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Lady Marling

Wednesday 20th September 2017

The weather was kind and the greens tricky but not for some it appeared.

While some of us were enjoying the seaside 54 Ladies played Cirencester GC for an abundance of trophies. 

Debbie Casling's reports that: 'Kirsty, Fran and Steve kept us all fed and watered (every time I turned round there was another cuppa for me and even cake)!

A big thank you to Muriel and her band of helpers and Lady Captain Elizabeth Dodd.

Our very grateful thanks to Richard and his team at Cirencester for making us very welcome and for hosting our Lady Marling Silver and Bronze Competition.

A big thank you to the Felixstowe Scoring App as well -this was great as it kept all the players up to date with the scoring'.

Congratulations to:

Sefton Hooton, Rodway Hill, winner of Lady Marling Challenge Cup, Glenda Hanmer, Henbury, winner of Scratch Cup

Delia Allen, Cotswold Edge, winner of the Lady Marling Bronze Cup and Sarah Spackman, The Bristol, winner of the Graham Cup and to all other prize winners.

A full results list and photos will be published when we return from the seaside!

COUNTY FINALS

Monday 18th September 2017

Day 5 versus Yorkshire

Day 5 Review

The final day of such an exciting County Finals week brought some real highs and some lows - but at the end of the day, even though Gloucestershire lost, the whole team fought to the end - 2017 was not our year, but we have learned a lot - about golf and about friendships and we will be stronger for this experience - Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, England Golf and all the people behind the scenes we are truly grateful to you but most importantly thank you to all the Gloucestershire supporters who came to the back of beyond to cheer us on and to all those people who followed us on social media - THANK YOU.

Full report to come later but here are a few snapshots of the final day.

England Golf press release here

 

 

 

TeamGlos hugging it out on the 18th after the last match

And here they are for a more formal picture!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 Review 

 

The yellow orb was in the sky this morning when we arrived at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club and we were hoping it would be shining throughout the day and it did!  There was a strong southwesterly wind blowing from start to finish which the girls had to contend with and it meant for some interesting viewing, watching balls start in the right direction, but not always ending up where they were meant to be!

 

In the foursomes, Alex2 (Alex S and Gilo) found themselves 2 down through 5 and it wasn’t until the 12th that the match started to turn in their favour with Alex S holing a 20 footer on the par 3 for birdie and then holing a bunker shot for birdie on the 13th to go 1 up.  They found themselves dormy 2 going up the 17th, but the Nottinghamshire pair won this hole, so it was on to the 18th where Alex2 secured the win.

 

In the two other pairings, Claude and Grace worked well together and plotted their way around the course.  With two such long hitters, they had to adapt their game a bit when the wind was behind to minimise the risk of losing their balls in the deep rough.  They secured their win on the 17th.

 

In the last group, Ebz and Caley were resilient and just maximised on their opponents errors and ground out a 3&2 win.

 

Having rested Sam and Ffion in the morning, it was their turn to do battle against Nottinghamshire and the wind, which seemed to be getting stronger hour by hour.

 

Ebonie went out first and went four down pretty quickly and even though she tried to grind out a win, she was confronted by a very steady player who just didn’t allow her to build any momentum.  Ebonie did come back but just ran out of holes eventually losing on the 17th.

 

Following Ebonie was Ffion who also found herself 4 down through 11, but went on to birdie the par 3 12th to stop the rot.  She then won the 13th and the 16th to go dormie 1 and secured a half on the 18th – what a phenomenal turnaround and half a point nearer our goal of securing at least 2 points from the afternoon session.

 

In the meantime, Claude and Grace were playing solidly, and maintained their advantage with Claude winning 2&1 and Grace 3&2. 

 

The final two players Sam Round and Alex S both lost their matches but with an overall match score of 5½ to 3½ the team had done what they needed to do to win the match.

 

The day was challenging with a Nottinghamshire team who really pushed our girls all the way.  In the other matches on the course, there were some other interesting results with Buckinghamshire securing a halved match against Yorkshire and host county Suffolk beating Hampshire.

 

With these results, we find ourselves at the top of the points table and look forward to an exciting final day.  Having been with Team Glos all week, they have demonstrated incredible resilience – they have gone out each day and played with passion and commitment and tomorrow will be no different.  Good Luck Girls – play your best and enjoy the experience – as a County we are very proud of you all.

 


 

For England Golf's press release of Day 4 click here

 

Day 3 Review 

Arriving at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club on Day 3 was a completely different experience from the previous two days – it was completely tranquil and Dave and Trev on car parking duties confirmed that it was unusually uncharacteristic of the weather for this time of year, but also said we were in for a fantastic sunny and wind-free day …… oh how wrong they were!

 

Knowle’s Ebonie and Caley went out first and whilst playing the 2nd we watched an old Thames Barge sail along the coast with burgundy sails – could this be a lucky omen for the day?  Ebz and Caley’s opposition put up a strong fight, but were eventually defeated on the 17th.

 

Resting Gilo, there was a new pairing in the middle.  Claude and Grace soon found their rhythm and even though they hadn’t played as a foursomes pairing before secured their win on the 16th hole.

 

The final pairing of Alex S and Ffion did what they have been doing all week and were soon 3 up through 6 holes.  Their opponents then decided to push them a bit and it wasn’t until the 10th hole before they secured another winning hole.  By the time they got round to the 13th they were 5 up and they secured their win on the 14th.

 

Gloucestershire had worked hard to secure the win and they went into lunch 3:0 up.

 

Ebz & Caley won 2&1

Claude & Grace won 3&2

Alex S & Ffion won 6&4

 

The morning success enabled Gloucestershire to give Claude and Ebz a much deserved rest.  With an overcast sky, the afternoon session looked as though it could have been adversely affected by some stormy weather conditions, but it was just a very brisk south westerly wind that was difficult to judge both down wind and against – so much for Dave and Trev’s weather forecast!!!

 

Gilo led the way and with Jamie-Lee Casling on the bag was able to get some expert advice and plotted her way around the course, but with a strong opponent there was never more than one hole in it and it took all 18 holes to finally come out on top with a birdie, birdie finish.

 

Ffion went ahead early and kept that momentum going to eventually win 5&3 with some very impressive golf in an increasingly tricky wind.

 

Alex S stepped up to the first tee and promptly put her drive OOB, nearly hitting a van driving along the road that intersects the golf club!  Her second drive was straight down the middle and more typical of her usual drives, but she lost the first hole and then proceeded to go 4 down after 4 but this didn’t get her down, just made her more determined and once she shifted up a gear she started to peg back, winning the 6th hole and this was the turning point of her match. Taking that steely determination forward she closed out the match on the 17th winning 2&1.

 

Sam, who arrived last night and only had the chance to have a quick look around the course this morning, went out at number four and started steady as did her opponent.  Sam gradually started to manage the adverse conditions better than her opponent and started to pull away, eventually winning 5&3.

 

Ali Kelly was our fifth player and was supported by her great friend Karen Rix on the bag.  Ali started well staying A/S through 2 but lost two holes back to back to go 2 down after 4 but although she managed to pull one of these back, she could never quite reduce the deficit completely, eventually succumbing to a 4&3 defeat.  

 

Caley stamped her mark on her game early on, always being up on her opponent and she quickly established a 5 up lead through 6.  Her opponent won one hole but Caley quickly recovered her lead back to 5 by the 9th and closed out her match on the 13th with a 6&5 win.

 

Final result – Gloucestershire 8: Buckinghamshire 1

 

Gilo won 1up

Ffion won 5&3

Alex S won 2&1

Sam won 5&3

Ali lost 4&3

Caley won 6&5

 

Today was another good day for the Team and with the arrival of more of the Burgundy Brigade, team spirits were definitely lifted to see so many friendly Gloucestershire supporters, some of whom took up the mantle of caddying for the girls which they are extremely grateful for.  Team Glos are looking forward to their match against Nottinghamshire and let’s hope Dave and Trev’s weather predictions are better tomorrow! 

 

For England Golf press release click here

Thames Barge with burgundy sails - a very good omen!

 

Resting players ..... literally!!!  Claude and Ebz

 

Ali with Karen lining up her putt

 

Day 2 Review

 

Brrrrr ....it was pretty cold this morning with the girls all wrapped up with bobble hats, snoods, mittens and wet weather jackets and trousers, but we were assured by the locals that it was going to warm up during the late morning and was going to be a glorious afternoon. 

 

The first task of the morning was the ‘Master Pig’ handing over ceremony (best shot of the day award) and Alex S had great pleasure in presenting her University mate Claudia the prestigious ‘Master Pig’ head cover for her approach shot onto the first green yesterday which she put to within a foot of the pin.

 

And then it was onto the tee for the three foursome pairings.  First out was Alex S and ‘pocket rocket’ Ffion, who quickly asserted themselves, dovetailing beautifully to win their match 6&5.  The shot of the match came at the par 4, 6th when Alex put the second shot into the greenside bunker.  Ffion in her characteristic bubbly way, just said ‘don’t worry, I’ll just have to hole it and then I can win Master Pig’.  So in front of about a dozen Hampshire supporters, she lined herself up and swung her club and the ball popped out of the bunker and rolled down the green and straight into the hole!  A birdie and the best shot of the match and definitely a contender for Day 2’s Master Pig award!

 

Behind the first pairing, Gilo and Claude were having a real tussle with the opposition who included an ex-Curtis Cup player and one of Gilo’s old college friends.  They kept swapping the lead, but Gilo and Claude eventually lost on the 18th, 1 down.

 

The final pairing of Ebz and rookie Grace also struggled a bit, but they found themselves 1 up going up the 18th, where they halved the hole, meaning another great point for Team Gloucestershire.

 

Gloucestershire went into lunch 2:1 up on Hampshire.

 

Alex S & Ffion won 6&5

Gilo & Claude lost 1down

Ebz & Grace won 1 up

 

After a very quick lunch – Ebz literally had 20 minutes for lunch before she had to be on the tee – the team were ready to go out and do everything they could to secure the win.  Ebz was matched with Kerry Smith, the ex-Curtis Cup player who performed how you would expect an ex-Curtis Cup player to play – however Ebz rose to the challenge and doggedly took the match to the 18th where her miraculous chip shot from behind the green failed to achieve the half she deserved losing 1 down.

 

Elsewhere on the course, some fantastic scores were being achieved.  Gilo who had her gameface on (you can never read how she’s doing from her body language!), had secured a fantastic win on the 13th beating her opponent 7&5.  Quickly following her, Caley also won 7&5, another great point and Team Glos only needed 1 more point to secure the match win.  Ffion was the player who secured that point and she beat her opponent on the 14th to win 5&4.  Whilst Ffion was getting her point Alex S who had been doing so well on the front 9 had come up against a Hampshire player who all of a sudden found her putting and chipping hat and was putting and holing out numerous holes on the back nine, pegging back Alex to A/S.  Alex eventually lost on the 17th, 2&1 and then there was one player left on the course.

 

Claude, who had braved the morning wearing a skort (albeit for the first couple of holes they were hidden under her wet trousers!) decided it was time to top up her tan and wanted to stay out on the course for as long as she could in the sun – she was 1 up through 16 and then lost the 17th and found herself A/S going up 18 – what an incredible tee shot and 2nd shot into the green from Claude, but her opponent was matching her shot for shot and after their initial putts, they both had putts within 2 feet of the pin and in keeping with the spirit of the game of golf they agreed on a very deserving half. 

 

Final result was a 5½:3½ win to Gloucestershire

 

Ebz lost 1 down

Alex lost 2&1

Ffion won 5&4

Gilo won 7&5

Caley won 7&5

Claude Halved

 

Team Glos have used all their available players, giving everyone a chance to understand the course and its challenges which can only be a benefit going forward.  The squad will be strengthened with the addition of Sam Round (Cotswold Hills GC) tomorrow and all the girls are up for the challenge that the next three days will bring.  C’mon Team Glos – keep it going!

 

A blustery cold morning on Day 2

 


Alex S awarding "Master Pig' to Claude

 

Day 2 - Final Scoreboard - another satisfying day's work!!

 

Follow Live Scoring on the England Golf website clickhere 

 

Overall Table at end of Day 2:

 

 

Day 1 Review

 

The morning started dry but with a keen north westerly breeze which saw many of the golfers with bobble hats and lots of layers on, but the sun kept coming out from behind the clouds and the layers started to come off.   Gilo (Alex Giles) and Claude (Claudia Ovens) led the way and were 3 up through 3 and buzzin….. and soon found themselves 5 up through 11.  Packing the middle, Alex (Saunders) and Ffion were also playing solidly and were 2 up through 8, moving to 3 up by the time they got to the 11th.  Knowle partners, Ebz and Caley plotted their way around the course and found themselves 6 up through 12 so they only needed to halve the 13th and they’d won.  Not satisfied with a half they won the 13th and won their match 7&5 – first point in the bag!  The first match had dropped a couple of holes but Gilo sank an eagle putt on the 16th to close out their match.  Not to be outdone by Gilo and Claude, Alex and Ffion also closed out their match on the 16th with Alex sinking a 40 foot right to left putt for another eagle finish.  Three points secured from the morning session and all before the rain started whilst the team were lunching!

 

Gilo & Claude won 3&1

Alex & Ffion won 3&1

Ebz & Caley won 7&5

 

Captain Andra made a few changes for the afternoon, resting Alex (S) and Ffion and bringing in Ali Kelly (Cirencester) and rookie Grace Connolly (Knowle).  By the time the team had gathered on the first tee, the Felixstowe wind had picked up and with some intermittent driving rain, the conditions were very different from the morning.  Gilo led the field and fired a drive straight down the middle of the first fairway.  Gilo was 1 up through 6 and gradually secured another couple of holes putting her 3 up through 12.  Ebz who went out 2nd wasted no time bringing her game to a close, winning 7&6 playing 2 under for the 12 holes which her opponent just couldn’t compete with.  1 more point to Gloucestershire.  Claudia quickly secured the winning match point with an impressive 5&4 win, followed by Grace who won 4&2.  That meant that there were three of our team still battling out on the links with Gilo being pegged back by her steely opponent to find herself 1 up going down the 18th.  Gilo hit her shot into the green to within 3 feet and sank the putt – another win and 4 points from the singles matches so far.  Ali Kelly was having a real battle and had pulled her match back to 1 down going up the 18th.  Never giving up, Ali’s shot into the green went into the greenside bunker and although she got it out, her opponent won the hole, so Ali unfortunately lost 2 down.  Caley was also coming down the 18th, but she was 1 up, so she couldn’t lose her match, but determined as ever, Caley nailed it and won the 18th to win her match 2 up.

 

Final result was an 8:1 win to Gloucestershire

 

Gilo won 2 up

Ebz won 7&6

Claude won 5&4

Grace won 4&2

Ali lost 2 down

Caley won 2 up

 

Day 1 produced a fantastic result and the team played some great golf on a course which set some challenges.  Suffolk, the host county with a couple of their players very au fait with the course pushed them to dig deep and dig deep they did – it was a solid performance and the team is really looking forward to Day 2 when they face Hampshire, who were County Champions in 2014 at Belton Park – Hampshire beat us on that occasion, so let’s see if we can have a different result this year!   Good Luck Team Glos!

England Golf are posting live scores and these can be found here:http://bit.ly/2f69fw

 

yFelixstowe Ferry GC

 

Day 1 at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club - stunning views across the links.

 

Andra and her team going banana's!!! Clive Mackenzie, Club Captain at Bristol & Clifton GC donated banana's from his Captain's Day which was abandoned on Saturday due to rain!!!  Thanks Clive!

L-R: Claude, Caley, Gilo, Alex S, Ffion and Captain Andra

 

Day 1 Final Scoreboard - great viewing!

South West Foursomes

Thursday 14th September 2017

Closing Date Extended.

There's still time to enter the South West Foursomes competition, which is being held on Thursday 5th October at The Bristol GC, as the closing date has been extended to Wednesday 20th September.

Entry Form

Good scores at Kitcat Final

Thursday 14th September 2017

Jenny Garland from The Kendleshire was untroubled by heavy showers and won the Kitcat Cup at Puckrup Hall today

There was a warm welcome and excellent hospitality at Puckrup Hall Golf Club today for the Final of The Kitcat Cup when 116 ladies from Clubs throughout the County arrived to play in this very popular competition.

The day was not without it's problems. Players dropped out due to injury and illness. A serious accident on the M5 closed the motorway and some players never got to the course at all, whilst others took  2 and 3 hours, feeling a sense of achievement on arriving in time to play. One group sustained a flat tyre but still managed to play -what determination everyone - well done!

Debbie Casling did a fine job - re-jigging the start sheet to accommodate all the players regardless of their time of arrival!

After an early shower, the morning round was blustery but mainly dry - sadly this wasn't the case for the afternoon players. The heavens opened between 1.30 and 2.00 and an intense period of torrential rain flooded the course and greens. Golf Director Ed  suspended play briefly until the rain abated and players waited patiently, everyone's round was affected in some way.

Such a shame as there were many compliments about the beautiful condition of the course, players were very grateful to the starters and all the spotters who stayed out in all weathers.

The format of this competition has changed a few times since its inception, good to see it is still being enjoyed 110 years after it was first presented.

Jenny Garland (The Kendleshire) receives the Kitcat Cup from Vice President Sue Rawles.

 2017 Kitcat Cup - Results Sheets1.pdf

 

(14th September 2017)

It's not long now..........

Sunday 10th September 2017

Good Luck to our County team as they try to defend their title of Champion County next week at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club in Suffolk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good Luck to Captain Andra and Vice captain Su and our team at England Golf County Finals next week at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, Suffolk, 18th to 22nd September.

Our team is as follows:

Ebonie Lewis (Knowle)

Caley McGinty (Knowle)

Alex Saunders(Bristol & Clifton)

Alex Giles (Long Ashton)

 Ffion Tynan (Minchinhampton)

Sam Round (Cotswold Hills),

 Claudia Ovens (Cotswold Hills)

Ali Kelly(Cirencester) 

Grace Connelly (Knowle)

Gloucestershire will be competing against Suffolk, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire and Andra says they will doing their utmost to try and retain the national title!
If you can't be with us ( yes, it is a long way away!) you can hopefully follow us on Facebook . It'll be a very busy week, but we'll try and post lots of updates and pictures to  keep you all in the loop.

Burgundy sweaters and pig badges at the ready - Go Glos!

Please click here for full Draw Sheet

 County Finals Draw 2017.pdf

 

 

Important New Role for County Secretary Debbie

Wednesday 6th September 2017

Issued 4th September, 2017 Debbie Casling is supporting Gloucestershire golf clubs to grow the game

Debbie Casling has taken on a key role to support Gloucestershire golf clubs to grow the game.

She is a new England Golf Club Support Officer and will be helping clubs to strengthen their business and to attract more players and members.

Debbie said: “I’m really excited about this opportunity to continue working with clubs and facilities in Gloucestershire, listening to and understanding their business needs. Using that knowledge I can support them to provide the experience their customers want.”

Debbie started as County Development Officer in Gloucestershire in 2008 and has been a long term supporter of golf in Gloucestershire.

She started her involvement with the Gloucestershire girls when her daughter first learned golf 17 years ago, going on to become a qualified PGA Professional who works closely with her mum to promote the game. Debbie is now the secretary of the Gloucestershire Ladies' County Golf Association.

Debbie has been a member at Brickhampton Court since it opened 25 years ago and she was ladies' captain in 2001; her husband, Neil, has been men's captain and their son and daughter have been junior captains. All the family get together regularly for games.

England Golf’s new strategy for 2017-21, Growing the game of golf in England, focusses on the customer and the importance of providing them with the golfing experience they want, whether that’s competitive play, social opportunities or short format golf which fits into busy lifestyles.

It also has the over-arching aim of encouraging more women and girls into golf. Currently only 15% of club members are women, but research shows that 640,000 women and girls are interested in taking up the sport.

Among the initiatives Debbie will be promoting is the Get into Golf campaign, which offers great value coaching opportunities to new and improving players, and Golf Express, which promotes shorter format golf.

Gavin Anderson, England Golf’s Senior Regional Manager, commented: “I am sure Debbie will be a tremendous asset to the county and will support the clubs to increase participation and club membership.”

Contact Debbie at d.casling@englandgolf.org. For more information on Get into golf visit www.getintogolf.org and on Golf Express visit www.golfexpress9.org


Jenny Clink to become President of England Golf 2019

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Congratulations Jenny Clink on your appointment as President of England Golf in 2019!

 

Issued 5th September, 2017

Gloucestershire’s Jenny Clink to be 2019 England Golf President

   

Gloucestershire’s Jenny Clink has accepted the nomination to become President Elect of England Golf for 2018 with a view to becoming President in 2019.

“This is the most incredible honour and I am very proud to be able to repay some of the good things that the game has given me,” said Jenny, who is a member at Lilley Brook Golf Club in Cheltenham.

She first started playing golf with her mother as a young girl at Tenby, met her late husband, Mike, in a bunker at Pinner Hill and has shared her love of the game throughout her life, inspiring new players and taking on a host of roles at club, county and national level.

Jenny’s commitment to the sport was recognised five years ago when she received England’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her services to golf.

At county level Jenny has been Gloucestershire’s county captain and president. She also helped to found the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership to promote the grass roots game and encourage more people to play golf and join clubs.

At national level, she chaired the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), which later merged with the English Golf Union to form England Golf. She also represented the association on the executive of the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU).

As well as her administrative roles, Jenny has had close involvement with championship golf, both as a sought-after referee and as an England captain. She steered teams to victory in two women’s Home Internationals and to two bronze medals in European team championships.

Jenny was also manager of an England side which won the gold medal at the European girls’ team championship – and which included Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart, who both played in Europe’s 2017 Solheim Cup team.

She’s a great enthusiast for club golf and is proudly supporting the Lilley Brook team which has reached the last 16 in the women’s Daily Mail Foursomes competition. “I’m chief supporter and bottle carrier, I like to get back to basics!” said Jenny. She will also be at Felixstowe Ferry later this month to support Gloucestershire, the 2016 champions, in the English Women’s County Finals.

Jenny will be supported in her new role by her family and she’s delighted to report that her three sons and her seven grandchildren “can all swing a club.” Her eldest and youngest sons, John and Adam, are both in the Royal Navy while her middle son, Tim, is the family’s top golfer and former Gloucestershire county captain.

Gloucestershire’s Jenny Clink has accepted the nomination to become President Elect of England Golf for 2018 with a view to becoming President in 2019.

“This is the most incredible honour and I am very proud to be able to repay some of the good things that the game has given me,” said Jenny, who is a member at Lilley Brook Golf Club in Cheltenham.

 

2nd team beat Somerset 7-2

Sunday 27th August 2017

Congratulations to Su Mallon and the 2nd Team win on their win against Somerset

  A brilliant day at The Kendleshire for the second team match against Somerset. The sun shone on what was a fabulous day of amazing golf from both sides. But Gloucestershire won the day 7- 2. The awesome team shown are - left to right : Kate Thurlow, Hannah Brown Pearce, Megan Bartlett, Jess Brown, Grace Connelly, Rachael Archibald, and me your Vice Captain Su Mallon.

                                  

 
A very hot day for a very hot team at the Kendleshire playing the Hollows and the Ruffet nines 1-18 against a very strong and competitive Somerset team. The morning started with the foursomes and Grace and Rachael led the way, a closely fought match between Carys Parker, who some of you may remember as being part of Glos until they moved home last year. A good start going 2up thru 4 and then all square by 6 and then 1 down thru 11 but by the 14 brought it back making a birdie on the 16 to win 3/2. Following them were our rookies Megan and Kate, playing a very experienced pair from Somerset and after nervous start settled into a nice rhythm. Unfortunately they were up against a very strong pairing and although they brought it back from 3 down to take the pair down the 18th, lost the match. Our final pairing was Hannah and Jess, they were a strong team and took the lead early on going 4 up through 7 and basically held the lead until the 15th when Somerset fought back and took Hannah and Jess to the 18th but the  ever confident pair were able to hold onto their lead winning 2up on the 18th. 
The score for the morning foursomes 2 - 1
 
The confidence of the morning  foursomes gave the team the momentum for the afternoon singles. Grace leading the team with a tightly fought match but maintained her lead throughout winning 4 and 3 which quickly fed back to the others,
Megan played against her nemesis of the morning round and her determination not be caught a second time held throughout, she quickly secured a 6 and 5 win.
Kate with her determination played a very tight match against a tough opponent both securing birdies to win holes, never being more then one away in either direction. Unfortunately Somerset took the victory on the 17th winning 2 up with one to play, so very close.
Then to Hannah who although did not start out well, soon put on her determination head and turned it around, to secure a victory of 5 and 4.
Rachael against another past Glos member, Kim Parker, sister of Carys, Rachael took the lead very early on which she maintained throughout  winning 6 and 4.
Jess playing yet another very tight match, both players winning holes with birdies and neither being more than 1 in either direction throughout their match but this time we secured victory on the 17th winning 2 and 1. 
The score for the singles 5 -1 
 
Final score 7-2 This therefore means that Gloucestershire  is in the Final which will be played at Tiverton Golf Club on 1st Oct against Cornwall. A brilliant day on a testing but beautiful golf course in wonderful sunshine played in the right spirit.
 
Thank you to Dawn Rimmer who stood by as reserve. County President Carole Stratford for being the starter, Andra whose help was invaluable and the support of Janice, Ali and those parents who came along to support.
 
For full match results please click on the link below.

                                                                             2nd team v Somerset 2017.doc

Gloucestershire Success at Seniors event

Friday 25th August 2017

A very good day for our Seniors at Tiverton, Devon!

There was great success for our players in the South West Seniors Strokeplay held at Tiverton Golf Club on Monday 21st August.
The competition was open to players over 50.
Jane Rees (Minchinhampton) won the individual scratch with a gross 73 (par 74) from Amanda Mayne (Saltford) with a gross 76. Excellent scores given the course was playing so long after a deluge the day before. 
The best nett was won by Erica Howard, Dorset with a net 74
 
The Gloucestershire team of Jane Rees and Linda Lee (Minchinhampton) and Alison Kelly (Cirencester) won the Team Nett prize.
 
The Gross Team prize was also won by Gloucestershire Jane Rees, Alison Kelly and Emma Brereton (Cirencester).
Congratulations Everyone!!

Ross are Gross Team Winners !

Thursday 17th August 2017

Congratulations Ross on winning the Gross Team Championship after waiting 20 years!

The Winning Team of Pat Watkins, Kerry Welding, Helen Palmer and Hannah Wibley from Ross are pictured below accepting  the trophy from County President, Carole Stratford.

On a glorious summer's day 56 ladies representing 14 clubs took part in this year's Gross Team Championship at Ross-on-Wye on Thursday 17th August.  The course was in excellent condition especially the greens, which I am reliably informed had been "flat ironed" and proved to be very slick.


Ross-on-Wye and Bristol & Clifton tied for first place with an equal gross score on three cards.  Ross took the Championship this year on the 4th card, this is the first time they have won in 20 years.

 

 

 For full details of all results please click below

2017 Team Championship Gross Cup Results.pdf

Lilley Brook are Nett Team Champions!

Friday 4th August 2017


Congratulations Lilley Brook on winning the Nett Team Championship played at Naunton Downs on Friday.

In second place were the team from Naunton Downs, Ross were third and Tewkesbury Park finished 4th.
It was bright and blustery but thankfully no rain and the 120 players got round without any interruptions.
Thank you to everyone at Naunton Downs for their hospitality, cooperation and assistance in the smooth running of the competition. Debbie Casling was especially grateful to County Treasurer Victoria Logue who helped on the desk throughout the day and also club member Andy Pegler who marked cards for players at short notice and of course a big thank you from Sue to Debbie for her good humored efficiency - as always!

 


Pictured is Vice President Sue Rawles handing the trophy to Christine Peers , Isobel Clark (Deputy Captain) and Mary Brown

 

2017 Team Nett Championship Results.pdf

Inaugural County Texas Scramble

Friday 28th July 2017

The new course at Lydney played host to our Inaugural Texas Scramble on 27th July.

 

Despite a couple of heavy showers and blustery conditions there were lots of smiles from the field of ladies who took part in the Inaugural County Texas Scramble yesterday. 15 teams of three played a scramble format, a new County initiative to encourage smaller clubs to host a County Competition.

Lydney Golf Club were forced to relocate in 2011 and competitors agreed that although there were no bunkers, the course was not without its challenges!

County Vice-President, Sue Rawles, thanked Debbie Casling for running the competition so efficiently (and coming up with the idea!). Sue also thanked Lydney Golf Club for their warm welcome and splendid hospitality, Vanessa's buffet was magnificent and very popular with players.

The winning team of Alex Ratchford,Jenny Garland and Carole Hughes from The Kendleshire are pictured receiving their prize vouchers from Sue.

 

Texas Scramble Results 2017.pdf

SW Girls' Inter Counties Tournament Winners!

Sunday 23rd July 2017

DAY 3 - WE WON!!!

SW Inter Counties Junior Champions!

Captain Alex Giles holding the Winners Shield (2nd Row, L-R: Kate Thurlow and Lorna Evans, 3rd Row L-R: Caley McGinty, Megan Bartlett, Vice-Captain Isabel Ovens, Back Row L-R: Ebonie Lewis and Charlie Hiatt)

Celebrating on the 18th!

DAY 3 – PM - GLOUCESTERSHIRE v SOMERSET

The finale and we wanted to win!  With that in mind, we decided to put out our strongest team with the 6 lowest handicapped players – we knew we would have to give shots but having rested Ebz and Charlie in the morning session, they were really up for taking their matches to their Somerset counterparts. 

Overall it was a really tough match – Ebz had to give 6 shots and although she battled hard against Bella, every time she pegged her back Bella had a shot so their match ended on the 17th with Bella winning 2&1.  At this point we heard that Devon had lost which meant that we had won the tournament, but we wanted to win our final match and be crowned the SW Junior Champs with a WIN!  Caley was also battling hard against Amelia and their match ended on the 18th with both girls holing great putts for a friendly half – this was followed by Gilo birdying the last to win her match 1UP after a real tussle having given 5 shots.  Charlie was never down and even though her opponent kept fighting back, Charlie won on the 17th.  Megan had an up and down ride – with her opponent fighting every step of the way, but Megan also sealed her win on the 17th.  Kate playing in her first Inter Counties Tournament was solid bringing up the rear and won 3&2 – so Team Glos had succeeded and beat Somerset 4½ to 1½.  What an incredible afternoon’s golf – Somerset didn’t make it easy and all the matches were valiantly fought but in the end Team Glos were triumphant and we retained the title of SW Girls’ Inter Counties Champions – how good does that sound!

Congratulations to Team Glos – it was a pleasure spending time with you all – you were excellent ambassadors for the County and I’m proud to be your CJO.  Thank you to Alex, our Match Manager, who kept me calm and supported all the Team and to parents and supporters who gave up their time to come along to Exeter – it was great to see so many familiar faces.  Thank you to GLCGA and the membership – without your support we wouldn’t be able to participate in the tournament and we hope we have done you all proud.

Player

Result

Points

Player

Result

Points

Ebonie Lewis (+1)

 

 

Arabella White (5)

2&1

1

Caley McGinty (1)

HALVED

½

Amelia Mathews (5)

HALVED

½

Alex Giles (1)

1UP

1

Davina Xanh (6)

 

 

Charlie Hiatt (4)

2&1

1

Patience Rhodes (6)

 

 

Megan Bartlett (6)

2&1

1

Abby Gray (9)

 

 

Kate Thurlow (12)

3&2

1

Kimberley Parker (9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 3 – AM - WILTSHIRE v GLOUCESTERSHIRE

After a relaxing evening in Exmouth, Team Glos were up for the final push to try and win their final two matches.  Wiltshire were the challengers in the morning and they too were desperate to get some points on the board and they pushed us all the way.  With trolley problems for Lorna on the 5th, this didn’t seem to faze her and she marched on with a replacement trolley to win her match 5&4.  Kate had already won her match by this time by a massive 7&5 and it was down to the front runners to turn their matches around.  With Caley and Alex having to give 5 shots each and Megan 6 shots it was always going to be a battle.  They all ended up going down the 18th and were really putting up a fight to get their points – we only needed 1½ from our first three players and we got 2, so we had won the match and it was only Issy left on the course and when she walked down the 18th she was A/S and that’s how it ended, so Team Glos won 4½ to 1½ - another great win! 

Player

Result

Points

Player

Result

Points

Ashleigh Thorne (6)

 

 

Caley McGinty (1)

2UP

1

Seona Mauchine (6)

 

 

Alex Giles (1)

1UP

1

Olivia Bannon (12)

1UP

1

Megan Bartlett (6)

 

 

Sammy Walls (13)

 

 

Kate Thurlow (12)

7&5

1

Hattie Dunn (15)

 

 

Lorna Evans (17)

5&4

1

Rosie McGrane (18)

HALVED

½

Isabel Ovens (18)

HALVED

½

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2 – AM - Gloucestershire v Cornwall

Walking onto the first tee on Monday morning, the girls were met with strong gusting winds, and whilst it was sunny, conditions were tough.  Leading the team was the experienced Ebonie who enjoyed a ‘birdie-fest’ and beat her opponent 5&3.  Following behind was Caley who had a tighter match going all the way to the 18th.  Caley was 1up playing the hole, but an excellent hole out from 87 yards ensured a win of both her match and ‘Shot of the Morning’.  

The ever-steady Alex Giles achieved the third point for Team Glos playing some solid golf.  Charlie had the tightest match of the day, also going down the 18th hole, but unfortunately her opponent got the better of her and Cornwall won the point.  Megan was up against a formidable opponent in Olivia Trewhella and fought hard but the point eventually went to Cornwall.  

Bringing up the rear, and on her debut, was Kate Thurlow of Cotswold Hills.  With both players off the same handicap, it was destined to be a close match.  Kate played some excellent golf, too good for her opponent to handle, finishing her game on the 14th hole, conserving her energy for the afternoon match.  The final score was 4-2 to Gloucestershire and the girls went to lunch buzzing for the next match.

Player

Result

Points

Player

Result

Points

Ebonie Lewis (+1)

5&3

1

Victoria Pawley (3)

 

 

Caley McGinty (1)

2UP

1

Emily Wilson (4)

 

 

Alex Giles (1)

3&2

1

Danielle Price (4)

 

 

Charlie Hiatt (4)

 

 

Laura Andrew (5)

1UP

1

Megan Bartlett (6)

 

 

Olivia Trewhella (5)

4&3

1

Kate Thurlow (12)

6&4

1

Casey Olds (12)

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

2

 

 

 

DAY 2 – PM – Dorset v Gloucestershire

After a swift turn around between the morning and the afternoon matches, Team Glos and their amazing supporters were out in force on the first tee.  The wind had dropped slightly and the sun was shining bright.  Ebonie carried on her form from the morning, adding an eagle to her mix of birdies and pars, resulting in the very impressive winning score of 8&7.  

Caley once again had a close match, and whist there weren’t any more hole outs from the fairway, Caley was too good for her opponent, eventually winning on the 17th hole.  Out third was a determined Charlie, never down in her match, she won on the 14th hole.  

Kate was next out, also maintaining her form from the morning match.  Excitement in her match came at the par 3 4th hole, after both missing the green, her opponent holed out from the bunker for a birdie 2.  The pressure was on Kate and, keeping a cool head, she chipped in for the half and the ‘Shot of the Afternoon’ prize.  The eventual score in her match was a win on the 15th.  

Lorna Evans had a close match and, wanting another crack at the hole, she found herself playing down 18, although this time 1up.  After her opponent went in the water, Lorna played a fantastic shot over the water and onto the green, good enough for her opponent to concede the hole and the match halfway down the fairway.  Out in anchor position was Vice-Captain Isabel Ovens, who faced an in-form Molly from Dorset.  Issy fought valiantly but unfortunately lost on the 13th.  The final score was an impressive 5-1 win for Gloucestershire and a very happy team of girls. 

With such lovely weather and time on our hands, we went for a trip to the beach in the evening.  CJO Janice and myself (Alex) went to the wrong car park and ended on the wrong side of Exmouth and, with no beach in sight, the girls settled for rounders in the park.  The Dorset team joined us and got their own back, beating us in the rounders, and then we all went for ice cream by the actual beach! 

Player

Result

Points

Player

Result

Points

Charlotte Heeps (4)

 

 

Ebonie Lewis (+1)

8&7

1

Becky Hobell (5)

 

 

Caley McGinty (1)

2&1

1

Scarlett Williams (7)

 

 

Charlie Hiatt (4)

6&4

1

Lauren Purchase (10)

 

 

Kate Thurlow (12)

4&3

1

Becky Dodd (11)

 

 

Lorna Evans (17)

2UP

1

Molly Kington (14)

7&5

1

Isabel Ovens (18)

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

5

 

Credit: Alex Saunders (Match Manager)

DAY 1 - Gloucestershire v Devon

  

With the weather forecast being changeable, after a torrential downpour whilst we were waiting on the first tee, the afternoon did brighten up towards the end of our rounds - the umbrella’s were up and down and the wet weather clothes were on and off.

 

With the junior girls’ tournament, they play six single matches off full handicap and with the first 5 of our 6 team members, all giving shots to their opponents it was destined to be a closely fought match.

 

With 5 matches complete and the result being 2 ½ : 2 ½ , it was down to Lorna Evans, who was playing in her first Inter Counties tournament to keep a steady head as she headed down the 18th A/S.

 

Her opponents shot into the tight green over water was always going to be difficult and it fell short and ‘plopped’ into the water.  Lorna then took her shot and being the friendly girl that she is promptly followed her opponent!  They both took drop and put their shots over the back of the green and had to chip back on.  Both putted out meaning that their match was halved and the overall match result was halved.

 

Well done Little Spots, you showed perseverance and didn’t give up – a good first match result!

 

Player

Result

Points

Player

Result

Points

Ebonie Lewis (+1)

2 up

1

Evie Stone (3)

 

 

Caley McGinty (1)

2&1

1

Lexi Dart (3)

 

 

Alex Giles (1)

 

 

Molly Pavey (4)

4&3

1

Charlie Hiatt (4)

 

 

Meg Rossouw

2&1

1

Megan Bartlett (6)

Halved

½

Charlotte Husband (8)

Halved

½

Lorna Evans (17)

Halved

½

Karrie Spencer (12)

Halved

½

 

 

3

 

 

3

 

Another lovely summer's day

Friday 14th July 2017

Stinchcombe Hill GC hosted the Fraser Foursomes.

The Fraser Foursomes has always been one of the most popular competitions in the County calendar and this year proved no exception being heavily oversubscribed by the closing date.

For Debbie Casling the first teams teed off at 8.00 a.m. and with trial tee times spaced at 8 minutes the field sailed round the course in record time, but still a long day as the last teams came in some eleven hours later.  Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi was down at Stinchcombe which meant scores had to be compiled manually and without the invaluable assistance of Peter and Olive French I don't know whether Debbie would have got through the day!

Winners Barbara Savill & Carol Alred from Henbury with

County President Carole Stratford.

 

Full results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermediates' & Seniors' Championships

Tuesday 11th July 2017

Some excellent scores returned in all categories at The Bristol.

On a lovely summer's day with perfect conditions 38 ladies competed in the Intermediates’ and Seniors’ Championships at The Bristol Golf Club, with some excellent scores returned in all categories. Because this is an 18-hole competition it seems to be more popular with players than the County Championships which was played over 36 holes in April. The President, Carole Stratford, thanked everyone for playing in and supporting the competition.  The course was in excellent condition and as always, we received excellent support and hospitality from The Bristol Golf Club.

Competition date: Sunday 9th July.

  President Carole Stratford with

  Alison Kelly, Alex Saunders and Kelly Armfield.

 

  Full results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inter County Match Week - winners!!.

Monday 10th July 2017

Daily Reports now consolidated into this news item.

If you would like to read the daily match reports please click on the appropriate link below.

 

Day 1 of County Week 2017.pdf                      

 

 CMW Day 2 4th July.pdf

 

CMW 2017 Day 3 5th July.pdf

 

CMW 2017 Day 4 6th July.pdf

 

CMW 2017 Day 5 7th July.pdf

    

It's not long now.......

Thursday 29th June 2017

Best wishes and Good Luck to Andra and our County Team at County Match Week at Wrag Barn.

 
 
 
Good Luck to County Captain Andra and our Team at County Match Week; this year it is being hosted by Wiltshire at Wrag Barn Golf Club (SN 6 7QQ) from 3rd to 7th July.
Our young but excellent Ladies County Team will be playing matches on a daily basis against the other counties in the South West; they have won this event for the last 6 years and in 2016 went on to be crowned  English National Champions!
The golf  is fantastic and the team love playing in front of a crowd, so if you have a spare day in your diaries how about coming down to Wrag Barn for a day to support our great team?
If you could wear burgundy – all the better  - but not to worry if not,  your support would be great, the more the merrier!
 
 
 

Coronation Medals

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Congratulations Anne and Nicola at Bristol and Clifton today!

A sea of pink was all that could be seen in the Club House.  Our strongest supporters today made up nearly a third of the field and were from Cotswold Edge.

The players enjoyed ideal conditions, there was no wind, and any rain kept away.  It was a lovely relaxed day for Debbie Casling whose thanks go to Sarah Cheetham, Lady Captain of Bristol & Clifton, who made Debbie's day that much more easier.
Pictured below is County President Carole Stratford with Anne Crawley (Cotswold Edge) winner of the Silver Medal with a nett 68 and Nicola Edwards (The Bristol), winner of the Bronze Medal with a nett 73.

 

For full results please click on the link below.

Coronation Medal Results 2017.pdf

Success for Karen in Western Daily Press Cup

Tuesday 13th June 2017

A warm welcome at Lilley Brook for County Competitors

 Recent strong winds had subsided in time for the Western Daily Press Cup played at  Lilley Brook Golf Club today. It was agreed that this was a perfect day for golf! The 53 competitors (including a contingent of 19 from Cotswold Edge) enjoyed the course and were very complimentary about the condition; for a number of players this was their first outing to Lilley Brook.

 

Vice President Sue Rawles presented the prizes and thanked Lady Captain Mo and County Delegate Liz for spearheading the group of helpers, starters and spotters who had all ensured the smooth running of the competition.

Sue went on to thank everyone at Lilley Brook for their splendid hospitality and also thanked the players for their continued support of the County.

 

Pictured left is winner Karen Preedy (The Kendleshire GC) and Vice President Sue Rawles.

 

 WDP Full Results 2017.pdf

2017 Harper Salver Results

Monday 12th June 2017

Winner equals Kirsty Taylor's Course Record

The Harper Salver

This prestigious Championship took place on Sunday, 11th June at Bath Golf Club.  Megan Giles from St Mellion played two superb rounds, her second one equalling the course record of Gross 69, set in 2000 also at the Championship. Megan also won the Costeloe Trophy for the best nett score over the two rounds, so congratulations for a clean sweep for Megan. For a full report of the day, please go to the Open Championship page.

 

 

Diana Holmes

Friday 2nd June 2017

Past President Diana Holmes died at the weekend.

We are sad to report the news that Diana Holmes died on Saturday 27th May.

Diana was a member of Cirencester Golf Club and a stalwart of the County in so many ways. She played for the County in the 1970s and went on to be Captain in 1979 and 1980 and then County President from 1987 to 1989. 

Many of us who have been involved with Gloucestershire have done so due to Diana's encouragement and interest.

The funeral will take place on Friday 16th June at 3.30 p.m. at Coln St.Aldwyns Church.

Team announced for County Match Week

Thursday 25th May 2017

Captain, Andra Knight announces the Team for South West Inter-County Match Week.

SW INTER-COUNTY MATCH WEEK TEAM
Andra Knight is delighted to announce the team selected to represent Gloucestershire at SW week (Wrag Barn, 2nd - 7th July):

Ebonie Lewis(Knowle),

Alex Saunders (Bristol and Clifton)

Caley McGinty (Knowle),

Alex Giles (Long Ashton),

Jemima Gregson (The Kendleshire)

Ffion Tynan (Minch New),

Samantha Round (Cotswold Hills),

Claudia Ovens (Cotswold Hills),

Grace Connelly (Knowle)

Charlie Hiatt (The Kendleshire)


Non-travelling reserves: 
Jane Rees (Minch New) and Rachael Archibald (The Bristol)

Congratulations to all of you - it's going to be an exciting week!

MATCH WEEK DRAW

 
 

Bronze Team Championships

Thursday 25th May 2017

96 players enjoyed a glorious summer's day at Lansdown Golf Club.

96 players today enjoyed a glorious summer's day playing in the Bronze Team Championships at Lansdown Golf Club.  A new venue as this is the first year that Lansdown has been a member of GLCGA.
The players found the course challenging and, in fact, the CSS was raised from 74 to 75.  Lansdown Ladies surpassed themselves with the level of support provided to Debbie Casling.  Throughout the day they had a team of helpers in particular Millie Parker, Suzanne Wheeler, and Sonia Phipps.  The men also played a part as Starters - thanks go to Alan Laycock, John Butler and Graham Pristo. 
This was a very emotional win for the Lilley Brook Ladies as leading up to the event Lilley Brook member and team player Sue Robinson suddenly passed away. They all struggled to play today as Sue was supposed to be in the team. They dedicated their win and trophy to Sue.

Individual results on the Competitions page.

Team results click here.

County President Carole Stratford presents the trophy to the successful Lilley Brook team.

Spring Bowmaker

Wednesday 10th May 2017

28 teams enjoy wall to wall sunshine at Gloucester Golf Club.

28 Teams of ladies enjoyed wall to wall sunshine as Gloucester Golf Club hosted this year's Spring Bowmaker.

Always a popular competition,clubs from all around the County were represented.

Players found the course challenging and the winning Broadway team waited patiently throughout the day as they checked the scoreboard on a regular basis expecting someone to topple them from the "top slot" with 74 points.

Gloucester Golf Club were thanked for their warm welcome and hospitality and Debbie Casling was thanked by Vice President, Sue Rawles for her efficient running of the competition whilst always managing  a smile for everyone!

Brenda Corfield, Lady Captain of Broadway Golf Club said it was very nice to be receiving a prize rather than presenting them this year.

 

Pictured left are 2 members of the winning Broadway team.

Christine Parkinson, Sue Rawles and Brenda Corfield.

 

Full details of the competition can be found on the Competition page of the website.

 

Fabulous win for the Second team!

Sunday 7th May 2017

Gloucestershire Second Team beat Wiltshire 5-4 at Cumberwell Park.

 
What a magnificent team!. We turned up at Cumberwell Park with a team member down which meant that we were already 2 points adrift before the matches started. However the Team stepped up to the challenge and halved the foursomes in the morning with 1-1/2 points each. The first score in was a 3 and 2 win  for Caley and Jess, then the second match which was a tightly fought affair was halved on the 18th thanks to a wonderful bunker shot by Rachael. The afternoon singles were played in glorious sunshine, the first match was won 6 and 4 which spurred on the others resulting in another 3 and 2 and 3 matches halved, the end result of the afternoon singles 
3-1/2 to 2-1/2 a final score of 5 - 4 to Glos!.  A fabulous win! Well done team Glos!!   2nd Team v Wilts 7th May 2017.docx 
 
Pictuured below : Vice Captain Su Mallon, Dawn Rimmer, Rachael Archibald, Hannah Brown-Pearce,  Jess Brown and Caley McGinty

England Golf Medal Finals

Thursday 4th May 2017

Success for Gloucestershire Ladies in Medal Finals!

               The England Golf Regional Medal Qualifier took place at Tehidy Park in Cornwall yesterday. A field of 120 ladies, all Gold Medal Winners from their respective Clubs in the South West, played 18 holes of strokeplay in the Bridgestone Chase your Dream event.

Eileen Martin (Cotswold Hills) finished in 4th place on +4, close behind was Barbara Smyth (Cleeve Cloud) also +4  and Sue Williams (The Kendleshire) +7 . Congratulations to all three ladies who by finishing in the top 10 have earned a place in the Grand Final at Woodhall Spa on 18th August. Good Luck!                                      

Alex Giles 2017 County Champion!

Sunday 30th April 2017

Congratulations to Alex Giles on winning the 2017 County Championship at her home club Long Ashton today.

 Supporters and spectators who braved the cold, miserable drizzle were treated to a wonderful display of ball striking and shot making in the Final of the County Championship at Long Ashton today.The match was sprinkled with birdies and Referee Sue Rawles said how refreshing to walk with golfers who play without undue delay. Tonight Long Ashton can celebrate their own Alex Giles beating Alex Saunders (Bristol & Clifton) to win the title. Thank you Long Ashton on being splendid hosts this week!

   

Debbie Casling and Carole Stratford with Louise Church, 2nd flight runner up

County President, Carole Stratford with second flight winner Sam Round

Details of all knockouts below

Copy of Flights.xls

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                           Carole Stratford with runner up Alex Saunders

All set for final day of County Championships

Saturday 29th April 2017

The pairings for what promises to be an exciting Sunday at Long Ashton Golf Club.

Good luck to everyone who has made it through to the final day of the Championships. Matches and tee times below. Spectators will be warmly welcomed, but do wrap up well as there's a biting wind.

County Championships-Rounds One and Two

Friday 28th April 2017

Long Ashton golf course was in beautiful condition for the start of The County Championships.

Long Ashton golf course was in beautiful condition for the start of The County Championships and round one got off to a good start with the weather dry if a little cool. There was some wonderful golf played today and mention must be given to Sam Round who had her first hole in one on the 9th!! A draw with a five iron, one bounce and a roll into the hole – fantastic.

 

Qualifying Day Trophy winners were:

Best Gross - Ebonie Lewis (Knowle GC)

Best Nett - Ebonie Lewis (Knowle GC)

Div 2 Best Gross - Ella Nash (The Bristol GC)

Div 2 Best Nett - Lorna Evans (Minchinhampton GC Old Course)

Seniors Best Gross - Ali Kelly (Cirencester GC)

Seniors Best Nett - Carole Brooke (Long Ashton GC)

Hole in One on 9th in 1st round - Sam Round (Cotswold Hills GC)

Round One Results

Good luck to everyone playing in Round Two! 

Draw for round two

 

 

Trophies were presented by Carole Stratford, County President.

For details of the Trophies awarded at The Championships click the link: Trophies Awarded

 

A certificate was also presented by Carole Stratford and Debbie Casling, County Secretary, to Sam Round (Cotswold Hills) for her Hole in One.

 

Glos 1&2 v Worcs/Here 1&2

Tuesday 25th April 2017

A lovely day at the beautiful Herefordshire Golf Club on Sunday.

A lovely day at the beautiful Herefordshire Golf Club on Sunday for both teams which finished with a very friendly draw for the 1st Team and a close 4-3 loss for the 2nd Team.

There were lots of close matches played in a very friendly spirit. Well done everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report 1st Team

Match Report 2nd Team

Popular County AmAm

Thursday 20th April 2017

80 ladies enjoyed a very successful AmAm at Minchinhampton today.

Early morning rain did not deter the teams enjoying the ever popular County AmAm hosted by Minchinhampton Golf Club today.

20 teams went out with a squad player, past or present, as their Captain. The course was in beautiful condition and scoring was excellent, the two best stableford scores to count on each hole.

The winners were early starters Catherine Beale, Sandra Cutts and Sue Freeland from Cotswold Edge, with their Captain Jane Rees they returned a magnificent 94 points.

Close behind in second place was the Kendleshire team of Sue Johns, Brenda Oxford,Jacky Watson and Captain Ali Kelly with 92 points.

Jess Brown and her team from Cotswold Edge, Jan Pemberton-James, Alison Acrom and Dee Allen won 3rd prize with 89 points.

Nearest the Pin prizes went to Karen Rix and Debbie Griffiths  of South Herefordshire.

The day was superbly organised by County President Carole Stratford. At the presentation she thanked Minchinhampton for their generous hospitality, in particular Adrian and Sara for our excellent lunch. Thanks were extended to all the volunteers and helpers who had ensured the smooth running of the competition. Carole gave special thanks to all the generous hole sponsors and Professionals throughout the County who had donated golf balls and prizes.

Carole reminded us that the main thrust of this popular event was to give our members the opportunity to meet and play with squad members and also for our team members to show their appreciation to the club members whose affiliation fees are vital to the continued success and development of our squads.

Looking at the winning teams, it seems to help if you wear pink!



 

 

 

More success for County Girls!

Friday 14th April 2017

Success for Ffion and Grace in The Wales Girls Championships

Congratulations to Ffion Tynan (Minchinhampton GC) who finished runner up in the 2017 Faldo Series Wales Girls Championships at Pyle and Kenfig and Grace Connelly (Knowle GC) who took 3rd place. 

Hampshire Rose Achievement For Caley!

Monday 10th April 2017

England Order of Merit results

Another weekend of golf with great results for several of our junior girls - Caley McGinty of Knowle GC shot a fantastic -3 over two rounds at North Hants GC coming an overall 3rd behind two of England's top amateur golfers. 

Charlie Hiatt from The Kendleshire GC shot two consistent +4 rounds at the same tournament which will result in a well earned handicap cut.

Well done girls - great starts to your golf seasons!

More Great Results For Glos Girls!

Monday 3rd April 2017

Avon Schools Championship results

In the Avon Schools Championship held at Chipping Sodbury today, Caley McGinty (Knowle) took the Girls Gross award with Ebonie Lewis (Knowle) coming third.  Both girls now go through to the SW Schools Championship at The Players GC on 30 May, joining Alex Giles (Long Ashton) who won last week's Gloucestershire Schools Championship and Jess Brown (Cirencester) who came third.

 

Caycee Perry (Chipping Sodbury) won the Girls Nett prize and Issy Payne (The Kendleshire) was the Girls Nett runner-up. 

 

Jess Baber and Caley McGinty (both Knowle and Oasis Brislington) were the Girls Team Gross and Nett runners up.  

 

Caley also had a great result on the weekend, when she competed in the Roehampton Open Ladies Gold Challenge Cup, a 36 hole stroke play scratch competition for female professional and amateur golfers and came a very creditable 27th with over half the field above her being professional golfers!  Well done Caley!

 

The future for Gloucestershire County bodes well with such a talented bunch of girls coming through and they are great ambassadors for our clubs and our county.  Well done girls.

 

Victorious in the sunshine!

Monday 3rd April 2017

A very good win for our team against GGU u18 Boys

                                        Our team enjoyed a practice match on Sunday at Forest Hills GC against a strong team of U18 GGU Boys.

We played foursomes in the morning and afternoon giving us the opportunity to try out some new pairings.

There was quite a range of handicaps between the teams so shots were negotiated and applied.

The course was lovely, the weather was beautiful and the matches played in a very good spirit - the fianl result being 3.5 to 2.5 in our favour.

Well Played Everyone!!

For more pictures and full match report please go to the Teams/2017 1st Team results.

Gloucestershire Schools Champion!

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Congratulations Alex Giles on winning the Gloucestershire Schools Championship!

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Many congratulations to squad members  Alex Giles and Jess Brown on their success at the Gloucestershire Schools Championship yesterday at Tewkesbury Park.On a cold, misty and wet day, Alex shot a one under par 72 to win the Girls prize, a great score in unpleasant conditions.

 Alex was the overall winner and helped her team from Hartpury College to win the Best Gross Team award too. 
Jess came third and won the Best Gross u16. 
Excellent results from both! 
Alex and Jess now progress through to the SW Schools Championship to be played at The Players on 30th May.

County Fun AmAm

Monday 27th March 2017

No more entries are being taken as the competition is now full. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!

 

 

Thank you all for your applications to the Fun AmAm on 20th April - the competition is now full.

We would like to say a great big thank you to all our generous sponsors, we couldn't do it without you!

Please click on the link below for a full list of sponsors.

  2017 sponsors final list.docx 

Squad Ball Fitting and Training Day

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

 GLOUCESTERSHIRE LADIES SQUAD spent Sunday training at Cumberwell Park - a really informative Titleist ball fitting session was followed by tricky short game skills tests on the practice area, and an afternoon playing a team challenge on the par 3 course. Thanks to Kirsty Taylor for arranging a really good day. Our squad is really looking forward to warm sunny days with no wind...!!

1st Team match v South West Girls

Monday 13th March 2017

Gloucestershire travelled to Cumberwell Park for their match versus the England SW girls team.

Glos v SW girls

1st Team match vs England SW Girls

 Played at Cumberwell Park on Sunday 12th March 2017 

Singles matchplay

 Result:   Glos won  4 - 2

 Our team: 

Ebonie Lewis, Sam Round, Caley McGinty, Claudia Ovens, Grace Connelly and Ffion Tynan

Alex Giles played ‘on loan’ for the SW girls team.

 The match was played (off handicap, apart from the match between Ebonie and Alex which was played off scratch) in great spirit on a dry day and a very soggy course, and featured lots of very impressive golf, some borrowed shoes (no names!), a lot of mud and plenty of preferred lies.

 It was a great team result, good practice for all, and a very encouraging start to the season.

 Well done to all, and thanks to Sheila Davidge for arranging the fixture for us.

Andra Knight

 

 

 See match sheet in link to teams for details.

 

 

1st and 2nd Team Training Day

Monday 27th February 2017

Squad Players met at The Players Club yesterday for their first Training Day of the Year.

   Squad Player Claudia Ovens tees off at The Players Club.

 

14 1st and 2nd team Squad players met under the watchful eye of County Coach Kirsty

Taylor at The Players Club on Sunday for their first Training Day of the season.

County Captain Andra Knight welcomed Sam Round (Cotswold Hills), Grace Connolly (Knowle) and Jess Brown (Cirencester) to the squad,

Andra then introduced all the officials with a special mention of our new Vice Captain Su Mallon (Minch New).

Like last year, Emma Brereton kept us busy and entertained with her  team building / personality profiling workshop. We are so grateful to Emma for giving up her time and offering her services to the County free of charge.

This was followed by a short presentation from Craig Townsend of  Exeter University on their golf programme.

After lunch we all wrapped up for golf on the Par 3 Water Garden Course. The emphasis was on shot making and course management. Kirsty highlighted the importance of the preparation of yardage books as well as giving players a recap of shot skills. A stiff South Westerly breeze made for difficult scoring on most holes!
 
 

 

Girls Golf is Rocking again!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Girls Golf Rocks returns to Gloucestershire!

Spread the word...Girls Golf Rocks is back in Gloucestershire for a second year. Following on from the success in year 1, taster sessions will be rolled out at 5 of our clubs.

The taster sessions are FREE with 5 weeks of follow-on coaching for only £14 to include a golf club.
 
Participants just need to roll-up to the taster sessions in comfortable clothing and trainers.
 
Following the 5 weeks coaching we will be having a jamboree at The Kendleshire on Saturday 17th June where all the groups will be coming together and having fun games and small competitions, refreshments and cake.

 

 
Please click below for full details
 

Bethan turns professional

Thursday 12th January 2017

Bethan Popel of Long Ashton Golf Club and stalwart of Gloucestershire has this week joined the professional ranks.

It is now official that Bethan has made the huge decision to turn professional.   Her recent success (T31) in the Ladies European Tour (LET) Qualifying tournament in Morocco won her the right to join Category 9b of the ladies professional tour - this allows her to enter any of the LET Access tournaments, and she may gain entry into full LET events if they are not fully subscribed.
Bethan first started to play golf at the age of 9 and has enjoyed a wonderful amateur career. She represented England in the Home Internationals on 2 occasions and her achievements were recognised by the County when she was awarded Life Membership in 2015.
Bethan has made a huge contribution to the Gloucestershire squad and team over many years.  She has been a great inspiration and role model for many team members, and we all owe her a very big thank you for all she has done for Gloucestershire.  
While we will obviously miss her lots, we wish her every success and lots of enjoyment as she strives to carve out her career.   

Website Update

Saturday 31st December 2016

Jenny and Jan hand over the reins to the website.

Many thanks to Jenny May and Jan Pickersgill who have developed, maintained and updated the GLCGA website over several years. The website has been a huge success and transformed the way we share news and communicate. Jenny and Jan and have now decided to step back from the day to day running of the website and hand that responsibility back to the Committee. We're sure everyone agrees that they have done a wonderful job and will be a hard act to follow.

Any club news, photos etc. should now be sent to the County Chairman Gillian Cowell or Vice President Sue Rawles, who, together with Jo Hodge, will be responsible for updating the website.

We do of course want to keep the website current and easy to navigate, so if you have any ideas, tips or articles you’d like to see on the website, please let us know. Links to our email can be found on the ‘About Us’ section of the website.

Meet the Vice Captain

Sunday 11th December 2016

Background for Su Mallon

 Su moved to Glos from Oxfordshire six years ago, is a member at Minch New,  and is their County Delegate.

Su is retired, having spent her long career working within the MOD where she enjoyed lots of interesting roles. Her highlight was helping to manage the RAF display programme and included Red Arrows and many other RAF display teams.  Su’s even flown in a Red Arrow!

Su’s sporting background includes a lot of very competitive swimming, and netball, and she has managed netball teams within the MOD.  Her first involvement with golf was in 1993 and was purely administrative - helping her husband Brian when he was a Club Captain in Oxfordshire. Su finally took up golf herself in 2003 and it wasn’t long before she was involved in various committee duties.

As Minch’s County Delegate, Su has been very involved in helping with County competitions held at the club, as well as the Am/Am, County Week, and the County Championships where she played a very significant part in helping to make those events run so smoothly.

County AGM Report

Tuesday 6th December 2016

Report By Sue Rawles for AGM held on 5th December 2016

 Despite the freezing temperatures, around 150 smiling ladies crowded into the Stonehouse Court Hotel for the County AGM on Monday 5th December.

There was a warm welcome for the ladies of Lansdown who were present today in anticipation of their Club’s imminent affiliation to Gloucestershire.

As well as excellent reports from the Treasurer and Secretary we were reminded of what we knew already that “golf is a game for all ages” with tales of 7 year olds achieving a hole in one and ladies over 80 returning a nett score to match their age!

The highlight of the meeting came when members listened intently to the words of Acting Captain Andra Knight recounting the wonderful achievement of Gloucestershire becoming County Champions in 2016 – the applause rang around the room.

It had been a “wonderfully happy year” said Andra. There had been great team spirit and friendly rivalry; County Finals had been exciting, exhausting and emotional. However, Andra stressed that it wasn’t just about the players and went on to acknowledge the part played by all the Past Presidents, Past Captains and CJOs and of course the important financial contribution from all the members which made it all possible.

Andra introduced our excellent coach Kirsty Taylor and then handed over the Vice Captain’s badge to Su Mallon of Minchinhampton GC.

Our silverware looked magnificent on display, with many congratulations to all today’s prize winners. President Carole Stratford made a small presentation to Andra before giving each player a commemorative bag tag.

It was smiles and Prosecco all round as everyone enjoyed a celebratory drink to mark this amazing year in the history of the County.

Finals Day 2016

Sunday 9th October 2016

Played at The Bristol Golf Club

Finals Day 2016

 

Mercia Castle Play-off 

The Bronze Division match for first and second place was played between Amanda Pritchard (Stinchcombe Hill) and Janet Duberley (Cotswold Edge) as both players were tied on 41 points in the club qualifier. Amanda won by 3 points, it was a very close contest.

County Foursomes 

The County foursomes match was played between Bristol & Clifton represented by Ali Vyas and Karen Smith against Cotswold Edge represented by Mel Lee and Tina Lewis. The team from Bristol & Clifton received 7 shots. Cotswold Edge won 8/6.
 

Watson Williams Final

The Watson Williams final was played between Long Ashton represented by Bethan Popel and Alex Giles against Henbury represented by Susan Elliott and Caroline Hall. Long Ashton won 7/6.
 

From County President Carole Stratford:

"The Bristol hosted this year's Finals.  Lovely Autumn weather which was most enjoyed by the Finalists and their bands of supporters.  We were very lucky to have three excellent referees, Carol & Bob Newton and Adrian Lee and the players were well supported with caddies from their respective clubs.

I most enjoyed watching the matches and must say I saw some spectacular golf.  I know I should be partisan in my role as President but I was obviously particularly proud and impressed by the results of the Watson Williams Final.  Well done Bethan and Alex."
 
Our thanks to The Bristol Golf Club for hosting at such short notice and also to our 3 amigos (Referees) Carol and Bob Newton and Adrian Lee for giving up their Sunday afternoon to assist with the matches.
 
                    
Alex Giles - Carole Stratford - Bethan Popel       Tina Lewis - Carole Stratford - Mel Lee   Bob and Carol Newton and Adrian Lee

Autumn Bowmaker

Thursday 6th October 2016

Congratulations Tewkesbury Park!

Tewkesbury's Liz Wall, Jackie James & Val Wilkinson were winners yesterday at Minchinhampton Old Course with 74 pts -- four ahead of Jackie McCarthy, Lin Wright &  Kim Burchill (Tracy Park). Cotswold Edge's Michelle Craker, Debbie Pringle & Julie Paulett took 3rd place on cb from Thornbury's Jill Sewley, Annie Griffin & Tracy Jones.

From Sue Rawles, County Vice President:
Thank you everyone at Minchinhampton Old for your excellent hospitality. You truly are a small club with a big heart!
Over the years, many of today’s competitors would have admired the players on the Common as they drove across on their way to the New Course; but today they were playing on this course which is a slice of history .... this is where it all began in 1889!
With a stiff  easterly breeze, exhausting but exhilarating was the general consensus today.
Thank you Club President, Eve Clements and all your club helpers for sharing the Old Course with us!
 
 
Liz, Jackie & Val with County VP Sue Rawles

SW Seniors' Inter Counties' Matchplay

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Played at High Post GC 3rd-5th October

From Seniors' Captain Karen Rix

"With Devon pulling out at the last minute  the programme was slightly upset as we  only had four games. Pam Tozer unfortunately had to pull out at the last minute through injury but with eight players remaining we weren't left short.
 The first game against Cornwall on Monday morning was a close run thing. Corrinne and Caroline got a good win 3&2 but Paula Crabtree and I narrowly lost out on the 18th after getting back to all square on the 17th. Judy Thomas and Frances Lindley narrowly lost 2&1.
The afternoon game was against Wiltshire and we managed to turn things around with a 2-1 win. Jan and Corrinne lost 4&3 but Caroline and I won 4&2 and Paula and Louise Church won 2&1.
On Tuesday morning we defeated Somerset.
So Dorset & Glos went into the final match with Dorset on 5 pts and Glos on 4. Yet another exciting finish in store!Sadly we lost to Dorset  .... but as two of the matches were halved it certainly was exciting!"

Commiserations Vintage Spots!!

County Greensomes Final

Wednesday 28th September 2016

The Kendleshire's pairing of Karen Preedy and Jenny Garland win at Thornbury

It was a five point win for the Kendleshire pair from Karen Reeves & Kate Williams (Thornbury) with 40 pts. Deborah Hewitt & Jayne Worthington (Cirencester) were third with 38 pts.

The winners were certainly helped by Karen's hole in one on the 114 yard par 3 sixth hole with a 9 iron!

She is pictured receiving a dozen Titleist balls from club General Manager Tim Good!

From County President Carole Stratford: 

"It was a high scoring day, the winners being helped by Karen Preedy's hole in one.  The smooth running of the competition was certainly helped by an ‘IT Guru’, Ian Pain, who, with Kate Williams assistance, provided us with a live update of the scores as they came in.  On the catering front the team at Thornbury were very accommodating in allowing the ladies a free choice from the menu."

And from our Secretary Debbie Casling:

"The County also presented Karen with a box of balls and Karen purchased some Prosecco for everyone and we all shared a glass with her which was splendid!

It was a lovely small competition for a change and very relaxed - also good to be able to present all the vouchers as the prize winners were all present …. not something that happens all the time!

My thanks to Lynne and Kate for organising all the helpers, starters and spotters and to Ian for linking up the Thornbury machine and presenting a running scoreboard in the bar area."

                              
Ace!  

County President Carole with

Jenny Garland & Karen Preedy

Full Results

Second Team Divisional Final

Monday 26th September 2016

Second Team Lose to Cornwall .... Such a very Close Match! Always hard to Lose on a Countback!

From County Captain Andra Knight

2nd team divisional final:  Glos 2 v Cornwall 2

Date:  Sunday 25th Sept 2016
Venue:  Weston-Super-Mare GC
Weather:  Very windy!

Team:  Rachael Archibald, Hannah Brown-Pearce, Louise Church, Caley McGinty (16 today!), Carys Parker, Dawn Rimmer

Morning foursomes:  Glos was 2-1 up after the morning foursomes, a great start, with two fine wins against good pairings from Cornwall.  
The afternoon singles were also closely contested.  Glos came in with 2 wins and one halved singles match, whilst Cornwall managed 3 wins and one halved singles match,  ….. giving us a total of 4.5 points each.  A halved match overall! 

The final result came down to holes won, and Cornwall had simply won more than we had.    Well done Cornwall!  It was a great match, played in a very friendly spirit.

It was lovely to see so many Glos supporters out on the course, and it was lovely too that we were able to help Caley celebrate her birthday with chocolate cake and a fine rendition of 'Happy Birthday’ after the match.  Thank you Jnr Organiser Ali Kelly for making the cake! 

Full Results

 

Lady Marling Cups

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Shirehampton Scoops the Pool

Played at Shirehampton Park GC, 20th September

Congratulations Tessa Clapp and Nicola Hawkes, both from Shirehampton, on success in today's Lady Marling competition. Nicola won the silver from Mary Groves and Tessa won the bronze from Louise Davidson. And all four are Shirehampton players!! Plus Pam Tozer, also from Shirehampton, won the Scratch Cup for the best gross. But to break the mould, Lin Wright (Tracy Park) won the Graham Cup for the best gross in the bronze division.

A great day for Shirehampton. Congratulations all!

From County President Carole Stratford: "Forty six players represented nine clubs within the County at today's Lady Marling Competition held at Shirehampton Park.

On arrival the ladies playing in the Competition were presented with a booklet specially prepared for the day by Mary Groves, Shirehampton County Delegate.   This provided them with a welcoming message from the Ladies Captain, Louise Davidson, Competition Information and Course Information which was very pertinent as it was the first time that GLCGA had felt it necessary to ask for advice from the R&A for special rulings re: GUR/Temporary Greens.

The day went very well thanks to Debbie's organisation with the invaluable assistance of Doreen Hyde.  Doreen made herself available for the whole day which was particularly noteworthy as she has been out of action all year and is now raring to go out and play."

Full Results

                                     

Nicola Hawkes (L) & Tessa Clapp (R)

with County President

Carole Stratford

 

L-R:Pam Tozer,Mary Groves,Nicola Hawkes,

County President Carole Stratford,

Tessa Clapp & Louise Davidson

COUNTY FINALS

Friday 16th September 2016

Day 5 vs Yorkshire: Gloucestershire .....THE CHAMPIONS! A Magical, Historic Day! Congratulations All!

                                          

 

(Photograph by

Leaderboard Photography)

 

 

 

 

Day 5 vs Yorkshire:

Morning Foursomes:Becky Gibbs & Ebonie Lewis lost   3/2, Alex Giles & Claudia Ovens won 2 up and Bethan Popel & Alex Saunders won 1 up. Exciting stuff!

Singles: Alex Giles halved, Alex Saunders Halved, Bethan Popel won 3/2, Claudia Ovens lost 3/2, Becky Gibbs won 2 up and Ebonie Lewis lost 2/1

And Captain Andra was speechless at that winning moment! But here is what she and Coach Kirsty told England Golf!

Andra: " I can’t believe we’ve done it, I’m overwhelmed. What a team! They have gelled together all week and they just fought and fought and fought.”

Kirsty: “We are just a great team. We have worked together on team building and it’s taken a while to bring it all together but they all deserve this. This is a young team which is growing, it’s been a work in progress for a number of years, and how good will they be next year?"

A wonderful tournament and a magical, historic final day!

Congratulations Team Glos! .... Players, Management and Caddies!

You have made us all very proud!

Day 5 England Golf Press Release

 

                           
         
   
         
   

Day 4 vs Staffordshire:

Morning Foursomes:Bethan Popel & Alex Saunders won 4/2, Alex Giles & Claudia Ovens won 5/4 and Ebonie Lewis & Charlie Hiatt won 4/3. Well played all! Congratulations!

Afternoon Singles: Bethan Popel won 6/4, Ebonie Lewis halved, Claudia Ovens won 1 up, Caley McGinty won 3/1, Ffion Tynan halved and Alex Giles won 3/1. Again ... Congratulations everyone!

From County Captain Andra: "It was good to see different foursomes pairings performing so well, proving that we have the depth to compete whatever the circumstances.

Once again the foursomes 3-0 win gave a great platform for the singles, and how magnificently the players responded, winning four matches and halving two.

We are excited still to be in contention for the final prize, and are all looking forward to tomorrow!"

Day 4 England Golf Press Release

     
           
     
           
     

 


Day 3 vs Surrey:

Morning Foursomes:Becky Gibbs & Ebonie Lewis won 6/4, Alex Giles & Claudia Ovens won 1 up and Bethan Popel & Alex Saunders won 5/3. Congratulations to you all .... And the Burgundy Brigade (now arriving!) is looking forward to this afternoon's singles!

Afternoon Singles: Bethan Popel won 5/3, Alex Giles won 1 up, Alex Saunders lost 5/3, Charlie Hiatt lost 2/1, Becky Gibbs won 3/2 and Ebonie Lewis won 3/1.

County Captain Andra was completely thrilled with today's result ... as was everyone!

"The morning foursomes win gave us a great platform for the singles. To consolidate that with taking the singles 4-2 was just fantastic"

Coach Kirsty added "There was some great golf played by both teams ... and the match was notable for its very friendly spirit."

Day 3 England Golf Press Release

 

 

                    
     
   

 


Day 2 vs Norfolk:

Morning Foursomes: Bethan Popel & Alex Saunders won 2 up, Caley McGinty & Claudia Ovens lost 2 down and Becky Gibbs &  Ebonie Lewis won 6/5

Afternoon Singles:Becky Gibbs lost 4/3, Bethan Popel lost 2/1, Alex Giles won 4/3, Claudia Ovens halved, Alex Saunders lost 2/1 and Ebonie Lewis won 4/3

Captain Andra was very satisfied with an honourable half today.

"Norfolk staged an extremely strong singles attack! We defended well and a halved match is a fair reflection of the good golf and friendly rivalry displayed all day."

Coach Kirsty agreed totally!

Delighted to have Sheila Davidge, Dorset County Captain, supporting us today ... we are all SW!!

Day 2 England Golf Press Release

 


Day 1 vs Buckinghamshire:

Morning Foursomes:Bethan Popel & Alex Saunders halved, Claudia Ovens & Caley McGinty lost 5/4 and Becky Gibbs & Ebonie Lewis won 6/5

Afternoon singles: Ebonie Lewis halved, Becky Gibbs won 6/5, Alex Saunders won 2/1,Charlie Hiatt won 3/2, Claudia Ovens won 2 up and Bethan Popel won 5/4

An extremely satisfied County Captain Andra had this to say:" What a wonderful day! And those singles results were just amazing!

Caley and Claudia lost their foursomes -- yes -- but the score certainly doesn't indicate a lack of form. Both played very good golf, and were pleased with their performance. The Bucks pair just had the edge today!"

County coach, Kirsty Taylor, was equally happy! "A Good solid performance! What a great start to the tournament!"

Day 1 England Golf Press Release

GO GLOS!

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Our team for the Finals is as follows:

Becky Gibbs, Alex Giles, Charlie Hiatt, Ali Kelly, Ebonie Lewis, Caley McGinty, Claudia Ovens, Bethan Popel, Alex Saunders and Ffion Tynan.

The draw for the week is:

WOMENS COUNTY FINALS 2016

Waterlooville Golf Club
12-16 September

Monday 12 September
Match 1                            Buckinghamshire v Gloucestershire
Match 2                            Surrey v Norfolk
Match 3                            Yorkshire v Staffordshire

Tuesday 13 September
Match 1                            Surrey v Yorkshire
Match 2                            Gloucestershire v Norfolk
Match 3                            Staffordshire v Buckinghamshire

Wednesday 14 September
Match 1                            Norfolk v Staffordshire
Match 2                            Buckinghamshire v Yorkshire
Match 3                            Surrey v Gloucestershire

Thursday 15 September
Match 1                            Buckinghamshire v Surrey
Match 2                            Gloucestershire v Staffordshire
Match 3                            Yorkshire v Norfolk

Friday 16 September
Match 1                            Yorkshire v Gloucestershire
Match 2                            Staffordshire v Surrey
Match 3                            Norfolk v Buckinghamshire

 

                              

 

Directions: Waterlooville GC is  situated just over a mile from Junction 3 of the A3(M)

 

West of England u16 Championships

Thursday 15th September 2016

Congratulations Ebonie Lewis!

Played at Minchinhampton Golf Club on Sunday 18th September

Ebonie won the championship, which is for boys and girls, with scores of 71, 72.... and with SSS adjustments that is 68 and 69!

And, in the afternoon, Caley McGinty shot 69, -5!!!

So ... that's what you do immediately after a week's solid, winning play in the County Finals!

Well played girls!

If you are confused re the adjustment follow this link for the GGU report!

http://www.gloucestershiregolfunion.co.uk/news.php?newsitem=81

Second team Match vs Wiltshire

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Such a very narrow defeat .... 5-4 to Wiltshire, but on points Gloucestershire qualifies for the Final vs Cornwall!

 
   

All the morning foursomes matches went to the 18th .... and, as luck would have it, we lost 2.5-0.5. Then a comeback in the afternoon, winning the singles 3.5-2.5. So, final result 5-4 to Wiltshire.

That was tough team .... and well played all!

From County Captain Andra Knight:

Congrats to Glos 2 on today's very close match result - close enough to qualify on points for the 2nd team divisional final! Final will be vs Cornwall on Sun 25th Sept at Weston-super-Mare GC. Very well done to Rachael Archibald, Emma Brereton, Carys Parker, Kimberley Parker, Hannah Brown-Pearce and Dawn Rimmer - thank you all for playing and for staging such an impressive comeback!

And that means, that on points,  Glos qualifies for the final!!!  

Glos: won 1 (6-3), lost 1 (4-5);      10 points

Somerset: won 1(6-3), lost 1 (3-6);    9 points

                                                       Wilts:  won1 (5-4), lost 1 (3-6);  8 points

From County Vice President Sue Rawles: Gloucestershire 2nd team entertained their opposite numbers from Wiltshire today at Naunton Downs. The conditions were good for golf; clear skies, sunshine and a freshening wind.

Gloucestershire welcomed 3 new players to their team – Hannah Brown-Pierce, Kimberley Parker and Dawn Rimmer.

The morning foursomes matches were keenly fought with all the matches going to the 18th.

Wiltshire came back well to finish 2 1/2 to 1/2.

Gloucestershire got off to a fine start after lunch but their challenge wasn’t quite strong enough and Wiltshire celebrated a 5-4 victory.

We were very well looked after at Naunton Downs and thank them for their hospitality, good lunch and delicious cakes.

 

 

Kitcat Cup

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Played at Forest Hills GC Congratulations to Broadway's Kathryn Bellamy

Scores were close, with several countbacks, at yesterday's Kitcat Final with Kathryn Bellamy winning with 39 points just one point ahead of Hazel Lynes (The Kendleshire), second on countback from Carol Koehli (Henbury).

From County Vice President Sue Rawles: "138 ladies took part in the Final of the Kitcat Cup at Forest Hills GC yesterday (6th September)

Ladies from the club were on hand at the crack of dawn to help assist Debbie in setting up the desk and the competition ... we were made very welcome from the start!

Handicaps ranged from 3 to 36 and players enjoyed the slightly balmy temperatures.

There were lots of compliments about the good condition of the course and for quite a number of ladies this was their first game here.  Scoring wasn’t easy and it was no surprise that the CSS went up plus one."

It was a long day for County Secretary Debbie Casling  not helped by local roadworks and road closures ! Debbie commented "Our ladies were great  and because we sent out prior notice of the roadworks they all made allowances in their journeys and were all on time.

It was good to see the prizes spread around the clubs with all different ones taking them.

Big thank you to Forest Hills ...  nothing was too much trouble for them!"

Full Results

Kitcat Winner Kathryn Bellamy with

County Vice President Sue Rawles

Congratulations Jane Rees

Saturday 20th August 2016

Welsh Open Senior Ladies' Champion

Jane Rees, member of Minchinhampton GC and County Squad player, successfully defended her Welsh Open Senior Ladies' title at Radyr GC last week.

Here's what she had to say after her success:

"I wasn't looking forward to going to Radyr as I really didn't play well last time the Championships were there ... and I didn't really like the course.  However it wasn't as dry this year and was eminently more playable.

I was pleased with my scores and, as some of the other people struggled a bit with the course, the CSS went up which meant my handicap came down again.   I am looking forward to going to Aylth Golf Club in Scotland for the Senior Home International match at the end of the month."

Full Results

Happy 100th Birthday Mabel Ford!

Friday 19th August 2016

Club Celebrations Postponed!

6th September: Unfortunately Mabel has suffered a fall and is in Southmead Hospital. Her club's celebrations have been put on hold for the time being.

Get better soon Mabel

 

From Shirehampton Park County Delegate, Mary Groves

A true ‘Gloucestershire girl’, Mabel was born and raised in Minchinhampton.

Mabel went off to work in London and was a member of Wimbledon Golf Club. On her return to Bristol, and a tour of the Bristol golf clubs, she joined Shirehampton Park in 1979, and played a full and active part in the Ladies’ section, becoming Ladies’ Captain in 1981, Hon.Secretary 1982 to 1995 and was a regular member of the Alliance team.

An absolute stickler for etiquette and getting things right, especially with competition cards, Mabel was always fair and ready to help newcomers to the game.

Mabel always took a keen interest in County matters and was a vice president in 1989,90 and 91, in the days when we had two vice presidents. Wiith her equally keen friends, Ess Lloyd and Nancy Baker, travelled far and wide supporting the County team. They were affectionately known by the County as the ‘Shirehampton Three’ …. And sometimes the ‘Shirehampton Mafia’!

 Mabel will reach that magical landmark of 100 years old on the 11th September 2016 (although she denies it of course) and her granddaughter is arranging a Celebration at the Club on Tuesday, 13th September, 1-3.30 pm, for all her family and friends.

Note: Friends welcome to join the celebrations! But please contact Mary -- email marygroves@blueyonder.co.uk -- otherwise catering becomes more than challenging!

Gross Team Championships

Wednesday 17th August 2016

Another Win for Henbury!

 

 Played at Henbury GC on 16th August

There was a double celebration yesterday (16th August) with Henbury not only winning this competition (for the 26th time!) but also doing so in their 125 year club anniversary.

From County President Carole Stratford:

"In Henbury’s 125th Anniversary Year the Ladies asked that they hold the County’s Gross Team Championship on their course. So, in glorious weather, 12 teams of four took part.

Of special note was a wonderful score of 75 by 13 year old Ffion Tynan from Minchinhampton (New).

Results: 1st Henbury (232), 2nd Minchinhampton (New) (244) & 3rd Bristol & Clifton (259)

This was my first outing playing in a County Competition since I became County President and I was drawn starting first of the day with Sue Elliott from Henbury. I came to grief with the bunkers and losing golf balls – but my claim to fame is that I partnered one of the winning Henbury team!

Well done Henbury."

And from County Secretary Debbie Casling: "As always the ladies at Henbury looked after me very well and tea was on the table within 10 minutes of arriving !!"

Full Results

L-R: Jan Pickersgill, Sue Elliott,

Henbury Lady Captain Sue Gibson,

Caroline Hall, Louise Church &

County President Carole Stratford

2nd Team vs Somerset

Sunday 14th August 2016

Played at the Isle of Wedmore GC Sunday August 14th. Well played Glos!

The team won the morning foursomes 2.5-0.5 ... and the afternoon singles 4.5-1.5!

So, a really decisive 7-2 win!

County Captain Andra Knight commented: The team were a great credit to Glos - lovely shot-making and impressive determination and grit were shown in the finishing stages of the singles matches.    It was also very good to see some of the 1st team turn up to cheer them on. 
 Well done all!

Captain's Report & Full Results

 

SW Inter Counties' Girls' Tournament

Wednesday 10th August 2016

Played at Cumberwell Park GC 7th-9th August Our Girls Win! Congratulations to the Team & Ali!

Congratulations to our Little Spots! Winners of the SW Inter County Tournament!

Final Score Card

Good Luck to our girls! The GGG team for the Juniors' SW Inter County Tournament  is Ebonie Lewis, Alex Giles, Charlie Hiatt, Caley McGinty &, making their County debut, Sophie Price, Hannah Pearce-brown, Megan Bartlett,& Jess Brown. Enjoy yourselves .... and may all your putts drop!

 

Day 1: Glos win vs Somerset 3.5-2.5 Results

Day 2: Morning win vs Cornhwall 3.5-2.5 Results  but loss to Dorset 4-2 in the afternoon Results

Day 3: Morning win vs Wiltshire 3.5-2.5 Results and halved match vs Devon in the afternoon Results

Very exciting and the Little Spots win the Tournament!

 

 

English Women's Open Strokeplay Championship - FINAL DAY UPDATE

Tuesday 9th August 2016

16th - 18th August: Bristol & Clifton GC Hosts Major Competition as part of its 125 year Anniversary celebrations DAILY SCORES!

The club will be represented by Gloucestershire player Alex Saunders, with fellow county golfers Bethan Popel and Alex Giles (Long Ashton), Ebonie Lewis (Knowle), Charlie Hiatt (The Kendleshire), Claudia Ovens (Cotswold Hills) and County Girls’ Champion Caley McGinty (Knowle).

Club President Marion Jackson commented: " I am proud that Bristol and Clifton is hosting the English Ladies' Stroke
Play Championship next week. Competitors are coming from several countries. It will be exciting to see how they score on our course, and how our local West Country girls rise to the challenge. Come and join us!"

Good Luck to All!

 

DAY 1 brought blazing sunshine and mixed scores for the Gloucestershire players with Ebonie Lewis (Knowle) and Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) both posting level par rounds to lie three shots behind the leader.  The course was hard and bouncy and proved challenging for competitors as the day progressed but, in true Gloucestershire fashion, our girls will go out tomorrow and give their all and will be looking to make the cut.

DAY 2

A second day of really testing golf in hot, dry and difficult conditions was experienced by all competitors.  The Gloucestershire golfers took on the test admirably with Ebonie Lewis, Alex Saunders and Bethan Popel all making the cut.  Alex Giles, Charlie Hiatt, Claudia Ovens and Caley McGinty didn't make the cut but they should all be proud of their performance amongst a strong international field.

FINAL DAY

With 36 holes to play on the final day, it was an early start for Bethan Popel and Alex Saunders whilst Ebonie Lewis had the luxury of a lie in with her later tee time!

With all to play for, Bethan shot one over par in the morning and four over in the afternoon.  Unfortunately Alex struggled with her game scoring seven over par in the morning and three over in the afternoon.  Ebonie who had 5 birdies during her morning round posted a one under par followed by an outstanding four under par round in the afternoon with her final score of 3 under par across the 72 holes giving her third place in this prestigious championship.

Bristol and Clifton Golf Club provided an exceptional welcome to a field of 116 quality golfers and received a considerable amount of praise from many of the competitors and visitors for the way the course was prepared and the hospitality received from members of the Club and the staff.  Congratulations Bristol and Clifton Golf Club for hosting this outstanding championship and for supporting England Golf.

EG Press Release Final Day

EG Press Release Day 2 

EG Press Release Day 1 

EG Press Release

Daily Scores

County Golf Partnership

Tuesday 9th August 2016

PGA Level 1 Coaching Course ... for Women Only!

Funding has been secured for a Women Only PGA Level 1 Coaching course to be held at The Bristol Golf Club on Monday 3rd/Tuesday 4th October with tutor Emma Brown
Anyone wishing to register for this course please  complete the Expression of Interest Form below and return to the PGA by 2nd September latest.
 

Nett Team Championships

Friday 5th August 2016

Decisive Win for The Kendleshire Team

Twenty seven teams of four descended on The Kendleshire GC for the Nett Team Championships yesterday (4th August). The home team of Brenda Oxford, Margaret Jones, Jenny Garland & Jennie Fisher were decisive winners some 17 ahead of second placed Knowle. Tewkesbury and Cirencester were just one behind.

County Secretary Debbie Casling reported:

“As always lovely to have the support from the Club Ladies Section and in particular many thanks to Sue Johns who came to help for the day.

We were very lucky with the weather considering what we have had over the last few weeks – it was just a touch windy! It was also good to see some Junior Girls in the teams 

In her winner’s acceptance speech team Captain Brenda Oxford said 'I may not be able to play the game but I can certainly pick a team !' “

 

L-R:Carole Stratford (President),

Carol Hughes (The Kendleshire Lady Captain),

Brenda Oxford, Jennie Fisher, Maggie Jones

& Jenny Garland

 

Winners: The Kendleshire (220), Brenda Oxford, Margaret Jones, Jenny Garland, Jennie Fisher

Second: Knowle (237), Caley McGinty, Julie Jones, Gill Smith, Vron Lawton

Third: Tewkesbury Park(238c/b) Denise Clayson, Isobel Lloyd, Glo Slatter, Susan Chatburn

Fourth: Cirencester (238 c/b) Kay Fullerton, Jessica Brown, Muriel Telling, Fiona Harrington

 Full Results

West of England 4BBB

Monday 1st August 2016

Charlie & Ebonie Scoop the Pool!

Charlie Hiatt & Ebonie Lewis played together this weekend in the West of England 4BBB at The Kendleshire and won best gross, best nett and best aggregate in the two day event!

There were 210 men and Charlie and Ebs were the only two ladies entered!!! In the 15 year history of the competition, they are the first ladies ever to win!

Full results

Ebonie (L) & Charlie with

The Kendleshire's Captain.

Gary Ward ....

& one very large trophy!

English Girls' Championship

Thursday 28th July 2016

Congratulations Ffion Tynan .... 2016 England Girls' u14 Champion!

 Ffion Tynan beat par today to make up a four shot deficit and win the English U14 girls’ open championship on the Signature course at The Nottinghamshire.

EG Press Release

Photograph by Leaderboard Photography

EG Australian Spoons Regional Final

Wednesday 20th July 2016

Thornbury GC Hosts Prestigious Event .... on the hottest Day of the Year!

Fraser Foursomes

Friday 15th July 2016

Decisive Win for Cotswold Edge Pairing of Ali Buncher & Hannah Brown-Pearce

Ali and Hannah were nine shots ahead of club colleagues Gill Polley and Anne Crawley in this ever popular 36 hole nett foursomes competition, played at Stinchcombe Hill GC yesterday (14th July), with Broadway's Lin Andrew and Vicky Watkins 3rd.

But 2nd and 3rd places could not have been closer, eventually decided on a countback.

County Secretary Debbie Casling reported: "148 ladies took part on the best day of the week weather wise!

And we had a hole in one! Alison Harvey (Ross-on-Wye) scored her ace on the par 3 11th hole 132 yards with a 7 wood - all playing partners were sat on the grass and didn't see it go in !! That's the first hole in one in a County Competition on my watch !!

One of the countbacks was particularly interesting ... there were three cards in contention for the AM gross winner and we had to go back to the back 1 to get a result!

Many thanks to Olive and Peter French as always for their help and support and to Gwen Knight who couldn't play because of an injury (first time in a while she has not played in the event).

The Club did a fantastic job given the numbers and quick turn around of players at the halfway stage. It ran very smoothly as always!"

Full Results

 

               

L-R: Ali Buncher & Hannah Brown-Pearce

with County President Carole Stratford

  Hole in One for Alison Harvey

Juniors', Intermediates' & Seniors' Championships

Sunday 10th July 2016

Congratulations Caley, Alex & Jane!

Caley McGinty (Knowle) scooped the pool in the Juniors' Championships played at Cotswold Hills GC today (10th July). With her fine round of 78 gross  she won all three trophies ... the Championship, the U16 Championship and the Townsend Salver (Best Nett).

Full Results of Juniors

Alex Saunders (Bristol & Clifton) won the Intermediates' Championship and Jane Rees (Minchinhampton New) the Seniors event.

Congratulations to our new Champions and all the prizewinners! And thank you Cotswold Hills GC for hosting this event, and Carol Newton, our referee for the day.

Full Results of Intermediates & Seniors

             

Juniors' Champion

Caley McGinty

 

Intermediates' Champion

Alex Saunders

 

Seniors' Champion

Jane Rees

SW Inter County Match Week

Friday 8th July 2016

Three Cheers for our Team & Captain Andra! Now for the Finals!

South West Inter County Match Week will be held at The Mendip GC, Somerset, from 4th - 8th July.

 

SW Inter County Score Table

Day 5 vs Devon:

Morning Foursomes: 2-1 to Glos. Bethan & Alex Saunders won 6/5, Alex Giles & Claudia Los 3/2 and Ebonie & Charlie won 4/2. 

Afternoon Singles: 4-2 to Glos.

Of course this means a very decisive win for Glos at County Week. Three Cheers for our team and Captain Andra!

Yes, defeating all opposing teams makes this success decisive, but all those matches, whatever the score line, were hotly contested and there were so many moments throughout the week when things could have gone a different way!

So, well done to our girls who found the ability to channel adversity positively and go on to win!

Just very proud to have  watched you all!

Accepting the trophy Captain Andra Knight paid tribute to the spirit in which this tournament, beautifully organised by both the host county, Somerset, and the host club, The Mendip, was played.

"It’s been a pleasure to compete against you all and on a more personal note I’d like to say thank you to my fellow captains Nikki, Fran, Carol, Sheila and Alison for the wonderful friendly atmosphere that has pervaded our matches against you.  We have had the privilege of watching a lot of great golf on both sides, and many closely contested matches, many of which were far closer than the scorelines might suggest."

County Coach Kirsty Taylor was obviously thrilled by the performance of the team: "Brilliant! What an amazing week we've had with not only great golf but so much laughter on and off the course.  What a great group of talented golfers and officials I have had the privilege of working with. We are all looking forward to County Finals."

After the presentation County President Carole Stratford presented the Barry Trophy for most points gained by one of our players during the week to Ebonie Lewis. Ebonie won eight of her nine matches played -- but it was a close contest with Bethan Popel and Alex saunders just half a point behind!

Match Sheet

                      
Andra receiving the trophy from the Somerset President  

Our Team .... missing some who had to return

to work and school!

 

Day 4 vs Dorset:

Morning Foursomes: 3-0 to Glos .... Bethan & Alex Saunders won 6/5 and it was the same score for Alex Giles & Claudia Ovens. Ebonie Lewis & Charlie Hiatt won 5/3

Afternoon foursomes: 6-0 to Glos! 

It has been a quite extraordinary day. Congratulations to each and every one of you!

Wonderful to watch this team! 

Match Sheet

Day 3 vs Wiltshire:

Morning Foursomes: 2.5 - 0.5 to Gloucestershire. But there were times when that final scoreline seemed doubtful! Well played team!

Beth Popel & Jemima Gregson won 3/2, Alex Giles & Claudia Ovens halved and Ebonie Lewis & Charlie Hiatt won 2/1.

Afternoon Foursomes: 4.5/1.5 to Glos. On a day of many great memories, probably most memorable were those two very hard fought halves!

Match Sheet

Day 2: vs Somerset

Morning Foursomes: 2-1 to Gloucestershire. Jane Rees & Alex Saunders won 2 up. Becky Gibbs & Jemima Gregson lost 3/1. Charlie Hiatt & Ebonie Lewis won 5/4

Afternoon singles: 5.5-0.5 to Glos.

So Match Result is Glos 7.5, Somerset 1.5.

Wonderful Team effort and spirit. Everyone was a star!

Match Sheet

          
           
     
           
       

 

Day 1: vs Cornwall.

Morning Foursomes  .... 2-1 to Gloucestershire! Bethan Popel & Alex Saunders won 1 up, as did Becky Gibbs & Jemima Gregson. Ebonie Lewis & Alex Giles lost 3/2

Afternoon Singles:We won five of the six singles matches, and an indication of the fine golf played,by both teams shows in Alex Saunders' comment as she came off the 18th green having won her match. "I was four under gross .... and I only won on the 18th!"

Another indication was Jemima Gregson's run of three consecutive birdies.

The matches were all very closely contested, and there were many times on the back nine when the final result was far from certain.

Final score vs Cornwall 7-2 to Gloucestershire.

Match Sheet

For score table go to swwomensgolf.uk

 

             
     

 


The Team is as follows:Photograph By kind permission of David Titchener

 
Bethan Popel
Ebonie Lewis
Becky Gibbs (only available Mon and Tues owing to work commitments)
Jane Rees
Alex Saunders
Jemima Gregson
Alex Giles
Charlie Hiatt
Claudia Ovens
non-travelling reserve - Grace McLaughlin

Photographs & Profiles

ORDER of PLAY

 

GO GLOS!

 

Coronation Medals

Wednesday 29th June 2016

The Kendleshire Players Win Both Medals!

From County Vice President Sue Rawles

Fifty ladies enjoyed a largely dry day at Brickhampton Court Golf Club yesterday (28th June) for the Silver and Bronze Coronation Medals Competitions, with just one heavy afternoon shower spoiling proceedings!

Scoring was tight in the Bronze Division with the winner, Carol Hughes (The Kendleshire) being decided on countback from Marguerite Hardman (The Bristol). Both scored a nett 71, with third place going to Sue Williams (The Kendleshire) with nett 73.

The Silver Medal was won by Brenda Oxford (The Kendleshire) with a fine nett 67, two strokes ahead of Brickhampton's Lindsey Hunt. Third place was taken by another Brickhampton player, Mhairi Chapman (nett 70).

County Secretary Debbie Casling  paid tribute to the Brickhampton members who helped her during the day, and the gentlemen starters looking so smart in their jackets and ties!

"The delegates and ladies from all our host clubs are just marvellous -- they make my job just so much easier!"

She also reported later the lovely story of one of the players -- Joyce Olds from Chipping Sodbury who shot a nett 83 which is actually her age.   83 years old and still walking round the course as her doctor will not give her a medical certificate and insists she walks!

 

L-R Carol Hughes, Sue Rawles and

Brenda Oxford

 

L-R:Sue Williams, Carol Hughes,Sue Rawles,

Brenda Oxford, Lindsey Hunt, Mhairi Chapman

and Marguerite Hardman

 

Western Daily Press Cup

Thursday 9th June 2016

Played at The Bristol GC Congratulations Kim Burchell from Tracy Park GC

From County President Carole Stratford


"A field of 66 players enjoyed a very good day of golf playing in the Western Daily Press Cup at The Bristol Golf Club.   The scores reflect how challenging they found the course. 

 Plenty of action besides golf - First Aid Tutor (on premises undertaking a Course) gave a live demonstration to a player who had tripped on a path on the 10th hole and badly cut her leg.

Another player lost her purse, so beside herself she went home without handing in her card.  Ironically if she had handed in her card she would have found that Debbie had the purse!  On top of all of this, another player lost her spectacle case causing much activity.

All had a happy ending".

Full Results

County President Carole Stratford

with WDP winner Kim Burchell

EG South West Championships

Wednesday 8th June 2016

Support Needed!

SOUTH WEST (36 HOLES ) LADIES/GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP 

 SUNDAY 24TH JULY AT LAUNCESTON (CORNWALL) 

There has been a poor response so far  this year for this competition which is open to all players in the South West Counties. (Last year 60 players entered). Please consider entering or the competition may have to be cancelled.
Launceston is a lovely course. Entries close on 24th June. 
 Details and entry form on  http://www.swwomensgolf.uk.

Girls' Golf Certainly Rocks in Gloucestershire!

Tuesday 7th June 2016

Nine hole Texas Scramble at Thornbury GC

Gloucestershire launched Girls Golf Rocks back in January with 4 clubs identified as Golf Roots Centres and able to understand the wants and needs of very young girls.

53 new girls signed up to the project held at Thornbury Golf Centre, The Kendleshire, Cotswold Hills and Gloucester.

Five weeks of coaching took place with a 7 iron being given to each participant to encourage further participation.  This has been received very well by all who have taken part and many have chosen to continue with their coaching and in return will receive a putter.

All the girls from the 4 centres came together at Thornbury today Sunday 5th June to put their skills into practice on the Par 3 course.  24 girls were able to make the date (due to half-term) and 6 Ambassadors were available to help them round the 9-holes playing texas scramble.

Goodie bags were very well received with contents of golf ball, tee pegs, rules and etiquette books, a Gloucestershire Girls Golf brochure, water and chocolate bar. 

The sun shone and after playing the course a well earned drink and cupcake were waiting in the clubhouse for the girls.

A presentation finished up the day with prizes for everyone together with certificates for taking part.

Our thanks go to Thornbury for the use of their fantastic facilities, Andra Knight, County Captain, for her support rounding up all the Ambassadors, Paul Aitkens from the Golf Foundation and his support during the whole project and on the par-3 event, to all the coaches for taking on the project and dealing with many phone calls and e-mails from me and finally to all the girls and their parents for their support.

Girls Golf certainly ROCKS in GLOUCESTERSHIRE !!

             
           

 


 

 

Girls' Golf Starts Rocking!

From County Development Officer Debbie Casling

Girls Golf Rocks was launched in Gloucestershire last week with taster sessions at Gloucester, Thornbury, Cotswold Hills and The Kendleshire Golf Clubs

In all 65 girls took part in the fun activities held across the clubs.  Shouts and squeals of delight as that great shot left the club face.

In the last tally 43 girls have signed up to the next steps – 4 weeks of coaching at the centres and then meeting together in June at Thornbury for the Par 3 event.

Each of the girls will be given a PGA collection golf club kindly donated by the HSBC Golf Roots Foundation, t-shirt and goodie bag.

Our Ambassadors were all on hand to give help and advice during the sessions and feedback so far is ‘great fun’.  Even our youngest and smallest member Isabella Bleakin was in the bays with the girls giving hints and tips.

The events were supported by appearances of the local radio stations as well as Active Gloucestershire who are providing the Sportivate Funding to allow us to put on the events.

Also in attendance were our County representatives: Carol Stratford, Sue Rawles and Andra Knight.

This is a great start to the new initiative in Gloucestershire and hopefully it will snowball into an annual recruitment event.

Footnote from County Captain Andra Knight: Well done to County and GGG squad members Charlie Hiatt, Alex Giles, Claudia Ovens, Laura Whittard, Carys Parker and Isabella Bleaken for being such great Ambassadors at the Girls Golf Rocks taster sessions.

Some of the New Golfers & Ambassadors
                      
     

 

 

ENGLAND GOLF PRESS RELEASE

Issued 22nd February 2016

Girls’ golf is about to get rocking in Gloucestershire 

Girls’ golf is about to get rocking in Gloucestershire with the launch of a campaign to inspire new players. 

Girls Golf Rocks is all about attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends – with no pressure. Girl golfers from county squads will act as ambassadors, sharing their enjoyment and encouraging other girls, aged five to 18. 

The campaign tees off with free taster sessions, supported by the county girls, at the four clubs taking part: Gloucester Golf Club and Thornbury Golf Club on Wednesday 6 April; Cotswold Hills Golf Club and The Kendleshire on Thursday 7 April. Visit www.getintogolf.org/glouc for more information and to book. 

Following the tasters with PGA professionals, the four clubs will each offer four-week structured coaching programmes, with the county girl players mentoring the newcomers. All the girls who complete the coaching programme will be fitted with a free seven iron to help them continue to play.

The finale will be a fun par three competition when new young players can enjoy playing holes with their mentors.

Alison Kelly, the Gloucestershire junior organiser, said: “It is very exciting that Gloucestershire has been chosen to take part in the 'Girls Golf Rocks' campaign. I am very proud of our juniors and young golfers who are taking part with so much enthusiasm, I know they are looking forward to becoming ambassadors and sharing their love of golf with other young girls.” 

Alex Saunders of Bristol and Clifton Golf Club is one of the Gloucestershire Ambassadors. The 20-year-old said: “I have loved playing golf since the age of 11 and during that time I have met some amazing people and made some incredible friends.  Golf is really fun sport and I’m so glad I play.”

Currently, national figures show that only 1% of golf club members are girls, with an average of just two girls per club. When Girls Golf Rocks was successfully trialled in Essex last year 90 girls tried the game, 40 went on to take a four-week coaching course; 30 played in the par three competition and six became golf club members. 

It’s running again in Essex this year and in eight other counties, including Gloucestershire, where over 60 girls play golf. 

Girls Golf Rocks is led by England Golf and supported by the Golf Foundation, county associations and sports partnerships. 

Lauren Spray, the England Golf Women & Girls’ Participation Manager, said: “Girls Golf Rocks sets out to focus on the fun, social and friendship aspects of golf rather than just the playing and coaching side and we’ve had brilliant success. 

“The ambassadors have been fantastic – they all love golf and they’re sharing their enthusiasm with our new players. They’ve also given us lots of feedback and really helped us give us a presence on Twitter @GirlsGolfRocks1 and Facebook.” 

Girls Golf Rocks has coincided with a growing focus on the women and girls’ game and the launch of the video campaign #ThisGirlGolfs which aims to challenge perceptions and inspire participation. The video features women and girls from all over the country and from different walks of life and backgrounds who are enjoying golf for many reasons and fitting it into their everyday lives.

Some of the Gloucester Ambassadors for Girls Golf Rocks © Leaderboard Photography

Some of the Gloucester Ambassadors for Girls Golf Rocks

© Leaderboard Photography

 

 

 

Bronze Team Championships

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Broadway Wins at Tewkesbury Park

From County Vice President Sue Rawles

100 ladies representing 25 clubs in Gloucestershire enjoyed wall to wall
sunshine at Tewkesbury Park in the Bronze Team Championships yesterday (24th May).
There was a premium for keeping to the straight and narrow! Unfortunately 
bunker renovation work on the course slowed down play and scoring was low.

County Secretary Debbie Casling added:"Sue, who is also Tewkesbury's County Delegate, was amazing with her team of helpers - it is great to turn up and have a support team!"

Congratulations to Alison Bracey (B&C) who had the high score of the day with 37 pts,

1st: Broadway: Susan Jones, Alison Hill, Christine Parkinson & Louise Folkes (87 pts)

2nd: Tewkesbury Park: Jilly Alexander, Sue Lockwood, Eileen Jones & Sally Morgan (85 pts fourth card)

3rd: Bristol & Clifton: Alison Bracey, Sarah Cheetham, Rose Hargreaves & Susan Beswick (85 pts)

4th: Lilley Brook: Barbara Babbage, Rebecca Webb, Sue Robinson & Deborah Pearson (84 pts)

Full results

The Broadway Team

L-R Susan Jones, Alison Hill,

Christine Parkindon & Louise Folkes

with Vice President Sue Rawles

 

 

L-R - Susan-Alison-Christine-Louise

Congratulations & Good Luck Bethan Popel

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Selected to represent England in the Nations' Cup at St Andrews next weekend. Plus u16's vs Spain Press Release

England Golf Press Release

Issued 23rd May, 2016

England women’s team named for St Rule Trophy

Olivia Winning, the Scottish women’s open stroke play champion, will team up with internationals Gemma Clews and Bethan Popel to represent England in the Nations Cup at next weekend’s St Rule Trophy.

The 54-hole stroke play championship will be played over the New and Old Courses at St Andrews on 28 and 29 May. The team event is played alongside all three rounds and the best two scores from three will count.

The players:

Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest) tied fifth in the Welsh ladies’ stroke play and was 21st in the Scottish and 18th in the Irish versions. She won the Delamere Comboy Scratch Trophy for the third time in a row at the start of the season.

Bethan Popel, 20, (Long Ashton) was runner-up in the St Rule Trophy last year and was sixth in the British women’s stroke play. This season she has tied fifth in the Welsh stroke play and been 12th in the Irish.

Olivia Winning, 21, (Rotherham) won the Helen Holm Scottish ladies’ stroke play for the second time in April . She went on to take 12th place in the Welsh stroke play, having been runner-up last year.

Bethan Popel

 


 

EG Press Release

Issued 24th May 2016

England U16s win praise for gritty fightback

 

England lost to Spain in the annual U16 mixed international, but came home with their heads high after a brave fightback.

Spain’s youngsters got off to a fast start and at the end of the first day’s play at their National Golf Centre they were leading 9.5-2.5 after the four foursomes and eight singles.

But on the second day, England were in charge and won the day’s play 7-5 for an overall score of 14.5-9.5 in Spain’s favour.

Their effort wasn’t enough to catch Spain but it certainly won the praise of England team coach Sarah Bennett.

“What an amazing day’s golf from a truly inspirational team,” she said. “I’m so proud of them for the way they came back. They could so easily have gone out there and thought they had lost. They all showed a lot of grit and determination and it was superb.

“They really did play super golf and they should all be proud of themselves.”

The players showed their commitment when they arrived on the practice range before the green staff on day two – and the preparation served them well.

The England players shared the morning foursomes 2-2, despite some tricky pin positions, with wins from the partnerships of Mimi Rhodes and Ebonie Lewis (2up) and from Barclay Brown and Charlie Daughtrey (3/2).

The team picked up the momentum in the afternoon with five wins in the eight singles. Rhodes and Daughtry both won again in the afternoon – each by one hole – while the other points were contributed by Lily May Humphreys (6/5), Annabell Fuller (5/3) and Harry Goddard 2/1.

The first day’s play was close, despite the score. Ten of the day’s matches ended on the 16th or later, but in that session the Spanish team proved the stronger finishers.

England’s points were provided by Humphreys and Rhodes (3/2) in the foursomes  and in the singles by Lewis (0.5) and James Cooper (6/5). 

“All credit to Spain,” said Bennett, after the first day’s play. “But England played well in a series of tough, close matches.

“Also, to put it in perspective, we had a very young team – overall they were much younger than the Spanish – and we were playing at Spain’s national training centre. Three of their players were members and knew the course inside out and back to front.”

Click here for full scores

Caption:
Back row, team captain Jim Newton, Annabell Fuller (Roehampton), Lily May Humphreys (Channels), Mimi Rhodes (Bunrham & Berrow), Ebonie Lewis (Knowle), coach Sarah Bennett.
Front row, Barclay Brown (Hallamshire), James Cooper (Cumberwell Park), Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor), Charlie Daughtrey (Rotherham)

 

 

  

Spring Bowmaker

Tuesday 12th April 2016

The Kendleshire Team Romps Home!

Despite atrocious weather The Kendleshire team of Sue Williams, Carol Hughes and Jenny Garland romped home to win the Spring Bowmaker, played at Cotswold Edge GC on 10th May, by no less than 9 points. Second placed was the Westonbirt team of  Mary Griffiths, Jane Rowell and Gaynor Bridgman - 76 pts.

3rd - Sandie Lloyd - Pat Brew - Denise Barwell - The Bristol - 74 pts

4th - Alison Kelly - Emma Brereton - Pam Mallinson - Cirencester - 73pts

5th - Debbie pringle - Anne Crawley - Jacki Emerson - Cotswold Edge - 72 pts

Quote of the day came from one lady from Westonbirt as she came to register 'Ladies will do anything to get out of the housework!'

County President Carole Stratford reported that "at times the Ball Spotters had an exceedingly difficult job as they could hardly see their hands in front of their faces!  Nevertheless, as the results show, the 114 players knuckled down and produced the goods!”

Many thanks to Cotswold Edge for hosting the event …. And particularly to Michelle Craker and her club ladies for their help all day!

L-R Sue Williams, Carol Hughes

& Jenny Garland

Big Week for Ross-on-Wye Golf Club

Tuesday 12th April 2016

The Club is hosting the English Senior Women's Championship from 10th - 13th May

England Golf Press Release Issued 29th April, 2016

Ross-on-Wye prepares to launch the England Golf championship season

Ross-on-Wye Golf Club will step on to the national stage when it hosts the English senior women’s championship from 10-13 May. 

It’s the first time the club has staged a national championship and, says secretary Ian Griffiths: “There’s a feeling of excitement building up. 

“Many of the members are looking forward to helping out and over 50 have already put their names down to volunteer.” 

They’ll also have plenty of local interest with three club members in the field: Jan Armstrong, Pat Watkins and Amanda Marshall

The event – the first of the England Golf championship season - has attracted a strong field of over 100 of the country’s leading women golfers aged 50 and over. 

Among them are defending champion Helen Lowe of Leicestershire (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Julie Brown of Staffordshire, the British senior champion and winner of England Golf’s senior order of merit for 2015. 

They’ll be joined by the other five internationals who teamed up to win the senior women’s Home Internationals last year: English senior stroke play champion Lulu Housman of Middlesex; Caroline Berry, Sue Dye and Cath Rawthore of Cheshire; and Lindsey Shaw of Derbyshire. 

The picturesque Ross-on-Wye course follows the natural contours of the hills and will set a good test. Ian Griffiths remarked: “The course demands accuracy – it’s tree-lined and if you’re not on the fairway you will struggle; and the greens are small so the approach shots are very important. So accuracy and good distance control will pay dividends.”  

All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days of the championship, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 and 11 May. Then, the top 16 players will go forward to the championship match play which takes place on Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 May. 

Players finishing 17th-64th after the qualifying rounds go forward to play in Flight Two, taking part in a 36-hole stroke play competition, with 18 holes played on each day. 

Spectators are welcome and live scoring, results, news and pictures will be available at www.englandgolf.org/seniorwomensamateur

Note: The image of Helen Lowe may be used with this press release provided it is credited to Leaderboard Photography. A high-resolution version is available on request. 

-ENDS-

County Championships

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Becky Gibbs Triumphs!

Becky Gibbs is our 2016 County Champion, defeating Alex Giles on the first extra hole at Minchinhampton GC (New Course) this afternoon, Sunday 1st May. A cracking match!

Referee Sue Rawles commented: "Both players had to dig deep and really grind their way through this match. There were no less than 12 halved holes! They both showed all their skills -- lovely ball striking, fantastic short game and fine recovery. Becky was never more than one hole adrift, but never in front until she won the 19th ... and the match."

                   
Alex Giles & County Champion Becky Gibbs  

Four Finalists

Alex Giles & Becky Gibbs with Carys Parker & Andra Knight

winner & runner-up of the Second Flight

         
    Cold Finalists & Caddies!    

 

The team for SW County Match Week to be held at The Mendip GC in early July was not announced at The Championships as in previous years. Captain Andra Knight explained:

"We decided at the beginning of the year, that it would be good to take a little more time to deliberate before making the final selections, taking some of the emphasis off the individual performances this particular weekend, and giving more weight to the wider picture. I’ll be meeting with the selectors at the end of this coming week and will announce the team as soon as possible after that.  Our selectors are Carole Stratford, (County Pres), Kirsty Taylor (County Coach),  and Ali Kelly, ( Junior Organiser).  Between them they have a wealth of knowledge and experience and I thank them in advance for helping me make some difficult decisions"

County Championships

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Carys Parker Wins 2nd Flight Trophy

 

Day 3:

   Congratulations Carys!

Carys Parker (The Kendleshire) won the Second Flight trophy defeating Andra Knight (Cotswold Hills) in the final 5/3

All square after nine holes, Carys moved up a gear winning 5/3.

Referee Adrian Lee described it as 'A really good match!'

 

 

 

Second Flight Semi-Finalsis

L-R Elaine Smith, Andra Knight,Carys Parker

& Kimberley Parker

 

Day 2: Matchplay.

More good, and interesting , golf!

Tomorrow, Saturday, the FIrst Flight semi finals will be contested by Alex Saunders & Becky Gibbs and Jane Rees & Alex Giles.

The finalists for the Second Flight Finals, previously scheduled for Sunday afternoon, will be County Captain Andra Knight and Carys Parker, who defeated her sister Kimberley in the semis. This final will be now played on Sunday morning so that our County Captain can see her players contesting the Flight 1 Final.


 

Day One: Qualifying Day.

The wind blew, it rained, it hailed, at times it was very cold .... but the sun shone too!

All  this made scoring difficult for the players on qualifying day at the County Championships being played at Minchinhampton GC (New Course)

Full Results: Round 1

                  Round 2

Trophy winners were:

Bramwell Cup & Prettejohn Cup: Alex Saunders (Bristol & Clifton)
President's Cup: Kimberley Parker (The Kendleshire)
Gross Cup: Jessica Brown (Cirencester)

Seniors' Trophy: Jane Rees (Minchinhampton New Course)

Now for the matchplay, with some very interesting matches scheduled!

Matchplay Draw:

1st Flight

Latest Results

2nd Flight

Latest Results

Jane Rees, Alex Saunders, Jessica Brown &

Kimberley Parker

 

Past County Secretary Dies, Aged 97

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Marjorie Williams, County Secretary from 1988 to 1992, died recently at the age of 97 years.

Marjorie joined Long Ashton Golf Club in 1956 and was Ladies' Captain twice in 1964 and 1976.

She also played in the County 2nd Team. 

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Difficulty Finding a Lady Captain at your club?

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Lilley Brook Ladies Try a New Approach

 

ALL CHANGE AT LILLEY BROOK: From Joint Lady Captains Jean Holland & Janet Ward

How often have you heard someone exclaim “I couldn’t possibly do that” or “I have Grandmother duties to consider” or “We go away a lot these days”?  That was the response our Lady Captain received towards the end of 2014 when she was looking for someone to take on the role of her Vice Captain last year.  It seemed we were stuck despite even sending an email to all the lady members asking for a volunteer.  What was going on?  All these comments have always applied but somehow in the past we found a way round them.  That was in the good old days when being asked to take on the role of Lady Captain of your golf club was a real honour and a privilege.  How things have changed.  We are all so much busier these days.  We know we are not alone in this at Lilley Brook.

Two past Lady Captains, Jean Holland (1995) and Janet Ward (1986) then came up with the idea of a “job share” and this was accepted by the Committee after a discussion on “How will it work?” “What if”? “We’re not sure it is covered by the Rules” and you can imagine some of the concerns.  Jean is Lady Captain for 2016 and Janet is the Deputy Lady Captain – this terminology has to be reconciled with the Club Constitution all in good time.  During 2015 as “Vices” they discussed at length how things could be changed to make being involved in the Club more attractive.  They came up with the idea of  “buddies” for hard working Committee members.

With the “sharing” theme in mind Jean and Janet have now involved half of the lady members having some sort of responsibility – they have discovered that this way of running the section has been met with a great deal of enthusiasm. It provides a cushion against unexpected personal commitments outside the club and takes away the pressure and it’s more fun!  Buzz words were “Divide and Delegate” but they still work within the rules of the ladies’ section, thus keeping everyone happy. Also, the Committee has not grown to a ridiculous size as the buddies are not on the committee.

Communication is of the utmost importance and Jean and Janet now send out Bulletins by email to the ladies as and when required as ladies cannot always get to the club for news and updates.  They have also tried to streamline the Notice Boards as we can all fail to read notices.  Why is information on notice boards invisible? 

Waiting to take over from them in 2016 will be Mo Bell and Isabel Clark – neither of these ladies has been Lady Captain before and they are both looking forward to their challenge and will share responsibilities however it suits them – we do it our way!

Jean has described the arrangement as follows – “I am the Conductor of the orchestra and Janet is my First Violin”!!!  They both realise there will be hiccups along the way but both felt this arrangement was worth a try and are delighted to have a very happy and motivated committee.  The Club has taken the arrangement on board with and smile and refer to the Two Lady Captains and the Seniors are definitely interested to see how it goes -  so no pressure! Our only possible bone of contention is over the use of the parking space!!  If that’s as bad as it gets then we will have achieved quite a step forward.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Team Match vs Hereford & Worcestershire

Monday 21st March 2016

Great Win for Our Team -- 9-6

Congratulations Captain Andra and the team on a fine victory!

Report & photographs

Squad Training Day at Cumberwell Park

Monday 21st March 2016

Short Game Skills & Singles Matchplay

From County Captain Andra Knight

Fifteen of the Glos squad spent a very worthwhile day at Cumberwell Park on Sunday 20th March.  Our coach, Kirsty Taylor, arranged a series of short game skills tests for the morning session on the wonderful short game practice ground, and the squad completed all ten tests and recorded their results - a great reference for subsequent focussed individual practice sessions.   The afternoon was spent on the course, playing singles matchplay in three hole bursts against different opponents each time.  The aim was to try and replicate the pressure situations out on the course, either trying hard to get ahead early in a match situation, or applying focus to close out a match over three holes.  Good experience was gained by all, and it was wonderful to witness great shot-making, good concentration, positive mental attitude, determination and above all good humour from all. Thanks to Kirsty Taylor for arranging such an enjoyable day, and to Carole Stratford and Sue Rawles for being there to support, help, watch, guide, follow and assess (and make a couple of helpful rules rulings!).

 

County Am Am: 30th March

Monday 21st March 2016

Fun at the Am Am -- & another Win for the Tracy Park Team

Congratulations to the Tracy Park team of Ann Way, Jackie McCarthy and Bobbie Woodley, captained by Linda Carruthers (Broadway) -- this year's winners of the County Am Am played at Minchinhampton Golf Club (New Course) yesterday, and beautifully organised by County President Carole Stratford.

The Tracy Park players must be collecting pig head covers, traditionally included in the 1st prize, as they were winners last year as well, captained by Grace McLaughlin.

In second place were Victoria Logue, Nicole Arkell and Penny Brazier from Naunton Downs with captain Jane Rees (Minchinhampton) on a countback from The Bristol's Rachel Paul, Mandy Wookey and Barbara Lewis with captain Emma Brereton (Cirencester). Nearest the pin prizes went to Louise Church, Megan Mills and Marion Jackson.

The primary purpose of the event is to give our members a chance to meet, and play with, County squad members and officials -- and for those County players to say thank you to the association members whose annual subs make their training and matches financially possible. Any surplus on the day goes toward non essential items for the teams. And if the hilarity on the course and over lunch is anything to go by, there was much fun and enjoyment had by all!

Many thanks to Minchinhampton GC for hosting the event and to the club's staff and ladies' section officials and members for their tremendous help and support.

   
The Winning Team   Second Place   Third Place

 

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Prizes from Professionals

Paul Mitchell                           Bristol & Clifton
Mike Hart                               Long Ashton
Mike Watts                             Chipping Sodbury
Rod Hibbitt                             Cotswold Edge
James Latham                        Cotswold Hills
Nick Ellis                                 Naunton Downs
David Bright                            The Bristol
Ed Goodwin                             Cirencester
Tim Hall                                  Ross-on-Wye
Mark Fenning                           Tewkesbury Park
Chris Steele                             Minchinhampton (New Course)
Jon Palmer                              Shirehampton Park
Paul Ryder                               Henbury

Nearest the Pin sponsors           Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership

 

 

 

SUPPORT OUR SW REGIONAL COMPETITIONS!

Sunday 21st February 2016

So you think SW Regional Competitions are only for elite young golfers? Not true!

 The England Golf South West Region aims to provide competitive golf for all standards and ages!


 Here is what is available for you to enjoy a day of competitive golf at fine venues this year.

  •  SW Championships: Incorporating sections for all ages ... ladies, juniors & seniors with both gross & nett prizes. Handicap limit 20.
  •  SW Foursomes: Combined handicap limit NONE!
  •  SW Bowmaker: A great fun competition. Enjoy a day out with friends in a team event. Handicap limit 36

Further Details & ENTRY FORMS

 And now there is another, unofficial, event being run on a trial basis by some 'more mature' regional enthusiasts ... The Senior Womens' Strokeplay event, for our over 50s ladies from the SW Counties. Handicap limit 18.

ENTRY FORM

PGA Level 1 Coaching Course

Saturday 20th February 2016

Limited Places Offered Free of Charge at The Bristol GC

If you are interested in helping and inspiring new golfers -- of all ages -- here is your chance!

The PGA is running a Level 1 Coaching Course at The Bristol GC on the 7th & 8th May and waiving the usual £240 cost.

Contact our Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership Development Officer Debbie Casling at gcdo@btinternet.com for further help.

 Details & Entry Forms

 

Close match vs County Boys!

Friday 19th February 2016

Played at Shirehampton GC on Sunday 13th March

From County Captain Andra Knight

Well played  team - Bethan Popel, Alex Saunders, Grace Mclaughlin, Charlie Hiatt, Rachael Archibald, Claudia Ovens, Carys Parker and Ffion Tynan. Some good performances with several memorable highlights and comebacks, especially in the afternoon. We didn't quite manage a victory, but came pretty close! Well done to the boys on their 4.5 - 3.5 win.

Sue Rawles, County Vice President, commented: That's a very impressive performance against the boys! You came so close to winning the match, well played everyone.

Mark Powell, Gloucestershire Golf Union Junior Manager, added: It is fantastic, in Gloucestershire, how all sections of golf work together for the common aim of improving the quality and quantity of golf within the county. For the County Boys to be able to play their first couple of matches against the County Men's 1st Team and then the County Ladies' 1st Team is excellent preparation for the competitive season ahead. This weekend's game was another close encounter with the boys just edging the match,

Results

Report

The Team

 

                           
     

Girls' Match vs Hereford & Worcestershire

Thursday 18th February 2016

Result: A very fine Halved Match

Played at Cotswold Hills GC on Saturday 2nd April

View Match Report

 

1st Team Friendly Match vs England SW Girls

Wednesday 17th February 2016

A Win for Our Team! CONGRATULATIONS!

From County Captain Andra Knight

Played at Lansdown Golf Club on Sunday 28th February 2016  

Singles matchplay

Result:   Glos won   3 1/2  -   2 1/2

Our team:   Jane Rees, Becky Gibbs, Charlie Hiatt, Claudia Ovens, Rachael Archibald and Carys Parker

Two of our girls, Ebonie Lewis and Alex Giles, are in the SW squad and so they played for the opposition.

A very chilly north easterly wind made for tricky conditions, but the squad was well prepared, set off in good spirits, and played some excellent golf against the talented SW squad.   The match was close with four of the six matches finishing on the 18th.

We won two of the matches, lost one and halved three  - (and the point we lost was lost to Ebonie Lewis…….so technically could we claim that for Glos too?!) 

It was a great result, and a very encouraging start to the season.

Match Results

 
     
 

 

 

The Season Begins!

Wednesday 10th February 2016

First Training Day for the County Squad

From County Captain Andra Knight

Our first training day was held at the Players GC on Sunday 7th February.  We had the entire venue to ourselves as storm Imogen had rendered the course unplayable…    

After general introductions and start of season admin, the squad spent the morning in three groups doing short game skills tests, ( on the practice ground for the wedge shots, and indoors for the putting skills) , and  a fitness session  with the highly regarded Simon Sveder Cain, a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certified fitness instructor. Simon put everyone through their paces using some really practical functional and dynamic exercises, all relevant to the golf swing, encouraging all to improve every aspect of their fitness, strength and flexibility by 1% increments….   

County Coach Kirsty required everyone to upload their short game test results onto their personal Edufii training space, as a base line to monitor and inspire further practice and improvement. Edufii is the app based communication tool which we have now introduced to improve communication about each player’s golf development. 

The afternoon was spent on a team building and communication workshop, led as last year, by Emma Brereton.  It was a very informative session and Emma has a wonderful way of delivering some fairly powerful messages about personalities, team dynamics and adherence to our code of conduct in an enjoyable, entertaining and extremely effective way.  

We are hugely indebted to Emma as she has once again refused to take payment for her professional services, which of course makes it possible for us to offer even better value for the training days than we would otherwise be able to do with the allocated budget. 

If anyone fancies trying out what the squad did yesterday, here are some ideas:  

Wedges: 10 shots to each of three targets - hitting it close to pins approx 30, 50 and 90 yards - 1 point for each ball that lands in the target zone (9 ft radius)

Indoor putting challenge : set 2 tee pegs a cup width apart.  Putting from 3 foot, get 50 consecutive puts through the target.   If you knock over a tee peg, start again…!  Keep a record of your maximum

Exercises?  Take a look at the website www.mytpi.com, or at YouTube link   m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLKG64TeppQ8dMr6hsvTtNMCV0jsOGdkAi&v=pqc_IZUbrZU&index=6  for some fairly challenging ideas!

In short we’ve spent the first training day focussing on skills, fitness, team building, communication skills, and mental strength ….. all useful tools in trying to achieve our 2016 objectives of having a well prepared, happy squad of talented golfers to compete at their best in all the friendly and competitive matches of the season.  

 

                      

County AGM

Friday 27th November 2015

Honorary Life Membership Awards

Many congratulations to Marion Jackson and Bethan Popel who were awarded Honorary Life Membership of the GLCGA at yesterday's County AGM held at the Stonehouse Court Hotel.

Report to follow

Marion & Bethan with outgoing

President, Jenny May

County Greensomes Final

Friday 16th October 2015

Sunshine, Autumn Colours -- and Success for our Smaller Clubs

It was good to see Chipping Sodbury GC and Rodway Hill GC, two of our smaller clubs, taking the honours at the Greensomes Final played at Rodway Hill on Wednesday (14th October)

First with 39 pts were Pip Morris & Mary Williams from Chipping Sodbury with home pairing Chloe Smart & Jenny Field second on 37 pts. Third place went to Isobel Wright & Jan Taylor (36 pts on cb) also from Chipping Sodbury.

Congratulations to all!

Thank you Rodway Hill GC for hosting the event ... a great day out on a beautiful Autumn day!

Full Results

                    
Winners: Pip Morris & Mary Williams  

L-R: Chloe Smart & Jenny Field

Pip Morris & Mary Williams

Isobel Wright & Jan Taylor

Finals Day

Saturday 10th October 2015

Exciting Matches at Forest Hills Golf Club

Supporters enjoyed a great afternoon’s competitive golf at Finals day held yesterday (11th October) at Forest Hills Golf Club.

The Mercia Castle Playoffs led the way with Gaynor Moll from Forest of Dean GC lifting the trophy.

Next came the County Foursomes, played off handicap, between Melanie Squires & Helen Treasure (Knowle) and Lin Pullen & Kath Tole (Stinchcombe Hill) with Stinchcombe winning on the 17th 3/1.

And finally the Scratch Foursomes final for the Watson Williams trophy contested between the holders, and winners for the past two years, Sam Round & Val Smith from Cotswold Hills and Minchinhampton New’s pairing of Corrinne Durber & Grace McLaughlin. This exciting match ended on the 18th with Corrinne and Grace winning 1 hole up.

Congratulations to all!

Many thanks to Forest Hills GC for hosting this event …. and for all the help given us on the day!

       

Watson Williams Finalists

L-R Val Smith, Grace McLaughlin,

Corrine Durber & Sam Round

 

Mercia Castle Winner

Gaynor Moll

 

County Foursomes Finalists

L-R Helen Treasure, Kath Tole,

Lin Pullen & Melanie Squires

Autumn Bowmaker

Thursday 8th October 2015

Capacity Field for Final County Competition of the Year

Fifty six teams of three -- that's 168 ladies -- took part in yesterday's Autumn Bowmaker held at Filton GC. They started early in the morning and the final team finished at 7 pm as darkness fell.

Just one point separated the top three teams with Henbury's Jan Schollar, Sue Chambers & Gill Hughes winning with 77 points. Second on 76 were Sophie Faller, Gaynor Moll & Helen Shuttleworth (Forest of Dean) squeezing Caroline Shepherd, Stella Knight & Karen Stokes (Minchinhampton New) into 3rd on a countback.

Further prizes went to:

4th: Carol Brooking, Michaela Keasey & Judy McKeating (Tracy Park) 75 pts

5th: Susan Edwards, Linda Lee & Sue Johnston (Minchinhampton New) 73 pts

6th: Sue Johns, Lynn Giorgiou & Carolyn Archer (The Kendleshire) 72 pts

Many thanks to Filton GC for hosting this competition -- and to all the members who made sure there were no delays!

Just some of the Prize Winners!

 

Full Results

SW Counties' Seniors' Tournament

Thursday 8th October 2015

Congratulations to our Very Old Spots! Goodbye Wooden Spoon -- Hello Winners' Trophy!

Thursday 8th October

Day 3 (Wednesday 7th October) was a victory march for the team with a 2-1 win vs Wiltshire followed by 3-0 vs Devon.

So -- with success against all five SW teams, last year's wooden spoon is very much a thing of the past!

Congratulations to those Very Old Spots!

Wednesday 7th October

Day 2 (Tuesday 6th October) resulted in wins for the team vs Dorset (3-0) and Cornwall (2.5-0.5)

Shots of the day came from Louise Church on the par 5 15th hole. In the morning she chipped in for an eagle and in the afternoon she holed her second shot for an albatross!

Go Glos!!

Tuesday 6th October

On Day 1 of the event (Monday 5th October) our Seniors' team, known affectionately as The Elderberries (and sometimes The Older Spots!), defeated Somerset 2-1. Corrinne Durber & Frances Lindley won 5/4, Karen Rix & Pam Tozer won 4/3 and Ann Manley & Jan Pickersgill lost their close match 2/1.

Today the team plays Dorset this morning and Cornwall this afternoon. Tomorrow the opponents are Devon and Wiltshire.

The format is three foursomes matches against each of our five SW County rivals and the teams consist of past County 1st & 2nd team players who have now reached 50 years of age!

Our team this year is: Ann Manley, Pat Skelton, Karen Rix, Paula Crabtree, Corrinne Durber, Jan Pickersgill, Pam Tozer, Frances Lindley and Louise Church

 
                                     
Some of the Team ......   ...Before the Rain Set in!
           

2nd Team SW Final

Monday 28th September 2015

Congratulations Somerset!

From County Vice Captain Andra Knight

Our two league wins, against Dorset and Wiltshire, meant that we qualified for the SW Six Counties 2nd Team Divisional Final - a chance to defend the shield won by Gloucestershire last year, at Enmore Park. Somerset qualified from the South and we played the final yesterday (Sunday 27th September) at Cumberwell Park.  

Sadly we didn’t manage to win this time, but the team played lots of really good golf and they should be extremely proud of their performance. We had a fun weekend, and tried really, really hard, but it was not to be.

The result was 7-2 to Somerset… lots of close games, but not our day today! I’ve warned Somerset that we’ll be trying our best to wrest the shield from their grasp this time next year!

Our team comprised:    

Alex Giles (Long Ashton) 

Charlie Hiatt (Kendleshire)

Carys Parker (Kendleshire)

Ffion Tynan (Minchinhampton)

Anna Russell (Cotswold Hills)

Laura Whittard (Minchinhampton Old)

 

Thanks to all the parents and to all those who turned up to support, cheer and console.  

            

Lady Marling Silver & Bronze Cups

Thursday 24th September 2015

Congratulations Silver Winner Rachael Paul & Bronze Winner Christine Moulder

Broadway, always a tricky course, proved a testing venue for the Lady Marling Cups competition on Wednesday (23rd September). It was playing long and the wind, although described by home players as 'fairly mild!', presented quite a challenge to the players!

Although the Lady Marling Cups are nett competitions, two further trophies, the Scratch Cup and the Graham Cup, are presented for the best gross scores in each division. Unfortunately these were not returned in time for Wednesday's event, but will be presented at the County AGM.

Many thanks to Broadway GC for hosting this event and particularly to the members, men and ladies, who helped County Secretary Debbie, making sure all ran smoothly.

Prize Winners

Silver Division

Nett Prizes

1st: Rachael Paul (The Bristol) Winner Lady Marling Challenge Cup

2nd:Beverley Hill (The Bristol)  Winner Replica Cup

3rd:Megan Mills (Cotswold Edge)

Gross Prizes

1st: Linda Carruthers (Broadway) Winner Scratch Cup

2nd: Sophie Faller (Forest of Dean)

3rd: Mel Lee (Cotswold Edge)

Bronze Division

Nett Prizes

1st: Christine Moulder (Broadway) Winner Lady Marling Bronze Cup

2nd: Marguerite Hardman (The Bristol) Winner Replica Cup

3rd: Ann Andrews (Stinchcombe Hill)

Gross Prizes

1st: Brenda Whittingham (Broadway) Winner Graham Cup

2nd: Jenny Garland (The Kendleshire)

3rd: Naomi Griggs (Chipping Sodbury)

L-R Beverley Hill (Silver Replica Cup),

Rachael Paul (Silver Cup Winner) and

Christine Moulder (Bronze Cup Winner)

 

County Finals

Friday 18th September 2015

Day 5 vs Lancashire. Good start to final day ... Roll on 2016! CONGRATULATIONS NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 2015 CHAMPIONS!

Day 5: vs Lancashire

Great foursomes result .... two wins and a half.

Nottinghamshire has won the trophy .... so now we are playing for places! 

But those singles points proved hard to get, and, with our match vs Lancashire halved,  we finished 4th.

What a week! Well played Gloucestershire! We are all looking forward to watching you next year already!

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Day 4: vs Nottinghamshire

Another exciting morning's foursomes ending with the two teams level on 1.5 points.

Ebonie and Becky posted a fine 4/3 win. Bethan and Alex battled against a fine pairing who, rumour has it, were several under par early on .... to gain a half. Ali and Grace fought all morning ... Went one down on the 16th, rattled in a stonking putt to win the 17th, so all square coming down the 18th. But this time, it was not to be.

Despite eventually losing 5.5-3.5 to Nottinghamshire, this afternoon was an extraordinarily exciting session with the two vital matches going to the 17th and 18th. When the overall statistics are studied for the whole tournament, not just our part of it, surely it will be remembered for the number of matches which went the distance! Agonising for the losers .... but our turn will come! We certainly have players ready and able to lift that trophy!

Well played team!

Day 3: vs Buckinghamshire

Just one foursomes and four singles scheduled for today as the pundits forecast heavy rain and thunderstorms for our area this afternoon.

It was a great morning's play by our team, with Ali and Grace setting the tone with a 4/3 win in the one foursomes match, followed by wins from Bethan, Becky and Ebonie in the singles .... with Ebonie showing her fighting spirit coming from three down to win 2/1.

Looking forward to tomorrow! GO GLOS!!!

Footnote: Not quite sure how England Golf equates that win into a 6-3 win on their website score sheet! Explanation: The system cannot cope with matches 'not played', so they are regarded as halved matches.


Day 2: vs Essex

More very tough foursomes matches with all three going to the 18th.

Hard to take. losing two of them! Becky and Ebonie won, 2 up. Bethan and Alex lost by 2 holes as did Ali and Charlie.

So close, so very close!

But, never daunted, the team fought back with singles wins this afternoon for Alex, Grace and Bethan .... with Becky 1 up and about to play the 17th. So ... she drove to within 3 feet of the pin and won the hole and her crucial match!

Well played Team!

GO GLOS!!


 

Day 1: vs Sussex

The morning's foursomes were tough battles, as indicated by the scores.

Bethan and Alex posted our first tournament score with a win .... one up on the 18th tee and halved the 18th.

Ali and Grace .... there was never anything between these teams and we registered a half.

Becky and Ebonie lost 2/1 on the 17th.

All very hard, close fought battles!

The afternoon's singles were equally hard fought .... Perhaps in less rain, but with a fiercely gusting wind.

Bethan and Becky posted early wins, both triumphing 4/3.

Charlie, playing in her first County Finals, lost on the 16th, but pleased, as she commented, to reach that point, and justifiably so!

So, three matches still out on the course. Could we find those necessary points?

Sadly not today .... but tomorrow is another day!

Final result: Sussex 5.5-Gloucestershire 3.5

Women's County Finals

Live Scoring

The GLCGA team for the County Finals to be played at Frilford Heath GC, Oxfordshire, from 14th - 18th September, is:

Bethan Popel (Long Ashton)
Alex Saunders (Bristol & Clifton)
Becky Gibbs (Bristol & Clifton)
Ebonie Lewis (Knowle)
Ali Kelly (Cirencester)
Grace McLaughlin (Minchinhampton)
Lucy Quinn (Knowle)
Alex Giles (Long Ashton)
Caley McGinty (Knowle)
Charlie Hiatt (The Kendleshire)

Order of Play

Monday 14 September

Match 1 Gloucestershire v Sussex

Match 2 Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

Match 3 Buckinghamshire v Essex

Tuesday 15 September

Match 1 Nottinghamshire v Buckinghamshire

Match 2 Sussex v Lancashire

Match 3 Essex v Gloucestershire

Wednesday 16 September

Match 1 Lancashire v Essex

Match 2 Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire

Match 3 Nottinghamshire v Sussex

Thursday 17 September

Match 1 Gloucestershire v Nottinghamshire

Match 2 Sussex v Essex

Match 3 Buckinghamshire v Lancashire

Friday 18 September

Match 1 Buckinghamshire v Sussex

Match 2 Essex v Nottinghamshire

Match 3 Lancashire v Gloucestershire


Foursomes commence at 08:30 and singles at 12:45 subject to alterations.

GO GLOS!

 

 


 

SW Inter Counties' Match Week 2015

Day 5: Gloucestershire vs Dorset

In the morning's foursomes vs Dorset, decisive wins by all three pairings  -- Bethan & Alex, Ali & Jane, and Becky & Ebonie -- gave us a great start for this, the final day of Inter Counties' Match Week!

4 pm -- play not yet finished but with three singles wins so far this afternoon, Gloucestershire has won County Week for the fifth consecutive year. So -- heading for the Finals at Frilford Heath GC from 14th - 18th September!

CONGRATULATIONS CORRINNE AND HER TEAM!

 Day 5 Slideshow


 

Day 4:Gloucestershire vs Devon-- the Team dug deep, and won 5-4!

Foursomes .... 2-1 to Devon. 

Bethan and Alex secured a good 3/2 win. However Jem and Becky lost a hard fought battle 3/2 and Grace and Jane went down 4/3, but the scores don't necessarily reflect the play.

So Glos went into the afternoon session needing 4 wins - challenge on, girls!

Needing to dig deep in this afternoon's singles ..... they certainly did! Ebonie, Bethan and Alex registered good wins. Becky lost on the 16th .... but what spirit she showed having been five down at one point!

And those two 'more mature' players, Ali and Jane, fought and battled .... and each halved their matches!

A wonderful, thrilling afternoon!

GO GLOS GO!

Final result: Gloucestershire 5 Devon 4

Day 4 Slideshow

 


 

Day 3: Glocuestershire V Wiltshire -

It was a fine foursomes result, 3-0 to Gloucestershire -- but it was not always a comfortable morning for the Burgundy Brigade spectators!

The new pairing of Bethan and Jem played solid golf to register our first point, winning 4/3

With the greens continuing to quicken, and the odd bad shot being punished by the opposition, both the other matches, featuring Becky & Ebonie and Ali & Jane went to the 18th with both scorelines ending with the Gloucestershire pairings winning their matches 1 up.

The afternoon's singles proved difficult, with losses being posted until the morning's cushion disappeared.

But wins by Becky (3/2) and Jem (4/3) brought up the all important points to register another point on the leaderboard.

GO GLOS!

Final Result: Gloucestershire 5 Wiltshire 4

Day3 Slideshow


 

Day 2: Great Golf at Match Week

Our first pairing won the first hole in this morning's foursomes with an eagle, and lost the second to a birdie -- just an indication of the fine golf being played by all the teams at County Match week!

Bethan and Alex went on to halve their match.

Becky and Ebonie put their splendid 5/4 win down to excellent putting.

After a nervous start Grace and Charlotte, playing on home club ground, played good golf and registered a 3/2 win.

Foursomes result: Gloucestershire 2.5 Somerset 0.5

The afternoon's singles did not give the 'down to the wire' uncertainty of yesterday's match with good wins to Bethan (5/3), Jem (7/5), Alex(6/5) and Jane (4/2)

Becky met an opponent whose putter was on fire making birdies almost commonplace, and lost 6/5. Young Alix Giles showed tremendous spirit coming from four down to just one down before finally losing on the 17th 3/1.

Final result: Gloucestershire 6.5 Somerset 2.5

GO GLOS!

Day 2 Slideshow

 


 

Day 1: Exciting Day .... with a nailbiting finish!

Gloucestershire registered the best possible start to County Match Week with a 3-0 win against Cornwall in this morning's foursomes.

Bethan Popel and Alex Saunders led the team out, and won their match 2/1. They were followed by Ali Kelly and Jane Rees -- describing themselves as 'the more mature' members of the team! -- who won 3/2.

The final pairing was Becky Gibbs and Ebonie Lewis. These two were rivals just a few weeks ago in the classic County Championships final, and today proved themselves to be a formidable foursomes partnership, winning 4/3.

A 3-0 cushion going into the singles is great -- but we certainly needed it!

Bethan, leading the singles had a decisive 6/4 victory. So 4-0 ... but where was that necessary further point to be found?

Becky, all square after 15, lost a hard fought battle on the 18th. Grace and Lucy, each two down on the 16th tee, battled hard but lost.

Anchor player Ebonie was also two down on the 16th but Alex was two up at the same point -- so it all seemed to rest on her shoulders.

Then ... she too lost a hole and was coming up the 18th only 1 up. But she kept her nerve, won the hole and secured victory for Gloucestershire.

And then we were treated to a lesson in 'never give up' by County Champion Ebonie Lewis. She won the 16th, halved the 17th and headed up the 18th just one down. It looked for all the world that she and her Cornish opponent, Sammie Giles, would halve that hole giving match success to the Cornish player. But Ebonie kept the pressure on her opponent whose final putt lipped out -- and the match was halved.

An exciting day -- just what Match Week is all about!

Final result: Gloucestershire 5.5 Cornwall 3.5

 


Day 1 Slideshow

 

 

G0 GLOS! That Gloucestershire Flag is Flying Well!
       
 Team visitor!  All Counties

 

Team Profiles

And here is the order of play:

 

 

1st Match

2nd Match

3rd Match

Monday 22nd

Wiltshire v Dorset

Somerset v Devon

Gloucestershire v Cornwall

Tuesday 23rd

Somerset v Gloucestershire

Dorset v Devon

Cornwall v Wiltshire

Wednesday 24th

Devon v Cornwall

Wiltshire v Gloucestershire

Somerset v Dorset

Thursday 25th

Wiltshire v Somerset

Dorset v Cornwall

Gloucestershire v Devon

Friday 26th

Gloucestershire v Dorset

Cornwall v Somerset

Devon v Wiltshire

 

The very best of luck to Corrinne and her team! GO GLOS!

 

              

 

Kitcat Cup at Thornbury GC

Tuesday 8th September 2015

Congratulations Megan Stradling from Naunton Downs

There were countbacks galore in today's Kitcat Cup for the divisional prizes ... but the overall winner, Megan Stradling from Naunton Downs, was way ahead of them all! Playing in her first County competition, she romped home some seven shots ahead, and that included a zero stableford points on one hole! That 31 handicap is certainly a thing of the past!

Many thanks to all at Thornbury GC for another happy and enjoyable County competition.

Prize winners:

SILVER DIVISION

1ST

Judy Ponsford

Henbury

2ND

Elizabeth Wall

Tewkesbury Park

3RD

Fay Austen

Chipping Sodbury

4TH

Jane Roche

Minchinhampton New

 

BRONZE DIVISION

1ST

Ann Regan-Line

The Bristol

38pts

2ND

Andrea White

Long Ashton

37pts

3RD

Helen Grove

Henbury

35pts c/b

4TH

Marilyn Hutton

Tracy Park

35pts c/b

Full results: Silver Division  Bronze Division

Megan Stradling

Without the Trophy ... as our President

forgot to bring it with her!

 

Ping 4BBB Grand Final

Tuesday 8th September 2015

The Kendleshire's young Parker sisters are Second!

Congratulations Carys and Kimberley Parker who came second in this national competition played at Gainsborough Golf Club today (8th September). The girls, aged 14 and 12 respectively, were just one shot away from the winners!

England Golf Press Release

                             
Kimberley & Carys Parker  

The girls

with Nigel Evans (L), EG President

& Dave Fanning, Ping European

Marketing Manager

Congratulations Jane Rees!

Saturday 5th September 2015

The 2015 Welsh Senior Ladies' Champion

This is how Jane felt about her success!

"Portmadoc was an interesting course as it is nine holes parkland then nine holes links. The scenery is stunning and it was in great shape.

After a first round lead of three, things slipped in the first 10 holes of the second round. My caddy (hubby David) told me I needed to "grind it out now on this links side. So just do it.". Firm advice and I managed to hold it together to win by three - all very tense but enjoyable.

Now on to the British Seniors in Prestatyn, 15th - 17th September, and then the Senior Home Internationals in Ireland.

But  I will also be keeping an eye on the teams' County Finals progress and results. Good luck to everyone for Frilford!"

 

2nd Team vs Wiltshire

Saturday 29th August 2015

Another Fine Win! Next Comes the Divisional Final!

From County Vice Captain Andra Knight

Another great win for our 2nd team, this time in lovely weather! 

New partnerships prove effective in the match against Wiltshire played at the beautiful Marlborough GC on 28th August.

Full Report

   
     
Alix & Emma Claudia & Caley Carys & Rachael

Congratulations Bethan!

Wednesday 26th August 2015

Selected for England Team for Home Internationals

   

 Bethan Popel has been selected for the England Team for the Home Internationals to be played at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club on the 9th - 11th September.

Very proud of you Bethan! Come back fighting fit for the County Finals -- 14th - 18th September at Frilford Heath Golf Club!

England Golf Press Release

2nd Team vs Dorset

Monday 24th August 2015

Great Win at Rain Soaked Filton!

From Andra Knight, GLCGA Vice Captain

The 2nd team played Dorset yesterday (23rd August) at Filton Golf Club.  Heavy rain  prevailed for most of the day (“Atrocious conditions!" announced one supporter!), but the match was completed in the end.  

Our team played some  really impressive golf with plenty of good humour, bags of resilience (viz. Rachael with dead battery issues and Ffion having to go out first in the singles immediately after the foursomes), and great fighting spirit (viz. Claudia and Caley for their foursomes comeback, and Lou and Carys for theirs in the singles).  

What a team!

Result  Glos 8 1/2,  Dorset 1/2
 
 
Congratulations to our 2nd Team!
         
   

Gross Team Championships

Wednesday 19th August 2015

Well Played & Congratulations Cotswold Hills!

The Cotswold Hills team of Eileen Martin, Sam Round, Anna Russell and Claudia Ovens were winners of the Gross Team Championships by three shots from Minchinhampton’s Corrinne Durber, Jane Rees, Grace McLaughlin and Charlotte Heeps – a very small margin when the result is calculated on an aggregate of the three best cards posted by the team of four!

The event, played on Monday (17th August), was hosted by the South Herefordshire GC. Not being on the normal ‘circuit’ for the majority of the 13 teams entered, the hilly course provided many challenges for the players!

Many thanks to all at South Herefordshire for their help in making this another successful County competition.

Full Results

                             

The Winners: L-R Claudia Ovens, Sam Round

& Anna Russell.

Missing from image, Eileen Martin

 

Runners-up: L-R Grace McLaughlin, Jane Rees,

Corrinne Durber & Charlotte Heeps

Nett Team Championships

Friday 7th August 2015

Gloucester Ladies Win at Forest of Dean

 

 

 

Congratulations to Gloucester Ladies Vicky Fuller, Denise Holding, Jackie Rendell and Ann Pearson, (pictured L-R)… winners of the Nett Team Championships played at Forest of Dean GC on Wednesday, 5th August.

The ladies were obviously delighted to have won, particularly as Jackie told us “We did not have a team until Tuesday!  Many thanks to the Forest of Dean club for their warm welcome, the excellent condition of the course and the catering facilities … all made it a thoroughly enjoyable day.  We would also like to thank Debbie for all her hard work. As always, due to her great organisation, we had another successful county competition.”

But what a day it was for our organiser, Debbie Casling!! This is how she described it!

“Rain at the start and end of play.

Sixteen man Society appeared in the middle of our field.

Server to Intelligent Golf went down, making paper work rather difficult.

Water everywhere on registration desk!!

Despite all this, there was a bright side - we laughed - we cried - we got through it!! Thank you to all my helpers! And a very special thank you to all the players for their co-operation!

The society went off at 10am and so our field followed in 4-balls - which, from feedback, was great and really worked. Perhaps something for the future!”

Full results

 

 

 

SW Girls' Inter-Counties Team Championships

Tuesday 4th August 2015

Congratulations Little Spots! ..... Tournament winners!

The tournament, with matches played off handicap, began on Sunday (2nd August),at Isle of Wedmore GC, Somerset. 

Here's our team of 8 girls: Team Captain Claudia Ovens (Cotswold Hills), Ebonie Lewis (Knowle), Charlotte Heeps (Minchinhampton New), Alexandra Giles (Long Ashton), Caley McGinty (Knowle), Charlie Hiatt (Kendleshire), Claudia Ovens (Cotswold Hills) , Anna Russell (Cotswold Hills), and Laura Whittard (Minchinhampton Old). 

All the best to our 'Little Spots' as they are known!

See the day by day results below. For order of play and full results click > SW Girls ICTC.

Enjoy reading their match report with great photos of the team. 

GO GLOS!


Day 1, Sunday 2nd August: Gloucestershire vs Dorset

A successful first day, our girls beat Dorset  4 1/2 to 1 1/2 matches.

There were wins for Ebonie, Caley, Charlie and Anna, and a fighting half from Alix.

Here's the team before they started, decorating the buggy with their new friend...

SW Girls Team 2015 with new Friend

On Day 2 they play Somerset in the morning and Cornwall in the afternoon.

GO GLOS!

Day 2:Monday 3rd August

Another good win this morning .... 4.5-1.5 vs Somerset.

And a very tough afternoon! Cornwall defeat us 4-2.

GO GLOS!

Day 3: Tuesday 4th August

4-2 to the Little Spots vs Wiltshire this morning.

Everything to play for vs Devon this afternoon! And the Little Spots saved the best result until last --5-1 to Glos vs Devon, giving them clear victory.

Congratulations to all! A great three days, exciting .... splendid, well deserved result!

GO GLOS!

Congratulations County Captain Corrinne!!

Tuesday 28th July 2015

Winner of the Hawkins Vase at the SW Championships.

Our County Captain, Corrinne Durber, was a winner at the SW Championships played at High Posts GC on 24th July. She captured the Hawkins Vase. Many congratulations Corrinne!

For full results go to the SW website www.swwomensgolf.uk

Corrinne with Wiltshire President Pauline Hawkins

Fraser Foursomes

Friday 17th July 2015

Good Win for Ross-on-Wye Pairing!

  
Jan Armstrong (L) & Kerry Welding  

 

It was a case of third time lucky for the Ross-on-Wye pairing of Jan Armstrong and Kerry Welding at yesterday’s Fraser Foursomes. Twice pipped at the post for these coveted trophies, this year they made sure of success by winning by no less than nine shots from second placed Vicky Watkins and Lin Andrew (Broadway).

In third Place, on a countback, were Su Worthington and Paula Crabtree from Bristol & Clifton.

Always well supported, this year’s entry was at maximum level with 152 players taking part in the nett 36 hole foursomes event at Stinchcombe Hill GC – the home club of Peggy Fraser in whose memory the salvers were first played for in 1960.

 

 

 

Prize Winners

AM Gross: Laura Whittard/Rachel Evill (Minchinhampton Old) - G84 c/b
AM Nett: Joan Paterson/Olwen Simpson (The Bristol) - N68.5
PM Gross: Ann Manley/Pat Skelton (Henbury) - G80
PM Nett: Lesley Gillam/Jane Winn (Henbury) - N67
Gross 36 Holes: Su Worthington/Paula Crabtree (Bristol & Clifton) - G158
3rd Nett 36 Holes: Elaine Wheeler/Jane Barrett (Cotswold Edge) - N143 c/b
2nd Nett 36 Holes: Vicky Watkins/Lin Andrew (Broadway) - N143 c/b
Best Nett 36 Holes and Winners of the Fraser Foursomes Salvers: Jan Armstrong/Kerry Welding (Ross-on-Wye) - N134

Full Results

Juniors', Intermediates' & Seniors' Championships

Monday 13th July 2015

Ebonie Lewis, Becky Gibbs & Ali Kelly Triumph at Knowle GC

It was a long day at Knowle GC yesterday (Sunday 12th July) with heavy rain slowing play -- and probably longest for County Junior Organiser Ali Kelly! First she played in, and won, the Seniors' Championship and then switched hats to be in charge of the Juniors' event.

The Intermediates' Championship was won by Becky Gibbs.

Prize winners for the Intermediates and Seniors were as follows:

 Intermediates’ Championship Results

Winner - Gross Prize - Championship Trophy

Becky Gibbs - Bristol & Clifton G77

Runner-Up

Jemima Gregson - The Kendleshire G79

Winner - Nett Prize - Nett Silver Bowl

Michelle Bartlett - Knowle N70

Runner-Up

Phillipa Gillam - The Bristol N71

 

Seniors’ Championship Results

Winner - Gross Prize - Championship Glass Bowl

Alison Kelly - Cirencester G75

Runner-Up

Paula Crabtree - Bristol & Clifton G82

Winner Nett Prize

Lyndall Mclean - Rodway Hill N73

Runner-Up

Nicola Hawkes - Shirehampton Park N74 c/b

Over 60's consolation:

Glenda Hamner - Henbury N76 c/b

Over 70's consolation:

Dinah Johnson - Ross-on-Wye N74

Ebonie Lewis (Knowle), our County Champion, added the Juniors' and under 16 titles to her list of 2015 successes. Raye Bradley (Henbury) won Townsend Salver for the best nett in the Juniors' event -- and this was the first Gloucestershire Girls' competition she had entered. Charlie Hiatt (The Kendleshire) must think herself fairly unlucky -- she was runner-up in no less than seven categories! For full list click on the link below.

Congratulations to all!

              
Raye Bradley (L) & Ebonie Lewis  

Becky Gibbs, County Vice President Carole Stratford,

Ali Kelly & Michelle Bartlett

Seniors' & Intermediates' Result

Juniors' Result & Report

 

Coronation Medals

Friday 3rd July 2015

Good scores at Chipping Sodbury -- despite the weather!

The weather certainly threw everything at the players in the Coronation Medals competition, played at Chipping Sodbury GC yesterday (2nd July). From a little light drizzle to severe deluge, humidity to chill wind, they had to contend with everything. As County Secretary, Debbie Casling, commented, “All deserved medals for completing the course in this nett competition!”

Despite the conditions, good scores were posted with Jenie Van Mazyk (The Kendleshire) winning the Bronze Medal with a fine nett 68, three shots ahead of Ruth Onions (Rodway Hill). Home player Naomi Griggs was 3rd with a nett 72.

The Silver division competition was very close with just one shot separating the top three. Jane Barrett (Cotswold Edge) took the trophy with her nett 74 with Karen Preedy (The Kendleshire) 2nd on a countback from Linda Lee (Minchinhampton New Course) just one shot behind.

                

 Silver Medal Winner Jane Barrett

 
 

Bronze Medal Winner Jenie Van Mazyk

 

Full Results: Silver Medal

                  Bronze Medal                                    

Western Daily Press Cup

Monday 8th June 2015

Cotswold Edge’s Ginny Peachey Wins Close Competition

 

Posting a fine score of 40 pts made Ginny Peachey the overall winner of the Western Daily Press Cup played at Puckrup Hall GC today (8th June) …. but it was a close run thing, with just four points separating all the prizewinners in this stableford competition.

In the silver division Sue Wood (last year’s trophy winner, from Naunton Downs) was 1st with 38 pts, with Bobby Woodley (Tracy Park) 2nd on 37 and Rachel Paul (The Bristol) 3rd on 36.

Hazel Balding (Broadway) was first in the bronze division with 39 pts, from Esther Pettit (also Broadway) with 36 on cb from Janie Thomas (Lydney).

And there was another winner on the course! The Puckrup ladies had made sausage rolls and a wonderful selection of cakes on sale at the halfway house, to raise funds for Ladies’ Captain Jan Sutherland’s chosen charity, Maggie’s. They raised £120 for the Maggie’s centre within the grounds of Cheltenham General Hospital providing support for those being treated for cancer and anyone connected to them.  

             

Western Dail Press Cup Winner

Ginny Peachey

  Celebrating with Cotswold Edge clubmates!

 Full results:

Silver Division

Bronze Division

 

Juniors Success vs Somerset

Sunday 7th June 2015

Congratulations!

Our Juniors' team defeated Somerset today (Sunday 7th June) 10-6, played at Bath Golf Club.

Enjoy reading the match report.

Bethan -- 2nd in St Rule Trophy!

Sunday 31st May 2015

Congratulations from us all!

31st May 2015

Bethan Popel finished 2nd in the St Rule Trophy played at St Andrews yesterday and today.  36 holes on the new course yesterday where she shot 69(-6) & 72(-3). Then last round on the old today where she shot +4 in 30-40 mph winds!!

Bethan commented: "So I came 2nd in -5 and the leader was on -10 so lost by 5! Great tournament though and I'm really pleased!"

And so you should Bethan! All at the GLCGA are very proud of you!

England Golf Press Release

Full results

Exciting Win for our 2nd Team vs Worcestershire & Herefordshire

Saturday 30th May 2015

In the wind & rain -- it all went down to the wire!

The County 2nd Team played its first match yesterday (29th May) away against Worcestershire & Herefordshire on a wild, wet and windy day!

Great match going down to the wire with a win 7-5 to Gloucestershire.

Congratulations to all ... and to Vice Captain Andra Knight!

Click here for Andra's report

Lilley Brook Wins Bronze Team Championships

Saturday 30th May 2015

Close Result on a Hectic Day!

The Lilley Brook team of Sue Robinson, Mary Brown, Debbie Pearson & Alana Marsden (pictured L-R) won the Bronze Team Championships played at Gloucester GC yesterday (29th May) --- but only by a whisker!

The team’s score of 90 points was just one ahead of Cotswold Hills players, Glenys Hughes, Tina Howman, Kathleen Briggs & Rosemary Clark. The last team to finish caused a countback for second .... and snatched third place from Ross-on-Wye!

Exciting stuff!

The weather played havoc with the morning’s play with players brought in and everything delayed. Well done and THANKYOU to County Secretary Debbie Casling and all at Gloucester Golf Club for managing to adjust and reschedule – all of which made the competition possible.

 

Results:

1st:  Lilley Brook -- Sue Robinson, Mary Brown, Debbie Pearson & Alana Marsden (90 pts)

2nd: Cotswold Hills -- Glenys Hughes, Tina Howman, Kathleen Briggs & Rosemary Clark. (89 on cb)

3rd: Bristol & Clifton -- Jayne Chard, Anne Kennedy, Chrissie Savage & Susan Wilson (89)

4th: Ross-on-Wye – Rosemary Williams, Lois Price, Diane Martin & Audrey Causon (88)

Individual Results

Vets South Win vs Juniors

Friday 29th May 2015

All very close .... and the Vets Triumphed!

GGG vs. South Vets – Henbury Golf Club - 28th May 2015

 From GGG Match Manager Alex Saunders

We had a lovely day playing the South Vets in our annual match on 28th May.   We managed to avoid the rain and the sun was shining! The course was in stunning condition and the match got off promptly at 1pm.  With the support of our County President Jen May, past County Captain Jan Pickersgill and various parents, all of the groups set off to begin their matches.   The format of the day was greensomes matchplay.

Some fantastic golf was played and some very close battles were fought with five of the matches going down the 18th.  Congratulations to the Vets who won 9-7 and, on behalf of the girls, I would like to thank the ladies who played.  The advice the girls get during these matches against the experienced Vets is invaluable and the relaxed nature of the matches make it enjoyable for everyone involved.

The scores were as follows:

Rachel Evill & Maddy Gloyne – Lost 3&2

Isobel Ovens & Kate Thurlow – Won 2&1

Alix Giles & Lorna Evans – Lost 1 down

Ebonie Lewis & Lily Whitaker – Won 2&1

Hannah Evill & Martha Evans – Halved

Caley McGinty & Jasmine Prosser – Won 1 up

Casey Chappell & Macy Edwards – Lost 1 down

Jess Baber & Kim Parker – Lost 1 down

More Success for Bristol & Clifton GC

Saturday 16th May 2015

Winners of the Golf Foundation Laddie Lucas award

Many congratulations to Bristol & Clifton GC on being awarded the Golf Foundation Laddie Lucas Award for their work with inclusion and making a difference to disabled people in the community. The award was presented by Bernard Gallacher at the President’s Awards Ceremony held at the BMW PGA Championships on 20th May.

Caren Mitchell, the club’s Academy Manager, was naturally delighted! "We are very honoured to receive this award from the Golf Foundation. It is an absolute pleasure to work inclusively and we will proudly continue to provide golf coaching for absolutely everyone".

 

Image  L-R Paul Mitchell (Head Professional), Luke Fraser (Assistant Professional), Bernard Gallacher, Caren Mitchell (Academy Manager), Andy McGreevy (Assistant Pro)

For details of all the Golf Foundation Awards click here

For those who enjoy a bit of history – Google that name Laddie Lucas. It makes interesting reading!

 

Congratulations Bristol & Clifton!

16th May 2015

For full story see England Golf Press Release

19th February 2015

Bristol & Clifton Golf Club has been shortlisted for this year’s GolfMark Club of the Year award – many congratulations to all!

The winner will be announced at the Presentation Dinner at the Annual Conference taking place this year at Hinckley Wood GC, Leicestershire, on Thursday 16th April. England Golf introduced the ‘GolfMark - Club of the Year’Award in 2008 to recognise those facilities that have shown an outstanding and innovative contribution to developing golf and improving standards.

Gloucestershire’s County Development Officer, Debbie Casling, is delighted that at last a Gloucestershire  club has got this far in the process:  “We have been nominating clubs for a number of years now to promote all the good work they do.  Bristol & Clifton thoroughly deserve this award with all the work that they do for disability and inclusion.  They are a forward thinking club and are improving their coaching knowledge all the time to deliver the best possible experience.  Competition for this award is very high and hotly contested so to make the short list is credit in itself!”

Caren Mitchell, Academy Manager of the Paul Mitchell Golf Academy at Bristol & Clifton says "We are all so proud of Bristol & Clifton being one of three shortlisted clubs for GolfMark Club of The Year.  At the club we work hard to ensure golf is available to all, regardless of age or ability, and it is great to be recognised for this achievement. Congratulations to all at B&C"

Head professional Paul Mitchell added:
" It is a tremendous achievement and shows how forward thinking and fully inclusive Bristol and Clifton Golf Club truly is. We are honoured to have been shortlisted"

Congratulations Forest of Dean -- Winners of the Spring Bowmaker

Thursday 14th May 2015

14th May 2015

The Forest of Dean team of Sophie Faller, Gaynor Moll and Jackie Bradley romped home some six shots ahead of the rest of the field at Tuesday’s Spring Bowmaker played at Tewkesbury Park GC.

Second and third were Tewkesbury’s  Denise Clayson, Wendy Baldwin and Fiona Hudman (74) and Val Wilkinson, Karen Laughlin and Christine Williams (72) respectively.

Long Ashton’s Jan Pitcher, Ann Parker and Chris Kakar (72) took fourth place on a further countback from  Sefton Hooton, Lyndall McLean, both from Rodway Hill teaming up with Val Elliott from Brickhampton. Completing the prize winners list were Henbury’s Liz Henniker-Heaton, Glenda Hanmer and Jane Madden (69)

Although this competition is preceded by the County Greensomes Final and the County Championships, it is the first general County competition of the season and has become a great fun day out for members of all standards to set the tone for the rest of the year.

Tuesday’s event was no exception! With a full field of 46 teams of three – that’s 138 players! – play could have been difficult, but the army of spotters ensured a very happy day’s golf!

Thank you Ladies’ Captain, Liz Wall, and County Delegate, Sue Rawles, for great organisation!

 Full Results

The Winners

L-R: Sophie Faller, Gaynor Moll

& Jackie Bradley

Second Place

L-R:Denise Clayson, Wendy Baldwin

& Fiona Hudman

Third Place

L-R: Val Wilkinson, Karen Laughlin

& Christine Williams

Ebonie Lewis is our 2015 County Champion

Sunday 3rd May 2015

Anna Russell Lifts 2nd Flight Trophy

Fourteen year old  Ebonie Lewis is the 2015 GLCGA Champion defeating Becky Gibbs 3/1 and Anna Russell won the 2nd Flight trophy winning 2/1 vs Laura Whittard at Lilley Brook GC today (Sunday).

Spectators who braved the unsettled weather were treated to a feast of very fine golf in our Championship semi finals and the subsequent final, plus the final of the 2nd Flight.

The Championship Final between Ebonie Lewis and Becky Gibbs is best described by referee Sue Rawles:

“During 15 years of refereeing in Gloucestershire this was one of the best finals I have watched. Great ball striking from both players, Ebonie’s short game was excellent, both chipping and putting were superb. Between the two players there were seven birdies but a birdie was not necessarily enough to win a hole --Becky birdied the Par 5 8th but lost the hole when Ebonie sank her 25 foot eagle putt!

“The appreciative spectators were delighted to see the players halve the short 11th in 2s. I can only add Thank Goodness they play for Gloucestershire!

The 2nd Flight final looked as though it might go further than 18 holes, with the lead changing constantly until Anna opened that necessary lead with the par 3 17th coming up.

Congratulations to all players!

And THANKYOU Lilley Brook GC for hosting the Championships. Your hospitality was quite exceptional!

                           
County Champion 2015   Ebonie Lewis & Anna Russell

 

Following the Presentation of Trophies, County Captain Corrinne Durber announced her team for SW Inter Counties’ Match week, scheduled for 22nd-26th June at Minchinhampton GC New Course.

The team is:

 BETHAN POPEL, BECKY  GIBBS, ALEX SAUNDERS, JANE REES, JEMIMA GREGSON, EBONIE LEWIS, LUCY QUINN, ALISON KELLY,  GRACE MCLAUGHLIN, CHARLOTTE HEEPS, ALEX GILES            
    

Photographs to follow                 

QUALIFYING DAY

Caley McGinty qualified in top place for the Matchplay of the Championship after yesterday's strokeplay qualifying rounds. Matchplay begins today (Saturday) with the semi finals tomorrow morning, followed by the Final in the afternoon.

Caley won the Bramwell Cup for best 36 hole gross and Ali Kelly took the Prettejohn Cup for best 36 hole nett in Division 1.

In Division 2, the Gross Cup was won by Charlie Hiatt for best gross 36 holes, and the President's Cup for best nett 36 holes went to Claudia Ovens.

Caley McGinty (L) & Ali Kelly
                                   
Charlie Hiatt   Claudia Ovens

Qualifying Day Results

 

County Greensomes Final

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Tracy Park couple win 1st Greensomes Final ... on countback!

The first full scale final for the County Greensomes competition was held yesterday (22nd April) at Minchinhampton GC Old Course. The winners were Bobbie Woodley and Judy McKeating from Tracy Park – on countback from Thornbury’s Karen Gore and Jackie Cooke, with both pairs scoring 33 points.

This competition, first played in 2002, is run on much the same lines as the Mercia Castle -- an 18 hole Stableford played in each club and the winner was to be the best Stableford score returned overall.  Originally that was it and, should there be a tie, a final (as with the Mercia Castle) would  be played on Finals Day in October.

This has now changed, by popular request – with a special final being played on its own day. The best two scores from each participating club go forward to the final – much on the same lines as the very popular Kitcat Cup. Yesterday was the first final using this new format, and from the players’ comments it is a popular change!

Many thanks to Minchinhampton Old Course for hosting the event and particularly to Ladies’ Section Captain Eve Clements and her band for their help. As County Secretary Debbie Casling commented: “It was lovely to arrive at the club and find all the ladies rallying around and I could sit back and enjoy the day!”

L-R: Jackie Cooke, Judy McKeating,

Bobbie Woodley & Karen Gore

Full Results

Westonbirt Winners!

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Westonbirt Ladies -- winners of the England Golf Trust Stableford Competition-- Receive Presentation Plus EG Press Release

Westonbirt Ladies were presented with a laptop today (Tuesday 14th April) in recognition of their fine win in the England Golf Trust Stableford competition. Ladies' captain Mary Griffiths is pictured receiving the laptop from Ian watkins, trustee of the England Golf Trust.

The competition is run by the ladies’ sections of clubs, which select a stableford day for the event. The top 10 scores from all competitors count and the total points are converted at 5p a point to make a donation to the Trust, formerly known as the EWGA Trust, founded some 30 years ago to help girls start and stay in golf.

This year Westonbirt won with an aggregate of 383 points , winning by two points from Bracken Ghyll Golf Club (Ilkley, Yorks) with  Batchworth Park Golf Club (Rickmansworth, Herts) third on 380. A very close contest!

A total of £2,688.85 was raised by the 165 participating clubs for the Trust.

England Golf Press Release 24th April 2015

 
   

Well done our Junior Girls!

Sunday 12th April 2015

Win vs Worcestershire & Herefordshire at Gaudet Luce GC today

A windy day at Gaudet Luce today ... and a win for our girls, 7-5. Many congratulations to all!

Enjoy reading their match report...

County Am Am -- Happy Day!

Wednesday 8th April 2015

 

The sun shone , and there was fun and enjoyment in the air!

Thank you to Minchinhampton Golf Club for hosting the event.

The winners were from Tracy Park ... Bobbie Woodley, Jacky McCarthy & Ann Way, captained by Grace McLaughlin. 2nd, Rosemary Williams, Lynn Blandford & Christine Downs (Brickhampton Court) led by Bethan Popel and 3rd Tewkesbury Park's Val Wilkinson, Angie Brassey & Jackie James with Corrinne Durber.

For 'on course' photographs go to Marina Parks' website btmimages.com Lots of wonderful images!

 

The Winning Team

 

   
Second Placed Team   Third Placed Team  

Nearest the Pin 

Laura Whittard (L) & Mel Lee

 

 

THANKYOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!

 SPONSORS

 

Fine Win for 1st Team vs Boys

Monday 23rd March 2015

Exciting Times!

The annual match for our 1st team squad vs the County u18 boys was held yesterday (22nd March) at Minchinhampton New Course – with a very fine result for our girls, winning 5.5 – 2.5

Captain Corrinne reported: “It was decided that we needed more foursomes practice, so the boys agreed to play foursomes in the afternoon, rather than the usual singles, as well as the morning.

“This way we could try different pairings. This gave me a good insight and settled some ideas, some pairings worked and others did not! That was what today was all about.

“The morning produced some closely matched games, but in the afternoon the girls went up a gear, playing extremely good golf. Very proud of them all!”

Mark Powell, GGU Junior Chairman and England Regional Coaching Manager, is understandably excited by the County's prospects.

“This match has become a highly anticipated start to the season, as it allows both sides to trial pairings and demonstrates how joined up Gloucestershire golf is. I doubt any other county in England is as progressive as we are.

“We have a really great set of youngsters at the moment (both boys and girls). Most have come via the Partnership Academy and this shows we are doing the right things! Just need to retain them in golf and kick on at a national level - exciting times.....!”

Match Sheet

 
     
 

 

FOOTNOTE: Guess who was playing behind our teams? The Somerset team, having a practice round for SW County Match week! 21st - 26th June -- come and support Gloucestershire!

And Again .... Congratulations Bethan!

Friday 13th March 2015

Next stop Saint-Cloud GC!

Bethan Popel has been selected for the U21 team for the England vs France match to be played at Saint-Cloud GC on 1st April, and for one of the teams for the Internationaux de France, also at Saint-Cloud on 2nd - 6th April.

We are all very proud of you Bethan!

England Golf Press Release

U21 Team

Internationaux de France

Learn More About the RULES!

Friday 9th January 2015

Sue Rawles at the County Golf Partnership's Rules Roadshows

The County Golf Partnership has organised two Rules Roadshows, given by Sue Rawles, for early February.

They are at Brickhampton Court GC on Thursday 5th February 7 - 8 pm, and Thornbury GC on Sunday 8th February 9.30 - 11 am.

Entry is free, but it would help to let the organisers know you are coming! Click here for poster & details


 

All the very best of good wishes to all our members for a very successful 2015!

And to all our teams -- 1st, 2nd, Juniors & Seniors, Vets & Past Captains -- Go Glos Go!!!! Good luck to you all!


 

15th December 2014

 

Yesterday, Sunday, most of the members of the 1st and 2nd team squads enjoyed a Christmas Get-Together  held at the Westonbirt School Sports Hall.

Tom Bowrey took them through a warm up programme, then team bonding and games. Rounders, basketball and football all played in great  competitive spirit. And it ended with some naughty pizzas at the Priory Inn in Tetbury!

Happy Christmas to the squads and all GLCGA members!

County AGM

Friday 28th November 2014

A Very Happy Occasion!

The AGM, held yesterday (27th November) in the Caroline Suite at the Stonehouse Court Hotel, was an informative and happy event.

The new venue proved popular with easy access from the M5, and around 60 members enjoyed lunch in the hotel afterwards, making it a really social occasion.

We said goodbye to three members of our executive. Jan Pickersgill, Captain for the past two years, handed her badge of office to Corrinne Durber, and we welcomed Andra Knight as the new Vice Captain. After many years of association with the Juniors’ Section Eve Clements passed her baton to Alison Kelly. Liz Finch, who stepped up to the plate as acting Treasurer in our hour of need earlier this year, will be replaced by Victoria Logue.

Many thanks to you all!

An AGM celebrates the year’s activities, and this year’s meeting was given an added celebratory touch! Penny Hampson, grand-daughter of our first County Champion, Aletta Barry, was with us to present a trophy she and her family had kindly, and generously, given to the County.

The history behind this gift is that at the end of 2013 our Watson Williams trophy, originally presented in 1936, was stolen. We were despairing of ever finding a suitable replacement when, in April this year, Penny gave us a trophy her grandmother had won in 1913, “The Ladies’ Pictorial Trophy”. The perfect Watson Williams replacement, thus linking two pieces of our history.

Thank you Penny – and your sisters – for this wonderful gift, and for the scrapbook, made by your grandmother, which you have also given to the County.

Penny also gave President Jenny May a beautiful little salver, presented to her grandmother in 1904.

Just for once, the President was lost for words!

                              

Penny Hampson (R) presenting the Watson Williams Trophy to

Ella Huggins, Lady Captain of Cotswold Hills GC

 

 

The Captain's Badge goes from

Jan Pickersgill (L) to Corrinne Durber

 
A Very Happy Meeting!   A special little salver
New Faces for 2015

                              
Andra Knight - Vice Captain   Victoria Logue - Treasurer   Ali Kelly - Junior Organiser
Good bye ..... & THANKYOU!
                   
Jan Pickersgill   Liz Finch   Eve Clements

County Golf Partnership Coaching Courses

Monday 24th November 2014

Four lessons for just £20 total!

These courses are due to start very soon, but there are still some spaces.

 

 
Reminder

Coaching course for beginners and improvers
on

Wednesday 26th and Wednesday 3rd, 10th and 17th December 2014

 7.00pm – 8.00pm
at  
Thornbury Golf Club
and the following courses at Brickhampton Court Golf Club


The first course will start at 6.30pm - 7.30 pm on Wednesday 26th November and run for 4 weeks.
The second course will start at 3.00pm - 4.00pm on Monday 1st December and run for four weeks.


 
There are still some places available on all the courses. If you would like to attend the coaching but have not sent in your form please call us, or turn up at the course of your choice and we can collect payment at the time.

Lorna  Sparkes: 07860878690
Gail Howells: 01454281648/07817833492
 


 
 
   
 








GGG -- End of Season Gala Day

Monday 20th October 2014

Celebration of another Successful Year

20th October 2014

The County's Juniors' Section, known as GGG, ended another very successful season with their annual Jenny May Day event, held at Thornbury GC yesterday.

Play was followed by the section's AGM, plus prizegiving and presentation of trophies won during the year.

This year the proceedings were tinged with sadness as County Junior Organiser, Eve Clements, retires from the position this year. The girls thanked her with a presentation made by Juniors' Captain, Anna Russell, ..... and a very special song!

Eve's report

                                   
L-R:Anna Russell with Eve Clements & Alex Saunders
A Special Song for Eve

Finals Day

Monday 13th October 2014

Exciting Matches at The Bristol GC

The Cotswold Hills pairing of Val Smith and Sam Round retained the Watson Williams trophy but had to fight every inch of the way against Cirencester’s Ali Kelly and Emma Brereton at The Bristol GC on Sunday (12th October)

It was very much a nip-and-tuck match and the pairs were all square on the18th tee. Val’s drive found the fairway bunker and Ali’s was to the left leaving trees hiding the green – it looked for all the world as though the match would continue down the 19th!

But matchplay gives players a different mindset! Sam took her seven wood and stepped into the bunker, whilst Cotswold Hills supporters almost averted their eyes! Result: just off the back of the green! Emma’s shot just clipped the trees making Cirencester three on the green, and finally Cotswold Hills won the hole, and the match, with a four to Cirencester’s five.

The County Foursomes began with Thornbury’s Jill Sewley and Tracy Jones storming to three up after three holes. Ross-on-Wye's Di Honey and Alison Harvey won the next four and it was, like the Watson Williams, nip-and-tuck from there, until Thornbury found themselves one up on the 18th tee. They halved the final hole to take the match.

Both divisions of the Mercia Castle required play offs with Susan Lear (The Kendleshire) and Mandy Crewe (Tracy Park) both having initially posted 42 points in the bronze division and Charlie Hiatt (The Kendleshire) and Diana Pierce (Cotswold Hills) 41 in the silver division. The final result was:

Winner of the Mercia Castle Cup: Susan Lear

Runner-Up: Mandy Crewe

3rd: Charlie Hiatt (and first silver)

4th: Diana Pierce

Many thanks to our referees Sue Rawles, Sue Gibson and Bobbie Woodley -- and a very sincere THANK YOU to the Bristol GC for hosting this last County event at such short notice!

 

 

Foursomes Winners

L-R Jill Sewley, Sam Round, Val Smith & Tracy Jones

 

Foursomes Runners-up

L-R Di Honey, Emma Brereton, Ali Kelly & Alison Harvey

 

 

Mercia Castle Finalists

L-R Mandy Crewe, Susan Lear, Charlie Hiatt & Diana Pierce

 

 

Autumn Bowmaker played at Naunton Downs GC on Friday 3rd October

Saturday 4th October 2014

Runaway Win for Players from the Forest!

The final regular County Competition of the season resulted in a splendid win for the Lydney/Forest of Dean team of Gaynor Moll, Sophie Maller and Jackie Bradley.

The Cirencester team of Emma Brereton, Pam Mallinson & Jan Flynn had been looking fairly comfortable with 77 points, three ahead of Bristol & Clifton's Suzette Worthington, Elizabeth Hale & Veronica Shorttle. 

Then in came the final threesome, no less than seven points ahead! It was a perfect mix of handicaps for a Bowmaker team with single figure Sophie, steady 'middle-of-the-road' Gaynor .... and new golfer Jackie, off 36, obviously due for handicap reduction any day now!

A very happy day -- and many thanks to Lady Captain Carol and her band of helpers, and all at Naunton Downs GC.

Full Results

 

The Winners: L-R Jackie Bradley, Gaynor Moll

& Sophie Faller

 

L-R: Pam Mallinson, Emma Brereton,Jan Flynn,

Jackie Bradley, Gaynor Moll,Sophie Maller,

Liz Hale,Veronica Shorttle & Suzette Worthington

Lady Marling Cups

Friday 26th September 2014

Val Wilkinson & Lyn Smart lift the Trophies

 

Played at Cotswold Edge GC on Thursday 25th September. 

From Sue Johns, Tournament Director of the day!

Seventy-four players representing 15 clubs players took part in this competition, with Lyn Smart (Cotswold Edge) and Val Wilkinson (Tewkesbury Park) winning the silver and bronze cups respectively. Lynda Pearce (Cotswold Edge) and Lyn Georgiou (The Kendleshire) were the runners up.

Both the Lady Marling Cups are nett competitions but, over the years, other trophies have been designated to be played for on the same day – the Graham Cup for the best gross in the Bronze Division, and the Scratch Cup for best silver division gross. This year Sophie Faller (Lydney) won the Scratch Cup and Lorna Learney (Tracy Park) lifted the Graham Cup.

The day started cool but dry and the first people were off at 8.30 and the field flowed remarkably well as a result of having spotters on various holes – thank you to all the gentlemen spotters!Unfortunately the recent work on the greens and the dry weather made putting difficult for all and this affected the final scores, but with fine weather  continuing throughout the day – there were still some birdies to be found out there!

Many thanks to all at Cotswold Edge GC who made my hard  task of replacing Debbie so much easier! Willing helpers and good organisation made things extremely enjoyable and ensured that the players were well fed and watered.

Full Results

                     
Val Wilkinson (L) & Lyn Smart  

L-R:Lyn Georgiou, Lynda Pearce, Val Wilkinson,

Lyn Smart, Lorna Learney & Sophie Faller

 

2015 Competition Dates

Friday 19th September 2014

Dates & Venues Now Available. Many Thanks to all Host Clubs!

Click here for 2015 GLCGA competition dates

Sponsor for Our County Teams

Thursday 18th September 2014

Thank you Dial Marketing Leisure!

 

 

Dial Marketing Leisure, Suppliers of Quality Promotional Merchandise to the Corporate Market, is now sponsoring our County Teams.

Managing Director James Webber, a member of Bristol & Clifton GC and past men's County Champion and County Team player, has long been a supporter of the County Men's Union.

"I feel passionate about Gloucestershire golf so I thought that to do the same for the ladies was a way of continuing my support to help further the talent in Gloucestershire.”

Many thanks James!

County Finals -- Day 5 vs Lincolnshire

Thursday 18th September 2014

Morning Foursomes 3-0 to Lincolnshire. Afternoon play abandoned due to the weather -- Congratulations to Hampshire !

 

 

   

 

15th - 19th September at Belton Park GC, Lincolnshire

Day 5 vs Lincolnshire:

 Play was abandoned after the morning foursomes as heavy rain caused flooding on the course. Hampshire were worthy winners of the tournament. For full story go to www.englandgolf.org

 

Of course, for us, the results were disappointing. But every hole and every match was strongly contested -- no matter what the scorelines said -- and some very fine golf was played. On this stage, and against these opponents, any loose shot is sorely punished.

But the praise from all our opponents for the play and attitude of our young team was quite overwhelming.

Well done to you all.

Morning Foursomes: 3-0 to Lincolnshire

 

 

Day 4 vs Hampshire

Morning foursomes:As Alex Saunders tweeted after yesterday's play: "Played well, but came second!" Result 3-0 to Hampshire.

 In the afternoon singles, they all played their hearts out, with just half a point the reward. That went to Alex Saunders, one up on the 18th tee. She birdied the hole ..... and her opponent, after a magnificent shot into the green, eagled it, thus halving the match!

That is the standard of golf we have been privileged to watch this week

 

 

 

 

 

 
     

 

Day 3 vs Yorkshire

Two new foursomes pairings this morning -- Alex Saunders & Victoria Wakeley-Jones, and Alix Giles & Grace McLaughlin. Good golf -- but sadly Yorkshire's birdies were just too frequent!

The afternoon's singles gave us only half a point, from Grace. But neither management nor players were feeling downhearted as three matches went to the 18th and some exciting golf was played. It was really all summed up by the Yorkshire President who commented to Captain Jan: "I just wanted to congratulate you on the play of your very young team!"

 

 
     
 
     
 
Good Luck Bethan & the England team!   Karen Rix & the Ice Bucket Challenge1

 

Day 2 vs Buckinghamshire

Fog delayed the start of play and our matches were rescheduled to stArt on the 10th.

The first two pairings' Alison Kelly & Alex Saunders, and Becky Gibbs & Ebonie Lewis, had extremely tight matches but each won 2/1.

Sadly the third pair, Victoria Wakeley-Jones & Grace Mclaughlin,yesterday's only foursomes winners,just didn't get into their stride today, losing 5/4

The afternoon was not a good one from the scoreline point of view with just one win. Well done Grace.

But oh, how our girls fought -- and to halve holes to birdies is hard! This, as one spectator said, is a different class of golf.

 

 

 


     
         
     

 

 

Day 1 vs Hertfordshire:

Despite losses for our first two pairings, the matches were full of good and exciting golf. Alison Kelly and Alex saunders lost 3/2 and Becky Gibbs and Ebonie Lewis lost 4/3

In the third match Victoria Wakely-Jones and Grace McLaughlin slipped from 3 up to all square -- but showed great grit and determination to win 2 up.

It was a tough afternoon's singles with Alison and Victoria giving us winning points. But again. despite the scores, there really was some excellent golf played.

That is Day 1 -- roll on Day 2!

Singles: Becky Gibbs lost 5/4, Ebonie Lewis lost 5/4, Alison Kelly won 6/5, Charlotte Heeps lost 4/3, Victoria Wakely-Jones won 3/2 and Alex Saunders lost 6/5

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For results of all matches go to www.englandgolf.org

   

 

GGU President Peter French & his wife Olive

 

 

  Lunchytime Team Huddle   The Bristol & Clifton Contingent

 

Match tee times:

Monday Gloucestershire v Hertfordshire 8:30am 1:00pm
Tuesday Buckinghamshire v Gloucestershire 9:18am 2:21pm
Wednesday Gloucestershire v Yorkshire 8:54am 1:33pm
Thursday Gloucestershire v Hampshire 8:30am 12:45pm
Friday Lincolnshire v Gloucestershire

9:18am 2:21pm

The team  arrived at Belton Park for practice rounds at the weekend  --  and were greeted by this lovely sight outside the clubhouse, and all over the course!

Go Glos!

 
   

 

Click here for team, order of play & flyer!

Why not take a break, and come and support our girls!

Results of each day's play will be posted on this website.

 

 

 

SW Match Week -- The Winning Team & Officials

Finals Day: Sunday 12th October

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Tee times brought forward: 1st Tee Time will be 1.52 pm Thank you to The Bristol GC for hosting these matches at short notice!

STOP PRESS: 10 am 12th October TEE TIMES BROUGHT FORWARD BY 30 MINS. FIRST TIME 1.52

Finding a neutral venue for Finals' Day is never easy as obviously it cannot be done until the Watson Williams and County Foursomes finalists are known.

This year it has proved more problematic as two Mercia Castle play-offs are also scheduled! 

So, a neutral course for six clubs had to be found.

Many thanks to The Bristol GC for accommodating us at very short notice! However, it does mean that the start times will be later than the 1 pm previously advertised.

2.24 pm: Watson Williams' Final between Cotswold Hills & Cirencester

2.32 pm: County Foursomes' Final between Ross-on-Wye & Thornbury

2.40 pm: Fourball stableford to decide the Mercia Castle winner, between M. Crewe (Tracy Park) & S. Lear (The Kendleshire), each having initially carded 42 points, and top placings for the silver division, between D. Pierce (Cotswold Hills) & C. Hiatt (The Kendleshire), each having initially carded 41 points.

 
The replacement Watson Williams Trophy

Naunton Downs Pair Win Australian Spoons

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Success for Lady Captain Carol Park & Clare Spiller (Photograph by Leaderboard Photography)

Friday 19th September
 
Clare Spiller (L) & Carol Park
Photograph by
Leaderboard Photography
 

Many congratulations to the Naunton Downs pairing of Carol Park and Clare Spiller who won the Australian Spoons Final played at Belton Park GC, Lincolnshire, this morning.

Heavy rain meant that this foursomes competition was reduced to 9 holes. Three teams were tied on 19 points -- and Naunton Downs won on a countback!

England Golf Press Release

Death of Ruth Porter

Wednesday 17th September 2014

It is with much sadness that we heard of Ruth Porter's death on Tuesday.

A member of Long Ashton GC, Ruth was a stalwart of the County Team in the 1960's. She was County Champion 13 times, and English Champion on three occasions. For many the abiding memory of Ruth will always be her putt, at Royal Porthcawl GC, which won the Curtis Cup for us back in that era.

There will be a private funeral, and a request has been made that there should be no letters.

From the LGU website:

"Everyone at the Ladies' Golf Union was saddened to hear of the death of Ruth Slark (nee Porter) on 15 September 2014.
 
British Girls' Champion in 1956, Ruth went on to win the English Championship in 1959, 1961 and 1965, and was capped for England many times, particularly on 10 occasions in the Home International Matches.
 
She won her first Great Britain & Ireland cap in the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe in 1959, and played in two further Vagliano matches in 1961 and  1965.
 
Ruth also represented GB&I in 3 Curtis Cup matches - in 1960 at Lindrick in Ireland, 1962 at Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, USA and 1964 at Royal Porthcawl in Wales. She was also capped in the 1963 Commonwealth team in the tournament which was played in Australia, and followed that tournament by finishing runner-up in the Australian Championship.
 
A member of a number of clubs, including Long Ashton, Walton Heath and Burnham & Berrow, Ruth will be much missed by her golfing friends, particularly the ladies of Gloucestershire, where she was county champion on no less than 13 occasions." 
 

2nd team SW Final

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Decisive Win for 2nd Team but no success for our Seniors' Team

28th September 2014

Corrinne's Kids -- the County Second Team whose average age is around 15 years-- showed just how bright the future is for Gloucestershire Ladies' Golf when they won the South West 2nd Team Final 7-2 against Devon, played at Enmore Park GC, Somerset, this weekend.

To make it possible for all to enjoy the closing stages of the Ryder Cup on Sunday afternoon, the foursomes were played on Saturday afternoon with the singles starting early on Sunday morning.  

In the foursomes, those of us who rate this testing format so highly were treated to some fine, and thoughtful, golf with each partnership contributing fully to the overall result of 3-0 to Gloucestershire.

A cushion like this never makes the singles easy -- just, perhaps, a little less difficult! In the event, Gloucestershire lost just two singles, those of Charlie Hiatt and Rachel Evill, and both matches went to the 17th. Well played to both, despite the disappointment of losing.

For excitement, Charlotte Heeps kept us on our toes! Three down after 10, she refused to be put off, and won 2up on the 18th!

Congratulations Captain Corrinne -- she was 'jubilant'! -- and Alex Saunders, who was Corrinne's assistant for the match. And, of course, many congratulations to the players: Rachel Evill, Alix Giles, Charlotte Heeps, Charlie Hiatt, Ebonie Lewis & Anna Russell

Finally, a very big thank you to the parents who caddied, ferried back and forth and joined the team's supporters! And we had two very special caddies -- Bethan Popel and Becky Gibbs -- who pitched up at crack of dawn on Sunday morning to support the team.

A great weekend ....... And oh yes! We won the Ryder Cup as well!

Results

Report from 2nd Team Captain, Corrinne Durber

            
The Winning Team  

Special caddies! Becky Gibbs & Bethan Popel

with Alex Saunders

 
Almost over!   The Winning Huddle
Winning Team .... & very happy canine supporter!

 

 Our Seniors' Team, playing in their SW Tournament at Minehead this week (Oct 6-8), had a tough time losing to all teams except Somerset with whom they halved. Good matches all ... Go Glos!!

 
 

 


 

Match vs Wiltshire played at The Players GC on 22nd August
From County Vice Captain Corrinne Durber, 2nd team captain

This was the crunch match!  Gloucestershire needed to beat Wiltshire by more than 5/4 to get to the 2nd team finals and play Devon.

With just a week’s notice as to which course we were playing at The Players, there was no time for the girls to have a practice round.

We started off shakily with our top pairing of Victoria and Alix never really getting into their stride. Their opponents putted extremely well -- so a heavy loss for Gloucestershire. Charlie and Caley had a very closely contested match taking the game to the 18th, but three putting the last saw another defeat. Ebonie and Charlotte kept their cool winning 3/2

So 2/1 down going into the singles

Our County Champion, Victoria,  led the field out winning 3/2 , followed by Alix winning 4/2. Both were wanting revenge for their morning defeat!

Charlie had a great game with very nearly a hole in one on the par 3 eighth hole (216 yards), to bring another point home for us. Caley was up most of her match but her opponent fought back well to win 3/2. Charlotte again was up most of the match but lost the last three holes.

So four all with everything depending on the last match! Could Ebonie hold her nerve? Yes of course she could -- with some amazing golf!

Final result 5-4 to Gloucestershire.This means we are waiting on Dorset to contact us regarding the countback on who goes through to the Finals. I have left several messages with them, but still awaiting the decision.

Go Glos Go!

Results

Golfing Newcomer Wins County's Oldest Trophy

Tuesday 9th September 2014

Eve Blundell scores 42 points in Kitcat Cup Final

Eve, from Minchinhampton GC (New Course), started golf last year with lessons from club professional Rob Ralph, took advantage of the club's temporary membership offer -- and decided this was the game for her! And yesterday, playing off handicap 33, she won the Kitcat Cup, played at Brickhampton Court GC, two points ahead of the rest of the field. Lin Andrew (Broadway) and Becky Gowling (Brickhampton Court), each with 40 points, won the silver and bronze prizes respectively.

Close behind were:

Silver Division: 2nd -Jane Roche (Minchinhampton New) (39 pts) on countback from 3rd Deborah Davis (Naunton Downs) (39) and 4th Megan Bartlett (Knowle) (38)

Bronze Division: Margaret Fischer (Naunton Downs) and Val Wilkinson (Tewkesbury Park) both posted 38 points with Margaret taking 3rd prize on a countback

Once again our County Secretary, Debbie Casling, had much praise and thanks for all from Brickhampton who made it such a happy and smooth-running day!

 

Eve Blundell (Centre)

with Lin Andrew (L) & Becky Gowling (R)

 

Bethan Popel -- More Success!

Monday 8th September 2014

Good Luck for the Home Internationals starting next Wednesday at Aberdovey GC.

28th August: What a great year for Bethan! Many congratulations on being selected for the England Team for the Home Internationals from a very proud County Association!

For full story go to www.englandgolf.org

The Internationals will be played at Aberdovey GC from 17th-19th September. Yes -- clashing with the County Finals in Lincolnshire. But as Captain Jan says:  "The priorities are, as they say -- Country, County, Club! Suffice to say we wish Bethan the best of luck and look forward to hearing all about it! What a shame this clash of dates means that we will not be there to support her!"

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17th July: Bethan is 5th in the English Women's Close Championship played at St Enedoc GC this week. Conragtulations Bethan from all at the GLCGA,

For full report see www.englandgolf.org 

16th June: Bethan Popel has been named as reserve for the Women's European Championships.

From England Golf Press Release: England Golf has named the teams which will challenge for medals at the European ladies’ and girls’ team championships in July.

The ladies’ team includes three Curtis Cup players: Gabriella Cowley, Bronte Law and Charlotte Thomas. Elizabeth Mallett will make her first international appearance at ladies’ level and the team will be completed by the experienced internationals, Hayley Davis and Meghan MacLaren. The reserve is Bethan Popel.

The ladies’ championship takes place at Ljubljana Golf Club, Slovenia, from 8-12 July.

Well done and all the very best from all at the GLCGA.

Last month Bethan was selected to represent England in the Nations Cup at the Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay Championship  and at the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews, from 31 May-1 June. 

Sunday 1st June:  England wins Nations Cup at St. Andrews!  England Golf Press Release  St Rule Trophy Full results



Gross Team Championships

Tuesday 19th August 2014

A Win for Henbury -- for the fourth successive year!

From County Secretary Debbie Casling

 For the fourth year in succession -- and 13 times since 1985 -- Henbury GC has won the Gross Team Championship Cup. 

 The event was hosted by The Bristol GC on 19th August.

The team of Sue Elliott, Louise Church, Jan Pickersgill and Ann Manley returned an aggregate of 235 over three cards.  Runners-up were the Minchinhampton (New) team of Corrinne Durber, Charlotte Heeps, Grace McLaughlin and late stand-in Caroline Shepherd with 243 (on a count back using the 4th card) from Long Ashton.

The day was not without its challenges!  An accident on the M5 meant that some northern club teams were hampered by the traffic chaos with some players not able to make the journey in time.  Two players from Cotswold Hills battled through and, even though two hours late for their tee time, played the course to support their team.  A huge thank you must go to The Bristol GC member, Dave Wookey, who accompanied this late team to verify their scores.

Our thanks must also go to all the ladies at The Bristol for their help in running the competition and getting those players who made their destination out onto the course and also to the Course Managers who juggled around to accommodate the late players.

The GLCGA is very grateful to all the clubs who offer their courses to us for our competitions and, in situations like this, are flexible enough to assist in the smooth running.

Due to the late finishing of this competition we were unable to hold a presentation and this has been postponed to the Kitcat Competition which is being held at Brickhampton Court on Monday 8th September.

Full results

 

Henbury player Jan Pickersgill (L) & Ladies'

Captain Gill Wood after the postponed

Presentation

 

 

 

Nett Team Championships

Friday 8th August 2014

Lilley Brook win Close Contest!

8th August

Lilley Brook were the winners of this year's Nett Team Championships, played at Ross-on-Wye GC yesterday (7th August) – but it was a close call with only two points separating the top four teams!

Results: 1st: Lilleybrook with 105 points, 2nd The Kendleshire (104) on countback from 3rd Tewkesbury Park (104) and 4th Minchinhampton New (103).

34 teams of four took part – that's 136 players. All went smoothly, thanks to the army of spotters supplied by Ross, and the usual tremendous support given by the ladies of the host club. And special thanks to the three gentlemen who acted as starters – surely the best dressed starters the County has seen!!

Many thanks to all at Ross-on-Wye GC.

Full Results

The Lilley Brook Team

L-R Mary Brown, Holly Marven, Christine Peers

& Kirsty Cochrane

 

SW Girls' Inter County Tournament

Monday 4th August 2014

Final Day: Crunch match vs Dorset .... & Dorset Take the Title!

The three day tournament, played at Dudsbury Golf Club, Dorset, began on Sunday afternoon, when Gloucestershire won against Devon.

The team defeated Wiltshire  and Cornwall on Monday.Tuesday morning was a win for Glos vs Somerset.

So ... crunch time on Tuesday afternoon! Honours went to Dorset.

Congratulations Dorset!

But what a team we have! Roll on 2015!!!!                                                                                         .

Well done girls!!

Eve Clements' Report

For full results go to www.dudsburygolfclub.co.uk 

2nd Team: Halved match vs Dorset

Tuesday 29th July 2014

A Fighting Half for our 2nd Team

 

Gloucestershire 2nd Team League Match v Dorset

Played at Wareham GC, Dorset on 27th July 

Report from County Vice Captain, Corrinne Durber


We went  to Wareham Golf Club in Dorset a day early so that we could have a practice round. This proved to be a blessing as the course had several blind holes. The course is not long but bare lies to the greens tested everyone's short game.
Victoria and Anna led the way, going one up through 10, but their opposition pulled back to gain a halved match.
Alix and Charlie settled early on and where always in control winning 3/1
Louise and Karen did not get off to a very good start going three down early on in the game but fought strongly finally losing on the 18th.

So all square going into the afternoon's singles.

Our County Champion, Victoria Wakley- Jones, led the way and was always in control playing extremely good golf. She won 5/3.

Out second was Alix Giles, striking the ball beautifully --a birdie on the 11th kept the match a/s, and a chip in helped her  make her move towards winning 3/1.

Third out was Charlie Hiatt who played good golf but her opponent just had the edge winning 2/1.

Karen Price was out next and had a good tussle with her partner going three up after six but the match went down the 18th with Karen losing one down.

Nailbiting! All square and two matches left with Anna Russell one down after 12 and Louise Church was one up after six. Yes, it was going to be a close call! Anna came over the horizon all square on 18 and was able to win that hole winning one up. Louise fought well but was one down on 18, losing 2 down.
Result : 4.5/4.5

A great team effort. Well done team!

Thank you to Wareham Golf club and all the Dorset Ladies who made our weekend so enjoyable .

 

Match Sheet

 

 

South West Ladies' Championships

Sunday 20th July 2014

Success for Gloucestershire players.

The South West Ladies' Championships at Mendip Golf Club proved to be a very successful competition for Gloucestershire players.

After the 36 holes stokeplay on Friday, Victoria Wakeley-Jones, Alex Saunders, Ebonie Lewis and Lucy Quinn all qualified for the top flight match play stage, with Victoria, Alex and Lucy all winning their 1st round matches. Alex then went on to the semi finals where she lost to Sophie Keech from Dorset.

Victoria, Ebonie and Alex won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best Nett in the stokeplay competition, with Alex winning the Gross Intermediate prize.

These brilliant results led to Gloucestershire winning both the Nett and Gross team prizes. Fantastic result and well done to everyone.

Prize List

 Alex being presented with Team trophy

Fraser Foursomes

Thursday 17th July 2014

Juniors' Pair Win The Salvers!

The sun shone, the course was beautiful -- albeit with tricky greens -- and the teenage pairing of Laura Whittard and Rachel Evill, from Minchinhampton GC (Old Course), ran away with the salvers!

Great to see other prizes going to a variety of clubs.

As always -- a very special day! Thank you Stinchcombe Hill GC for always hosting this event!

Prize List:

AM Gross Susan Reeve/Caroline Shepherd - Minchinhampton New - G80 ceded
AM Nett Sarah Whiting/Jan Preston - Filton - N71
PM Gross Annie Griffin/Jill Sewley - Thornbury - G80 ceded
PM Nett Megan Mills/Lyn Smart - Cotswold Edge - N70.5 ceded
Gross 36 Holes Kerry Wilding/Jan Armstrong - Ross-On-Wye - G165 ceded
3rd Nett 36 Holes Lin Pullin/Katherine Tole - Stinchcombe Hill - N147 c/b
2nd Nett 36 Holes Amanda Wookey/Rose Walker - The Bristol - N147 c/b
Best Nett 36 Holes and Winners of the Fraser Foursomes Salvers Rachel Evill/Laura Whitard - Minchinhampton Old - N138

Full results

 

                
The Winners -- Rachael Evill (L) & Laura Whittard Cotswold Hills  players at the water wagon!  

SW Girls' Championships

Monday 14th July 2014

Well done our Girls!

Played at Ogbourne Downs GC yesterday, Sunday 13th July

The winner of the Buchanan Trophy was Lindsey Hunt, from Brickhampton Court GC, with 41 points! Maddy Gloyne (Minchinhampton Old) took the under 15 Cup and Kimberley Parker (The Kendleshire) the runner-up prize.

And Gloucestershire won the County Shield for this division.

In the Championship, Jemima Gregson (Knowle) was best am gross, and Charlotte Heeps (Minchinhampton New) won the best under 15 gross prize.

Report from CJO Eve Clements

 

 

L-R Maddy Gloyne, Kimberley Parker,

Lindsey Hunt & Eve Clements

 

Juniors', Intermediates' & Seniors' Championships

Monday 7th July 2014

Jemima Gregson is 2014 Junior Champion. Paula Crabtree Retains Seniors' Title. Grace McLaughlin wins Intermediates' Trophy.

Our County competitions are marked by the tremendous support given by the host clubs – and the host for yesterday’s Juniors’, Intermediates’ & Seniors’ Championships, Shirehampton Park, did not disappoint!

In County Secretary Debbie Casling’s words:

“A lovely course - lovely people and just a superb atmosphere.  It was difficult at one stage to know where to look - do you watch the motor racing, golf or tennis on the TV or the real golf taking place just below the balcony?!  And great golf it was too from all three sections.

“My very grateful thanks to the club – secretary manager Karen, County Delegate Mary and Lady Captain Sue and all the helpers, starters and spotters. Plus Lorna Sparkes, our referee for the day. What a great job they did!”

The 2014 Juniors’ Champion is Jemima Gregson from Knowle GC. Report and photographs to follow.

For full results click here.

The Seniors’ title was retained for a second year by Paula Crabtree from Bristol & Clifton GC and Minchinhampton’s Grace McLaughlin took the Intermediates’ trophy.

Full results.

Prize winners

SSS = 70

CSS= 72

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Championship Results

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Prize - Championship Trophy

 

Grace McLaughlin  G77

 

Runner-Up

 

 

Louise Church  G80

 

 

 

 Nett Prize - Nett Silver Bowl

 

Phillipa Gillam N73

 

 

Runner-Up

 

 

Julie Clough N74 c/b

 

SSS = 70

 

CSS 73 r/o

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Championship Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gross Prize - Championship Glass Bowl

 

Paula Crabtree G 81

 

 

Runner-Up

 

 

Karen Rix G82

 

 

 Nett Prize

 

 

Liz Henniker-Heaton N73

 

Runner-Up

 

 

Susan Lear  N76 c/b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 60's consolation:

 

 

Rose Walker N76 c/b

 

Over 70's consolation:

 

 

Ilse Russell N82

 

 

 

           
Grace McLaughlin (L) & Paula Crabtree    Prizewinners All!

Coronation Medals

Friday 27th June 2014

Success for Linda Lee (Minchinhampton New) & Lin Wright (Tracy Park)

Players Enjoy Cirencester's Course

27th June

Fine scores were recorded by the winners of both divisions at the Coronation Medals played at Cirencester GC yesterday (26th June) with Lin Wright (Tracy Park) winning the Bronze Medal with nett 65 and Linda Lee (Minchinhampton New) taking the Silver Medal with her nett 69.

Many were the compliments from the players with regard to the condition of the course, with one player, who had not had a good round, commenting “It doesn't matter! I have had a most enjoyable day on a wonderful golf course!”

This is the first time for several years that this competition has been played as a separate event. The entry was comparatively small prompting County Secretary Debbie Casling to comment: “'Mum leaving the Casling household in the early hours on a competition day is no surprise but it was a surprise for the family to see her back so early!! With only a small field it was a very relaxed day and all credit to the ladies of Cirencester for all their support.  It really is a treat to spend the day at our Gloucestershire Clubs and to sit and chat with all our fantastic ladies'!”

Many thanks to Cirencester GC for hosting the event.

In the Bronze Division Sue Johns (The Kendleshire) was second (nett 71) and Carol Lane (Rodway Hill) third (nett73)

For the Silver Division Lorna Sparkes (Painswick) took second place with her nett 72 followed by Frances Lindley (Minchinhampton New) with a nett 73.

                             
Lin Wright (L) & Linda Lee  

L-R Frances Lindley, Lorna Sparkes, Linda Lee,

Lin Wright,Sue Johns & Carol Lane

Results: Silver Division

             Bronze Division

Juniors' Match vs Somerset

Monday 23rd June 2014

Exciting times -- match halved!

Monday 23rd June 2014

The match between our Juniors and Somerset, played at Cotswold Edge GC yesterday, went right down to the wire, with the match being decided on the last putt of the day.

Match halved!

Report from Eve Clements

 
   

SW Counties' Match Week

Friday 13th June 2014

Day 5: Gloucestershire vs Somerset We lost to Somerset 5-4! BUT OVERALL WE WON & SO IT IS COUNTY FINALS FOR THE 4th CONSECUTIVE YEAR!

 

This will be a great week, with fine golf to watch!

Our team members love to see the Burgundy Brigade -- as our supporters are known! -- following their matches.

So have a day out, and come to Yeovil!

Can we make it a win for the fourth successive year?

Full results for both morning and full day, are available on the Yeovil Golf Club website: www.yeovilgolfclub.com 

Friday 13th June

No reports tonight just many Congratulations to the Team -- players and management!!

Thursday 12th June

Day 4. Gloucestershire vs Dorset

A hard fought morning’s foursomes ended in a half – 1.5 -1.5
Bethan Popel & Alex Saunders match halved

Grace McLaughlin & Ebonie Lewis lost 4/3

Becky Gibbs & Jemima Gregson won 2 up.

And an equally hard fought afternoon’s singles also ended with honours equal.

Bethan won 7/6, Jem won 6/5.

Charlotte lost 6/4, Grace lost 3/2, Victoria lost 2 down.

Becky won 6/4

Final result Gloucestershire 4.5 Dorset 4.5

So, tomorrow vs Somerset is crunch day!

Good luck Team!

Wednedsay 11th June


Day 3: Gloucestershire vs Devon

Report from Captain Jan

What a win – particularly after the morning foursomes did not provide that wonderful springboard for the singles.

Bethan and Alex lost 7/5, Victoria and Grace lost 6/5 – but the anchor pairing of Becky and Jem played great foursomes winning 6/4.

So -- a lunchtime team talk and the players were certainly on their toes ready for the afternoon’s play!

Jem led the team out followed by Bethan, Alex, Lucy, Charlotte with Becky as our anchor.

Exceptional golf from Jem gave us our first point, cancelling the morning’s deficit.

Bethan, well aware that she had a tough match ahead, quite simply showed her class winning 2/1.

Alex went from four up to just one up – a situation which tests the resolve of any golfer. But she did not fail the test, winning 3/1.

Lucy unfortunately lost 4/3.

Charlotte won the first hole, and never looked back, winning 3/2.

Becky, once again, took her match to the 18th. A great half!

Final result: 5.5 – 3.5 to Gloucestershire.

 

Tuesday 10th June

Day 2: Gloucestershire vs Cornwall

Report from Captain Jan

This was a massive day for Gloucestershire with, once again, the foundations for an overall win being laid by gritty performances in the morning foursomes.

Bethan and Alex led out the team and won 5/4. Grace and Ebonie battled hitting the front on the 16th. A great birdie on the 17th closed the match 2/1. Becky and Jem came from behind to be all square after 16 and then dug their heels in for the final two holes halving the match.

The singles field was led by Becky, followed by Jem, Alex, Ebonie, Grace, with Bethan as anchor.

Our first points came from Jem who won 7/6, then Alex 6/5 and Bethan 5/4. Ebonie and Grace were up against Cornwall’s top players, losing their matches.

Becky, after her tough foursomes match, had an equally testing game in the singles. Once again she fought to the end halving her match.

So, a 6-3 win for Gloucestershire!

A really fine day’s play from all! Well done

 

Monday 9th June: 

Gloucestershire vs Wiltshire

Foursomes result: Gloucestershire won all three foursomes..

Bethan Popel & Alex Saunders won 2/1

Grave McLaughlin & Charlotte Heeps won 2/1

Becky Gibbs & Jemima Gregson won 7/6

Report from Captain Jan

For the morning foursomes we had three new pairings – and all played exceptionally well.

Three points in the bag at lunchtime is a good feeling, but it was difficult to know who to rest after such good solid performances by all in the morning. But we have a long week ahead!

Bethan led the team out followed by Jem, Lucy, Ebonie, Charlotte and Becky.

Bethan showed her class winning 5/4. Jem was always in control and played exceptionally well to win 7/6 – no need to rest her as she only played 24 holes in total today!

Lucy started well, but lost momentum as her opponent gained confidence, losing 3/2.. Ebonie had an up and down match for her 1st Team debut. But there she was – dormy 2 up. Great excitement from the crowd of spectators, and then she lost the 17th. But this 13 year old kept her head, halved the 18th, and won her match.

Sadly Charlotte suffered a severe nosebleed on the 3rd hole and had to concede her match. She then spent a couple of hours at the local hospital, returned to support the team and appears to have recovered.

Becky just flew! Six up after six holes, winning 6/5.

Charlotte Heeps and Victoria Wakeley-Jones are coping with major school exams this week as well as County Week. Good luck girls!

What a great start to the week!

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Yesterday Alex Saunders presented the team members, and officials, with little golf ball pigs, made by herself! Really wonderful little fellows they are! Thank you Alex! And Becky Gibbs turned her hand to cooking -- rice crispy cake and flapjacks! Happy Team!

 
The Team & Officials  
   
          
Team Talk from Captain Jan!!  
   

 

Order of play:

Monday 9th: Wiltshire
Tuesday 10th: Cornwall
Wednesday 11th: Devon
Thursday 12th: Dorset
Friday 13th: Somerset

Click here for squad details.

Western Daily Press Cup

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Sue Wood from Naunton Downs lifts the Trophy

The sun shone on the 94 ladies, representing 21 clubs, who played for the Western Daily Press Cup at Minchinhampton GC (New Course) this week (11th June).

The winner was Sue Wood, Naunton Downs, with 38 points, with home players Linda Lee and Jane Roche taking the silver and bronze divisional prizes respectively.

As County Officials were all at the SW Counties' Match Week being played at Yeovil GC, Minchinhampton's Lady Captain, Sue Dyke, presented the prizes.

Many thanks to Minchinhampton for hosting the event, and to County Delegate Kaye Rosser and her band of helpers who made sure everything ran smoothly.

The delegates for all our host clubs are just fantastic,” said County Secretary Debbie Casling. “ And this was no exception!”

                          
The Winner: Sue Wood  

Jane Roche (Bronze winner), Sue Wood

& Linda Lee (Silver winner)

 

2nd Team match vs Worcestershire & Herefordshire

Friday 30th May 2014

A Win for us!

Decisive win for Gloucestershire 10.5 - 1.5, played at Cirencester GC on 30th May.

Congratulations girls!!

Report and individual match results

GGG vs County Vets

Friday 30th May 2014

A Happy Day for All!

From Eve Clements, Chairman GGG

On Thursday 29th May the County Vets and Gloucestershire Girls met at The Kendleshire for the first of their two annual fixtures.  Several girls were playing in their first match --  so apprehension and excitement were ever present!

But their more experienced partners and the very encouraging ladies from the County Vets helped them. The matches were played in excellent spirit with much chatter and laughter plus some very good golf as well! Congratulations to all who took part.

The result was 8-2 to the girls – but the most important result was the pleasure everyone experienced!

Full Report from Eve Clements

 

                    
  Instructions from GGG Chairman Eve Clements      County Vets at the Ready!

 

A Very Happy Day!

Bronze Team Championship

Wednesday 28th May 2014

Minchinhampton (New) Lift the Trophy

Played at Forest Hills GC on 27th May

 What a day!

That was the comment from our  County Secretary Debbie Casling!

" Yes it was quite a day! But we had awesome help from the Ladies' section of the club and all thanks to Lady Captain Jackie and her team.

"The weather was drizzly but it did not affect the scores - in fact the Bronze team ladies coped better with the course than those playing in the SW Regional Finals a few days earlier!”

 

Results:

 

1st:

Minchinhampton New - Margaret Morse, Freda Bonner-Barlow, Ann Shelley, Jane Roche                                                       100 pts

2nd:

Henbury - Jacqui Thompson, Jane Owen-Jones, Jackie Heaven, Janet Frost                                                                                  96 pts on cb

3rd:

Cotswold Hills - Rosemary Clark, Di Paget, Louise Dalglish, Ella Huggins

                                                                                           96 pts

4th:

Long Ashton - Ann Parker, Monica Ovel, Pam Rutter, Sue Whitaker

                                                                                            92 pts

 

Full results

 

                          
The Minchinhampton (New) Team   The Henbury Team

 

Spring Bowmaker at Bristol & Clifton GC

Friday 16th May 2014

Full entry in the sunshine!

14th May 2014

With the sun shining 141 ladies, representing 19 of the County's clubs, took to Bristol & Clifton golf course for a splendid day's golf yesterday.

Debbie Casling, County Secretary, had this to say: 

The clubhouse was buzzing not only with the ladies but also a couple of other events taking place during the day !!  The support from the Ladies and the Senior men at the club was fantastic. It was an absolute pleasure to be at Bristol & Clifton and we were very well looked after.

If this competition sets the tone for the year ahead -- then bring it on !! “

 Prize Winners

1st: Tracy Park: J McCarthy,  Lin Wright  & Kim Namdjour  78 pts

2nd: Cirencester:  Alison Kelly,  Emma Brereton  & Pam Mallinson  74

3rd: Henbury:Jan Pickersgill  Mary Howell  & Pat Murphy  71

4th: Minchinhampton (New),Denise Crossland,  Frances Lindley  & Sara Poultney 71

5th: Minchinhampton (New) Linda Lee, Claire Ryder & Jane Roche  71

6th: Ross-on-Wye: Pam Duke, Dinah Johnston  & Sue Baker-Butler  70

Some of the Prize Winners with Vice President, Carole Stratford (back row centre)

This competition proved even more popular than expected. We even had enquiries as to whether a Somerset player could be included in a team.

So – many apologies to those who were unsuccessful with their entry. In subsequent County competitions we will hold a ballot, if necessary, after the closing date for entries.

And thank you delegates for your efforts in getting the interest of your club ladies, and making this necessary. You are just 1st class!

County Championships -- Henbury GC -- 2nd, 3rd, 4th May

Sunday 4th May 2014

Congratulations Victoria Wakeley-Jones, our 2014 County Champion, & Ebonie Lewis, winner of the 2nd Flight trophy.

Sunday 4th May

Two fine finals played in beautiful sunshine -- the Championship between Victoria Wakeley-Jones and Alexandra Saunders and the 2nd Flight between Ebonie Lewis and Alex Giles.

In the Championship match Victoria dominated the first nine, going 4 up. Alex then won three holes in a row, but Victoria, tidy as ever, never allowed her that final push, winning on the 17th, 3/1.

In the 2nd Flight both players delighted spectators with their positive putting -- slotting their putts in from all parts of the green! Ebonie ran out the winner, 4/3

It was a splendid tournament with fine golf played in equally fine spirit.

Thank you Henbury GC for providing a course in such great condition -- and an atmosphere which made this a very memorable tournament.

At the end of the presentations Captain Jan named the team for SW Match Week at Yeovil GC, 9th -13th June. The selected team is: Becky Gibbs, Jemima Gregson,Charlotte Heeps, Grace McLaughlin, Ebonie Lewis, Bethan Popel, Lucy Quinn, Anna Russell, Alex Saunders & Victoria Wakeley-Jones

 

Victoria & Ebonie

 

   
       
   
       
        

For more images of the Championships go to http://www.btmimages.com/  This is Marina Parks' website. Thank you Marina -- great photographs!

Friday 2nd May

The Championships began today with Qualifying Day. Thank you Henbury for hosting this event and making us all so welcome! Congratulations to Jemima Gregson, Sue Reeve, Charlie Hiatt and Anna Russell -- today's trophy winners. Click here for prize winners and here for full results. 

Matchplay begins tomorrow -- First Flight Draw & Second Flight Draw

 

Saturday 3rd May:

Sunshine all the way  for the matchplay today, with some interesting results in the morning. The forecast looks good for tomorrow's Finals, when teammates Jem, Victoria, Becky and Alex will  become rivals for the Championship.

The second Flight has been largely dominated by our Juniors, with the final being played by Alex Giles and Ebonie Lewis.

Flight 1 Morning results & Afternoon Quarter Finals

Flight 2 Morning & Semi Finals

 

                                            
The 7th Hole at Henbury   2013 Champion: Jo Hodge

 

 

 Sunday 4th May

The Championship Final will be between Victoria Wakeley-Jones and Alexandra Saunders !

Championship Semi Finalists ready to play!
             



Saturday's Photographs!

 

 

                             
       
   

Friendly Match vs Worcestershire & Herefordshire

Sunday 27th April 2014

A Look to the Future!

27th April

The weather was wet and gloomy at Cotswold Hills GC for our annual 1st team match vs Worcestershire & Herefordshire but, despite losing 4-7, the future for our squad looks good!

Full report from Captain Jan to follow.

 

County Am-Am --9th April

Tuesday 8th April 2014

That was a really splendid day! Above all it was just plain fun! Thank you to everyone involved.

The verdict from all, squad players and the ladies who made up the teams, seems to be ..... let's make this an annual event!

The sun shone and our ladies enjoyed meeting their current and future team players. Our squad members, on this day team captains,enjoyed helping their teams have a great day. 

The course was in great condition, the food was delicious, the many helpers were, as always, indispensable!

But most of all ..... The players, of all ages and handicaps, made this a special day in the County calendar.

Thank you everyone!

The winners were, fittingly, the team led by County Captain Jan Pickersgill! Congratulations Melinda Wright,Kim Namdjou and Heather Reed... all high handicappers from Tracy Park. Just goes to show .... you do not have to be an elite golfer to enjoy County events! Second, just one shot behind, were Sarah Nannestad, Megan Mills and Alison Leatt led by Grace McLaughlin, and third place went to the team captained by County Vice President (and ex County player) Carole Stratford -- Angela Brassey, Val Wilkinson and Jackie James.

The original idea was that this would be a bit of a PR event, giving the ladies a chance to meet some squad members and the squad members the opportunity to meet some of our ladies, who, via their annual subscriptions, fund our team. As long as we did not make a loss on the event .... or maybe even made a tiny profit ... it would be fine! Well ..... We are delighted to tell you all that more than £800 has gone into the 'Team Fund' to help with the cost of some of the less essential items needed for the teams, and to help us cope with whatever changes in EG funding may lie in the future.

The Winning Team

 

To view all images go to www.btmimages.com  

THANKYOU Minchinhampton GC, numerous professionals who donated prizes, and our Hole Sponsors.

Each hole at the Am Am was sponsored by businesses wanting to support our teams. Here they are – in alphabetical order!

BTM PHOTOGRAPHY: Beyond The Mirror -- photography by Marina Parks, our County photographer. www.btmimages.com 

BROOKES HAIR & BEAUTY: Minchinhampton’s local hair and beauty experts. 01453 883076

GARDINER BROS LTD: Gloucester based Footwear Company. Holes sponsored featuring three styles. www.gardinerbros.co.uk

KUDOS: Gloucestershire based business supplying a comprehensive range of management consultancy, team building and training/development services to the private and public sector. info@thekudosgroup.com or Tel: 0845 241 6440 www.thekudosgroup.com

LADY GOLFER:  The online website for ladies’ golf clothes. Lady Golfer offers good quality, modern golf clothes with ranges from Daily Sports, Glenmuir and Ping.   Personally selected golf wear by a Lady Golfer.  

www.ladygolfer.uk.com email: christine@ladygolfer.uk.com Tel:  07745 161933

OENO: Independent retailer of wines, beers and spirits
The Corn Hall,
Cirencester
Glos.

PASSION4JUICE: Gloucestershire based award winning fresh juice company which sponsors our teams’ fitness programme.

www.passion4juice.com

PARK FLOORING LTD: Park Floors & Walls Tile Centre

155 High Street, Royal Wootten Bassett, Wilts. SN4 7AB

TEL  01793 854149     Mobile 07976018323    parkflooringltd@gmail.com

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The company works with you to make sure you get what you want from your holiday, whether that’s in the UK or overseas, whether you are coming as a member of a group or whether you choose to join one of their events as a single person.

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THE OLD PASSAGE: Restaurant situated on the banks of the Severn with views across the river. Renowned for shellfish and seafood. Lobsters, oysters and other molluscs are held in the restaurant’s own tanks and fresh fish delivered daily mainly from Devon and Cornwall  tel:01452 740547 email oldpassage@btconnect.com www.theoldpassage.com

WHITEHALL FARMHOUSE PLANTS: A very small nursery growing a range of
interesting, hardy, herbaceous perennials. The nursery is high up in the
Cotswolds so the plants are well-used to harsh conditions and should thrive
in all gardens. Open by appointment only. Mail order service. Plants can be collected from
Cheltenham, Oxford (Gloucester Green and Wolvercote) Farmers' Markets and
various Plant Fairs.
Whitehall Farmhouse, Sevenhampton, Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 5TL
Tel. 07711 021034 Email: victoria@wfplants.co.uk
www.wfplants.co.uk

WILLESLEY STUD & REPRODUCTION SERVICES: The equine gynaecological department of the B&W Equine group, a 27 equine vet practice covering the south west of England.

Contact Chris.shepherd@bwequinevets.co.uk   www.equineai.co.uk

WILLIAM'S FOOD HALL: Multi-award winning delicatessen and oyster bar in
Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm. Recognised as one of the finest independent food retailers in the county.
www.williamsfoodhall.co.uk
01453 832240
info@williamsfoodhall.co.uk

Nearest the Pin sponsored by the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership www.gloucestershirecountygolfpartnership.org 

PROFESSIONALS

Sarah Claridge (The Kendleshire) 

James Latham (Cotswold Hills)

Martyn Freeman (Broadway)

Paul Mitchell (Bristol & Clifton)

Mike Watts (Chipping Sodbury)

Ed Goodwin (Cirencester)

Simon Harrison (Lilley Brook)

Mike Hart (Long Ashton)

Mike Smedley (Thornbury)

 

 

 

 

County Juniors vs Worcestershire & Herefordshire

Sunday 6th April 2014

A win for our Team!

The County Juniors' team, captained by Anna Russell and managed by Jo Stokes, won their match, 6 - 4, played at Ross-on-Wye GC today.

Congratulations girls!

Report to follow.

County Squad Putting Training

Saturday 22nd March 2014

Deep Concentration in the Cold!!

Saturday 22nd March 2014

County squad players were joined by eight of our juniors for a day’s putting training at The Players today.

Ryan Crowley from The Bristol Golf Centre worked on the set up, posture and stroke for putting and also assessed each individual’s putter for suitable length etc. County coach Kirsty Taylor concentrated on effective putting practice.

The afternoon involved long putts and  reading greens – ending with a competition involving a long distance putt with a double break! And the winner?  Bethan Popel, who managed to hole the monster putt!

A great and very informative day enjoyed by all!

 

Friendly Match vs County Boys

Monday 17th March 2014

New season, new foursomes pairings and some new young players to watch!

MATCH REPORT          

Gloucestershire VS Gloucestershire Junior Boys - 1st team friendly match

Match Date: Sunday 16th March 2014

Golf Club: Shirehampton Park GC

Team:   Louise Church (Henbury)

            Becky Gibbs (Long Ashton)

            Charlotte Heeps (Minchinhampton)

            Ebonie Lewis (Knowle)

            Grace McLaughlin (Minchinhampton)

            Lucy Padley (Knowle)

            Bethan Popel (Long Ashton)

            Victoria Wakeley-Jones (Minchinhampton)

Result: LOSS 1 - 11

New season, new foursomes pairings and some new young players to watch! It was a beautiful day and we were treated to some excellent golf. The junior boys fielded a very strong team including Jamie Dick who finished sixth in the EG order of merit last year.

With four new foursomes pairings of Bethan and Becky, Grace and Victoria, Louise and Lucy and Ebonie and Charlotte it was going to be tough as only Victoria and Grace had played together at club level before. The matches were played off handicap. Bethan and Becky went three down early on and so it was very pleasing to see this new pairing fight back, eventually losing 2&1. This partnership will hopefully become the basis of our foursomes pairings. Lucy and Louise were steady the whole way round and were unlucky not to halve their match. It was good experience for the other pairings playing against players with such good short games.

The afternoon singles were played in handicap order off handicap. Bethan again went three down to Jamie Dick early on but showed her class by fighting back and halving her match. Beckie started well going two up through six but eventually losing 3&2. Victoria and Grace both had close matches finishing on 18 and were unlucky to lose. Charlotte was dormie two down, but won 17 and had an excellent up and down on 18 to halve the match and gain us another half point.

It was a disappointing result but it was good to get the team playing competitive golf and start the process of finding new foursomes pairings. The Junior boys putted extremely well, especially on the early spring greens which were a bit bumpy at times. I hope that some new friendships have been formed and that many of the team will continue to play with the boys as a lot can be learned from their short games.

Thanks to Shirehampton Park GC for courtesy of the course and to our supporters, Jenny May, Carole Stratford and Karen Rix.

Jan Pickersgill

GLCGA Captain

17th March 2014

Centenary Championship Presentation

Saturday 25th January 2014

Cleeve Cloud GC presented with Commemorative Vase

24th January 2014

Last year's GLCGA Centenary Championship was remembered last night when County President Jenny May presented the ladies of Cleeve Cloud GC, the host club, with a fine vase, suitably engraved, to commemorate the event.

The President thanked the club for its welcome and hospitality and, in particular, the ladies for their help in making the tournament  'extra special'!

Ladies' Captain Barbara Smyth and 2013 Captain Gillian Cowell accepted the presentation with delight .... and surprise!

The Presentation Vase -- engraving by Bristol & Clifton member, Lynne Vowles

Social Bridge Afternoon -- 11th April

Saturday 18th January 2014

Join us for our annual bridge afternoon!

This will be at Minchinhampton GC (New) on Friday 11th April. The cost is £4.50 per player which includes tea and cake .... and small prizes!

Enter in pairs by contacting Jenny May email j-may3@sky.com 

Poster

Training Begins!

Friday 17th January 2014

County squads start 2014 season with Team Building Session

Sunday 26th January

Members and prospective members of the County squads began their 2014 training at Minchinhampton GC today.

The day began with a team building session led by Cirencester member Emma Brereton whose 'day job' is very much involved with performance management. It was fun and informative for all -- including the team's management! -- and ended with discussion from all about creating a code of behaviour for our team.

Then it was off to training with County coach, Kirsty Taylor.

GO TEAM GLOS ..... GO!

                   
Team Building and Some of the players ... in discussion!

 

Gloucestershire Company Continues Team Fitness Sponsorship

Friday 17th January 2014

Passion4Juice, the Gloucestershire based fresh juice company, is to sponsor our squads' fitness programme for 2014

 County Captain, Jan Pickersgill, knows the importance of fitness for her players: 'Today’s sports men and women need to be really  fit  if they are to achieve their goals. Not only does fitness improve a golfer’s concentration, but it also allows them to practise hard  and  remain injury free.  

“This year our fitness programme is again sponsored by Passion4Juice, allowing our squads to receive personal training sessions with the aim of improving their all round fitness. We thank them for their sponsorship, as all the help we can get to develop the fitness of our squad, is very much appreciated.' 

Trish Tucker, CEO of Passion4Juice, commented  'I am very happy to sponsor the fitness programme for the County team again this year. Maybe Passion4Juice could show all the ladies just how great fresh juice is for their health and fitness! Meanwhile ..... all the very best of luck to the team!'

GO, GLOS, GO!!

 

We Have a Treasurer!

Saturday 21st December 2013

Liz Finch from Brickhampton Court takes the Job

The Committee has appointed Liz Finch from Brickhampton Court GC as Acting Treasurer of the GLCGA.

Later in the year Liz will be nominated and  seconded etc in the usual way.

Meanwhile .... Welcome Liz!

 
     

 

 

 

Watson Williams Trophy Stolen

Thursday 12th December 2013

ANGER AND SADNESS TO END 2013

Normally the end of the year is a time for celebrations, but this year late news brings sorrow and anger.

Our beautiful Watson Williams Cup has been stolen from Cotswold Hills Golf Club, where it was proudly displayed by the 2013 winners. The Watson Williams Cup was first presented in 1934 by Miss Watson Williams, county champion in 1932, and later, as Mrs. Ruth Dickenson, in 1947 and 51.  She was both pre and post war Captain as well as President.The cup is, as described in the 1934 minutes, ‘a handsome cup’ to be played for in a scratch foursomes, knockout, inter club competition.

Rob Ovens, general manager of Cotswold Hills, reports: “We have lost 18 trophies which of course, as with the Watson Williams Trophy, cannot be replaced.

“The break in happened on the evening of Monday 9 December at around 8.45 pm.
The Clubhouse was locked for the night and the criminals forced the front
door triggering the alarms and also alerting our Bar Manager, Ann who was in
her flat. 

“She dialled 999 and shouted out of the flat window.  By this time
they had forced the display cabinet and taken the trophies mentioned.  They
immediately left and so it could be said got away with far less than they
might have.”

Both our association and Cotswold Hills GC have lost part of  our history. The thieves left the plinth of our  trophy so, at least, we are left some of our past.

Clubs are being warned to be vigilant. Gloucestershire Golf Union secretary, Ian Watkins, has sent this warning to all our club secretaries: Please be specially alert between now & the end of the year, try to record the number plates of any non member that comes to the club, these people have inevitably been in to look around.

This time it is Cotswold Hills who have lost many valuable old silver trophies including the GLCGA Watson Williams trophy.

If you have been broken into or had anything stolen, tell the Police Officer dealing with the case of any of these further thefts & burglaries that you are notified of so that everyone is in the loop.

Be vigilant, take the car registration number of visitors who are new to you, even if they are paying green fees. Look at the people signing the visitors book to try & remember anything about them.You never know. If you are suspicious, tell the Police. Do not challenge them yourself.

 

 

 

  

County AGM

Thursday 28th November 2013

Peggy Box honoured at the County AGM held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday 28th November.

Nearly 150 members attended the County AGM held at Cheltenham Racecourse today.

It was a time for reports, a time for members' questions -- and for presentation of trophies.

 
   

Honorary Life membership was awarded to Peggy Box (pictured), from Long Ashton GC. Peggy was County Captain in 1969-70 and President from 1978-80. She has, more than once, been described as the County's star supporter always there, no matter what the weather, to support our teams.

We said au revoir to President Marion Jackson who retires after her two year term of office. Marion's advice and guidance, plus her work on the revised constitution, is much appreciated.

Her place is taken by Jenny May, with Carole Stratford becoming Vice President. Sue Gibson takes over as Handicaps Advisor on the retirement of Sheila Whybra.

The County is still urgently needing a new Treasurer, as Sarah Forrest also retired.

The raffle, which raised more than £700 for our teams and the Juniors' section, was drawn and the winners were  Carol Brain (Lydney), Sue Johns (The Kendleshire) and Malcolm Lewis (Henbury) .

Angela Uzielli Bursary

Monday 11th November 2013

Congratulations to Alex Saunders who has been awarded one of the four prestigious bursaries -- and STOP PRESS! Another award for Alex!

 
 23rd October 2013

Bristol & Clifton's Alex Saunders, member of our County Team and immediate past Juniors' Captain, has been awarded one of the four Angela Uzielli bursaries to help her with her future university studies and golf.

The awards are made in memory of Angela Uzielli, the great English amateur who was a British champion, a Curtis Cup player and who won both the English championship and the British senior title in the same year.

The founding capital was provided by Hugh and Catherine Stevenson, friends of the Uzielli family. It is intended that the income from the capital will fund up to four bursaries at any one time, of up to £1250 - £1500 each per annum.

The bursaries, for educational expenses, will be awarded to promising girl golfers who wish to further their education at university or college, within the British Isles, after school academic year 12, and at the same time continue to develop their golfing skills.

Well done Alex!

11th November: STOP PRESS!

Alex has had some more good news as she has just heard that she has received an individual scholarship of £750 for the current academic year from the R & A Foundation. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to help her successfully combine full time academic study with the development of her golf.  The scholarship is reviewed annually and a report on her academic and golf progress has to be sent in by her University Administrator at the end of the year.

By being an R & A Foundation Scholarship recipient she will be able to apply to play in the annual 54 hole Scholars' Event which takes place at St Andrews in April next year.

More congratulations Alex!

Seniors' SW Tournament

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Exciting Event for our Seniors' Team

From Ann Manley, Joint Seniors' Captain

We had a great three days in Devon last week, playing on the east course at Saunton Golf Club.


On Monday afternoon we beat Devon 2/1, on Tuesday morning, in the pouring rain, we beat Somerset 2/1 and in the afternoon we halved with Dorset. 

On Wednesday morning we beat Wiltshire 3/0 leaving our match with Cornwall in the afternoon the crunch match.  Unfortunately we halved 2 games and lost the 3rd therefore Cornwall won overall and Gloucestershire was second.

 

L-R: Pam Tozer, Carole Stratford,Ann Manley,Jan Pickersgill

Karen Rix, Susan reeve,Frances Lindley & Paula Crabtree

 

Finals Day

Sunday 13th October 2013

Success for Cotswold Hills & Tewkesbury Park at Cirencester GC

It was a cold, wet and windy day at Cirencester Golf Club for the last competitive event in the County Calendar -- Finals Day today (13th October).

Cotswold Hills triumphed over Henbury in the Watson Williams, the County scratch foursomes. Val Smith and Sam Round (Cotswold Hills) were in command from the start, winning the first four holes and finally defeating the Henbury pair, Jan Pickersgill and Louise Church, 6/4.

Tewkesbury Park won against Long Ashton 4/3 in the County Foursomes, the handicap version of the foursomes game. Each hole was a case of 'nip and tuck', with Christine Williams and Jean Marshall from Tewkesbury giving five shots to their Long Ashton opponents, Hilary Allen and Jan Pitcher -- a more closely contested match than the final scoreline indicates!

 

County President Marion Jackson (centre) with Finals Day Winners

L-R Jean Marshall & Christine Williams (County Foursomes) and

Val Smith & Sam Round (Watson Williams)

 

                     

Watson Williams

L-R: Louise Church (Henbury), Val Smith (Cotswold Hills), Grace

Taylor (Lady President Cotswold Hills), Sam Round (Cotswold Hills)

& Jan Pickersgill (Henbury) 

 

County Foursomes

L-R:Jan Pitcher (Long Ashton), Jean Marshall & Christine Williams (Tewkesbury Park), Hilary Allen (Long Ashton)

 

Autumn Bowmaker

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Cotswold Edge Triumph in Huge Entry

 

 Teams from Cotswold Edge GC made it 1st and 3rd  at the Autumn Bowmaker played at Thornbury GC yesterday, sandwiching 2nd place Minchinhampton New.

Fifty teams of three took to the course compared with 28 for last year's final Bowmaker, the rearranged Spring Bowmaker played at Brickhampton Court last October.

This vastly increased entry prompted the County to add 4th and 5th to the prize list. And our Juniors were winners too – the ball draw raised £92 for them.

The two Bowmakers organised by the County are proving very popular – a great day out with no worries about handicap increases! Teams do not have to be made up of players all from the same club – yesterday’s event saw four ‘mixed’ teams, providing a great way to play with golfing friends from other clubs.

This was the final regular County competition of the year and Secretary Debbie Casling took the opportunity to thank all the year’s host clubs for their help and cooperation during her first year in office.

“Today the Thornbury ladies were fantastic – and that has been the same wherever our competitions have been held. The delegates have gathered together teams to give me every help needed – and more! Thank you everyone”

Prizes:

1st:  Jane Barrett, Mel Lee & Jackie Palmer (Cotswold Edge)                                    77pts

2nd: Caroline Shepherd, Liz Wheatley & Susan Edwards (Minchinhampton New)        78

3rd: Debbie Pringle, Julie Pawlett & Kay Clark (Cotswold Edge)                                 77 c/b

4th:  Nicola Edwards, Sarah Spackman &Jenny Hales (The Bristol)                           77

5th: Wendy Edgell, Hilary Fear & Janet Frost (Henbury)                                           76

Full Results

 

                                

The Winning Team

L-R: County President Marion Jackson, Mel Lee, Jane Barrett & Jackie Palmer

  Top Teams!

 

Brenda King Foursomes

Sunday 22nd September 2013

Congratulations Su & Paula -- 4th net and =6th gross in this national competition

Bristol & Clifton's Suzette Worthington and Paula Crabtree were delighted with their performance at the Brenda King Foursomes played at Gog Magog GC, Cambridgeshire this week.

And so they should be -- the opposition was pretty formidable!

For full results go to the England Golf website ..... www.englandgolf.org

County Finals 2013 -- 16th -20th September

Tuesday 17th September 2013

Day 5: Gloucestershire lose to Hertfordshire. Congratulations to Yorkshire, the 2013 County Champions

Day 5 Gloucestershire vs Hertfordshire

A disappointing morning's foursomes for Gloucestershire -- but congratulations to our two youngest players, Victoria Wakeley-Jones and newcomer Charlotte Heeps, who halved their match. We also lost the afternoon's singles, 4-2, leaving us in fourth place overall.

Time to build for 2014!

England Golf Press Release

Details & Live Scoring

The Gloucestershire Team, courtesy Leaderboardphotography 

Day 4 Gloucestershire vs Kent

A great morning for our foursomes' pairings, with all three matches going our way.

Final result 5-4 to Gloucestershire

Well done team!

England Golf Press Release

Details & Live Scoring

 

   
         
   

 

Day 3 Gloucestershire vs Yorkshire

It was a disappointing day for Gloucestershire. We were comprehensively beaten by Yorkshire 7-2.

Well done Jem and Victoria on your singles' success!

England Golf Press Release

Details & Live Scoring

   
         
     

 

Day 2 vs Lincolnshire

STOP PRESS: Today's format has been changed as England Golf foresees very bad weather later. So, the day starts with singles instead of foursomes

 What a day of excitement! The format was changed with the singles being played first, and the possibility of the foursomes being cancelled if the expected evil weather arrived.

So -- honours shared in the morning singles, with Alex Saunders going to the 18th to win her vital match. She had been three down, pulled herself back and finally holed a four foot putt to win.

And then the foursomes did go ahead, with one match to us (Jem and Lucy, who had both lost in the morning, determined to win!) and one to Lincolnshire. Still nothing between us and the final match was halved in style! Bethan and Shelby were one down on the par 5 18th. The opposition drove into the trees -- but their ball bounced back onto the fairway. Gloucestershire supporters felt that the golfing gods were not on their side! But three putts from Lincolnshire and just two from our girls made the match halved. Perhaps justice was done!! 

Yes -- what a day!

England Golf Press Release

Details & Live Scoring

                     
     

Day 1 vs Warwickshire

Wins for Shelby & Bethan and Alison & Lucy gave us a 2-1 lead after the morning's foursomes. Then, in the afternoon's singles, good success for Bethan, Jemima, Ali and Shelby meant a final result of 6-3 to Gloucestershire. Lucy and Alex fought and fought -- such very close matches!

As with many a first day of the County Finals -- it was an up and down day!

We saw an immaculate performance from Bethan, and nerves from Sue, back in the County Team after about 20 years, which included 12 years on the professional circuit. After a bad start Shelby showed her true grit and pulled herself together to win. Ali was two down after seven -- but went on to win on the 16th. Jem, five up at one stage, panicked a little -- but won her match.

So -- in horrible weather conditions -- the team won!

Good luck tomorrow!

England Golf press release

Details & Live Scoring

                                     
         
     

Practice Day -- Sunday 15th September

The team's practice round was awash.  Rain and gales, so just a few holes were able to be played and then some
girls walked the course. Everyone was extremely pleased that the team travelled to The Wilmslow GC a week ago for a practice round!

                              
Bags of Confidence!   First Supporters

Order of play
Teams play three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon. Foursomes commence at 0830 and singles at 1230

Monday 16 September
Kent v Yorkshire Match
Gloucestershire v Warwickshire
Lincolnshire v Hertfordshire

Tuesday 17 September
Gloucestershire v Lincolnshire
Yorkshire v Warwickshire
Hertfordshire v Kent

Wednesday 18 September
Warwickshire v Hertfordshire
Kent v Lincolnshire
Gloucestershire v Yorkshire

Thursday 19 September
Kent v Gloucestershire
Yorkshire v Hertfordshire
Lincolnshire v Warwickshire

Friday 20 September
Lincolnshire v Yorkshire
Hertfordshire v Gloucestershire
Warwickshire v Kent

 

WE ARE AWAY TO THE FINALS FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR!

16th—20th September at The Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire

 The County Finals are just about a week away! How about coming to Cheshire to support the team? You can be sure of a warm welcome from the players ….. and the Burgundy Brigade, as the supporters are known!

Of course we are all disappointed that Jo Hodge and Hannah Barwood will not be part of the team. They have been stalwarts of our County Team for many years but now both are moving on to the professional ranks. As Captain Jan says:”We will miss their awesome golf! We wish them all the very best for the future!“

Thank you, Jo and Hannah. for the support and exciting play you have given us over the years.

Filling those two vacant spots are Sue Elliott (Henbury) and Charlotte Heeps (Minchinhampton New). Sue is not new to County Golf having been a 1st team player for several years before turning professional in 1992. After 12 years on the LET she regained her amateur status and as captain Jan remarked: ”She will bring not only her wealth of experience to the team, but her superb golf  --  and let’s not forget her love of team golf and matchplay. Charlotte has had a fantastic season this year and has come tumbling down from a handicap of 12 to 5 and is playing extremely well.”                  

GOOD LUCK FROM US ALL!   

Here is the squad for Finals' Week:

Sue Elliott (Henbury)

Jemima Gregson, Lucy Padley & Shelby Smart (Knowle)

Alison Kelly (Cirencester)

Bethan Popel (Long Ashton

Alexandra Saunders (Bristol & Clifton)

Victoria Wakeley-Jones, Grace McLaughlin & Charlotte Heeps (Minchinhampton New)

 

                                                         

Bethan Popel     Shelby Smart     Alex Saunders      Alison Kelly     Lucy Padley  
                                                         
                   
Jemima Gregson    Grace McLaughlin   Victoria Wakeley-Jones   Sue Elliott     Charlotte Heeps  
            

     

County Captain

Jan Pickersgill

 

Vice Captain

Corrinne Durber

 

Training Officer

Caroline Shepherd

 

County Coach

Kirsty Taylor

                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

And here is a special message from Captain Jan:

"Since reaching the county finals for the third consecutive year with almost the same squad, it has to be disappointing to everyone in Gloucestershire that two of our most experienced players, Jo Hodge and Hannah Barwood, are joining the professional ranks and will not be able to join us at County Finals. Both players had asked the PGA to delay the contract signing date by one week so they could represent Gloucestershire one last time, but unfortunately the PGA proved to be inflexible!

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank them both personally for the contributions they have made to Gloucestershire over many, many years and to wish them the best of luck in there future careers. We will miss your awesome golf.

"Gloucestershire has produced, and is continuing to produce, good amateur golfers. So it is to the past and the present that I looked to provide Gloucestershire with a competitive team for the Finals. I would like to welcome (back!) Sue Elliott of Henbury and Charlotte Heeps of Minchinhampton New.

"TEAM GLOS, as we like to call ourselves, has the most fantastic team spirit and there is no doubt that the players produce their best golf when playing for the team. They positively rise to the occasion and are definitely going to Cheshire buoyed by the inclusion of Sue.

"Many of our players will have been to the Finals twice before and they are all better players than last year. So confidence is high and, despite being a small county numerically, we can beat anyone on the day. GO GLOS"

Finals Poster

COME TO CHESHIRE AND SUPPORT OUR TEAM!

 

The Kitcat Cup

Thursday 22nd August 2013

Lesley Champion, from Tracy Park, Wins County's Oldest Trophy

The County’s oldest trophy, the Kitcat Cup (presented in 1905), was won by Lesley Champion from Tracy Park with 39 points, just one point ahead of  fellow Tracy Park member, Jill Guest, and Lynn Georgiou from The Kendleshire, at Cotswold Hills GC on 6th September.

With a large field of 110 players, representing 27 clubs, the number of prizes was increased from three to four in each division.

The logistics of managing any competition is never easy – and sadly this one was not helped by the fact that, apart from cancellations the day before, no less than five competitors simply failed to arrive on the day. So --  apologies to any competitors who were inconvenienced by the insertion of three ball groups in a two ball field.

Special thanks from County Secretary, Debbie Casling, to her Cotswold Hills assistants, Christine Harrison and Andra Knight – “I could have had the day off!” she said.

The ball draw raised £60 for our Juniors.

Prize Winners:

Winner Kitcat Cup: Lesley Champion (Tracy Park) 39 pts

Silver Division

1st: Jill Guest (Tracy Park)                             38pts

2nd: Penny Crymble (Long Ashton)                 37

3rd: Susan Reeve (Minchinhampton New)        36 on c/b

4th: Ann Manley (Henbury)                            36

Bronze Division

1st: Lynn Georgiou (The Kendleshire)             38pts

2nd: Jenny Garland (The Kendleshire)             35

3rd: Gaynor Moll (Lydney)                              34

4th: Angela Fraser (Cotswold Hills)                  33 on c/b

Full Results

County President Marion Jackson (R) with

Cotswold Hills Lady Captain, Angela Fraser --

who was also a prize winner!

 

The Lady Marling Cups

Thursday 22nd August 2013

A long day -- on a very tough course

Competitors in the Lady Marling Cups played at The Players GC yesterday (27th August) found the going tough – more NR cards than have been seen in a long time – which makes the fine scores recorded by the winners even finer!

Julie Paulett, from Cotswold Edge, won the Silver Lady Marling with a magnificent nett 68 (CSS 76) and Tracy Park’s Jill Guest won the bronze with a fantastic nett 71 (CSS 77)

Silver Division

Winner of the Silver Lady Marling Cup & the Silver Coronation medal:

Julie Paulett (Cotswold Edge) --  68 nett

2nd: Christine Williams (Tewkesbury Park) -- 74 c/b

3rd: Phillipa Gillam (The Bristol) – 74

 

Gross Prizes:

Winner of the Scratch Cup:

Grace McLaughlin (Minchinhampton New) -- 80 gross

2nd: Louise Church (Henbury) -- 81

3rd:Jan Ellis (Long Ashton) – 84

 

Bronze Division

Winner of the Bronze Lady Marling Cup & the Bronze Coronation Medal:

Jill Guest (Tracy Park)—71 nett

2nd: Lin Wright (Tracy Park) – 80

3rd: Marguerite Hardman (The Bristol) – 81

Gross Prizes

Winner of the Graham Cup:

Gaynor Moll (Lydney) – 98 gross

2nd: Lorna Learney (Tracy Park) – 104 c/b

3rd: Dorothy Green (Ross-on-Wye) -- 104

Rumour has it that one player lost seven balls on one hole! Another told how she negotiated the 16th perfectly – only to take an undisclosed, but formidable, number of putts!

A very tough day!

Full Results

Trophy Winners: L-R: Jill Guest, Julie Paulett & Grace McLaughlin

(missing Gaynor Moll)

 

Shirehampton's Jo Matthews Wins National Par 3 Championship

Thursday 22nd August 2013

Jo Makes it Two in a Row for her Club

England Golf Press Release22 August 2013

Jo scores a club double at par 3 championship

Gloucestershire golfer Jo Matthews completed a double for her club when she won the English Women’s Par 3 Championship at The Warwickshire.

Jo, from Shirehampton Park Golf Club (pictured), followed in the footsteps of fellow member Mary Groves, who took the honours last year.

What’s more, Jo’s success came less than four months after she had a knee replacement operation. She returned to golf only at the beginning of this month – and she’s clearly on form.

The 24-handicapper, who received 12 shots, scored net 54 on The Warwickshire’s Par 3 Castle course. She was two shots clear of a trio of players on 56: Michelle Underwood of Fingle Glen, Devon; Fame Grayson of Styal, Cheshire; and Paula Cowl of Woodbury Park, Devon.

Fame Grayson, meanwhile, combined with her mother and fellow Styal member, Wad, and with Karen Lindsey of Carden Park, Cheshire, to win the team prize.

Jo was one of six Shirehampton Park members who took part in the championship, which combines good competition with a hint of garden party atmosphere, thanks to the Pimms and cake enjoyed by the players.

“It was an unexpectedly pleasurable day!” she said. “One of our ladies won last year and we went back so she could defend her title. I’m sure we’ll try and go next year.”

Jo played very steadily throughout the 18 holes and the highlight was the 6th hole where she chipped in for a birdie two. “It was just one of those days when things go right.”

Jo, who chairs the ladies’ committee at Shirehampton Park, took up golf 15 years ago when she was 50 and decided to retire from squash. Since then she’s had two hip replacements, as well as her knee operation, but has always been back on the golf course as soon as possible.

Bags of Confidence!

Monday 19th August 2013

We return to old-fashioned fund raising to send our team to the 2013 Finals looking smarter than ever!

 

 

Our County Team – as you know – has reached the Finals for the third consecutive year. They are off to The Wilmslow GC in Cheshire in a month’s time (16th – 20th September) to do battle against the other five regions. Good Luck to Captain Jan and the team.

We wanted to send them off with smart County golf bags, as other counties have. So, the girls have been fund raising in their own clubs, sponsors and individuals have been generous and the target is well and truly in sight.

The girls' ideas for fund raising have been imaginative -- from sweepstakes to quiz boxes to sponsored birdies to club cleaning days!! Minchinhampton girls, Victoria Wakeley-Jones and Grace McLaughlin are pictured club cleaning on the club's Lady President's Day!

When the fund raising started, and we wondered whether we could reach that target, we decided to have a really good raffle as well! Tickets are being sent to all the clubs, and we hope that you, our members, will support it. Funds from this will go into a ‘pot’ to be used for future non essential (or, if the need arises, maybe essential!) items for the teams.

 Thank you to all who have already helped so generously!

Gardiner Bros.

Passion4Laughter

Pat Skelton, Olive French, Peggy Box, Sue Chambers, Kirsty Taylor, Wendy Brown

And the many club members who have supported the girls in their fund raising.

If you would like to help – contact j-may3@sky.com !

2nd Team vs Wiltshire

Monday 19th August 2013

Great Win for 2nd Team vs Wiltshire

 

Match played at Chippenham GC on 23rd August 2013

Report from Corrinne Durber, County Vice Captain and 2nd team Captain

Another lovely day greeted us at Chippenham GC, with the backcloth of their new clubhouse -- very nice indeed!

The morning foursomes were all very close with every match going to the 18th but Gloucestershire came up trumps, winning two and halving one. So we went into the afternoon’s singles needing just21/2 points.

We started off slowly with all the matches through the first five holes -- and then pulled the magic out of the bag with all the matches up through eight, except Emma who was five down at one stage. I want to give Emma a special mention -- to pull her game back from this and win two up was truly great, showing just pure grit.

Victoria played very well and came in with the first point, followed closely by Claudia again playing out her skin. Both had 6/5 victories. Anna scored the needed victory point, winning her match 4/3 playing very steady golf. Grace put on a brave show, feeling slighty under par, but managed a good 3/2 win. Anchor Louise went all the way to the 18th -- another great match gaining a halved match.

A truly great display from the team made me very proud on the day with an 8 – 1 victory

Thank you to Chippenham G C for your hospitality.

                       
The Team   Relaxed & happy! Waiting for the last match to finish

Full results


 

 

2nd Team vs Somerset

 

Match Played at Shirehampton Park GC on 11th August 2013

Report from Corrinne Durber, County Vice Captain & 2nd Team Captain

Shirehampton greeted us with the sight of  the Bristol Balloon Fiesta and clear skies! Quite spectacular!

We knew that this was going to be a tough match as Somerset had  already beaten Wiltshire.

The morning foursomes started well with us winning 2 – 1. Charlotte Heeps and Grace McLaughlin were hanging in there on the front nine but Somerset upped their game and pulled away to win their first point.

The middle match of Louise Church and Kelly Armfield proved to be a strong pairing and I was never in doubt that they would give us our first point.

At the rear were Emma Barter and Anna Russell who had a great tussle on their hands. But they came up trumps to win 2 up.

We put up a brave fight in the singles in the afternoon, but with Somerset managing to field four 5 handicap players, one off 6 and one off  7, it was always going to be tough.  We managed a very good win by Charlotte, who beat the Somerset County Champion, and a good half by Kelly.  All the other players were still smiling despite some heavy losses.

We are creating a new team, and I am confident the future will be a bright.

The girls are fantastic in their attitude and some lovely remarks came back to me from the Somerset captain.

Roll on Wiltshire --  23rd August at Chippenham GC!

Full Results

 

 

Gross Team Championships

Thursday 15th August 2013

Henbury Do It Again!

Henbury, fielding the same team as last year, retained the Gross Team Championship Cup at Chipping Sodbury GC yesterday (14th August) …. winning it for the third consecutive year, and the 24th time since 1952!

The team of Jan Pickersgill, Louise Church, Sue Elliott and Ann Manley returned an aggregate of 242, six shots ahead of second placed Minchinhampton(New) – who, incidentally, were second last year as well.

Team results

Individual Results

 

          

The Henbury Team: L-R Louise Church, Jan Pickersgill,

Ladies' Captain Hilary Mason, Sue Elliott & Ann Manley

 

The Minchinhampton Team: L-R Sue Heathcote, Grace McLaughlin,

Charlotte Heeps & Sara Poultney

 

England Golf Press Release.

Wednesday 14th August 2013

Congratulations to Bethan Popel who became the new S.W.Champion a few weeks ago. Now she is named as Reserve for the Girls' Home Internationals.NOW TOP QUALIFIER AT BRITISH GIRLS!

Congratulations Bethan!

Bethan was top qualifier in the British Girls' Championship being played at Fairhaven GC this week.  Latest news is that she has won her first round match 8/6.

Sadly -- lost her 2nd round match on the 1st extra hole. Tough Bethan!

For full details go to www.lgu.org

Go to England Golf Press Release for Team Announcement for the Girls' Home Internationals to be played St. Anne's Old Links, Lancashire, 7th - 9th August

SW Women's Championship

From GLCGA President, Marion Jackson
 

 

 

We were treated to a thrilling final day at the 2013 South West Women’s’ Golf Championship at Knowle yesterday, when Bethan Popel (Gloucestershire) defeated Sophie Keech (Dorset) in the final.

Bethan had finished second to Sophie at the South West Girls’ Championship at Bath last Sunday, and was runner up to her in the qualifying round of the Women’s Championshipon on Tuesday, so now it was Bethan’s turn to come out on top!

Both girls had played consistently good golf to reach the final, and gave the spectators an exhibition of par scoring as Bethan, from Long Ashton GC, won 3 & 2 on the 16th green.

In the morning semi-finals Shelby Smart from the host club, had only narrowly lost to Sophie Keech at the 19th hole, while Bethan beat Emma Tayler (Devon) 3 / 2.  All the players showed remarkable stamina by playing so well for 36 holes a day for three days in really hot sunshine. A lot of water was consumed and the spectators were glad of the shade from the trees!

The host club made us all very welcome, and the course was in fine condition --  in particular many players complimented the greens. Congratulations to all concerned.

We were treated to a thrilling final day at the 2013 South West Women’s’ Golf Championship at Knowle yesterday, when Bethan Popel (Gloucestershire) defeated Sophie Keech (Dorset) in the final.

Bethan had finished second to Sophie at the South West Girls’ Championship at Bath last Sunday, and was runner up to her in the qualifying round of the Women’s Championship on Tuesday, so now it was Bethan’s turn to come out on top!

Both girls had played consistently good golf to reach the final, and gave the spectators an exhibition of par scoring as Bethan, from Long Ashton GC, won 3 & 2 on the 16th green.

In the morning semi-finals Shelby Smart, from the host club, had only narrowly lost to Sophie Keech at the 19th hole, while Bethan beat Emma Tayler (Devon) 3 / 2.  All the players showed remarkable stamina by playing so well for 36 holes a day for three days in really hot sunshine. A lot of water was consumed and the spectators were glad of the shade from the trees!

The host club made us all very welcome, and the course was in fine condition --  in particular many players complimented the greens. Congratulations to all concerned.

 

TROPHY WINNERS

 

CHAMPIONSHIP – 36 holes

 

1st gross & Katherine Cairns Bowl                       Sophie Keech – 142 - Dorset    

2nd gross                                                           Bethan Popel – 144 - Gloucestershire                

1st nett & Fraser Evans Bowl                               Arabella White – 135 - Somerset            

2nd nett                                                             Georgia Price – 139 - Cornwall                                                                                      

Winner Championship & Huleatt Salver                Bethan Popel –  Gloucestershire

           

Championship Runner Up –

Lloyd Williams Salver                                                  Sophie Keech – Dorset             

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2ND FLIGHT

Winner 2nd Flight Salver                                      Alex Patton – Wiltshire

Runner Up 2nd Flight                                           Emily Toy – Cornwall

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County Challenge          3 best gross scores                    Gloucestershire 438

Taylor Young Trophy     3 best nett scores                       Somerset 427

Intermediate County Salver

Best  scores gross and nett combined                             Cornwall

Intermediate Candlesticks   Best gross                            Emma Tayler – Devon 146

(18 – 30)

Hawkins Senior Vase – over 40s trophy                           Amanda Mayne – Somerset 153

Best Gross                             

 

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MATCHPLAY RESULTS

Wednesday 17th July

1st Flight: Round 1 & Round 2

2nd Flight: Round 1 & Round 2

Thursday 18th July

1st Flight: Semi Final & Final

2nd Flight: Semi Final & Final

 

 

Tuesday 16th July

Another scorching hot day!

For the second time in just a few days Bethan Popel has finished runner up to Sophie Keech of Dorset in a major competition. On Sunday it was the SW Girls' Championships, at bath GC, and today it was in the SW Women’s Championship at Knowle GC.  Bethan returned a level par 144 over 36 holes, two shots adrift of Sophie, to finish second best qualifier for the matchplay which starts tomorrow (Wednesday).

Thirty-seven competitors played in hot, dry conditions and produced some fine scores, although the heat caused one to withdraw during the afternoon. Six Gloucestershire players were among the top 16 gross to qualify for the top flight of matchplay, with another six qualifying for the second flight.

 Now there are two days of exciting matchplay to look forward to!

 

Results

1st Flight Order of Play

2nd Flight Order of Play

Nett Team Championships

Friday 9th August 2013

Home Team wins at Broadway -- but only just!

L-R: Sue Jackson, Rhiannon Gadsby Evans, Ladies' Captain Sonia

Ward, Lin Andrew & Julia Fortescue

The Broadway team, (pictured), won the Nett Team Championships played at Broadway GC yesterday  8th August – but it was a very close result!  Henbury and Shirehampton were just one shot behind and the fourth card came into play to separate them for 2nd and 3rd places.

Twenty-eight clubs were represented – playing in teams of four.

The final result was:

1st: Broadway (Lin Andrew, Julia Fortescue, Susan Jackson & Rhiannon Gadsby Evans) – 105 pts.

2nd: Henbury (Diane Couch, Hilary Fear, Lesley Gillon & Philippa Bailhache) – 104 pts on cb from

3rd: Shirehampton (Elizabeth Nichols, Dorne Yorke, Wendy Reynolds & Julia Atherton) – 104 pts.

Many thanks to the Broadway ladies – led by Lady Captain Sonia and County Delegate Molly – for all their help.

The ball draw raised £72 for GGG.

Full Results

 

 

 

The Elderberries Summer Meeting

Wednesday 7th August 2013

Our Senior County Players Celebrate!

From Seniors' Joint Captain, Pat Skelton

The Gloucestershire County Senior Ladies, affectionately known as The Elderberries, had their Summer Meeting at Stinchcombe Hill Golf club today, 7th August.

We had such a lovely day followed by lunch and the Trophy winners were Su Worthington and Olive French with 38 points. Second were Jan Pickersgill and Ann Henderson three points adrift.


We missed several of our regular members – as this date is right in the middle of such a busy time for all -- and so are considering a different date for 2014.

     

L-R: Runners-up Ann Henderson & Jan Pickersgill,

Captain Pat Skelton, Winners Olive French & Su Worthington

 

SW Girls' Inter County Tournament

Tuesday 6th August 2013

Final Result: Gloucestershire second to Cornwall!

The weather was wet ..... but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the girls playing in this year's inter county competition.

Our girls lost the first day's match against Somerset, 2.5 - 3.5, but most of the matches were so close!

Then they defeated Dorset this morning 4-2, and Wiltshire this afternoon 4.5 - 1.5.

Wednesday Gloucestershire lost to Cornwall 2.5-3.5 and defeated Devon 3.5-2.5.

So -- Cornwall are Champions and it was a close battle between Somerset and Gloucestershire for 2nd place. Finally, on a countback of individual matches won, Gloucestershire took second place! Well done girls!

Eve Clements' Report

Day 1 Results

Day 2, morning, results

Day 2, afternoon, results

Day 3, morning results

Day 3, afternoon results

Final Results Grid

 

                              

L-R: Victoria Wakeley-Jones, Laura Whittard, Claudia Ovens, Charlotte Heeps, Anna Russell, Caley McGinty & Ebonie Lewis

Seated: Alison Kelly (Team Manager), Emma Barter (Vice Captain), Alex Saunders (Captain) & Eve Clements (Chairman GGG)

                                        Captain Alex Saunders  
                         
                                      Anna Russell   Ebonie Lewis topping up from the well decorated County Buggy  

 

GOLFMARK CLUB COMPETITION

Saturday 3rd August 2013

A Family Affair for Thornbury Winners

 

It was time for a family celebration at the 2nd annual GolfMark Club Competition held at Ross-on-Wye GC on 1st August.

The Weeks family, representing Thornbury GC, were the winners … by a whisker …. from the Ross home team. Both teams of four scored 87 points, with the Thornbury team winning on a countback. Both teams qualify for the regional final to be held at Came Down GC next Sunday 11th August.

Thirteen GolfMark clubs – we have 19 in the county – took part. The teams represent all sections of a golf club – men, ladies, seniors and juniors – and the Weeks clan entered as a family last year as well.

“But,” Mum Carol Weeks told us, “We won’t be able to do it again – Andrew leaves the Juniors’ ranks this year!”

 
 

L-R 2nd place Ross team of Hugh Elliott,James Heath, Denise Laird

& Niall Powell and the winners, Thornbury's Weeks Family --

David, Carol, Andrew & Simon

 

 

Match 2nd Team vs Henbury Ladies

Wednesday 31st July 2013

The Team's Last Friendly before the League Matches -- a Win for the 2nd Team

CLOSE ENCOUNTER FOR 2ND TEAM VS. HENBURY LADIES

Played at Henbury GC on Sunday 28th July 2013

From County Vice Captain, Corrinne Durber

The weather held out well for us for this, our  last friendly  before our league matches.  The match was played off handicap.

The field was led out by County Captain Jan Pickersgill – but this time she played for her home club, Henbury Ladies. She had a good battle with Victoria Wakeley-Jones and her putter seemed hot on the first two holes but Victoria came back to be three up. But, with gritted teeth, Jan managed a half on the 18th.

Ann Manley and Louise Church also had a great battle with never more than one hole between them.  Ann finally won 1 up.

Grace McLaughlin had a great game, playing to a 5 handicap, to defeat her partner  3/1.

Emma Barter battled on with Glenda Hamner and played well but found the pace a bit too hot playing an in form home player. Emma lost 4/2

Anna Russell always seemed confident and won her match 5/4

Claudia Ovens played extremely well and had a storming win over Jane Reed 8/6

A big THANKYOU to Henbury for hosting the match – it was a very close call!!

Henbury Ladies                                                  GLCGA 2nd Team

JAN PICKERSGILL                   1         V                VICTORIA WAKELY JONES             1

ANN MANLEY            1UP        2         V                LOUISE CHURCH                           0

ALISON HOOPER                    0         V                GRACE MCLAUGHLIN         3/1       2  

GLENDA HAMNER       4/2       2         V                EMMA BARTER                              0

DI COUCH                              0         V                ANNA RUSSEL                   5/4      2  

JANE REED                             0         V                CLAUDIA OVENS               8/6       2   

 

GLCGA 2nd Team  won   7  /  5

 

The Fraser Foursomes

Thursday 18th July 2013

Tewkesbury Pair Win in Heatwave Conditions!

Fraser Foursomes 2013

Played at Stinchcombe Hill GC on 18th July

Last year the Fraser Foursomes competition was reduced to 27 holes because it was very, very wet! This year our ladies persevered in heatwave conditions and, helped by the County’s impromptu ‘water wagon’, enjoyed this very special 36-hole nett foursomes competition!

The Tewkesbury pairing of Sara Foster and Karen Laughlin won with an aggregate 145 nett, just one shot ahead of Ross-on-Wye who were second on a countback from Minchinhampton New.

Best nett 36 holes and Winner of the Peggy Fraser Salvers

(All prizes ceded)

Sara Foster & Karen Laughlin (Tewkesbury Park)

2nd: Jan Armstrong & Kerry Wilding (Ross on Wye)

3rd: Liz Rees & Sheila Whybra (Minchinhampton New)

Best Gross 36 holes: Paula Crabtree & Suzette Worthington (Bristol & Clifton)

AM best gross: Pam Collins & Diana Pierce (Cotswold Hills)

AM best nett: Ali Buncher & Claire Wenman (Cotswold Edge)

PM best gross: Angela Anstey &Stephanie Hewitt (Filton)

PM best nett: Barbara Lewis & Rachel Paul (The Bristol)

 

South West Girls' Championships

Tuesday 16th July 2013

Great Day For Gloucestershire's Girls!

Our girls featured well in the prizes .... with Alex Saunders winning the nett Championship Salver.

And the County won both the Gross and Nett Team trophies.

Many congratulations to all the girls .... and to GGG Chairman, Eve Clements!

For results and  Eve's report, click here

 
Alex Saunders, Bethan Popel & Ebonie Lewis    Megan Bartlett,  Macy Edwards, Somerset Lady President,  Lindsey Hunt,  Jessica
Baber

 

Western Daily Press Cup

Friday 5th July 2013

Ann Parker Wins in Difficult Conditions

 

It was a difficult day for the 92 competitors in the Western Daily Press Cup at Long Ashton GC yesterday (July 4th). The morning players had heavy rain to contend with and the afternoon players were no better off – the rain eased, but the wind strengthened. These conditions, coupled with difficult pin positions, did not make for high scores!

Home player Ann Parker, pictured with County President Marion Jackson, won the trophy on a countback from club colleague Jan Ellis. She commented to Marion, who was also her playing partner –“ Playing with you made me concentrate!”

 

 

 

Overall Winner and trophy - Ann Parker - Long Ashton 34pts c/b

Silver Division:

1st  - Jan Ellis - Long Ashton - 34 pts c/b

2nd  - Jan Pitcher - Long Ashton - 32 pts c/b

3rd  - Penny Crymble - Long Ashton - 32 pts c/b

 

Bronze Division

1st  - Anja de Burgh Williams - Shirehampton Park - 32 pts

2nd  - Pam Duke - Ross on Wye - 31 pts

3rd  - Sue Thomas - Shirehampton Park - 30pts

 

Detailed Results

Juniors', Intermediates' & Seniors' Championships

Sunday 30th June 2013

Victoria Wakeley-Jones takes Juniors' Title. Jo Hodge wins the Intermediates' and Paula Crabtree is victorious Senior.

It was a windy day at The Kendleshire yesterday (June 30th) for the Juniors’, Intermediates’ and Seniors’ Championships. Play was on the Badminton and Hollows courses so all competitors were delighted that they did not have to face the water challenge of the 16th on the Ruffet Course!

Entry numbers were good, with 29 juniors, 9 intermediates and 24 seniors.

County President, Marion Jackson, was pleased and impressed with the day!

"It was a very successful day and nice to see the whole range of county members represented in a good entry for the three championships. All
the winners posted very creditable scores and it was particularly pleasing that the lowest scores of the day were returned by three juniors: Victoria
Wakely-Jones and Charlotte Heeps with gross scores of 73 and 76 respectively, while Macy Edwards had a nett 62. The future of the county is
looking bright," she said.              

The 2013 County Girls’ Champion is Victoria Wakeley-Jones (Minchinhampton New) whose gross 73 was three shots ahead of club colleague and runner-up Charlotte Heeps.

The Nett Trophy went to Macy Edwards (Knowle) who only gained her CONGU handicap in April , and returned an outstanding nett 62 yesterday.

(Click here for Eve Clements' full report)

Jo Hodge (The Kendleshire), back from successful County Team duty at last week’s SW  County Week, won the Intermediates’ Championship with Jill Sewley (Thornbury) taking the nett trophy.

For the Seniors, Bristol & Clifton scooped the pool – Paula Crabtree was Champion, just pipping Karen Rix, and Karen Price was the nett winner.

Many thanks to The Kendleshire for a great venue – and to very helpful members! County Secretary Debbie Casling reported that when she arrived early on Sunday morning she was “Greeted by loads of helpers who quite simply took over unpacking the crates of equipment! It was lovely!” 

                                   

L-R:Macy Edwards, County President Marion Jackson

& Victoria Wakeley-Jones

 

L-R:Jill Sewley, Jo Hodge, County President Marion Jackson,

Paula Crabtree & Karen Price

Detailed Results:

Juniors' Championship

Intermediates' & Seniors' Championships

SW County Week

Friday 28th June 2013

DAY 5 Gloucestershire defeat Dorset -- and take the Trophy. CONGRATULATIONS to JAN & THE TEAM

 

 
                   

Final Score table & Final Countback table 

Day 5: Gloucestershire defeated Dorset 5.5 -3.

It was an exhausted, but immensely happy, team which set about the final day’s play of County Week 2013. Safe in the knowledge that whatever happened against Dorset today, no other team could catch them and that they were through to the Finals in September, they set about the day’s matches.

But – wouldn’t it be nice to make it a clean sweep?!

The players insisted that Captain Jan should play in the morning foursomes. She did, partnering Ali …. and they won on the 18th. Highly satisfactory!

Jo and Lucy won 3/2. Rookie Grace played with much experienced Hannah. The match went to the 18th, but sadly did not end in Gloucestershire’s favour.

Once again  the team was looking for just three points in the afternoon. Lucy and Ali both won. Grace showed great spirit and tenacity coming from behind to halve her match.

This time it was Bethan, who makes golf look so effortless, who gave that final winning point.

Final result: Gloucestershire 51/2 Dorset 31/2

Many congratulations to all – players, officials and caddies. You certainly gave your supporters, The Burgundy Brigade, a wonderful week.

Accepting the trophy at the Closing Ceremony, Captain Jan made special mention of the support and understanding she had received from the other County Captains when Gloucestershire encountered a major problem at the beginning of the week.

“That really typified the wonderful spirit of County Week. Thank you all!” she said.

County coach, former Ladies’ European Tour Player, Kirsty Taylor commented: “ It was a brilliant team performance. Every player worked hard and each one did her job! I am so proud of how they conducted themselves both on and off the course.”

So – what next?

No doubt Kirsty – who has tasted County Finals' success as a member of the Lancashire team – knows exactly what is needed!

Good luck! GO.... GLOS, GO!

Detailed Results:

Devon vs Somerset

Cornwall vs Wiltshire

Gloucestershire vs Dorset

Around the Course -- mainly lunchtime!-- on Day 5 
   
         
             

 

 

Day 4: Gloucestershire defeat Devon 5-4

What a day!   We knew that if we won today, we would have an unassailable lead, and that trophy would be ours.

So ….. just five points.

Out with our strongest foursomes pairings, all of whom were in the lead early in their matches. It was looking as though it could be 3-0. But Devon, putting like demons, had other ideas!

Jo and Hannah were all square down the 17th, which they won …. but lost the 18th. A half.

Shelby and Bethan played beautiful golf and won 3/2.

Lucy and Ali, dormy two up, lost the 17th and 18th. Another half.

Foursomes 2-1!

Just three points needed from the singles to make that trophy ours.

It was all more than tight. Jo, leading the team out, was comfortably up and Bethan started with three birdies and was soon five up.

That was, hopefully, two points in the bag …. but where was that elusive final point going to be found?

Finally it fell, perhaps fittingly, to Ali to provide it! She was dormy two on the 17th tee. Her drive hit a tree, she played out and chipped on for three ….. and then sank a 10 foot putt for a par, a half, her match and the trophy!

Detailed Results:

Dorset vs Wiltshire

Somerset vs Cornwall

Gloucestershire vs Devon

Countback Table

County Week Score Table

 Around the Course on Day 4
           
       
 

 

 

Day 3: Gloucestershire defeat Cornwall 5-4

The 18th Hole 

What a nail biting day that was!

All three foursomes matches went to the 18th.

Jo and Hannah were two up coming down the 17th . Then Cornwall birdied the 17th and so it was on to the spectacular par 3 18th. The hole was halved, and so a win to Gloucestershire.

Shelby and Bethan were two down after nine, and then a string of birdies delighted the growing Gloucestershire supporters. They were all square after 16, won the 17th with a birdie and halved the 18th. A second win for Gloucestershire.

Lucy and Jem were playing catch-up for most of the match but managed to square the match after 16. Then Cornwall birdied the 17th and went on to win by halving the final hole.

So, both teams headed for the singles well aware that it was likely to be a very tight afternoon.

Jo shot out of the starting blocks and never looked back, winning on the 14th. Hannah struggled, but showed all her fighting spirit to keep her match alive, losing on the 16th.

Lucy – playing against the current British and English Strokeplay champion – had a hard, and unenviable, task. Her opponent, with birdies galore, gave the spectators much to admire!

After a slow start Jem took control, moved ahead and stayed there, winning on the 14th.

Shelby was down throughout her match, against a fine opponent, losing on the 16th.

Bethan, against an opponent who was chipping and putting like a dream -- and in the full knowledge that her match could be crucial -- was behind for a while on the front nine. She squared the match on the 8th, went one up on the 10th …. and won on the 16th .

The band of burgundy supporters heaved a collective sigh of relief!

Final Result: Gloucestershire 5  Cornwall 4

Detailed results:

Gloucestershire defeated Cornwall

Dorset defeated Devon

Wiltshire & Somerset halved

Around the Course on Day 3
   
         
            

 

Day 2: Gloucestershire defeat Somerset 7-2

Another good win for Gloucestershire began with a clean sweep in the morning foursomes. All three pairings, Jo and Hannah, Lucy and Ali and Shelby and Bethan played solid, quality golf – giving the perfect springboard for the afternoon’s singles.

Jo and Lucy, playing 1st and 2nd respectively, went down quite early in their matches and remained so for some time! Then, at dormy four down, Jo won three holes on the trot and Lucy sank a 30 foot putt on the 14th to take her match further. Both eventually did lose their matches – but what tremendous spirit they showed!

Ali played so well – she describes herself as the ‘Granny’ of this young team --- but she certainly didn’t seem like that today, winning 4/2 with great golf and great temperament. 

Jemima only arrived at Woodbury this morning having, as SW Schools’ Girls’ Champion, been playing in the English Schools’ Final at Hollingwell GC yesterday. She slipped straight back into the team groove, winning her match 6/4.

Finally, bringing up the rear, Bethan and Shelby, both of whom quickly moved into controlling positions in their respective matches.

Bethan, always strong, was four up through nine and went on to win on the 15th. Shelby felt she should have closed her match out on the 14th, but her short putt lipped out.

“That made me really angry with myself!” she confessed later, having won on the 16th.

Final result: Gloucestershire 7 Somerset 2

Detailed results:

Devon defeated Wiltshire

Gloucestershire defeated Somerset

Cornwall defeated Dorset

 

Around the Course on Day 2 
   
         
   

 

Day 1: Gloucestershire defeated Wiltshire

Report from County Captain, Jan Pickersgill:

" It was a slow start in the morning with two of our matches down at the turn and Wiltshire were playing extremely well. Jo and Hannah, who were never down, were taken to the 18th where they chipped and putted to win their match. Shelby and Bethan did well to square their match at the eleventh hole. Likewise Lucy and Ali pulled their match back on the 10th.  Both these matches also went to the 18th, with Shelby and Bethan earning a well deserved half and Ali holding her nerve on the par 3 eighteenth to win.

"So the morning foursomes finished 21/2 to 1/2.

"The afternoon singles saw Jo albatross the first hole and was six under after 10 -- playing extremely well and winning 4&3. Hannah's opponent had her putting boots on, and Hannah eventually lost on the 14th. Lucy had a bogey free round and was three under when she finished on the 13th.  Our rookie Grace came back from two down levelling the match on 14 but unfortunately lost 15 and 16. Shelby marched to a fantastic 7&6 win and it was lovely to see her grandfather out supporting. Bethan played a great standard of golf bringing up the rear winning 6&5.

"A great start to the week.

"Although the team won today, for me it was one of the worst days I have experienced in my life.

"As County Captain I have made the most unforgivable mistake. I submitted the team for County Week a fortnight ago, and accidentally omitted Alex Saunders. This was only discovered after arriving at Woodbury Park, too late, by the rules, to rectify my mistake.

"We appealed to England Golf as the team was announced on May 5th and published on our website. Unfortunately, our appeal was rejected. There are no words to express how devastated I am and how hard this is on Alex who has conducted  herself with true decorum and has shown just what a fantastic individual she is. Her strength of character would be hard to emulate.

"I ask you please, to give your full  support to Alex and the team. They are pulling together and digging deep to take her and Gloucestershire to the County Finals."

Detailed Results:

Somerset defeated Dorset

Gloucestershire defeated Wiltshire

Devon defeated Cornwall 

 

Around the Course on Day 1 
   
         
   

 

The order of play for us for the week is:

Monday 24th June: Wiltshire

Tuesday 25th June: Somerset

Wednesday 26th June: Cornwall

Thursday 27th June: Devon

Friday 28th June: Dorset

Click here for details of the squad, and what each member has to say about herself.

County Week Flyer

TEAM ANNOUNCED AT COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

 County Captain Jan Pickersgill announced the team for County Week after the Final of the County Championship at the weekend.

The players are:

Hannah Barwood, Shelby Smart, Lucy Padley, Jemima Gregson – all from Knowle

Jo Hodge, The Kendleshire,

 Bethan Popel, Long Ashton

 Alex Saunders, Bristol & Clifton

Alison Kelly, Cirencester,

Grace McLaughlin , Minchinhampton (New)

Victoria Wakeley-Jones, also from Minchinhampton (New), was included in the team, but is unable to take up her place due to school examinations.

Bronze Team Championship

Thursday 6th June 2013

A Good Win for the Tracy Park Team

Twenty-two teams of four played in the Bronze Team Championship held at Lilley Brook GC on 5th June – with the team from Tracy Park winning by two points from Long Ashton with Cotswold Hills a further three points behind.

The Tracy Park team – which included 80-year-old Ann Amos and Lorna Learney, the club’s current Ladies’ Captain – was understandably delighted with the win!

 Detailed results

 

 

           L-R: Ann Amos, Jackie McCarthy,

County President Marion Jackson,

Lin Wright (36 handicapper who scored 37 points!)

and Lorna Learney

 

SW Schools' Championship

Friday 31st May 2013

Congratulations to Jemima Gregson -- SW Schools' Girls' Champion

Jemima Gregson, from Knowle Golf Club, is the SW Schools' Girls' Champion after success at the Championships held at Wells Golf Club on 27th May.

She has qualified for the NASUWT sponsored English Schools’ National Championships to be held at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell), Nottinghamshire, on Monday 24th June.

Well done Jem!

Report to follow.

Girls' full results

Centenary County Championships

Thursday 30th May 2013

Congratulations to Jo Hodge -- our 2013 County Champion! And now 2nd ... by one shot ... in the Critchley Salver.

 

 

 

STOP PRESS: Jo Hodge is runner-up in the Critchley Salver.

From England Golf Press Release:

Gabriella defies rain to win Critchley Salver
England international Gabriella Cowley shot three-under par in a continuous downpour at Sunningdale to win the Critchley Salver by a shot.
Conditions were such that the event was reduced from 36 holes to 18 on the New course. “It was horrendous, it rained from start to finish and it was freezing as well,” said Gabriella, who nevertheless scored 71.
The Brocket Hall player made a speedy start and was three-under after four holes. She had two more birdies and a pair of bogeys in the remainder of the round and won by a shot from Gloucestershire champion Jo Hodge.
 

BACK TO OUR CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS!

  Jo Hodge is our 2013 Champion

Jo Hodge, from The Kendleshire GC, defeated defending champion Shelby Smart (Knowle) 2/1 in the final of the GLCGA Championship played on the Cleeve Hill golf course, overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse, yesterday (May 5th) – the venue of the first championship 100 years ago. 

“I am thrilled and honoured to win the Centenary event,” Jo said.” I felt I played well in the windy conditions all three days of the tournament, and felt fairly calm in the final!”

She first became County Champion in 2004, and again in 2006 and 2007.

Both players took a few holes to settle, but then each played some fine golf. Jo missed a shortish putt to finish the match on the 15th,  then lost the short 16th to a fine birdie from Shelby, but closed the match by halving the 17th.

County President Marion Jackson described her feelings about the Championship: "It was exciting to see our established players display their best form by playing par golf on a testing course, while some of our younger players showed that they are challenging for the 1st team places. Then there were even younger girls showing promise for the future by playing under their handicaps in the qualifying rounds. All very encouraging for GLCGA."

 

L-R 2013 Champion Jo Hodge, County President Marion Jackson & runner-up Shelby Smart
 
   

  Photographs by Marina Parks

  Detailed results for all three days below.

 

 Qualifying Day Prizewinners

 

Division 1:

Bramwell Cup for best gross 36holes: Shelby Smart

Prettejohn Cup for best nett 36 holes: Victoria Wakeley-Jones

Best Gross PM round: Lucy Padley

Best Nett PM round: Anna Russell

Best Gross AM round:Joanne Hodge

Best Nett AM round:Grace McLaughlin

Division 2:

Gross Cup for best gross 36 holes:Laura Whittard

President's Cup for best nett 36 holes: Alexandra Giles

Best Gross PM round: Nicola Hawkes

Best Nett PM round:Michelle Craker

Best Gross AM round: Rachel Evill

Best Nett AM round: Terry Hopkins

 

Over 50s Trophy for best gross 36 holes: Alison Kelly

Over 50s Best Nett 36 holes: Karen Price

   
 

L-R Alex Giles, Victoria Wakeley-Jones, Shelby Smart,

Laura Whittard & Alison Kelly

 

 Qualifying Day   Detailed Results

Matchplay Results Round 1

Matchplay Results Round 2

Semi Finals

Final

THE TEAM FOR SW COUNTY WEEK

At the end of the presentations at the Championship, County Captain Jan Pickersgill announced the squad for SW County week, to be held at Woodbury Park GC, Devon, on June 24th - 28th.

Our team will be:

Hannah Barwood, Shelby Smart, Lucy Padley & Jemima Gregson – all from Knowle

Jo Hodge, The Kendleshire,

Bethan Popel, Long Ashton

Alex Saunders, Bristol & Clifton

Alison Kelly, Cirencester,

Grace McLaughlin , Minchinhampton (New)

Victoria Wakeley-Jones, also from Minchinhampton (New), was included in the team, but is unable to take up her place due to school examinations.


 

The Centenary County Championship -- at Cleeve Cloud GC on 3rd - 5th May.

This challenging course is where, 100 years ago, our golfing forbears played
the first GLCGA championship. The first champion was Miss L. Barry, a home club player.

Are our current golfers up for that challenge?

Those ladies, 100 years ago, played in long skirts and corseted waists --
Can our modern girls, with all the freedom they have, match those golfing
ladies of a century ago?

Past Champions will be there to meet old friends -- and view our future
prospects -- during Saturday's play!

Come and join us! And see how our elite golfers cope with the age-old
challenge of golf high on Cleeve Hill!

We are hoping to bring you live scoring for the Championships -- but, as this is a first for us, constructive criticism only please!

 Start Sheet

Conditions of Play

Sponsorship for 1st Team's Fitness Programme

Sunday 5th May 2013

Passion4Juice, the Gloucestershire based fresh juice company, is sponsoring the fitness and nutrition programme for our 1st Team this year.

Trish Tucker, from Passion4Juice, commented: “Good nutrition and maintaining peak energy levels is vital to success in sport. I am hoping we might give the team some juicing workshops designed to keep the players performing at their best!” 

County Captain Jan Pickersgill is delighted to have the team’s fitness and nutrition sponsored by Passion4Juice – “The Company’s core values are about health and nutrition – just what we want,” she said.

Spring Bowmaker

Wednesday 1st May 2013

Record Entry for a Fine Day Out!

Fifty-seven teams of three – that is 171 players! – representing 25 clubs enjoyed a rain-free day at Puckrup Hall GC for the County’s Spring Bowmaker yesterday (May 16th)

Liz Wheatley, Denise Crossland and Frances Lindley, from Minchinhampton GC (New), were leaders for several hours and held their position to win, whilst several teams jockeyed for the other places.

The large entry meant increased prizes – much to the delight of the players! The ball draw also benefited, raising nearly £100 for the juniors.

Many thanks to Puckrup Hall members and staff for their unstinting help in running this event both on the course and on the desk. One senior gentleman was still updating the leader board right to the end of play well after 7 pm, and the Professional, Ed, even donned his rubber gloves to make sure the on course portaloo was spic and span!

Results

It was a very long day …. so not all our prizewinners were able to stay for the presentations. But those who did were in very happy mood!

 

Avon Schools' Championships

Saturday 23rd March 2013

Success for Ebonie as she claims three titles!

It was an exciting day for Ebonie Lewis, who plays at Knowle GC, at the Avon Schools Championships held at The Bristol GC on 15th April.  Ebonie , who is 12 years old, won the Girls’ Gross Championship with a gross 82, the Nett Championship with  nett 71 and the Girls’ under 16 Championship.

Carys Parker was runner up in the Nett Championship. Jemima Gregson of Chew Valley School was a member of the winning girls’ team. Ebonie and Jemima will go forward to the Schools’ South West final at Wells GC at the end of May and Alex Saunders is reserve.

Girls' Results

Who Plays Who?

Thursday 21st February 2013

The Watson Williams Scratch Foursomes & County Foursomes Draw.

County Foursomes Draw

Watson Williams Scratch Foursomes Draw including results

Please note for the Watson Williams

Round 1 the first club is the home club.
 
Round 2 the top club is the home club.
 
Rounds 3 & 4 a draw will be made for the ‘home’ club.

Funds for Charities

Thursday 24th January 2013

Each year our Club Ladies' Captains raise considerable funds for charity.

 Some  link with their Club Captains, others have their own specific chosen charities …. and some have very personal reasons for their choice.

We wish them all the very best of luck!

Click here for more details

1st Team match vs Worcestershire & Herefordshire

Tuesday 1st January 2013

New Squad members Step Up to the Plate! Great Result -- Gloucestershire win 8.5 - 3.5

What a fantastic result and a great team effort! It didn’t rain and it wasn't too cold, so it was generally a good day all round.

Captain's Report

 

County Dates for 2013 now available

Sunday 23rd December 2012

Let's have some sunshine, and a bit less rain than last year!

COUNTY COMPETITIONS 2013

 

3rd – 5th May                 Centenary County Championship                    Cleeve Cloud

16th May                        Spring Bowmaker                                               Puckrup Hall

5th June                         Bronze Team Championship                                Lilley Brook

30th June                       Junior/Intermediate/Senior Champs                     The Kendleshire

4th July                          Western Daily Press Cup                                     Long Ashton

18th July                        Fraser Foursomes Salvers                                   Stinchcombe Hill

8th August                       Team Championship Cup (Nett)                          Broadway

14th August                     Team Championship Cup (Gross)                       Chipping Sodbury

27th August                    Lady Marling Cups (Silver & Bronze)                    The Players

6th September                Kitcat Cup                                                         Cotswold Hills

25th September              Autumn Bowmaker                                             Thornbury         

13th October                   Watson Williams & County Foursomes Finals      North

28th November                                     Annual General Meeting                                 Cheltenham Racecourse

 

All rules governing these competitions will be found on Club Notice Boards.

More details of our competitions, with venues and a potted history of the trophies we play for, can be found under Competition Info (LHS Homepage).

To access this quickly, click here!

For full calendar, including GGG, England Golf SW Region, Veterans' and Captains' Societies, click here

County AGM: 29th November 2012

Saturday 1st December 2012

Goodbye to some of our County officers .... and Hello to new faces!

The Trophy Table

If members attending our AGM, held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday, found their attention wandering from the business of the day .... they could be forgiven! The meeting was held in the Panoramic Suite  and the view across the course to Cleeve Hill was truly magnificent!

But the business did go on with reports of the year's events, presentations to departing County officers, and trophies re-presented.

It was goodbye to Chairman Pat Righton, Secretary Gillie Merry and Captain Karen Rix and hello to Annette Murfin (Chairman) and Debbie Casling (Secretary). Jan Pickersgill took over as Captain with Corrinne Durber as her Vice Captain. Caroline Shepherd will be Training Officer and Lorna Sparkes and Gail Howells replace Jenny May representing the Ladies' Association on the County Golf Partnership committee. Alexis Hill replaces Colleen Seymour as Minute Secretary and the position of New Clubs' Liaison Officer, previously held by Sarah Nutter, has been put into abeyance for the time being.

Photographs & contact email addresses

2011 AGM minutes

2012 AGM draft minutes

 

 

The Sun Shines for Finals Day

Monday 15th October 2012

Knowle wins the Watson Williams & Minchinhampton (New) takes the County Foursomes trophies

Finals Day at Bristol & Clifton GC on 14th October 2012

Knowle's pairing of Hannah Barwood and Shelby Smart gave no quarter to their opponents, Corrinne Durber and Caroline Shepherd (Minchinhampton New), in Sunday's Watson Williams Scratch Foursomes, winning 6/5

The County Foursomes (played off handicap) gave players and their supporters some nailbiting moments with Liz Rees and Linda Lee (Minchinhampton New) finally emerging triumphant over Shirehampton Park's Wendy Reynolds and Liz Hemmings after 19 holes.

When Bristol & Clifton had to cancel a major 36-hole club event on Saturday as the weather had caused  too many temporary greens to be in play -- Sunday's GLCGA Finals Day was in doubt.  Much praise to the club's greens' staff for making it possible! 

Watson Williams full results  County Foursomes full results

 

 

 

 

                  

L-R Caroline Shepherd & Corrinne Durber (Minchinhampton)

GLCGA Marion Jackson, Hannah Barwood & Shelby Smart (Knowle)

 

L-R Wendy Reynolds (S/Hampton) Linda Lee (M/Hampton)

GLCGA President Marion Jackson, Liz Rees (M/Hampton)

& LIZ hEMMINGS (S/Hampton)

 History:

WATSON WILLIAMS CUP:  Presented in 1934 by Miss Watson Williams, county champion in 1932, and later, as Mrs. Ruth Dickenson in 1947 and 51.  She was both pre and post war captain as well as president.  The cup is, as described in the 1934 minutes, ‘a handsome cup’ to be played for in a scratch foursomes, knockout, inter club competition.  Its rules have remained basically unchanged – except for minor excursions into how the draw should be made, and the fact that, despite being decreed when it was given that the final should be over 36 holes, the final now is an 18 hole event.

COUNTY FOURSOMES CUPS:  First played for, experimentally, in 1932.  At that year’s AGM it was reported “This competition had proved a great success.  142 members entering from a membership of 180.”

It was, and is, a knockout foursomes handicap matchplay competition with qualifying rounds played in the clubs, followed by inter-club matchplay competition.

South West Foursomes

Tuesday 9th October 2012

Bethan & Shelby Romp Home -- 12 shots ahead of nearest Rivals

Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) and Shelby Smart (Knowle) -- two of our County 1st Team players -- posted a gross 69 in Monday's SW Foursomes played at Enmore Park, Somerset.

And that put them a quite amazing 12 shots ahead of their nearest rivals!

Congratulations girls!

Prizewinners: 

1ST GROSS Shelby Smart & Bethan Popel  (Glouc) 69

2ND GROSS  Jane Southcombe & Mel McMahon (Dorset) 81

3RD GROSS  Amanda Mayne & Hannah Grant (Somerset) 82

4TH GROSS Vicky Holloway & Charlotte Dommett (Devon) 83

5TH GROSS  Frances Lindley & Corinne Durber (Gloucester) 85 (over back 9)

 

1ST NETT  Cathy Mcfarlane-Thompson & Kate Roberts (Dorset) nett 71 ½

2ND NETT  Barbara Lewis & Rachael Paul (Glouc) nett 74 ½ (over back 9)

3RD NETT  Ann Shelley & Melanie Pettman  (Glouc) nett 74 ½

4TH NETT  Susan Edwards & Caroline Shepherd (Glouc) net 76 ½ (over back 9)

5TH NETT Ros Williams & Sheena Smith (Somerset) nett 76 ½

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our 2nd Team

Sunday 7th October 2012

The GLCGA Team defeated Dorset in the final of the South West Counties' 2nd Team League

The 2nd team won 5.5 - 3.5  against Dorset in the final of the South West Counties 2nd Team League today at Cumberwell Park GC.

The morning foursomes were vital and Gloucestershire won those 2.5 - 0.5 .... and then fought fantastically to halve the afternoon's singles.

Congratulations to Jan and her team.

Jan's report & detailed results.

 

           

 L-R:Grace McLaughlin,Kelly Fowler,Louise Church, Corrinne Durber

Jan Pickersgill,Victoria Wakeley-Jones,Paula Crabtree & Anna Russell

   More than 'interested' spectators!
 
Cumberwell Park   One of ours!

 

County Seniors' SW Event 1st - 3rd October

Wednesday 3rd October 2012

The Weather Intervenes!

                      The 2012 County Seniors' Team

L-R: Back: Sue Reeve, Marion Jackson, Pam Tozer,Su Worthington

 Front: Frances Lindley, Ann Manley, Pat Skelton, Fiona Hudman & Clare Page

Missing: Eva Tucker, Paula Crabtree & Carol Millhouse

The S.W.C.S.L.G.S holds the Annual Three Day Event in October each year.  The event is open to County players aged 50 or over who have represented their 1st or 2nd County Teams, and are not  currently playing in the first team.

Six counties are represented -- Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire -- and play scratch foursomes matchplay against one another. The aim of the Society is "to play keenly contested inter-county golf and to renew past acquaintances in a friendly atmosphere".

This year's event began on Monday, and here is what Su Worthington, joint team captain with Clare Page, had to tell us about the three days:

Day One

“Bristol & Clifton welcomed the other counties to the jamboree being held in Gloucestershire today. In the afternoon play Gloucestershire beat Devon 2:1, Somerset beat Cornwall 2:1 and Wiltshire beat Dorset 2:1. There were only a couple of showers to test the players and otherwise we had a trouble free round. Play begins Tuesday (October 2) and Wednesday at 8.30 and 1pm and supporters would be very welcome!”

Day Two

"Semi inclement weather. but we all survived. and it gave us an appetite for our competitors' and guests' dinner in the evening. Fifty-three diners and a good time was had by all!"

Results from Day 2

Gloucestershire beat Dorset 2:1

Cornwall beat Devon 2:1

Somerset beat Wiltshire 2:1

Cornwall beat Dorset 2:1

Devon beat Somerset 2:1

Gloucestershire beat Wiltshire 3:0

Day Three

"Torrential rain overnight made Wednesday play look unlikely but there was a chance we could shorten the course to 14 holes, and still get both sessions played. After a mammoth amount of work from the green staff it was thought that at 8.30am we may get away at 10am, but a final review would be at 9.30.

"Sadly another rain storm preceded the review and the course was declared unplayable. It was decided, in equity, to abandon the competition.

"To close on a happier note, we had managed two days of competitive golf and had an excellent competitors' dinner at Bristol & Clifton on Tuesday night.

" My thanks to all members of the team for their support and, just for the record, we were leaders in the clubhouse when the heavens opened!

"The event will be held at Saunton East course next year on 7, 8 and 9 October and anyone who is eligible, who would like to join our society, should get in touch with Su Worthington golfsu@attglobal.net."

 

Click here for 2012 order of play

Re-arranged Spring Bowmaker

Monday 1st October 2012

One dry day ... and the Thornbury players just pip Tewkesbury!

Spring Bowmaker

Carol Weeks, Gail Howells and Suzy Unwin, from Thornbury GC, won the re-arranged Spring Bowmaker at Brickhampton Court yesterday (4th October). Their 77 points was just one point ahead of one of the Tewkesbury teams, with Lydney in third place with 72.

The original date in May was cancelled as the course was flooded, and even yesterday’s date was in doubt. But sandwiched between days of torrential rain was one dry day and, thanks to the fantastic work of the greens’ staff, play could go ahead.

This was the final County Competition of the season and also the last for County Secretary Gillie Merry, who is retiring at the end of the year. County President Marion Jackson paid tribute to Gillie for her many years as County Secretary , and there was an impromptu ‘thank you’ of flowers  from Brickhampton’s Ladies’ Captain, Liz Finch .

Click here for full results

   

The Winners: L-R Gail Howells, Suzy Unwin. County Secretary Gillie Merry & Carol Weeks

  Lis Finch, Brickhampton Court's Ladies' Captain with Gillie Merry   L-R: Gaynor Moll (Lydney) with Tewkesbury team, Karen Laughlin, Glo Slatter & Barbara Dyas. (Missing from photograph Lydney players Tanice Richards & Jeannie Williams)

 

County Finals at East Devon GC 17th - 21st September

Friday 21st September 2012

The Finals:Day 5 -- Essex Win!

The Gloucestershire Team

 Click here for Captain Karen's description of each day's play


Day 5: Gloucestershire vs Surrey

The  final leader board does not really show the nailbiting excitement at the start of the final day of the County Finals.

Essex, Lancashire and Gloucestershire all, seemingly, saw the possibilities of success.

They, and their supporters, were all doing their sums ... who won which match and by how much.  It was surely going to come down to a countback.

And it did ..... Congratulations to victorious Essex!

To our Gloucestershire Team: Thank You! You gave us such pride and excitement! We cheered when you succeeded. We felt for you when that total success slipped away.

Roll on 2013!

Click here for the England Golf press release.

Full Results

Lancashire defeated Essex 5.5 - 3.5 Click here for detailed results

Lincolnshire defeated Buckinghamshire 9 - 0 Click here for detailed results

Surrey defeated Gloucestershire 6 - 3 Click here for detailed results

 

Day 5: Thank You Team & Roll on 2013
 
     
          

 


Day 4: Gloucestershire vs Lancashire

Lancashire find their form ..... and beat us.

Click here for England Golf press release

Full Results

Lincolnshire defeated Surrey 5 - 4 Click here for detailed results

Essex defeated Buckinghamshire 5.5 - 3.5 Click here for detailed results

Lancashire defeated Gloucestershire 6 - 3 Click here for detailed results

Day 4: Lancashire defeat us!
              
     
 

 


 

Day 3 Gloucestershire vs Buckinghamshire

A great day .... and a great win!

Click here for England Golf press release.

Full results

Gloucestershire defeated Buckinghamshire 8 - 1 Click here for detailed results

Surrey vs Lancashire match halved Click here for detailed results

Essex defeated Lincolnshire 6.5 - 2.5 Click here for detailed results

 

Day 3: A day for Winning!
 
     
 

 


 

Day 2 Gloucestershire vs Essex

Another nailbiting day!  But we halved with Essex.

Click here for England Golf press release

Full results 

Lincolnshire defeated Lancashire 5 - 4 Click here for detailed results

Essex vs Gloucestershire match halved Click here for detailed results

Surrey defeated Buckinghamshire 8 - 1 Click here for detailed results

Day 2: A nailbiting Day!
 
     
 

 


 

Day 1 Gloucestershire vs Lincolnshire

It all went down to the wire -- with the win depending on Jo Hodge's final hole!

Click here for England Golf press release

Full results

Essex defeated Surrey 6.5 - 2.5 Click here for detailed results

Gloucestershire defeated Lincolnshire 5-4 Click here for detailed results

Lancashire defeated Buckinghamshire 6 -3 Click here for detailed results

 

The order of play is:

Monday - Lincolnshire - 8.51 & 13.34

Tuesday - Essex - 8.51 & 13.34

Wednesday - Bucks - 8.30 & 12.45

Thursday - Lancashire - 9.12 & 14.22

Friday - Surrey - 9.12 & 14.22

This was Day 1!
        
     
 

This website will be updated with full results .... and photographs! ..... as early as possible each day during the event.

Live scoring available via this link:  http://info.englishwomensgolf.org/tic/tmtic.cgi?season=2012

 

Lady Marling Cups

Wednesday 19th September 2012

Henbury's Diane Couch wins all Silver Division Trophies. Dorothy Green (Ross-on-Wye) and Joan Sidgreaves (Long Ashton) share Bronze honours. Plus Mercia Castle & County Greensomes results.

Mercia Castle Cup: Results 

County Greensomes Goblets: Results 


Lady Marling Silver & Bronze Cups plus Gross Trophies and Coronation Medals

Played at South Cerney GC on 19th September 2012

Henbury's Diane Couch won all three silver division trophies at this year's Lady Marling day -- just as her club colleague, Ann Manley, did last year. The Lady Marling Cup is a nett competition and she took this on a countback from Val Elliott (Rodway Hill), who won the 1st Voucher.

The bronze division Lady Marling Cup and the bronze Coronation Medal were won by Dorothy Green from Ross-on-Wye with Long Ashton's Joan Sidgreaves taking the Graham Cup for the best gross score in that division.

Click here for full results

Buchanan Trophy: Shannon Beats Difficult Conditions

Monday 17th September 2012

Shannon Coles, from The Kendleshire, won the SW Buchanan Trophy yesterday with 39 points. Victoria Powell (Knowle) was runner up.

Shannon Beats Difficult Conditions

Shannon Coles, from The Kendleshire, won the SW Buchanan Trophy yesterday with 39 points …. and that having had her handicap cut by two the day before! Victoria Powell (Knowle) was runner up.

Lindsay Hunt (Brickhampton Court) won the under 15 cup, with Charlie Hiatt 2nd.

The conditions were difficult – dense rough as with all courses this ‘summer’ plus strong winds and chilly temperatures.

The Buchanan Trophy is open to girls in the south west in the bronze handicap division and is usually held at the same time as the South West Championship.  It had to be rescheduled from July this year so was held on the 16th September on a dry but cool, windy day at Stinchcombe Hill.

 It is an excellent opportunity for bronze girls in the South West to enter a competition together and it is hoped that more girls will enter in 2013.

 

L-R: Charlie Hiatt, Alex Giles, Lindsey Hunt, Shannon Coles, Victoria Powell

 

Results for Buchanan Trophy

Shannon Coles 39 points: Buchanan trophy

Victoria Powell 33

Lindsey Hunt 31: under 15 Cup

Charlie Hiatt 29

Alex Giles 29

Laura Price 27 Wiltshire

Casey Chappell 27

Molly Yeomans 27

Kayla Charles 25

Megan Bartlett 24

Hannah Williamson 24

Hannah Evill 20

Cara Pearce 16

 

 

 

 

 

Kitcat Cup at Forest of Dean GC

Tuesday 11th September 2012

Excitement for Thornbury player, Kate Williams, as she wins her first Silverware

Kate Williams gained her first handicap a year ago – and yesterday(10th September), playing off 23, won the Kitcat Cup, the County’s oldest trophy, her ‘first piece of silverware’!

 “I started playing with my father when I was 12 years old – but never really took to the game," she said. "Until a couple of years ago I suppose I played about three times a year, if that! Now, when I finish a round I can’t wait to play again!

Although Kate’s 38 stableford points put her two shots ahead of the field, the prizes in each division were more than closely contested with all six prizewinners scoring 36 points. Quite a headache for our County Secretary, Gillie Merry!

Click here for full results

 

   

Kitcat Cup winner Kate Williams

with County President Marion Jackson

 

Some of the prizewinners: L-R Eve Clements, Sarah Stephens,

Rita New, Kate Williams, County President Marion Jackson,

Angela Wakely & Kate Nicholls

 

 

Western Daily Press Cup

Friday 31st August 2012

Congratulations to Mary McConalogue, from the Bristol GC, who won yesterday’s rearranged Western Daily Press Cup …. and much praise to Ross-on-Wye’s greens’ staff!

Played at Ross-on-Wye GC on August 30th. Rearranged from 7th June when it was abandoned due to the weather.

After Wednesday’s deluge there were many who wondered whether the Western Daily Press competition would be able to take place at Ross-onWye the next day…. but thanks to the sterling work of the club’s greens’ staff the event was a success.

Mary McConalogue’s winning score of 37 points would have been good at any time, but it was especially so on a course playing long and tough at the end of this wet summer.

  
Western Daily Press Winner: Mary McConalogue

Some of the Prizewinners:L-R Carol Brooking, Roz Rowe,

Mary McConalogue, Karen Preedy & Mary Groves

Click here for full results

 

National Par Three Title for Mary

Tuesday 28th August 2012

Mary Groves, from Shirehampton Park GC, Scoops the Pool!

English Par Three title for Mary

Press Release from England Golf 28th August  2012

Gloucestershire golfer Mary Groves pulled off a clean sweep when she won the English women’s par three championship on the Severn View course at Thornbury Golf Club in her home county.

She not only won the championship – decided on the best net score - but was also in the winning team and she had the best gross score of the day.

“I’m stunned,” said Mary, who is a member at Shirehampton Park. “You don’t expect these things to come your way, but everything went well and I had my day in the sun.”

The 15-handicapper, who received eight shots, had a net score of four-under 50 and won by three strokes from Helen Kirby of Thornbury. Sue Thomas of Shirehampton and Sarah Priestman of Harborne were a further shot behind.

Together with Anja De Burgh Williams and Babs Giles, Mary won the team prize for Shirehampton Park. She also returned the best gross score but the prize went to Sarah Priestman.

Mary started as she meant to go on with a birdie on the first hole, where the ball finished 6in from the hole. On the back nine she had eight consecutive threes until the last, where, she says “I got a little greedy, as we all do!”

This was Mary’s first outing on the par three layout at Thornbury and she commented: “It was a brilliant par three course and, considering the weather we’ve had, it was in very good condition.”

She was one of nine members of her club who entered the championship, attracted by the prospect of good competition and a sociable, garden-party atmosphere, thanks to the Pimm’s and cake which is part and parcel of the event.

Mary, who has played golf for almost 30 years, has always been a member at Shirehampton Park, where she has been ladies’ captain and a member of the board. She’s currently the ladies’ handicap secretary and county delegate.

“It was a good day, a very nice relaxed atmosphere and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did all nine of us from Shirehampton Park,” she said.

 Click here for full results

Open Days for Beginner & High Handicap Golfers

Monday 27th August 2012

The Orchard GC started a new trend .... now it is Brickhampton Court's turn.

Open Days are part of the golfing season -- a chance to play other courses, meet old friends and make new ones, quite a social event!

Now clubs are organising such days for our newcomer golfers.

The Orchard set the ball rolling with a highly successful day some weeks ago when they held a Texas Scramble with their own members leading the teams. The common question from the visitors was ...."Are there going to be more of these days?"

So, Brickhampton Court took up the challenge and are holding their Open Day for Beginners and High-handicappers on 27th September.

Click here for poster and entry form.

Gross Team Championships

Tuesday 21st August 2012

Henbury Retain Cup

Henbury retained their title of Gross Team Champions when the championship was played at Shirehampton Park GC on Tuesday 21st August.

With a score of 241 they were three shots ahead of Minchinhampton (New), who took second place on a countback from Cirencester.

And Henbury must surely feel they own that cup -- they first won it in 1952 and this latest win was the 23rd time!!

Click here for full results

The Henbury Team

 L-R Jan Pickersgill, Louise Church, Henbury Lady Captain

Gill Cleverdon, Sue Elliott & Ann Manley

 

 

British Girls' Championship

Thursday 16th August 2012

Bethan Popel, from Long Ashton GC, lost on the final hole to Spain's Clara Baena in the third round.

Bethan and Shelby both qualified for the matchplay in this tournament which is being played at Tenby GC.

Shelby lost in the first round, and Bethan was beaten in the third round by Clara Baena (Spain).....score 1 up.

Go to www.lgu.org for full results

Tough Going for Nett Team Championships

Friday 10th August 2012

Almost impenetrable rough made scoring difficult at the Nett Team Championships at Tewkesbury Park -- Minchinhampton New were the winners.

10th August 2012

Although the sun shone for yesterday's Nett Team Championships at Tewkesbury Park, the recent heavy rain played its part in making scoring difficult for the 26 competing teams from across the county.

It made the rough almost impenetrable in parts -- first find that errant ball (with the help of very welcome spotters!) and then try getting it back on the fairway! As this competition is medal play with the best three of four team cards to count, it is little wonder that the players had a long, hard day.

Finally Minchinhampton New finished five shots ahead on an aggregate 228. The battle for second place was close with Henbury (233) just edging Naunton Downs (234) by one shot.

 Click here for full results

The Winning Teams at the Nett Team Championships played at Tewkesbury Park on 9th August 2012
                                                        

Minchinhampton

L-R: Caren Spindler, Linda Lee,

Sheila Whybra & Sue Johnston

 

Henbury

L-R:Hilary Fear, Diane Couch,

Lesley Gillon & Phillipa Bailhaiche

 

Naunton Downs

L-R:Grace McLaughlin, Norma Shepherd

Sharon Staples & Jo Cunningham

 

South West Inter County Girls' Championships at Launceston Golf Club

Friday 10th August 2012

Gloucestershire's Golden Girls Win ... for the Third Consecutive Year! Congratulations to you all!

SOUTH WEST INTER COUNTY GIRLS' CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to our Girls' Team on a great result! Click here for Eve Clements' report and more photographs.

      Wednesday, 8th August 2012:Gloucestershire beat Cornwall 3.5 - 2.5 in a thrilling match

      Click here for full results

      Thursday, 9th August: Morning, Gloucestershire beat Wiltshire 4-2 but in the afternoon were

      defeated by Devon 3.5 - 2.5. Click here for am results and here for pm results

      Friday, 10th August: Morning, Gloucestershire defeated Dorset 4-2 and in the afternoon halved

      with Somerset 3-3. Click here for am results and here for pm results

Fraser Foursomes

Friday 13th July 2012

SMALL CLUB....BIG WIN! Lindsay Hinton and Sue Cole, from Westonbirt GC, proved that you don’t have to belong to one of the County’s large clubs to be winners!

SMALL CLUB….. BIG WIN

Lindsay Hinton and Sue Cole, from Westonbirt GC, proved that you don’t have to belong to one of the County’s large clubs to be winners!

They won the prestigious Peggy Fraser Salvers at the Fraser Foursomes at Stinchcombe Hill GC on Thursday (July 12th) in a rain affected competition.

Westonbirt ladies’ section has just 35 members.  

As Lindsay said “We are not regular partners but we enjoyed it so much last year, we thought we'd pair up again this year. We do try and enter as many County competitions as we can, and that gives us lots of opportunities to play other courses in the County. “

And what a great result for them – which included a hole-in-one for Sue on the drop hole, the 130 yard 9th.

The 36-hole competition began in wonderful (and currently rare!) sunshine but torrential rain in the afternoon caused the course to be closed and play abandoned.  So the competition was reduced to 23 holes, which was the point the last players out had completed.

This is a nett competition for the salvers. The gross prize went to Caroline Shepherd and Corrinne Durber from Minchinhampton GC (New).

Finally … a piece of useless, but fun, information about the 9th hole at Stinchcombe, where Sue had her hole-in-one! From the County’s Centenary book, “A Celebration … of Ladies’ Golf in Gloucestershire”

‘Not many courses can claim a place in the works of Shakespeare, but Stinchcombe can.  In Richard II, Percy, standing high on a hill, pointed out Berkeley Castle with the words “There stands the castle, by yon tuft of trees.”  His vantage point was what is now the tee for the 9th, the drop, hole.’

 

 
Lindsay Hinton & Sue Cole   Sue .... & her hole-in-one!

 

 

Summer (?) Bowmaker!

Thursday 5th July 2012

The weather made the course at Gloucester GC 'challenging' to say the least .... but Tracy Park fought on to win!

SUMMER BOWMAKER

The course at Gloucester Golf Club is never easy -- and with the recent torrential rain it was more than 'challenging' for the teams playing the Summer Bowmaker on July 4th.

But the Tracy Park team, of Alison Bacon, Glenys Jennings and Jackie McCarthy, was equal to that challenge winning by two points from Cotswold Edge.

The total scores were understandably not high -- with the best two stableford scores on each hole counting, Tracy Park had 65 points, Cotswold Edge 63 and The Bristol was third with 61.

Click here for full results

 

                               

The Tracy Park Team

L-R Alison Bacon, Glenys Jennings & Jackie McCarthy

 

The Cotswold Edge Team

L-R Debbie Pringle, Lin Stares & Karen Reeves

 

 

 

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Jemima Retains Title

Monday 2nd July 2012

Jemima Gregson is Girls' Champion. Susan Ellis takes Seniors' and Lucy Padley the Intermediates'

COUNTY GIRLS' CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jemima Retains Title

The Championship was held at Minchinhampton Old Course on a cool, blustery July day. The course proved challenging but in spite of this there were some good scores.

Jemima Gregson of  Knowle retained her County Champion’s title, won at her home club in 2011, with a gross 78 and Victoria Wakeley Jones  (Minchinhampton New Course) was runner up, one shot behind.

The nett Competition was won by Hannah Evill, nett 71, with Laura Whittard on nett 72 as runner up. Hannah Williamson won the best Stableford score with 36 points. These three girls are from Minchinhampton Old Course.

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Jemima Gregson (centre) with

Hannah Evill (L) & Hannah Williamson

 

Prizewinners

with President Marion Jackson


 

SENIORS' & INTERMEDIATES' CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Intermediates and Seniors were out early on Sunday morning on Minchinhampton Old Course, playing their championships before the Girls’ tournament.

It was extremely blustery but fortunately with little rain ….. and little interference from the Common’s infamous cows!

Susan Ellis (Bristol & Clifton) triumphed for the seniors, with Beverley Hill (The Bristol) taking the nett prize. Lucy Padley (Knowle) won the Intermediates’ Championship, and Grace McLaughlin took the nett in this section.

Click here for full results

 

L-R: Susan Ellis, Beverley Hill,

County President Marion Jackson,

Grace McLaughlin & Lucy Padley


 

Shelby Selected for England Team

Wednesday 27th June 2012

Shelby Smart is one of four New Caps for England & Bethan Popel is named as reserve.

Press Release from England Golf 26th June 2012

FOUR NEW CAPS IN ENGLAND GIRLS' TEAM

 

Four new caps are named in the England Golf team which will defend the title at the Girls’ Home Internationals at Radyr Golf Club, Wales, from 7-9 August.

They are Gabriella Cowley of Essex, Amber Ratcliffe of Norfolk, Shelby Smart of Gloucestershire (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Olivia Winning of Yorkshire.

They will join four established internationals: Georgia Hall of Dorset, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Elizabeth Mallet of Warwickshire and Brogan Townend of Lancashire  These players were all members of last year’s successful team which won the tournament for the fourth year in a row.

The team reserves are Sophie Keech of Dorset and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire.

The players:

Gabriella Cowley, 16 (West Essex) is the English girls’ U15 champion and the winner of the Scottish U16 open strokeplay title. She was also in the mixed winning Nations Cup team at the Fairhaven Trophy.

Georgia Hall, 16, (Remedy Oak) was the runner-up in the 2012 English women’s amateur championship, a reserve for the Curtis Cup team and is a full England international. She has won three top scratch events this season.

Meghan MacLaren, 18, (Wellingborough) won the U18 Cartier Trophy at the French lady junior championship and was the leading English player in last season’s British strokeplay championship, finishing in third place. She is a past winner of the English schools’ championship.

Elizabeth Mallett, 17, (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) set a new course record when she won this season’s Whittington Trophy, one of the leading scratch events. Elizabeth is a past winner of the English girls’ championship, the English U15 title and has been runner-up in the British girls’ championship.

Amber Ratcliffe,16, (Royal Cromer) has twice been English U16 schools’ champion and last year won the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies. She represented GB&I in the inaugural junior Vagliano Trophy match, which also included Georgia Hall.

Shelby Smart, 17, (Knowle) was an early pace setter at the English amateur championship where she finished 14th. She is the Gloucestershire champion, having won the title three times in four years, and has helped her team to reach County Finals. She’s a past winner of the South West schools’ championship.

Brogan Townend, 18, (Pleasington) is the Faldo Series girls champion and has previously won the U16 title. She has helped Lancashire to reach the 2012 County Finals and has been runner-up in the Northern ladies’ championship.

Olivia Winning, 17, (Rotherham) represented England in last year’s European Young Masters and was fifth in the 2011 English girls’ championship. She was runner-up at this season’s Fairhaven Trophies where she set a course record

Sophie Keech, 16, (Lyme Regis) won the 2011 English schools’ championship and has twice been the Dorset champion. She was in England’s squad for the Scottish U16 championship.

Bethan Popel, 16, (Long Ashton) won the 2011 North of England U16 title and the South-West women’s championship. She is in the Gloucestershire team which has reached County Finals.     

Naunton Downs Wins Bronze Team Championship

Thursday 21st June 2012

The Naunton Downs team won the GLCGA Bronze Team Championships.

 

Win for Home Team

The Naunton Downs team of Lesa Mosson, Sharon Staples, Jo Cunningham and Linda Godfrey won the GLCGA Bronze Team Championships played at their home club on Monday June 18th.

Two earlier Gloucestershire Ladies’ County Competitions had been cancelled due to the weather, but this time the sun shone … much to the relief of County Secretary Gillie Merry, who organises all the County Association’s events.

This is a competition for teams of four players, stableford scoring, with the best three cards counting. The fourth card is used only if a countback is required. The Naunton Downs team returned an aggregate score of 101, with Shirehampton Park and Filton some way behind with 94 pts each. So, their fourth cards came into play and resulted in second place going to Shirehampton Park and third to Filton.

 

Bronze Team Championships

     

The Naunton Downs Team

 

     The Shirehampton Park Team

 Click here for full results

 Trophy History: One of our ‘modern’ trophies! The first Bronze Team Championship was played at Puckrup Hall in 2006 when 23 teams took part.

This competition was organised to give more Bronze Division players a chance to play in a team championship and to play in a stableford format, rather than medal, as in the Nett Team Championship. It was reported in the Minutes that many of the players had never played in a County competition before!!

The Henbury team, Barbara de Winton, Erica Bealey, Bev Litten and Christian Blake, won the Championship, and their success prompted two of their caddies, Julian Steed and Graham Beevor, to donate the trophy


   

 

Gloucestershire Victorious at SW County Week

Friday 15th June 2012

Our team wins all matches

 

South West County Week 2012

CONGRATULATIONS TO CAPTAIN KAREN & THE TEAM

June 15th 2012:

Gloucestershire has won SW County Week, which has just finished at Trevose Golf & Country Club.

Our team defeated all five counties .... but today, Friday, was 'crunch' day. We played Cornwall, who also had been unbeaten.

It was tight, but Gloucestershire finally won 5-4.

So now we all look forward to the County Finals, to be played at East Devon GC from September 17th to 21st

Click on day for full results:

Monday: Glos vs Somerset   Tuesday: Glos vs Devon   Wednesday: Glos vs Dorset   Thursday Glos vs Wiltshire  Friday  Glos vs Cornwall

The team selected was :

Hannah Barwood - Knowle GC

Shelby Smart - Knowle GC

Bethan Popel - Long Ashton GC 

Jo Hodge - The Kendleshire GC 

Lucy Padley - Knowle GC

Jemima Gregson - Knowle GC

Alison Kelly - Cirencester GC

Alex Saunders - Bristol & Clifton GC

Victoria Wakeley Jones - Minchinhampton GC

Corrinne Durber - Minchinhampton GC

Reserves; Karen Rix - Bristol & Clifton GC , Jan Pickersgill - Henbury GC

Our 2012 Squad for SW County week

 Order of play for the COUNTY FINALS at East Devon GC, 17th - 21st September:

Monday - 2nd off vs. Lincolnshire

Tuesday - 2nd off vs. Essex

Wednesday - 1st off vs. Bucks

Thursday - 3rd off vs. Lancashire

Friday - 3rd off vs. Surrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby Wins County Championships

Monday 28th May 2012

Congratulations to Shelby Smart who defeated Jo Hodge 3 & 1 in the final of our County Championships.

 

County President Marion Jackson with Jo Hodge and 2012 Champion Shelby Smart

Who better to give us the ‘feel’ of the championships than our President, Marion Jackson, herself a long-standing member of the host club, Bristol & Clifton.

 

“The good golf that we had seen in the qualifying rounds on Friday continued into the match play stages of the County Championship at Bristol & Clifton at the weekend. 

 

“In the end the final was contested by Shelby Smart (Knowle) and Joanne Hodge (The Kendleshire). In the semi-finals on Sunday morning, Shelby defeated her club mate Lucy Padley (Knowle) while Joanne overcame 
defending champion Bethan Popel (Long Ashton).

 

“The stage was set for an exciting final and it did not disappoint.  As the girls came off the 9th Joanne was level par – and two down! But by the 12th Joanne had squared the match, winning the 11th and then hitting a superb iron shot straight at the 12th pin to set up an eagle 3.

 

“The drop hole, Bristol & Clifton’s iconic par 3, gave both players some difficulty and was halved in 4 before 
Shelby hit back to win the 14th and then holed a good putt for a birdie on the 15th to go two up again. The up hill 16th was halved and Shelby birdied the short 17th to win 3/1 thus regaining the Championship Trophy that she had won in 2009 and 2010.

 

“By some miracle there was no rain during the three days of the championship and the course was presented in
 very good condition, which was reflected in the scoring. The county team goes to the SW Counties Match Week 
at Trevose in very good heart and it is exhilarating to see the girls playing so well.”

 

Jenny Clink Wins Volunteer Award

Friday 24th February 2012

Jenny was recognised this week as one of England's top golf volunteers

From the England Golf Press release 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE GOLFER WINS TOP VOLUNTEER AWARD

Gloucestershire’s Jenny Clink was recognised this week as one of England’s top golf volunteers.

Jenny, of Lilley Brook Golf Club, is pictured (L) being presented with the Women’s Services to Golf/Lifetime Achievement award by England Golf President Sue Johnson at the England Golf Partnership’s Annual Volunteer Awards.

Phil Beard, Volunteer Manager for the England Golf Partnership, said: “These volunteers are truly inspiring people who play a crucial part in growing the game. They readily give up their time and many people are playing and enjoying golf because of their encouragement. These awards recognise the importance and value of our volunteers.”

Jenny Clink has been involved in golf at all levels, from encouraging new golfers to captaining elite players and taking key roles in the administration of the game.

She has been Gloucestershire’s county captain and president. She’s a past chairman of the English Ladies’ Golf Association, was manager of three successful England teams at the girls’ Home Internationals, and as England captain, won two ladies’ Home Internationals and two bronze medals in European team championships. She is also a sought-after referee. She also helped found the Gloucestershire Golf Partnership and is actively involved at grass roots events.

Jenny said: “I feel that I should accept this award on behalf of all those ladies who spend countless hours promoting the great benefits of golf.

“Having played golf for almost all of my life I have been very happy to ‘give back’ time to the game, and it has more than repaid me. I have also been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and I have never learned to say ‘No’!”

 

Jenny Clink (L)

with England Golf President Sue Johnson

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