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MATCH CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER - Gloucestershire Girls take on U16 Gloucestershire Boys at Forest Hills GC

Tuesday 5th March 2019

This Sunday, 10th March, Gloucestershire Girls take on the U16 Gloucestershire Boys at Forest Hills GC in a friendly greensomes match.

The following girls will be representing Gloucestershire and will be doing everything they can to win!

Shannon Jones (Captain) - The Kendleshire

Abbie Bishop - Ross-on-Wye

Rhian McGinley - Ross-on-Wye

Gabriella Haynes - Knowle

Millie Gait - Knowle

Lucy Mabley - Minchinhampton Old

Neve Jeffery - Knowle

Dominica Stevenson - Cotswold Hills



England Call Up for Caley!

Thursday 14th February 2019

England Golf have announced the 2019 Ladies Squad.

After a period of training with other girls across the country, up until Christmas, Caley McGinty from Knowle GC has been selected as one of the seven players in the England Women's Squad.

Caley is a long standing stalwart of the Gloucestershire Ladies Team and we wish her well.

Many Congratulations Caley from everyone in GLCGA!


County Fun AmAm 2019

Monday 14th January 2019

Entries are now closed

Now in its 6th Year, the very popular Fun AmAm will be held at Henbury Golf Club on Tuesday 16th April.

This is the day when our Squad players team up with Club golfers and play in a Team Stableford Competition. Please enter your team on the entry form and we will allocate a Squad player to Captain your team on the day.

There will be a two tee start and spaces for 18 teams, followed by lunch and prize giving.

Entries are now closed for this Competition. 

AGM Report

Tuesday 4th December 2018

Life Membership for Jenny May at County AGM

Over 150 ladies packed into Lilley Brook Golf Club to celebrate the activities of GLCGA in 2018.

Retiring Captain Andra Knight gave an account of her time with the Team and said she felt both proud and fortunate to have such a great squad to work with over the last 3 years as she handed over to Su Mallon.

CJO Janice Saunders had lots of news from the Juniors highlighting their achievements away from home and overseas. GGG had done a fantastic job fund raising and Janice thanked everyone for their help and generosity – there was warm applause from the Meeting for the success of the 5 course challenge which raised £2678.

There were interesting reports in respect of Handicapping, the work of England Golf, the County Golf Partnership, the Seniors and the Finances of the Association.

President, Sue Rawles, thanked everyone for their excellent reports and presented leaving gifts to Andra Knight and Chairman, Gillian Cowell.

Following the Election of Officers for 2019 Sue went on to pay warm tribute to Jenny May listing her achievements over the last 30 years. Jenny was awarded Life Membership to mark her remarkable contribution to the County.

There followed the Presentation of Trophies won throughout the year and then Val Bland of Alexander Park proudly handed over a cheque for £603 to the Treasurer by way of a donation from a Quiz Night held at the Club.

At the close of the Meeting, Past President, Val Sprott proposed a vote of thanks and thanked the Executive Committee for their hard work and congratulated the County on its great spirit.

Competition Secretary/ Administrator

Sunday 18th November 2018

Jane Rowell to take up Post from 1st of December 2018

Following interviews in October, Jane Rowell has been appointed as Competition Secretary/Administrator. Jane has a sound background in finance and administration and a good understanding of the GLCGA.  She is currently retired and is a member of Cotswold Edge Golf Club and Westonbirt. Jane is looking forward to her new role which begins on 1st December 2018.     



Autumn Sunshine for Greensomes Final

Thursday 18th October 2018

The course at Puckrup Hall Golf Club was bathed in autumn sunshine as ladies from the County teed up for the Final of the County Greensomes , the last Competition this year!

It was a crisp, chilly start but all the players were grateful for a dry day.

County President, Sue Rawles thanked everyone at Puckrup for being perfect hosts today, in particular Ed Litchfield, Jack in the Pro Shop and Les Spice who was invaluable acting as Starter and spotter for us .

At the Presentation Sue explained that we had been without a Secretary this year and thanked County Chairman, Gillian Cowell, for doing a fabulous job of making sure everyone and everything was in the right place for each Competition, it had been a huge logistical exercise  which we hope had been successful in maintaining the running of Competitions for our members.

The Kendleshire pairing of Sue Flower and Sue Finch won with 38 points and there was a count back to decide the teams in 2nd and 3rd place with 36 points.

Sue Flower thanked Puckrup and said how much they had enjoyed the course and the good company of the ladies from Chipping Sodbury during their round.

And finally........over 20 ladies were  delighted to win a golf ball in the draw which raised £35 for our County Junior Girls.


County President, Sue Rawles with the County Greensomes Prize winners.

1st: Sue Finch & Susan Flower, The Kendleshire

2nd: Pam Pickthorn & Val Smith, Cotswold Hills

3rd: Helen Gould & Sally Miller, Long Ashton


Full results

Exciting Finish to Finals Day

Monday 8th October 2018

There were plenty of supporters and caddies enjoying Finals Day along with the players at Filton Golf Club on Sunday.

Thankfully, Saturday's downpour had cleared up and competitors enjoyed crisp, bright conditions for their rounds.

First off was the play off for the Runners Up spot in the Mercia Castle Competition, Jeanette Patch (Minchinhampton New) won with 35 points, beating Gaynor Bridgman and Nicky Robertson both from Westonbirt Golf Club.

There was lots of interest in the Final of the Watson Williams Cup, the experienced  pairing of Sue Elliot and Caroline Hall (Henbury) got off to a quick start, establishing an early 3 hole lead. Sam Round and Claudia Ovens (Cotswold Hills) chipped away and reduced the deficit only to lose the match to a birdie on the 15th, just after the lovely green woodpecker had darted across the 14th fairway!

It would be fair to say that there were plenty of pre-match nerves as the players gathered for the Final of the County Foursomes Cups. Andy Jenkins and Roz Morris (Chipping Sodbury), were 2 up after 4, the first halved hole being the 9th. The match was nip and tuck and then just as it was starting to look like a win maybe in the bag on the 17th  Bristol and Clifton (Vicky Reed and Linda Meaton) chipped in from off the green, the Chipping Sodbury pair replied by holing a snaking down hill putt across the green. The B&C pair played text book golf on the 18th and 19th to take the title to the delight of their supporters!

County President Sue Rawles welcomed everyone to the Presentation, she thanked Filton Golf Club for their hospitality and also thanked the caddies, spectators and especially the Referees Adrian Lee and Carol Newton for giving up their time.

She congratulated everyone on qualifying for the Finals and said she felt honoured to be presenting the Watson Williams Cup to Caroline whom she still remembers playing a magnificent 4 iron into the green to set up the win for the Curtis Cup at Hoylake in 1992 and Sue Elliot whom Sue remembers watching on the tour in the early 90's. Caroline thanked everyone and said they had enjoyed playing with Sam and Claudia.

Linda Meaton (Bristol & Clifton) also thanked the County for the Competition, she still couldn't believe that they had won and complimented the ladies from Chipping Sodbury on a great match. Linda also gave special thanks to Carol for refereeing their match so proficiently.



Sue Rawles, County President, with the Winners and Runners Up

from Finals Day at Filton Golf Club. 7/10/18



Full results Mercia Castle Cup

Watson Williams

County Foursomes



Close Finish for Seniors at Minchinhampton

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Our Seniors were Runners -Up again in the South West 3 day event.

It was Gloucestershire's turn to host the event this year and the Cherington course at Minchinhampton was in excellent condition for the 3 days of matches.

Karen Rix has taken the trouble to report on each day's matches which we have published on the Seniors section of the website.

You can access the Seniors' page via the Teams tab.

Pictured from left right are Jan Pickersgill, Caroline Shepherd, Ann Manley, Corrinne Durber, President Sue Rawles, Karen Rix (Captain)  Paula Crabtree, Frances Lindley, Alison Kelly, Pam Tozer. Dawn Rimmer and Louise Church were also part of the team but unfortunately not present on the day of the photograph.

Autumn Bowmaker Entrants Play from Sunrise to Sunset at Thornbury

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

165 ladies take part in a full field for the Autumn Bowmaker and all enjoyed the dazzling sunshine.

 Winners from Minchinhampton New receive their vouchers from Vicky Watkins

The sun rose at 7.10 as the first ladies arrived and set at 6.48 as the last ladies were leaving the course. Play started on a dew drenched course in very chilly conditions-7 degrees C-with the rising sun making it difficult to spot balls, but excellent spotters on the first ensured that games started positively with no balls lost as the ladies got into their swing... By the end of the day the temperature was dropping again and the setting sun was still dazzling all.

Thanks go to the marshals who toured the course and were able to answer questions and ensure no large gaps appeared. In fact cards just kept rolling in from before 12 until 6.20, so congratulations ladies, just as the manager had predicted when arranging time slots.

Many thanks to the volunteers, arranged by the County Delegate, Heather, who organised 2 ball draws as so many ladies playing-the juniors have benefitted by £105 from this event, so many thanks. They also helped me maintain concentration by obtaining drinks etc and most importantly with their good humour and support with reading out results during the day. Thanks also to friends, who stayed and helped finish the cards and results until Vicky Watkins arrived. 165 cards had to be entered separately and we all felt "blobbed out" by the end.

But what an enjoyable experience meeting several players who have not entered county competitions before - the first of many hopefully as they enjoyed the social side and with food being served from 6.30 everyone was well fed and watered.

Many thanks go to all staff at Thornbury, who were so welcoming to us all.

Sue Johns -Competition Secretary South

Results:Winners - Julie Clarke, Tracey Legg & Lisa Lineham- Minchinhampton New-82 pts ocb

2nd -Rachael Scrase, Nadine Lunn & Sally Martin  -The Kendleshire -82 pts

3rd -Anne Crawley, Jacki Emerson & Delia Allen-Cotswold Edge-81 pts

Second Team put up a brave fight in the Final

Monday 1st October 2018

Su Mallon pictured with the  Second Team who put up a brave fight in the Final against Cornwall.

Gloucestershire V Cornwall SW Inter County 2nd Team Championship Final at Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club.


Team Gloucestershire: Jess Brown, Megan Bartlet, Izzy Lloyd, Hannah Brown-Pierce, Chloe Lloyd, Kate Thurlow, Sabrina Thompson-Green. Captain Su Mallon

Team Cornwall: Caroline Hume-Kendle, Kira Barnes, Anjie Chapman, Vicky Lee Comyn, Cath Hopkins, Annie Lobb, Penny Cartwright, Jo Body. Captain Vicki Stevenson


A cold day at Taunton and Pickeridge golf club for the final between Glos and Cornwall started with the morning foursomes. Glos President Sue Rawles was our starter for the day  setting off Jess and Megan playing Caroline and Kira. Jess and Megan got off to a great start 1up at the first and never letting the lead go, being 4 up at the turn and finally wining 6/5. Kate and Sabrina next to play were up against Anjie and Vicky, and although they started well going 1 up through the 3, the experience of Anjie and Vicky finally took its toll and although Kate and Sabrina fought hard Cornwall were to win 3-1. The final pairing was Izzy and Chloe who were playing the steely pair of Cath and Annie. Again, a well fought match seeing the pair take the game back to 1 up through 9 from being 2 down. However, Cath and Annie eventually took back the lead and went on to win 2-1. The result of the morning foursomes 2 -1  to Cornwall.

The afternoon singles started with Jess taking the helm playing Kira. Once again Jess got an early lead that she was never going to relinquish and finally taking the match 4-2. A great start! Izzy was next to play and was up against Caroline. A very close match neither getting more than 1 ahead, but Izzy kept her cool and finally took the match 2-1. Kate was next to play and was up against Jo. Kate was to have a slow start going 4 down at 5, but never to give up by 11 had taken the match back to all square, but Jo, dug deep to finally take the match 3/2. Chloe was next playing Penny. A very closely fought match, Chloe and Penny never letting the match go more than 2 either way, so it was no surprise that the match was eventually halved. Hannah joined us for the singles and was up against the experienced Annie who had got the measure of the course and conditions on the morning foursomes and although Hannah played well the experienced Annie took the match 4-3. Finally, it was Megan to play seasoned player Cath. Megan played superbly, her gritty determination to keep the game within reach never letting the game go more than one. However, the older and more experienced Cath sunk some amazing long puts to hold off Megan’s charge finally securing the point to win 3-2. The result of the afternoon singles 2 ½ - 3 ½ .

Final score for the day – Cornwall 5 ½ Gloucestershire 3 ½

A well fought match, on a very challenging course, by both sides played in the right spirit and our congratulations to Cornwall and a great win!


Thanks also to Taunton and Pickeridge and the team for hosting us on such a busy day.

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South West Bowmaker

Saturday 29th September 2018

Ladies gather from all over the South West

The early starters at Lansdown found themselves donning extra layers of clothing when they arrived for a bright but cool and crisp South West Autumn Bowmaker.

The President thanked everyone for playing, especially as this Competition very nearly didn't happen at all. Sue recalled Lansdown being easy level walking and no water so hopefully there were not too many lost balls today.

Sue thanked Competition Secretary Sue Johns for running the competition so efficiently and she in turn offered her thanks to Club Captain John Butler, a multi-tasker who was at hand all day, she would have been lost without him!

Sue Rawles went on to thank Josh and Ross in the kitchen and to Lansdown for hosting the Competition today, it was especially nice to see our friends from the other SW Counties and she hoped they would all continue to support the SW competitions in 2019.

Only 3 points separated the top three teams with the local team from Lansdown coming out on top, the winning team complimented the green keeper on the excellent greens and expressed their gratitude to Sue Johns for the very smooth running of the Competition.

Full results appear on the GLCGA website.


Pictured are Captain John Butler with Tricia and Bridget from Lansdown receiving their 1st prize from Sue Rawles.



1st  Patricia Ritchie, Bridget Ashley and Laura Leach-Lansdown with 83 pts

2nd Jackie Mccarthy, Lin Wright and Kim Burchill -Tracy Park with 82 pts

3rd Carole Paterson, Caroline Hunter and Corinne Stolworthy -Long Sutton with 80 pts

County Finals 2018 - Day 5 - TEAM GLOS WIN!

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Follow the results online!

England Golf Live Scoring can be found here:  LIVE SCORING

Day 5 - Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire

With the prospect of more bad weather, England Golf and the County Captains agreed on another format for the final ‘crunch’ day of play!  It was decided to have three sessions of play so if there was a suspension of play, hopefully at least one session could be played and completed.

The order of play was:  

Session 1:     12 singles matches 

Session 2:     3 foursomes

Session 3:     3 foursomes

This meant that 8 players per County would be playing on the course at the same time as the foursomes matches followed immediately after the singles matches. 

The selection for the final day needed to guarantee points as soon as possible, so Andra, Su and Andy decided to select the four lowest handicappers to play in the singles with Ffion, Alex, Ebonie and Caley going out in that order.  Cotswold Hills foursomes partners Sam and Claude went out in the first foursomes match followed by lefties, Charlie and Grace in the final foursomes match.

Looking at the other Counties strategies for the final day, it was obvious that everybody had adopted the same approach – putting out their lowest handicapped players first to secure as many points as early as possible. Buckinghamshire had performed extremely well at this County Final, surprising many with their strong results - Team Glos were always going to be pushed to bring home the points but the girls were determined and with the level of support from Gloucestershire’s Burgundy Brigade as well as Cornwall’s Captain, Sue Rowarth and Devon’s Captain, Christine Longden the girls believed they could deliver the result we all wanted.

So, in 36 mph winds which at around 1pm gusted to 62 mph, the girls started their challenge to battle the elements, play phenomenal golf and bring the trophy back to Gloucestershire.

Ffion, our ‘pocket rocket’ was buzzing for her match having won all five of her previous matches.  She soon found herself going down and by the 10th needed to really dig deep and find her form as she was 3dn.  Whilst Ffion was battling, Alex controversially had chosen to play with a yellow ball and whilst she was plotting her way successfully around the golf course when she got to the 10th whilst she hit a good shot from the tee, a crow took a liking to her bright yellow ball and flew off with it!  Luckily spectators saw the incident and were able to identify the spot where it had landed and she was able to replace it and hit a fantastic shot into the 10th green and found herself 2up on her opponent.  

Ffion found her mojo and won the next 2 holes and arrived at the 13th tee just 1dn. Alex was also on a roll and won her match 5&4 on the 14th– 1 point in the bag!

Ebz was also doing well, calmly battling against the buffering winds and with her putter on fire, she soon found herself 3up through 13 and never looked as though she was going to lose.  She finished her game on the 15th for a 4&3 win.  Just behind Ebz, Caley was also up in her match and when she hit the ball from the 14th tee it was always looking like a dead cert – Caley definitely loves an audience, as there were around 30 burgundy supporters around the green – her ball circumnavigated the hole and just rolled 6 inches away from the hole – her opponent didn’t stand a chance as she was to the right of the green and although she attempted her putt conceded the hole, for Caley to go dormie 4up.  Caley also closed out her match on the 15th hole.  In the meantime, Ffion was dormie 2up through the 16th halving the 17th to win her match 2&1. Team Glos had won the match against Buckinghamshire but now the question was whether we could deliver a clean sweep of the points.

Charlie and Grace, our last foursomes were playing some awesome golf and were never down – they closed out their match 8&7 – a phenomenal score!  Sam and Claude were having a great game, having been up through the early part of the course, but their opponents soon found some form and started to come back from the 12th and soon Sam and Claude found themselves pegged back to A/S by the time they reached the 14th.  With Gloucestershire’s ball lost on the 15th they lost this hole to go into the 16th 1dn. Halving the 16th, they proceeded to the 17th dormie 2dn, but unfortunately lost this hole to lose their match 2&1.

To win our final match 5:1 was a great achievement – we needed to beat Buckinghamshire but we needed to beat them well as Surrey could have challenged us for the trophy as they were on the same points going into the final day.  Surrey had a battle with Staffordshire, who had beaten us earlier in the week, and whilst our matches were on the course, we heard that Staffordshire were looking the favourites to win that match which meant that the pressure was off us – however, our intention was always to win our match and win it well enough not to worry about the Surrey result and that’s exactly what Team Glos did!

Team Glos did the County proud – they endured the most gruelling weather conditions, but they remained positive all week. They are a great bunch of girls who are exceptional ambassadors for Gloucestershire and wherever they play, we seem to pick up more supporters.  Guided by Andra, Su and Andy they excelled this week and they thoroughly deserve to be National County Champions again.  

Congratulations to you all Team Glos!


Day 4 – Gloucestershire v Norfolk

Wow we had an early start to beat the storms on Day 4 with most of the team and their caddies and supporters arriving in darkness but the dawn soon rose to bring a calmer day in respect of wind but brollies and wet gear were definitely needed!

Kicking off the show were Sam and Claude who soon found themselves 1up through 3 but dropped back to A/S on the par 3 5th where they stayed until they’d had their bacon baps which seemed to give them a bit of momentum and they were soon 2up through 9.  However, it was obvious they needed another bap because by the 11th they were back to A/S – knowing that more bacon baps were waiting in the clubhouse they got their act together and promptly won the 12thand the 16th to go dormie 2up and took the win on the 17th.

Ffion leading the singles was 1dn through 3 but had a good win on the 4th to go A/S and then won the 5th as well.  By the 8th she was 3up but not for long when she lost the 10th and from here she retained her 2up margin until the 16th.  Going up the 17th she knew she needed to hold onto her lead as some of the other singles matches weren’t going Gloucestershire's way.  She halved the 17th and proceeded to the 18th 1up.  Both players played the 18th very similarly but Ffion won the match 1up.

Grace although winning the 1st struggled and in her own words “just couldn’t putt today”.  Grace always battles hard and kept her match going to the 16th but eventually lost 3&2.

Behind Grace was Caley who went 1up after the 1st but in a very even match was pegged back and every time she thought she was going to win a hole, her opponent found something to hold her off. On the 7th Caley holed out from 130 yards and as she was walking up to the green, her opponent said “nice shot” - Caley was not aware that her ball was in the hole!  It was a fantastic shot and Caley really thought the hole was hers, but her opponent was not going to give it up lightly and promptly rolled in her putt for a birdie – so the hole was halved with birdies! Caley had really come up against an in form player and even though she battled with the elements and her opponent’s awesome putting, she found herself dormie 3 dn. She won the 16th to pull back 1 hole but the match was closed out by her opponent on the 17th.

Alex our anchor player was always up in her match and said herself she found her putting head today – but the shot of her round came at the 10th when she chipped in from off the green, about 30 foot from the pin to go 5 up.  She dropped a shot on the 12th but soon got one back to go dormy 5up and won her match on the 14th 5&4.

With 3 points from the 5 matches, we had secured the win and now we waited to see how the other Counties did.  Buckinghamshire had another good win, beating Staffordshire 4:1 which meant that Staffordshire are out of the frame, and Surrey beat Yorkshire 4:1.

We are still top of the leaderboard on matches won and have a 1.5 match advantage over Surrey.  Tomorrow we need to beat Buckinghamshire and maintain the ‘match wins’ advantage that we have over Surrey.  

With the weather causing more havoc, the format for tomorrow has changed again! The format of play has been reduced to 4 singles and 2 foursomes and will be split into three sessions. The first session comprises of 4 single matches with Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire’s first match starting at 0832 and then the next 3 going out at 0840, 0848 and 0856.  Our match versus Buckinghamshire is the middle match in the order of play.  

After all the singles matches have gone out, the first of the foursomes matches will all go out and then after those have gone out the second foursomes matches will all go out.   

Obviously, the weather has heaped havoc on the play over the week, but the girls from all Counties have gone out and done their best in the circumstances.  The weather hasn’t stopped the supporters going out on the course either and today the Burgundy Brigade were out in force – unfortunately the burgundy was well hidden under wet weather clothing, but was very visible in the club house after we had secured the win and were inside out of the rain enjoying a well-deserved sandwich and drink.

The Burgundy Brigade are the most passionate supporters of Team Glos and appear all over the course clapping the good shots and giving welcome praise when the girls go through to the next tee.  They may not always acknowledge the Burgundy Brigade’s presence when they are on the course, but that’s not to say they don’t love having you there and they want to say a big ‘thank you’ to you all for coming out in all winds and weathers to support them.

Dawn at Royal North Devon GC

The Burgundy Brigade!

Day 3 – Gloucestershire v Staffordshire - Storm Ali has a lot to answer for!
When we said it was blowing a hoolie yesterday, I don’t think we anticipated the strength of the winds that today brought! With gusting winds of 40+ mph golf was always going to be incredibly challenging.
With Sam Round arriving last night, she was able to join her Cotswold Hills foursomes partner Claude in the first pairing and they were followed by new pairing Alex and Charlie.
Claude and Sam soon found themselves 2dn through 3 but they pulled 1 back on the 4th and were soon A/S through 8 picking up another hole on the 9th – unfortunately they lost two holes by the time they went through 16 – with most of these holes driving into gusting winds even stronger than at the start of the round. Walking to the 17th they knew they needed to win the hole to keep the game alive but unfortunately it was not to be, and they lost 2&1.
In the meantime, Alex and Charlie had an up and down round and whilst they were up in the early stages, their game turned and they found themselves struggling with the wind and trying to down the putts with their balls oscillating on the greens. Their match finished 4&2 on the 16th.
With the four singles players battling hard, it was essential for them to dig deep and try and bring in some points.
Ebonie faced Staffordshire’s number 1 player who definitely had her putting head on and was putting in from everywhere – Ebz at one point was 3dn but she rallied and started to come back but even though she got it back to 1dn going down the 17th, her third shot into the green unfortunately went in the greenside ditch meaning she had to take a drop and found herself losing the match 2&1.
Behind Ebz, Ffion started off slowly and was soon 3dn through 9 but as determined as ever she turned her game around and by the 12th was back to A/S. Ffion then won the 13th and 14th and went to the 17th 2up. The 17th proved to be challenging and she conceded the hole, to go to the 18th tee 1up. With a great drive and 2nd shot into the green all the spectators knew that it was Ffion’s advantage and sure enough she won her match 1up. 1 point in the bag but we needed 2 more to halve the match, so it was down to Grace and Caley to bring in the points.
Grace found herself 2dn through 6 but got 1 back by the time she arrived at the 10th tee. The 10th proved difficult and she had to take a provisional ball and lost that hole. She eventually lost her match 3&2 on the 16th.
Caley, our anchor player and the last player on the whole of the course, was quietly going about her business, finding herself 3up through 12. With the majority of Gloucestershire spectators and players all congregating around the 17th, Caley made them panic a bit when she needed a ruling, but in her usual indomitable way, she brought in the win, so Team Glos secured another point.
With 2 wins from 6 we obviously hadn’t won, but in that wind, all of our girls won for not giving up – with four Counties all with four points, we still remain at the top of the leaderboard and that's where we intend to stay.
The conditions were some of the worst many of the locals had witnessed in years and I don’t think anyone would willingly have gone out to play, but Team Glos played their hearts out and yes they’ll pick themselves up and dust themselves off and be ready to take on Norfolk tomorrow in what’s forecast to be even more formidable weather conditions!  Thank you to all our supporters who came from all over - to our Cornish and Devonian friends it was lovely to see you supporting us.

The starting order for Day 3


Senor Pig taking a buffering in the wind!


The Simon Cowell Twins, Claudia and Sam showing how to wear their wet gear with (out) style!!!

Day 3 Leaderboard - Team Glos still at the top!


Day 2 - Gloucestershire v Surrey - and it was blowing a hoolie!   

With the format changed due to the inclement weather our foursomes pairing of Alex and Claude got off to a very good start even though they were battling against the tail winds of Hurricane Helene and they were always up.  The hole of the round came early at the 4th where Alex played the second shot blind to within 10 feet of the pin with Claude promptly sinking the putt for a birdie - even one of the locals said they had never seen golf like it in the 40 years he had been playing – however, it all went Pete Tong (wrong) on the next hole with a loss on the par 3, 5th which was straight into the wind and which caused problems to most players throughout the day.  They bounced straight back to win the 6th and then got back to winning ways and soon closed out their match on the 13th with a 6&5 win.   

Ebonie was faced with a tough battle and found herself 2dn after 3 but got one back by the 9th but soon lost the 10th. It was just one of those days which really pushed players to the limit and Ebz soon found herself dormie 4dn.  Not to give up, she won the 15th and spectators thought there could be a turnaround on the cards.  Unfortunately, even though she hit a great shot into the par 3 16th, the Surrey girl only needed a halve but she sunk the putt to win the match 4&2. 

Ffion who bounced along in her usual manner was always up in her match and fuelled by Malteser tiffin from the buggy on the 10th tee she soon picked up her winning point on the 13th for another 6&5 win to match the foursomes pairing’s result. 

At this point it wasn’t looking good because although we had won 2 out of 3 matches, the back two players of Grace and Caley were both down in their games.  Grace went through the 10th 3dn and Caley was 1dn but then dropped another hole through 12.  In the usual ‘never say die’ Gloucestershire approach to team golf, these two were not going to give up their points lightly and witnessing the golf over the back part of the course was always going to be an exciting time for everyone who was brave enough to stay out on the course! 

Grace’s comeback from 3dn was superb and hole by hole she reduced her opponent’s margin and ended up going down the 18th A/S!  With a slightly wayward shot, the gallery at the 18th green thought Grace had gone in the ditch on the right of the 18th fairway, but luckily she was wide and she laid up her second shot to chip her 3rd shot over the rhyne to within 4 feet for a birdie and yes she nailed it and got the essential win to ensure Team Glos had won the match!  A truly gritty performance under extreme pressure! 

Caley was following Grace and she was on the comeback trail as well. With Ebonie hopping on the bag after she had finished her match, Caley looked every inch the stronger player in her match on the final few holes. Reaching the 18th tee A/S like Grace, her drive sailed down the left hand side of the fairway with her opponent in the middle of the fairway.  Her opponent laid up her second shot but Caley bravely took the green on and her ball flew through the wind dropping just left of the green. Her opponent then hit her 3rd shot short of the green giving Caley the advantage. Caley chipped her ball to within 6 feet and although her opponent had an excellent putt, Caley putted out for the birdie and the fantastic win – who would have thought Team Glos would be celebrating a 4:1 win over Surrey when it wasn’t looking so good at the turn?  

There are loads of adjectives that you can use for Team Glos’s performance today, but none of them will be good enough and to witness the way in which they came back and supported one another made it a very special day – there were many supporters out in the blustery weather but the cold, drizzly conditions were soon forgotten when the girls brought home the win.  Thank you Team Glos for giving us such a fantastic result even though some of us are probably a bit greyer from the experience! 

Tomorrow we face Staffordshire in another shortened format with 2 foursomes and four singles – let’s keep the momentum going and see what we can achieve!

Just a tad windy on Day 2!

Team Glos getting ready for the off on the first tee.

Team HUG and lots of congratulatory comments from the supporters.

Day 2 Scoreboard



DAY 1 - Gloucestershire v Yorkshire


Monday morning was pretty bleak and the weather was changeable – jacket on, jackets off was the status for players and caddies alike.

The pairings for the morning foursomes were Ebonie and Charlie, Alex and Claudia, Ffion and Caley and it wasn’t long before the pairings were up in all matches – but then Yorkshire hit back and started to peg back the leads that the Glos pairings had although Ffion and Caley never gave up any of their lead and soon found themselves dormie 7up – they didn’t want to over play on Day 1 and finished their match on the 12th– which just happens to be a long way away from the club house!

Ebonie and Charlie were 4up through 10 but then lost two on the bounce and found themselves holding on to a much smaller margin but hold on they did and won 2 & 1 on the 17th to clinch another point for Team Glos.

In the middle match things were a bit tougher with Alex and Claude going from 1up through 5 to 1dn through 10 – Alex and Claude weren’t going to leave the course without the win and they battled hard to get it back to A/S after 13 with Alex getting a birdie on 15 to go 1up.  Yorkshire came straight back on the 16th and Glos found themselves back at A/S – Saunders just loves a grandstand finish, so it was always looking like a walk up the 18th was on the cards – she just loves to be on camera and the Royal North Devon webcam was pointed on the 18th green.  And performed they did, winning the 18th to bring home the 3rd point of the morning.

Going into lunch with 3 points in the bag, made the food even more tasty – a good morning’s work from Team Glos.

The singles were always going to be tough as Yorkshire were not going to give up their position as National Champions easily.  With Ffion leading the way, she found herself 1dn through 1 and then before she got to 7 she had got it back to A/S but then went back to 1dn.  After hole 7 she was always up and eventually finished off her match on the 17th with a 3&1 win.

Ebonie struggled for the first 9 holes at one point going 3dn, but she found her mojo by the 11th and was A/S going down the 12th.  With great positivity, she plotted her way around the next couple of holes and won on the 16th 4&2.  Great fightback Ebz!

Grace played steady golf and although quickly going 1up through 1 and holding onto this score for the next 6 holes, but the 8th she found herself A/S.  Not happy with being pegged back she then won two holes on the bounce and by 15 was domie 3up.  And then she pulled off a fantastic score on the 16th by having a hole in one to win her match – how good was that!  Her first hole in one and at County Finals.  Unfortunately as she’s underage, there were no drinks on Grace!

Charlie who followed Grace was also on a fightback – she found herself 3dn through 4 but she’s a fighter and wasn’t prepared to give up her match – after lots of to-ing and fro-ing she ended up 1dn going down the 18th but with the Yorkshire girl putting her ball in the ditch running alongside the fairway, Charlie knew that she was capable of getting a half from her game and that’s exactly what she did – well done Charlie for being so resilient and not letting the pressure get to you.

Rachael had a challenging match with her opponent determined to get a point having lost in the morning. Rachael kept the margin close up until the 8th, finding herself 1dn but soon lost the next two holes and eventually her opponent got the better of her and Rachael lost on the 14th 5&4.

In the final match it looked like Saunders would finish before the 18th and Sam Round who was meant to be working but obviously watching the WhatsApp messages and the webcam, was taking odds on whether she would get to the 18th– we know Saunders loves a grandstand finish!  With Saunders being dormie 2 up, no-one took Sam’s bet – oh I bet they wished they had, as if you watched the webcam, you would have seen Saunders playing the 18th!  Luckily she was 1up and couldn’t lose and with the Yorkshire girl hitting a long shot through the 18th green and with the distraction of a herd of horses grazing around the green, Alex had the advantage as her ball was about 15ft from the pin.  The Yorkshire Coach had to move the horses on the back of the 18th green, so that her player could play her shot but she over hit it and conceded the hole, so Saunders won 2 up.

At the beginning of the day Team Glos were determined to seek revenge against Yorkshire for last year’s result and they did it with humility and grace – Yorkshire’s team were very different from last year with a lot of new faces but Team Glos played exceptionally well – all rooting for one another – they are a cohesive team of great friends and all of them support one another.

Let’s keep up the momentum and see what tomorrow brings.  Go Team Glos!  



Hole in One for Grace on the 16th                                                                                             Buggy decoration is an ART!


Alex and Claude before they go out


Who needs greenkeepers when a shetland pony will do!


Just loving this scoreboard!



17th - 21st Sept at Royal North Devon Golf Club


Our Gloucestershire team is: 
Caley McGinty, Ebonie Lewis, Ffion Tynan, Alex Saunders, Claudia Ovens, Sam Round, Grace Connelly, Charlie Hiatt and Rachael Archibald    Non-travelling reserve: Jess Brown 

The order of play for the week is 
Mon 17th: Yorkshire 
Tues 18th: Surrey
Wed 19th: Staffs
Thurs 20th: Norfolk 
Friday 21st: Bucks


Click here for full details of draw including tee times


Follow results online

We would love to see lots of Gloucestershire supporters all week!

Kitcat Cup Finals - a test for the average golfer

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Scores vary greatly as gusty winds intermingled with downpours and sunny periods hit the Kitcat Finals at Filton




Arriving as dawn broke, the view was of leaves blowing around everywhere and the greenkeepers working on the first tee. By the time we had the first ladies out on the course in extremely blustery, cold conditions we had shut the sliding door and had a visit from the greenkeeper, Marcus, to explain where trees and branches were down. But by the time Sue Johns was out on the course at 10, it was just the swirling leaves making life difficult as they hid the balls-all branches were removed and just the sad sight of the fallen trees remained.

Sun and extremely heavy showers continued until mid afternoon, coupled with winds, but it did quieten down slightly for the later players, but all came in feeling battered and windswept!

How this  affected the 132 ladies is reflected in the scores and the changes to the CSS

When Sue presented the trophy to Annie, who was one of the earlier players, she commented that it gave us a feel for what our WINNING Gloucestershire team had been dealing with all week!

Grateful thanks were given to Filton for their support in organising the day, especially the greenkeepers, who ensured it was safe for us ; Jan, the club delegate, for starting her day at 7 alongside Sue and being there 12 hours later as we cleared up and Victoria, who welcomed and dealt with results input whilst Sue played and tested the weather conditions....

Report from Sue Johns

Results: Overall Winner/ Kitcat Cup- Annie Pryer-The Bristol-39pts


!st Filomena Terrell- Lilley Brook - 36pts

2nd Lynda Pearce - Cotswold Edge -36pts

3rd Ruth Gwilliam - Cotswold Hills - 36pts

4th Lin Andrew - Broadway -35pts



1st Jean Kendrick -Thornbury - 36pts

2nd Julie Atherton - Shirehampton Park - 33pts

3rd Marilyn Slater - Chipping Sodbury -33pts

4th janet Turner - Thornbury -32pts

Super Seniors Win for Ali Kelly!

Monday 10th September 2018


Gloucestershire’s very own Ali Kelly came from four shots off the pace to become the first winner of the England Senior Women’s County Champion of Champions’ title at Frilford Heath GC.

Ali from Cirencester, finished the 36-hole event at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, on six-over par and won by two shots.

Ali was delighted to win the inaugural competition, as when she played in the County's Senior Champs she wasn't aware that there was an England Golf Champion of Champions event for senior ladies.

Her win was made even more special because it was at Frilford Heath – where Ali's parents were members until recently – and because the trophy was presented by England Golf President-elect Jenny Clink, a stalwart of Gloucestershire women’s golf.

After yesterday’s first round Ali was four behind but she decided to just go out to have a reasonable game and not think about winning particularly, but have a tidy round.

Well done Ali - we're all very proud of you!


Image:  Copyright Leaderboard Photography

Lady Marling Returns to Minchinhampton Old

Saturday 8th September 2018


On a bright, but cold morning ladies from the 2 divisions tackled Minchinhampton  Old Course with the accompaniment of several breeds of cattle, runners, dog walkers and cyclists as extra obstacles to overcome.

The sunlight made it hard to track the ball's flight, so much time was spent tracking the elusive objects although the rough was playable.

Vicky began the presentation by thanking Eve and Sue for running the competition and referred to the history of the Lady Marling trophies and the link with Minchinhampton.


Winners Lady Marling Silver Division                                                                           

Nett- Lady Marling Challenge Cup -Susan Rosbotham-Minchinhampton Old-70               

       Lady Marling Silver Replica - Heather Sheridan - Cotswold Hills -72                                       

       3rd -Alison McDougall - The Bristol -73                                                                                  

Gross - Scratch Cup -Mel Lee - Cotswold Edge -83                                                     

          2nd -Frances Lindley - Minchinhampton New -86                                                          

          3rd -Rachael Paul- The Bristol -88     


Winners Lady Marling Bronze Division     

Nett   - Lady Marling Bronze Cup- Heather Morgan - Cotswold Edge 70

Lady Marling Replica Cup - Sue Johns - The Kendleshire - 74

3rd Nett - Delia Allen -Cotswold Edge - 78

Gross  - Graham Cup - Heather Morgan - Cotswold Edge - 94

1st - Ann Way - Tracy Park -98

2nd - Hannah Williamson - Minchinhampton Old - 100

3rd Kathleen Briggs - Cotswold Hills - 102                                                


All scores are displayed on our Competitions page  

Competition played on 7th September 2018

Cotswold Edge Ladies take the Gross Team Cup

Thursday 23rd August 2018


A dry, but windy day at Cleeve led to some frustrated players, but also some close results for the gross team championship. It was an excellent test of the golfing skills of the players and talk of at least a 2 club wind was heard as discussion of their games echoes around the clubhouse.

A couple of sheep were involved in collisions with golf balls necessitating extra  shots to be taken by players and lost balls were found in rabbit holes as spotters walked in afterwards. So a few high scores on the odd hole,but also a few birdies achieved.

A nail biting finish as the ladies waited to see whether the last 2 teams would alter the winners, so there was a great cheer from Cotswold Edge when the last score was entered and they found they had retained their lead but with a reduced margin of one. Corrine Durber expressed her delight and surprise as she received the trophy from Sue Rawles, Sue thanked Cotswold Edge for their fantastic support of the County, there is always "plenty of pink" at every competition!

Sue went on to thank everyone at Cleeve for their excellent hospitality -  it's a small club with a big heart!

Once again Sue expressed our gratitude to Sue Johns for her excellent runniing of the competition today

Winners Cotswold Edge 248- Tina Lewis, Debbie Pringle, Mel Lee and Corinne Durber

Runners Up Bristol & Clifton 249- Karen Rix, Paula Crabtree, Alexandra Saunders and Alison Leatt

3rd Henbury 250 - Louise Church, Alison Cooper, Ann Manley and Sue Elliott

Best Individual Score -Jane Rees 78 on countback Minchinhampton New


For individual results go to competitions

Click here for full team spreadsheet

Second Team win to get through to Final

Monday 20th August 2018

Glos V Wilts  19 August 2018 at Shirehampton

Teams :

Glos: Rachael Archibald, Megan Bartlet, Jess Brown, Izzy Lloyd, Hannah Brown-Pearce, Kate Thurlow, Izzy Payne. Captain Su Mallon

Wilts: Tracey Scully (capt), Liv Bannon, Sophia Corredor Escolant, Becky Miles, Katie Walls, Tash Chapman

An early start, bacon rolls at 8:15 before heading out to the windy tee for a 9am tee off time. Rachael and Jess playing Tracey and Liv starting off the morning foursomes, a tight close match neither going more than 2up throughout the match taking the match to the 18 with Glos finally taking the match on the 18th 1up.  Next to the tee, Kate and Izzy P, playing the strong pairing of Katie and Sophia, although Kate and Izzy P played well and fought hard Katie and Sophie were on fire, Katie with a borrowed putter could not miss and Wilts finally took the match on the 14th. The final pairing of Megan and Izzy L, playing Tash and Becky, a strong start by Megan and Izzy who never let the match go beyond all square and finally taking the match on the 18th 1up. Morning foursomes result Glos 2 Wilts 1.

A great start, but to get to the finals taking place at Taunton and Pickeridge in September Glos needed to win the match 6-3 so at least 4 points required in the afternoon singles.

Jess leading the way playing Katie with her “red hot” borrowed putter. But this afternoon it was Jess who was on fire taking as early lead 4up by the 8th and never really relinquishing that lead, winning 4 and 3 and with the prize for the speediest round! all over in 2hours 20 mins! Hannah and Liv were up next and although Hannah played very well, Liv who had got the measure of the course in the morning went on to take the match on the 15th. Izzy Lloyd in her first 2nd Team match was up next, playing Wilts Captain Tracey, Izzy taking an early lead and eagling the 10th to go 5 up. However, Tracey was not to give up and fought back hard taking the match back to AS on the 16th and halving the 17th meant they were going up the 18th all square. Izzy kept her cool, and won the match 1up on the 18th. Kate was next up playing Becky, a close match Kate going 2 up on the 7th and maintaining a steady lead, her caddy, Glos Captain Andra, keeping her on the right path to win 3 and 2. Megan and Tash next up and Megan with a determined look in her eye took a very early lead, a lead she was never going to give up and finally wining her match on the 12th 7 and 6. Finally it was Rachael and Sophia and a very close well fought match, Rachael in her relaxed determined demeanour continued to maintain a small lead to win her match on the 16th 3 and 2. Final singles score Glos 5 Wilts 1

Final score Glos 7 Wilts 2

Thank you to Wiltshire for a great match played in the right friendly spirit.

The Team had done it! Glos are off to the Finals.  Save the date 30 September Taunton and Pickeridge GC.

My thanks to Shirehampton Golf Club for hosting the day, the course was in great condition a tough course for a tough match, The delicious bacon rolls, lunch and scrumptious cake, and finally the welcome. Shirehampton you could not have been more welcoming thank you.


 2nd team match Wilts 2018 2.doc

SW Junior Inter Counties Tournament

Thursday 16th August 2018

Team Glos battle until the very end!

Team Glos made up of Captain Megan Bartlett (Knowle), Vice Captain Jess Brown (Cirencester), Isabel Lloyd (Tewkesbury Park), Kate Thurlow (Cotswold Hills), Chloe Lloyd (Knowle), Isobel Payne (The Kendleshire), Sabrina Thompson-Green (Cotswold Hills) and Lorna Evans (Minchinhampton Old) all descended on Brickhampton Court Golf Complex to battle it out against the four other Counties in the South West (unfortunately Cornwall were unable to field a team, so withdrew).

For a full report of the Tournament go to:

and for full results go to:



Summer Texas Scramble

Thursday 9th August 2018


The winning team of Jacky Watson, Carol Hughes and Jenny Garland from The Kendleshire pictured with Vice President Vicky Watkins.

This competition is only in its second year and was set up to include some of the smaller clubs who are unable to host a major competition.

There was a nice relaxed atmosphere in the clubhouse as County Delegate, Viv and Club Secretary, Nigel helped me set up before the ladies began arriving.  I even had time to have breakfast before welcoming the first teams.

Nigel was the starter and Viv, the maid of all work, dealing with queries, ball draw and selling pig markers and pins whilst I ensured the ladies had cards and other information.

On arrival, everyone commented on the lovely coffee and bacon baps and relaxed atmosphere before tackling an interesting 9 holes trying to improve their scores on the 2nd 9 in dry, warm weather yet again.

Scores were close and countbacks kept Viv and myself busy checking until all were in, just before County Vice President, Vicky arrived to present the prizes as the last ladies enjoyed the delicious buffet provided by Sherdons.

A very enjoyable day with great comments from the many ladies visiting for the first time

 Sue Johns

 Full results below

 Texas Scramble Results 2018.pdf


Fantastic Junior AmAm Fundraiser!

Monday 6th August 2018

Well we had a ball with 16 teams going out and playing in the intense heat around Knowle GC but when we totted up all the money, I think everyone agreed it was well worth all the blood, sweat and tears that they shed whilst playing in the inaugural GGG AmAm. 

An incredible £1,123.15p was raised, so a big thank you to all the golfers who participated, the Golf Clubs who donated complimentary 4-balls, the Club Pro's who donated prizes, everyone else who donated prizes for the raffle and most importantly to Knowle Golf Club who gave us courtesy of the course.

It was a fantastic event with lots of happy golfers especially the ones who won!

The most colourful team were the ladies from Bristol & Clifton GC who really pushed the colour boundaries.

There were 2 nearest the pin prizes on hole 6 and 12 and the winners were Jess Baber and Lorna Evans. Alex Saunders won the longest/straightest drive on hole 11.

In 3rd place with 128 points was Jess Baber's team of Colin and Lynn Lavender and Julie Jones.

In 2nd place with 133 points was Millie Gait's team of Paul Gait, Dan Moore and Steve Harris.

and in 1st place with a great score of 140 points was Gabriella Haynes team of Brad Haynes, Lewis Smart ad Justin Norcott.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this day a great success.

Gabriella Haynes and her team receiving their prizes from Lady Captain Gill Smith.

GLCGA Vacancies

Saturday 28th July 2018

We are looking for a Competition Secretary and an Administrator


Vacancy for Administrator and Competition Secretary


Competition Secretary

 We are looking for someone to fill the position of Competition Secretary from 1st December 2018


 The applicant should have:


1)      good communication and organisational skills, be computer literate and experience of Excel and Word


2)      experience of running golf competitions would be preferable although training could be given


3)      a current driving licence


This is a self-employed position

£3,500 per annum




We are looking for someone to fill the position of Administrator from 1st December 2018


The applicant should:


1)      have  good communication and organisational skills


2)      be computer literate and have experience of Excel and Word


3)      be able to manage their own workload


This is a self-employed position


£1,500 per annum


These jobs could be combined into one or one person could be considered for both roles


  If you would like to know more about either of these positions please contact


 Sue Rawles ( or Gillian Cowell  (                                                                  


Sizzling scores in scorching temperatures!

Thursday 26th July 2018

Tewkesbury Park win the Nett Team Championships as handicaps tumble at The Kendleshire

Phew! It was another scorcher at the Nett Team Championships at The Kendleshire Golf Club on 25th July,

120 ladies coped well in their 18 hole medal round as the thermometer  hit 30 degrees C.

Competition Secretary Sue Johns and Lady Captain Beverley were at the desk ready to welcome entrants from 8.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m.

The course took on a different look  as the 9 hole Badminton Course was included in the 18 holes for the Competition, thus eliminating the infamous watery 16th hole!

It was evident from quite early on that the now familiar scorched course and fast running conditions would lead to a plethora of low scores and there were numerous enquiries at the desk as to "how will this affect my handicap?"

The Kendleshire were excellent hosts throughout the day and Sue had plenty of help from County Delegate Rachel Scrase as well as  the ladies and gentlemen of the Club with scoring, starting and ball spotting.

President Sue Rawles was delighted to be able to present the trophy to the winning team from her own Club, Tewkesbury Park.

Sue went on to thank Sue Johns for her excellent running of the Competition, she thanked everyone for playing and hoped they would continue to support the County in this way.


Results: Tewkesbury Park -194

Ross on Wye -206

Long Ashton - 208

Brickhampton - 210

Individual Winner - Anne Lorriman from Brickhampton Court with a stunning Nett 63

Full Results

Individual Results are in Competition/Results

Success for Henbury at Fraser Foursomes

Friday 13th July 2018

Fraser Foursomes as popular as ever!

The Fraser Foursomes proved to be as popular as ever when 136 ladies took part in the 36 hole Medal competition at Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club on 12th  July. Thankfully the heatwave abated and although it was warm, everyone completed both rounds and played at a very good pace.

County President Sue Rawles thanked Stinchcombe Hill for letting us take over the course for the day and also for the excellent catering, cakes in particular. Greenkeepers, spotters and starters had all played their part in the smooth running of the day - thank you.

Sue went on to thank Sue Johns along with stalwarts Peter and Olive French (club members) for her brilliant organisation and planning of the competition,

Apart from a slight IT hiatus with the results the day went very smoothly.

Thank you ladies for your contributions to the Ball Draw, there was a surplus of £103 for the Junior Girls!

Winner of Salvers and Best 36 holes  Nett- Jan Pickersgill and Jane Reed 136 Henbury
2nd Nett Carol Brooking and Lesley Champion 140 Tracy Park
3rd Nett  Mel Lee and Ilse Russell 143 ocb Cotswold Edge
Best Gross 36 holes Paula Crabtree and Suzette Worthington 158 Bristol And Clifton
Best Nett AM Stella Knight and Elizabeth Ewart-James 67 Minchinhampton New
Best Gross AM Karen Rix and Sandra Gibbs 80 Bristol and Clifton
Best Nett PM Charlotte Heeps and Kirsty Thomson 64.5 Stinchcombe Hill
Best Gross PM Annie Griffin and Jill Sewley Thornbury       

County Colours for Ffion and Charlie

Thursday 12th July 2018

Congratulations to Ffion Tynan and Charlie Hiatt who were awarded County Colours following Inter County Match Week 2018.

  Captain Andra Knight presenting County Colours to Ffion and Charlie.

Searing heat for Seniors at Rodway!

Monday 9th July 2018

With copious amounts of water, sun cream and brollies at the ready, players coped with searing heat at Rodway Hill on Sunday 8th July for the Seniors Championship.

President Sue Rawles congratulated Alison Kelly on defending her title successfully and thanked everyone for playing and was relieved that all the players  completed 18 holes in the difficult conditions. She went on to thank Rodway Hill for giving their course to us and to all the staff and members for their warm welcome during the day.

Some of the winners are pictured above -  Jennie Field, Sue Rawles, Senior Champion Alison Kelly, Gill Smith and Gill Ashton.

All the scores available via the Competitions Results page on the website. 

Final Day Report

Monday 2nd July 2018

Gloucestershire versus Wiltshire


What a final day – after a very successful morning with all foursomes pairings winning, it was still important for Team Glos to remain focussed and bring in the necessary 2 points to ensure the win was ours and that’s exactly what they did and a bit more!

Result: Gloucestershire won 7:2 

Full report to follow (may not be until Sat as need to allocate some time to celebrate and travel back!!!)

Day 5  Gloucestershire versus Wiltshire

The day started buoyantly for Team Glos knowing that they needed to focus on a win and with the foursomes pairings announced, it was time for them to go out and ‘do the business’.

 Ffion and Caley had a bit of an early morning wobble, going 2 down after 2, but we all knew they would fight back and by the 6th hole they were back to A/S and by the 14th tee they had increased their lead by 4 and they closed out their match on the 15th winning 4&3. 

Rachael and Sam, the ‘more mature’ pairing of Team Glos plotted their way around the course and were soon 2 up through 4 holes.  However, their opponents weren’t going to give up and Rachael and Sam soon found themselves A/S through 8.  Time to dig deep and that’s what R & S did, they pulled back to 2 up, lost a hole arriving at the 17th 1 up and then won the 18th, to win their match 2 up.

Ebonie and Charlie, a pairing that always seems to bring home a point went out in anchor position – they soon found themselves 2 up through 3 holes and were never down in their match – quietly moving through the golf course, they eventually won on the 15th, 5&3.

Lunch tasted good knowing that Team Glos had 3 points in the bag and the win was in touching distance with only 2 points needed from the afternoon singles.  Ffion had to leave at lunchtime as she needed to travel with the Welsh Squad to the European Team Champs so the afternoon’s team were Gilo, Caley, Grace, Claude, Sam and Granny Saunders.

Gilo led the team out, playing against a very in form Sarah Gee.  Alex played solidly but found herself 1dn through 7.  This match was always going to be a tough one and by the 15th, Gilo was 2 down eventually losing on the 17th 3&1.

Caley was never down in her match and by the 10th she found herself 4 up. Caley with her quiet demeanour plotted her way around the course and soon closed her match out on the 13th winning 6&5 and another point was secured. 

Grace had a bit of a roller coaster match – she fought hard to get to 2 up and then her opponent would come back and peg her back but Grace was 2 up going through the 9th but then found herself A/S after the 11th– anyone knowing Grace would realise that she had the bit between her teeth and she was not going to give this match up – she went 1 dn after the 12th and found herself 2dn through 15.  What happened next was awesome – with 3 holes to play Grace knew she had to muster every ounce of determination to turn this match around – and that’s exactly what she did. She won the next three holes, winning her match 1up – what a phenomenal turnaround!

Both Claudia and Sam had challenges on their hands and they both had to battle right to the very end. By the time they had closed their matches out on the 18th, both securing welcome halves, Team Glos had already secured the necessary points as Alex S had also beaten her opponent on the 13th to win her match 6&5 and bring home the winning point for the overall match.  

Friday was an incredible day with tired golfers who were never, ever going to give up – they wanted that final win and prove that they were worthy of their title as South West County Champions.  They did it and with style and great resilience – it was great to witness the team spirit throughout the week – they are great ambassadors for our amazing County and now they look forward to the County Finals to be played at Royal North Devon w/c 17th September.

Team Glos supporters are fantastic and very welcome – the girls recognise how much support they get and they are hoping to see some of you at Westward Ho! in September.  It will be a great tournament and the quality of the golf will be exceptional, so if you have some time available during that week, then hop on down the M5 to Westward Ho!


Day 4 – Gloucestershire versus Devon

Wow that was a battle and a half and yes it was very hot and for supporters pretty stressful but oh so satisfying at the end of the match!

We always knew that Devon were going to be a tough team to beat and it was necessary for us to put out the strongest team and so in the foursomes the pairings were:  Caley and Ffion, Ebz and Granny Saunders, Claude and Gilo.  

Caley and Ffion started off steadily and were 2 up through 11 but soon found themselves A/S through 13 with the strong Devon pairing making a comeback.  They then went 1 up on the 14th and maintained this until the 17th when Devon won the hole, Glos found themselves going down the 18th A/S.  With great drives and approach shots from both teams, it was all down to the putting and neither was prepared to lose both successfully putting out which meant a halved match.

In the back pairing Claude and Gilo were motoring and were 4 up through 13 but were soon pegged back to 2 up by the time they got to 16, but they won the 16th, to win their match 3&2.

The middle pairing of Ebonie and Granny Saunders were having a real tussle with the Devon pairing.  By the 9th, they were 2 down and needed to dig deep to get it back which they did by the 16th.  They lost the 17th and were dormie 1 down going down the 18th which meant that they needed to win the hole to get the half.  Ebonie took a stunning drive splitting the fairway and Alex hit a lovely 8 iron into the green to within 12 feet of the hole to rapturous applause.  Ebonie lagged the putt up to the hole and Devon conceded the hole, which meant another half in the bag!  

The result going into lunch was a fantastic 2:1 but the harder battle was about to start following the lunch break!

Thinking about the form that Devon have shown in their previous matches, it was evident that Glos needed to field the strongest team that they could, to ensure us of the win. The six morning players were selected to play in the afternoon and after careful planning, the order was agreed, and it was all set for a nail biting finish.

Ebonie led the field out once again and was soon confidently scoring well and finished her match on the 14th winning 6&4.

Gilo had a tough match against one of her ex college students and unfortunately lost on the 13th.

The next Glos player, Ffion was bouncing along the fairways and was always up although her Devon opponent did come back, but as ever resilient, this made Ffion even more determined to get her point and won on the 17th with a 3&1 score.

Further down the field, Caley just plotted her way around the course in her ‘cool as a cucumber’ way, securing a well-deserved 6&4 win on the 14th.

Claudia was also up most of her match, but the Devon girl kept pegging her back and after the 14th Claude found herself 3 up but Lauren her opponent hit a fantastic shot into the 15th and Claude found herself in the greenside bunker. Although she hit a phenomenal shot out of the bunker to within 2 feet, Lauren sunk her putt, so they proceeded to the 16th with Claude 2 up.  Claude eventually won on the 18th, 2up.

Granny Saunders struggled against a very in-form Lexi Dart and was 4 down through 14.  Lexi was sinking putts from all over the place and when Alex reviewed her match she worked out that Lexi was 5 under gross by the time she closed out the match on the 15th– a tough day but the overall win had already been secured.

Devon were a tough team to beat and all the girls needed to be on the ball – they were resilient and never gave up, which demonstrates their commitment to winning – everyone who finished early, walked in with the team and supported them.  The burgundy brigade were evident out on the course in good numbers today – they may not have had their burgundy jumpers on in 26oC heat but the girls recognise lots of them and are truly grateful for all their support.

With 4 of the single matches won, the final match score was 6:3 to Gloucestershire – another grand day out in sunny Rock!  Tomorrow we meet our buddies Wiltshire – we need to remain focussed as we need as many points as we can get to ensure an overall win – we cannot relax until after the last putt is sunk – we’ll do our best to bring the trophy back to Gloucestershire so keep your eyes peeled on Facebook, Twitter and the website.  We’ll try to ensure updates are regularly sent throughout the day to ensure you share the last day’s golf with us if you can't be here in sunny Cornwall with us.  Fingers crossed we’ll have some good news tomorrow!


Who needs shoes when you've played 2 rounds of golf?

Team Glos huddle after a long gruelling day!


Day 3 – Gloucestershire versus Somerset

Hump day arrived, and it was cloudy and cool which after a couple of very humid days was a welcome change! Somerset were our opponents and the morning foursomes pairings were Alex Squared (Alex Giles and Alex Saunders), the two lefties Grace Connelly and Charlie Hiatt and the final pairing was Ffion Tynan and Caley McGinty and so the battle began.

Alex Squared soon found themselves 3 down through 4 but they weren’t going to give up and by the time they came through the 6th they had pulled one hole back and then another on the 7th and another on the 8th, so they went down the 9th A/S.  However, it was always going to be a tough match and they dropped a couple of shots for a few holes but their comeback was awesome with them securing a half on the 18th following a fantastic up and down by the pair of them.

The middle pairing of Charlie and Grace found themselves 1 down after 9 after being A/S for the early holes.  Their opponents put pressure on them over the back 9 but they were soon 2 up through 15 and it looked as though we could secure a point from this match. Unfortunately Somerset came back strong and we found ourselves A/S going down the 18th– a win was not to be and we lost on the 18th.

Ffion and Caley were always up in their match and could be heard all over the course with their chattering and laughter.  Ebonie was on Caley’s bag and was a top caddy giving them great advice and their win on the 14th would in Ebonie’s words was “down to the great caddying”.  

So, we went into lunch halving the morning foursomes which meant we needed to ensure a strong team for the afternoon singles.

First out was Gilo against Jade Cope.  Gilo found herself 3 down going through the 6th but she was determined to come back and that’s exactly what she did winning the next 7 holes to win 5&4 – what a phenomenal come back! 1 point in the bag!

Ebonie also had a tough game against one of Somerset’s rising stars, Davina Xanh but she played solidly but still had to fight hard for her 3&1 win on the 17th.

Sam who went out in third position, played some fantastic golf – “the best he has ever seen her play” as far as her dad was concerned.  Sam was always up in her game and closed it out on the 15th with a well deserved 4&3 win.

Granny Saunders was playing another of Somerset’s rising stars, in 13 year old Harriet Lockley. Harriet tested Alex on every hole and it came down to the 18th again when Alex with her calm demeanour making the green in 3 when Harriet was there for 4.  As seems to be the norm with Alex, who doesn’t make it easy for herself (!) it was down to her putting skills and she successfully putted out, bringing home another point.  

With 4 points from the afternoon singles, Gloucestershire had the necessary points that we needed for an overall win.

Still out on the course were Caley and Claude who were having real up and down rounds.  Caley went through the 16th 2 down but won the 17th, meaning that they had to go down the 18th. Unfortunately Caley lost the 18th for Somerset to win the match 2 up.

The last match on the course was Claudia who had been down for most of her match.  Playing against an in-form Aimee Sawyer, she soon found herself 4 down going through 9 but as resilient as Claude can be, she fought back and won the 14th and 15th and just lipped out for a half on the 16th.  So she found herself dormie 2 going up to the 17th tee.  She hit a great shot into the green on the Par 4 17th but Aimee, although short only needed a half to win the match and that’s what she got, so Claudia lost 2&1 but it was an incredible fightback in a great match.

With the singles matches going in Gloucestershire’s favour, we knew we had won but we also had heard that Cornwall had been beaten by Devon, who were top of the leaderboard with 3 points.  Without any doubt this course has challenged every single one of the players from all the counties and tomorrow in our match against Devon we will have to dig deep – we know we can do it, we need to believe in ourselves and every one of the team will go out and do their best for Gloucestershire –– C’mon Gloucestershire we can do this!


Gilo and Andy reading the putt on the 9th (one of the greener parts of the course!)


Rachael and Claudia walking down one of the sun-baked fairways.


At the end of another tough and challenging day - but still smiling!



Day 2 - Gloucestershire versus Cornwall

A big day for us which in quite a few previous years seems to have always fallen at the end of Match Week – but not put off by it falling on the Tuesday, we knew we had to field the strongest team to ensure we stood a chance against the hosts Cornwall.  The weather was warm even at 0830 in the morning and the temperatures rose as the games progressed.

Ebonie and Becky were up against Cornwall’s No 1 pairing of International player Georgia Price and Megan Giles.  With Ebonie holing out from the bunker on hole 2, it looked like their match was going the right way.  However, it was always going to be a real battle against girls who had practiced on the course many times prior to County Week, and unfortunately Ebonie and Becky lost 5&4.

In the middle was Saunders and Pocket Rocket Ffion who were paired against seasoned player Wendy Briggs and Liv Trewhela – this was a really friendly match with lots of really friendly banter, support for one another and played in the spirit of the game of golf – the golf was excellent, and acknowledgement of shots was evident on most holes.  The outcome of this match was in Gloucestershire’s favour with Saunders and Ffion winning 4&3.

The third pairing of Gilo and Claudia were also facing a strong pairing of Emily Toy and Danni Price. Gloucestershire were 1 down going through 9 but the girls were still confident that they could turn this small deficit around.  They fought hard but unfortunately the Cornish pairing beat them on the 15th 4&3.

Whilst 2:1 to Cornwall wasn’t necessarily the result we wanted going into lunch, we’d been here before and knew we could turn the match around.  

The lunchtime selectors certainly needed to carefully plan their singles players and the order, so we were all waiting to see who Glos would be playing against and it didn’t disappoint us.  Cornwall had front loaded their pairings. 

In the first match Ebonie was paired against fellow England player, Georgia Price – this match was a right tussle with both players battling it out, going all the way to the 18th before halving their match.

Ffion faced Emily Toy and was A/S going through the 9th.  A slightly wayward shot off the 10th saw Ffion lose this hole which seemed to dent her confidence for a bit and saw her lose the next couple of holes.  Ffion is a fighter though and she came back from being 4 down through 14 by winning the next hole and her game went onto the 16th.  Unfortunately, she lost 3&2 but in her usual manner was still smiling and chatting – tomorrow’s another day Fi!

Becky was matched against Megan Giles and soon found herself overwhelmed by Megan’s game which has improved unmeasurably since last year’s County Week.  Megan continued her successful putting from the morning, putting like a demon and Becky soon found herself 6 down going through the 9th. Her game finished on the 11th.  It must be said that whoever would have played an on-form Megan was likely to have had a very tough match.

Claudia followed Becky and she was paired with Danni Price – Claudia was never down in her match, playing solidly.  On the back 9 Danni made a bit of a comeback but Claudia was quite a way ahead and eventually finished her match on the 16th winning 3&2,.

Caley’s match against Liv Trewhela was a bit of an up and downer, with Caley going through the turn 1 up. By the 13th she was 1 down and she was determined to claw back a win and that’s exactly what she did, by slowly plotting her way around the last few holes and by winning the 17th to go down the 18th 1up.  Whilst waiting on the 16th for Saunders to come through we heard a great roar and we anxiously waited to see her score on the Whatsapp messaging group that we’ve got set up to confirm that Caley had won her match 1 up -phew that was a relief!

We now knew that we needed our final player to come in with a win to ensure we halved the match overall. So it was down to Saunders to bring home the bacon.  Alex was matched against Cornwall’s Junior Captain, Laura Andrew. Alex wasn’t ever down in her match but on the final couple of holes Laura came back and Alex found herself only 1 up going down the 18th.  After great drives and approach shots it was down to the putting and with her calm demeanour Alex did it and Gloucestershire had achieved the win in the last match to give us a halved match against the hosts Cornwall.

What a fantastic day of golf – it was nail biting, it was stressful, but it was glorious, and we still have all to play for over the next couple of days.  Well done Team Glos!! 

Waiting for Saunders on the 18th

Winning hug from Laura

Congratulations Saunders from Sue Rowarth, Cornwall's Captain and Glos team mates


Day 1 - Gloucestershire versus Dorset

There’s definitely going to be a common thread in all the daily reports – PHEW IT’S HOT and the GOLF IS EXCITING!

Monday was the day that we faced Dorset and the foursomes pairings of Ebonie and Caley, Gilo and Claudia, and Saunders and Ffion were ready to bring home some points.

The first two pairings both won 3&2 and it was down to Saunders and Ffion to try and make it a clean sweep but unfortunately their opponents in seasoned amateur Mel McMahon and Harriet Teversham stopped them on the 17th.

With a big match day on Tuesday against Cornwall, the afternoon singles saw some fresh legs, so that four of our team could be rested ready for tomorrow.

Gilo lost on the 18th unfortunately but Charlie brought home our first point by winning 3&2 followed closely by Becky Dean who won her match on the 18th1up.  This left us needing 1 point which Sam Round duly provided winning her match 3&2. At the back of the field both Grace Connelly and Caley McGinty battled hard but to no avail with Caley losing to Mel McMahon 4&3 and Grace losing to Harriet Teversham 3&1.

The first day is over and the girls were really upbeat – without a doubt the weather and the course conditions played a very big part in the results today and with the forecast hot and sunny for the rest of the week will only make it more challenging as the course gets harder and harder.

With everyone of the Glos girls playing on Day 1 it has to be said that some of the golf from all the girls was exceptional and should be applauded. 



Scorching scores and temperatures for Medals!

Thursday 28th June 2018

Silver and Bronze Coronation Medals at South Herefordshire

President Sue Rawles welcomed everyone to the beautiful Herefordshire countryside for the Coronation Medals.

She thanked everyone at the South Herefordshire Golf Club for their warm welcome both on and off the course, in particular Lady Captain Jill Wargen who was on hand all day to assist with the smooth running of the Competition.

It was disappointing not to see more players in what is one of our oldest Competitions, the Silver Medal first played in 1906. However, those that did play thoroughly enjoyed their first visit to the course and were very pleased with their scores.

Pictured above with The President are Wendy Bond, Heather Sheridan, Delia Allen and Mai Bamford.


Heather Sheridan (Cotswold Hills) returned a brilliant 5 under Nett 67  to win the Silver Medal and Carol Hughes (The Kendleshire) won the Bronze Medal with a Nett 73

Silver Medal Winner thanked everyone for a lovely day in particular her playing partner, home player Debbie Griffiths.

Sue concluded by thanking Chairman Gillian Cowell for her excellent running of the Competition today.

For full results click here please

Coronation Medals Final Results 2018 (1).pdf

5 Course Challenge

Saturday 23rd June 2018

90 Holes of Golf Completed!

Congratulations Alex, Claudia and Jamie on your mammoth achievement  - you  were magnificent , it was a truly memorable day.

90 holes in one day, on 5 different courses completed  4.15am to 19.30pm - 15 hours 15 minutes!

"Thank you to everyone who caddied, taxi’d, baked, ball spotted, generally supported and donated! Funds raised £2139 for Gloucestershire Girls Golf.

Most importantly, shout out to Claudia Ovens and Jamie Casling, we managed to do it and we did it while laughing for the most part!" said Alex

Thank you to Lilley Brook, Brickhampton, Gloucester, Painswick and Cotswold Hills for letting us steam round your course.

Off to St Enodoc for County Match Week

Friday 22nd June 2018

It's that time of year again!

CONGRATULATIONS to (handicap order):

Ebonie Lewis 
Caley McGinty 
Ffion Tynan 
Alex Giles 
Alex Saunders 
Becky Dean 
Claudia Ovens 
Sam Round 
Grace Connelly 
Charlie Hiatt 
Rachael Archibald 
Jess Brown  non-travelling reserve

All have been selected for the 2018 Gloucestershire team going to compete at South West InterCounty Match Week at St Enodoc

The matches start on Monday 2nd July and finish on Friday 6th July
We are looking forward to a very exciting week!

We would love to see you but you can also follow us on Face Book.


Our matches are scheduled as follows:

Monday    9.00 v Dorset

Tuesday   8.30 v Cornwall

Wednesday 9.30 v Somerset

Thursday 8.30 v Devon

Friday     8.30  v Wilts

GGG Fun Am-Am

Tuesday 19th June 2018

Raising funds for Gloucestershire Girls' Golf

We want to continue to support our junior golfers by providing them with subsidised coaching, so we're on a mission to raise some funds and that's where you can help!  We're very fortunate to have a great Association and as a County we excel in both the Ladies' and Girls' game.  Whilst we get some funding from England Golf we need to find additional funds to 'top up' the coaching budget and we would love you to help us do this by entering either individually or as a team of three in our Junior Fun Am-Am.

Each team of four will have a Junior Captain and after playing an 18 hole Bowmaker with the best 2 scores out of the four counting, you'll be able to enjoy a two course meal.

Knowle Golf Club have been very generous and given us courtesy of their course from 2pm and a start sheet will be posted/emailed out the week before the event.

We hope you will want to play in our Fun Am-Am - there will be the usual prizes, nearest the pin, straightest drive, but because this is a Junior Fun Am-Am we also want teams to stand out and therefore there will be a prize for the brightest and most colourfully dressed team!

If there are any businesses that want to sponsor a hole, there is a nominal cost of £25 per hole, so please email Janice Saunders for further details.

To enter, please complete the entry form and send this with your cheque to Janice Saunders.

Fundraiser poster GGG v2.pdf

JUNIOR FUN AMAM Entry Form.docx

Western Daily Press at Knowle

Thursday 14th June 2018

The early starters were troubled by an annoying shower but all in all competitors in the Western Daily Press Cup enjoyed a bright and breezy day.

The Knowle course was in excellent condition and there were numerous compliments from  the players, for whom many this was their first trip to Knowle. Putting on the fast slick greens was the key to a good round today!

Knowle were excellent hosts both on and off the course and County Delegate Barbara Cuff was always on hand to help Sue Johns and Gillian Cowell in running today's event.

County President Sue Rawles said how nice it was to be back at Knowle, a Club that had produced numerous Ladies County Champions over the years. She thanked Knowle for their hospitality and special thanks to all the competitors for their continued support of our Competitions.

Debbie Pringle was the overall winner with 37 points and she was cheered on by the other 17 ladies from her Club, Cotswold Edge, who also played today - in the pink!


Overall Results

Division One

Rachael Paul  The Bristol   37

Sefton Hooton   Rodway Hill 36

Jen Patch Minchinhampton New  34 cb


Division 2

Vron Lawton Knowle     35cb

Lyn Smart Cotswold Edge 35 cb

Jackie McCarthy Tracy Park 33


Second Team make the journey to Broadstone

Monday 11th June 2018

Gloucestershire fight back in Dorset sunshine

It was a  very early start for the 2nd team to the beautiful course of Broadstone set in the wild country side of Dorset with spectacular views, wild life and very challenging holes.  The weather was once again kind, a cool morning followed by glorious sunshine in the afternoon.

Dorset got off to a flying start winning all the morning foursomes. Gloucestershire took uo the challenge and secured 4 points from the singles matches. Captain Su Mallon was very proud of her team as they finished 4-5.

Full Match Report please see below

2nd Team League Match Dorset V Glos at Broadstone Golf Club.doc


martch sheet and results v Dorset.doc

Alex Giles wins South West Schools Regional Championship

Wednesday 30th May 2018

 Congratulations Alex Giles of Long Ashton Golf Club on winning the South West Schools Regional Championship at Wells Golf Club.

Alex was on sparkling form with a score of 145 over the 2 rounds. In second place was Ebonie Lewis.

Bronze Team Championships

Thursday 24th May 2018

The waterproofs were out today at Brickhampton.

92 players were disappointed to see the sun had disappeared today for the Bronze Team Championships at Brickhampton. Luckily the early heavy rain blew over and we only had a few showers in early afternoon. Many players found the combination of tricky greens and water on the back nine a challenge, but most commented that they had enjoyed the course which was in excellent condition. The Kendleshire had a very good day, winning 1st and 4th prize as well as the best Individual score. Cotswold Edge and Minchinhampton New were 2nd and 3rd respectively. Brickhampton members, led by Lady Captain Christine Dooley, provided excellent support throughout the day.

Full results

Individual results 


Gillian Cowell, Chairman presenting 1st and 4th prize to The Kendleshire Teams and Best Individual score to

Janice Griffiths, The Kendleshire!

A Sunny Half with Worcestershire and Herefordshire for our Second Team

Monday 14th May 2018

Gloucestershire 2nds V Worcestershire and Herefordshire 13 May at Rodway Hill Golf Club.

Glos Team: Sophie Price, Issy Hopkins, Kate Thurlow, Chloe Lloyd, Sabrina Thompson-Green, Lorna Evans

Worcs/Herefordshire: Cath Francis, Kirsten Porte, Naomi Austin, Caitlin McNeil, Lyn Robinson, Grace Bowen.


Report from Captain Su Mallon

A sunny day at Rodway Hill Golf Club for the first outing for our 2nd team and in most cases the first match playing for the 2nd team, so a new, exciting and no doubt nervous outing for most of the team at the annual friendly match with W/H. The day started with the morning foursomes. A tough morning against a very strong team with Glos pairing Issy and Chloe bringing in a ½ point at the final stages of the morning pairings. The result from the morning was H/W 2 ½ to Glos  ½ all to play for in the afternoon. 

The afternoon scratch singles were put out in handicap order. However, Glos being such a young team still meant that they would be playing against much lower handicaps, so a tough afternoon ahead. 

First out was Chloe, who played Caitlin a strong opponent who plays off 6 and although Chloe played extremely well unfortunately lost her match. Next came Sophie who played Cath in a tight match with Sophie eventually winning 4/3, Issy, played Kirsten another strong opponent with Issy taking another win 4/3 so another point for Glos, Kate was to follow playing Naomi, a very close match both taking it turns to take the lead, Kate was to lose her match 2/1, however, Naomi after the match sought me out to say that Kate played a superb match and should be very proud of the way she played because it could have gone either way.  Sabrina played Lyn, a very experienced player and Sabrina was down throughout the match. Although, what a fighter Sabrina is and she managed to turn the game completely around to win 1 up on the 18th   a superb turn around which was witnessed by our number 1 supporter Robert Rawles. Finally, to Lorna who was invited to play having played so well in the County Champs and therefore had no experience of County Golf. Lorna was to play Grace, an exciting game which went to the wire, and one where Lorna not only played her first ever County singles match but going out last meant she had to play in front of quite an audience. Lorna proved that she has the makings of a County player as she kept her cool winning 1 up on the 18th.

This therefore meant that Glos had managed to turn the day around with the final score in the afternoon singles 4 / 2 to Glos. The final score of the day 4 ½ / 4 ½ so a friendly end to a very friendly and enjoyable day.


Congratulations Team you were brilliant!!

Summary of Matches 

A Bright Sunny Day for the Spring Bowmaker

Tuesday 8th May 2018

87 Ladies from across the County entered the Spring Bowmaker at Forest Hills.

It was another beautiful day today as 87 Ladies took to the course at Forest Hills. Lady Captain Morag Roberts welcomed everyone and extended an invitation to all the Ladies present to return for an Open Day. The majority of the players complimented the course and talked about the fast greens.

Chairman, Gillian Cowell, thanked Morag Roberts and Jean Hosford (Delegate and Clubhouse Manager), for their warm welcome and support throughout the day. Gillian also thanked Jenny Ellway, Pat Thomas, Mary Morgan and Audrey Anstice for organising the ball draw and lunch orders and starters Terry Thomas and Nick Anstice, who arrived bright and early to see all the Ladies off.

Feedback from many of the players was that the greens were tricky and the course was great - thanks to Paul Gibson and his Team.

Vouchers were awarded to:

4th place (71 points): Forest Hills - Anne Wall, Sally Meek, Jan Evans.

3rd place (73 points): Cotswold Edge - Gill Polley, Ilse Russell, Megan Mills.

2nd place (74 points): Tracy Park - Roberta Woodley, Carol Brooking, Ann Way

1st place (76 points): The Bristol - Nicola Edwards, Sarah Spackman, Sandie Lloyd


Full list of results



County Championship Final Day.

Sunday 6th May 2018

We have enjoyed fantastic weather and watched fantastic golf on a fantastic golf course!

Cotswold Hills President Peter Hatton welcomed everyone to Cotswold Hills and handed over to County President Sue Rawles thanked everyone inside and outside the Clubhouse for their great hospitality and welcome 'you have been brilliant since we arrived on Friday'.

Sue went on to thank Wayne Vincent and the green keeping staff for presenting the course in such excellent condition and to Dave, Tom and Richard for looking after us indoors. She also thanked the members and Club alike for sharing the course and clubhouse with us 'not everyone wants us for 3 days - let's hope the builders are finished soon!'

'The County Championships could not go ahead without the referees. Thank you Carol, Bob Newton, Derreck Butler and Adrian Lee for giving up your time to help us this weekend and Linda and Sue who did very well running their first Championship - you can look forward to a lie in tomorrow and know that everything will be a doddle after this!'.

'It's been good to see a few fresh faces. Over the last three days we have watched everything that is good about golf including friendship and respect. Thank you also to all the Mums and Dads, chauffeuring and caddying and no doubt pleased to be sitting down at last'.

'Well done to ALL the competitors - you make the Championship what it's been an absolute pleasure to watch you all this week.

The presentation of prizes then took place:

2nd Flight Semi Finalists, Voucher each: Corrinne Durber, Cotswold Edge & Jessica Brown, Cirencester

2nd Flight Runner Up, Voucher: Alison Kelly, Cirencester

2nd Flight Winner, May Trophy & Voucher: Isobel Lloyd, Tewkesbury Park

Championship Semi Finalists, Voucher each: Jane Rees, Minchinhampton New, Claudia Ovens, Cotswold Hills

Championship Runner Up, Wetherman Salver & Voucher: Alex Saunders, Bristol & Clifton

Champion 2018, Challenge Bowl & Voucher Alex Giles, Long Ashton





Day 1 of County Championships 2018

Friday 4th May 2018

Perfect conditions at Cotswold Hills.

We were blessed with perfect playing conditions for the County's Blue Ribbon event at Cotswold Hills Golf Club.

Lady Captain, Helen Clements, extended a warm welcome to players and officials alike.

County President, Sue Rawles, congratulated all 35 Ladies on completing 36 holes of stroke play.

Sue went on to thank a variety of people in the club, including: Wayne Vincent and his Greenkeeping team for their preparation of the course, which is in beautiful condition; Richard Mobley, Lady Captain, Helen Clements and Club Delegate, Pam Collins for their invaluable assistance in planning and organisation; David Llewellyn and his team for looking after everyone's catering needs, James and Jamie in the pro shop, and; the spotters out on the course.

Sue's final thanks went to Dereck and Bob our referees for the day and Linda and Sue who have been running the County Championships for the first time.

Qualifying Day winners were:

Best Gross (over 50s) - Jane Rees

Best Nett (over 50s) - Andra Knight

Best Nett 36 Holes (Division 2) - Lorna Evans

Best gross 36 Holes (Division 2) - Helen Clements

Best Nett 36 Holes - Claudia Ovens

Best Gross 36 Holes - Alex Giles



Full individual scores are available on the Competition pages.


Good luck to everyone playing in Round 2


Draw for round 2




England Golf Medal Finals

Friday 4th May 2018

Congratulations to Fay Austen.

The England Golf Regional Medal Qualifier took place at Dainton Park Golf Club on Wednesday. After a one hour delay caused by overnight rain, a field of 84 Ladies took to the course and played 18 holes of strokeplay in the Bridgestone Chase your Dream event.

Congratulations go to Fay Austen, Chipping Sodbury GC who finished third. Fay will now go forward to play in the final at Frillford Heath Golf Club in August.


Fun County AmAm a great success!

Tuesday 10th April 2018

The recent prolonged wet spell looked as if it might spoil the party at the County AmAm at Tewkesbury Park on Tuesday 10th April.

The forecasters had got it right and the overnight rain had all but cleared up by 10.00 am and 51 ladies took to the course with a County Team Player at the helm.

County President Sue Rawles thanked everyone for playing and reiterated that the Fun AmAm has an important place within the County Calendar as it gives our Ladies an opportunity to meet and play with members of the County Teams.  It also gives the Team Members a chance to show their appreciation for the support they get from you by being here and playing with you today. 

Sue also added her thanks for the continued generosity of all the Hole Sponsors and Donors  and the County Professionals who have provided her with the prizes; we couldn’t run this day without you. 

Everyone had been very well looked after at Tewkesbury Park .

Professional Mark Fenning, the staff in the hotel and restaurant and Greenkeeper Paul Hathaway who had done a fantastic job in getting the course open for us in very difficult conditions!

Sue offered special thanks to all the Tewkesbury members who had worked hard in making this a very successful day.

And the winners were :

Alex Saunders' team of Glo Slatter, Sarah Viall from Teweksbury Park GC and Gilly Fogg from Cotswold Hills GC with 79 points.

Runners Up were Emma Brereton's team from The Kendleshire GC of Sue Johns, Brenda Oxford, Sue Williams also with 79 points

Third place was Vicky Watkins' team from Lansdown GC of Margaret Ruxton, Clare Mornemont, Jo Francis-Pope with 78 points.

Nearest the pin on the 7th was Gail Howells of Thornbury GC and nearest the pin on the 5th which was for the County player was Sabrina Thompson-Green of Cotswold Hills GC.

All very tight at the top - some great golf played and lots of fun on the course.     Sponsors for website.docx

The Winning Team 

The Runners Up

Third place team

Nearest the Pin (7th) Winner - Gail Howells


Nearest the Pin (5th) Winner - Sabrina Thompson-Green

County Players and their teams on the 1st tee:


Girls Golf is Rocking in Gloucestershire Again!

Monday 26th March 2018

Do you know any girls between the ages of 5 and 18 who might like to give golf a try - then read on.......


@GirlsGolfRocks1 Glos Training Session in the SUN!!!! Gloucestershire girls having fun getting ready to take on their new roles as Ambassadors for Girls Golf Rocks - totally committed to bringing more girls into the wonderful game of golf by having fun on the putting green! #puttingdrills #workinprogress

If you know any girls between 5 - 18 who might like to have a go at golf, then Girls Golf Rocks is ideal. Taster sessions start in April and then if they like the first session then they can sign up to a course of fun, lively golf introductory coaching sessions which will see them get a free 7 iron and the opportunity to play in some fun competitions.

For further information and to sign up,go to:

A brilliant result in the sunshine at Filton!

Sunday 25th March 2018


At last we saw a glimpse of spring!

The team pulled out all the stops from the start and were very happy to complete the morning foursomes with 4 wins.  We changed the pairings for the afternoon; the pairs all seemed to gel well and spectators and supporters were treated to a display of more excellent foursomes play.  

The result was an emphatic 8-0 win for GLCGA, but all credit to the GGU boys who battled well and once again gave us some excellent matchplay experience in preparation for SW inter-county match week.  

We are extremely grateful to GGU for this annual fixture and hope it remains on the fixture list for many years to come. 

Today's team: Caley McGinty, Alex SaundersAlex Giles, Sam RoundClaudia OvensGrace ConnellyRachael Archibald and Jess Brown.

Full Results on 2018 Team Page

Match versus Worcestershire and Herefordshire

Monday 12th March 2018

Spectacular Views and a Friendly Half at Cleeve Cloud on Sunday!






 In our first Friendly Match of 2018 we hosted Worcestershire and Herefordshire at Cleeve Cloud Golf Club.

This was the first time at Cleeve for most of the players and the weather threw  everything at them!

 Starting with clear views in all directions for the morning foursomes and changing to a cold wind with a very nasty shower during the afternoon singles.

Great battles were fought, new partnerships tried and excellent matchplay experience gained.

Thank you everyone at Cleeve  Cloud, and well done all! 

Team: Ffion TynanCharlie HiattGrace ConnellyRachael Archibald, Jess Brown, Sophie Price, Kate Thurlow, Izzy Hopkins

 The match was played on Sunday 11th March 2018 - Match Report 

AGM Photos

Thursday 8th February 2018

Presentation of Trophies.

Sorry for the delay in publishing these, but better late than never!

Mrs Carole Stratford presenting trophies to 2017 winners.


A Bracing Training Day at Bristol and Clifton!

Monday 5th February 2018

A bracing day at Bristol & Clifton 
The 2018 ladies training squad met yesterday in bitterly cold conditions for their first training day led by our new coach Andy McGreevy.   We welcomed five new members to the squad, enjoyed an energetic fitness session in the morning, learnt some new warmup and stretching routines and then had an approach shot competition and played nine holes of foursomes in the afternoon. An impromptu Q&A session with tour pro Chris Wood was an added bonus at lunch time - thank you Chris! 
Thank you Andy for arranging the day and the squad members deserve many 'brownie points' for enthusiasm, good humour and endurance in the less than balmy conditions! 
Bring on the season...(and the summer!) 


Caley's Colours Come Smiling Through!

Monday 5th February 2018



Captain Andra Knight seen here presenting County Colours to Caley McGinty of Knowle Golf Club. Colours are awarded to players who have represented the County 1st Team in 18 matches.

The Presentation took place at Bristol and Clifton on 4th February prior to the County Squad enjoying their first Training Day with new Coach Andy McGreevy.

Our Players take on the 5 Course Challenge!

Sunday 28th January 2018




It will be a very early start on Friday 22nd June for three players as they prepare to tee off in the 5 Course Challenge.

Jamie Casling, Claudia Ovens and Alex Saunders will be planning to play 5 golf courses in one day and in doing so      raise funds for Gloucestershire Girls' Golf.

Details of how to donate money to this worthwhile cause are on the Poster or just click HERE to go to the JustGiving Page that has been set up - or maybe you would like to help in some way on the day - then please contact Jamie for more information by emailing her: 



     Good Luck Girls!!

Meet Our Administrator

Thursday 11th January 2018

We would like to introduce our Administrator, Linda Marsh

We are delighted to welcome Linda Marsh to The Executive in the new position of Administrator.

You may recall that we had great difficulty in finding a replacement for Debbie Casling on her retirement after 5 years in office.

So the Secretary's role has been divided into 3 positions; Sue Johns will be running County Competitions in the South whilst Linda will be doing likewise in the North of the County.

The post of Administrator is brand new and Linda will be responsible for the general organisation of the County and any day to day business that arises concerning the County.

Linda, a member at Tewkesbury Park, has played golf since the 1980's and has lots of administrative and competition experience.

You will be able to meet Linda at the Delegates meeting on 29th January at Cotswold Edge Golf Club.

We look forward to working with Linda and Sue in their new capacity in the future.

County Fun AmAm 2018

Saturday 6th January 2018

The County Fun Am Am will take place this year on Tuesday 10th April at Tewkesbury Park Golf Club

Now in its 5th Year, the very popular Fun AmAm will be held at Tewkesbury Park Golf Club on Tuesday 10th April.

This is the day when our Squad players team up with Club golfers and play in a Team Stableford Competition. Please enter your team on the entry form and we will allocate a Squad player to Captain your team on the day.

There will be a two tee start and spaces for 18 teams, followed by lunch and prize giving.      

2018 Fun AmAm Poster.doc


Fun AmAm Entry Form 2018.doc

2018 Gloucestershire Girls' Golf Fixtures

Friday 5th January 2018

It's going to be another busy golfing year!

2018 is going to be a busy golfing year for Gloucestershire Girls with a full fixture list.  The GGG fixture list is attached and can also be found in the Junior Section of the website.  There are lots of junior opens also being published and these can be found on the Golf Empire website or on individual golf club websites.


2018 GGG Fixture List

Changing Of The Guard!

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Farewell to Kirsty Taylor, County Coach 2011 - 2017 Welcome to Andy McGreevy, County Coach 2018 -

Kirsty Taylor has now officially stepped down from her role as Gloucestershire’s County Coach. GLCGA has been very fortunate to have been able to benefit from Kirsty’s broad experience and professionalism for a full 7 years and we are sad to see her go, but understand that all good things must come to an end!


As County Coach Kirsty played a very significant part in the great progress our Glos team made in getting closer and closer to the National title, in finally winning it in 2016 and in getting so very close to retaining it in 2017. 

Kirsty is a consummate professional, thinks and plans ahead, works really hard, is calm in a crisis, highly organised and proactive both on and off the course, has a great sense of humour and gives frank, honest and consistent advice and feedback. All these values have been very helpful to the team as a whole, and to the players individually, many of whom turned to Kirsty for support, technical advice and inspiration on many occasions. 

Kirsty has been an absolutely invaluable member of the ‘management team’, during  competition weeks, in the tricky situations that arise from time to time, and also during the quiet times, keeping a watchful eye on progress and reminding us gently of things we should be thinking about looking ahead.


We are extremely grateful to Kirsty for all she has done for GLCGA, wish her continued success in her coaching career, and look forward to seeing her pop up from time to time to keep tabs on us and cheer us on! 


And now we are looking forward to a new era with our new coach Andy McGreevy on board.   Andy has a degree in PE and Sports, is a Class A PGA professional, and is Assistant Pro at the Paul Mitchell Golf Academy based at Bristol & Clifton Golf Club. As well as his golf credentials Andy has a background in competitive athletics, has experience of managing and inspiring a team of young athletes, and is the region’s only professional who specialises in Strength and Conditioning for golf.   Andy is highly motivated and is keen to inspire performance, and to build on the competitiveness and camaraderie already so evident in our elite and aspirational squad.  

Exciting times lie ahead!



AGM Report

Tuesday 5th December 2017

There was a full house for the County AGM on 4th December

Over 150 ladies packed in to the Annual General Meeting of the County at Stonehouse Court on Monday  4th December.

There were achievements to celebrate, thanks to be given and farewells made.

The President, Carole Stratford, made a presentation to outgoing Secretary, Debbie Casling. Debbie has been a wonderful asset to the County over the last 5 years, always cheerful, professional and efficient and we were grateful to her for staying on whilst we found a replacement. No surprise then that this has been a difficult task! The Secretary's role will be divided into 3 parts, Competition Secretary for the North, Competition Secretary for the South and an Administrator. Carole explained that we are slowly getting people in to position, but as we have been unable to find someone to do the Administrator's role voluntarily, we will have to pay someone to fill this position.

The audience listened intently to Captain Andra Knight's report of the success of the First Team winning Inter County Match Week at Wrag Barn and then coming so close to "doing the double" at County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry. Andra and retiring Coach Kirsty Taylor both spoke very warmly about our young players. Kirsty would be retiring today after 7 very happy years with the County Team, The President made a presentation to Kirsty, wishing her well for the future. Andra hoped that some of us might take  a trip to Cornwall in July to support the team playing at St.Enodoc.

Our County Junior Organiser Janice Saunders had lots of positive news to give us, outlining a very full Junior Programme  and the team's fabulous win at the South West Girls Match Week at Exeter.

It will come as no surprise that all this activity and travelling continues to make a big hole in our reserves and there were suggestions from the audience as to how more income could be generated; using the Tesco counters scheme or dedicating a competition at your Club to the County.

There was important news from our Handicap Advisor Sue Gibson on the changes to Handicap limits for Men and Women on 1st January 2018. Sue also touched on the Rules Modernisation currently underway, hopefully to be implemented in 2019. 

Carole Stratford handed over her blazer and President's badge to Sue Rawles. Sue made a small presentation to Carole, thanking her for being "a lovely President", for all her hard work with the Teams, at Competitions and Meetings. We hoped that her time in office was also full of smiles, laughter and friendship.

Coming from the world of Handicapping, staked trees, worm casts and rabbit droppings, Sue said how she was honoured to be President of this wonderful County.

After the Presentation of Trophies, Carole wished to congratulate Jenny Clink on her forthcoming appointment as President Elect of England Golf in 2018.

We all know that golf is good don't we..... but quote of the day came from Debbie Casling speaking of her work with a stroke patient who said that "golf was better than all his physio sessions"!

Sue Rawles

5th December

Annual General Meeting Monday 4th December

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Everyone Welcome at the County AGM on Monday 4th December at 11.00 at Stonehouse Court Hotel

We hope see lots of you at the County AGM on Monday 4th December at Stonehouse Court , off the M5 at Jct 13 on the Stroud road.

Do come early to enjoy a coffee and ensure a seat!

Share the news stories of the year, enjoy the Prize Presentation, meet the players, hear the glowing reports, catch up with old friends and maybe have lunch!

2017 AGM NOTICE[7558].pdf


AGENDA (1).pdf




Draft AGM 2016 minutes.pdf

2018 Dates Finalised

Monday 13th November 2017

Ensure you reserve the dates for 2018 that you wish to enter. Note Championship Dates are 4th-6th May!

Congratulations and Good Luck!

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Great news for Ebonie, Ffion and Caley.

We are delighted to share the news that:

Ebonie Lewis, Knowle Golf Club, who plays off +2.5, has been invited to train as part of England Golf ’s National Girls’ Squad up until the end of December and then EG will decide who out of the training squad will make it into the final National Girls' Squad for 2018.  She’s already had one training weekend and there is a lot of competition with girls from all over the country competing for the final squad places;

Ffion Tynan, Minchinhampton Golf Club, playing off 1, has been selected as a member of Wales Golf’s Transition Squad. This is the squad for girls who have represented the country at junior level and aim to represent Wales at senior international level in the near future and progress towards the National Performance Programme;

Following an assessment day, Caley McGinty, Knowle Golf Club, playing off +1, has been selected to be a member of the SW Regional U18 (AASE) squad.   Only 4 golfers were selected from a shortlist of 12 across the whole of the South West for this year’s intake and Caley is the only girl.  AASE is a 2-year programme of golf and fulfils the requirements of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence NVQ Level 3 qualification.



A Fabulous day for Finals Day

Sunday 8th October 2017

The Watson Williams and County Foursomes competitions were decided today along with Runners-Up in the Mercia Castle.

Lilley Brook Golf Club was bathed in fabulous autumn sunshine for the players today as they took part in GLCGA Finals Day.

The Winners of the Watson and Williams trophy, the County Fousomes trophies and the Runners-Up in the Mercia Castle Competition would all be decided today.

Alex Saunders and Su Worthington (Bristol and Clifton) got off to a slow start and found themselves 2 down, however, after winning 5 holes in a row they hung on to the lead in a keenly contested match to beat Claudia Ovens and Naomi Austin (Cotswold Hills)3 and 2 and win the magnificent Watson Williams Trophy.

In the County Foursomes competition, the Tewkesbury Park pairing of Marion Pollock and Christine Williams went ahead on the 5th and stayed up throughout the match, but Knowle ( Gill Smith and Julie Jones) pulled back and holes were won and lost until Marion chipped in on the 15th to put her pairing dormie 3. Knowle won the 16th but lost the match on the 17th hole.

Mercia Castle:
Silver Division Play off for Runner up between Kate Thurlow (Cotswold Hills and Jayne Worthington (Cirencester)  -  Winner: Jayne Worthington 30pts
Bronze Division Play Off for Runner up between Maggie McDivitt (Broadway), Stephanie Hopes (Westonbirt) and Sophie Perks (The Kendleshire) - Winner: Sophie Perks 36pts c/b from Maggie
This was Sophie Perks first experience of County Golf - Congratulations!
County President Sue Rawles thanked Lilley brook Golf Club for their hospitality and thanked Referees Carole Newton and Sue Gibson for giving up their time. We were very grateful to the 2 Lady Captains Maureen and Isobel for all their help and cooperation and "flag waving"! Thank you to all the participating clubs  and to Debbie Casling for her very efficient organisation of the competitions. Players thanked their supporters and caddies.
It was a very good day rounded off with Claudia's birthday cake!!    Bristol and Clifton are seen lifting the Watson Williams Trophy
Tewkesbury Park win the County Foursomes Cups  8th October 2017

Blue Skies for the South West Foursomes

Thursday 5th October 2017

Gloucestershire host the South West Foursomes at The Bristol GC

84 players representing all six Counties from the SW Region took part in today's SW Foursomes at the Bristol Golf Club. Another lovely day, blue skies but rather windy which was reflected in the scores.

The highlight of the day was a helicopter landing in the car park.  We were unable to ascertain who the VIP was, however we do know they did not take part in the competition!

Thanks must go to Lady Captain, Linda Carney and Maria McNally who assisted Debbie Casling with the competition throughout the day.

The winning Gross team were Jo Terry from Sherborne and Jane Southcombe from Yeovil.
Cirencester's Emma Brereton and Alison Kelly were runners-up in the Gross and won the Nett prize.

SW Foursomes Results 2017.pdf

5th October 2017

Senior Team - Day 3 - The Final Showdown.

Wednesday 4th October 2017

South West County 3 Day Event, Parkstone Golf Club, Dorset

Report from Karen Rix:

Day 3 - the final showdown. 

Another glorious day as Dorset set off first against Cornwall in a match we hoped the latter would prevail in! Unfortunately, it was not to be, as Dorset pulled off a 3-0 win and so, despite our spirited performance winning 2-1 against Somerset, we lost on count back on games having tied overall in matches. So 2nd place again for the 2nd year on the trot. 

Next year we are hosting so let's hope we can get revenge on home turf. We'll have a tough act to follow as we had fantastic hosts at Parkstone Golf Club and the course was stunning. 

Thank you to my team of Corrinne Durber, Caroline Shepherd, Frances Lindley, Pam Tozer, Jan Pickersgill, Ann Manley and Louise Church. They were all brilliant and gave their all, it was a pleasure to be their Captain.


Day 2 Report from Karen Rix:

Day 2 was always going to be a tough day as we took on both Cornwall and Dorset who, as we did, both had 2 wins on day 1. We started out in glorious sunshine against Cornwall with Jan and l leading the way and gaining the first point. Pam and Frances lost out to their strongest pair but Ann and Louise came up trumps winning on the 17th having been dormie 5 up as the Cornwall pair put up an amazing fight back down the back strait.
After a super quick turnaround, we were back out again against Dorset. Corrinne and Caroline were first out after having had the morning off to sort out final dinner options and buy some much needed sticks of rock! Unfortunately they lost out, but Jan and Ann came up trumps in the last match. Louise and I were dormie 2 up but finally halved the match as Dorset captain Val Ford's local knowledge clawed back those final holes with a couple of good up and downs.
So it's all to play for tomorrow as Dorset take on Cornwall and we take on Somerset. Keep your fingers crossed and wish us luck!





Report from Karen Rix:

Having arrived at Parkstone in Dorset yesterday for a practice round in the heavy misty drizzle we opted for a walk round rather than get the clubs wet! 

Day one started today in glorious sunshine and we had a convincing 3-0 win in the morning against Devon. A quick turnaround at lunchtime and we were back out against Wiltshire for the afternoon foursomes. Pam Tozer and Frances Lindley were let off for good behaviour having had a good win in the morning. 

Caroline Shepherd and Corrinne Durber notched up their 2nd win of the day. Ann Manley and Jan Pickersgill won 4&3 and myself and Louise Church came back from 2 down to win on the last. A great first day result and just as the rain came in! Bring on tomorrow against Cornwall and last year’s winners Dorset. More to follow tomorrow and hopefully some better team photos.



Chipping Sodbury Pair win Greensomes Final

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Players enjoy blustery but dry conditions for the Greensomes Final at The Players Club

 54 players, representing 14 clubs took part today in the 2017 County Greensomes Final at The Players Club

They enjoyed a blustery autumnal day which whilst dry, was as one of the ladies stated a "cleaning shoes day" achieving some very good scores.

A special thanks must go to Sue Johns, The Players County Delegate, for all the support she gave to Debbie and for going the extra mile and joining in to mark a card with the Cirencester Team.

The winning team was Denise Eland, Ladies Captain, Chipping Sodbury with her partner Margaret Sedman with 39 pts.  Margaret had to rush away as she had a River Cruise waiting for her!  The photograph therefore shows the President Carole Stratford with Denise.    

Full Results are available on our Competition Page

SW Division Inter County 2nd Team Championship Finals - Gloucestershire V Cornwall 1 Oct 2017 Tiverton Golf Club

Monday 2nd October 2017

Our young team put up a good fight against Cornwall


Team: Rachael Archibald, Grace Connelly, Megan Bartlet, Jess Brown, Hannah Brown-Pearce, Kate Thurlow. Reserve Dawn Rimmer
A night of rain meant that the the course was longer with greens running slower and with wind and more rain in the forecast it was gong to be a challenging day for both teams.
The day started with the foursomes and Grace and Rachael leading the way with an evenly fought match. They finally got a 3 up lead on the 14th, a 2up lead on the 16th and finally taking the point to win 2/1. The second pairing was Megan and Kate playing a very strong pair and although played very well fighting all the way at one point they were 4down however their resilience saw them fighting back and by the 16th were only 1down unfortunately finally losing their match 3/2 but a strongly fought and exciting match. Our final pairing was Hannah and Jess who were playing the experienced pair of Kath and Annie. Once again a tight match that saw Hannah and Jess fighting back to take the match to the 18th but unfortunately were not able to win losing to Cornwall by 2. The score in the morning 2 - 1 to Cornwall.
After lunch and a team photo Gloucestershire were keen to get going in the singles and Grace lead the team out, a good round, both players evenly matched and neither never more than 1 up in either direction. Grace eventually secured the victory on the 18th wining 2/1. Grace was followed by Megan who was matched against Olivia Trelihela. An exciting match that saw Megan playing some fantastic golf against a very strong opponent, keeping close and never letting Olivia out of her sights, taking the match to the 18th that saw the win going to Cornwall. Kate was next, playing a very evenly matched and very close game, both taking it turns to go 1 up, both playing lovely golf and indeed it could be said that it came down to a putting contest. with points going to the puts that did not lip out! The match again was taken to the 18th where unfortunately Cornwall again won 1 up. Jess was next and played a fabulous round and never letting her opponent in, going four up at nine and taking the points on the 14th winning 5/4 indeed I understand that Jess played 1over gross, so Cornwall never really stood a chance. Hannah came up against a very strong and experienced opponent, Hannah started well on the front nine, however her opponent soon found her way and turned the game around and although Hannah fought hard was never able to bring the game back and Cornwall took the points on the 15th.  Finally Rachael playing at the back,  playing a very strong opponent and once again a close hard fought match, birding to win holes but eventually Cornwall winning on the 16th 4/2. score on the singles 4/2 to Cornwall.
Final score 6 - 3 to Cornwall.
A really good day of golf, played in the right spirit and many congratulations to Cornwall on winning the Plate. Gloucestershire played very well and should be really proud of themselves, Cornwall were just a little bit better on the day. 
My thanks goes to Tiverton Golf Club for looking after us so well, Cornwall's Vice Captain Vicki Stevenson for her organisation of the days catering requirements, ahead of her holiday. To all those who gave up their time to come and spectate and keep the WhatsAp scoring data going and our first team players Alex Saunders and Alex Giles who came over to support and caddied in the afternoon. To Janice Saunders, Carole Stratford for their invaluable help throughout the day. My thanks to Dawn Rimmer our reserve who stood by ready to join us until early Sunday morning when I gave the call to say she was not required.
Finally my thanks to the Team you are just brilliant! 
Su Mallon Vice Captain GLCGA

County Finals, Sunday 8th October

Sunday 1st October 2017

County Finals will be played at Lilley Brook Golf Club

Please come along to support the players at County Finals if you can. The first tee commences at 1pm

Tee 1 - 1.00 - Kate Thurlow (Cotswold Hills) - Jayne Worthington (Cirencester) 

Playing for Runner-up in Silver Division Mercia Castle

Tee 2 - 1:10 - Maggie McDivitt (Broadway) - Stephanie Hopes (Westonbirt) - Sophie Perks (The Kendleshire)

Playing for Runner-up in Bronze Division Mercia Castle

Tee 3 - 1:30 - Christine Williams & Marion Pollock (Tewkesbury Park) - Gill Smith & Julie Jones (Knowle)

Finals County Foursomes

Tee 4 - 1:45 - Alex Saunders & Karen Rix (Bristol & Clifton) - Naomi Austin & Claudia Ovens (Cotswold Hills)

Finals Watson Williams

Autumn Bowmaker at Chipping Sodbury

Friday 29th September 2017

Big field enjoys Autumn Sunshine


On a beautiful autumnal day 132 ladies took part in this year's Autumn Bowmaker at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club.  They enjoyed the excellent condition of the course which they found long but were pleased to find the greens were "holding".

Ladies Captain Denise Eland and the County Delegate Linda Williams were in attendance all day to provide invaluable support to Debbie.

It must be mentioned that Cotswold Edge were by far the biggest supporting Club, providing 8 teams.   Due to the size of the field on this occasion 6 prizes were given.  Congratulations to the winning team from Chipping Sodbury.

Full details of all the scores are available on the Competition page of the website.


Di Baldwin

Tuesday 26th September 2017

We are sad to report the news of the death of Di Baldwin.

Di was a member of Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club; she was a keen supporter of the County and held office as Chairman from 1995 to 1997.

There will be a Thanksgiving Service on Monday 30th October at The Tabernacle Church in Dursley at 11.30 a.m.

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 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.

Winners pictured left to right are Sarah, Erika,Delia,Sefton, Heather and Glenda.

20th September 2017

Please click below for full results

2017 Lady Marling Cups - Results.pdf


Monday 18th September 2017

Day 5 versus Yorkshire

Day 5 Review

Morning foursomes:

Leading the team were the formidable pairing known as Alex Squared (Alex Saunders and Alex Giles) who faced the strong pairing of International players, Olivia Winning and Megan Locket, who represent England and Wales respectively.   They got off to a steady start and found themselves 1 up through 4 playing some solid par golf with few mistakes.  A couple of birdies towards the end of the front 9 resulted in a 3 up lead heading into the back 9.  Continuing their form, the girls found themselves dormie-4 up, finishing the match off with a solid par and a halved hole for a 4&3 victory.

In the middle were the Knowle pairing of Ebz and Caley who faced Nicola Slater and Mia Eales-Smith.  They got off to slow start, 1 down through 2 holes, but a quick bounce back, saw them A/S through 3.  They remained A/S through 9 and a solid par on 11 got them to 1 up.  The 12th hole was a long par 3 situated in front of the clubhouse, everyday surrounded by a gallery of spectators.  Caley was taking the even holes and stepped up to the tee first with a 5 iron in hand, beautifully striking the ball.  The rapturous applause and cheers that could be heard at the other end of the course gave away the result of the shot.  A hole-in-one, the first for the 16 year old, wasn’t matched by their opponents and meant the girls were 2up through 12.  More good golf from the pair over the following holes resulted in another 4&3 win for Team Glos.

The final foursomes pairing of Sam Round and Ffion Tynan faced the in form duo of Hannah Holden and Charlotte Heath.  The pair put up a good fight but were unfortunately overcome by some excellent golf losing 7&6 to a pair that were 5 under par up until that point.


Afternoon singles:

Out first was Ebz who was up against England International Olivia Winning.  She got off to a solid start and was 2up through 5, however Olivia put her foot on the gas after the 7th and started holing long putts pegging Ebz back to A/S through ten.  The putts kept rolling in for the Yorkshire player and the match finished with a Gloucestershire loss of 4&3.

Second out was Ffion Tynan, playing the in form Hannah Holden.  Hannah played some impeccable golf, which included 7 birdies.  The ever-determined Ffion never gave up and kept fighting but with so few opportunities to win holes back she lost 6&5.

Out third was Alex Giles, who was drawn against Charlotte Heath.  A strong start from the Junior County Captain resulted in her being 2up through 9.  A mistake on fifteen put her back to 1up but a quick bounce back win on sixteen saw her dormie 2 up, eventually winning the match 2&1.

Fourth to play was the rookie Grace who played Welsh International Megan Lockett.  Grace was up against it from the start and found herself 1 down early on, however she fought hard and got back to A/S through 6 and managed to get to 1up through ten.  Unfortunately the Welsh International was not deterred and stepped up her game, Grace going 1 down through thirteen.  Megan eventually got the better of Grace and she lost on the 17th 2&1.

Out fifth was Caley playing Mia Eales-Smith, who had a combined age of thirty.  Caley got off to a very quick start and was 2up through 2.  Mia started to come back, winning the fifth and seventh resulting in the match A/S.  A refocus from Caley and a birdie on 9 saw Caley back to 2up which she remained for the rest of the match until seventeen.  A loss on seventeen meant a trip up 18 dormie 1up.  With her opponent going long off the green, the match result was sealed with a win by 2 holes.

Finally, bringing up the rear was Alex ‘Granny’ Saunders playing Nicola Slater.  Granny Saunders got off to a very slow start (due to old age!) and was 3 down after 5.  A quick pep talk by coach Kirsty was enough to settle her nerves and some good golf followed.  An up and down for par at 6 and birdies at ten and eleven were enough to get the match back to A/S.  A mistake from Nicola on thirteen led to a win of the hole for Granny, going 1up.  With many of the matches finished and it looking increasingly like the championship deciding point would come from this match the crowds started to gather and both players and their caddies were joined by the respective county coaches.  A mistake by Granny going long of the 14th green opened the hole up to Nicola who proceeded to make birdie and bring the match back to A/S.  Both players were on the green for 2 on the par 4 fifteenth, Granny forty feet away and Nicola 25 feet away from the hole.  Granny stepped up to the put and rolled it in to cheers and clapping from the spectators.  With the pressure now on Nicola, she kept a cool head and followed Granny into the hole, halving in birdies, much to the delight of the Yorkshire fans.  Both players came up short of the long par 3 sixteenth that was playing into wind.  Nicola played a very delicate chip to 5 feet, Granny following her with a chip that ran over the edge of the hole and rolled to 8 feet.  A lipped out putt from Granny left the door open for Nicola who holed her 5 footer to win the hole and go 1 up playing 17.  Both players were on the par 5 green for 3 and with Granny slightly further away, at about 14 feet, it was an opportunity to put the pressure on Nicola again.  Granny succeeded in rolling the putt in with a fist pump and more cheers from the crowd.  Absolute silence fell across the 17th green as Nicola lined up her ten foot putt, which she once again holed to screams of delight from her team mates.  Granny walked up to the 18th tee in the knowledge that only a win on the last hole was good enough for Team Glos to retain the title.  Both players hit their drives just right of the fairway, Nicola having a slight edge on Granny in terms of distance.  Granny hit into the green first and, with adrenaline flowing, finished long off the green.  Nicola followed and ended up on the apron at the back of the green.  Granny Saunders walked up to her ball lying on a bare downslope 5 yards from the putting surface, knowing that a chip-in was required, pushing the nerves aside she produced an outstanding chip that finished 6 inches from the hole.  This was it, all down to this putt from Nicola from the fringe.  Leaving the flag stick in the young Yorkshire girl stepped up to the putt, many Glos supporters were unable to watch as she hit her putt.  She played a very classy shot that also finished 6 inches from the hole leaving Granny no choice but to give her the putt resulting in a loss of 1 hole for the experienced Gloucestershire player.  

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.

England Golf press release here


Final scoreboard


 Hole in One! Caley picking her ball from the hole.

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 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!!


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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:


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 For more information on Get into golf visit and on Golf Express visit

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!


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.







Ebonie Lewis (+1)



Arabella White (5)



Caley McGinty (1)



Amelia Mathews (5)



Alex Giles (1)



Davina Xanh (6)



Charlie Hiatt (4)



Patience Rhodes (6)



Megan Bartlett (6)



Abby Gray (9)



Kate Thurlow (12)



Kimberley Parker (9)









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! 







Ashleigh Thorne (6)



Caley McGinty (1)



Seona Mauchine (6)



Alex Giles (1)



Olivia Bannon (12)



Megan Bartlett (6)



Sammy Walls (13)



Kate Thurlow (12)



Hattie Dunn (15)



Lorna Evans (17)



Rosie McGrane (18)



Isabel Ovens (18)








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.







Ebonie Lewis (+1)



Victoria Pawley (3)



Caley McGinty (1)



Emily Wilson (4)



Alex Giles (1)



Danielle Price (4)



Charlie Hiatt (4)



Laura Andrew (5)



Megan Bartlett (6)



Olivia Trewhella (5)



Kate Thurlow (12)



Casey Olds (12)












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! 







Charlotte Heeps (4)



Ebonie Lewis (+1)



Becky Hobell (5)



Caley McGinty (1)



Scarlett Williams (7)



Charlie Hiatt (4)



Lauren Purchase (10)



Kate Thurlow (12)



Becky Dodd (11)



Lorna Evans (17)



Molly Kington (14)



Isabel Ovens (18)










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!








Ebonie Lewis (+1)

2 up


Evie Stone (3)



Caley McGinty (1)



Lexi Dart (3)



Alex Giles (1)



Molly Pavey (4)



Charlie Hiatt (4)



Meg Rossouw



Megan Bartlett (6)



Charlotte Husband (8)



Lorna Evans (17)



Karrie Spencer (12)










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.

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!



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!


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."


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


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


*     *     *

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:


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!

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 -- 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.


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.


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




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





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!



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

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




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 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

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

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. 


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. 


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





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.


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 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,



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


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, or at YouTube link  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!

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!



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.





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!


 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!


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.


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


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:



Judy Ponsford



Elizabeth Wall

Tewkesbury Park


Fay Austen

Chipping Sodbury


Jane Roche

Minchinhampton New




Ann Regan-Line

The Bristol



Andrea White

Long Ashton



Helen Grove


35pts c/b


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. 


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.


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.


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!


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

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


Jemima Gregson - The Kendleshire G79

Winner - Nett Prize - Nett Silver Bowl

Michelle Bartlett - Knowle N70


Phillipa Gillam - The Bristol N71


Seniors’ Championship Results

Winner - Gross Prize - Championship Glass Bowl

Alison Kelly - Cirencester G75


Paula Crabtree - Bristol & Clifton G82

Winner Nett Prize

Lyndall Mclean - Rodway Hill N73


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


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.



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:


Photographs to follow                 


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 Lots of wonderful images!


The Winning Team


Second Placed Team   Third Placed Team  

Nearest the Pin 

Laura Whittard (L) & Mel Lee






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.



Coaching course for beginners and improvers

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

 7.00pm – 8.00pm
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


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


For results of all matches go to



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!


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!


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!


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

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 

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





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 

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





Louise Church  G80




 Nett Prize - Nett Silver Bowl


Phillipa Gillam N73






Julie Clough N74 c/b


SSS = 70


CSS 73 r/o







Senior Championship Results







 Gross Prize - Championship Glass Bowl


Paula Crabtree G 81






Karen Rix G82



 Nett Prize



Liz Henniker-Heaton N73





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: 

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!

*     *     *

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!”





Minchinhampton New - Margaret Morse, Freda Bonner-Barlow, Ann Shelley, Jane Roche                                                       100 pts


Henbury - Jacqui Thompson, Jane Owen-Jones, Jackie Heaven, Janet Frost                                                                                  96 pts on cb


Cotswold Hills - Rosemary Clark, Di Paget, Louise Dalglish, Ella Huggins

                                                                                           96 pts


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  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  

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. 

BROOKES HAIR & BEAUTY: Minchinhampton’s local hair and beauty experts. 01453 883076

GARDINER BROS LTD: Gloucester based Footwear Company. Holes sponsored featuring three styles.

KUDOS: Gloucestershire based business supplying a comprehensive range of management consultancy, team building and training/development services to the private and public sector. or Tel: 0845 241 6440

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. email: Tel:  07745 161933

OENO: Independent retailer of wines, beers and spirits
The Corn Hall,

PASSION4JUICE: Gloucestershire based award winning fresh juice company which sponsors our teams’ fitness programme.

PARK FLOORING LTD: Park Floors & Walls Tile Centre

155 High Street, Royal Wootten Bassett, Wilts. SN4 7AB

TEL  01793 854149     Mobile 07976018323

PURDY INVESTIGATIONS: Based in the the Cotswolds, female Private Investigator. Registered with the PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS NETWORK UK Tel: 07808898430   or preferred method is a security link on website.

RED TEE BREAKS:  Golf Tour operator with a difference, with focus on the lady golfer.  Golf holidays are arranged with you, the lady golfer, in mind!

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.  

SVP: Strategic Value Partners (SVP), working with individuals and top teams to discover their personal and collective story. Contact Malcolm Lewis: 07768-232792

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

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:

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.


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.
01453 832240

Nearest the Pin sponsored by the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership 


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 


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.


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!'



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


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”


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 .....

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



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.”                  


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



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.


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 !

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

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.






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             



Winner 2nd Flight Salver                                      Alex Patton – Wiltshire

Runner Up 2nd Flight                                           Emily Toy – Cornwall



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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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!



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  



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


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


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


 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.


  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



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!


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!



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)


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!


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"


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.

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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!

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