We run Junior, Senior and Women's 1st and 2nd teams. Details of all the teams are shown below. If you are interested on taking part in any of the team events, please contact the relevant Team Manager.
Our 2024 Player Development Plan has progressed and we are succeeding in encouraging new players with single figure handicaps to join the coaching programme. Our aim is to support existing players and improve the newer players' game of golf with our long term goal of increasing the number of ladies into the County structure. The coaching programme is achieving these goals and we are building a strong nucleus of players.
The coaching sessions consist of presentations from Ryan Fenwick, Sussex leading coach and Matt Miller, body conditioning coach on their qualified skills explaining the expectations to be a team member and how to achieve this on and off the golf course. An important part of the training sessions are fitness and all the teams have access to “Fitter Better Golf” a website introduced to the County by Matt Miller. The ultimate aim from these coaching sessions is that players benefit and improve their golf to be selected for the 1st and 2nd teams. To achieve this their game of golf is observed playing a medal format under pressure on these days.
Our County 1st Team is announced each season after the County Championships. Whilst we play a number of friendly matches, the highlight of the season is County Match Week each June when we play Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey. The winner of County Match Week goes on to represent the region in the National Final in September. A development programme is in place for the 1st Team squad.
Our 2nd Team play a number of friendly matches, and compete against Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey for the Stovold Trophy every year. Sussex won the Trophy in 2015 and 2016. The team is selected from single figure handicap players brought to our attention through events and by clubs, and we aim to develop our young talent by including our Elite Squad Juniors in the team. Sally Brown (Ifield) is our 2nd Team Manager.
We have a number of development programmes for the girls and details are found on our Junior Coaching Pages. Karen Parks is responsible for working with the Juniors and organises the Junior Events with her committee. She is always keen to hear from any youngsters who are looking for a way into golf or for information about golf in their area. One of the highlights of the Junior Program is County Match Week which takes place every year in August. If you'd like to know more, please contact Karen Parks.
Our Seniors play friendly (but competitive!) matches against Berkshire, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire, as well as the Inter-Counties Strokeplay Championship each September. Aged 50+ with handicaps of 10 and under, the County President is Team Captain. We also play in a Seniors League (singles matchplay) against Surrey, Kent, Essex and Middlesex, and have won the Mulligan Larsen Bowl in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. We have a Veterans match (aged 60+) each year against Hampshire. Our Seniors Team Captain is Sara Whittaker (Willingdon) and our Friendly Match Captain is Deborah James (Dyke).