History

Introduction

The Suffolk Ladies' County Golf Association was formerly "The Suffolk Ladies County Golf Club" and was formed in 1926 by six Clubs, Aldeburgh, Bungay, Felixstowe, Ipswich, Royal Worlington and Woodbridge.   In the first year there were ninety members paying a subscription of Seven shillings and Sixpence (7/6d) each.

In 1965 the name was changed from "Club" to "Association".

From 1993 all lady members of affiliated Suffolk clubs automatically became members - the affiliation fee coming directly from their clubs.   In 2014 we have 1,869 members from 30 clubs.

Suffolk Ladies County Golf Association (SLCGA) is affiliated to the Ladies' Golf Union (LGU) and England Golf (the EWGA and EGU merging in 2012).

We are proud to boast many illustrious members, past and present.

Penny Taylor of Royal Worlington was Chairman of the LGU in 1984/5.
Liz Boatman, also Royal Worlington, was Chairman of ELGA in 1989 and President of ELGA in 2000/1.  She was the Captain of two victorious Curtis Cup teams.
Anne Smith, nee Willard, formerly of Gorleston, has held many prestigious administrative positions in Midlands golf.  She was a Curtis Cup golfer and she won the British and English Girls Championships and the British Strokeplay, as well as the Suffolk Championships.
More recently, Julie Otto, nee Wade, and Joanne Woodward, nee Hockley, both of Felixstowe Ferry won many British, English and Suffolk titles.  Julie also played in several Curtis Cup teams and won the 1992 Spanish Open.

Even more recently, Heidi Baek, who has come through the Junior Ranks of both Suffolk and England, has reached a handicap of +3.   Among many successes, she has been Suffolk Champion and represented England on numerous occasions, winning the U15 English Girls Championship en route.    Her latest achievements have been to break the Felixstowe Ferry course record, returning a 7-under par score, to reach the finals of the Daily Telegraph competition for the third year in a row, this time as top qualifier and, perhaps the crowning glory, to reach the final qualifying session for the British Open in 2010.   She finished off 2010 with an impressive win in the US Junior Masters Championship over the prestigious and difficult Sawgrass courses, taking the title in a sudden death playoff.

Over the years, Suffolk reached the sub-divisional finals of the English County Championship several times during the tenure of the Midlands Division  and, in 1995, went through to the Championship Finals.  Although they fought an unsuccessful battle at that time, returning to the fray was always high on the agenda thereafter.   The ambition came to fruition in 2017, when they topped the East Division's County Match Week league table to win a shot at the Championship Finals which was, coincidentally, to be played at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club.   The participating clubs were Bedfordshire, Cambs & Hunts, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Six counties from the other divisions around England, were involved in the Championship Finals:  Gloucestershire and Yorkshire were quite evidently the strongest teams and they fought each other on the final day to get a result.  Yorkshire won narrowly on the final green of the final match to carry  off the trophy.  Captained by Vanessa Bell, Suffolk were delighted to come third.  In fact, it was a triumph to lead the way into that third slot against Nottinghamshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire.  

We now look forward to further success and face the future with renewed vigour.


The Association

The Association shall be called The Suffolk Ladies' County Golf Association (SLCGA) hereinafter referred to as "The Association"
The Association shall be affiliated to the Ladies' Golf Union (LGU) and England Golf

The Objects of the Association

  1. To promote the game of golf within the County for Ladies and Junior Girls
  2. To uphold the rules and etiquette of Golf and to advance and safeguard the interests of Ladies' golf within the County.