SCLGA News Archives

Dorothy Turton – Committee Leaver 2017

Continuing with the leavers for 2017, we focus on  Dorothy Turton from Crowborough Beacon, who joined in 2015.  She offers a different perspective to committee responsibility as a higher handicapper, who came to golf later in life and can appreciate the work that takes place behind the scenes.

Despite finding the first year a little daunting, she was  made to feel very welcome and helped with the Senior’s Championship at Piltdown as an assistant to Wendy Shergold. Who, in Dorothy’s words, “was an absolute delight to work with.”  In the same year, she helped Donna Davies run the Jerdein Memorial, and was responsible for organising the catering at Willingdon for over 100 ladies.  This year she helped out again at the Senior’s event at Piltdown and  the Autumn Bowmaker.

For Dorothy, it’s been fun and rewarding, and a continuous learning process; she hopes that the friendships she’s made on committee will continue and remain lasting.


Worthing Makes Last 16 in Daily Mail Foursomes

Congratulations to Karen Sykes and Kathy Langham from Worthing who made it through 7 rounds of foursomes to play at St Pierre Golf & Country Club for round 8, and the last 16 teams.  In their final match, Karen and Kathy played Kemnay GC, and had to give 9 shots, only losing on the 18th, 1 down.  Karen Sykes really enjoyed the whole experience and has no regrets, and said “We had a fantastic time and met some lovely people, but went on to win the champagne foursomes though”!



Jan Hobden – Committee Leaver 2017

This year the county will say a fond farewell to County Committee members Jan Hobden, Pat Johns and Dorothy Turton.

As so much goes on behind the scenes, and entirely voluntarily, now is a good time for each lady to reflect on their time and pass on their views and sentiments during their appointment.  The first lady which we will turn the spotlight on, is Jan Hobden from Royal Ashdown Forest GC, who has served on committee for 5 years.

Jan joined the County Committee in 2012 after having recently finished as Ladies Secretary at RAFGC, and previously served as Lady Captain at RAFGC in 2003. During her five year county appointment, Jan has been responsible for running the Kathleen Rider Foursomes twice, a President’s Trophy, a Spring Rumble and an Autumn Bowmaker.  She has aIso assisted at several competitions.  In 2014, she was asked to become the Division 3 Secretary, which has been the highlight of her time on committee as this has allowed Jan to meet many lovely ladies, and run the quarters, semis and finals for Div 3.

Jan has really enjoyed the team spirit of the Committee and has made friendships that will last on and off the golf course. She hopes that in her time on committee, she has been able to put something back for all the years she has enjoyed playing golf.



Repair of Pitch Marks R&A Rule 16-1c

Players are often confused as to what damage they can repair to the course. Let’s try and clarify this, starting with the putting green. Rule 16-1c states;

“The player may repair an old hole plug or damage to the putting green caused by the impact of a ball, whether or not the player’s ball lies on the putting green.”

This is the only damage that a player may repair on the putting green without incurring a penalty and note that the player’s ball does not have to be on the green for the player to repair the damage.

On average, most players make 8 pitch marks during a round of 18 holes, and if not repaired these cause untold damage to the greens.  At this time of year, when the greens become softer and receptive, please take care to repair your own pitch-mark, and if not yours, out of courtesy and etiquette repair one that you spot in your line or near the hole, to make it more amenable to the people playing behind you!


Sussex Seniors v Kent Match Report

Last Thursday 12th October, the Sussex Seniors Team played away at Boughton GC in Kent and were met with a very warm and friendly welcome on arrival.  Although some distance away, it was a pleasure to play there and the Kent Team couldn’t have been more helpful, even providing practice balls on the range before play for the teams.  The course was in good condition with some interesting holes and the greens played beautifully with some interesting slopes!

Knowing that only a point was needed to clinch the League for 2017 the Sussex team performed exceptionally well and managed to win five out of the six matches making it a substantial win over the other counties to take the Mulligan Larsen Bowl (Seniors League) for the third year running.

Thank you to Katherine Russell, Aileen Greenfield, Clarissa Bushell, Teresa Ward and Daisy Kane for playing so well on an unknown away course against a strong Kent side.

Congratulations Sussex Seniors we’ve done it again!!


Juniors Selected for England Regional Squad Training

Congratulations to Chloe Burdon (Chartham Park), Salysa Mason (Cottesmore), Gudron Nolan (Hollingbury Park), Lille-Beau Thorpe (Cowdray Golf) and Anna Wills (East Sussex National) who have been selected for the England Golf South East U16 Regional training squad.   In the U18 Regional training, two Sussex girls – Sasha Gardiner (Chartham Park) and Ellen Nicholas (Ham Manor) have also been picked for 2017/2018.

With six spots available, it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication from Pat Johns the Junior Organiser!


Winter Rules

With many clubs now implementing temporary winter rules at this time of year, it seems a good time to remind you how to exactly interpret the rule:

“A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it is placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.

Penalty for breach of Local Rule:
Match play – loss of hole;
Stroke play – Two strokes.

If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with the club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.”



Development for All Training Sessions & Dates

Carrying on from earlier this year, we are pleased that Lee Andrews (Mid-Sussex Golf Pro) will continue to offer group training sessions for the next 5 months covering everything from putting to your short game.  They were very popular with all levels of golfer, and will run whatever the weather!  The sessions for 2017/2018 are as follows:

Sunday 29th October – 10am to 12pm – Short game

Sunday 26th November – 10am to 12pm – Awkward lies

Sunday 14th January – 10am to 12pm – Driving and Fairway woods

Sunday 4th February – 10am to 12pm – Controlling your distance pitching

Sunday 4th March – 10am to 12pm – Striking your irons

Sunday 18th March – 10am to 12pm – Putting

Why not put the dates in your diary, costing only £10 a session, these offer tremendous value for money.  To find out more about each session click here and to obtain a booking form click here.


Junior Development Training Report

Damp conditions did not deter the girls from participating in the first Junior Development session of the winter held at Mid Sussex Golf Club on Saturday 7th October.
Seven girls attended with age range from 7-14 and handicap range from 22-45.

After being filmed the girls had the opportunity to analyse their swings and make some corrections on the range. This was followed by a chipping competition ( chocolate bars for prizes!) just before lunch. In the afternoon the girls “designed a hole” to test their chipping putting skills.

Very many thanks to Lee Andrews for once again running a valuable, challenging and enjoyable day of fun golf for the girls and to Mid Sussex Golf Club for use of their facilities.

Pictured in the photo with Lee and Christine Knight (SCLGA Junior Committee) are:
Alanna and Caitlin Ross – Dale Hill, Charlotte and Sophia Smith, Maisie Hassall, Livy Surgeoner and Jasmine Byne all from Haywards Heath.


Seniors Friendly Match Report v Surrey

Sussex Seniors played their last friendly match of the season against Surrey, at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club on Thursday 5th October.  By the time the team had arrived at 10.45am the sun had come out and it stayed warm and dry throughout the match.  The course, a unique mix of parkland and downland character with its imposing tree lined fairways, provided a tough challenge.

In the first match Sally Brown (Ifield) and Mary Bell (Crowborough) battled hard but narrowly lost to a strong Surrey pairing.  Rosie Hockey (Royal Ashdown Forest) and Judith Dingle (East Sussex National) in another hard fought match came through to win on the 18th hole.  Surrey went back into the lead when their third pair just beat Kathy Donohoe (Chichester) and Ann Howard (Copthorne).  Sadly due to injury that morning the Surrey Captain was left to play the final pairing of Carol Smith (Golf at Goodwood) and Carol Larkin (Rye) on her own.  Despite borrowing Carol Larkin on the back nine holes the two Carol’s won the final match to secure a 2 – 2 draw.

Thanks were given to Tyrrells Wood for hosting the match.  A special “Thank You” to everyone who played in the friendlies this year, particularly to Tessa Stockwell and Judith Dingle for standing in as Captain for the day.  As a result of missing the match against Kent in August, it is hoped that we will have a home and away match in 2018.