Welcome to the Norfolk Veteran Ladies’ Golf Society

The Society, formed in 1960, is open to lady golfers aged 55 and over who are playing members of Norfolk clubs affiliated to England Golf.

Vice Captain’s Report on Match v Lincolnshire Vets at Sheringham on 15 August 2016


What a difference in the weather from our last match! The sun shone and temperatures rose to the mid-twenties. A light breeze – unusually calm for Sheringham – helped to stop us all from overheating but was enough to make club selection still a challenge. The recent dry weather had given the course a true links look with firm running fairways and quick greens – staying out of the long rough brought us rewards.

Many of the ladies from Lincolnshire had had long journeys, Jackie their Captain travelling from Grimsby and several of the ladies staying overnight in Norwich. This match sees a bigger team with six pairs a side. The games were all hard fought with five having to be settled on the last green – clearly two well-matched sides. For Norfolk, it was good to see Iet Cuppens and Alex Cowie returning from recent injuries and to see our Match Captain Pat Bland there to encourage us on at halfway – we hope to see her playing again in the not too distant future.

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Vice Captain’s Report on Match v Cambs & Hunts on 17th June 2016

Rain stopped play!
As Friday approached the forecast was not looking good.  Most of us found the St Ives Golf Club without too much difficulty but some Sat Navs wanted to go to their previous home, now a housing estate.  The new course styles itself as a links although the sea is a fair distance away.  The C & H Captain had prepared the cards in advance so we were able to enjoy a relaxed coffee before play and for a few of the team it was time to renew some old acquaintanceships.  A moody sky led most of us to don waterproofs and sure enough the rain started as we prepared for the off.  For the first hour or so it was intermittent and we saw a little sunshine but as the first match reached the 8th hole the heavens opened and the course conditions deteriorated quickly with greens starting to flood.  After consultation between the Captains it was reluctantly agreed to abandon the match after 9 holes and we headed for the safety of the clubhouse to try and dry out.  The staff at St Ives were very accommodating and were able to bring forward our meal of roast pork with all the trimmings, followed by peach melba torte.  The match position after 9 holes was C & H up in 2, Norfolk up in 1 and 1 match all square.  We were somewhat bedraggled so there was a reluctance for the regular team photo!  An interesting debut for the two Norfolk players making their debut, Judith Pattrick and Ann Lockhart!

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Silver & Bronze Championships 2016 – King’s Lynn Golf Club – 16th June

DSC_8080Pippa Holliday reported that 99 ladies from 21 clubs throughout the county played in the competition: 45 in the Silver Division and 54 in the Bronze Division.  62 players entered the Gwen Watts Salver Over 65 competition which ran alongside the Championships.

Fortunately, threats of rain did not materialise and the competition was played in unbroken sunshine on a beautifully presented course. Pippa received tremendous support from King’s Lynn’s Lady President, Pat Simpson, Lady Captain, Maggie Clarkson, and their experienced team of officials. It is thanks to them that the day ran so smoothly. Thanks also to Molly Izzard, Chairman of the Vets Committee. Hospitality at King’s Lynn was of a high standard and lunch was well received by all players. All in all, a most enjoyable day for everyone.

After making a contribution to the Lady Captain’s charity, the raffle raised £203 for Norfolk Junior Girls.

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Vice Captain’s Report on Match v Bedfordshire on 8th June 2016

IMG_2488What a difference a year makes!  For last year’s match against Bedfordshire, waterproofs and bobble hats were the order of the day – this year plenty of sunscreen was being liberally applied before play.

We were welcomed at Barnham Broom by Di Daniels, Ladies Captain, who remained on hand throughout the day and looked after Bedfordshire’s non-playing Captain, Margaret Watchorn.  They were seen at strategic vantage points around the course, enjoying the play and the glorious sunshine.  Another welcome sight for the Norfolk ladies was our Match Captain, Pat Bland, now recovering from her recent operation and keen to get back into the fray.  We all wish her well.

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Vice Captain’s Report on Match v Suffolk on 23rd May 2016

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A bright but cold morning greeted us for our match at Gorleston. The wind blew but, as the majority of us were from coastal courses, this should not have presented a problem. What seems a feature of these matches is last minute call-offs and this was no exception with an injury at the County Championship on Friday necessitating the call-up of the remaining reserve. Sadly this was not the last call-off for the match with Alex Cowie being involved in a car accident en route to the game, the full details of which we were unaware until after the match. I am pleased to report that, although she was taken to hospital with concussion, she escaped without injury, more than can be said for her car I believe.

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Spring 4BBB at Caldecott Hall on 22nd April 2016

image (18)88 ladies from across the county made the journey to the east coast and were generous in their praise of the course. Many players had not played at Caldecott Hall before but said they enjoyed the challenges presented to them. Despite cold and windy conditions, some good scores were returned. The day was well supported by the Ladies’ Captain and her team of helpers including the starters, Caldecott’s Club and Seniors Captains. Without their help the day would not have gone so smoothly. The lunch was extremely good value for money, was well received by players and efficiently dealt with by the hospitality staff. The Smith Coasters will be presented to Susan and Alison at the Annual General Meeting. The raffle was generously supported by all those present and raised £173.50 for the Norfolk Junior Girls.

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Captain’s Report on Match v County II on 20 March 2016 at Dunston Hall

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On a course drying out from all the winter rain and following three call offs during the last week, we suffered a heavy loss to the County II team fielding four juniors and all single figure handicappers.  We did claim our shots (90%).  Perhaps we need to claim extra shots for age!  An enjoyable match and good practice for both teams.

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Match v The Society of Norfolk Golf Captains at Dunston Hall on 22nd September 2015

This was our last match of the season and the format was a little different from previous ones.  For one thing our opponents were men and we played on handicap.  From past experience, matches against men can be fraught:  how to sort out the shots given and received;  do we add courtesy shots to make up the difference between the men’s and ladies’ cards;  do the men play off the whites or yellows;  do we play full handicap or a percentage and, if a percentage, which percentage?

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