SCLGA News Archives

Girls Autumn Meeting

The Girls Autumn Meeting was held at Worthing GC on Saturday 3rd October.  The weather was kind as the preceding Friday had seen torrential rainfall; fortunately the course had dried out sufficiently for play to go ahead with keen youngsters determined to play whatever the conditions!

The results:

Stableford Winner – Becky Losh – 42 points
Stableford runner up – Ella Keary – 30 points
3rd place – Annabelle Heal –  30 points

Scratch Winner – Anna Wills
Runner up – Lauren Ford
3rd place – Maisie Hassall

9 hole Stableford Winner – Ruby Fisher -18 points
Runner Up – Amelia McGinty – 15 points
3rd place – Jasmine Townsend – 9 points

It was fantastic to see so many girls entering, both from the current County squad and new girls to the County scene.  Becky Losh (Worthing) had a terrific score of 42 points to take the Stableford Trophy.  Anna Wills (West Sussex) scored exceptionally well on her handicap to win the Scratch prize by ten points to her runner up….

The girls all enjoyed pizza and chips in a socially distanced environment – but sadly there was no prize giving to celebrate their successes.

Thank you to Worthing for hosting this event – everyone appreciated their hospitality and service.


AGM Notice

The AGM of the Sussex County Ladies’ Golf Association Limited is being held at 10am on Monday 2 November 2020 by Zoom.

In order to minimise the potential for technical difficulties, we are restricting each member club to just one member logging in and voting.  We have requested that each club informs the SCLGA  of the name and email address of the lady representing your club by Monday 26th October and log in details and voting instructions will circulated directly to that lady. We hope that by next year we will no longer need to restrict the number of attendees.

If your club is unable to attend, you can still vote using the proxy form sent to your club. For this purpose, I am happy for you to appoint me (Judith Dingle, County Secretary) as your proxy with address SCLGA Ltd c/o Dyke Golf Club.

Listed below are:

  • Minutes of the AGM held on 4th November 2019.
  • A list of members of the Board and Competitions Committee remaining in office.
  • Brief biographies of the ladies who have been nominated for the Board and Competitions Committee positions.

Bios 2020

Board and Committee members

Annual General Meeting of Sussex County Ladies Golf Association Limited 041119

Notice of Annual General Meeting 021120


News about Anya Olsen

By way of an update during this unusual year, perhaps you’d like to know a little more about a local Sussex golfing girl, Anya Olsen, and what she’s been up to since leaving Brighton College!

Anya, 20, from Worthing Golf Club is currently studying Medicine at St Andrews University, Scotland and for 2020 is the Women’s Captain of the University Golf Club.  She’s in her third and final year at St.Andrews and the remaining part of her course will be based at the University of Manchester in Preston.

She began golf aged 7 at Rustington Golf Centre. She then joined Worthing when she was 11 and went on to be Junior Girls’ Captain.  Anya also played for the Sussex County Junior team, becoming Vice-Captain from 2017-18 and captained them through County Match Week to come 2nd for the 5th year running.

Anya plays off of a 6 handicap and this year, as Women’s Captain of the University Golf Club, she is co-ordinating a committee of 14 alongside the Men’s Captain, organising matches against other local clubs and universities, competitions for the members and the social side of the club.

We wish Anya the very best of luck with her golf in a new location and, of course, her career in medicine!


Statement re. Cancellation of Glenda Ricketts Competition

It was with regret and disappointment that we had to make the decision to cancel the Glenda Ricketts competition this year due to the weather.  The heavy rain beforehand and overnight meant that Nevill Golf Club closed the course on the morning of Sunday 4th October.  We confirm that all entries will be refunded in full in due course once we have received details of bank accounts etc.

This event not only commemorates Glenda Ricketts, a past County Captain of the SCLGA, but it is also our one and only charity fundraising event of the year.  If people would like to donate to Breast Cancer Now 🎀 we have placed a link here which will enable you make a transfer to them directly. The SCLGA Ltd will also be making a significant contribution to this worthwhile charity.

In this difficult year we hope that you have enjoyed your golf and the few events we have been able to host.  All being well, we will return to our full programme of competitions and events in 2021.


Rain Stops Play for the Glenda Ricketts Memorial Salver

We have very reluctantly decided to cancel the Glenda Ricketts Memorial Salver at Nevill Golf Club on Sunday 4th October.

The Nevill received a huge drenching on Friday and was closed for the day.  An already waterlogged course with more heavy rain forecast for tonight is not a good combination and it’s unlikely the course will be open on Sunday.

It’s a sad end to 2020 and this decision has been taken with a very heavy heart.  The organiser, Pat Codd, will contact all competitors today but ask that you let your playing partners know as soon as possible.


World Handicapping System

Despite the current Covid-19 problems, it’s anticipated that the World Handicapping System (WHS) will be introduced on 2nd November 2020 in England.

The England Golf, R&A and WHS websites have lots of information, with more available on-line as we approach “D Day”.  Please use these links to read about this change.

The CONGU website is also very helpful.  Why not take a trip to the relevant pages and read the documents called WHS Rules of Handicapping, a Players Reference Guide to the Rules of Handicapping and CONGU Advice on the WHS?  This tells you everything you need to know and you’ll be ready for 2nd November!

It’s important that you know that this new system is designed to welcome more players, make golf easier to understand and enable you to have a handicap which is portable throughout England and even around the globe!

Good luck in your reading!


Glenda Ricketts Putting Challenge

This Sunday 4th October the Glenda Ricketts Memorial Salver will be held at Nevill GC.  All golf clubs have adapted to Covid-19 rules and regulations very well, but a reminder to all players that you must wear a mask inside the clubhouse, wait to be shown a table where bar staff will take your order and deliver your food or drink.  You must not order from the bar area and remain at your designated table with a maximum of 6 people per table.

A number of ladies still haven’t returned their food orders, can you make sure this is done otherwise it may be tricky on Sunday providing last minute food delivery to your tables!

More importantly, this event is all about raising awareness of Breast Cancer so, weather permitting, the organisers plan to hold a putting competition after completion of your round.  Covid has hit many charities very hard, at Breast Cancer UK they’ve seen their income drop by nearly 50% – since we’re unable to run the raffle or the silent auction we ask for your on-going support on Sunday with the 25 foot putting challenge.

For just £5 you have 1 attempt or 3 attempts for £10 to hole out a 25 foot putt (measured out by the Pro), with 25% of the prize money split between those who hole out and the remaining money sent to Breast Cancer UK.

We look forward to seeing you at Nevill GC this Sunday armed with £’s!!

Putt for Prevention Flyer



Prue Riddiford Bowmaker Results

Royal Ashdown Forest GC played host to the Prue Riddiford Bowmaker, previously known as the Autumn Bowmaker but renamed in Prue’s honour for 2020.  We were fortunate that Covid had not put paid to this event and the sun shone all day, with many ladies enjoying their picnics after the competition on the club balcony.

Royal Ashdown Forest is best known for it’s heather and the degree of difficulty either off the tee or in front of the green and a determination from many ladies not to lose a golf ball whatever the competition.  Nonetheless, ladies of different golfing ability battled the newly ironed greens and deepest purple heather and returned to the club house mostly with smiles on their faces.  This wasn’t only in connection with the golf but a new discovery; the home-made club flapjack….it was offered to the players in honesty boxes behind the 9th green with a drink to assuage their hunger and thirst and feed them before the final 9 holes!

Triumphing over the heather was a team from Willingdon Golf Club:

1st place: Sarah Quinn, Aileen Beale and Sue Horsford – 73 points

2nd place: Celine Graciet, Charlotte Hinge and Jan Gill from Brighton & Hove – 72 points

3rd place: Alison Hopson, Clare Strong & Rebecca Dawson from Haywards Heath – 70 points

4th place: Ann Carnegie (Littlehampton), Sue Todd (Royal Ashdown) & Kay Grindell (Dyke) – 67 points

The ladies of Royal Ashdown turned out in green and red to ball spot and thanks must go to them for their help; also the Lady Captain, Sue Rushworth, Adam Riddle (Assistant Manager) and the catering staff for rising to the challenge and supplying picnics to all the competitors.

It was a really beautiful day and Prue Riddiford would’ve been proud to see the golf course in such perfect condition, but probably watching from on high and saying “Oh, I’ve never been here before…….” – for some of the competitors quite true!

Prue Riddiford Bowmaker Results 2020

Results with Details

Winning Team from Willingdon


Juniors in action at Nevill GC

On Sunday 27th September, Nevill GC played host to a Junior “Progression” Stableford which, for a number of the girls, was their very first experience of County competitive golf.  All in all it was a very successful day for all the girls who entered who conducted themselves extremely well and came off the course smiling.  The weather was not kind, bringing us the first truly autumnal (actually winter-like) temperatures and cold light winds.

We were fortunate that the Nevill allowed a small socially-distanced presentation at the end, and our congratulations go to Millie Lynsdale-Knock (Horsham) for her fantastic win with 35 points.

Runner up was young Ruby Fisher (Chartham Park) with a brilliant 33 points.

Our younger and newer juniors entered the 9 hole Stableford competition, with Elena Teubler (Poult Wood) clinching the trophy with 14 points. Eleanor Frost (Royal Ashdown) was the runner up with 11 points.

Thanks go to Nevill Golf Club for hosting this first ever Progression Stableford Competition and to Annabel Buckland (Junior Organiser) for her fantastic organisational skills.  The girls were all greeted with a goodie bag, and had the company of one of Nevill’s lady members to guide them round the course.

This type of competition for newer junior golfers is something we would like to continue – ideally sharing the experience at clubs around the County.  If there are any other clubs willing to host a similar event in 2021, then Louise Simmons (County Junior Organiser) would be delighted to hear from you.  Please email her here.

Competition Report (Full Net Result) – SCLGA Progression Stableford – 27 September 2020

Competition Report (Full Net Result) – SCLGA Progression Stableford – 9 Holes – 27 September 2020


Junior Girls Winter Coaching Program

Christine Knight (Junior Committee) is really pleased to confirm that the Junior Girls’ Winter Coaching will restart on Saturday 14th November at Mid-Sussex Golf Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

For just £10 per session, coaching is provided with a golf professional from 10am to 12pm and features indoor lessons and on course practice.

Any junior girl can join in, whatever their age and ability – click on the Application Form below for additional dates and payment slip.

Winter Coaching Application Form – 2020-21 V4