The President, Captain and committee
wish you all a very happy Christmas
and a great 2018
We are very pleased to announce that our new President is Mrs Di Gillen (Stone Golf Club)
We also welcome our new Captain Mrs Christine Davies (Brocton Hall Golf Club) and our new Vice Captain Mrs Jules Heath (Stafford Castle Golf Club)
I’m sure everyone wishes them all a happy and successful 2018 with lots of good golf.
Our thanks go to our past President, Mrs Brenda Parker, and our past Captain, Mrs Ann Tweddle. Both of them have been brilliant and provided invaluable support to the association and all the teams.
It was lovely to see so many people at the AGM this year.
Please see the events section for details of next year’s competitions.
Vets v Gentlemen from The Staffordshire
Wednesday 25th October 2017
The Annual match versus the men at The Staffordshire was once more a very successful day. This was rescheduled from March when it had to be cancelled due to torrential rain. How different from today when the weather was amazing especially as we are at the end of October. Unfortunately the result of 3½ to 4½ does not reflect the spirit in which the game was played as there was great camaraderie between each 4 ball. Once more the trophy stays at The Staffordshire.
Captain, Mike Evans, had organised the day well. We had a very good meal which was followed by some amusing stories by Mike. An excellent day was had by all and a fixture that hopefully will continue for many years. This was our last match of the year and an opportunity once more to thank all the ladies who have played.
Ann Tweddle, Captain
Am-am with Staffordshire senior gentlemen
Monday 16th October 2017
The Ladies played Staffordshire Senior Gentlemen at Trentham Golf Course in an AMAM 90% handicap with one lady and one gentleman to score on each hole. On a very warm morning we witnessed an unusual sky with an orange sun as Storm Ophelia past over the country. We were spared any rain but the wind whipped up the leaves which were whizzing past us as we attempted to play the ball.
It was an excellent day, organised by Terry Henwood with the Gentlemen treating us. As usual the men were very hospitable and entertained us with their humorous stories and jokes.
Sue Spencer, Ann Tweddle (Captain), Andrew Dathan (Chairman) and Stuart Belcher came in with 83 points to take first prize. The second prize went to Di Gillen, Bridget Locke, Warwick Holland and John Deakin. My thanks to Brenda Parker, President and all the ladies who played.
Staffordshire retain the Midland County Trophy
Staffordshire ladies stormed to victory with a fantastic score of 469 at the Midland Counties Championship which was held at Sheringham Golf Club, Norfolk; it was held over four days with practice rounds on Sunday & Monday. The main competition, which was medal play, ran over Tuesday & Wednesday in teams of four with three scores to count in each team. Eleven counties took part in the competition.
Conditions were difficult with very strong winds on both days, which did not deter the 1st team of Bev Chattaway playing off 4, Sue Spencer 4, Sally Sketcher 6 and Caroline Corrigan 4.
Also representing the county in a 2nd team were, Mary Robertson, Bridget Locke, Sue Simmons & Jayne Fletcher with a very creditable score of 502.
Bev Chattaway had best gross on day one, with Sue Spencer winning the longest drive.
Sally Sketcher had the best individual nett on day one & two which reduced her handicap 0.4.
Brenda Parker (President), Ann Tweddle (Captain) and Chris Hopkins went from Monday to Wednesday to support the Ladies. It was a wonderful three days
The 2018 fixtures are now available to view on the events page.
Vets Championship 31st August 2017
The Championship was held on Thursday 31st August at Ingestre Park Golf Club. The course was in excellent condition as always and apart from one or two rain showers we had some good spells of sunshine.
The Championship Trophy was won by Caroline Corrigan (Ingestre Park) with an excellent 76 Gross
The winner of the Doreen Banks Salver was Diane Gillen (Stone) with 84 Gross
Best Nett was won by Ruth Hickman (Sandwell Park) with 71 Nett (won on the back 9)
1st Silver Division - Gail Duffield (Sandwell Park) - 72 Nett
2nd Silver Division - Trish Godwin (Ingestre Park) - 73 Nett
3rd Silver Division - Diane Gillen (Stone) - 74 Nett
1st Bronze Division - Mim Close (Newcastle-under-Lyme) - 71 Nett
2nd Bronze Division - Judy Bartlett (Uttoxeter) - 74 Nett
3rd Bronze Division - Eileen Geddes (Whittington Heath) - 76 Nett
Vets 2nd team v Warwickshire 23rd August 2017
Staffordshire Won 5 - 3
The match was held at Walsall Golf Club. My thanks go to all the staff and lady members, including the Lady Captain, who were there to look after us. The match was very competitive with four matches going to the 18th hole and two matches ending All-Square. With the result a 5:3 win to Staffordshire. This turned out to be a bit of a nail biting match as Warwickshire had beaten Worcs. & Hereford and the latter had beaten us earlier in the season. So there was all to play for in retaining the Tri-County Trophy. As it now turns out Worcestershire & Hereford have snatched the trophy back by ½ a point. It says a lot for Veterans Golf that over all these fixtures there was only one point separating the three counties.
The weather forecast was for a bright sunny day and, although it started out by being overcast, with a modicum of drizzle, it eventually turned out to be very pleasant.
My thanks go to all who played, especially those for whom it was their first match. I hope you all enjoyed it. Also to Lady President, Brenda Parker and Past President and current committee member, Chrissie Hopkins for all their support and help on the day.
1st team v Leicestershire 21st August 2017
Kirby Muxloe was a beautiful course to have our final County Match of the season. Upon arrival Leicestershire made us very welcome and the eight matches went off on a dull but dry morning. President Brenda and Captain Ann saw all the matches on the first tee, again as they reached the ninth green and finally as they came off the eighteenth. Everyone seemed to get on very well and once more the matches were played in a friendly but competitive manner. Thanks to all the Staffordshire Ladies for playing and resulting in a win of 6½ to 1½.
MVLGA JAMBOREE 8th – 10th AUGUST 2017
The Jamboree this year was held at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.
The members of the Midlands team were Tracy Bourne, Julie Brown, Caron Harrison, Helen Lowe, Mary MacLaren, Sue Spencer, Debbie Warren and Carol Wild.
Staffordshire Vets was well represented in the team with three Staffordshire Vets being included in the team of eight, namely Sue Spencer, Debbie Warren and Julie Brown.
The practice round was on Monday in beautiful weather but by Tuesday the weather had turned and the 36 holes was played in monsoon conditions. For those that do not know the format each day is three matches of Foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon.
The Midlands played against the South on Tuesday and won the day 5½ - 3½.
On Wednesday we played against Scotland and won 6½ - 2½ in the same dreadful conditions. It was not easy.
On Thursday we played The North in much better conditions. We needed a win or a half to secure the trophy. The morning Foursomes were lost 2½ - ½ so we needed to win four of the singles matches in the afternoon. A tall order as The North are a very, very strong side. Things were not looking too good at the beginning but we battled and won the first three matches. The next two matches were lost so all depended on the very last match. It was extremely tense and came down to the very last putt on the eighteenth. Julie Brown won her match, Debbie Warren won her match and Sue Spencer holed her putt on the eighteenth to secure the trophy for the Midlands. Fantastic result. Well done to all the team.
Should anyone like to see the full results for each day these can be seen on the MVLGA website.
1st team v Warwickshire 19th August 2017
At last a match without any rain! A lovely sunny day, Handsworth golf course played long following heavy rain the previous day. The Ladies from both teams had very close matches which culminated in a win to Staffordshire 4½ to 3½. Once more the matches were played in a friendly yet competitive manner. Having previously won against Worcester & Hereford we have now retained the Trophy.
Captain Ann & Vice Captain Christine supported the team. The match was followed by an excellent meal. The catering was much appreciated both on arrival and for the evening meal.
Vets 2nd team v Derbyshire 8th August 2017
Staffordshire Won 5 ½ - 2 ½
The match was held at Westwood Golf Club whose Staff brilliantly catered for our every need. As usual there were 16 players in the team and the noise around the tables before and during the match dinner reflected the spirit in which the match was played. A great advert for Veterans golf.
The weather generally was a bit of a concern as it seemed to be raining or drizzling for most of the day and the Course, not surprisingly, was getting a little soggy in places. In the end I think we were very fortunate with the weather. My thanks go to all who played, especially those for whom it was their first match. Plus, a welcome return to playing for the team for Madame Captain, Ann Tweddle.
Well done Staffordshire.
Lady Captain's Day 19th July 2017
121 Ladies from 21 clubs played at Uttoxeter Golf Club, the home course of our Captain Ann Tweddle. The day went well thanks to the excellent organisation by the competition secretary, Sue Simmons.
Competition – Stableford Three Ball Alliance and the results are a follows:-
Nearest the Pin (4th hole) Silver Div – Sam Smith (Walsall)
Longest Drive (5th hole) Silver Div – Jayne Fletcher (Whittington Heath)
Nearest the Pin (16th hole) Bronze Div – Jenny Bulman (Brocton Hall)
Longest Drive (15th hole) Bronze Div – Jennie Bostock (Uttoxeter)
1st Sue Phipps, Judy Bartlett & Kit Ford (Uttoxeter) 81 points
2nd Lin Toft, Sue Butler & Pat Watson (Uttoxeter) 79 points
3rd Caroline Corrigan, Bridget Locke, & Bev Hensley (Ingestre Park) 75 points
4th Jayne Fletcher, Bev Chattaway & Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) 74 points with a back nine of 35 points
The Met Office was forecasting thunderstorms which thankfully stayed away & apart from a short spell of rain, early evening, the day progressed well.
Uttoxeter golf course was in excellent condition and thanks go to the greenkeepers and many volunteers for preparing the course. The Spotters, Starters and helpers contributed to a very friendly feel to the day.
The 12th Hole provided much merriment and a chance for the golfers to rest their legs. President Brenda & Past President Chrissie Hopkins did a great job in helping serve scones and drinks.
There was a good atmosphere in the Club House where the presentation of prizes took place.
Snelson Trophy 10th July 2017
On a lovely morning we set off to Newcastle Golf Club for the First team to play the Second team for the Snelson Trophy. Each team had 20 players. The format for the day was a 4BBB Stableford.
We were delighted to have President Brenda Parker & Past President Chrissie Hopkins to see us off on the first tee and meet us at the halfway house on the ninth. Our good weather declined rapidly, turning into a deluge, which then found the course struggling to let the water soak away. However, this did not deter the teams from completing their rounds, and a narrow victory for the first team with 379 to 376 points. This meant that the First team regained the Trophy from the Second team.
Following the match we had an excellent meal in the Club house with plenty of time for good fellowship.
Vets 1st team v Derbyshire 27th June 2017
On a very grey morning we arrived to a warm welcome, at Trentham Golf Club, by the Lady Captain, Sally Sketcher. Once more we had rain for the first part of the matches and at the turn there were some very close scores. However Staffordshire must have dug their heels in to come away with a very good win of 7½ to ½. The Derbyshire team were very friendly and both teams enjoyed the course.
Once more President Brenda, Captain Ann & Vice Captain Christine Davies were on hand to support the team. The match was followed by an excellent meal with both teams thoroughly enjoying a very good natured atmosphere.
Dates for your diary
The date of the next delegates meeting will be on Monday 12th February 2018 and the 2018 AGM will be held on Monday 12th November.
Vets 1st team v Shropshire 22nd June 2017
Following the heat wave the country had experienced during the previous week, we arrived at Wrekin Golf Club to grey skies and a considerably cooler temperature. The Lady Captain of Wrekin very kindly welcomed President Brenda & myself to their Club. Despite the rain for the first three hours our Ladies all had very good matches with the Shropshire team and we were delighted to win 5-3.
President Brenda & Captain Ann supported the team, with Brenda kindly acting as starter & ensuring all the matches went out on time. The match was followed by an excellent meal with both teams thoroughly enjoying the fellowship.
Lady President's Day - Thursday 15th June 2017
Our President's Day was held at Ingestre Park, the home course of our President Brenda Parker, on Thursday 15th June. Apart from some drizzle early morning the day brightened up to give us some good spells of sunshine.The format of the competition was a Stableford Three Ball Alliance and the results are as follows:-
1st Sally Sketcher, Julie Wright and Caroline Carryer (Trentham) 75 points with a back nine of 40 points and last six of 26 points
2nd Siobhan Hills, Pauline Hatton and Ruth Hickman (Sandwell Park) 75 points with a back nine of 40 points and last six of 25 points
3rd Caroline Corrigan, Bridget Locke and Bev Hensley (Ingestre Park) 75 points with a back 9 of 39 points
Nearest the pin (13th hole) - Silver Div - Caroline Hastilow (Drayton Park)
Longest Drive (18th hole) - Siver Div - Caroline Corrigan (Ingestre Park)
Nearest the pin (6th hole) - Bronze Div - Jo Hall (Penn)
Longest Drive (7th Hole) - Bronze Div - Dawn Franks (Ingestre Park)
Ingestre Park golf course was in excellent condition with very slick greens and thanks go to the greens staff for their hard work in preparing the course for us. Many thanks go to all the helpers on the day - Jean Livingston, Ann Tweddle (Captain), Jenny Cordon and Chris Hopkins who did a sterling job helping our President, Brenda, to keep us plied with Pimms and wonderful cupcakes at the halfway house. Many thanks to Brenda for the Pimms, cakes and biscuits and many congratulations Brenda on a great day!
Nellie Wood competition 22nd May 2017
The Nellie Wood Trophy was played at Handsworth Golf Club this year on Monday 22nd May and we were very fortunate to enjoy some lovely sunny weather for our first competition of the year.
The Nellie Wood Trophy was won by Catherine Weaver (South Staffs) with 38 points.
The Vintage Salver was also won by Catherine Weaver (South Staffs) with 38 points.
1st Pat Watson (Uttoxeter) with 37 points.
2nd Glynis Byatt (Trentham) with 36 points
3rd Sue Hatton (Beau Desert) with 36 points
4th Tracey Klek (Beau Desert) with 35 points
1st Angela Hughes (Penn) with 37 points
2nd Jo Hall (Penn) with 34 points
3rd Caroline Greatrex (Brocton Hall) with 33 points
4th G Picton-Jones (Little Aston) with 33 points
Our thanks go to Handsworth Golf Club for allowing us to host this event at their club and also to the Greens staff for preparing their course in such excellent order. Many thanks to Brenda Parker (Vet's President), Ann Tweddle (Vet's Captain) and Pat Wallington (Handsworth delegate) for all their invaluable help both in the organisation of the day and for the very efficient help they gave on the desk all day.
Vets 2nd team v Leicestershire 12th May 2017
Won 7 - 1
The match was held at Trentham Park Golf Club who did everything possible to cater for our needs. Thank you to their Lady Captain Shirley Thomas for helping with arrangements. As usual there were 16 players in the team and the banter and noise around the tables at the after match dinner reflected the excellent spirit in which the match was played.
The weather at the start of the match was a little worrying as rain was forecast for most of the day. However, the showers were brief and as the day progressed they ceased all together. The Course was as tricky as ever, obviously more so for our opponents, thank goodness. My thanks go to all who played, especially those for whom it was their first match. A special thank you to our Captain, Ann Tweddle, who played for Leicestershire when they were short of a player.
As always a huge thank you to our President Brenda Parker, who never fails in her support of the team, both for Home and Away matches and who was there for the whole of the day.
Vets 3rd team v Northamptonshire
On a cool but bright May morning Staffs Vets travelled to Brampton Heath to play a 3rd team match v Northamptonshire.
With a number of debutants in the team, nerves were running a bit high on the first tee, especially as the County President, Captain, Vice Captain and Past Captain were all in attendance. With the strength in depth of Staffs vets the team were giving shots in all the matches. The course proved to be quite tricky with a number of holes having water. At the turn most of the matches were fairly close, but the Staffs team dug in and managed to complete a 5 ½ to 2 ½ win.
A happy team sat down to a very pleasant meal and with the volume of the chatter at the tables I am sure all the participants enjoyed their day.
Vets 1st team v Worcestershire 4th May 2017
Sixteen ladies arrived at Fulford Heath Golf Club to play WHLVGA. The Marshall of the Club was the starter and there was plenty of camaraderie before the ladies started their matches. A very cool north easterly wind did not deter the ladies and Staffordshire won of 5 -3
President Brenda, Captain Ann & Vice Captain Christine supported the team. The match was followed by an excellent meal with both teams mixing extremely well.
Vets 1st team v Stone Men Friday 21st April 2017
On a dry Spring morning sixteen ladies arrived to play the Men at Stone GC. Stone were only able to field a team of twelve. Two ladies played for the Men’s team. The seven matches were played in a competitive but friendly manner. The result was 3½ to 3½
President Brenda and Captain Ann supported their team. The match was followed by an excellent meal enjoyed in good company.
Vets 2nd team v Worcestershire & Hereford Vets 2nd team
Wednesday 19th April 2017 Lost 5 ½ - 2 ½
The match was held at Kings Norton Golf Club who were extremely welcoming. For those who know Kings Norton it has three, nine-hole loops. We played the Blue and Red Course. There were 16 players in the team and each match was played in a friendly but, competitive spirit. The result does not quite give the whole story as six of the eight matches went to the eighteenth hole. Well fought ladies.
The Course was in excellent condition and, as was mentioned by a few of our players, the greens were a little difficult to read. As a Home Match for our opponents, they were able to field a number of players who were either members at Kings Norton or, who played there regularly. We were blessed with fine weather, even if there was a chilly wind.
My thanks go to all who played and to our President Brenda Parker and Captain Ann Tweddle, who were there for the whole of the day.
Vets 1st team v County 2nd team
Wednesday 5th April 2017 Lost 4 - 0
The match was held at Perton Park Golf Club who made us very welcome. There were 8 players per team with the Vets providing the eighth player for the second team. Unfortunately, we lost 4 Nil but the result does not reflect the standard of play. The matches were very close and played in a competitive but friendly manner.
The weather was good with a strong north wind. This was our second match of the season as unfortunately our match against The Staffordshire Men was cancelled due to extremely wet conditions. President, Brenda Parker & Captain, Ann Tweddle watched the matches during the day.
It was an enjoyable day with a very substantial meal provided by the catering staff.
MVLGA 2017 events
The date of the 2017 AGM is Monday, 13th November at Brocton Hall Golf Club 11.00 am
Would members requiring new uniform for 2017 please contact Mrs Jenny Cordon as soon as possible especially if they need a jumper as these will have to be ordered in batches.
Her phone number is 01538 385033
We are pleased to welcome our incoming captain for 2016/17 Mrs Ann Tweddle and her Vice Captain Mrs Christine Davies. We wish them every success for the forthcoming season. Hopefully the Staffordshire Vets will have a fantastic year as they have done this year.
We also welcome to the committee Elaine Dorrington and Sally Sketcher.
Our thanks go to the retiring members of the committee, Gina Foster, Sue Macmillan and Penny Speer, for all their hard work over the last three years.
MIDLAND VETS COUNTY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
A massive congratulations to the Staffordshire ladies on winning the team championships again. The team was made up of Sue Spencer, Sally Sketcher, Corinne Tooth and Caroline Corrigan.
They were first with a gross score of 477 with Northamptonshire coming second with 479.
Sue Spencer won the Best gross prize with 154. A special mention should be made for her 1 under par 74 score on the last day - Fantastic.
Sue and Sally Sketcher also won the Monday Greensomes competition.
A full report is available to be read on www.mvlga.org.uk
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VETS TEAMS
Congratulations to our first and second teams both of whom have won their respective Tri Counties cups against Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
The 3rd team also won their fixture against Northamptonshire at Penn Golf club.
A great year for Staffordshire and we look forward to 2017.
It is with sadness that we have to inform members of the death of Mrs Nan Webb on Tuesday 27th September. Nan was a member of Stone Golf Club and was for many years a keen golfer and valuable member of the Staffs Vets.
She was our President in 1998 and 1999. Her funeral will be on Wednesday 19th Octoberat St Michael's Church, Stone at 11am
Please see 2017 fixtures under the "Events" tab.
Championship - Walsall GC - 1st September 2016
Our final competition for 2016 was the Championship held at Walsall Golf Club on Monday 1st September. We were fortunate to have pleasant weather on this day and the course was in very good condition.
The winner of the Championship Trophy was Jayne Fletcher from Whittington Heath with 79 gross.
The Doreen Banks Salver was won by Olive Cole from Stone with 90 Gross.
The best nett prize was won by Janet Fleetwood from Oxley Park with 68 nett (back nine 34).
1st Sandra Redrup from Oxley Park with 71 nett
2nd Patricia Davies from Whittington Heath with 72 nett (back nine 36 1/2)
3rd Ann Partridge from Oxley Park with 72 nett (back nine 37)
1st Pam Pritchard from Manor with 68 nett (back nine 38)
2nd Jane Myatt from Great Barr with 73 nett
3rd Jan Williams from Trentham with 74 nett
We would like to thank Walsall for allowing us to host this event at their club and also to the greenkeeper and his staff for presenting the course in such good order.
Thanks also to Penny Speer who provided invaluable help in the organisation of the event and the ladies for manning the halfway house providing drinks and cakes which were enjoyed by all of us.
County Vets Lady Captain's Day - 18th August 2016
County Vets Lady Captain’s Day was held at Whittington Heath GC on Thursday 18th August.
The weather was kind and it was a lovely warm sunny day with just a light breeze, perfect playing conditions.
A large field of 147 players enjoyed the course, which was in wonderful conditions with the greens playing beautifully. The halfway house, manned all day by Vannessa Humphries, was well received, particularly the homemade biscuits/shortbread made by Jean Hulme & Cynthnia Tipper. Jean had also provided flower arrangements, in County colours, for the clubhouse. Many players enjoyed the fare offered by Andy & his team all day.
The results are:
1st Glynis Byatt, Jan Williams and Gill Clarke (Trentham) with 88 points
2nd Bev Smith, Siobhan Hills (Sandwell Park) and Fiona Hingley (Enville) with 79 points
3rd Jenny Bulman, Jan Baker and Gilly Cooper (Brocton Hall) with 78 Points
Front 9 Mandy Ambert, Jackie Menon (Trentham) and Sue Sims (Whittington Heath) with 39 points (26 last 6)
Back 9 Diane Gillen, Rose Mycock and Jackie Menon (Stone) with 44 points.
Glynis said of their magnificent winning score that it was one of those days when everything went right for all 3 of them.
Thanks to Sue Simmons for organising the day and to everyone else who helped on the day. Also thanks to all those who sent me lovely cards with their best wishes. All in all it was a great success.
Second Team Match report: 25th August 2016 – Staffordshire v Warwickshire
Our fifth and final match this season was hosted by Warwickshire at Maxstoke Park Golf Club, who made us very welcome. Warwickshire’s Captain, Jane Timberlake, organised the match extremely well and stayed to watch all the teams on the first tee.
One of our lower handicap players had successfully reduced her playing handicap to 13 and after the controversy last year was unable to play for the team. Having already lost two further players this week, it was very good of members to step in at the last moment.
The weather, as predicted, sent a few showers, however it was pleasantly warm and the matches were played in a friendly but competitive manner. We won the match 4½ to 3½. As we had won against Worcestershire in April, this result gives us the Cup. This is played amongst, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire (current holders)
In the friendly matches we won against Leicestershire and halved with Derbyshire. Thank you to all the ladies who have played in the Cup and friendly matches. A very successful year.
County Vets 1st Team v Leicestershire - 22nd August 2016
County Vets 1st Team v Leicestershire held at Trentham Park GC on Monday 22nd August.
Another lovely day, warm & sunny with just a light breeze.
The Staffordshire team was missing some of the “big guns” but the rest of the squad were keen and eager to play.
Playing a scratch match the Staffordshire team had the advantage in handicaps in all the matches, and obviously played well to convert this advantage into wins. The final result being 7 ½ to ½. Well done to all the team and this shows the strength in depth of the Staffordshire squad.
This match rounds up a season where the team has been unbeaten in all the inter county matches. The only slight blip has been the draw against Worcestershire. This means that the destination of the Tri County Cup rests on the result of the Warwickshire Worcestershire match.
My thanks to all the 46 ladies who have played for the team this season.
Staffordshire Vets 2nd v Derbyshire
Our fourth match this season was hosted by Mickleover, who made us very welcome.
As we arrived the heavens opened but only until our first group went out for their match. It was then dry with some sunny intervals. The match was a draw and the two teams had enjoyed their afternoon. We were delighted to see Jenny Smale, our Captain, at the turn to support us. It was much appreciated.
Vets 1st team v Warwickshire
The Cup match v Warwickshire was held at Copt Heath on August 12th on a beautiful sunny day.
Having only drawn against Worcestershire, Staffordshire needed a good win to increase their chance of retaining the Cup they won last year.
Unfortunately one or two of the lower handicap players were unavailable but the same applied to Warwickshire. The matches were played in a friendly but competitive spirit.
The Staffordshire team played very well throughout the order. Warwickshire only managing to draw at 3 and win 1 up at 5. All the other matches were fairly comfortable wins to Staffordshire.
The final result being 6 ½ to 1 ½. This means that the final destination of the Cup will rest with the result of the Worcestershire Warwickshire match in September.
The now annual match with the first team against the second team is a very enjoyable day and allows a number of the Vets County players of both teams to meet up and play. In the preceding years it has been a match play event with the 1st team winning handsomely. To make it a more friendly event we decided this year to make it a 4 ball better ball stableford, with the total team points deciding the winners. In a generous mood we agreed to have full handicap allowance rather than the correct 90%. The day was blustery with showers and Ingestre Park was playing its full length. The 2nd team managed to make full use of their handicap allowance and ran out winners by 361 points to 348. Congratulations to the 20 players in their team, who outpointed the 1st team in 7 of the 10 matches. All the players agreed that this format should be kept for next year, although Madam Captain did suggest that the 90 % will be used!
The day was rounded off with a very pleasant meal in the Clubhouse. My thanks to Ingestre Park for hosting this event again and for being so accommodating.
Vets 1st Team v Derbyshire
A great day on a very interesting and challenging course. Cavendish golf club certainly makes you think!
There was a warm welcome from the Derbyshire team, who were also very understanding as many Staffordshire players were caught up in traffic problems around Meir and were running late. I had again not played most of the top players to make the match more competitive and to give other ladies a chance to play in a County fixture.
Jayne Fletcher & Ann Fern narrowly lost at 1, Jenny Smale & Sue Simmons had a comfortable win at 2, matches 3, 4 & 5 were all square, so again the result depended on the last 3 matches and fortunately Gill Lawson & Bev Smith and Elaine Dorrington & Jayne Baxter both managed to win in very close matches to make the result 4 ½ to 3 ½.
The weather turned to rain before the match was finished but the roast carvery dinner warmed everyone up. All in all a very good day.
Vets 1st Team v Shropshire
We managed a great 4½ to 3½ win having agreed with Shropshire not to play our top 6 players. The match was played at Whittington Heath and the course was in great condition. The matches were all competitive and the food was great which all added up to a super day which everyone enjoyed.
Nellie Wood Trophy
The Nellie Wood Trophy was played this year at Ingestre Park Golf Club on Monday 23rd May. The weather was very good and we we all enjoyed some lovely sunshine. The competition was oversubscribed and once again we had to ballot some ladies out.
The Nellie Wood Trophy was won by Deb Pursell (Trentham) with 37 points ( 20 points on the back 9)
The Vintage Salver was won by Glynis Byatt (Trentham) with 35 points.
Silver Division :-
1st Caroline Corrigan (Ingestre Park) with 37 points (17 points on the back 9)
2nd Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) with 35 points (17 points back 9, 12 points on the back 6)
3rd Teresa Booth (Westwood) with 35 points (17 points back 9, 11 points on the back 6)
4th. Glynis Byatt (Trentham) with 35 points (13 points on the Back 9)
1st Jeannie Bostock (Uttoxeter) with 32 points (16 points on the back 9)
2nd Barbara Waite (Whittington Heath) with 32 points (15 points on the back 9)
3rd Pat Ibbetson (Manor) with 32 points (12 points on the back 9)
4th Pat Mumford (South Staffs) with 31 points (14 points on the back 9)
Our thanks go to Ingestre Park Golf Club for allowing us to host this event at their club and the greens staff for preparing the course in such good order. Thanks also to Sarah (Manager) and Brenda Parker (Vet's President) for all their invaluable help in the organisation of the day.
STAFFORDSHIRE VETS 3RD TEAM V NORTHAMPTONSHIRE VETS 3RD TEAM- 19th May 2016
After the great success of the first third team match last year played against Northamptonshire, Staffordshire Vets 3rd Team again played against Northamptonshire this time at Penn Golf Club on Thursday May 19th.
This year the weather was a lot kinder and the ladies only had a few holes which encountered rain. A number of ladies were playing their first ever Vets County match and it was a delight to see the excitement and pleasure on their faces.
The ladies integrated well, made new acquaintances and played some very competitive golf. Penn Golf Club made everyone extremely welcome and provided excellent food before and after the match. A great day was had by all.
The ladies who played were: Diana Jeynes, Lily Gant, Chris Hopkins, Pat Mumford, Gill Clarke, Penny Toal, Sue Whitworth, Jude Pearce, Di Horsley, Val Suarez, Sheila Harling, June Stonehouse, Lyn Toft, Vicky Plews, Brenda Yates and Sue Butler.
The result was Staffordshire 5 ½ to Northamptonshire 2 ½.
A big thank you to Jenny Cordon (Staffs) and Gina Evans (Northants) for arranging the fixture. Hopefully this fixture will take place again next year in Northamptonshire.
Midlands Vets Championship
The Staffordshire ladies excelled themselves at the Midlands Vets Championship featuring in the prizes as follows.
1st gross & champion - Debbie Warren - gross 72 nett 71
2nd gross & runner up - Caroline Corrigan gross 76 nett 71 (Back nine count back)
1st nett division 1 - Sally Sketcher gross 76 nett 71
2nd nett division 1 - Corinne Tooth gross 81 nett 75
Well Done Ladies
Second Team V Leicestershire Monday 16th May 2016
Leicestershire gave us a very warm welcome. The course was in excellent condition and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their game. At the 11th hole Staffordshire were all square in four matches, up in two and down in two, making the match all to play for over the remaining holes. Staffordshire eventually claimed the victory by 5 – 3. An excellent result.
Thanks must go to all of the players who had to change from playing on Friday the 13th May to Monday the 16th May, especially those who stepped in at the last minute.
Thanks also go to our President, Mrs Brenda Parker for being Captain for the day as our Vice Captain was away.
1st team v Worcestershire
The result from the 1st Team match v Worcestershire was a 4 all draw. With the result hinging on the last putt on the 18th green from the group out 8th,. Staffordshire managed to get a win to secure the draw. It was a lovely sunny day and Handsworth GC was in great condition for the time of the year, and gave us a great welcome.
Second Team Match report: 18th April 2016 Worcestershire v Staffordshire
The first home match against Worcestershire was a cup match and hosted by Barlaston, who made us very welcome. The team picked itself on this occasion as there were only 18 ladies available. We were down to 16, on the day, following injury and illness. We were delighted that the course was open as the previous week had been very wet and the course had been closed. The day was dry and Staffordshire won 6 – 2. The President and Captain of Worcestershire along with our President, Brenda Parker, followed the matches.
Staffs Vets v County 2nd team
Vets v County 2nd Team played at The Chase GC on 7th April 2016.
Conditions were not favourable after heavy overnight rain, and intermittent showers carried on throughout the match. However both teams set to and had a very enjoyable and competitive match. The format used was a better ball stableford with a team points total, to ensure a full 18 holes were played in each match. Debutants Debbie Warren and Ann Fern drew their match against Rachel Bishop & Anne Edwards at 1, as did Jenny Smale & Bridget Locke v Lynn Grey and Loren Birch at 2. Bev Hensley & Mandy Ambert scored a very credible 36 points but opponents Gina Wilke and Emily Brennen had an outstanding 40 points. Mary Robertson & Chris Davies played well but found Deb Loach and Torri Smith just a little too steady. Team totals 2nd team 145, Vets 136.
Scones, jam & cream were very welcome afterwards and made up for the miserable weather.
We are pleased to announce that our new President is Mrs Brenda Parker (Ingestre Park G.C.)
We also welcome our new Captain Mrs Jenny Smale (Whittington Heath G.C. ) and Vice Captain Mrs Ann Tweddle (Uttoxeter G.C.)
I’m sure everyone wishes them all a happy and successful 2016 with lots of good golf.
Our thanks go to Mrs Jenny Cordon, our past Captain, for a brilliant year and also our past President Mrs Lily Gant both of whom have been invaluable.
Please see the events section for details of next year’s competitions.
Fixture Dates for 2016
Please see all 2016 fixture dates under the 'Events' tab.
MIDLAND VETS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
The team championships took place at Beau Desert Golf Club. This year there was a record entry of 16 teams, with 6 counties entering 2 teams.
It was a bright crisp, sunny morning on the first day. Beau Desert had provided a lot of helpers and this proved most useful as many players were held up en route due to a major accident and much reorganising had to be done. There were some good scores returned and everyone got to see the course.
On Day 2 the weather again was beautiful, but quite cold. The greens were proving difficult for most players but again there were some good scores returned and the leading county were Northants by 2 shots from Notts, with Caron Harrison from Notts taking the individual lead followed closely by Sue Spencer, Mary McLaren and Karen Lobb on 79.
Last day and all to play for with the weather sunny and bright again. Most players were hoping for better putting. The greens were very difficult with tricky borrows. At least Day 2 was reduction only, much to the players delight. Some good scores were returned, with Sue Spencer taking best gross for the 2nd year running and Northants taking the overall title by 3 shots from Staffordshire. The best nett was won by Nottinghamshire with Warwickshire the runners up. Thank you to all who made the tournament a great success and particularly to Beau Desert and all the members and helpers
Staffs 1st team came second overall with 488 points being tipped to first place by Northants with 485 points.
Sally Sketcher, Sue Spencer, Corrine Tooth and Caroline Corrigan
Staffs second team came a creditable 10th out of 16 teams
Sue Simmons, Jayne Fletcher, Bridget Locke and Jenny Cordon
Sue Spencer won best overall gross
Sue Spencer won the longest drive on the first day
Sally Sketcher won the longest drive on the second day
Jayne Fletcher won nearest the pin on the second day
Jayne Fletcher and Bridget Locke won the Greensomes competition held on the Monday.
Friendly Match v Vets Men
This was played at Whittington Golf Club on Monday 19th October. As for the last two years the competition was set as a 4 ball am am with two vets ladies playing with two gentleman seniors and the best lady score to count along with the best gentleman score to count. 18 ladies enjoyed the company of 18 fine gentleman played on a lovely course in very favourable weather conditions. All were treated to an excellent three course meal, very good liquid refreshment and amazing after dinner speeches.
1st place went to Jean Greenhalgh and Jayne Fletcher who played with Stuart Belcher and Andrew Dathan.
2nd Place went to Mary Robertson and Chris Allsop who played with Duncan Stott and Dave Gallimore.
President's Day was held on Tuesday 16th June at Drayton Park Golf Club. The weather on this day was glorious and a lovely day was had by all. We had an excellent turnout with 132 ladies taking part - great support for our Lady President, Lily Gant.
Thanks go to Lily for a great day and the lovely refreshments at the halfway house - especially the wonderful homemade cakes!
The competition on the day was a Stableford 3 ball Alliance (3/4 H'cap) and the results are as follows:-
1st - Caroline Carryer, Sally Sketcher and Julie Wright (Trentham) with 75 points
2nd - Caroline Corrigan, Corinne Tooth and Bridget Locke (Ingestre Park) with 69 points (last 6 - 25 points)
3rd – Mo Turner, Ann Meadows and Nicky Whitton (Aston Wood) with 69 points (last 6 - 22 points)
4th - Di Gillen, Sheila Walker and Rose Mycock (Stone) with 67 points (back 9 - 37 points)
Nearest the Pin - Silver :- Sheila Evans (Beau Desert)
Nearest the Pin - Bronze:- Suzanne Rogers (South Staffs)
Longest Drive - Julie Wright (Trentham)
Lady Captain's Day
Lady Captain's Day was held on Wednesday August 19th at Leek Golf Club.
The weather on this day started off dry and sunny but by lunchtime it was already showing signs of rain which deteriorated very quickly into a very wet afternoon.
However, the day once again was enjoyed immensely by all competitors with another excellent entry of 153 ladies. Thanks again go to our Lady Captain, Jenny Cordon for a lovely day and an excellent halfway house with beautiful cakes and savoury nibbles, not forgetting the very welcome glass of Pimms!
The competition was a Stableford 3 ball Alliance (full H'cap) and the results are as follows:-
1st - Gill Juggins, Jean Greenhalgh and Val Shaw (Westwood) with 85 points
2nd - Helen Gough, Suzanne Rogers and Denny Aston (South Staffs) with 83 points
3rd - Siobhan Hills, Bev Smith (Sandwell Park) and Fiona Hingley (Enville) with 82 points
Best Front 9 – Lynne Hawksworth, Barbara Cole and Maggie Freeman (Onneley) with 41 points (last 6 - 30 points)
Best Back 9 - Liz Maw, Caroline Carryer and Sue Macmillan (Trentham) with 42 points
Nearest the Pin (in 2) on the 5th - Ann Ward (Stafford Castle)
Nearest the Pin (in3) on the 18th - Helen Gough (South Staffs)
The Vet's Championship
The Vet's Championship was held at Brocton Hall Golf Club on Thursday 3rd September.
The weather on this day was dry and although fairly sunny it was quite chilly. We had 102 entries which was a good entry for the Championship.
Thanks to all the helpers on the day especially Hazel Stewart from Drayton Park
who helped on the desk all day and did a sterling job.
The results are as follows:-
Championship Cup (Best Gross) - Mary Robertson (Brocton Hall) with 78 Gross (back 9 - 37 gross)
Doreen Bank's Salver best over age 70 gross) - Anna Bullock (Trentham) with 93 Gross
Best Overall Nett - Bridget Locke (Ingestre Park) with Nett 70
1st Nett - Mandy Ambert (Trentham) with 71 Nett
2nd Nett - Wendy Gitsham (Ingestre Park) with 72 Nett (back 9 - 35 nett)
3rd Nett - Ann Rees (Brocton Hall) with 72 Nett (back 9 - 37.5nett)
1st Nett - Chris Millard (Barlaston) with 71 Nett
2nd Nett - Judith Waterhouse (Whittington Heath) with 74 Nett
3rd Nett - Nan Heard (Stone) with 75 Nett
Vets News Update
The final matches of the year have now been played ( with the exception of one friendly match).
The first team had a great win 7 – 1 against Warwickshire. This was played at Ingestre Park Golf Club.
This win meant that Staffordshire retain the Inter county trophy. A great achievement.
The final first team match was played against Leicestershire at Lingdale Golf Club, a 4 all draw.
The second team finished the season with a match against Derbyshire at Sandwell Park Golf Club and a match against Warwickshire at Handsworth Golf Club.
The Derbyshire match was a win 4 ½ to 3 ½ and the Warwickshire match was a loss 3 ½ to 4 ½ .
In total 56 players played for the second team which is wonderful for county vets golf.
We now look forward to 2016.
LADY VETS CAPTAINS DAY 2015
Jenny Cordon - Lady Captain of Staffs Vets held her Lady Captains Day at Leek last Wednesday.
An amazing number of 158 ladies entered from 24 clubs throughout Staffordshire along with Lady President Lilly Gant. The day started early with Club Captain Mr Trevor Eccleston seeing the first ones off at 8.50 and he continued his role of starter throughout the day until the last ones teed off at 3.40pm.
A massive big thank you to Mr Captain. The day started with glorious sunshine and those playing early benefited as it began to rain really heavy from 4.00pm on wards. Jenny provided a well stocked half way house ably served by Carol Nixon, Lisa Davies, Issy Robinson (who was a star), Marilyn Boulton, Claire Robinson and Karen Griffiths. Leek Golf Club Lady Captain Jayne Baxter helped on the desk with raffle tickets and meals along with Lady Vice Captain Pat Beeson and Janet Wood. Once again a MASSIVE thank you to those ladies. Over £300 was made on the raffle. Food was served throughout the day and we were very well looked after by the bar staff. Another massive big thank you to those ladies. Many thanks to Sue Simmons for all the pre competition provision.
The competition was teams of three, full handicap, stableford, two scores to count.
1st Gill Juggins, Jean Greenhalgh and Val Shaw from Westwood golf Club 85 points
2nd Denny Aston, Helen Gough and Suzanne Rogers from South Staffs Golf Club 83 points
3rd Siobhan Hills Sandwell Park, Fiona Hingley Enville and Bev Smith Sandwell Park 81points
Best Back 9 Liz Maw, Caroline Carryer, Sue Macmillan Trentham Golf Club 42 points
Best Front 9 Barbara Cole, Maggie Freeman, Lynne Hawksworth Onneley Golf Club 41 points
Nearest the Pin in 2 on the 5th Ann Ward Stafford Castle Golf Club
Nearest the pin in 3 on the 18th Helen Gough South Staffs Golf Club
2nd Team v Derbyshire
The Vets second team played against Derbyshire on the Monday 10th August at Sandwell Park.
It was a really enjoyable day ( apart from a torrential downpour which lasted about 15 minutes).
The result was a win for Staffordshire 4 ½ to 3½. Thanks to everyone who played and especially to Peggy Meek who stood in as team Captain because Jenny Smale was unable to be there due to work commitments.
Thanks also to Sandwell Park for hosting us.
1st Team Results 2015
|18th March||Staffs Vets v Swindon Gents at Swindon GC||Lost 2 1/2 - 5 1/2|
|23rd March||Staffs Vets v Leek Gents at Leek GC||Lost 4 1/2 - 5 1/2|
|17th April||Staffs Vets v Stone Gents at Stone GC||Lost 2 1/2 - 5 1/2|
|23rd April||Staffs Vets v County 2nd Team at Penn GC||Won 142 pts - 132 pts|
|20th May||Staff Vets v Worcestershire at Droitwich GC||Won 5 1/2 - 2 1/2|
|18th June||Staff Vets v Derbyshire at Barlaston GC||Drew 4 - 4|
|22nd June||Staff Vets v Shropshire at Market Drayton GC||Won 7 - 1|
|13th July||Vets 1st team v Vets 2nd team (Snelson Trophy) at Ingestre Park GC||Won 9-1|
2nd Team Results 2015
|20th April||Staff Vets v Worcestrshire at Cleobury Mortimer GC||Lost 3 - 5|
|15th May||Staff Vets v Leicestershire at Trentham Park GC||Lost 2 - 6|
|13th July||Vets 1st team v Vets 2nd team (Snelson Trophy)at Ingestre Park GC||Lost 1 -9|
3rd Team Results 2015
|18th May||Staff Vets v Northamptonshire at Wellingborough GC||Won 5 1/2 - 1 1/2|
NELLIE WOOD TROPHY
This competition was played at Oxley Park Golf Club on Monday 11th May. The weather first thing was a little dull and drizzly but the sun soon brook through to give us all a pleasant days golf. However, the course proved to be tough for most of us especially the tricky greens.
Result: The Nellie Wood Trophy was won by Megan Hughes (South Staffs) with 38 points.
The Vintage Salver was won by Jane Jones (Aston Wood) with 37 points.
1st - Dee Power (Little Aston) with 35 points (19 points on the back 9)
2nd - Helen Barrett (South Staffs) with 35 points (18 points on the back 9)
3rd - Wendy Gitsham (Ingestre Park) with 35 points (16 points on the back 9)
4th - Liz Maw (Trentham) with 34 points
1st - Linda Nash (Brocton Hall) with 35 points (20 points on the back 9)
2nd - Pat Boak (Little Aston) with 35 points (16 points on the back 9)
3rd - Vicki Plews (Uttoxeter) with 34 points (21 points on the back 9)
4th - Mandy Poxon (Little Aston) with 34 points (16 points on the back 9)
Congratulations to all the winners.
Our thanks go to Oxley Park for allowing us to host this event at their club and the greens staff for preparing the course in such good order. Thanks also to Janet Fleetwood (Lady Captain) and Sandra Redrup (Vet Rep) for all their help in the organisation of the day.
This competition was held at our Lady President's (Lily Gant) course Drayton Park on Tuesday 16th June. The weather on this occasio was a scorcher and once againthe course proved to be tough for most of us with scores generally on the low side.
1st - Caroline Carryer, Sally Sketcher and Julie Wright (Trentham) with 75 points
2nd - Caroline Corrigan, Corinne Tooth and Bridget Locke (Ingestre Park) with 69 points (back 6 - 25 points)
3rd - Mo Turner, Ann Meadows and Nicky Whitton (Aston Wood) with 69 points (back 6 - 22 points)
4th - Di Gallen, Sheila Walker and Rose Mycock (Stone) with 67 points (back 9 - 37 points)
Silver nearest the pin: Sheila Evans (Beau Desert)
Bronze nearest he pint: Suzanne Rogers (South Staffs)
Longest Drive: Julie Wright (Trentham) (Think a rocket launcher was used for this one!)
Congratulations to the winners.
Thanks go to Drayton Park for allowing us to hold this event at their club and also to the greens staff for the excellent condition of the course. Our thanks to Lily for all her help in the organisation of the day and for the lovely prizes. Many thanks also to Lily for providing the much appreciated refreshments at the halfway house, especially the lovely homemade cakes.