Committee Vacancies - Coming soon
We will have 2 positions available on committee for members at the AGM in November, so now is the time to discuss with your members, or give some thought to putting yourself forward.
The committee meets in Feb (prior to the delegates meeting), again in June and Sept, and attend the AGM in November.
The posts we are looking to fill are not for officers, just for committee members to support the officers.
If you are interested, or know anyone who might be interested in standing please let me have your nominations by Fri 29th Oct. Nemail@example.com
SVLGA 1st Team Retain the Tri-County Trophy
The First Team travelled to Harborne Golf Club on 23 August 2021 to play Warwickshire in our final match of the Tri-County Series (off Scratch). Having won our first match against Worcestershire 7-1 in July, and Warwickshire yet to play Worcestershire, a win would mean we would retain the Glass Lady Trophy.
Pre-Covid, Staffordshire had won the Trophy 11 times since the Competition began in 1999 and for 6 consecutive years from 2014 to 2019. Our 6 ½ to 1 ½ win against Warwickshire meant we had, once again, retained the Trophy.
A huge congratulations to the Team and fantastic achievement for Staffordshire. Very well played everyone who has represented Staffordshire in the Cup Matches this season.
Thank you to Harborne for hosting the match, and Warwickshire Captain Sue Butler for arranging the day.
24th Aug 2021
NELLIE WOOD and Vintage Salver Mon 16th Aug 2021
Congratulations to all the people who took part in the competition today. Despite the showers everyone enjoyed the day.
The winner of the Nellie Wood Trophy and Vintage Salver is Val Orme from Lichfield with 37 points.
1st - Sam Smith - Brocton - 34 points
2nd - Bev Hensley - Ingestre - 34 points
3rd - Karan Wood - Lichfield - 33 points
4th - Sally Sketcher - Trentham - 33 points
1st - Anne Bowns - Lichfield - 36 points
2nd - Pat Mumford - South Staffs - 36 points
3rd - Carol Davenport - Barlaston - 36 points
4th - Angela Hughes - Penn - 35 points.
Thanks to Jean Livingstone, Chris Pettitt, Anne Andrews, and Nicky Whitton for their invaluable help with the booking in and score entry.
16th Aug 2021
Full results available here - DOWNLOAD
SVLGA Third Team v Derbyshire Bronze Team at Derby Golf Club (A)
on 9 August 2021
It was a pleasure to look after the Third Team match for Bev against Derbyshire Bronze Team at Derby Golf Club on 9 August.
The Second Team were also playing Derbyshire Silver Team starting at 10.00 a.m. with the Bronze match following from 10.50 a.m.
We received a warm welcome from Derby Golf Club and both Derbyshire Captains. Players were welcomed onto the first tee by the Club’s ‘Official Starter’ smartly attired in his ‘official’ blazer, and the Teams set off in warm sunshine to ‘fight for a win’, with a buffet waiting for them as they finished their match.
Unfortunately, Derbyshire were only able to field a team of 12 players (6 pairs) for the Bronze match, but all the ladies fought hard for their respective Team. It was a tense finish as we waited for the last 2 groups to come in with Derbyshire 3-1 up at that point, but Staffordshire ladies won both the final two matches to secure a halved match (3-3).
Thank you to all the Team for playing, you certainly pulled out all the stops to halve the match. Very well done to you all, and it was lovely to have the opportunity to meet you.
SVLGA First Team v Derbyshire Senior Ladies at Ormonde Fields G.C. (A) on 2 August 2021
Our final First Team friendly match this season was against Derbyshire Senior Ladies at Ormonde Fields Golf Club on 2 August. The originally scheduled match for 10 May (at the same venue) had to be re-arranged due to Covid restrictions at the time.
In previous years this match has been played off either Scratch or 90% difference. For this match the format of 90% of Course Handicap with difference taken off the lowest Playing handicap was requested by the Derbyshire Captain.
Local knowledge certainly helped playing the course with many doglegs, blind holes, and several elevated greens. There were some close matches, but unfortunately on this occasion it was a win for Derbyshire – 5 ½ to 2 ½.
My thanks and appreciation to President Anne for her additional support to her normal ‘match duties’.
Thank you to Ormonde Fields Golf Club for hosting the match and both Teams enjoyed the bacon roll on arrival and 2 course meal afterwards.
SVLGA First Team v Leicestershire at Newcastle-under-Lyme G.C. (H) on 26 July 2021
The weather forecast for the start of this week suggested that there would be cooler playing conditions for our match. However, this didn’t prove to be the case, with very warm sunshine but a welcome breeze.
This was our first match this season where Covid restrictions had been lifted both on the Course and in the Clubhouse, and there were no time limits for arriving to play or leaving after the meal. Not everyone is going at the same pace with the easing of restrictions and players made their own choices, preferring to continue with previous rules.
Unfortunately, Leicestershire could only field a Team of 14 for the match, but the mixed handicap Teams playing 4BBB - 90% difference off lowest course handicap, fought to win their matches. There were some very close matches with 4 going to the 18th and I am delighted to announce that Staffordshire won 4 ½ - 2 ½. Thank you to all the SVLGA Team. Very well played ladies.
My thanks to the President (Anne) for starting the Teams off the first tee and Vice-Captain (Mandy) for her support on the day. Also to Leicestershire Captain (Corinne Boyd) who was a pleasure to work with arranging the match.
Thank you to everyone at Newcastle Golf Club for their very warm welcome and their excellent communication and prompt responses during organising the match. Both Teams enjoyed the course and the meal afterwards.
Nellie Wood - Draw for Mon 16th Aug 2021
Please find attached copy of the draw sheet for the Nellie Wood 2021 Download
Captain’s Day - 15 July 2021
It was my pleasure to welcome everyone to Branston Golf & Country Club on 15 July. The weather couldn’t have been better, but from the chatter at the Gazebo the pin positions could have been! Despite that it was very nice to hear positive comments and compliments about the course.
Thank you to all the Staffs Vets who supported the day. I was overwhelmed by all the gifts, cards and good wishes.
The support I had from everyone at Branston and the Staffs Vets who gave up their time to help make the day a great success was very much appreciated. Thank you Ann, Jean, Wendy & Nicky.
Special thanks go to my husband Richard for taking on Starter’s duties for the whole day and Irene and Margaret for working hard at the Gazebo. Trudie for helping on the desk, running errands, and getting the coffee stains out of my Vets Shirt!
I had a great day meeting you all at the Gazebo and thank you all for making it such a special day to remember.
Congratulations to all the winners. (see below)
Captains Day at Branston - Thurs 15th July 2020 Results
1st. 76 points - Branston Helen Hall, Annabelle Mallaber, Ann Cregan
2nd. 75 points on back 9 - Branston Penny Small, Desley Smith, Di Horsley
3rd. 75 points - Penn Angela Hughes, Jo Hall, Jan Philpott
Best front 9. 40 points - Branston Sarah Shaw, Sara Allen,Trudie Hanson
Best back 9. 36 points on countback - Branston Nina Snelson, Jenney Hollis, Carol Alford
16th July 2021
SVLGA Captain v Vice-Captain (Snelson Trophy) at Ingestre Park GC
12 July 2021
The weather was on our side when 40 Staffs Vets returned to Ingestre Park Golf Club on 12 July for the annual competition between the Captain’s Select Team (1st Team players) and Vice-Captain’s Select Team (2nd Team Players and Committee).
The format is a 4BBB Pairs Stableford Competition with 2 Captain’s Team and 2 Vice-Captain’s Team players making up the fourball. The Snelson Trophy is awarded to the Team with the highest combined Stableford points. Pressure was on for the Captain’s Team to retain the Trophy they won in 2019, and which could not be contested last year due to the pandemic.
This is the only time during the season the 2 Teams have the opportunity to play against each other, and from the chatter on and off the course it was evident that they were enjoying the day – but also keeping their focus on winning points for their Team!
The match was very close and there were some excellent scores from both Teams with top score being 44 points. With a small margin of 11 points, the final result was in favour of the Captain’s Team who retained the Snelson Trophy with a combined Stableford Score of 372 points to Vice-Captain’s Team Stableford Score of 361 points.
Thank you all for playing and making the event very special and enjoyable for both Team Captains. Thanks also to Vice-Captain Mandy for sourcing some ‘goodies’ for both Teams, and Immediate Past Captain Bev and Jules for their help on the day.
Also thanks to everyone at Ingestre Park for hosting the match once again for this event.
Well done my Team !!, and thank you to everyone for making the day a great success.
SVLGA First Team v Worcestershire & Herefordshire at Branston G.C. (H) on 6 July 2021 (Cup Match)
This was the first Cup match of the season for the Inter-County Trophy, which is played between Staffordshire/Warwickshire/Worcestershire & Hereford off Scratch.
The match was played at Branston Golf & Country Club on 6 July against Worcestershire & Herefordshire. Despite the weather being very overcast and blustery whilst the Teams were teeing off, the day slowly turned into bright sunshine and the forecasted rain held off until our journey home.
There were some convincing wins and tighter matches resulting in a 7-1 win for Staffordshire. An outstanding performance from all the Team.
My thanks to President Anne and Vice Captain Mandy for their support at the match too.
Our match against Warwickshire is scheduled for 23 August at Harborne.
10th July 2021
VETS CHAMPIONSHIP Mon 14th June 2021 at Great Barr
On another bright sunny day the ladies of Staffordshire Vets went to Great Barr to compete for the Championship.
Retaining the trophy as Champion golfer was Julie Brown with a gross (and Nett) score of 72.
Nett Champion was Sam Smith an impressive score of Nett 69 (Gross 80)
The winner of Division 1 was Helen Jessop (11) Nett 71
With Elizabeth Brammeld (17) Nett 75 in 2nd place
The winner of Division 2 was Sharon Macintosh (26) Nett 72
With Pam Burton (23) Nett 75 in 2nd place.
The winner of the Doreen Banks Salver was Di Gillen, who like Julie retained the trophy.
Well done to all the prize winners for their sterling performance, to all the competitors for taking part, to our competition secretary Ann Partridge for all the organising and to our President Anne and Captain Chris for their support on the desk.
Many thanks also to Great Barr for hosting the competition and their president for undertaking the role of starter. Also to the greenstaff who presented the course for the championship, with some very challenging pin positions, and to the catering staff who did a great job keeping us fed and watered under covid restrictions.
For a full list of results
Gross results download
Nett resuts download
SVLGA First Team v MVLGA President’s Select at Ingestre G.C. (H)
8 June 2021
The inaugural match of this event was first held in 2019 at Edgbaston unfortunately, the return home match was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020. Our first attempt to re-arrange the match on 6 April 2021 was also affected by Covid restrictions. However, we were successful in re-arranging the match for 8 June where we welcomed the MVLGA President’s Select Team to Ingestre in glorious sunshine.
Both Teams fielded 12 players with their lowest handicaps available, to play the 4BBB match off scratch. Despite the SVLGA Team’s valiant effort we were unable to secure a win on this occasion with MVLGA President’s Select Team winning 5–1 Thank you to all the SVLGA Team for putting up a great fight against a very strong MVLGA Team.
Thank you to MVLGA President Sue Timberlake who was a pleasure to work with re-arranging the match. Also to Ingestre for hosting the match and Caterer (Paul) for the excellent food.
Presidents Day - 7th June 2021.
Little Aston Golf Club 3 Ball alliance Stableford
Our President Anne Andrews arranged the sun to shine for a lovely day at Little Aston.
With a full field proceedings got underway at 8.00am with the last ones going out at 3pm.
Warmly welcomed by our president Anne, vets members received their cards from the hut, and were given full instructions from the starters on the tee. We were then treated to delicious cakes and prossecco at the halfway house. Thank-you Anne.
Many thanks to Ann Partridge for all her hard work planning the day, for all the starters, car park attendants, helpers in the hut and half way house and catering and green staff at Little Aston.
Positive feedback was received from competitors handing in the completed scorecards. Every-one seem to enjoy the day, but felt they could have played better.
Those that did well were the prize winners listed below.
1st Place Amanda Bingham, Jane Hands and Jackie Newport (Little Aston) 73 points
2nd Place Chris Pettitt, Carol Alford and Trudie Hanson (Branston) 72 Points
3rd Place Helen Jessop, Lesley Hawker-Hammond (The Manor) Elizabeth Brammeld (Leek Westwood) 71 points
Best Front 9 Karan Wood, Val Orme, Nicky Penny (Lichfield) 37 points(on countback)
Best back 9 Sally Adamson, Pauline Taylor, Rachel Moseley (Little Aston) 38 points
Download A full list of the scores
Mon June 7th 2021
SVLGA First Team v County Second Team at Penn G.C. (A) 27 May 2021
The pre-season ‘Away’ match v County Second Team was originally scheduled for 13 April at Brocton, but due to Covid restrictions had to be postponed and re-arranged for 27 May at Penn.
The 8 players in each team set out in warm sunshine and dry conditions to ‘hone’ in on their match play skills for the season ahead. The 4 matches were played as 4BBB Match Play in Handicap Index order off Scratch and resulted in a 3-1 win for the SVLGA First Team. Very well played ladies.
Thank you to Penn G.C. for hosting the match and Second Team Captain Bridget Locke for organising the event.
SVLGA Third Team v Northamptonshire 25th May 2021
After a long layoff with COVID and Lockdown we finally got to host and play our first match against Northamptonshire at Sandwell Golf Club. The sun was shinning and the course was looking wonderful even thought all the bunkers were GUR due to heavy rain over the last three days.
Still playing under COVID restrictions and the new handicapping system all players enjoyed being back out there, it was all pretty even at the turn with the scores, well done Staffordshire who fought hard and shone through like the sun at the end winning 6/2. After it was great to be able to have a meal, again under certain restrictions but it was great to hear the laughter and new friendships being made by all, it was nice to think we might be getting back to some sort of normality
Bev Hensley SVLGA Past Captain
SVLGA First Team v Shropshire at Walsall G.C. (H)
17 May 2021
We received a warm welcome from Walsall Golf Club for our first match of the season against Shropshire on first day of Step 3 of the Road Map.
The friendly match was played as a 4BBB Match Play 90% difference off course handicap (Slope Rating 132) and both Teams arrived enthusiastic and looking forward to once again being able to play a Vets match, even though we were under Covid restrictions.
Despite the forecast, the majority of the matches were played in decent weather with only a couple of showers. Unfortunately the showers increased later in the afternoon to more annoying rain. One match had to play to the 18th to get a result and were caught in a deluge of heavy rain and hail, but it was a victory for the Staffordshire partnership of Jules and Nicki. Well done ladies.
My thanks to the President (Anne), Vice Captain (Mandy) and Immediate Past Captain (Bev) for all their support on the day. Also to Shropshire Captain (Jan Sheargold) who was a pleasure to work with arranging the day and a formidable opponent in our match.
I am delighted and proud to announce that Staffordshire won 5 ½ - 2 ½.
Thank you to all the Team. Very well done and a great start to the season.
It is with sadness I have to inform you of the passing of Sue Barker. Sue was a member of Whittington Heath and a past captain of Staffordshire Vets (2008). Sue was a great supporter of the county, and often served as a caddy. Sue died peacefully (not of Covid) on Sun March 28th. She ended her days in a nursing home, unfortunately suffering with dementia for the last year or so.
Details of her funeral are not known at this stage. But will be posted on the website when we have any news.
LATEST UPDATE FOR APRIL/MAY MATCHES
First Team Matches :
SVLGA v MVLGA President’s Select (originally scheduled for 6 April at Ingestre G.C.) - RE-ARRANGED for 8 June at Ingestre G.C. - tee times tba
SVLGA v County Second Team on 13 April at Penn G.C.(A) - (APRIL DATE CANCELLED - Fixture may be re-arranged)
SVLGA v Derbyshire on 10 May at Ormonde Field G.C. (A) - ( POSTPONED - Derbyshire trying to find new venue for 2nd August)
SVLGA v Shropshire on 17 May at Walsall G.C. (H) - first tee 10.30 a.m. - (currently will go ahead as planned)
Second Team Match :
SVLGA v Leicestershire (A) (originally scheduled for 13 May at Charnwood Forest G.C.) - RE-ARRANGED for 8 July at Lingdale G.C. - first tee 11.00 a.m.
Third Team Match :
SVLGA v Northamptonshire (H) - first tee 11.00 a.m. on 25 May at Sandwell Park G.C. (currently will go ahead as planned)
24th Mar 2021
Revised date for 1st team Match V MVLGA President select
Please note revised date of match. Was Tues 6th April NOW Tues 8th June still at Ingestre Park.
18 Mar 2021
Latest update re: Matches April and May
This is a quick note to update you regarding April and May matches following the Government’s announcement of the Roadmap out of Lockdown.
Team Captains are currently looking at the feasibility of being able to hold the matches in April and May in accordance with the Steps outlined in the Roadmap and guidance from England Golf and host Clubs.
Players selected for April and May matches will be contacted as soon as more information is available.
First Team Matches :
SVLGA v MVLGA President’s Select on 6 April at Ingestre (Postponed)
SVLGA v County Second Team on 13 April at Penn - (under review)
SVLGA v Derbyshire on 10 May at Ormonde Field - (under review)
SVLGA v Shropshire on 17 May at Walsall - (under review)
Second Team Match :
SVLGA v Leicestershire on 13 May at Charnwood Forest (under review)
Third Team Match :
SVLGA v Northamptonshire on 25 May at Sandwell Park (under review)
27th Feb 2021
Delegates Feb Meeting Cancelled.
Unfortunately we will not be able to hold the annual delegates meeting in February this year. At this moment it is difficult to project when we will be able to get together so the plan is that the committee will hold a zoom meeting and communication will be sent electronically to the delegates for onward transmission.
We will also make arrangements for you to receive the Posters and fixture cards that you would normally collect at the meeting.
If you have anything that you would like raising at the meeting can you please let me know either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 0121 353 9943 before Mon 1st February.
SVLGA Secretary on behalf of the committee.
8th Jan 2021
Changes to Committee members 2021
Thank–you for returning your voting slips for election of officers, we can now welcome the new members of the 2020/2021 committee
Captain Chris Pettitt, ((Branston)
Vice Captain Mandy Ambert (Trentham)
Fixture Secretary Helen Jessop (The Manor)
MVLGA rep Lorraine Barker (Great Barr)
Let’s hope that 2021 is a better year for us all, a successful year with lots of good golf.
Our thanks go to our past Captain, Bev Hensley. Her year was not what was expected, but Bev enjoyed it.
Thanks also to our immediate past captain Jules Heath for all her support.
Many thanks to our retiring Fixture Secretary Jean Greenhalgh after 6 years in the post. Jean had a particularly busy year this year cancelling and rearranging all the 2020 fixtures for 2021. Thank-you Jean. Jean will be handing over to Helen Jessop over the next few weeks.
Chris Hopkins is also retiring from the post of MVLGA rep having undertaken the job for a number of years. Chris will be missed at the events, but has already been talking to her successor Lorraine Barker.
We wish Chris Pettitt good luck in her role as Captain, and Mandy, Helen and Lorraine all the best in their new roles.
Please see the events section for details of next year’s competitions.
24th November 2020
I am pleased to report that we have had names to fill the vacant posts. We are just awaiting approval of election of officers following the AGM on Monday 16th Nov to announce the new committee.
16th Nov 2020
From November the association will require a new Fixture Secretary as Jean Greenhalgh is due to retire having served her term.
Also we will require a new MVLGA Representative, as Chrissie Hopkins is looking to stand down, after many years in the role.
Job descriptions for both posts can be found on the County Vets part of the Staffs Golf website, under the new tab, Vets roles. https://www.staffsgolf.co.uk/vets_roles.
If you may be interested or want to know more information please do not hesitate to contact the current post holders (contact details on the website), or any members of the committee.
Please also let your own club members know about the forthcoming vacancies, as they may wish to get more involved with the county vets.
30th Aug 2020
DOREEN THOMPSON Update
Doreens funeral is to be held at St Dominics RC Church, Stone, at 11am on Tues 8th Sept.
Can you please let me know if you intend to attend, as numbers are still limited for funerals.
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24th Aug 2020
It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of one of our former presidents.
Doreen Thompson a member of Trentham Park, president of SVLGA 2004/2005, passed away on Tues 18th August. Doreen was in her 90’s and ended her days in a nursing home.
We do not have the details of her funeral at present.
July 13th 2020
Nellie Wood and The Championship 2020 Cancelled due to Covid
It is with regret I am informing you that the Nellie Wood and Championship are cancelled for 2020.
Taking into account the safety and wellbeing of our members, the staff and members at the hosting clubs and the restrictions around running an event, I am sure you will agree that we have no other choice.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2021 when hopefully things will have returned to normal. Until then stay safe, and enjoy playing golf at your home club, with your bubble of friends.
May 22nd 2020
Unfortunately Bev has had to cancel her Captains Day scheduled for 17th July, as it is highly unlikely it could go ahead with the current restrictions.
As stated in our previous communication we do hope that we will be able to run the Nellie Wood on Friday 28th August at South Staffs and the Championship on the new revised date of Monday 7th Sept at Handsworth.
For information, the closing date for entries for the Nellie Wood will be 14th August and the closing date for the Championship will be August 24th
The posters on the website are updated if you wish to print a copy for your locker rooms when they open.
Stay safe and well
SVLGA Remaining Matches and Events 2020
14 May 2020
SVLGA Remaining Matches and Events 2020
Firstly, we hope you are all keeping safe and well during this ongoing pandemic.
Over the past few weeks we have been keeping a close eye on the situation relating to returning to Golf. We now also have the new regulations set out by England Golf to help Clubs to re-open their doors to allow us to start playing again. Also during this time, discussions have taken place as to how to proceed with our remaining events and matches.
As a Committee our utmost concern is the safety of our members, therefore we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all remaining 1st, 2nd & 3rd Team matches for 2020. This decision has not been taken lightly, but taking into account social distancing measures, number of people being able to play at any one time, catering and travelling, everything is still very uncertain.
Clubs, quite rightly, will want to get their courses open and thriving once more for their members, with the hope of salvaging a few Club Competitions at the latter end of the year, if possible.
We are hoping all courses that would have hosted our matches this year will be keen to have these fixtures carried forward to 2021.
We are keeping a hopeful eye on the situation to see if we will be able to still hold the Nellie Wood Competition on 28th August, Vets Championships on 7th September and the MVLGA Team Championships 5th/8th October.
It is with a heavy heart that we have had to make this decision, but would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and look forward to welcoming you all back to our events and matches in 2021.
Please Play Safe, Stay Safe and hopefully enjoy getting back to playing the game we all love.
President SVLGA (on behalf of the Committee)
It is with great sadness that one of our past presidents Cynthia Andrews passed away peacefully on Fri 17th April aged 96 years. Cynthia had been a member of Little Aston golf club for 45 years and previously at Whittington and Moor Hall. She was also a past captain of Warwickshire.
Cynthia always maintained her interest in golf and particularly the county, and was thrilled when her daughter in law Anne became President of the Vets last November. Cynthia was a very social character and will be sorely missed
COVID 19 UPDATE - The Championship - Postponed
The SVLGA Committee hope that you and your families are all keeping well and safe during this difficult time.
Following our previous communication that all competitions and matches would be cancelled until the end of May the committee feel that, in these uncertain times, we have no option other than to postpone the Vets Championship scheduled to take place on Mon 8th June.
We are saying postpone, rather than cancel, as we hope to be able to reschedule for later in the year. Obviously, none of us know when things will return to normal, and even if this competition can be accommodated at a later date, but your committee will do what we can to make it happen, if possible.
The website will be kept updated, as we receive any further updates.
Stay safe and well
Subject : URGENT - SVLGA Events and Matches 2020 and Coronavirus
We hope you are all keeping well in the ’challenging times’ that COVID-19 is presenting.
Having heard the new restrictions announced by the Government and in-line with the actions undertaken by Staffs County earlier today, the Vets Committee are in agreement to the following:-
All matches until the end of May will be cancelled.
1st team matches
Tues 7th April v MVLGA Presidents Select
Tues 14th April v County 2nd team
Weds 6th May v Shropshire
Mon 11th May v Derbyshire Seniors
2nd team matches
Thur 14th May v Leicestershire
3rd team matches
Tues 19th May v Northamptonshire
As the Championship is scheduled for Mon 8th June we request that you still send in your entries, as normal, and a decision will be taken in the middle of May, dependent on the situation at that time.
As the situation is changing rapidly we will keep members (via delegates and the website) informed should any further changes occur.
President SVLGA (on behalf of the committee)
From November the association will require a new Fixture Secretary as Jean Greenhalgh is due to retire having served her term.
Also we will require a new MVLGA Representative, as Chrissie Hopkins is looking to stand down, after many years in the role.
Job descriptions for both posts can be found on the County Vets part of the Staffs Golf website, under the new tab, Vets roles. https://www.staffsgolf.co.uk/vets_roles.
If you may be interested or want to know more information please do not hesitate to contact the current post holders (contact details on the website), or any members of the committee.
Please also let your own club members know about the forthcoming vacancies, as they may wish to get more involved with the county vets.
Competition closing dates
Whilst we encourage all delegates to get their competition entries in early, we have agreed to extend the closing dates for the Captains Day and Nellie Wood trophy competitions, from the dates on the fixture card and posters.
The closing date for Captain’s day is now Friday 5th June 2020
and the closing date for the Nellie Wood is now Friday 17th July 2020
However the closing date for the Championship will remain as Sunday 19th April
Date for your diaries
Firstly, the committee would like to wish all Staffordshire vets a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy and good golfing year in 2020. Many thanks to all the delegates who have provided details of their members so far, and a gentle reminder to everyone else that they are due in by the end of the year.
The date for your diaries is Mon 10th Feb 2020 for the delegates meeting,and we look forward to seeing you all there.
New Committee for 2019/2020
Welcome to the members of the 2019/2020 committee
President Anne Andrews (Little Aston),
Captain Mrs Bev Hensley (Ingestre Park Golf Club),
Vice Captain Mrs Chris Pettitt, ((Branston)
I’m sure everyone wishes them all a happy and successful 2020 with lots of good golf.
Our thanks go to our past Captain, Mrs Jules Heath. She has had very successful and happy year and provided invaluable support to the association and all the teams.
Thanks also to our immediate past captain Christine Davies for all her support.
Many thanks to our retiring Secretary Pat Mumford and retiring Competitions secretary Sue Simmons for all their hard work and dedication over the last five years. They will be missed on committee.
We wish our new Secretary Nicky Whitton and new competitions secretary Ann Partridge every success in their new roles.
MVLGA Team Championship - 2019
This year, on the 7th, 8th and 9th October, the Midland Veteran Ladies Golf Association Team Championship was held at Kings Norton Golf Club in Worcestershire. Once again there were 11 Counties represented with 18 teams of four players taking part. The weather on the first two days produced one or two showers but thankfully it managed to stay dry on the final day. With all the recent wet weather the course was playing very long but some great golf was played and good scores achieved.
On the first day, as always, the players all take part in a Greensome Stableford competition and this year our duo of Sue Spencer and Sally Sketcher took the first prize - well done ladies!
The second day was the first round of the team event and our Staffordshire teams excelled themselves with the first team leading by 24 shots, Norfolk team 1 lying second and Staffordshire second team lying in 3rd place.
The third day was the second and final round of the Championship and another excellent days golf was played. Our first team comprising of Julie Brown, Debbie Warren, Jenny Deeley and Sue Spencer had another great day and brought home the Championship Trophy for the fifth time in six years - well done to you all!
Our second team comprising of Caroline Corrigan, Bev Chattaway, Sally Sketcher and Corinne Tooth also had an excellent third days golf and managed to move up into second place winning the Runners-up Team Gross prize. Excellent result!
The Angela Duck Trophy (Best Individual Gross 36 Holes) was won by Debbie Warren and the Individual Best Gross on day three was won by Julie Brown.
Sue Spencer won nearest the pin prize on day two and Julie Brown won nearest the pin prize on day three.
Very well done to all the players - we are so fortunate to have so many great players in Staffordshire and we are so proud of you all and thank you for your commitment and dedication! Great team spirit!
Many thanks also to our Captain Jules Heath, President Diane Gillen, MVLGA delegate Chrissie Hopkins and Jayne Fletcher (who was injured out of this year's event) for all their support and help throughout the duration of the Championship. Very much appreciated!
Another excellent finale to a great year for Staffordshire Vets!!
The weather during this last week has resulted in many a game of golf being cancelled due to the wet conditions. On Thursday morning the greens staff at Ingestre Park worked hard to get the course opened and after a half hour delay we were able to go out and play this years Mixed Invitation AM AM with the County Senior Men. Whilst we didn't escape some heavy downpours we all managed to play the full eighteen holes and then enjoy each others company in the warm and dry clubhouse whilst dining.
The meal was followed by the presentation of the new salver to Bridget Locke, Lynn Gray, David Marshall & Michael Bates with a score of 75pts winning with a better back nine from second placed Jules Heath, Bev Hensley, Mark Ashton & Kevin Collins.
The M.V.L.G.A Team Championships take place at Kings Norton Golf Club on 7th - 9th October and Staffs Vets have two teams entered.
Team 1 : Julie Brown, Debbie Warren, Jenny Deeley & Sue Spencer.
Team 2: Caroline Corrigan, Bev Chattaway, Sally Sketcher & Corinne Tooth.
Myself, Di Gillen, Jayne Fletcher & Chrissie Hopkins will be there for the three days supporting them in what will hopefully be a successful defence of the title. If any members fancy coming along to support our teams and see some excellent golf being played then further details of the event may be found on the M.V.L.G.A. Website.
2nd team v Worcerstershire
On Wednesday 18th September we got to play our last rearranged cup match at Droitwich Golf Club against Worcestershire with not a drop of rain in sight , with glorious sunshine and a well presented course it set the stage for a great match as both teams had beaten Warwickshire earlier on in the season which meant the winning team today would win the Morgan trophy, at the turn it was all level we watch some great golf played by both sides on the back nine but I feel home advantage and course knowledge paid off in the end it was neck and neck and left to the last two matches to decide the winners unfortunately Worcestershire ended up winning 5/3 to retain the Morgan Trophy Congratulations to Janice and her team but it was a great effort buy Staffordshire. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the ladies who have played in the team this year especially those who filled in last minute, it has been a pleasure and an honour to captain such a committed, friendly and enthusiastic team of ladies and wish you good luck in 2020
The date of the 2019 AGM is Monday 18th November at Brocton Hall Golf Club 11.00 am.
2nd team v Warwickshire
The weather this year has not been kind to us meaning our match against Derbyshire was cancelled due to heavy overnight rain the course was closed . We finally got to play one of our rearranged Cup matches at Walsall Golf Club against Warwickshire and the rain decided it wanted to take part again but that did not dampen our spirits and determination ,at the turn we were pretty much all level but the sun did decide to come out which started to warm up both us and the matches , there was some great golf played by all but well done to my ladies they dug deep and pulled off a great result of
4.1/2 to 3.1/2 to Staffordshire.
Bev Hensley SVLGA 2nd Team Captain
The Championship 2019
The Championship for 2019 was held at Drayton Park Golf Club on Friday 30th August.
The weather on the day was dry and warm but very blustery, to say the least! The wind certainly made tricky conditions even trickier as most of us found.
The Championship Trophy was won by Julie Brown (Trentham) with 75 Gross.
The winner of the Doreen Banks Salver was, for the third year in a row, Diane Gillen (Stone) with 93 Gross.
Best Nett was won by Jill Tranter (Bloxwich) with 71 Nett.
1st Silver Division - Elaine Dorrington (Beau Desert) with 74 Nett
2nd Silver Division - Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) with 75 Nett (B9 37)
1st Bronze Division - Sue Butler (Uttoxeter) with 74 Nett
2nd Bronze Division - Jan Baker (Brocton Hall) with 76 Nett
Congratulations to all the prizewinners!
Our thanks go to Drayton Park Golf Club for allowing us to host our Championship at their club. Thanks also to the Greens Staff for their hard work and the Catering and Bar Staff for looking after us so well on the day. My thanks to Chris Allsop and Jean Livingston for working so hard all day on the desk - thank you ladies. Also thank you to Ann Partridge who assisted me on the day.
1st Team versus Leicestershire & Rutland
On Monday 19th August we travelled to The Leicestershire Golf Club to play our friendly match against Leicestershire & Rutland. The format was 4BBB 90% difference and the handicaps were closely matched in the majority of matches. The weather was changeable with spells of glorious sunshine interspersed with heavy downpours.
Unfortunately we suffered our first defeat of the season with only Sue Simmons & Elaine Dorrington coming in with a convincing 5 & 4 win and Sue Spencer & Jules Heath halving their match resulting in a 61/2 - 11/2 loss.
Staffs Vets First Team Retain the Inter- County Cup
Having won our first cup match against Worcestershire 51/2 - 21/2 back in May a win against Warwickshire on 5th August would mean that Staffs would secure the Inter County Cup for the 6th consecutive year.
Despite four of our players being selected to play for the Midlands Vets team in the Jamboree we managed to field a strong team and came out victors 41/2 - 31/2. The match was very closely fought with three matches being halved, two of these being the last two matches, nail biting stuff!
Congratulations ladies, well played everyone.
Mrs Doreen Banks
It is with great sadness that we have to tell members that Mrs Doreen Banks passed away on Thurday 25th July, 2019 after a long illness.
Doreen had been Staffordshire County Secretary and also County Captain in 1993/94 when Staffordshire Ladies won the English County Championships.
She had also been President of the Staffordshire County Ladies and Staffordshire Veteran Ladies Golf Association and for many years was Staffordshire’s representative of the Midland Vets. She is was an honorary member Oxley Park Golf Club, County Ladies, County Vets and Midland Vets.
She was a member of Oxley Park Golf Club for over 50 years. Doreen played regular golf into her late eighties and had her first hole in one at Oxley Park the age of 85 .
She was well known for both her after dinner speaking and her big bag of sweeties which she handed round to players and supporters at Midland and County events.
She was truly a great lady and will be sorely missed by many.
Her funeral will be held on 29th August at 1:30pm at the West Chapel, Bushbury Crem and afterwards at Oxley Park Golf Club
Lady Captain's Day - July 19th 2019
Our third competition for this year was the Lady Captain's Day which was held at Stafford Castle Golf Club. We had a full field of 105 ladies playing - being a nine hole course this was the maximum number of competitors we could comfortably accommodate. The morning started off rainy but fortunately it cleared to give us a pleasant afternoon with just the odd shower.
The format of the competition was a Stableford Three Ball Alliance and the results are as follows:-
1st Prize Yvonne Cope (Barlaston), Jan Williams and Glynis Byatt (Trentham) - 77 points
2nd Prize Trudie Hanson, Carol Alford and Chris Pettitt (Branston) - 75 points
3rd Prize Caroline Corrigan, Bev Hensley and Bridget Locke (Ingestre Park) - 73 points
4th Prize Penny Speer, Gill Perkes and Sam Smith (Walsall) - 70 points
Longest Drive (6th hole) - Caroline Corrigan (Ingestre Park)
Nearest the Pin (18th hole) - Elizabeth Allan (South Staffs)
Thank you to Stafford Castle for your kind hospitality and for making us all so welcome on the day. Many thanks to the greens staff for an excellent course - we all enjoyed playing on it.
A big thank you to our Captain, Jules, for an excellent halfway house. It was lovely to be waited upon with a delightful afternoon tea, delicious sandwiches and cakes, and, not forgetting the Prosecco! Very much appreciated by everyone.
My thanks, once again, to Jean Livingston - your help on the desk is invaluable. Also to Christine, Brenda and Jan - thank you.
Captain's Day 2019
On Friday 19th July I welcomed everyone to Stafford Castle Golf Club. The forecast had us all worried anticipating heavy rain and thunder & lightening and all came prepared with waterproofs and brollies. Fortunately, although it did rain in the morning, it wasn't too bad and the afternoon ladies saw hardly any rain at all. Not the sunshine I had been hoping for but it didn't seem to dampen everyone's enthusiasm to go out and play well.
Thank you to all the Staffs Vets for making this day so memorable. It was great to sit with you all at the halfway house with a prosecco and listen to you analysing your game so far, it was a lovely atmosphere. It was very pleasing to hear all your positive comments and compliments about the course which I hope you will return to in the future.
Thanks also to all those, both Staffs Vets and members of Stafford Castle golf club who gave their time to help make the day such a great success.
Congratulations to the winners with 77 points, Jan Williams, Glynis Byatt and Yvonne Cope.
Well done to all the other winners. Sue Simmons will be posting a full list of prize winners sometime soon.
On Monday 8th July 40 staffs vets ladies travelled to Ingestre Park Golf Club to play in the Snelson Trophy. The trophy is played for between the Captains Team (1st team Players) and the Vice Captains Team (2nd Team Players & committee) and is awarded to the team with the highest combined stableford score. In 2018 the Vice Captains team won.
Ingestre Park golf course was superbly presented, well manicured and the greens were excellent leading to some fantastic betterball scores from players with the highest score being 44pts. This year the Captains Team came in victorious with a combined score of 382pts to 357pts.
Thank you to all the ladies who played and made the day a great success, thank you to vice captain Bev for all her hard work helping to organise the day and well done to my team.
Lady President's Day
Our second competition of the year was our Lady President's Day which was held at Stone Golf Club on Monday 17th June. The day started off dry but the rain soon arrived with the morning players bearing the brunt of the wet conditions. We had a full entry of 105 players on the day which is the maximum number we can comfortably get on a 9 hole course. The format of our competition was a stableford three ball alliance.
Our Lady President, Diane Gillen, provided a delightful respite at the halfway house with a wonderful selection of cakes and scones which were enjoyed by all - not forgetting the Prosecco which certainly went down a treat!
The results are as follows:-
1st - J Heath (Stafford Castle), B Hensley (Ingestre Park) and H York (Stone) with 70 points
2nd - S Sketcher, S Macmillan and P Roper (Trentham) with 69 points
3rd - T Klek, N Lockley and E Dorrington (Beau Desert) with 68 points
4th - K Smith, W Cotterill and C Eveson (South Staffs) with 66 points
Nearest the Pin (14th) - K Smith (South Staffs)
Longest Drive (10th) - J Waterhouse (Whittington Heath)
Many thanks to the greens staff for all their hard work - the course was in lovely condition especially after the very wet weather we had been experiencing recently. Also thanks to the Stone members, ladies and gentlemen, who helped out on the day - much appreciated. My personal thanks go to Jean Livingston and Chris Allsop for the invaluable help on the desk - thank you Ladies! Lastly but by no means least, a huge thank you to our President, Di, for all your hard work and for giving us an excellent day out at Stone Golf Club - thank you! It really was a lovely day!
Nellie Wood Trophy 2019
The Nellie Wood Trophy was held at Whittington Heath Golf Club on Friday 24th May. The weather on the day was very kind to us with some lovely warm sunshine. We had 132 ladies entered this year which was a little down on numbers from last year but was still a healthy field of competitors. Normally the Nellie Wood is a qualifying competition but this year we held it as a non qualifier. This was due to the ongoing alterations which are taking place at Whittington Heath.
The Nellie Wood Trophy was won by Moira Gough from Oxley Park with 41 points.
The Vintage Salver was also won by Moira Gough from Oxley Park.
1st - Helen Jessop (Manor) with 38 points (back nine 20 points)
2nd - Jenny Smale (Whittington Heath) with 38 points (back nine 18 points)
3rd - Cynthia Tipper (Whittington Heath) with 37 points (back nine 21 points)
4th - Francesca Holland (Whittington Heath) with 37 points (back nine 17 points)
1st - Trudie Hanson (Branston) with 37 points
2nd - Diane Ferriday (Brocton Hall) with 36 points (last six 13 points)
3rd - Gilly Cooper (Brocton Hall) with 36 points (last six 12 points)
4th - Mary Osborne (Stafford Castle) with 35 points
Many thanks go to Whittington Heath for allowing us to play our Nellie Wood Trophy at their lovely golf course. As I have already mentioned there is a lot of work taking place on the course and I must thank the greens staff for all their hard work in presenting the course in such good condition which was not an easy task with so many areas marked out as GUR. Thank you to all the helpers on the day especially Jean Livingston, Penny Speer, Chris Allsop and Lady Captain of Whittington Suzanne Rundle for all their much appreciated help on the desk. Also thank you to the Lady Captain for providing bottles of water on the desk for our competitors and for the very welcoming biscuits and drinks at the halfway house. Much Appreciated!
Ist team v Worcestershire and Shropshire
May 20th was a very busy day for the first team with a cup match against Worcestershire away at Moseley and a friendly match away at Llanymynech against Shropshire.
The cup team arrived to a warm welcome from both the weather and the Worcestershire team to play their scratch cup match at Moseley Golf Club. On a well prepared course there was some great golf played with some very convincing wins and some very tight matches resulting in a 5 1/2 to 2 1/2 win for Staffordshire . Congratulations to Worcestershire Captain Janice Kerr on her hole in one and thank you for the celebratory drink . Well done ladies and thank you to vice captain Bev Hensley for captaining the successful team.
Llanymynech has some of its holes in Wales and some in Shropshire and from the course there are some fantastic panoramic views. We tried not to let these distract us, however several ladies hadn't played the course before so they managed to take a few photos on the way round. The friendly match was played as a 4BBB 90% difference and this resulted in some very closely fought matches with six of the eight games going to 18th hole. Unfortunately the result was not favourable to Staffordshire with Shropshire winning 5 1/2 - 2 1/2. A Valiant effort ladies and a lovely day, thank you.
3rd Team v Northamptonshire
Monday May 20th 2019 Staffordshire won 5 1/2 : 2 1/2
Venue – Delapre Golf Centre Northampton.
As with all 3rd Team matches, this is a 4bbb played off handicap. It was a very closely fought match with two games ending on the 18th hole. Fortunately Staffordshire won both of these by one-up. Great going ladies.
As with all previous 3rd Team matches against Northamptonshire, in all the games shots were being taken off a Staffordshire player. So very well played to all the team. After the 9th hole the match was very even, with a 50/50 split in the halfway results. So there were quite a few nerves (mine that is) whilst waiting at the 18th green. I need not have worried.
The report back from the players was that the Delapre Course has lots of ditches and thick rough, which on quite a number of holes was immediately adjacent to the “Fairway”. I heard it said that some players lost more balls in the round than they did during the whole of the year. The things we do for Staffordshire Golf!
From a very proud Captain, thank you to the Team for your resilience.
Captain SVLGA 3rd Team.
2nd team v Worcestershire and Leicestershire
After a disappointing start with our first match against Worcestershire at Droitwich golf club being abandoned after twelve holes due to thunder storms we made our way to our second match at Barlaston golf club against Leicestershire hoping for better weather , alas the rain followed us with some heavy showers but this did not stop the enthusiasm and spirit of both teams , eventually the sun came out all enjoyed the course with some very close matches with Staffordshire coming out the victors with a 5 & 3 win. Well done and thank you to my team.
S.V.L.G.A. 2ND Team Captain
1st team report
The season has started very well for the First Team.
On 1st April we visited Edgbaston Golf Club to play the inaugural match with the MVLGA Presidents select team, who gave our team a very warm welcome and so did the sunshine. Both teams fielded 12 players with handicaps of 7 or below and the match was played as 4BBB off scratch and resulted in a draw. Many of the matches were very closely fought however Julie Brown and Julia Gaunt had a convincing win 7 & 6 with Julie Brown playing some outstanding golf having several birdies and an eagle!
On 16th April we played a friendly match against the County 2nd Team which we hosted at Brocton Hall Golf Club and once again we were blessed with good golfing weather except for a little rain just at the end. This match is played as a 4BBB 90% difference with 8 players per team and our team came out as 3 - 1 victors with 2 wins & 2 halves. I was there to support the team and enjoyed watching some excellent golf and with the final two fourballs going all the way to the 18th and halving it was very tense.
We are looking forward now to our first intercounty match with Derbyshire Senior Ladies on 13th May, closely followed by our first cup match on 20th May against Worcestershire at Moseley and on the same day our friendly match against Shropshire at Llanymynech.
Mrs Jill Sly
Sadly our past Treasurer Jill died in December following a trgic accident. Her husband David has requested that we pass on the following message to all the ladies at the Vets
"David and family were overwhelmed by the number of cards and messages of sympathy received following Jill's untimely death. There are barely enough words in the English language to cover the views expressed;- saddened, shocked, untimely not to mention the positive ones smiling, helpful, courteous. They would like to offer their sincere thanks to all and particularly to all those who came to the Requiem Mass and afterwards to Brocton Hall. I hope we gave her a fitting farewell."
New Captain and Vice Captain
We welcome our new Captain Mrs Jules Heath (Stafford Castle Golf Club) and our new Vice Captain Mrs Bev Hensley (Ingestre Park Golf Club)
I’m sure everyone wishes them all a happy and successful 2019 with lots of good golf.
Our thanks go to our past Captain, MrsChristine Davies. She has had very successful and happy year and provided invaluable support to the association and all the teams.
Please see the events section for details of next year’s competitions.
We would also like to thank our retiring Treasurer, Mrs Jill Sly, for all her hard work and dedication over the last seven years. We wish our new Treasurer, Mrs Wendy Lewis, every sucess.
Midland Team Championship - 2018
This year the Midland Team Championship was held at Luffenham Heath Golf Club (Leicestershire and Rutland) on 10th, 11th and 12th October. There were 11 Counties represented with 18 teams of four players taking part. The team event is played over two days playing 18 holes on each day. This year , however, because of deteriorating weather conditions day 2 was reduced to a 9 hole competition. The best three scores out of four from each team on both days are added together to determine the winners of the Championship.
Staffordshire first won the Trophy in 2014 but came a very close second to Northamptonshire the following year. We then won the Championship in 2016 and 2017. This year we completed the hat trick and won for the third consecutive year. Well done to Staffordshire’s 1st Team comprising of Sue Spencer, Caroline Corrigan, Bev Chattaway and Sally Sketcher. What stars! Staffordshire’s 2nd Team comprising of Corinne Tooth, Jayne Fletcher, Bridget Locke and Diane Gillen also had an excellent Championship finishing 7th Gross and 6th Nett. Well done to you all!
Bev Chattaway and Caroline Corrigan came 2nd in the Greensomes Stableford (held on Wed 10th) losing out for first place on countback.
Sue Spencer also won the longest drive on day 1 of the team event and won the nearest the pin prize on day 2.
Thanks also to Chrissie Hopkins, Sue Simmons and our Captain, Christine Davies, who were there for the duration of the Championship lending support whilst enjoying some great golf.
Well done Staffordshire! A great end to our 2018 season!!
Please see the events page for the 2019 competition and match dates.
Am-am with S U G C senior gentlemen
Thursday September 13th 2018
It was the ladies turn to host this event which took place at Brocton Hall. At the request of the gentlemen, this was brought forward this year into September. It is played as an am/am; 90% handicap with one lady and one gentleman to score on each hole. The weather was quite kind although it alternated between chilly and very warm. Brocton had started their Course Maintenance programme the previous week so there were some interesting comments about “putting” as not all of the top dressing had infused into the sub-soil.
It was as usual, an excellent day with much camaraderie and interesting speeches! This was the first year for many that Terry Henwood had not organised this on behalf of the gentlemen. A sad “farewell”, although Terry still played in the team. Thanks for all your hard work, funny stories and jokes over the years Terry. He has handed over to Andy Guy. We wish you success in the role Andy and for your wedding on Saturday. Steve Wild gave the speech on behalf of the gentlemen.
My thanks go to SUGC Senior Captain, Mark Ashton, Mick Tooth and our Lady President, Di Gillen with whom I was playing. Sorry that I didn’t back you up more.
As usual the men were very kind and considerate in supplying the bottles of wine for the prizes. Bridget Locke, Anne Fern, Pete Cole and Colin Woolley came first with 78 points. Second, with 77 points were Jules Heath (Vice-Captain), Pam Bailey, Andrew Dathan (Chairman of SUGC Senior Section) and Martyn Pearce.
Many thanks go to all the ladies and gentlemen who played in this most enjoyable of competitions.
Congratulations to Mrs Doreen Banks on her 90th birthday from everyone at Staffordshire Vets
The Championship 2018
The Championship for 2018 was held on the Lodge Course at Enville Golf Club on Friday 31st August. After a long hot dry spell of weather the courses are all showing signs of good recovery and the Lodge Course was no exception. Weather on the day was perfect with long spells of sunshine.
The Championship Trophy was won by Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) with 77 Gross.
The winner of the Doreen Banks Salver was Diane Gillen (Stone) with 89 Gross.
(It was a pleasure to present this Salver on the day of Doreen's 90th Birthday!)
Best Nett was won by Lin Toft (Uttoxeter) with 71 Nett.
1st Silver Division - Carol Alford (Branston) - 72 Nett (won on back 6)
2nd Silver Division - Ann Wassall (Enville) - 72 Nett
3rd Silver Division - Sue Simmons (Enville) - 73 Nett
1st Bronze Division - Gillian Clarke (Trentham) - 73 Nett
2nd Bronze Division - Jan Baker (Brocton Hall) - 74 Nett
3rd Bronze Division - Diane Ferriday (Brocton Hall) - 75 Nett
Thanks go to Enville Golf Club for allowing us to host this event at their club and also to the Greens Staff for preparing the course in such good order. Many thanks to all the helpers on the day and special thanks to Jean Livingston who helped on the desk all day - thank you, as always, your help is invaluable.
1st Team v Leicestershire August 23rd 2018
We won, either 6:1 or 7:1 ? Read on.
This was a Staffordshire home fixture and was played at The Chase G C and we thank them for their hospitality and the lovely food.
So - back to the result. Unfortunately Leicestershire could only get 14 players for this match so, do we cut our team to 14 or increase Staffs participation? After talking this through beforehand with the Leicestershire Captain, we decided to play this match off handicap, rather than Scratch. Prior to the day I spoke with our two lowest handicap players, Debbie and Sue to see if they wished to drop out – not a bit of it they both responded. So I decided to give two players from the 2nd Team, Cynthia Butler and Jackie Jennings, both of whom had dropped their handicaps, so were no longer available to play for the 2nds, the opportunity to play. Both grasped it with both hands.
So, if the actual match was for 7 pairs then we won 6:1, if 8, then we won 7:1. Got it?
All the above just reiterates what an exceptional bunch of ladies we have playing for Staffordshire.
Thank you from a very proud Captain.
2nd team cup match v Warwickshire
Following our draw with Worcestershire in July we needed to beat Warwickshire by a greater margin than 5- 3 to win the cup. An eager team arrived at Shirley Golf Club and all hit magnificent opening tee shots however, after 9 holes we only led in two matches. Energy boosted by chocolate bars the determined players set off on the back nine with great hopes of fighting back but despite their hard fought efforts we lost the match 51/2 - 21/2.
A big thank you to all the ladies who have played for the 2nd team this year it has been a pleasure to watch you play with such enthusiasm and determination.
1st Team v Warwickshire August 9th 2018 for the Inter-County Trophy – retained by Staffordshire
This was a Warwickshire home fixture and was played at The Robin Hood G C in Solihull. For the first time in a couple of months we saw and played on green “fairways”. We can only assume that there is a watering system in place? Robin Hood gave us a good test of golf with four of our eight matches still “alive” at the 17th hole. Both the 17th and 18th holes are par fives. I am delighted to report that we won all four, giving Staffordshire a victory of 6 matches to 2. Absolutely exceptional ladies.
As usual, there was much banter and camaraderie, especially around the tables at the meal following the match. A great advert for Vets golf.
The Inter-County Trophy (for the 1st Team) was initiated in 1998 by our own Captain that year Una Boyd, who was a member of Whittington Heath. I am delighted to report that in the twenty years over which it has been played, Staffordshire have won it on nine occasions, this win being our fifth consecutive year.
2nd Team Match v Derbyshire 9th August 2018
On the same day as our 1st team were playing Warwickshire the 2nd team were all driving across the Derbyshire peak district to play a friendly match against Derbyshire at Chatsworth Golf Club. Whilst playing the players were treated to some stunning views from this 9 hole course especially of Chatsworth House and its gardens this didn't distract the team from their games. After 7 games the match was all square and with the last pairing of Sue Butler and Ann Partridge coming in with a vital win they secured a 41/2 to 31/2 victory.
Lady Captain's day 19th July 2018
This year the Lady Captain's Day was held at Brocton Hall, the home club of our Captain, Christine Davies. We had an excellent field of 180 ladies playing in a Stableford Three Ball Alliance. Due to the very hot and dry weather we have been experiencing lately we all found the ground conditions quite difficult with balls bouncing all over the place! However, the course was excellent, as always, and thanks go to the greens staff for all their hard work.
The results of the competition are as follows:-
1st Prize Mary Robertson, Mary Richards and Caroline Wilkins (Brocton Hall) - 83 points
2nd Prize Sally Sketcher, Sue Macmillan and Caroline Carryer (Trentham) - 81 points
3rd Prize Caroline Corrigan, Bridget Locke and Bev Hensley (Ingestre Park) - 77 points
4th Prize Kate Weaver, Marjorie Leece and Jackie Jennings (South Staffs) - 76 points won on the back 9
Best Front 9 Anna Bullock, Heather Baldwin and Gill Dyke (Trentham) - 41 points won on the last 6
Best Back 9 Ann Tweddle, Sue Butler and Judy Bartlett (Uttoxeter) - 40 points
Silver Div nearest the pin - Nicola Lockley (Beau Desert)
Bronze Div nearest the pin - Sue Ward (Brocton Hall)
Thank you to Brocton Hall for making us all so welcome on the day and many thanks to all those who helped out on the day to ensure everything ran smoothly.
Many thanks, also, go to our Captain, Christine, for providing us all with refreshments at the halfway house - the Prosecco went down a treat and the delicious cakes were very welcome!
A note from the Lady Captain:-
Ladies, thank you all for playing and making the day so special. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I. Thank you for your cards and gifts, which will be a wonderful memory of my day. I am sure you would all like to know that the raffle raised a wonderful £360. This is to be shared between The British Heart Foundation and Parkinson's Disease UK.
Thank you, as always, to Sue (Simmons) for all her hard work and organisation.
Thank you once again Ladies.
SVLGA 2ND Team Cup Match v Worcestershire & Herefordshire 11th July
After the original match date in April had to be cancelled due to the atrocious weather, we welcomed the Worcestershire & Herefordshire team to Barlaston Golf Club in glorious sunshine.
The players were all watched off the first tee by Worcestershire & Herefordshire's Vets President and Captain and Staffordshire's Vets Captain & Vice Captain who all then watched some nailbiting matches come to their conclusion. The tightly fought match finished up as a 4-4 draw.
Players all enjoyed an excellent meal afterwards before leaving to watch England play their semi final match in the World Cup.
Snelson Trophy July 9th 2018
On yet another fabulous day of weather forty players arrived at Ingestre Park Golf Club to vie for the Snelson Trophy. This is a match between a 1st Team Squad and a 2nd Team Squad. It is played as a 4BBB Stableford, with 20 players a side.
With the current dry conditions there were some unusual places from which balls were being played! As one would expect each “match” was keenly contested with the 2nd Team coming out victors by 10 Stableford points. Thereby getting the Trophy back from the 1sts!
Well done to the 2nd Team.
This is a great occasion and event and the only time during the year that SVLGA members get to play with, and against, each other. The camaraderie on and off the Course was superb.
Thanks must go to Ingestre Park for the presentation of the Course and the catering both before and after the match.
ENVILLE GOLF CLUB
Friday 31st August 2018
(Holder : Mrs Caroline Corrigan)
+ Best Overall Nett and Nett Prizes in 2 Divisions (Competition handicaps only)
There will be a draw for handicaps plus to 20
(Ladies aged 70+ may be exempt from the draw if they so desire)
Handicaps 21 and above apply in threes if possible
ENTRY FEE £12.00 per member
Meal or Sandwiches will be available. Please order on the Entry Form (Meals ordered must be taken) +
DOREEN BANKS SALVER (70+)
( Holder : Mrs Diane Gillen )
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to arrive no later than the closing date Friday 27th July 2018
Cheques made payable to: S.V.L.G.A
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June 18th 2018
Nellie Wood Competition Thursday 24th May 2018
The Nellie Wood Trophy for 2018 was played at Brocton Hall Golf Club on Thursday 24th May. We had quite a difference in the temperature on the day as the ladies playing in the morning found it very chilly whilst the afternoon players had much warmer conditions. Fortunately for all it remained dry all day! This year we had a record number of entries - - 194 ladies entered and we finally managed to secure places for 180 players. This is a great situation for us to be in and I must applaud the enthusiasm of our ladies and thank you all for your excellent support.
The Nellie Wood Trophy was won by Sue Spencer from Whittington Heath with a score of 39 points (back nine 18 points).
The Vintage Salver was won by Gill Greaves-Bentley from Ingestre Park with a score of 38 points.
Silver Division :-
1st - Helen Jessop (The Manor) with 39 points (back nine 17 points)
2nd - Gill Greaves-Bentley (Ingestre Park) with 38 points
3rd - Kay Marshall (Branston) with 37 points (back nine 17 points)
4th - Wendy Gitsham (Ingestre Park) with 37 points (better back six)
5th - Carol Alford (Branston) with 37 points
Bronze Division :-
1st - Gail Lloyd (Beau Desert) with 36 points (back nine 21 points)
2nd - Helen Toft (Trentham) with 36 points
3rd - Eileen Geddes (Whittington Heath) with 35 points
4th - Liz Kendrick (Whittington Heath) with 33 points (back nine 16 points)
5th - Trish Franklin (Brocton Hall) with 33 points
The course was in excellent condition and many thanks go to the Head Greenkeeper and his staff for preparing the course so well for us on the day. My thanks go to all the many helpers provided by Brocton Hall and especially the ladies who helped out on the desk and also to Diane Bell (SVLGA delegate) for all your help in the organisation of the day. Many thanks also to Jean Livingston, Penny Speer and Jill Sly (from the Association) for your invaluable help with the cards - much appreciated!
Our Captain, Christine Davies, would also like to thank all the ladies who contributed to the raffle. An excellent £367 was raised which is to be shared with The British Heart Foundation and Parkinson's Disease UK. Thank you ladies!
The CSS for the competition was 72 (+ 1)
1st team v Shropshire Monday 21st May 2018
Staffordshire won 5:3
Venue - Handsworth G. C.
Well, yet another fine, dry day with some great golf. This match is played off handicap and, as per our match last week against Derbyshire, it all came down to the last match, which Staffordshire won, giving us the overall match win.
All “Vets” matches are tough and exciting and this one was no exception especially as in all the games the lowest handicap player was from Staffordshire, meaning we were giving shots.
So if you think I have lost weight when next you see me it is all down to tension and nerves!
Handsworth are having a lot of work carried out around the 12th/13th holes and the blue netting used to define the area caused a little consternation for some players but, they survived. The rest of the Course was in good condition and the visitors couldn’t believe that such a splendid Course existed in the middle of a housing estate.
My thanks to Handsworth for all their help and especially to Emma for her catering organisation.
1st team v Derbyshire Thursday May 17th 2018
The Match was halved
Venue - Kedleston Park G. C. Derbyshire
What a brilliant match and fantastic day. This match is played off Scratch and was nail-biting down to the last match, which Staffordshire won – yippee.
Kedleston was in great condition and the standard of golf was excellent. Indeed, in one match the four players came off stating that if they had been playing in an am/am the score would have been so good that there may have been a “steward’s enquiry”!
Four matches went to the 18th hole and none were halved. Unfortunately, Derbyshire won 3 of these and Staffordshire 1. A similar case happened last year when four matches went to the 18th but, on that occasion Staffordshire won 3 and halved one. So this is always a well contested match, played competitively but, in a very friendly manner, which the laughter and camaraderie in the dining room confirmed.
My thanks to the Immediate Past President of Derbyshire, Maggie Wylde for acting as Starter and to our Immediate Past Captain, Ann Tweddle for coming to Kedleston, keeping me company and for being there to see all our matches through the 9th.
2nd team v Leicestershire 11th May 2018
On Friday 11th May we got our season underway with a trip to Willesley Park Golf Club to play a friendly match against Leicestershire and Rutland. Vets Lady Captain Christine Davies and myself went along to support the team and we watched an eager and determined team put in some excellent performances to win the match 6 1/2 to 1 1/2. Well done Ladies a great start to our season.
SVLGA Vice Captain
3rd Team v Northamptonshire 9th May 2018
On a dry day at Druids Heath the ladies from both teams enjoyed the warm welcome of the Staff at Druids Heath. The matches were played in a friendly manner and although Staffordshire won 7 -1, at least four games went to the 17th.
My thanks to all the ladies who played this year for the third team and to Captain Christine Davies and Past President Brenda Parker for taking on the start of the day in my absence. Due to unforeseen circumstances we had two ladies unable to play. Northamptonshire agreed to Brenda playing with a handicap of 16 to partner myself, and for the match to count. This was good sportsmanship and gave their 8th pairing a game.
A very good meal was provided by Druids Heath and judging by the level of noise, a pleasant time was had by everyone.
SVLGA Past Captain
Captains Day Poster 2018
Trophee Simone Thiion de la Chaume
Two weeks ago nine Staffordshire vets flew out to Biarritz to compete in the 20th Trophee Simone Thion De La Chaume and the Cup Simone Thion De La Chaume being played at Golf De Biarritz La Phare.
Competitors in the Trophee were all handicap 6 and below and included 9 professionals. Sue Spencer played superbly in the first two rounds qualifying for the final day and finished with an excellent final round of 71 to clinch the best nett prize. Only 3 of the professionals finished above her.
The remaining eight Staffordshire vets competed in the Cup (handicaps 6-12) and after the first two rounds four of our ladies qualified in the top 24 to make the cut for the final round. Jayne Fletcher put in an excellent final round which resulted in her winning second gross.
1st team v Worcestershire & Hereford
Thursday May 3rd 2018 Staffordshire Won 5 : 3
Venue - Sandwell Park G. C.
This was a cup match for the Inter-County Trophy, which is played between Staffordshire/Warwickshire/Worcestershire & Hereford.
After the dreadful weather which has blighted us up to this point, the staff at Sandwell pulled out all the stops to ensure the Course was playable. I understand that, whilst wet in places Sandwell played well, if a little long. The day was mainly sunny but, with a very chilly wind.
I have to admire, and thank, all our players for giving such an excellent performance. Thank you one and all.
This report wouldn’t be complete without thanking Debbie Warren (whose Birthday happened to be on the day – such dedication) for all the chocolate goodies that she left with me to be given out to ALL players on the first tee. Thanks Debbie and hope your birthday celebrations lasted at least all week.
1st team v County Ladies 2nd Team
Monday April 16th The Vets Won 3 : 1
This was a “Home” Fixture for the SLCGA and was played at Enville G C. For once, there was no rain! This was our first game of the season as our previous fixture had to be postponed.
Occasionally the County Ladies cannot get a complete team and this year we (The Vets) supplied three players to play for the County Ladies. I am sure that we all benefited from playing at Enville and honed our 4BBB match play instincts ready for the season.
Thank you to SLCGA 2nd Team for their hospitality and to Captain Debbie Loach for organising this event.
Very well done ladies – onwards and upwards.
Nellie Wood Trophy 2018
A NOTE FROM THE CAPTAIN, VICE-CAPTAIN and IMMEDIATE PAST CAPTAIN
We hope the following will give a little guidance on how we go about selecting the teams each year. If by any chance you don't get the chance to play in a match please don't let it put you off for next year.
The first thing is that you must have ticked the box on the membership form which indicates that you would like to be considered for matches.
During February you will be contacted by the team captains for your availability. It is important that you respond promptly as the captains need to collate all the responses and make their selections. The more availability you submit the more likely you are to get selected.
All fixtures are for teams of 16 players (8 pairs) apart from the 1st Team match against the County Ladies 2nd Team which is 8 per side (4 pairs) and The Snelson Trophy which is 20 per side (10 pairs).
1st Team – The selection for these matches is done by the Captain. The matches against Worcestershire & Hereford; and Warwickshire are played off Scratch and, therefore, selection is in handicap order. The lowest handicap players available are selected to play against the County Ladies 2nd Team. The fixture against Leicestershire is also likely to be played off Scratch. In the other matches we try to get a mixture of players so that everyone gets a game during the year.
The selection for the fixture with the County Senior Men is by invitation.
2nd Team – The selection for these matches is done by the Vice-Captain. We have a very nice “problem” in that we have lots of members who wish to play, this does however mean that not everyone may get a game. The two cup matches against Worcestershire & Hereford and Warwickshire are done strictly in handicap order. This leaves two friendly matches against Leicestershire and Derbyshire where we try to get a mixture of players.
The Snelson Trophy is a match against the Vets 1st Team and for this match we select the committee members with handicaps higher than 14 and then a mixture of players to make up a team to 20 players (10 Pairs). All second team matches are 4BBB and are played using handicap allowances.
3rd Team – We have the same procedure as the 2nd Team friendly matches. The match is a 4BBB and played using handicap allowances. At present (2018) we have only the one fixture against Northamptonshire but, we are trying to get more. This will however depend on other counties.
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.