I am honoured to be elected as County Captain for Sussex for the next two years. It’s an exciting time to to be leading the SCLGA Ltd as we tackle new initiatives from the World Handicapping System and England Golf during 2020.
I believe we have an obligation to grow the game in Sussex at all levels and ages – from 8 to 88! I hope we offer opportunities in our teams and competitions for girls and ladies to play, enjoy and have fun whether it is at elite level or in our social competitions such as the Spring Rumble and Autumn Bowmaker.
I was hoping to welcome many of you at our events and competitions but Covid-19 and social distancing rules and regulations have significantly changed all our plans. Fortunately, some of our events have gone ahead and we finish the year with the Prue Riddiford Bowmaker at Royal Ashdown Forest and the Glenda Ricketts at Nevill GC. Thank you to all people involved, whether playing or organising.
If you wish to contact me regarding the SCLGA, new ideas, or even joining the main committee or helping with the Juniors, then please email me here.
Pat Johns, September 2020
About Sussex County Ladies Golf Association
SCLGA was initially created as Sussex County Ladies’ Golf Club and they held their first meeting in Lewes in 1900, with their six founding members Ashdown Forest, Bexhill, Crowborough, Hastings, Royal Eastbourne and Seaford. Today, there are 58 clubs in Sussex affiliated to the SCLGA, with nearly 3,800 members. The county colours of canary yellow and blue were adopted in the 1960’s.
The Sussex County Championship was inaugurated in 1923, and all our County Champions have played inter-county matches for Sussex. It is now the Champion’s honour and privilege to lead the County team, and in recent years she has had an automatic place on the County Committee and the Selection Committee.
At the AGM of 4th November 2019, the members gave unanimous approval for the business of the Association to transfer from an unincorporated body (SCLGA) to a Limited Company (SCLGA Ltd).
What Do We Do?
Today, we have 57 affiliated clubs with nearly 3,800 female playing members in Sussex. Our role is wide ranging, including:
- Provide a framework for amateur ladies golf in Sussex
- Promote and encourage play at all levels
- Identify and nurture talent
- Develop our elite golfers and select teams to represent the county
- Represent Sussex in national issues and debate
- Work collaboratively with Clubs and other organisations in pursuit of the above (eg the mens’ Sussex County Golf Union, County Development Officer and England Golf)
Everything we do is on a voluntary basis, we have no salaried staff. Our income is derived from the ‘per capita levy’ which clubs add to their membership fees and each club pays to be affiliated to SCLGA. We run Countywide Competitions which are fun and some are even competitive and ask that you support our efforts by entering events, since these funds are a vital contribution to our finances. We’re always interested in hearing from people and organisations who might consider a sponsoring some element of our work and the travel costs for the Junior and Elite teams.
Please keep your eyes and ears open for us!
Our AGM takes place every year on the first Monday in November at The Charmandean, Forest Road, Worthing, BN14 9HS. The 2020 AGM took place on Monday 2nd November 2020 via a Zoom link. The Minutes for the last AGM are available to view by clicking on the document below.
The Board Members of SCLGA Ltd are:
- President – Jane Covey
- County Captain – Pat Johns
- Vice Captain – Caroline Hawkes
- Company Secretary – Judith Dingle
- Finance Director – Alison Hopson
- Competitions Director – Sue Rushworth
- Director of Girls’ Golf – Louise Simmons
- Communications Director – Jacs Mosseri-Marlio
- England Golf Voting Member – Sue Smith
Bali Bassan, Jane Buckley, Debby Gill, Caroline Hawkes, Emilie Hunt, Janis Kinnear, Jo Maddams, Jill Miles and Sue Rushworth
1st Team – Hannah Ralph
2nd Team – Sally Brown
Seniors League – Sara Whittaker
Seniors Friendly – Deborah James
If you feel you have the skills and experience required and would like to discuss opportunities to get more involved in county golf, please click here to email the County Captain.