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.

2018 Competitions

Booklets giving details of the 2018 competitions and entry forms will be with your Club Representative shortly but here are the dates and venues:

Spring Four Ball Betterball Stableford         Friday 13 April                    Bawburgh

Silver & Bronze Championships                 Monday 18 June                 Thetford

Autumn AmAm                                           Monday 17 September        Swaffham

Autumn Greensome Stableford                 Friday 12 October                Costessey Park

2018 Spring Lunch and AGM

The 2018 Spring Lunch and AGM will be held on Monday 19th February at Wensum Valley Hotel.

A poster and forms for completion with your choice of menu have been sent to every club.  Your completed form and cheque for £20 should be sent to Trish Watson, 19 Bradshaw Road, Drayton, Norwich, NR8 6DJ by 31st January.  If you can’t find a form, just send your choice of menu and cheque to Trish.

To tickle your taste buds the menu is as follows:

Chef’s home-made soup with croutons
Oak smoked salmon and king prawns with a yoghurt and watercress tartare sauce
Melon and prosciutto ham with a raspberry dressing

Main Course
Slow braised lamb shank on buttery creamy mashed potato with a rich red wine and rosemary gravy
Grilled fillet of sea bass served on wilted watercress with a prawn and dill veloute
Potato, leak and spinach pie with white wine, cream and a puff pastry top

Pavlova of raspberries, white chocolate and mint
Apple and pear crumble and custard
Traditional cheese and biscuits

Coffee and chocolate mints

The price of the lunch is £20 including gratuity.


Autumn Greensome held at Dunston Hall on 18 October 2017

With a record number of 140 entries from 19 clubs, Competition Secretary Trish Watson balloted down to 128 players. The changeable weather and a two tee start made the course both long and challenging.

Many thanks go to Julie and Annie for the registration and results, Jane for the raffle which raised £123 for Norfolk Junior Girls, the starters Richard and Gary, and Chrissy who came in as a marker at very short notice. A donation was given to Lady Captain Pip Martin for her charity.

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Autumn AmAm at Heacham Manor on 21 September 2017

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19 teams of 4 played in this event and prizes were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd, along with a nearest the pin. Heacham Manor made us very welcome. The Manager, Edd Howes, and his staff were on hand throughout the day and nothing was too much trouble. The food – jacket potato with various fillings – seemed to go down very well and the service was excellent.

Heacham Manor – a very young club being only eight years old – do not have a Lady Captain or a charity and at present do not have any lady member of our Society. Their past Lady Captain, Rachel Hodgkinson, kindly acted as starter on the 1st tee and Sue Meadows, Hunstanton’s Vets Representative, started the ladies off the 13th tee and also ran the raffle which, after the cost of prizes, raised £100 for the Norfolk Junior Girls. Continue reading

Match v Society of Norfolk Golf Captains at Bawburgh on 18 September 2017

The end of another season was signalled by the annual match against the Society of Norfolk Captains. The forecast for the day was not good and rain was anticipated. The course was playing long after all the recent rain and the conditions definitely favoured the longer hitting men. Perhaps I should have re-read my report on the previous year’s match before agreeing to play the same format as again, in all but one match, the ladies were the lower handicaps. Still, it gave us good reason to rib the men, particularly those wanting more than one shot a hole!

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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 Jill 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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