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The biennial Girls’ Fundraiser took place on Wednesday 20th February on a bright, but chilly day at the well manicured Cowdray Park Golf Course.
16 teams entered the competition to help support and raise funds for the County Elite Squad in readiness for Home Counties Junior County Match Week at Haywards Heath in August. With the incredible support from the County girls, the County Committee and local club members who organised teams of 4 to play in the Texas Scramble, over £1,900 was raised. A number of clubs showed their generosity by offering four-ball vouchers for the raffle and auction.
Huge thanks must go to Lil Cummins of Cowdray Park, who has been running this event for a number of years now. There was a team of helpers from Cowdray Park, along with generous support from parents of the County squad, offering prizes and help on the day……..without all these people none of this would be possible.
Special mention to Ryan Fenwick of West Hove to donated the golf bag and 4 ball vouchers as auction items which contributed towards the funds raised.
Cowdray Park were kind enough to allow the use of their facilities, and provided all the competitors with a wonderful meal in their welcoming clubhouse.
The time of Prue Riddiford’s funeral has been changed to 12pm at St.Richards Chapel, Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Crawley on Tuesday 5th March. The reception, a celebration of Prue’s life and golfing achievements, will follow at around 2pm, at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club. The family have requested no flowers.
The biennial Junior Girls Fundraiser is on Wednesday 20th February at Cowdray Golf. Teeing off at 10am with a shotgun start, the format is a Texas Scramble Teams of 4 with any combination of players. This important event will raise necessary funds for the Juniors, particularly in the year when Sussex hosts Junior County Match Week at Haywards Heath. Good luck to all the competitors, let’s hope the sun continues to shine!
With a combined age of plus 100 and over 80 years playing for Sussex County 1st Team, it’s understandable that both Aileen and Karen feel the time is right for them to move on and allow the juniors to take their place in the County Team! In fact, with their terrific handicaps of 0.4 and 1.4 respectively the 1st team will sorely miss them, along with their sunny smiles, sense of humour and team spirit.
Aileen was first selected in 1981 to play for the 1st Team, at that time she was playing off 5 handicap and aged only 17. Two years later, Karen joined the squad with a handicap of 3 and 15 years of age. Since then, with short breaks for family and children, Karen and Aileen have represented the county at the highest level, winning countless club, county and national titles over the years.
Their commitment to the County and the game of golf is beyond doubt and their encouragement to the juniors has paved the way for the future of Sussex golf. The County has been very fortunate to have Aileen and Karen in the team and wish them every success in the future.
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The funeral of Prue Riddiford will take place at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Crawley on Tuesday 5th March at 12.30pm. The reception, a celebration of Prue’s life and golfing achievements, will follow at around 2pm, at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club. The family would like those attending to write down a fond memory or anecdote to bring to the reception which will be collated for a scrapbook which will be left at the clubhouse.
Carol Smith, our current Treasurer will stand down at the end of this season (November AGM) having completed six years in the post. We are looking for somebody to take on this key position on the committee to oversee the County finances and ensure we continue with strong financial management.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITES
- Prepare annual accounts and arrange for them to be audited.
- Liaise with Sussex County Golf Union on collection of member Affiliation fees.
- Manage the bank account on a day to day basis, including payment of expenses.
- Collect entry fees from Clubs for competitions and Club affiliation fees.
- Liaise with SCLGA event organisers to reconcile entry fees and pay competition expenses.
- Organise the County Cards.
- Prepare budgets to ensure that overall expenditure reflects our income.
For this role you need to be comfortable dealing with money and ideally would have a financial background – but you do not need to be an accountant. You will be liaising with a lot of different people in this role so good interpersonal and communication skills would be an asset.
This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in golf in the County and you will have the chance to make a really important contribution and influence the decisions made.
If you think you can help or would like to discuss this role further, please get in touch with either:
Carol Smith – M: 07525831000 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Carnegie (County Captain) – M:07818 847266 E: email@example.com
A reminder that the annual Delegates Meeting is on Monday 4th March at Brighton & Hove GC at 10.30am. All affiliated clubs are invited to send representatives to this annual meeting where they can share club news, catch up and hear about plans for 2019.
The County cards will be distributed at the meeting and also additional Division finalist badges will be available for purchase by any club that reached the Division finals last year, at a cost of £1.50 each.
We had indicated at the AGM that we hoped to have a Special General meeting on 4th March at which there would be a vote on Incorporation of the SCLGA and transferring the assets. The documentation for Incorporation of the Association has taken a little longer to prepare than we had hoped so we are not yet in a position to ask members to vote at a Special General Meeting. The County Captain, Ann will be providing an update at the meeting.
You can download the Agenda and last year’s Minutes below by clicking on the links.
We are delighted to announce that Jane Covey has accepted the position of President of the SCLGA to take over from the current President, Chris Handson at the November AGM.
Jane is a member of Ifield Golf Club and has many years of experience with county golf. After 5 years as Competition Secretary, she became Vice-Captain then County Captain. She retired from the committee in 2011 after 11 years; but then became 2nd Team Manager for a further two years. We look forward to welcoming her to the county committee in November.
Prue Riddiford (nee Hayward) 6th May 1925 – 1st Feb 2019
Prue’s great golfing gene is probably attributable to her father, Wing Commander Hayward, who represented England and the was the Royal Air Force Champion 13 times, along with many other achievements, but he never tutored Prue and left her to learn the basics of the game. Little did he know that the game of golf would dominate her life for the next 70 years!
A sure sign of her talent was that over a period of 4 years, she reduced her handicap from 26 to 6, and attributed this to her concentration, a golf book “Essentials of Golf” by Abe Mitchell and Laurie Ayton, the Worthing GC Professional. By 1949, she’s in the Sussex County Team and, aged 26, the youngest team member!
Her first County trophy was in April 1952 when she won the Sussex LGA Spring Meeting at West Sussex, with a scratch 36 hole aggregate of 164. You garner her potential in this article – ‘Miss Hayward’s beautiful professional-looking swing and, in fact, her attacking attitude to the game, have always impressed. Her victory fulfilled all promises, and the prophets could jubilantly say: “I told you so.”’
A year later, Prue is now married and called the “rising star of Sussex women’s golf” and plays the Sussex LGA Spring Meeting at Crowborough. Her scores of 81 and 79 give her a 15 stroke victory. Following in her father’s footsteps, Prue becomes the Sussex Ladies’ Champion and a quote “she is a worthy champion and may remain so for years to come” is an accurate prediction as she goes on to win the Sussex County Championship another 9 times!
Her sons are born in 1954 and 55 and she doesn’t play competitively for about 6 years. She mentions that at the time her handicap was 3 and she took a serious decision to get her handicap down to scratch before she was too old, saying “I went totally mad and started improving until I got down to plus 2. It was a very good handicap which lasted 2 years.”
In the 1960’s she moved to Ashdown and joined Royal Ashdown Forest GC where she will play for the next 50 years, setting 2 course records and establishing herself as a true force in the game in Sussex, nationally and Internationally.
Prue gave over 30 years of golf to the Sussex County team, from 1953 when she was the youngest through to 1979, as the eldest at 55. She also Captained the squad and commits to encouraging youngsters into the team, and the creation of junior training and tuition.
In 1982, Prue playing off 3, wins the British Senior Women’s Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Ilkley with rounds of 78 and 83. In 1984, Prue is picked to play in the England Seniors Ladies’ Team Tournament at La Touquet, which they win 4.5 – 1.5 against France in the final. Aged 61, Prue wins the British Seniors Championship for a 2nd time and 3 years later she joins the English Ladies Senior team in Switzerland, which sees them scoop the title for the over 50s.
On May 6th 1994, Prue turns 70 and is still playing off 6, and is persistently up at the prize table. She wins the Methuselah Trophy at Piltdown during her 70th year and by the time she takes this trophy, she’s won the Sussex Veteran title 10 times.
Sussex friends and County acquaintances far and wide all have stories and anecdotes about Prue. Many relate to her love of playing golf in gardening gloves and wellies, and the need to have 4 different putters depending on green conditions. She was a copious note taker about her game, analysing her card, the courses she played, covering distances from hazards to greens, shapes and slopes on greens, and much, much more. She says, “My notes became quite a joke and they’d blow away sometimes!” What can we take from Prue’s legacy? Certainly her work ethic was unparalleled, however, she showed that analysis is key – identify your weaknesses and turn them into your strengths. A remarkable lady who will be sadly missed.
Details of Prue’s funeral will be posted on this website soon.