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If you mean to enter but haven’t done it yet, please get a move on. The closing date is 21st April 2017.
If you haven’t thought about it, please think about it now! Both the Ladies Championship and the Senior Ladies Championship are three-day events, but you can simply enter for the Strokeplay Championship which occupies the first day of each competition. They are events in their own right, but also serve as qualification for the two days of Matchplay which follow.
The opportunity to play golf on one of the County’s top courses for a very reasonable entry fee (no green fee) and with the chance to win a generous prize is not to be missed especially if you are a keen or improving golfer. There are both scratch and net prizes. You will be asked when you sign in whether you wish to play in the appropriate Matchplay event should you qualify. There is no shame in declining. You may have commitments to keep that would make life tricky.
To qualify for the Ladies Matchplay, you need to finish in the top 24. Doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? The first sixteen will contest the scratch Matchplay Championship, with the next eight competing for the handicap Matchplay Plate which is specifically designed for fun and interest for those who might have no realistic designs on the main Championship at the moment but would relish the opportunity to play. If that means you, join in and tuck the experience under your belt. Another year you might make the top sixteen. See the conditions for the Seniors Championship if that is where your interest lies.
Aldeburgh’s golf course, as I write, is looking absolutely fabulous, its condition emerging from winter into spring. Immaculately presented and the holes demarcated by the golden glory of gorse in full bloom, it begs the keen golfer to polish up her clubs and get out there. There is still time before the entries close, so go to it!
The closing date for entries is 21st April. Handicaps must be 18 or lower on day of entry. Entry forms and conditions for the Ladies Championship and for the Senior Ladies Championship can be found via the calendar on the website.
Hurry ladies. The closing date for the Divison 3 meeting is fast approaching. This year the handicap 23 - 30 competition is taking place on the 17th May at Gorleston GC. Please download your entry form from the calendar page adjacent to the fixture.
Continuing their preparations to jump off into this season’s County Match Week, the 1st Team squad had their final training session with Kevin Lovelock. This was when the weather had turned glorious, but was on a day of strong wind, which was exactly what Kevin would have ordered given the chance. He used it to remind the ladies that this sort of day will undoubtedly face them at some time during the week on Hunstanton’s great seaside links, the venue for County Match Week. They practised playing against the wind and then, for good measure, Kevin initiated some ‘bump and run’ shots ideal for links golf as well as ‘into wind’ approaches.
The ‘girls’ came away enlivened by the coaching and Kevin commented that it was perhaps the best session he had ever delivered because the weather was perfect for the expected conditions. He felt that everyone listened properly, took on board his advice and implemented it well.
Just as a reminder, between June 19th and 23rd, Suffolk will play Bedfordshire, Cambs & Hunts, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk but, like Eric Morecambe playing Grieig's piano concerto, 'not necessarily in that order'! The point of the hard work is to find the county to represent the East in the finals of the English County Championship to be played later in the year.
The next match is against Woodbridge Men on Saturday 29th April. The team is as usual: Alice Barlow, Vanessa Bell (Captain), Fiona Edmond, Lils James, Sharon Luckman, Vicki Inglis, Abbie Symonds and, making her debut, Fiona Stokes. The atmosphere within the team is optimistic. As usual we are egging them on. Go Girls!
As the playing season gathers pace, there are things you need to do!
Enter for the Ladies and Seniors Championships (12-14th May2017 at Aldeburgh). Entries close on 21st April. Forms to be found on SLCGA/Blue Book Online. Maximum handicap for the Ladies Championship is 18.
Take the plunge if you haven’t done this before. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some good golf on a great golf course and gain some experience pitting your skill against the best players in Suffolk.
Find a friend and enter for the East Region Foursomes competition to be held at South Beds on April 20th 2017. Conditions of entry also to be found on SLCGA/Blue Book Online. Closing date 30th March, so get your skates on, if you are interested.
You might also take a look at the Suffolk Golf Day, Hintlesham, Monday, 14th August, while you’re perusing the Blue Book Online. Entries are now open and this is such a popular event, it’s better to get in early. All you need are three trusty friends and you can book yourselves a great day out in cheerful company and very inviting surroundings. We are always spoilt when we visit Hintllesham for which we are very grateful.
There are many other events you may fancy and be eligible for, so make a note of them and their entry dates in your diary, so you don't miss the boat! (We do love a mixed metaphor...)
The first foursomes practice match of the year pitted the Suffolk Ladies’ First Team against the Aldeburgh men on Sunday, 5th February. The course and weather conditions were perfect for winter golf and the strong squad of ladies really took advantage of the opportunity, making a clean sweep for a 4-0 scoreline.
Captain Vanessa Bell was thrilled with the outcome and her team’s performance. “I am confident that the golf will only continue to improve as we approach County Match Week in June. We have some great foundations on which we can continue to build.”
Results: Fiona Edmund & Lottie Whyman bt Roger Taylor & Nick Ramskill 3/2; Vanessa Bell & Vicky Inglis bt Stephen Parkhouse & Mike Jones 3/2; Sharon Luckman & Alice Barlow bt Mike Olding & Chris Nall 5/4; Lils James & Abbie Symonds bt Dick Jenkinson & Tom Huggins 1 up.
Final Result: Suffolk Ladies 4, Aldeburgh Men 0.