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delegates meeting march 16Over a hundred people attended the Delegates Meeting at Brighton & Hove GC yesterday.  County Captain, Sandra Holman, opened the meeting and welcomed everybody, and gave an update on plans for the year.

Full minutes of the meeting will be available, but here are some of the key messages from the day.


Carol Larkin was thanked for her many years hard work and service to the county as our Standard Scratch Assessor, Carol Smith will now lead this activity.

Pat Johns, Junior OrganiserPat Johns, our Junior Organiser, updated everybody on the variety of development activities with a progression process taking girls from beginners through to Elite juniors.  She encouraged all the clubs to get more girls involved in golf, a message also echoed by Matt Warwick, our County Development Officer.  Significant resources are being invested by England Golf to make golf more attractive to girls, but it needs support at club level from members and Professionals.

Chris Handson


Chris Handson, our Handicap Advisor, outlined some of this year’s CONGU changes which have been incorporated into the software, as well as other changes for 2016 including:

  • less severe adjustment for exceptional scores
  • an opportunity for mid year handicap reviews for players struggling to play near their handicap
  • initial handicap recommendations will be lower
  • the handicap year will now be the calendar year; 2016 will only be 10 months for 3 qualifying scores
  • 4BBB handicap allowance 90% for strokeplay and matchplay is mandatory
  • it is up to clubs whether they choose to introduce the new ‘Club Handicap’ of up to 54.  Players can have EITHER a CONGU or Club Handicap; their score will not affect the CSS.


Click here for England Golf information on handicapping.  If you have any specific handicap queries, you can email Chris directly.

Donna DaviesDonna Davies, our rules expert, outlined the key changes for 2016:

  • changes to the rules for returning an incorrect score as a result of a penalty
  • anchoring of a club in no longer allowed
  • penalty for using an ‘artificial device’ has changed
  • ball moving after address has now changed


Click here to get the full details of the changes on the R&A website.  But don’t forget – always carry a rule book with you!

Hannah prof winHannah Ralph, our 1st Team Manager gave us an overview of her career to date, including some fond memories of her time playing for Sussex before turning Pro.

Matt Warwick, the England Golf Development Officer for Sussex gave an overview of his work.  He outlined all the support tools that clubs could access to help them grow and develop their ladies section and encourage more girls to play golf.

Many thanks to Brighton & Hove GC and their ladies section for hosting the day.