanks to County President, Val Mason, Lady President of Ingestre, Chris Betteley and Lady Captain, Margaret Kirby for presenting the prizes and special thanks to Ann Rafferty for the smooth running of the competition.
2nd - Brenda Parker and Brenda Yates (Ingestre GC)
3rd - Elizabeth Dunning and Joyce Woodward (Ingestre GC)
4th - Eileen Thomas and P Mumford (South Staffs and Swindon)
5th- Denise Johnson and SM Rogers (South Staffs GC)
Our thanks to all at Ingestre for a most enjoyable day
England Ladies Senior Team 2015
England’s senior women came tantalisingly close to retaining their European crown – only to lose a nerve-tingling final 3-2 to France.
England's Ladies Senior Team 2015
England’s senior women came tantalisingly close to retaining their European crown – only to lose a nerve-tingling final 3-2 to France. Congratulations go to Julie Brown (Trentham) who was part of the team.
PING Plate Winner 2015
The 10th anniversay PING fourball betterball champtionship was won by Marcella Tuttle and Lynn Lambert from The Links Newmarket with a score of 43. In second place were Pam Bailey and Mel Davey from Barlaston Golf Club with 41 points. Congratulations ladies.
STAFFS 2ND TEAM V NOTTINGHAM
Playing the league final at Cavendish Golf Club on Friday 28th August. Good luck to all the team:
Rachel Bishop, Anne Edwards, Deborah Eaglefield, Lauren Birch, Rachel Birch, Emily Sutton, Gina Wilkie
ENGLAND GOLF TRUST
A new Trust was launched on Tuesday 4th August at Kings Norton Golf Club. The Trust is aimed at enabling young golfers of all levels to continue to play the game by providing grants and bursaries to those in financial need.
A fun Texas Scramble followed the launch with teams consisting of grant recipients from the previous England Women’s Golf Association Trust playing alongside the trustees and interested parties including representatives from England Golf, the PGA, the Golf Foundation, English Schools and long time golf supporters Doctor Bridget Jackson MBE, Elizabeth Earnshaw.
The Trust is also supported by Naga Munchetty newsreader , journalist Robert Rock from the European Tour and Alison Nicholas former Solheim Cup captain who have all signed up as ‘Ambassadors’ to help promote the Trust.
For more information visit the website englandgolf.org and for photographs of the launch www.leaderboardphotography.com
Staffordshire Mactier Cup Final - 17th August 2015
Jayne Martin (Barlaston) Overall Winner
Karen Wilshaw (Leek) Silver Division, Second
Val Edwards (Newcastle- Under- Lyme) Bronze Division Winner
Wendy Walley (Trentham Park) Bronze Division, Second
Holly Langford of Perton Park, winner of the Silver Division was unable to attend the presentation due to her competing in the Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Moortown Golf Club near Leeds August 19 to 21. We wish her every success.
Our thanks to all who took part, to the staff and members of Barlaston Golf Club and to Lady Captain Cheryl Egerton and County President Val Mason for presenting the prizes.
For full results please visit our results page.
Staffordshire Silver Division - 3rd August 2015
Overall Winner of the Bridget Jackson Salver - Ann Partridge
Best Gross - Rachel Bishop
Second Place - Sandra Redrup
Third Place - Beth Rhodes
Fourth Place - Karen Griffiths
Winners of The Staffordshire Cup for best Gross
Winners of the Mary Evershed Cup for best Nett
Well done to all our winners and many thanks to Oxley Park
and Lady Captain, Janet Fleetwood, for such an enjoyable day.
For full results please visit our results page.
County AM AM
Please note that you can put entries in until 21 August. Please use entry form which can be down loaded from the website. One form per team.
Staffordshire Bronze Alliance - July 2015
Winners of the Bronze Alliance at Penn Golf Club July 2015
Staffordshire Bronze Meeting - June 2015
Winner of the Handicap Bowl - Ann Meadows - Aston Wood Golf Club
Winners of the Williamson Team Cup: Ann Meadows, Nicky Whitton and Meena Bhagrath - Aston Wood Golf Club
Staffordshire County Championship 2015
Congratulations to Holly Langford from Perton Park on becoming County Chamption by beating Gina Wilkie from Barlaston at Little Aston.
|County Champion||Holly Langford||Perton Park||4 & 3||Winner of the Viscountess Lewisham Cup|
|Runner Up||Gina Wilkie||Barlaston||Runner up plate|
|Best Gross (36 holes)||Emily Coleman||Trentham||156 Gross||Winner of the Wedgewood Bowl|
|Best Gross runner up (36 holes)||Julia Gaunt||Drayton Park||161 Gross|
|Best Nett||Emily Sutton||Walsall||149 Nett|
|Intermediate Champion||Emily Coleman||Trentham||156 Gross|
|Intermediate Best Nett||Emily Sutton||Walsall||149 Nett|
Thank you to Little Aston Golf Club for hosting the Championship this year and to The Lady Captain and all the ladies for their help and support during the event.
(Ann Rafferty - Hon Competition Secretary)
Staffordshire Ladies v Cornwall Ladies - Trevose Golf Club - 28th March 2015
Our annual trip to Trevose took place at the end of March and for the second year running we were hit by awful weather. this was the 31st Anniversary of our friendly match against Cornwall Ladies and Trevose Men. Right from the off we were plagued by bad weather. On arriving on the afternoon of 27th March it was obvious no golf was going to be played at that time. However, players did take the opportunity to walk some of the course whilst it was dry, though fought their way through gale force winds.
Everyone tee'd off on Saturday morning in the singles only to be called in after 8 holes due to the severe wind and rain, with some of the greens starting to hold water. However, the forecast for the afternoon was somewhat different, still windy but no rain so the fourball matches went ahead. An honourable half was recorded, therefore Staffs retained the trophy.
Gina Wilkie & Emily Brennan wond 3 & 2 against Rachel Philips & Abi Maude.
Julia Gaunt & Morgan Thomas halved the match against Nikki Hodge & Jan Sergeant.
Debbie Loach & Emily Sutton halved the match against Lynn Saget & Lauren Hulston.
Anne Edwards & Rachel Bishop lost 2 & 1 against Victoria Pawley & Megan Giles.
On Sunday 29th March we all woke to find the weather was worse than Saturday with even stronger winds and more rain forecast. Unfortunately due to this our match against Trevose Men was called off. Hoping for better luck with the weather next year.
(Julia Gaunt - County Captain)
Staffordshire Ladies v Staffordshire Men - 8th March 2015
This has become a regular match, this year played at Little Aston Golf Club and the first time played for the Beattie, Brown Salver. Teams consisted of 10 players who all played off scratch. Whichever team went 2 up they had to give a shot on the next hole, as long as it was not a par 3. Weather conditions were awful to say the least for the first 9 holes, very wet and very cold. Credit to all the players for perserving through these conditions.
Although Staffs Ladies lost 4 1/2 - 1/2 the matches were all very close as shown below:
Emily Coleman & Emily Brennan matched halved against Freddie Sheridan Mills & Lewis Pearce.
Gina Wilkie & Julia Gaunt lost 2 down against Jack Gaunt & Matt Fieldsend.
Georgie Taylor & Fern Clark lost 2 & 1 against Henry Sheridan Mills & George Dukes.
Olivia Raybould & Debbie Eaglefield lost 1 down against Aaron Wright & Ryan Brooks.
Anne Edwards & Rachel Bishop lost 2 & 1 against Brian Belcher & Kevin Beattie.
(Julia Gaunt - County Captain)
2015 Spring Foursomes Competition
Congratulations to Mary Jenner and Ali Taylor on winning the Beryl Snape and Kay Denham Salvers at the Spring Foursomes Meeting at Brocton
|1st Nett||Mary Jenner & Ali Taylor||Ingestre Park||Nett 65.5||Winners of the Beryl Snape and Kay Denham Salvers|
|2nd Nett||Mary Robertson & Liz Balkoy||Brocton||Nett 71||B9: 36.5|
|3rd Nett||Di Ferriday & Mary Richards||Brocton||Nett 71||B9: 38|
|4th Nett||Ann Tweddle & Lyn Toft||Uttoxeter||Nett 72||B9: 36|
|5th Nett||Penny Small & Louise Manning||Branston||Nett 72||B9: 37|
|Best Gross||Julie Brown & Sally Sketcher||Trentham||Gross 81|
Thank you to Brocton for hosting the event this year and to the Lady Captain and all the ladies for all their help and support on the day!
2015 Sue Turner Competiton
Congratulations to Julie Brown and Mandy Ambert from Trentham on winning this years's Sue Turner Competition.
|1st||J Brown & M Ambert||Trentham||39 points||Winners of the Sue Turner Trophy|
|2nd||M Bennett & J Woodward||Ingestre Park||37 points||B9: 19|
|3rd||S Clarke & D Jeynes||Whittington Heath||37 points||B9: 15|
|4th||K Hollis & K Morgan||Aston Wood||36 points||B9: 21|
|5th||D Loach & J Sandford||Enville||36 points||B9: 20|
|6th||D Barnett & N Boulton||Leek||36 points||B9: 19, B6:11|
|7th||E Gormley & J Watkiss||Lakeside||36 points||B9: 19, B6: 14|
|Front Nine||P Greenfield & D Smith||Branston||20 points|
|Back Nine||S Smith & E Geddes||Walsall||20 points||B6: 13|
First National England Golf AGM of 2015
Penny Small, Carol Alford, Malcolm Eustace, Gareth Shaw and Ian Lancaster attended the First National England Golf Annual General meeting on 16th/17th April. This was extremely informative and very well attended with over 300 member attending from all counties.
Reminder - U12 Handicap Information
Just a reminder to clubs that the Under 12 handicap information should be completed and sent to County Hon Sec. Penny Small before the 31st January 2015.
County Scratch League - Team Nominations
Please could clubs with Scratch League A,B & C teams send League & Inter-Club Organiser Lucille Wood a club handicap list with their team nominations by the 31st March.
This is in the County Competition Rules under Additional Specific Rules and Conditions League Competitions point (h).
Whittington Heath GC Ladies- Mail on Sunday Final
Thank you to Patricia Davies (Whiitington Heath GC) for this great report about the Mail on Sunday Final recently in Spain and well done Whittington Heath Ladies!
They say that nobody remembers who came second but the women of Whittington Heath Golf Club will never forget being runners-up in the 2014 Mail on Sunday Classic at El Rompido in Spain in November.
"We narrowly beat Sale 3-2 in the semi-finals, then lost 4-1 to Farnham, from Surrey, in the final," said Jayne Fletcher, the Lichfield team's inspirational playing captain. "It was disappointing initially because the matches were so close at times but we soon switched into celebratory mode when we realised our achievements. We'd come second out of nearly 3,000 clubs from all over the country."