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 THIS IS A REMINDER:  Suffolk hopes to increase the numbers of golfing ladies...

 

Bury taster

The best way to learn anything is to try it!  And the date to try it, ideally, will be on 16th May next if your club’s fixture list will allow. SLCGA is encouraging clubs across the County to  invite non-golfing ladies in their areas to join them for an introduction to the game and to enjoy a happy social experience.  This is a promo job from the County organisation, hoping that a fun day out will fire up enthusiasm for the idea of a future in golf.  

Bury St Edmunds Ladies Section was the first to dip their collective toe in the water and they had a hugely successful time.  You can see the Taster Day in full swing (above) and it looks like fun.  There’s enjoyment oozing out of the picture.  Bury’s members dived into the organisation which, like all good plans, is paramount, but the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed it and their visitors did, too.  

Suggestions are comprehensively explained in the Taster Pack which all Clubs have received and their interest in the scheme should be registered with the County organisation before 14th February.  Send emails to secretary@suffolkladiesgolf.org.uk  if your club would like to join in.

By the way, 16th May isn’t set in stone.  It’s just that it would be fun for everyone to enjoy a feeling of togetherness.  So, please hurry!

 

Flashback to English County Finals Week at Felixstowe Ferry...

 

As February 22nd grows nearer, the date the England Golf award 'Championship Venue of the Year'  is to be announced, excitement is mounting, particularly at the Golf Club.  Jo Woodward, Chair of the Organising Committee writes:  'The inclusion of Felixstowe Ferry in the list of nominations is testament to months of preparation in all areas and also the large number of staff and volunteers who worked so hard to deliver the week for the six teams who qualified for the County Finals.   The Club members were thrilled that Suffolk Ladies made it through and their team spirit, superb play and tremendous Suffolk support contributed to an excellent atmosphere.'

We'll all be keeping our fingers crossed that the wonderful effort the Club members made towards everyone's enjoyment will reap its reward.  We thought the organisation was faultless and the huge and very good-natured effort of those involved was wonderful.

 

 The First Team loses to the Aldeburgh Gentlemen (4th February)…

 

It was cold, blustery and looked as if it might snow, but everyone seemed happy to be out there as the Aldeburgh men beat the Suffolk Ladies team by three matches to one! This was a tough day and the first encounter of the new year but everyone was well wrapped up and no one was complaining.  Playing foursomes as is usual in the springtime practice matches aimed at finding the best partnerships for this year’s inter-county matches and trying out the golfing muscles for the new season was the order of the day.

In the first match, Sharon Luckman and Lottie Whyman were partnered together. Sharon said she was a bit rusty but Lottie was playing ‘great golf’ against Roger Taylor and James Keely. Two up at the turn, the Taylor/Keely partnership kept the pressure on to win by 5/4.

County Captain, Vanessa Bell, playing with the current County Champion, Alice Barlow, were also two up at the turn against Ollie Whiting and Tom Huggins. The ladies went further ahead on the back nine and put the only point on the board for their team at the short fifteenth (scoreline 4/3).

Fiona Stokes, who was included in the County side for the first time in 2017, played with Abbie Symonds. The ladies were three down after nine to Martin Youngs and James Barham. Fiona cheerfully admitted to finding the windy conditions difficult which was completely understandable to someone hopping from foot to foot to keep warm. Never mind the chilly winter air, the breeze was quite strong and demanding. Youngs and Barham won by 5/4.

The final partnership of Lils James and Amanda Norman were three down after nine against Jeremy Troughton and Oliver Hitchcock, an all-weather, stoical golfer.   The Aldeburgh pair trundled on to win 5/3, completing the 3-1 scoreline for the home side.

The County first team squad will enjoy a training session at Ipswich on March 10th, before meeting the Suffolk Professionals, also at Ipswich, on Sunday, 25th March. The other fixtures are shown on the full calendar elsewhere on the website.

Julie Latimer-Jones