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Delegates' Meeting Minutes 21st March 2007


Carolyn Howell, County Captain
Connie Frazer, County President
Bernie Howe, 2nd Team Captain
Gill Warner, Seniors' Captain
Helen Mines, Hon. Secretary
Phillipa Cook, Competitions Secretary
Di Bovey, Handicap Adviser
Karen Platt, SE ELGA Representative
Lynda Hilton, Assistant Secretary

Ros Warren, Harewood Downs
Mary Jefferies, Hazlemere
Lorna Robertson, Beaconsfield
Julie Reardon, Richings Park
Lesley Bednarek, Mentmore
Donna Caldwell, Gerrards Cross
Valerie Dexter, Princes Risborough
Enid Hope, Datchet and Farnham Park
Sue Woodward, Burnham Beeches
Diana Strange, Denham
Janet Fountain, Denham
Jill Davies, Flackwell Heath
Angela Humphries, Weston Turville
Iris Millar, Ellesborough
Jean Batty, Aylesbury Park
Judy O'Keeffe, Oakland Park
Jane Burns, Harleyford
Marilei Baxter, Stoke Park
Pat Child, Stoke Park
Sandra Edmondson, Magnolia Park
Jacqueline Ash, Magnolia Park
Mary Arthur, Woburn
Tina Thomas, Iver
Christine Honour, Wycombe Heights
Meg Williamson, Lambourne
Linda Pringle, Huntswood
Val Cannon, Chartridge Park
Frances Miller, Chesham & Ley Hill
Lesley Seiler, Chesham & Ley Hill
Mollie Hunt, Stowe

Georgie Cairns - Honorary Treasurer
Carole Weir - County Training Officer
Ann Pullan - Wavendon
Joy Biggs - Whiteleaf

Were taken as read and signed accordingly.


I would like to welcome you all today and thank Gerrards Cross for once again letting us hold our meetings here this coming year.
I hope you enjoyed the County lunch at Woburn. Numbers were down but I felt that the quality was superior! It was a good day for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as the raffle raised £653.00. We have had a nice letter of thanks from Ruth Dunkin and Jenny who brought her dogs. I would like to thank you for your generosity, the ladies of Woburn for their persuasive selling of the tickets and all the clubs who provided the raffle prizes.

You may have heard that ELGA are proposing huge changes in their structure which will affect all the counties in England. It will also affect club members and we are asking you to attend the presentation on 27th April at Beaconsfield to voice your opinions on the proposed changes. Helen has prepared an invitation for you and your Vice Captain and we very much hope you will attend this important meeting. Karen Platt will be giving you a bit of background later in her report to give you an idea of what might be involved.

Team training has been interesting with the Juniors being the most enthusiastic. Make sure you encourage your youngsters to come forward for county coaching. Names of the Junior Committee are on the web site. They have a star role in encouraging the youngsters to start golf and keep the enthusiasm going by producing pre-handicap days, competitions, and matches. We are still looking for a CJO who will co-ordinate things and chair the meetings, which is not onerous as there is such a good committee now.
Moor Park have decided to introduce a charge of £33 per head where Lawrence Farmer is teaching groups and they are using their facilities, so we have moved some of the training sessions to Northwick Park  still with Lawrence.

2nd team matches have started and I thank Sue Lee for taking over the organising of these matches as Bernie Howe has had family illness and could not spare the time but she hopes to be back when she can.
Senior matches are about to start too, you need to fill in the form on the web site for Gill Warner to know who would like to play.

The County Championship is at Beaconsfield on 4th, 5th and 6th May. Unfortunately some of our good players will still be in America at University but there are plenty of others coming up. Support of your members who are playing would be appreciated.
Our County Match week is at Goring and Streatley starting on 18th June and you will shortly be receiving a poster to put up on your noticeboard to alert your ladies. Our rest day is on the Tuesday. Support here would be very welcome. There are plenty of very good restaurants nearby so it could be a good day out for you. Nearer the time I will be asking you to put up a list for caddies during this week.

Finally thank you again for your participation in County matters, we must all keep it going for future generations.

Seniors' Captain:
Forms for the Seniors' matches are in the Year Book folders and on the website. Please do fill in and send to me if you would like to play.

Handicap Adviser:
Apologies if I haven't responded to any e-mails as I am busy organising the referee rota for the London Foursomes. I will do so within the next 2-3 days.

Competitions Secretary:
Winter Competitions:
An up-to-date Results Sheet for the Winter League is enclosed. The final round matches are now taking place. In the Premier Division, Beaconsfield have completed their matches and, with a total of 27 points they cannot be beaten - well done to them on becoming League Champions for 2006 - 2007.
The final of the Winter Foursomes Trophy is between Bernie Howe & Elaine Harrison (Buckingham) and Mila Spray (Lambourne) and Stella Haigh (Harleyford). The match has been arranged for Thursday 29th. March at Woburn on The Marquess Course, teeing off at 10.40am. (No result sheet is enclosed as the details are as per the sheet sent out last month).
Summer Competitions:
All the paperwork for the Summer Competitions has now been sent out to the Delegates. The 25 Clubs in the Scratch League are exactly the same as last year. The number of entries for the Challenge Cup is low this year despite the entry forms being in the Year Book folders and on the website.
The Championships:
In your envelopes there is a reminder notice of the closing date (6th. April) for entries for the Championships. I would be grateful if you would display this on your Notice Board and also bring the Championships to the attention of your players who have a handicap of 14 or under.
Thanks to Linda Pringle for her suggestion to put the Delegates' meeting minutes on the website. This was actioned for the last meeting and will be ongoing.
USGA Rating:
Ratings will recommence in May and all Bucks courses should be completed by the autumn. The LGU have decided not to introduce Slope into the CONGU system in the 2008 revision as more information needs to be gathered to see how the CSS and Slope work together in the context of CONGU handicapping. Furthermore, not all courses will have been rated by then so the earliest Slope could now be introduced is 2012.
I have somebody interested in taking over part of my role when I finish my term at the next AGM, but if any of you know of anyone who might also be interested, please let me know.

2nd Team Captain:
Firstly I would like to thank Sue Lee for standing in for me.
We had our first match on 15 March at Gerrards Cross v Berkshire. Sue Lee captained the team of Julie Cooper, Louise Egerton, Carolyn Harden, Debbie Pollard-Barnes, Holly Small, Georgie Cairns and Sue Lee. The team were up against some strong opposition. In the morning foursomes Carolyn and Debbie won their game with Julie and Louise losing on the 18th. The afternoon singles proved just as difficult with only Julie winning her match, although most of the matches went to the 17th or 18th.
On behalf of Sue and the team, my thanks go to the Secretary, Ladies and catering staff at Gerrards Cross for their help and support.

SE ELGA Representative:
My report follows two meetings that I attended in February in my capacity as Bucks' rep for the SE Division of ELGA. The first was the regular quarterly meeting in London from which the main news was:
- The London Foursomes will be held at Denham Golf Club from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th March. 4 Bucks clubs will be represented, Denham, Burnham Beeches, Beaconsfield and Ellesborough. We wish them all well and thank Denham for hosting the event and all their offers of help. SE Division run the event, I am there as general dogsbody and Di Bovey will be organising the Referees rota, all visitors and supporters are welcome.
- Ellesborough will be hosting the SE Girls Championship on August 7th for which a planning meeting is imminent. Helen Mines and I will be attending this meeting to make our contributions.
The 2nd meeting I attended was the ELGA Regional Discussion Group, a presentation from Pauline Perla, CEO of ELGA on the proposed new ELGA structure. The much needed change was largely prompted by the withdrawal of Lottery funding which has been replaced by demands from Sport England, the route since 1999 for Government funding. There followed considerable consultation with the ELGA membership, and other golfing and sports advisers. We are half way through a five year plan and this restructuring was necessary to continue with funding.
There will be a presentation to the Bucks County Delegates at Beaconsfield Golf Club on Friday 27th April from 10.30 until 3pm, from Pauline Perla. However, there will be a lot of information to take in, and I thought it would be worthwhile to highlight a few of the issues now so that you can prepare any questions in advance.
This report will be found separately at the end of these minutes in order that they can be posted on your Club notice boards for all your members to read.

Ros Warren - Harewood Downs asked at what age ladies became Vets.
ELGA announced in June 2006 that 50 would be the age for ladies to be classed as Seniors in all their events, but it was up to clubs to decide for themselves as applicable to their age range.

Diana Strange - Denham asked if Lawrence Farmer is still coaching the Junior squad.
He is, although with Moor Park's new pricing regime for group coaching, for next year we have decided to offer vouchers to the juniors to enable them to organise coaching in pairs.

Julie Reardon - Richings Park asked what the criteria are for amendments to courses after rating has taken place.
Clubs must contact Christine Watson (details in the Year Book folder and on the website) with any changes, both temporary and permanent, to their courses.

Wednesday 4 July 2007 2.00pm at Gerrards Cross GC (THIS IS A REVISED DATE)