Sue Turner Trophy - 9th April 2018
Linda Guthrie & Sheila Griffiths
Winners of the 2018 Sue Turner Trophy with 44 points
Gizelle Higginson & Fiona Southwell
Second with 41 points
Congatulations to Di Gillen for her eagle on the 5th
Many many thanks to South Staffs for their hospitality and to all who played.
Sue Turner's daughter Lottie was our special guest for part of the day.
2019 New Rules - effective from 1st January 2019
Major news from the R&A today: new and changed rules that will come into effect on Jan 1, 2019, have been announced.
Here are the headlines, but remember – they’re not in effect yet and won’t come into effect until 2019.
Taking a drop: instead of dropping the ball from shoulder height, you’ll do it from knee height.
Out of bounds: in order to help speed up play, Clubs will be able to pass a Local Rule that says instead of having to hit “three from the tee” you’ll be able to take a drop close to where it went out of bounds and take a two-shot penalty.
Putting with the flag in: you’ll be able to putt on the green without having the flag removed or attended.
Spike marks on a green: you will be able to repair them.
Water hazards: these will be renamed as “penalty areas” and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in them.
Bunkers: there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or touching the sand in one with your hand or club, although you still won’t be able to ground your club behind the ball.
Double hit: there will be no penalty if you accidentally hit the ball twice.
Pace of play: you’ll only get three minutes to look for a lost ball instead of five; and Ready Golf will be “affirmatively encouraged” for strokeplay.
Full details are here:
World Handicap System features announced from R & A
Tuesday 20 February 2018
The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and the USGA, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.
The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.
Features of the World Handicap System
The new system will feature the following:
Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability
A recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for handicapping authorities or National Associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction
A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control
A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game
Worldwide stakeholder engagement
Quantitative research was conducted in 15 countries around the world, through which 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed. This was followed by a series of focus groups, in which more than 300 golf administrators and golfers from different regions around the world offered extensive feedback on the features of the proposed new system.
This feedback has helped shape the WHS, which has been developed by The R&A and the USGA with support from each handicapping authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada.
A modern and more accessible sport
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are working with our partners and National Associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more enjoyable as a sport and the new World Handicap System represents a huge opportunity in this regard.
“We want to make it more attractive to golfers to obtain a handicap and strip away some of the complexity and variation which can be off-putting for newcomers. Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and is truly portable around the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the unique selling points of our sport.”
Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, commented, “For some time, we’ve heard golfers say ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,” or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap.’ We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game. We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernising Golf’s Rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”
Objectives of golf’s World Handicap System
The tenets of the new system focus on three main objectives: to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap; to enable golfers of differing abilities, genders and nationalities to transport their handicap to any course globally and compete on a fair and equitable basis; and to indicate with sufficient accuracy the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving on any course around the world, playing under normal conditions.
Given worldwide alignment towards a single system, all parties will now embark on a two-year transition period targeting implementation in 2020. When adopted, the World Handicap System will be governed by The R&A and the USGA and administered locally by the six existing authorities and National Associations around the world, with safeguards included to ensure consistency as well as adaptability to differing golf cultures.
The six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.
The announcement is the latest step in a multi-year collaboration between The R&A and the USGA, handicap authorities and national and regional golf associations around the world to introduce one set of Rules for handicapping, aimed to support modernising, growing and supporting accessibility of the sport.
As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support The R&A’s and the USGA’s efforts to implement a World Handicap System. The Swiss watchmaker’s contribution to excellence in golf is based on a rich heritage stretching back more than 50 years, forged through pivotal partnerships at every level of the game, from the sport’s leading professional and amateur competitions and organisations, to players at the pinnacle of their sport worldwide.
To provide feedback on the new World Handicap System or for more information, visit randa.org.
World Handicapping System - England Golf announcement
20 February 2018
The R&A and the USGA have today announced details of the new World Handicap System (WHS).
It is designed to welcome more players, to make golf easier to understand and to provide all golfers with a handicap which is portable all around the globe.
The system is expected to be launched in January 2020 and its features will include:
• A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap
• Allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes so a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of current ability
• A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
• An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores. The system will also be able to ‘remember’ good scores, even when they have dropped out of the last 20.
• A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions on a player’s performance each day
• Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
• A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
• A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance and so increase their enjoyment of the game
England Golf is working closely with The R&A and the USGA to help introduce the new system and is running workshops for golf clubs this spring to outline the proposals and their impact. More detailed workshops will be run in the autumn.
Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “We’re joining golfers around the world to welcome this new system. It shows that golf is modernising and becoming easier to understand and I’m sure it will encourage more people to play, get a handicap and enjoy our sport, which is very good news for the future of the game.”
The WHS looks set for a great reception. Research was conducted in 15 countries, involving 52,000 people. Of these, 76% were in support of WHS, 22% percent were willing to consider its benefits and only 2% were opposed. This was followed by focus groups when over than 300 golf administrators and golfers offered extensive feedback on features of the proposed new system.
This feedback has helped shape the WHS, which has been developed by the USGA and The R&A with support from each handicapping authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada.
Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, commented: “For some time, we’ve heard golfers say ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,” or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap.’ We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game. We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “We are working with our partners and national associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more enjoyable as a sport and the new World Handicap System represents a huge opportunity in this regard.
“We want to make it more attractive to golfers to obtain a handicap and strip away some of the complexity and variation which can be off-putting for newcomers. Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and is truly portable around the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the unique selling points of our sport.”
The full details of the WHS will be released in late 2018.
To provide feedback on the new World Handicap System or for more information, visit www.usga.org or www.RandA.org.
Thanks to all who attended the 2017 AGM
Presentations were made to:
Sally Sketcher (Trentham GC)
Scratch League Cup Winners
Sally Sketcher (Trentham GC) Kate Weaver (South Staffs GC)
Winners of Division ll Winners of Division lll
Pauline Hatton (Sandwell Park GC) Sally Sketcher (Tretham GC)
Winners of Division lV Winners of Division V
Carol Alford (Branston GC) Virginia Callaghan (Lichfield GC)
Winners of Division Vl Winners of Division Vll
Ann Keighly (Aston Wood GC) Sylvia Hulse (Newcastle GC)
Perry Cup Runners Up Perry Cup Winners
Chris Portman (Druids Heat GC) Joan Burgess (Sandwell Park)
Inter-Club Shield Runners Up Inter-Club Shield Winners
Doreen Banks paid tribute to Bridget Jackson who accepted an invitation to become an
honorary member of The Royal and Ancient Club of St Andrews in 2017
Emily Brennan - Midwestern State University
The Stoke-on-Trent, England native, who set the program's low round to par with a 5-under 67, notched her second straight and third par-or-better score of the season with a 1-under 71 in the final round to claim her first collegiate individual title.
Emily has played 3 competitions so far and came 4th, 8th and 1st. She has got a hole in 1. Shot a 5 under first round and a 1 under 2nd round for a 6 under total to win.
She has broken university records already and nationally is ranked 7th in d2.
England Golf Sunday Slam Ladies 18-35 years - 2017 Winner
Emma Watson who plays at Branston Golf & County Club, Staffordshire
The final event of England Golf's SUNDAY SLAM SERIES for women aged 18-35 within Midlands North Region, was held at the Leicestershire on the warm, sunny afternoon of Sunday 8th October.
The event was won by Alice Lowe who, until recently, was Club Support Officer for our area and who now works for the Golf Foundation.
The winner of the Series was Emma Watson, pictured above of Branston Golf Club (formerley of Longcliffe where she represented Leicestershire and Rutland).
England Golf representative, Peggy was there to support on the day as were the Lady Captain, Club Captain and Club Manager, Will Bevan, It was great to see them all.
Everyone walked away with a prize with Emma kindly donating some of her winnings to Natalie playing in her first event.
Mary Turner Bowl -2017
1st Nett Gina Wilkie Lynn Gray (Staffordshire) Nett 63
2nd Nett Jenny Rhodes Lisa Doyle (Staffordshire) Nett 64
3rd Nett Debbie Loach Emma Watson (Staffordshire) Nett 66
(On back 9 from Debbie Warren Terri Smith (Staffordshire) Nett 66
Overall Winners of the Mary Turner Bowl - Staffordshire
Staffordshire County AM/AM 28th September 2017 - The Chase
Ann Andrews (Little Aston) with team from Trentham, Jan Williams, Glynis Byatt, and Pauline Roper. Score 86
Helen Jessop (The Manor) with team from Denstone and Ingestre, Catherine Doel, Gina Foster and Tricia Godwin. Score 84 bb9 41
Sue Macmillan ( Trentham) with team from Ingestre, Amanda Evans, Janet Coope and Bev Jones. Score 84
Bridget Locke ( Ingestre) with team from Walsall, Penny Speer, Sandy Dallas and Sally Swift. Score 81
Jayne Fletcher (Whittington) with team from Newcastle, Barbara White, Sylvia Hulse and Susan Moore. Score 80
Nearest the pin on 9th – County Player – Jenny Rhodes (South Staffs)
Nearest the pin on 11th – Club Player – Sue Sims (Whittington)
Longest drive on 10th County Player – Debbie Warren (Whittington)
Longest drive on 17th Club Player – Ann Keighley (Aston Wood)
The raffle raised £225. Thanks to all who provided prizes and bought tickets.
County Job Role - Fixture Secretary
click here to download job description - responses back to Pennysmall@tesco.net by 29th September 2017.
Centenary Vase 2017
Winners of the 2017 Centenary Vase at Oxley Park Golf Club:
Jill Preece and Tracey Klek of Beau Desert Desert with 40 Points
Also with 40 points were Vicky Thomas and Angela Hughes (Penn)
Many thanks to Oxley's Lady Captain Ann Partridge and to all staff and mambers for their help with today's competition.
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.
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