Stand out goings-on at the Annual General Meeting, held on Saturday, 12th January 2019 at Kesgrave Community Centre... 

 

 

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Mo Pearson and incoming County Captain, Vicki Inglis, share a coffee before the start of the meeting.

 

A good-natured crowd gathered at the Kesgrave Memorial Hall for the AGM chaired by our President, Mo Pearson.  There was much business to get through and it went without a hitch, with reports from Vanessa Bell (outgoing Captain and Junior Organiser), who detailed a most successful year on the golf course and announced that the 2019 Championships will be held at Ipswich Golf Club.

Vanessa pointed out that entries are now invited and she hoped that there would be a really strong entry so that the Championship Plate will also be held. Three Juniors move up to the ladies' ranks this year: Megan Bailey, Charlotte Gregory and Fiona Stokes. Vanessa thanked them for their support and expressed her appreciation for the support of all the parents of the Juniors for helping things along.  Alice Barlow was elected as Junior Organiser for the coming year.

Anne Archer reported on the Seniors' golf and Rebecca O'Hara bade farewell to her time as England Golf Representative. She is replaced by Lizzie Johnson. Hermione Scrope presented the Treasurer's Report and announced a 5% increase in membership. The Suffolk Golf Day was once again a great success and the 100 Club continues to grow. 2019's first draw was made later in the meeting.   Eunice Gray retired as Handicap Adviser to be succeeded by Annette Llewellyn.

Vicki Inglis, a two-time Championship winner, began playing golf aged nine and reached a lowest handicap of one. She was elected County Captain and received her badge from Vanessa. Vicki said she appreciated the honour and hoped to emulate Vanessa's success in the post.

Sue Cook gave a brief resume of progress in standard scratch rating and outlined plans for 2019. There was a message from Mike Rees encouraging candidates for referee status. He would welcome contacts from interested parties. His contact details are available from the County Secretary. Di Hegarty has taken over this role from Di Cunningham, who retired with grateful thanks from the Association as a whole.

 

Prize Winners:

Alice Barlow was the big winner! She retained the Joy Winn Salver for the third successive year and was awarded The Nigel Birrell Trophy by the retiring Captain for her outstanding performance throughout 2018.

The Silver Medal went jointly to Pippa Beak (Flempton) and Sarah Gotts (Diss) who both returned a -7 score. A score of -10 won the Bronze Medal for Louise Overberry of Ipswich.

Georgia Parker was awarded the Eva Harris Shield for her achievements as a Junior, which culminated in her selection for England Golf's U18 East Region squad at the trials weekend.   She takes over as Junior County Captain for 2019. Natasha Gregory was named as Junior Second Team captain.

Sophie Kubitzek received the Junior Improver of the Year trophy. Reducing her handicap from 33 to 16 over the year, she enjoyed success in several Junior Opens and Suffolk Schools Championships.

Both Georgia and Sophie are left-handed but play golf right-handedly. Is there a clue there somewhere?

All together it was busy and satisfying morning. The President was thanked for chairing the meeting and the members dispersed in cheery mood.

 

Julie Latimer-Jones 

 

A fun day out for the girls...

 

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Left to right:  Megan Bailey, Natasha Gregory and Jasmine Points 

The Junior Girls enjoyed a chilly fun day at Halesworth Golf Club on Saturday, 15th December.   Although the weather wasn't quite what everyone had in mind, the girls played some great shots and the winners of the Jamboree Texas Scramble were Natasha Gregory, Megan Bailey and Jasmine Points with an excellent score of two under par.  After the golf came a quiz and food, which was much appreciated by everyone.  Alice Barlow, the recently appointed Junior Organiser, outlined some of the changes she hopes to incorporate in the 2019 programme.  

The girls sent seasonal greetings to everyone in SLCGA.

 

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Playing together:  Laura Eaden and Charlotte Gregory 

Thanks to Alice for the info and the super pics.