SCLGA News Archives

Sussex County Team 1949

Our County Present, Chris Handson, has County Scrapbooks with fascinating newspaper articles showing the success of Sussex County ladies and juniors since the 1920s!  We were hoping to use some of these photos at the Delegates Meeting cancelled earlier this month.  They’ll be appearing on the website from now on – see if you recognise anyone here?


Playing the ball

If you think a ball is yours but cannot see your identification mark, after notifying your marker or opponent, you may mark the position of the ball and lift it to identify it. When lifted under this Rule, the ball may not be cleaned except to the extent necessary to identify it (Rule 12-2).

Play the ball as it lies. Don’t improve your lie, the area of your intended stance or swing, or your line of play by:

  • moving, bending or breaking anything fixed or growing, except in fairly taking your stance or making your swing, or
  • pressing anything down (Rule 13-2).

If your ball is in a bunker or a water hazard, don’t;

  • touch the ground (or the water in a hazard) with your hand or club before your downswing, or
  • move loose impediments (Rule 13-4).

If you play a wrong ball (i.e. stray ball or ball being used by another player):

  • in match play you lose the hole
  • in stroke play you incur a two-stroke penalty, the strokes made with the wrong ball do not count and you must correct the mistake by playing the correct ball (Rule 15-3).


Ball moved at rest

Generally, when your ball is in play, if you accidentally cause it to move, or you lift it when not permitted, add a penalty stroke and replace your ball.

If someone other than you, your caddie, your partner or your partner’s caddie moves your ball at rest, or it is moved by another ball, replace your ball without penalty.

If a ball at rest is moved by wind or it moves of its own accord, play the ball as it lies without penalty.



Good Luck to London Foursomes Teams

The London Foursomes match play competition takes place this week from 23-25 March at The Berkshire.  It’s a Scratch Foursomes competition open to all clubs within a 55 mile radius of Central London.  Entries are limited to 64 pairs and the first two rounds are played over the red and blue courses. This year Sussex is represented by Chichester, Crowborough Beacon, Royal Ashdown and West Sussex.  Good luck to the teams, and hope this cold snap blows through before Friday!

Click for the draw here.


Development for All Cancelled Tomorrow – Sunday 18th March

Please note that after discussion with Lee Andrews at Mid-Sussex, very reluctantly we have decided to cancel the Development for All training session tomorrow, Sunday 18th March.

All participants have been contacted, however, if anyone was hoping to turn up at the last minute, please be aware that Lee Andrews will not be running a training session in such poor weather conditions!


Girls’ golf is about to get rocking in Sussex!

Girls’ golf will get rocking in Sussex when a campaign to inspire new players is launched in April.  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 the county squad will act as ambassadors, sharing their enjoyment and inspiring the newcomers.

The project tees off with free taster sessions for girls aged five to 18, followed by coaching courses with PGA professionals, together with all-important support from the ambassadors.

Girls Golf Rocks will launch in Sussex with taster sessions at:

  • Cottesmore Golf Club, Friday 6th April – 10am – 12pm
  • Dale Hill Golf Club, Sunday 8th April – 1pm – 3pm
  • Haywards Heath Golf Club, Saturday 14th April – 12:30pm – 2.30pm
  • Rustington Golf Club, Saturday 21st April – 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Slinfold Golf Club, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April – both 1pm – 3pm

The sessions are open to all girls, regardless of whether or not they have an impairment, to try golf in a fun and supportive environment.  To find out more and book visit

Following the tasters, each of the clubs will offer a five-week coaching course with PGA professionals. Then in June the new players will be invited to a fun day with the ambassadors at a central location in Sussex, featuring multi-skills challenges and the chance to play on a golf course.

Sussex is one of six new counties to join the national campaign, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation with U.S Kids providing equipment for the girls. It aims to increase the number of girl golfers from the average of just two full members per club and it’s having a great impact.

When Girls Golf Rocks ran in 15 counties last year over 800 girls had a go and more than 730 enjoyed it so much they went on to take coaching courses.

Louise Simmons, Sussex County Junior Organiser commented: “We are excited to be involved in this great scheme and are totally committed to bringing more girls into our amazing sport here in Sussex.

“We have lined up some fantastic coaches and a wonderful team of ambassadors who have all had so much fun playing this great game, they cannot wait to share their experiences and knowledge with you.   We would love to welcome you into the FUN world of golf, come and give it a go!”

Ambassador Fenella Buss, 19, from East Brighton Golf Club added: “When I first started golf I never imagined I’d be in the position I am today. I’m so lucky that my involvement in this sport has given me amazing opportunities, so much more confidence and friends for life. I can’t wait to support and to be a part of a new golfers’ journey through this campaign!”

Follow the campaign on Twitter @GirlsGolfRocks1 or
To watch a video about Girls Golf Rocks visit


Golf at Goodwood – The Most Welcoming Club of the Year!

It was celebration time this week when players, volunteers, clubs, counties and coaches got together to recognise all that’s great about golf in England.  We congratulate Golf at Goodwood who were awarded the “Most Welcoming Club of the Year”.  This club looks after and listens to it’s visitors and members and last year it was rewarded with almost 300 new members.

The judges were impressed by Golf at Goodwood’s focus on it’s customers and providing what they want. They also praised the club’s innovative ideas to attract fantastic numbers of new golfers and the way it retains existing members.

Assistant manager Gary Beves said: “It’s wonderful to get this recognition. Just being nominated was great, but winning the award and being recognised in this way for the work we do is a great accomplishment.”
Golf at Goodwood has a special focus on attracting women and youngsters and it has been rewarded with a junior section of 100 members and over 300 female members.
To read more about the success at Golf at Goodwood click here.

R&A reveals new Rules for 2019

The R&A and USGA have announced today the new rules effective from 1st January 2019, which follow expensive discussions and feedback from the golfing community since 2012.  Golfers can now access the official 2019 Rules of Golf here.

The most significant changes are the following:

  • Dropping procedure – when taking relief, the ball may be dropped from knee height.
  • Measuring in taking relief – the golfers relief area may be measured using the longest club in the bag, except the putter.
  • Removing the penalty for double hit – the penalty stroke for a double hit has been removed.
  • Ball lost or out of bounds – a new local rule will be available permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty.

Other proposals which were introduced in 2017 that have been incorporated into the modernised Rules include:

  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
  • Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
  • Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
  • Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
  • Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.

There are videos on the R&A website which explain the rule changes in detail, and these can be accessed here.


Royal Ashdown Ladies play in International Women’s Day Golf

A less than enthusiastic group of ladies gathered at Royal Ashdown Forest on Friday to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Many hadn’t even picked up a golf club this year due to the unseasonably cold weather which has forced the club to be closed for many days first with rain, then frost and latterly snow.  Cajoled into playing, despite the very very wet and muddy course, 10 ladies had to carry their 3 clubs and a putter; armed with the free bonus of a kick, a throw and a mulligan each, in a Greensomes Stableford Competition.  Lots of fun and laughter was had by the group, and the monies raised (£91) was put towards the Lady Captain’s Charity, Blind Veterans UK.

Thank you to Royal Ashdown Forest ladies for supporting this initiative!



International Women’s Day – Charley Hull speaks up!

As part of International Women’s Day, Charley Hull (amongst others) was asked how she would change their sport – this is what she had to say;

“I’d like to change the types of tees women and men play from.  The red tees are known as the ladies’ tees and the men play off the yellow or white tees.

I still think there should be the same difference in tee positions, but instead of grouping them by whether you’re male or female you should play off whichever tee suits your ability.

I used to play off the white tees with the boys when I was younger and it made me a better player.”

What do you think of that as an idea for your “International Women’s Day” golf tournament?