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This penultimate County competition of 2018, held in memory of Glenda Ricketts, was played on a rather damp Autumn day. The course was in fine condition, with fast true greens and Nevill GC, as ever, gave us a very warm welcome. There were 60 lady competitors from 20 different clubs across Sussex taking part!
As the aim is to raise money for the Breast Cancer Now charity, pink was very much the order of the day both for golf and après-golf attire. The clubhouse also echoed the theme with pink floral arrangements and table decorations.
The Salvers were won by Deborah James and Clare Smith, both from Dyke with an impressive score of 40 points. In accepting the prize, and most fittingly, Clare Smith told us that, after ten years, she had just been given the all clear from breast cancer. A worthy winner indeed.
Second, with 39 points were Jacs Marlio from Royal Ashdown Forest and Jan Gates from Seaford.
Third were Caroline Hawkes and Kathy Donohoe from Chichester with 37 points.
Nearest the Pin on the 9th hole was won by Colleen Alton from Nevill, and nearest the pin on the 12th hole was won by Tracy Poulson from Sweetwoods. The Best Back 9 with 20 points was won (on countback) by Jane Rogers and Grainne Kane both from Dyke. The Best Front 9 with 20 points was won by Rosie Chisholm-Hill from Copthorne, and Janis Wilson from Ifield.
Mel Kirk, Glenda’s daughter played in the competition and John Ricketts, Glenda’s husband kindly presented the prizes. The raffle which was run by Denise Fraser 2018 Lady Captain of Nevill raised £480.00. A cheque for £250.00 from Bea and Neil Janes through Keymer and Hassocks Sports club was also donated, with a further £50 in cash.
After a sumptuous carvery roast, the results of the silent auction were announced, which raised a generous total of £705.00. In total we expect to send approximately £1485.00 to the Breast Cancer Now Charity.
Another very successful day raising money for charity, with thanks to all those who took part and gave so generously.
For the full days results click Glenda-Ricketts-Results-2018.
Charlotte Topping and her Grandmother, Brenda James from Mannings Heath compete this weekend in the Finals of the Daily Mail Foursomes. It all takes place at Marriott St Pierre from Sunday 14th October until the afternoon of Tuesday 16th October when the last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final are played over consecutive days.
It’s a terrific achievement to make it this far (7 rounds) and have fingers and toes crossed that they progress to the Grand Final on Tuesday!
Good luck to all the competitors in the Glenda Ricketts Memorial Salvers at Nevill GC this Sunday 14th October. First players will tee-off at 11am on the 1st and 10th tees, and to help speed up the day, there is NO requirement to change for tea. What is important is that you arrive clad head to toe in pink to support Breast Cancer Now! Don’t forget that to raise funds for this cause, we’re running a silent auction of 4-ball vouchers to various Sussex courses this year.
We congratulate the following girls on selection to the England Golf SE Regional U18 Squad:-
Lille-Beau Thorpe (Cowdray Park) aged 13
Gudrun Nolan (Hollingbury) aged 14
Salysa Mason (Cottesmore) aged 15
Chloe Burdon (Chartham Park) aged 17
They’ve all shown huge commitment and determination from such a young age and proves the adage, that hard work pays off. Louise Simmons, CJO, said, “It’s an amazing achievement for them all to be selected and to further their opportunities in our fantastic game of golf. Their training starts on 4th November, we wish them all the best of luck.”
The first 2018 Coaching Clinic was held at Mid Sussex Golf Club with resident Pro, Lee Andrews. In the beautiful Autumn sunshine16 participants enjoyed mastering the skills needed for improving the short game.
Working in groups of 4 at stations set up for drills for pitching over a bunker, playing out of the bunker, the chip and run shot and a putting drill for alignment, slope and pace. These fun exercises, although challenging, created a fun element of competitiveness as one group was seen measuring the putt to establish the winning chip – this was a good indicator for the competitive edge needed for the afternoon 9 holes when only the number of putts per hole were to be scored!!
Following a break for lunch everyone headed out on the course and played the back 9 in further blazing sunshine and a winning score of 14 putts was recorded by Sue Norris from Seaford Head Golf Club. Her playing partners confirmed that she had pitched and chipped close to make mostly single putts – what an appropriate testimonial for the day’s coaching?!?! And surely enough evidence that it’s the short game that’s more important than any other part of your golfing ability…
Sue will receive a very generous prize of a free lesson with Lee Andrews to be availed at a mutually suitable date.
With Autumn here and the leaves falling fast, the first Junior Girls Development session is only 2 weeks away on Saturday 20th October at Mid-Sussex Golf Club. The girls will be there from 10am to 2pm, and includes 2 hours indoor coaching, on-course practice after a jacket potato lunch all for only £10 per session. Christine Knight, the County Junior Development Coordinator, says there’s still spaces available, please contact her directly using the Application Form below.
The winning pairs from each of the 16 Regional Finals met at St. Andrews on Sunday 23rd September having travelled from all parts of the British Isles. As finalists, they were to enjoy 2 nights at the prestigious five-star Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa and the chance to participate in the Pro-Am of the 2019 Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship.
A goodie bag of gifts awaited everyone in their room, including an R&A bag tag complete with their name. Then it was off to the first official gathering, in team colours, on the famous Swilcan Bridge for a group photo, followed by a drinks reception where everyone had a chance to say ‘hello’ and relate how they had reached the Grand Final. The players were welcomed to St. Andrews and details of the competition draw were revealed.
Next morning dawned bright and clear, with a slightly testing breeze, and after another group photo, this time in front of the master scoreboard at the Eden Course, the matches commenced. There was a great feeling of camaraderie as each pair made their way to the start and were announced by the president of the LGU.
There were plenty of supporters following most of the matches and one or two pairs had engaged the services of a St. Andrews caddy to help them negotiate the course, especially the tricky greens. The whole course was in excellent condition and the fine weather and glorious views across the estuary made for a memorable game of golf.
The winning pair, from Whittlebury Park, came in with a score of 38 points and were delighted with their performance, especially as one of them had only taken up golf a year ago! Christine Knight and Linda Atkins, from Cottesmore, secured a top ten finish being tied 8th out of the 16 pairs. In the evening, all competitors celebrated at a drinks reception, followed by a superb meal at the Gala Dinner.
Christine said, “It was a fantastic experience! All the arrangements ran like clockwork, the hotel and course were excellent and even the weather behaved. Though we didn’t quite have our ‘A’ game on for the final, we wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I’d encourage everyone to enter the competition next year; we’ll certainly be doing our best to win through again!”
The Senior Women’s Home Internationals begin tomorrow at Burnham & Berrow, Somerset.
England have dominated the Senior Women’s Home Internationals since it began in 2003, winning the Sue Johnson Trophy 10 times. Most recently the team had three consecutive wins from 2014, but that run of success was ended last year by Ireland.
The round robin competition against Scotland, Ireland and Wales, takes place from Tuesday to Thursday.
The players, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey), are:
Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) is a past winner of the British and English senior amateur titles.
Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) was tied fourth in the British seniors and won back-to-back English titles in 2016 and 2017.
Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) is the English senior women’s amateur champion and has been runner up for three national titles.
Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire) returns to the side having been third in the English senior stroke play championship and 10th in the British.
Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) won the English senior stroke play title this year and also tied fourth in the British seniors.
Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) was runner-up in the British seniors, which she won in 2014. She has also won both English senior titles.
Sue Spencer, (Whittington Heath, Staffordshire) reached the semi-finals of the senior amateur and took fourth place in the senior stroke play.
Good luck to Aileen and the rest of the England team – follow their progress on the R&A website.
Louise Simmons, JCO, has reported that Maisie Hassall from Mid-Sussex competed in the Ladies Autumn Meeting on Tuesday 25th September and won with a terrific score of 41 Stableford points. As a result, her handicap was cut from 13 to 10 ( with an exceptional scoring reduction included).
Her school generously supported her day off to play in this competition, what a lucky young lady!
Maisie was part of the Alresford Cup squad that played in Hampshire over the weekend, clearly she was inspired by the event. Maisie is also joining the Junior County Training team which is great news for the Junior section.