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.

Match Captain’s Report on Match v Lincolnshire Lady Vets at Spalding on 10th August 2017

What a difference a day makes! Wednesday 9 August: torrential rain, courses closed, greens flooded. Thursday 10 August: beautiful sunshine, a gentle breeze, lush fairways and pristine greens. The greens staff at Spalding had worked an overnight miracle and presented the course in excellent condition for our match against the Lincolnshire ladies. This match is the furthest afield, for both visiting and home players, with some of the Lincolnshire ladies travelling for longer than the Norfolk ladies. After the long drive, bacon rolls on arrival were very welcome.

Six pairs set off at 11.00 and there were some extremely close matches – three games being decided on the 18th green, two of them in our favour, the third going against us courtesy of a closing birdie from the opposition. The Lincolnshire team was paired in strict handicap order, not a policy that we have always adopted in Norfolk. Was that a factor in the way the individual matches went – something to think about for next year’s fixture?

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Silver & Bronze Championship at Royal Norwich on 15 June 2017

Trish Watson reported that the Championship was played on a lovely sunny day with the course in good condition. With the numbers down from last year, this was our first venture at a 12.30 p.m. start time.

59 players from 12 clubs throughout the county played in the competition: 27 in the Silver Division and 32 in the Bronze Division. 44 players entered the Gwen Watts Salver Over 65 competition which ran alongside the Championships.

Thanks go to Jacky Pett (Vice Captain for Ladies’ Golf at Royal Norwich), Pippa Holliday, our Chairman, and Gill Braybrooke, Secretary of the Vets Committee, for Registration and Scores, and Pat Williams for the Raffle.

The hospitality at Royal Norwich was of a high standard and well received by all players. Our thanks go to Lesley Smith and her team.

After making a contribution to the Vice Captain’s charity, the raffle raised £98 for Norfolk Junior Girls.

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Match v Cambs & Hunts at Swaffham on 12 June 2017

After the disappointment of our second competitive match of the season vs Bedfordshire having been cancelled due to the appalling weather, we were all pleased to see the sun shining for our game against Cambs & Hunts. The course at Swaffham was in excellent condition and as usual the greens proved particularly tricky. The match was the usual format of 4BBB and in addition we were able to accommodate the non-playing Captain from C & H who enjoyed 9 holes with Angie Allsopp before stalking the fairways to check on team progress. Home advantage came through in the end and Norfolk ran out winners by 3 matches to 1.

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Match Captain’s Report on Match v Suffolk at Thetford on 22 May 2017

Finally summer had arrived and the ladies from Suffolk and Norfolk were keen to enjoy some competitive golf in the sunshine. Last year’s match was not without drama but fortunately there was no repeat this year. The usual format of 4BBB off scratch was played and there was some excellent golf played by both sides – stories of epic drives and multiple birdies were told over a late lunch/early supper. The staff at Thetford looked after us admirably and we all enjoyed the post match meal of chicken in wine and mushroom sauce served with plenty of fresh vegetables and slightly less healthy desserts of crème brulee or Eve’s pudding!

So to the result – unusually all the matches were concluded at a relatively early stage but overall the result was a tie 2-2. Everybody agreed – another excellent day’s golf played in a friendly spirit and some old acquaintanceships renewed.

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Spring 4BBB at Middleton Hall on 21st April 2017

MIDDLETON HALL WINNERSOn a cold and windy morning, 112 ladies from 21 clubs across the county headed west to Middleton Hall to play in the first competition of the year and the first to be organised by Competitions Secretary, Trish Watson, who had taken over from Pippa Holliday at the AGM in March. As we walked from the car park to the clubhouse we saw our new flag flying!

The day was very well supported by the owners of Middleton Hall, Mike and Mandy Johnson, and all the staff, with a complimentary half way house enjoyed by all the ladies. We are grateful to Mike and Mandy for their hospitality and for kindly donating two nearest the pin prizes.   Club Captain Craig and Seniors Captain Bob were our starters and photographers for the day. (If any lady would like a photograph of her group taken on the tee, please contact Mike Johnson who would be happy to email a copy.)

Our thanks go to former Vets rep Angela for all her hard work both before and on the day, Elaine (Club President) and Ladies’ Vice Captain Chris for Registration and Scores, and to Jane, Ann and Judith for the raffle, ball spotting and half way house.

With an excellent lunch very well received by all players, Lady Captain Eleanor welcomed the ladies to Middleton Hall.

Prizes were then presented to the winners. Congratulations to Sue and Alison of Costessey Park who retained the Smiths Coasters which will be presented at the Annual General Meeting.

The raffle was generously supported by all those present and raised £164 for the Norfolk Junior Girls.

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Autumn Greensome held at Costessey Park on 19th October 2016

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Competition Secretary, Pippa Holliday, reported that 106 players from 19 clubs across the county supported the competition. The course at Costessey Park was very well presented and the newly constructed holes, together with the unfavourable weather, made the course both long and challenging. The hospitality was managed efficiently and the food of soup, sandwiches and chips, well received by all players on a cold and wet day. Sincere thanks go to Sheila Glenn (Vets rep) and her team of helpers for ensuring the day went smoothly.

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Autumn AmAm at Wensum Valley on 23 September 2016

120 ladies took part in the Autumn AmAm on another lovely September day. The format for the day was two scores to count on all holes with nearest the pin prizes on the 4th hole for Silver Division and the 5th hole for Bronze Division. There were some excellent scores and a need for several iterations of count back before all the prizewinners were determined. Great support was offered by Val Douglass, the Wensum Valley rep, and her able team, in particular starters Keith Doublass and Mike Barnard, meet and greet Diane Barnard, registration Sara Bland, raffle Val Douglass, checking of cards Mags Buxton and Val Douglass. Pat Bland was also on hand to help at registration – good to see her back. The raffle raised £180 for the Junior Girls.

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Vice Captain’s Report on Match v Society of Norfolk Golf Captains at Royal Norwich on 12 September 2016

A beautiful sunny day greeted us at Royal Norwich with temperatures into the high 20s, the concern was to make sure enough water was taken on board and enough sunscreen applied.  Last year established the format for this match with both sides playing from their own scorecard, with full handicap and the better ball stableford score winning the hole.  We may want to look at this for next year – perhaps we should play this off scratch like our other matches since in all but one match the ladies were the lower handicaps!

The gentlemen had obviously been putting in some hard work after last year’s match and were keen to avenge their defeat.  In the main the matches were all fairly close encounters but the gentlemen finished strongly and took all but one of the matches.  First appearances for the NVLGS were made by Janet Clare, Sharon Yenson and Judy Neethling with a further three ladies playing for the first time this season.

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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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