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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.

Silver & Bronze Championships at Royal Norwich on 15 June 2017

The start sheet can be found on the Fixtures page but the following is the information for players:

  • Format – Medal with full handicap allowance
  • Handicap certificates must be presented when the player signs in
  • Signing in and ball draw (for Norfolk Junior Girls) will be sited in the lounge area
  • Buggies must be pre-ordered from the Pro Shop
  • Refreshments will be available to purchase in the bar area on arrival
  • Food – Cold buffet will be served on a rolling basis.  Please eat as you finish your round.
  • Prizes:   SILVER
    Championship Cup     
    1st (scratch)         Doreen Pallister Cup     1st (handicap)
    2nd (scratch)                                                2nd (handicap)
    3rd (scratch)                                                 3rd (handicap)
    BRONZE
    Curtis Cup                   
    1st (scratch)         Bessie Turnbull Salver 1st (handicap)
    2nd (scratch)                                               2nd (handicap)
    3rd (scratch)                                                3rd (handicap)
    Gwen Watts Salver –    Over 65 years (both divisions – handicap)
  • A change of clothes is optional.Have a great day!
    Trish (01603 429609)

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

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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

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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

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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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