Our focus this week is on the inter county golf being held on our territory at Woodbridge Golf Club where the course is in great condition and the scenery is terrific.  Besides Suffolk, there are teams from Bedfordshire, Cambs & Hunts, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk, so it is a busy week as we discover the team who will take the East Region's place in the next round of The English County Championship.  With plenty of good golf on view, spectators will be very welcome.  
Then, as the year marches on, we will catch up with more local concerns, with inter-club competitions and individual Divisional meetings.  Watch this space!

The 184-yard ninth hole at Woodbridge, scene of today's match between Suffolk and Essex...


 At the dawn of County Match Week, the first match out was between Suffolk and Essex.   Essex were the winners with a 5.5 to 3.5 final scoreline, but it was a tussle.  

Suffolk were disappointed at lunchtime after the three foursomes.  Half way round they were up in all three matches, but only managed to secure one point from the game between Lils James and Amanda Norman against Ashley Chalmers and Rachel Casey. The other two points slid away inexorably in the direction of Essex.   It left Suffolk with a mountain to climb,  four wins needed from the six on offer for the singles, played after lunch.  

Champion Alice Barlow went out first against Megan Henry and started well.  She was one up after four.  Megan pulled back and went ahead but Alice squared with a fine birdie at eight.  Nip and tuck it went until fifteen found her one up again.  She should have made it two at sixteen with two great shots to the green, but an unfortunate three putt garnered only a half and that was how they finished.  (That is Alice on the distant ninth green in the picture).  

Amanda Norman began with a good birdie against Bella Jay who had had the morning off.  Jay was in imperious form from there on, however, and grabbed the point with five up and three to go.  Vanessa Bell and Ashley Chalmers had a great game.  Vanessa reached two up but Ashley pegged her back.  They halved eight with birdie fours but Ashley went ahead again at nine.  Never one to give in, Vanessa kept going and eventually won by one hole.  

According to Lils James, her match with Rachel Casey was a truly great game.  Lils made one eagle, at eight, and four birdies elsewhere while Rachel, although she ran out of holes on seventeen, was giving as good as she got. Abbie Symonds didn't start as well as she might have hoped against Katy Yates, but she fought back with some tidy golf, losing out on sixteen.  Last match out, between Sharon Luckman and Harriet Lynch was always going Harriet's way but, with much more golf in store and as one of our most successful golfers doubtless Sharon  will continue to play her usual stoical and determined role within the team.  

Tomorrow Suffolk takes on Cambs & Hunts.  Essex meets Bedfordshire while Norfolk and Hertfordshire will battle it out against each other.  It will be another hard-fought day with, as usual, some expected and some unexpected winners and losers, but that's the excitement of a competitive and demanding game.

Julie Latimer-Jones

Results (Suffolk names first).  
Foursomes:  Vanessa Bell & Alice Barlow lost to Harriet Lynch & Megan Henry 2 down; Lils James & Amanda Norman bt Ashley Chalmers & Rachel Casey 3/2; Sharon Luckman & Abbie Symonds lost to Faye Trigg & Katy Yates 1 down.  
Singles:  Barlow halved with Henry; Norman lost to Bella Jay 5/3;  Bell bt Chalmers 1up;  James bt Casey 3/1;  Symonds lost to Yates 3/2;  Luckman lost to Lynch 7/6.
Final score: Suffolk 3.5, Essex 5.5

The Other Match Results:

Norfolk bt Bedfordshire 5.5 to 3.5
Cambs & Hunts bt Hertfordshire 5.5 to 3.5

Tomorrow's timetable:  Norfolk v Hertfordshire 08.30 and 12.45;  Essex v Bedfordshire 08.51 and 13.34; Cambs & Hunts v Suffolk 09.12 and 14.23




You remember County Matchweek last year?  Suffolk won everything at Hunstanton and went on to take third place in the English County Finals played at Felixstowe.   Lucky us, we're at home again this year and this is our schedule for the week:

Monday, 18th June 08.30 & 12.45 v Essex;
Tuesday, 19th June 09.12 & 14.23 v Cambs & Hunts;
Wednesday, 20th June 08.51 & 13.34 v Hertfordshire;
Thursday, 21st June 08.30 & 12.45 v Norfolk;
Friday, 22nd June 09.12 & 14.23 v Bedfordshire

Please come and support if you can.   Three foursomes matches will be played each morning, followed by six singes in the afternoon.  The inter-county matches are always exciting and Woodbridge is a wonderful course for spectating.   Below is a picture of our victorious 2017 team.  We'll replace it with this year's photograph when we get it!




Left to right seated:  Sharon Luckman, Vanessa Bell (Captain), Kevin Lovelock (coach).  
Left to right standing:  Lils James, Alice Barlow, Lottie Whyman, Vicki Inglis,
Abbie Symonds, Fiona Edmunds.


Two young women enjoying their golf...


Lottie Whyman had a fantastic finish in the Astor Salver 36-hole scratch tournament at the Berkshire Golf Club where she came out ahead of the other 75 players. Tying in first place at -2 for 36-holes, her three-under-par second round secured the win and left her happily holding the Salver.


Lottie Astor Salver


Alice Barlow recently finished 4th in the prestigious Critchley Salver, for which entry is limited to thirty-six players. It is a 36-hole event played on the beautiful Old and New courses at Sunningdale, Surrey.

Alice returned a disappointing 78 (plus 3) in the morning. She was unable to capitalise on the short par fives and struck a few wayward approach shots. The afternoon round on the Old course was a case of 'what might have been'. Alice twice reached three under par only to lose shots on the slick greens. On the final hole, she made her seventh birdie of the round but finished on 73, just one under par.

Emily Slater (Gog Magog GC) eagled the last to win on one under par for the day. Her score of +2 was good enough to put Alice in 4th place and won her a £200 voucher.




Suffolk Ladies are indebted to Mr Detmar Hackman of Sabona.  Sabona has been a generous sponsor of ladies golf in the region for some years.


Suffolk Ladies are indebted to IG Recruit for their generous sponsorship of the County Team to play in the Finals of the Women's English County Championship at Felixstowe (18-22 September 2017 ).