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SCLGA News Archives

Preferred Lies Update From England Golf

As we are now approaching the end of May, we would expect all clubs to now be playing the course as it is intended without the need for preferred lies.

Should a course still be having issue with growth etc., it is recommended that any extension granted by the County into June should be limited to specific holes and NOT the whole course.

This extension should be reviewed weekly with no extensions beyond June unless approved by England Golf.

Any extensions in to July will be extreme cases and again limited to specific holes.


Aileen Greenfield’s 6th Hole in One

Congratulations to Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe) who attained her 6th hole in one at Royal Ashdown Forest GC on Thursday 23rd May.   Playing alongside Hannah Ralph and Katherine Russell who both watched in amazement her stunning shot on the infamous 11th hole which is a par 3, 249 yards long – Aileen took her driver.  Very reassuring for most amateurs that it’s a driver!  Well done Aileen!



Junior Girls v Junior Boys Match Report

West Hove hosted the annual match between the junior boys and girls on Sunday 19th May.

The girls team comprised of juniors between the age of 11 to 18 and handicaps of 2 to 26, was:

  • Ellen Nicholas
  • Chloe Burdon (Captain)
  • Salysa Mason
  • Maisie Hassall
  • Lauren Ford
  • Natalya Smith
  • Annabelle Heal
  • Alanna Ross

The junior boy’s team had a squad aged 14 and up with handicaps between 4 and 8.  The result was 5 – 3 win to the boys.

Chloe won 5&4
Natalya won 2&1
Alanna won 2&1

For new girl Natalya Smith (Goodwood) this was her first ever Junior Match and to win 2&1 is an important achievement, stepping in at the last minute to make up the team of 8.  What a great game she had……she has been invited to join Sussex Girls Squad! Sounds like quite an asset to the Juniors.

Both sides thoroughly enjoyed their matches and look forward to next year’s battle!



Personal Liability Insurance for all Affiliated Golf Club Members

England Golf has confirmed that as of 1st July 2019 they will provide personal liability insurance cover for every affiliated golf club member which offers cover of up to £10 million personal liability insurance. The insurance is underwritten by Allianz and provided through Bluefin Sport.

This advance notification of this exciting new benefit will be provided at no additional cost since it will be funded from the existing affiliation fee collected by the County from all Sussex affiliated golf clubs.  More detailed information will be sent soon by England Golf alongside promotional material which will make it clearer for all to understand.

England Golf know, through their insight and research, that some golf club members already have insurance, but many do not. The safety of the game is a concern at every level and they strongly believe that every golf club member should have cover – and know they have it – as part of their affiliation to England Golf.

We very much welcome this initiative.


Spaces Available in Junior Girls’ Championship

Royal Ashdown Forest hosts the Junior Girls’ Champs on Wednesday 29th May. It’s a 36 hole stroke play for the Championship for girls with handicaps up to 29, youngsters with handicaps of 30-36 can play in the 18 hole Stableford.  The format is 18 holes on the West Course in the morning and 18 holes on the Old Course in the afternoon.  The entry fee includes a sandwich lunch and hot meal afterwards for those in the 36 holes, and a hot meal for those in the 18 hole event.

Closing date for entries is Monday 20th May, entries will be accepted after this date but players will be allocated a start time at the end of the field.

Girls Championship Entry Form 2019


Sussex Clubs Involved in Girls Golf Rocks

5 Golf Clubs in Sussex are involved in the Girls Golf Rocks program run by England Golf – Cottesmore, Dale Hill, Haywards Heath, Rustington and Slinfold.

Designed for girls aged between 5 and 15, these clubs offer free taster sessions to encourage girls to learn to play the game in a fun and friendly way. Equipment is provided and the girls can wear whatever they like as long as it’s comfy and keeps them warm, trainers are fine as footwear.

If you or your family know of any youngster who’d like to get involved – click here.


Paula Carver Reaches Final of English Senior Ladies Amateur Champs

A nail biting semi-final at the English Seniors saw Paula Carver triumph over Clarissa Bushell 3&2 to meet Cheshire’s Caroline Berry in the Final. Caroline held a 25 foot putt for a birdie on the 15th to close out the final, defeating Paula 4&3. Paula said, “I just didn’t get enough pars, but that takes nothing away from Caroline, she played very solidly.”

Many congratulations to Paula for reaching the Final, in this her 2nd appearance in the Championship!

What a star.


Sussex Pair Reach Semi-Finals of English Senior Champs

Paula Carver (Worthing) and Clarissa Bushell (West Sussex) will meet in the Semi-Finals of the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship tomorrow, Friday 17th May.

Paula beat Amanda Mayne 4&3 and with only her 2nd appearance in the Champs, says “To win this morning (in the quarter-finals) was great because it took me a step further than last year. This afternoon I had no expectation but I got off to a flyer.”

Clarissa is really enjoying this event, “I just feel more settled, a lot more positive,” she said. “I’m playing nicely, everything feels good, the weather is fantastic, the course is fantastic. I’m loving it!” She beat Lancashire’s Susan Caton (Pleasington) 5&3, having plotted her way round the course and wielded her secret weapon – a putter ‘stolen’ from her husband!

Paula and Clarissa will tee off at 8am tomorrow, and the winner will meet either Caroline Berry or Jackie Foster.

We wish them both the VERY best of luck.


English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship Report

Congratulations to Clarissa Bushell, Paula Carver and Aileen Greenfield for qualifying for the Wendy Taylor flight 1 matchplay in the English Senior Women’s Amateur Champs at Enville GC today.  Paula Carver won on the 20th and Clarissa Bushell 3&2, sadly Aileen Greenfield lost on the 1st extra hole.  Iona McKean won comfortably 5&4 in the Anne Howard (Flight 2) matchplay.

Good luck to them all!

Tomorrow, play begins at 8am – to follow their progress click here.


1st Team Match v Cooden Beach Men

The ladies received a warm welcome at Cooden Beach for the yearly match against the men’s Scratch Team.  The format was foursomes matchplay in the morning and singles matchplay in the afternoon played off scratch.  Just to make the matches more interesting we played the ‘2 up rule’ so that any competitor going 2 up in a match then gave a shot on the following hole.  This ensured that all the matches at least went to the 17th hole and everyone kept their pride intact!

The ladies team were:

Chloe Briance
Heather Tidy
Fenella Buss
Lizzie Price
Elodie Jane Yates
Alice Barnes
Jacs Marlio
Holly Crompton

The Cooden Beach Scratch Team were victorious with a final tally of 8.5 – 3.5 however they brought in two ‘ringers’ who were the club professionals! The Cooden field also had the youngest (Will) and the oldest (Rodger with an dodgy foot) who opted rather unwisely not to take a buggy in the afternoon match against Fenella. He unexpectedly lost his trolley on the 8th when it disappeared into the lake but Chloe rather enjoyed the challenge of retrieving it from the penalty area rather than a golf ball!

We thank Cooden Beach for their hospitality and a delicious lunch.  The course was in stunning condition, green and lush.  We look forward to next year’s match.