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SCLGA News Archives

New Rule – Ball Moving on Putting Green

In 2019 the new Rules will provide clearer guidance and assistance to players when their ball accidentally moves on the putting green.

Under new Rule 13.1d, there will no longer be a penalty if a player (or opponent) accidentally causes the player’s ball to move on the putting green.

Also under Rule 13.1d, the procedure for when a ball on the putting green is moved by wind, water or other natural forces is revised, so that it must sometimes be replaced and sometimes be played from its new spot:

  • If the ball had been lifted and replaced on its original spot before it moved, the ball must always be replaced on its original spot, regardless of what caused it to move.
  • The ball must be played from its new spot only if the ball had not been lifted and replaced before it moved.



New Joiners to SCLGA

The SCLGA Committee has a new lady on board from Horsham Golf, Karen Thorpe. A little about her – she’s been golfing for about 23 years beginning at Brinsbury Golf Club in Pulborough which was a 9 hole course built by the College for trainee greenkeepers. She moved on from there to Foxbridge, then to West Chiltington and when it was closed onto her present club at Horsham Golf.


During that time, she’s been Lady Captain at Foxbridge, Junior Organiser and Handicap Secretary at West Chiltington and Lady Captain at Horsham and at present she’s the Competition Secretary at Horsham. Her handicap is 16 and she’s a regular player for Horsham’s Div 2 Team, although next season Horsham has entered two teams into Div 4 so she’ll be playing for them.


The Seniors Scratch League will be run by Sara Whittaker from Willingdon where she’s been playing for the last 25 years. Sara arrived in Eastbourne to train as a PE teacher and never left! Over the years she’s played a lot of hockey and a fair bit of squash, and in her words “I love chasing a ball and I am a little competitive!”

When she first took up golf her handicap was 18, then it dropped fairly quickly to 12 for some time whilst she took on a new job in Brighton. Eventually she made single figures (now playing off 6) and has loved the opportunity to play with some of the best players throughout the county. Sara enjoys the camaraderie of club and team golf, and feels it’s a duty to include everyone, whatever their ability.

She’s very much looking forward to taking on the role as Seniors Scratch League Team Manager and hopes she can rely on the likes of the previous squad to support her bid to retain the Mulligan Larsen Trophy for another year!


Seniors Report by Jo Galway

The SCLGA also says goodbye to Jo Galway who has been in charge of the Seniors for the past 5 years.  She is delighted to leave the Seniors in the capable hands of Sara Whittaker from Willingdon who will take on the role from 2019.

2018 has been yet another triumphant for the Sussex Seniors Scratch League team winning the Mulligan Larsen Bowl for the fourth year in a row against Surrey, Kent, Middlesex and Essex.  Each match consists of 6 singles matchplay games and each individual game within each match counts towards the final result.  Sussex have played fantastic golf throughout the season winning all of their matches.

Cottesmore and Crowborough generously hosted out home matches this year, where Sussex beat Essex 4.5 – 1.5 at Cottesmore and beat Kent 5 – 1 at Crowborough.  The team played Middlesex away at Ealing and won 4 – 2 and, most importantly, beat Surrey away at Burhill 3.5 – 2.5.  This ensured that the Seniors pipped Surrey by just 1.5 points/games totalling 17 in all for Sussex against 15.5 for Surrey, so all very exciting.

The matches have been hard fought with some excellent golf in the true spirit of the game.  Thank you again to the players for their continued commitment to the Sussex Seniors scratch League and well done on such a terrific year – long may it continue.

The players representing Sussex for 2018 were:

Jo Galway – Piltdown
Aileen Greenfield – Pyecombe
Karen Sykes – Worthing
Katherine Russell, Jacs Marlio and Rosie Hockey – Royal Ashdown Forest
Clarissa Bushell – West Sussex
Teresa Ward – Royal Eastbourne
Daisy Kane – West Sussex
Iona McKean – Cottesmore
Sara Whittaker- willingdon
Jo Galway says, “It has been my privilege to be a part of the inauguration of the Mulligan Larsen Bowl Seniors Scratch League, if at times a bit challenging, but I hope that it is now well enough established in the counties fixture list to enable it to continue for many years to come and that Sussex continues to build on it’s success.”

So Long to Tessa Stockwell

Tessa Stockwell, 2nd Team Manager, also hung up her golf shoes at the 2018 County AGM.  By way of an update, Tessa served on the SCLGA Committee from 2008 to 2011 helping to run the Jerdein and Kathleen Rider events. She introduced the 3 way County spilt and with her IT expertise devised a data entry method for the SCLGA to input the Divisional Draws and match results for the Divisions and the Morrice Foursomes.

On leaving the main Committee, Tessa became 2nd Team Manager, successfully guiding the team to win the Stovold Trophy for 3 years in a row, and twice finishing in 2nd place.  This year Surrey only narrowly pipped Sussex, with both teams ending the season with identical points but Sussex losing out on games.

Tessa can’t believe that 5 years has gone by in a flash, but she’s really enjoyed the experience of working with good golfers.  She’s hopeful that even though her golf has gone by the wayside a little, she’s keen to get her handicap back down to 8 in 2019!

For the future, she’s excited to report that “No sooner than one door closes, 2 doors open!”  She’s recently joined Midhurst Camera Club and her first job isn’t a photography brief but a revamp of their website; and her tennis club has asked Tessa to update their website and include a court booking facility!  If you want something done, it looks like you can rely on Tessa!

Tessa wishes Sandra Holman the very best of luck for 2019 and beyond in the hope that Sussex continues with its winning ways.


Committee Leavers

At the recent SCLGA AGM as well as saying a fond goodbye to Sandra Holman, there were an additional two “leavers” who’ve served the committee in various capacities namely Vicki Pett and Wendy Shergold.

Vicki Pett has been the County Registrar and her role was to organise the County Cards. She was on the County team for five years and has been Registrar since 2014.  This post is no longer a separate officer role and has been amalgamated into the Treasurers duties and responsibilities from 2019.

Wendy Shergold has been Vice Captain and Captain of Hill Barn Golf Club, spent 5 years as Captain of Division 3 at Worthing also serving on the Ladies Committee, been Vice Captain, Captain, Vice President and President of the SLC&SGA!

For the past 3 years she’s been on the SCLGA Committee running the Senior’s Competition at Piltdown for those 3 years and the Morris Foursomes for the last 2 years. She says, “This time has been immensely satisfying, I really enjoyed organising the events and having such good rapport with the Clubs and players involved. I would like to thank the committee for their very valuable help and advice – I shall miss them.”

As with many ladies, Wendy has wanted to give something back to a sport that she’s enjoyed so much, hence her far reaching commitment over the years.  During all this time her husband Roy has been a stalwart and helped her on many occasions but now it’s their time and she’s looking forward to playing more golf with Roy!”

Good luck to both Vicki and Wendy, you’ll both be missed on the SCLGA Committee.


Goodbye Sandra Holman

Sandra has been involved with the SCLGA in one way or another since 2003 when she joined the County Committee and within a year was appointed as Honorary Secretary for 6 years until 2010.  She subsequently served on the SLC & SGA Committee as Vice Captain and then Captain through to 2012.

It was hard to keep Sandra away, maintaining her ties with the County as County Match Week (CMW) Trolley Puller Organiser attending all County Match Weeks and Finals until CMW in 2014 after which she was appointed County Vice-Captain.  She became County Captain in 2015 for 2 years, then Past-Captain for a year before finally stepping down from County Committee in November 2018!  She’s been a very, very busy lady!

She reports that “She’s had an amazing time on the County forging long term friendships as can be seen from my entry into croquet with Mel, Di and Jane who were on the Committee in 2003. They are just 3 of many who I meet up with at least once a year.  It’s been an honour to have served on the Committee.”

Sandra moves onto a quieter time off the main SCLGA Committee but looks forward to the challenge as 2nd Team Manager – she’s well aware that Tessa Stockwell is a hard act to follow, winning the Stovold Trophy from 2015-2017 but she’ll give her very best.   Sandra has enjoyed working with the Junior girls, loves the involvement at Junior County Match Week every year, and is especially excited that in 2019 JCMW will be at Haywards Heath where, needless to say, Sandra is now Club President.

Enjoy your well earned rest!






AGM Update

The 2018 AGM took place on Monday 5th November where County Captain Ann Carnegie delivered her annual report to 152 ladies from 48 clubs along with news from various officers and committee members.  In addition, Millie Broadbent from England Golf provided information on the proposal for the SCLGA to incorporate during 2019.  Unanimous approval was given in principal from the members present for the County to press ahead with the initial work with view to asking Clubs to ratify this with a formal vote at a Special General Meeting on 4th March 2019.

There are 2 committee members stepping down this year, past Captain Sandra Holman and Wendy Shergold. The County also says goodbye to Vicki Pett (County Registrar), Tessa Stockwell who has run the 2nd team for the past 5 years and Jo Galway who has had responsibility for the Seniors Team.  New onto the committee is Pat Johns, incoming Vice-Captain and Karen Thorpe from Horsham Golf.

The presentation of trophies to the 2018 prize-winners and club representatives:

  • County Champion – Chloe Briance
  • Langridge Salver – Aileen Greenfield
  • Seniors Champion – Aileen Greenfield
  • Vets Champion – Iona McKean
  • Division 1 – Worthing
  • Division 2 – Copthorne
  • Division 3 – West Sussex
  • Division 4 – Brighton & Hove
  • Morrice Foursomes – East Sussex National
  • Scratch Foursomes – Pyecombe
  • Kathleen Rider – Golf at Goodwood
  • Presidents Trophy – Brighton & Hove
  • Jerdein Memorial – Royal Ashdown Forest
  • Mulligan Larsen Bowl – Sussex Seniors


2019 Rule Changes regarding Putting Greens

Putting greens are set to receive a makeover and players will see a range of new Rules effective from 1st January 2019 when it comes to getting the ball in the hole.

  • Any damage on the green caused by a person or outside influence can now be repaired without penalty.
  • There will no longer be any penalty for merely touching the line of play on the putting green.
  • Players will no longer face a penalty if the ball played from the putting green hits a flagstick left in the hole.

Reasons for change

Because putting greens are specially prepared for playing the ball along the ground, the Rules allow the player to do things on the green that are not allowed anywhere else.

The change that will allow a player to repair almost all damage on the putting green is a further reason why the prohibition on merely touching the line of putt is no longer needed.

Allowing a player to putt with the flagstick in the hole without fear of penalty should generally help speed up play.


Results from Junior Autumn Meeting

The Junior Autumn Meeting was held on Sunday 28th October at Royal Eastbourne, a chillier and windier day than expected, but at least everyone remained dry.  Despite the cold, there was a good turnout with 16 girls from around the County entering the final County competition of the year.  Some of the girls had never played the course before, but this didn’t hold back new County girl, Lauren Ford (Ham Manor) from notching up 41 Stableford points, and winning the Handicap Prize.

County Competitors were:

Chloe Burdon – Chartham Park
Ellen Nicholas – Ham Manor
Salysa Mason – Cottesmore
Gudrun Nolan – Hollingbury Park
Anna Wills – East Sussex National
Katie Field – Bognor Regis
Yasmin Hang – Goodwood
Lille-beau Thorpe – Cowdray Park
Maisie Hassall (new to county) – Mid Sussex
Becky Losh – Worthing
Lucy Pigram (new to county) – Cottesmore
Ella Keary (new to county) – Dale Hill
Lauren Ford (new to county) – Ham Manor
Alanna Ross (new to County) – Dale Hill

Entries from Sussex Clubs :
Amelia Aram (West Sussex) and Annabelle Heal (Haywards Heath)


Stableford Handicap Competition:
Winner: Lauren Ford – 41 points
2nd: Salysa Mason – 36
3rd: Ellen Nicholas – 35

Scratch Competition:
Winner: Chloe Burdon
2nd: Yasmin Hang
3rd: Anna Wills

Nearest the Pins & Longest Drive:
Longest Drive (h’cap 1-10) – Anna Wills
Longest Drive (h’cap 11-36) – Becky Losh
Nearest the Pin in 2 (6th) – Anna Wills
Nearest the Pin (15th) – Yasmin Hang
Nearest the Pin (18th) – Ellen Nicholas


GILBEY ORDER OF MERIT (Scratch): Salysa Mason and Katie Field (Trophy 6 months each)
LANGRIDGE ORDER OF MERIT (Handicap): Ellen Nicholas


JULIET MORGAN (most improved handicap) – Lilah Sinclair
RUNNER UP PLATE (second most improved) – Lauren Ford

COUNTY COLOURS were proudly received by four girls this year:

  • Salysa Mason
  • Lille-beau Thorpe
  • Katie Field
  • Yasmin Hang

Thanks must go to Sandra Holman for spending time on the course and keeping up the pace of play and to Ann Carnegie, who fought with the usual demons when entering score cards onto the computer system!  Thank you to Julie Field for calculating the OOM Results and the Aggregate Awards.

There was also a large show of parents who walked the course in such chilly conditions, showing their support to all the competitors, and later attended the presentation; this is so appreciated by everyone, in particular the players!  Royal Eastbourne made everyone very welcome, coping with the numbers of people involved, in what was a typical very busy Sunday for the club.

Well done to everyone who participated and we look forward to growing the numbers of entries in all of our 2019 County Competitions.  Any girls from around the county are invited to take part, and will be made most welcome.

Please contact: Louise Simmons for more details about the Junior Section of the County.