SCLGA News Archives

Golf Empire

We have a link to Golf Empire on our website, but have you ever thought about entering some open competitions during 2021 when we are finally able to play golf? This website allows you to find and enter amateur open golf competitions throughout the UK at more than 1,500 golf clubs, all in one place!  Some of our Sussex clubs promote their team and pairs competitions here, and would really love to have your support this year.  Click Golf Empire to find out more!


Morrice Foursomes Championship 2021

The SCLGA fully intends to run the Morrice Foursomes Championship this year if Government Covid regulations permit.  Nonetheless we recognise that it may be difficult to meet the deadline for matches in Rounds 1, 2 and 3,

Therefore, we have taken the decision to extend the deadline for matches in Round 1 to Sunday 30th May, for Round 2 to Sunday 4th July and Round 3 to 8th August. At the moment we expect that the quarter finals will take place in late August and the semi-finals and finals in September.

We hope this will allow sufficient leeway to enable matches to be played but we will monitor the situation and review when necessary.


England Golf Championships WHS handicap adjustments

Due to the introduction of the WHS the England Golf Championship dept. has reviewed the handicap limits of all its championships and events. This review has been conducted taking into account the handicaps of players eligible under the both the previous CONGU system and now with the new WHS.

The information identifies the number of golfers within each handicap limit and the new adjusted WHS handicap index for this number of golfers currently recorded on the WHS platform.

Women Handicap Limit No. of Golfers Handicap Index (WHS)
6.4 1481 5.7
15.4 9852 14.7
18.4 16039 17.6

Please note that the figures highlighted above are total number of golfers within the handicap range and is not broken down further by age and this information was not available under the CONGU system.

The Championship dept. has made the following changes for 2021:

2020 Handicap Limit Change 2021
English Women’s Amateur 6.4 -1.0 5.4
English Women’s Stroke Play 6.4 -1.0 5.4
Senior Women’s Amateur 15.4 N/A 15.4
Senior Women’s Stroke Play 15.4 N/A 15.4
English Girls U18 18.4 -9.0 9.4
English Girls U16/U14 18.4 -6.0 12.4

The handicap limit for all handicap events (England Golf Captains, Senior Series, England Women’s Medals, PING, etc) have all been increased to 54.



Top 5 golf “things to do” during lockdown

We’ve put our thinking caps on with 5 suggestions that folks could do during lockdown. As this is expected to last 6+ weeks why not make the most of your time at home to improve some aspects of your mental & physical game!

  • Stay fit – find an online Pilates or Yoga classes and try 2 or 3 sessions a week – it’s great for flexibility.
  • Practise your putting – there’s loads of putting drills on YouTube. You don’t need a putting green, use your carpet or rug.
  • Update or refresh your knowledge on the latest Golf Rules – it could save you some shots!
  • Walk – and walk and walk – keep your heart and lungs healthy even if it’s just for 30 minutes a day.  If you want to know how hilly your course is walk it in reverse starting at 18th green!
  • Turn out your golf bag – you might be amazed at what you find! Do you really need 20 balls in your bag?🤣🤣



Golf Clubs must close 5/1/21

I’m sure many of you watched the PM’s address to the country regarding Covid-19 restrictions.  As a result all golf clubs, golf facilities – both indoor and outdoor – and driving ranges must now close with immediate effect. Any coaching will not be permitted.

Golf retailers will be able to operate a click-and-collect service where goods are pre-ordered and either collected off the premises or delivered.

The SCLGA sincerely hopes to operate a full county competition schedule at this time should Government restrictions permit. However, we will keep you fully up to date when further announcements are made.


Major Pro Events to look forward to in 2021!

Rather than looking back, let’s look forward to some fantastic golfing events in 2021!

There’s still some uncertainty when spectators may be able to return but for starters The Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup take place in the same month and same year for the second time ever.  Team Europe are the holders of both cups and will see the ladies’ and men’s teams do battle in the USA during September with barely 3 weeks separating this competitions.  The 2021 Solheim Cup is being held at the Inverness Club in Toledo, while the Ryder Cup, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, is set to take place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.  A double header that will really keep us glued to our screens!

The Masters returns in April and the Men’s British Open will take place at Royal St George’s in July, followed by the Ladies British Open at Carnoustie in August. Will Dustin Johnson retain his crown so soon in the season and will we have new Champions for the British Opens?

All in all, we very much hope to look forward to a happier and brighter 2021. If nothing else, golf showed itself to be a healthy diversion during the pandemic as shown by more rounds played last year along with newer players participating and increased memberships at golf clubs during 2020.



Season’s Greetings

On behalf of all of us at SCLGA I wish you a very happy and safe Christmas.
We have received quite a bashing this year, with the potential of more to come, but we are lucky to have a wonderful sport to play.
Be assured that we will work to make 2021 as normal and competitive as possible and I look forward to welcoming you on the tee.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, stay safe and well,
Pat   ——and Pip!
(County Captain)

Junior Sussex Development Coaching

Nine girls took part in the last development level coaching of the year at Mid-Sussex Golf Club on Saturday 12th December.  It was great to see them all enjoying the session inside the covered teaching bay and outside under the watchful eye of Head Professional, Lee Andrews.

The next session is scheduled for Saturday 6th February and we are hopeful that more girls will participate and that golf will be safely back on the agenda for a full and competitive season in 2021.



SCLGA Competition Entry Forms 2021

The entry forms for the SCLGA Competitions during 2021 are now available on the Competitions 2021 page of the SCLGA website.  These forms are in a PDF format which will allow easy completion online which you can forward to the relevant competition organiser, without using the post.  Whilst it’s quiet, why not get your diaries out now and fix a date to play with some friends at one of these venues?

By way of a reminder, our competitions for 2021 are:


  • Championship, 4th June – Highwoods
  • Langridge Salver (Seniors’ Championship), 4th June – Highwoods
  • Seniors’ Meeting, 8th July – Piltdown
  • Veterans’ Championship, 1st September – Mid Sussex
  • Beryl Pockett, 16th August – Cooden Beach


  • Spring Rumble, 10th May – Worthing
  • Seniors’ Waltz, 15th July – Haywards Heath
  • Prue Riddiford Bowmaker, 23rd September – Mannings Heath
  • Glenda Ricketts Memorial Salvers, 3rd October – Nevill

2nd Team Fixtures List 2021

Sally Brown, Captain of the Sussex 2nd Team has confirmed the following matches for 2021:

Sussex (H) v Middlesex – Monday 19th July at Ifield GC
Sussex (H) v Hampshire – Tuesday 27th July at Dyke GC
Sussex (A) v Surrey – Thursday 5th August at Clandon Regis GC
Sussex (A) v Kent – TBC

Her criteria for the 2nd team is that ladies must have a Handicap Index of less than 6.5 and be willing and able to play 36 holes of matchplay golf in one day.  All matches are played off scratch and may involve some travel for the away games.

If you’re interested in joining the 2nd Team and have a single figure handicap then do please contact Sally Brown here.