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SCLGA News Archives

Coronation Foursomes Grand Final on Monday

You may recall back in August that the Coronation Foursomes Regional Final took place at Worthing GC and we had two local Sussex winners, Linda Atkins and Christine Knight from Cottesmore, coming in with only 34 points!
Christine reports that “It was a really rainy day and that had slicked up the greens, so we only had 13 points out but managed to par 6 of the last ten holes, giving us a back nine of 21 points!  We thought 34 was just about respectable but were leaders in the clubhouse for the next 5 and a quarter hours! The pair that matched our score came in about 10 groups from the end of the field when the weather had improved but got quite windy; however, they had shot even 17s on both 9s, so we won on count back!”
The ladies will fly up to Scotland on Sunday 23rd September and hope to practice 9 holes before a photo-shoot on the Swilken Bridge and then it’s the competition proper on Monday 24th.  They’re very excited – it’s no mean feat to get to the last 32 players from a starting field of 25,000!  Two years ago, Margaret Swatman and Catherine Malins also from Cottesmore, won their regional final at East Brighton and they’re green with envy that they’re not going again!
Keep your fingers crossed for the ladies! The winning pair get an invitation to play in the Pro-Am at next year’s British Ladies Open at Woburn – oh! the stuff of dreams!
Good luck Christine and Linda.

Good Luck to Sussex Seniors!

It’s the Women’s Senior British Amateur Championship at Crail Golfing Society this week.  Formed in 1786, the Society is the 7th oldest golf club in the world. There are two courses at Crail (Balcomie Links and Craighead Links) and the ladies will be on Craighead Links perched on the cliffs looking out at the North Sea. Three Sussex ladies are competing – Clarissa Bushell (West Sussex), Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe) and Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest). We wish them the very best of luck at this event, which involves golfers from all over the world with handicaps of +2.6 to 4.9!

It’s 4 rounds of stroke play beginning tomorrow, Tuesday 18th September.  After 36 holes, the players returning the 40 lowest scores and any tying for 40th place qualify for the final 18 holes.

A hole-by-hole play-off determines the winner in the event of a tie.

Follow their progress on the R&A website by clicking here.


AGM Monday 5th November

The 2018 AGM will be held at The Charmandean, Forest Road, Worthing BN14 9HS on Monday 5th November 2018 at 10.30am.  We suggest that as parking is limited people should share cars where possible.

The papers for the meeting were sent to clubs during the first week in September.

If you have a lady member who would like to join the county committee, the nomination form is below.  However, if she would like to understand more about the role and the level of commitment required then the County Captain, Ann Carnegie  (email or 01243 511307 ) or Judith Dingle (01444 471007 or email) are willing to answer any queries.

AGM Agenda

AGM Minutes 6th November 2017

Proposal for SCLGA to Incorporate – AGM Item 14

SCLGA Committee Nomination Form 2018


East Sussex National Win Morrice Foursomes

Congratulations to East Sussex National who have won the Morrice Foursomes and runners-up Slinfold Golf.  The last time East Sussex National won the Morrice Foursomes was a mere 4 years ago in 2014!  A strong squad with their team of Sue Davis, Corrina Smith, Alicia Phillips, Amanda Hilton, Sue Richardson and Liz Ditchburn.

In 3rd place Crowborough Beacon and 4th Sedlescombe. Well done for making it this far and commiserations to the losing teams.

Slinfold Golf: Jo Maddams, Ann Grain, Cathy Downey, Sue Thompson, Kate Leyshon, Sue Puttock.

The 3rd & 4th play off resulted in a 3rd place for Crowborough Beacon and in 4th place, Sedlescombe.

It’s always a long day for all involved and thanks must go to Jane Covey and the Ifield ladies committee for their work and ball spotting; the catering staff and greens staff; Chris Handson and Ann Carnegie as starters and Sue Rushworth for her assistance during the day.



New Golf Rules 2019: What You Need to Know!

The R&A have revealed the new Golf Rules for 2019 which will become effective on 1st January 2019.  Please familiarise yourselves with the main changes and collect the new Rules Books which will be in your clubs from now.  If you’re in any doubt, you should carry a Golf Rules Book in your golf bag or download the Golf Rules App onto your phone.

What you need to know.

Regarding out of bounds or a lost ball. Instead of stroke and distance, a new local rule allows the option of dropping a ball in the vicinity of where the original was lost or out of bounds, including the nearest fairway area, with a two-stroke penalty.

Dropping procedure. This will be from knee height.

There will no longer be a penalty for double-hitting a shot. Golfers will simply count the single stroke they took to strike the ball, rather than counting two shots for hitting the ball twice.

There will be no penalty for accidentally moving your ball on the putting green or when looking for it. A player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that they did.

The flagstick no longer has to be attended or removed when putting and there will be no penalty if a golfer hits an unattended flagstick in the hole.

Golfers will be allowed to repair spike marks as well as other damage on the putting green. There is also no penalty for merely touching the line of a putt.

Golfers can now touch the ground with their club in a hazard and can move loose impediments in a hazard without penalty.

As well as that, golfers can move loose impediments in bunkers and will not be penalised for generally grounding their club away from their ball.  You still cannot ground your club when playing a bunker shot.

An unplayable lie may be taken in a bunker, with a drop out for two strokes.

Player integrity will be relied on to the point where a player’s “reasonable judgement” will be trusted on things like estimating/measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance.

The 5 minute golf ball search time has been scrapped, golfers will be allowed only 3 minutes to search for a strayed golf ball.

You also are no longer required to announce when you are lifting a ball to identify or see if it’s damaged.

Golf’s governing bodies are also encouraging ready golf in stroke play and recommend golfers take no longer than 40 seconds over a shot.

The R&A have produced some excellent literature and videos on their website, click here https://www.rules.golf


Junior Needed for Alresford Cup on 23rd September

Louise Simmons, CJO, urgently needs a Junior Girl for the Alresford Cup on Sunday 23rd September. It’s a 9.45am start at Alresford GC, Hampshire. Ideally the Junior Girl should have a handicap of between 16 and 24, but if her handicap is outside of this bracket the Junior may still participate in this important event in the Junior Calendar.

If you know of anyone in Sussex, please contact Louise Simmons on sclgajuniororganiser@gmail.com


Morrice Foursomes Semi-Final & Final on Friday

Ifield hosts the Semi-Final and Final stages of the Morrice Foursomes matchplay on Friday 14th September.  Round 1 began way back in the year with just one of the teams, Crowborough Beacon, seeing off Highwoods to make it to Round 2.  The next round saw the other semi-finalists namely East Sussex National, Slinfold Golf and Sedlescombe join the competition and the semi-final line-up is:

  • East Sussex National v Crowborough Beacon
  • Slinfold Golf v Sedlescombe

Play begins at 9.15am and supporters are welcome.  These matches will be followed by the 3rd and 4th play off at 2pm and the Finals at 2.24pm.



Seniors Friendly Match v Berkshire

The Sussex Senior team travelled to Royal Ascot GC on Wednesday 12th September to play the second of the 2018 friendly matches.  A stones throw away from Ascot Racecourse, the course is relatively short but, at times, a very tricky parkland course.  Despite an early threat of rain showers the weather remained dry with not a breath of wind.

Playing 4 ball better ball the team was:

Pam Homer (Golf at Gooodwood) & Kathy Donohoe (Chichester).   Lost

Alison Vermes (Pyecombe) & Jacs Marlio (Royal Ashdown Forest).   Won

Jenny Hughes (Willingdon) & Rosie Hockey (Royal Ashdown Forest).    Won

Alicia Phillips (East Sussex National) & Carol Smith (Golf at Goodwood).    Halved

The matches were played in great spirit and it proved to be very close with all of the games going to the 17th or 18th hole.  The Sussex ladies just held on to win the day 2 ½  to 1 ½ .

Thanks were given to the Berkshire Ladies for their hospitality and to Royal Ascot GC for a providing an excellent meal afterwards.


Sad News Regarding Gerry Honeysett, SCGU President

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of the Sussex County Golf Union President, Mr Gerry Honeysett.  Gerry, who was an active member of Haywards Heath Golf Club, joined the SCGU in January 2013, was a Course Rating Team Leader for Sussex and became President in 2017.

Our condolences and thoughts go to his wife Kath, family and friends.


Autumn Bowmaker Competition Report

The Autumn Bowmaker, the penultimate ladies competition of the SCLGA calendar, was played on Monday 10th September at Crowborough Beacon Golf Club.  20 teams of 3 representing 22 clubs competed on a lovely sunny day.

1st prize with a fantastic score of 82 points went to Sandie Heslop, Jacky Chisholm and Liz Manktelow from Boars Head.


2nd prize with 76 points went to Sue Walkden and Janet Scott from Copthorne and Jan Gibb from Crowborough Beacon.


3rd prize with 74 points went to Wendy Lynn, Kay Smith and Elly Hall from Eastbourne Downs.


4th prize with 73 points went to Pam Horner and Frances Cheeny from Golf at Goodwood, and Edwina Beresford from Bognor Regis.


Nearest the Pin on the Par 3s went to:

Jan Hobden from Royal Ashdown on the 3rd







Pat Johns from Dyke on the 13th

Iona McKean from Cottesmore on the 17th

Huge thanks go to Terry Comby, Lady Captain of Crowborough, her kitchen staff for a spectacular buffet, and her fabulous ball spotters.

For the full results click here.