2018 Spring Lunch and AGM

President, Helen Ayres, welcomed 101 ladies to the 2018 AGM and ‘Spring’ Lunch held at Wensum Valley on Monday 19th February.  She gave an extra-specially warm welcome to the new members and to the ladies of Heacham Manor and Links Country Park, West Runton, this year being the first year the Society has had members from these clubs.

During the meeting, trophies were presented to the winners of the 2017 competitions (photos to follow):

Spring 4BBB Smiths Coasters Sue Nichols & Alison Eagleton
Costessey Park
Championships Championship Cup Janet Clare – Royal Norwich
Joy Boult Salver Janet Lavin – Sheringham
Doreen Pallister Cup Jan Redgment – Royal Norwich
Curtis Cup Val Canham – Royal Norwich
Bessie Turnbull Salver Valerie Lepiniere – Eaton
Gwen Watts Salver Janet Clare – Royal Norwich
Autumn Greensome Autumn Bowls Jane Harrold & Debbie Darling
Costessey Park
Helen was presented with flowers by Chairman Pippa Holliday on behalf of the Society.

All enjoyed a super lunch and thanks were given to Wensum Valley and the staff who always look after us so well.

A token of appreciation was presented to Trish Watson for all the work she had done in organising the lunch.


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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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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