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The "Fixtures" section on the website gives dates, details and Entry Forms of all events for the forthcoming year. The lists are continually updated as and when new information becomes available, e.g. Start Sheets and Results/Reports/Photos of events.

NEWS FROM ANNUAL MEETING 1 November 2010

The B.C.L.G.A. Annual Meeting took place at Harleyford on Wednesday 27th October.

For a full report and photos taken at the Meeting:-  Click Here

BCLGA CONSTITUTION CHANGES -  24 October 2010

The BCLGA Annual Meeting is being held on Wednesday 27th October at Harleyford Golf Club. The Rules of Buckinghamshire County Ladies Golf Association have been reviewed by Executive and the proposed new Constitution has been available at Clubs since July.  A vote to accept the new Constitution will be taken at the Annual General Meeting.

To download a PDF file of the proposed new Constitution and a sheet of notes highlighting the major changes/additions between the proposed Constitution and the Rules currently in place, click on the relevant link below:

Proposed New Constitution Notes on Changes to the Constitution


The Meeting will start at 2.00pm. Harleyford will be running a "Baked Potato Bar" as last year for ladies who would like to meet up with friends and enjoy having lunch before the Meeting. 

For a PDF file of the formal notice of the Annual Meeting:- Click Here

For a PDF file of the Agenda for the Annual Meeting:- Click Here

For a PDF file of the Minutes of the 2009 Annual Meeting:- Click Here

RECENT WEBSITE UPDATES -  19 October 2010

Winter Competitions:

The Winter Competitions have now commenced. The Winter League tables and the Draw for the Winter Foursomes can be found in the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

"Club News" Section:

A new section has been added:- "Club News". News from Club Delegates that was reported at the recent Delegates' Meeting and other News recently received from clubs, has been uploaded onto this section. News from clubs in the future will be added to this section as and when received.

SUMMER GREENSOMES FINAL -  19 October 2010

Ellesborough kindly hosted the Summer Greensomes Final on Saturday, 16th October between Anna Pitfield & Michele Lowden (Harleyford) and Phillipa Cook & Sue Ashworth (Woburn). The match was very close and was only decided on the first extra hole where Phillipa and Sue had a birdie to take the trophy.

For a full report and photos:-  Click Here

For full results of the competition:-  Click Here

WOBURN WIN INTER CLUB FOURSOMES -  15 October 2010

Congratulations to the team from Woburn on winning the Interclub Foursomes Cup, which was played at Mentmore Golf Club on Thursday 14th October. With an aggregate nett score of 143 they finished one ahead of the team from Denham.

Results:
Winners: Woburn - Sally Pollock & Julie Clarke and Veronica Astbury & Tina Motherway
(Aggregate Nett Score: 143)
Runners-up: Denham - Diane Wilson & Kathryn Connolly, and Gayle Blissett & Nicky Ewart
(Aggregate Nett Score: 144)
Best Nett Pair: Sally Pollock & Julie Clarke (Woburn) with a Nett 69½

For a report and photos:-  Click Here

For a PDF file of the full results:-  Click Here

SUMMER LEAGUE FINAL RESULTS -  10 October 2010

All results are now in for the Summer League matches. Congratulations to Ellesborough on winning both the Summer Silver Scratch League and the Bronze Scratch League.

Well done to all the Division winners:

Silver Scratch League:-

Premier League:  Ellesborough
Division 2:  Wavendon
Division 3:  Flackwell Heath
Division 4:  Harewood Downs

Bronze Scratch League:-

Division 1:  Ellesborough
Division 2:  Woburn
Division 3:  Flackwell Heath
Division 4:  Datchet
Division 5:  Wycombe Heights

N.B. Any promotions/demotions will not be confirmed until entries close for next year's League in 2011.

For full results of all the League matches, go to the "Competitions - Leagues" section.

SOUTH EAST SENIORS' TEAM CHAMPS -  4 October 2010

The South East Inter County Seniors' Team Championships were held at Theydon Bois, Essex on Monday 27th September. The championship is open to the 10 counties from the old the South East Region - it is a stroke play competition with four players per team, 3 scores out of 4 to count.

The Bucks team did very well on a short, tight, tree-lined course and put up a good defence of the title they won last year. They finished on the same score as Sussex and Middlesex, losing on countback to Sussex when the fourth score was included.

Well done to Bucks team members Cathy Armstrong, Anne Bridges, Christine Watson and Carol Weir - the same four players who won the event when it was played at Ellesborough last year.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS & ROSE BOWL FINALS -  1 October 2010

Well done to Anne Bridges (Mentmore) and Julie Butterworth (Harewood Downs) on their victories in the finals of the Champion of Champions and Rose Bowl summer knockout competitions.

Anne defeated last year's Champion of Champions' runner up, Gillian Kinnear (Gerrards Cross) in this year's final, hosted by Harewood Downs on Saturday 25th September. As a finalist for the second year running Julie Butterworth went one better than last year and won the Rose Bowl final - the match against Andrea Vanner (Gerrards Cross) was held at Burnham Beeches on Wednesday 29th September. 

For a full report and photos of these two finals:-   Click Here

For full results of the two competitions click on the link below:- 
Champion of Champions Rose Bowl

BCLGA  ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE -  22 September 2010

The BCLGA Annual Meeting is being held on Wednesday 27th October at Harleyford Golf Club. Members may have heard that the clubhouse at Harleyford has been subject to damage caused by a major oil leak. This will not affect the AGM apart from the Ladies Locker Room being out of action, but alternative facilities are available.

The Meeting will start at 2.00pm. Harleyford will be running a "Baked Potato Bar" as last year for ladies who would like to meet up with friends and enjoy having lunch before the Meeting. 

For a PDF file of the formal notice of the Annual Meeting:- Click Here

For a PDF file of the Agenda for the Annual Meeting:- Click Here

For a PDF file of the Minutes of the 2009 Annual Meeting:- Click Here

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER -  20 September 2010

The Golf Foundation is looking to recruit a Regional Development Officer for the South East Region. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st October.

To download a PDF file giving all the information about the post please:-  Click Here

FINAL OF SUMMER GREENSOMES -  15 September 2010

The final of the Summer Greensomes knockout competition is being played at Ellesborough Golf Club on Saturday 16th October at 1.00pm between Anna Pitfield & Michele Lowden (Harleyford) and Phillipa Cook & Sue Ashworth (Woburn).

For full results of the competition go to the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

ZOE & EMILY WIN FOURSOMES -  10 September 2010

Yesterday on a lovely sunny day in Worcestershire the joint junior county captains Zoe and Emily paired up to play in the Midlands South Ladies Foursomes regional 36 hole competition held at Kidderminster GC. Having been runners up in 2009 they wanted to go one better! They played well below their joint handicaps with a 78 and 79 (par 74 course) to win the Scratch Salvers.
They hope to defend the title next year on home soil in Bucks at Burnham Beeches!

COUNTY TEAM RESULTS -  8 September 2010

All the Second Team and the Seniors League matches have now been played. The Second Team finished in 3rd place in their League, which is for all six counties in the Midlands South Division. The Seniors' Team finished in 4th place in their League which is comprised of the five teams that used to make up the South East Division I.

All the results and the final League tables can be found in the "County Teams" section.

CLOSING DATE FOR WINTER FOURSOMES EXTENDED -  7 September 2010

The closing date for the Winter Foursomes has been extended. The Draw will take place at the Delegates' Meeting on 15th September. If you would like to enter please send your Entry Form and cheque to Pamela Seller, the Joint Competitions Secretary, as soon as possible and send her an e-mail to confirm that you would like to enter:- pamela.seller@hotmail.com

The Winter Foursomes knockout competition is played between 1st October and 31st March. The minimum combined handicap limit is 18.

CHARLOTTE IS NAPGC CHAMPION -  6 September 2010

Charlotte Nutt, representing Farnham Park, played in the NAPGC Ladies championship at Abbotsley Golf Course in St.Neots on 15th August. She is now the 2010 Ladies Champion, winning the gross prize by 4 shots with a score of 86 from Jackie Boon with a 90. The “Peter Alliss & Roy Beckett Rose Bowl Trophy” was presented by Vivien Sauders.
On 3rd and 4th September Charlotte played for Farnham Park in the Ladies Team Singles Matchplay Finals at Deangate Ridge in Kent .
Farnham Park won their semi final 3+2 against Birchwood Golf course from Kent . Farnham Park then went on to play Tapton Park Golf course form Chesterfield in the final.
Farnham Park won 4+1 to become the 2010 Ladies Team Singles Matchplay Champions. Charlotte won both her matches.
The NAPGC has more than 90 affiliated golf clubs across the country, with a playing membership of nearly 30,000.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS FINAL -  4 September 2010

Gillian Kinnear (Gerrards Cross) and Anne Bridges (Mentmore) will contest the final of the Champion of Champions competition. The match will be played on Saturday 25th September at Harewood Downs Golf Club, teeing off at 9.00am.

Full results of this knockout competition can be found in the "Competitions - Knockout" section.

WOBURN RETAIN BUCKS SHIELD -  4 September 2010

Well done to Woburn on retaining the Bucks Shield.

The Finlas' Day was held at The Lambourne Club on Friday 3rd September. In the morning semi-finals Woburn beat Oakland Park and Ellesborough beat Stowe.

A report and photos will be posted shortly.

To view the full results of the competition, go to the  "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

FINAL OF THE ROSEBOWL -  2 September 2010

The final of the Rose Bowl knockout competition is being played at Burnham Beeches Golf Club on Wednesday 29th September at 11.15am between Julie Butterworth (Harewood Downs) and Andrea Vanner (Gerrards Cross).

For full results of the competition go to the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

LADIES/JUNIOR COMPETITION -  2 September 2010

The annual Lady/Junior Competition was held at Harleyford Golf Club on Tuesday 31st August 2010. Twenty four pairs played in the Greensomes event on a bright and sunny day.

There were some excellent results with the winning score coming from the home club pairing of Janet Allen and Manami Baba. With 43 points they beat on countback the holders of the Karchargis trophy, Phillipa Cook and Shamiso Hatchard from Woburn. Jess Burrows and Natalie King (Ellesborough) came third with 41 points.

Report and photo to follow.

JO CHALLENGE CUP WINNER -  26 August 2010

Congratulations to Jo Harrison from Wavendon on her victory in the Challenge Cup Final, which was played at Gerrards Cross Golf Club on Monday 23rd August. Jo beat Mary Robertson from Ellesborough by 3 & 1.

A report and photos will  appear shortly.

The full results of the Challenge Cup can be found in the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

WINTER FOURSOMES ENTRIES -  26 August 2010

The Winter Foursomes knockout competition is played between 1st October and 31st March. The minimum combined handicap limit is 18.

The official closing date is next Tuesday, 31st August. The number of entries is low and so entries will be accepted after this date. If you would like to enter please send your Entry Form and cheque to Pamela Seller, the Joint Competitions Secretary, as soon as possible and send her an e-mail to confirm that you would like to enter:- pamela.seller@hotmail.com

To download an Entry Form:-  Click Here

WEBSITE HACKED -  26 August 2010

The BCLGA website has been hacked into on two occasions in the past two weeks by Muslim extremists. On the first occasion the site was up and running again later the same day. To avoid further problems arrangements were made to make the site more secure.

Unfortunately before this work could be completed the site was hacked into again on 23rd August. The site was then not accessible until all necessary work was done to upgrade the system. It is now up and running again – some of the recent additions to the content of the site have been lost, but these will be re-loaded as soon as possible.

The BCLGA website was not the only one to be targetted, millions of other sites have been similarly affected. The website administrators would like to thank the technical team who look after the site for all their hard work in getting the site working again at the earliest opportunity.

We can only apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank those who reported the problem to members of the Exec. Without the website it was difficult to let people know that we were aware that the problem existed and it was being sorted out!

CHALLENGE CUP FINAL -  18 August 2010

The semi-finals have been played in the Challenge Cup. Mary Robertson (Ellesborough) had a home win against Susan Kettler (Mentmore) and Jo Harrison (Wavendon) had an away victory against Pam Willis (Gerrards Cross). 

The final  between Mary and Jo will be played at Gerrards Cross Golf Club on Monday 23rd August, teeing off at 10.30am.

KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS UPDATE -  14 August 2010

All the County knockout competitions have reached the semi-final stage - these matches have to be completed by early September.

For details of the semi-finalists and for full results in the:

Champion of Champions;  Challenge Cup;  Rose Bowl;  Summer Greensomes

go to the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

JUNIORS LOSE MATCH v HERTS -  10 August 2010

Bucks girls played last year's winners, Hertfordshire, in the afternoon matches and lost 4½ - 2½. They finished the week in second place behind Herts.
For full match details see the Junior County Week pages. A full report and pictures to follow.


JUNIORS DO WELL AGAINST OXON
-  10 August 2010

In the morning matches at Temple, the juniors had a very good result against Oxfordshire, winning 6-1.
Full results are being posted as soon as available in the results page of the "Junior County Week" section.

GREAT DAY AT JUNIOR COUNTY WEEK -  9 August 2010

Monday 9th August was a fantastic day for Bucks girls in Junior County Week at Temple, Berks. In their first match against Berks all the girls won their matches, beating the hosts by 7-0. This followed a very good performance in the morning when they finished second in the Team Stableford Foursomes, Oxon beating them by a single point.

The second and final round matches against Herts and Oxon take place tomorrow, Tuesday 10th August. For the full schedule and times of matches, go to the "Junior County Week" section.

Full results are being posted as soon as available in the results page of the "Junior County Week" section.

BUCKS SHIELD FINALISTS -  9 August 2010

The Bucks Shield Finals Day is being held at The Lambourne Club on Friday 3rd September. The semi-finals will tee off at 8.30am and the line-up will be:-

Stowe v Ellesborough
Woburn v Oakland Park

N.B.  The final will start at 1.30pm

For the results of all the previous rounds, go to the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

AMY WINS AT ST. ANDREWS -  8 August 2010

Amy Staniford from Datchet won the handicap prize in the St Andrews Junior Ladies Open. For further details see the Junior News page.

ENGLISH JUNIORS DAY 1 -  27 July 2010

The Under 15 & Under 13 Championships at Market Rasen Golf Club

Under 15 - Annabel Dimmock  +5   Position 13=
Under 13 - Charlotte West  +30   Position 40


English Girls' Close Amateur Championship at Seacroft Golf Club, Near Skegness

Zoe Fitz-Costa    +12   74=
Lydia Johnston    +8    39=
Emily Marler        +9    49=
Charlotte Nutt     +17   104=

Format: The 2010 championship is being played as a 72-hole strokeplay event on a trial basis. The entire field shall play 18 holes on each of the first two days before a cut is made for the final day's 36 holes. In previous years there was 36 hole strokeplay qualifying, followed by matchplay.

To see full details and on-line scoring of these Championships go to:-  www.englishwomensgolf.org


ENGLISH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
- 24 July 2010

The Under 15 & Under 13 Championships at Market Rasen Golf Club

Monday 26th July: Practice day (all competitors)
Tuesday 27th July: Round 1 (all competitors - 18 holes)
Wednesday 28th July: Round 2 (all competitors - 18 holes)
The top 36 players (and ties) in the Under 15 Championship qualify for a further two rounds.
The top 18 players (and ties) in the Under 13 Championship qualify for a further round:-
Thursday 29th July:
Under 15 Rounds 3 & 4 (Top 36 qualifiers - 36 holes)
Under 13 Round 3 (Top 18 qualifiers - 18 holes)

Age Limits:
Under 15 - must be at least 13 years and under 15 years on 1st January 2010
Under 13 - must be under 13 years on 1st January 2010
Handicap Limits:
Under 15 – 18.4
Under 13 – 20.4 

Bucks Entrants:
Under 15 - Annabel Dimmock (Beaconsfield) & Chloe Li (Woburn)
Under 13 - Charlotte West (Ellesborough)


English Girls' Close Amateur Championship at Seacroft Golf Club, Near Skegness

Monday 26th July: Practice day (all competitors)
Tuesday 27th July: Round 1 (all competitors - 18 holes)
Wednesday 28th July: Round 2 (all competitors - 18 holes)
The top 40 players (and ties) after 36 holes qualify for a further two rounds.
Thursday 29th July: Rounds 3 & 4 (top 40 qualifers - 36 holes)

Age Limit: Under 18 on 1st January 2010
Handicap Limit: 18.4

Bucks Entrants:
Zoe Fitz-Costa (Beaconsfield)
Lydia Johnston (Harleyford)
Emily Marler (Ellesborough)
Charlotte Nutt (Beaconsfield)

Format: The 2010 championship is being played as a 72-hole strokeplay event on a trial basis. The entire field shall play 18 holes on each of the first two days before a cut is made for the final day's 36 holes. In previous years there was 36 hole strokeplay qualifying, followed by matchplay.

To see full details and on-line scoring of these Championships go to:-  www.englishwomensgolf.org


JUNIOR COUNTY WEEK
-  24 July 2010

This year's Junior County Week is being held at Temple Golf Club, near Maidenhead on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th August. It is a triangular event with matches being played against the hosts, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire. Please come along and support the team if you can.
The Bucks tee times are:
Monday 9th August  
- Foursomes Stableford from 9.27am
- Singles matches v Berks from 2.00pm

Tuesday 10th August 
- Singles matches v Oxon from 9.00am
- Singles matches v Herts from 2.42pm

At the Prize Presentation of the Junior Championships the squad of eight players and two reserves for Junior County Week was announced:
Annabel Dimmock (Beaconsfield)
Evie Ing (Ellesborough)
Lydia Johnston (Harleyford)
Chelsea Kemp (Woburn)
Chloe Li (Woburn)
Emily Marler (Captain - Ellesborough)
Charlotte Nutt (Beaconsfield)
Alice Richards (Beaconsfield)
Luan Skeates (The Buckinghamshire)
Charlotte West (Ellesborough)

N.B. Two Bucks girls were unavailable for selection:- Gemma Dryburgh who is playing in a tournament in the United States and Zoe Fitz-Costa who will be playing in the British Girls' Championships.

The BCLGA send their best wishes to Gemma & Zoe, and to the team for County Week.

GEMMA COUNTY JUNIOR CHAMPION -  23 July 2010

Well done to Gemma Dryburgh on becoming the 2010 Bucks County Junior Champion.

The Championships were held at Gerrards Cross on Thursday 22nd July. The Prizewinners were:-

Silver (Gross):
Junior Champion:  Gemma Dryburgh  74
Runner-Up:  Evie Ing  80  c/b
3rd:  Zoe Fitz-Costa  80

Silver (Nett): 
1st:  Emily Marler  66
2nd: Claudia Beasley  68

Bronze (Stableford):
1st:  Hannah Bryan  46 points
2nd:  Megan Gargano  37 points
3rd:  Joanna Richards  29 points

Under 15 Cup (Gross):  Annabel Dimmock  82

Under 13 Cup (Gross): Charlotte West  93

Intermediate Trophy (Gross):  Emma Hargreaves  71

FINAL DAY OF MIDLANDS SOUTH -  15 July 2010

The final day of the Midlands South Championships at The Oxfordshire saw Jess Burrows (Ellesborough) lose a close semi-final against the eventual winner, Meghan MacLaren from Northants. Jess pulled ahead to take a three hole lead but Meghan fought back to win the match 2/1.

In the other semi-final, an all Oxon affair, Tilly Magill beat Jane Binning 6/5.

In the afternoon final between Tilly & Meghan there was never more than a one hole lead. Going to the last, the match was all square but Meghan hit a great second shot into the green to win the hole and take the Championships.

Well done to Jess for a fine performance over the three days of the Championships.

JESS THROUGH TO SEMIS -  14 July 2010

The first round of the Midlands South Championships matchplay was held this morning in heavy rain and strong winds, making for very difficult conditions on the exposed course at The Oxfordshire.

The excellent results for Bucks in the first round were:-
Steph Gough (Ellesborough) beat Gemma Clements (Oxon) - 19th
Jess Burrows (Ellesborough) beat Anna Rock (Worcs & Heref) - 1Up
Zoe Fitz-Costa (Beaconsfield) beat fellow club member Annabel Dimmock - 2Up

The weather improved for the afternoon quarter-finals - the Bucks results were:-
Steph was beaten by Tilly Magill (Oxon)
Jess beat Claire Howell (Warwicks) - 3/2
Zoe was beaten by Meghan MacLaren (Northants) - 4/3

Tomorrow’s semi-finals begin at 8.30am:-
Tilly Magill v Jane Binning (both Oxon)
Jess Burrows (Ellesborough) v Meghan MacLaren (Northants)

Best of luck to Jess!

MIDLANDS SOUTH CHAMPS -   13 July 2010

The Midlands South Regional Championships are being played this week from 12th to 14th July at The Oxfordshire Golf Club. The format for the event is the same as the County Championships - 36 hole strokeplay qualifying with the top 16 going through to the matchplay stage.

In Monday morning's first qualifying round, first of the 33 players out was Tilly Magill from Woburn who shot a 65 to break the current course record by 3 shots. This helped the Oxfordshire team to take the County Shield with a score of 295, beating the other five county teams from Berks, Bucks, Northants, Warwicks and Worcs & Hereford by a margin of 15 shots. There are five Oxfordshire players among the 16 qualifiers for the knockout stage.

Well done to Jess Burrows (Ellesborough) who won the Intermediate Prize. Jess, along with Steph Gough (Ellesborough), Annabel Dimmock and Zoe Fitz-Costa (both Beaconsfield) all qualified for the knockout stage. Annabel will play Zoe in the first round today, a repeat of this year's County Championships final.

The semi-final will be played tomorrow morning followed by the final in the afternoon.

MIDLANDS SENIORS' SUCCESS -  13 July 2010

Well done to County Training Officer, Anne Bridges from Mentmore, who finished as runner-up in the Senior Women's Midland Regional Tournament which was held at Walmley Golf Club in Warwicks. In the 36 hole strokeplay event held over two days on 8th and 9th July, Anne scored a 78 in the first round to take a share of the lead. She followed this with a 79 to finish on +11, one stroke behind her playing partner, Janet Melville from Sherwood Forest Golf Club.

Congratulations also to Pauline Olliver (Burnham Beeches) who won the Division B event on countback with a score of +28.

To read a full report and to see how other Bucks players fared, visit the "News" section on the EWGA website:-   www.englishwomensgolf.org

ENGLISH MID-AM SUCCESS -  12 July 2010

Congratulations to Rachel Drummond (Beaconsfield) on her outstanding performance at the English Women's Mid-Amateur Championships held at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club from 1st to 4th July. The tournament is contested by players aged 18 and over and the top 32 competitors qualify for the knockout stage.

In the 36 hole strokeplay Rachel qualified in 3rd position with two rounds of 76. She won her first two matches but then came up against Sian James from the Home club in the quarter-finals. Rachel took the match to the 19th but was beaten by Sian who went on to take the title. 

For a report and full results of the event, go to the "Events - Championships" page on the EWGA website:- www.englishwomensgolf.org

THIRD ROUND BUCKS SHIELD DRAW -  19 June 2010

The next round of the Bucks Shield was drawn on Friday at County Week:-

Ellesborough (Home) v Harewood Downs
Oakland Park (Home) v Buckingham
Stowe (Home) v Flackwell Heath
Woburn (Home) v Chartridge Park

These third round matches have to be played between 22nd June and 10th August. The winners of these matches go through to the Finals' Day, which is being played at The Lambourne Club on Friday 3rd September.

For the full draw and results to date in the Bucks Shield, go to the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

CLEAN SWEEP FOR NORTHANTS -  18 June 2010

Northants made it a clean sweep of victories against all five counties in the Midland South Region's County Week - on the final day at Goring & Streatley they beat Bucks by 6½ - 2½.

Oxon beat Berks by 5½ - 3½, thus securing second place with three victories. Worcs/Heref beat Warwicks (5½ - 3½) leaving last year's winners in third place.

For all the individual match results and the final results table, go to the "County Week" section.

SECOND LOSS FOR BUCKS -  17 June 2010

On the penultimate day of County Week the Bucks team suffered their second successive defeat, giving Worcs & Hereford their first win (6 - 3).

Northants continued their good form by beating Oxon by 5½ - 3½. With four victories under their belt they now cannot be beaten. In the third match of Day 4, Warwicks defeated Berks by 5 - 4.

To see all the match results in detail and the match results table, go to the "County Week" section.

OXON BEAT BUCKS -  16 June 2010

Oxon halted the good run of results for Bucks at this year's Couty Week. On Day 3 all three Foursomes matches went to Oxon who continued their good form into the afternoon and beat Bucks 7 - 2.

Northants had another great win and remain undefeated - they beat the holders, Warwicks by 5½ -3½. Berks scored their first win of the week, with a 6 - 3 victory over Worcs/Heref.

With two more days to go Northants head the field - to see the table of results and all the individual match scores, go to the "County Week" section.

HALVED MATCH v WARWICKS -  15 June 2010

An excellent second day for Bucks at County Week - the team halved their match against last year's winners Warwicks (4½ - 4½).

In the other two matches Northants beat Berks (6 - 3) and Oxon beat Worcs/Heref (6 - 3).

For schedule of matches, full results and points table go to the "County Week" section. 

GOOD START FOR BUCKS TEAM - 14 June 2010

The Bucks team had a good start to County Week, which is being played at Goring & Streatley. In Monday's first round matches Bucks beat the hosts Berkshire by 5½ to 3½.

In the other two matches last year's winners Warwicks had a narrow victory over Oxon (5 - 4) and Northants had a convincing win over Worcs & Heref (7½ - 1½).

Full results and the match schedule can be found in the "County Week" section.

Do come along and support the Bucks team if you are able to and remember to wear RED!

COUNTY WEEK 14 - 18 JUNE -  8 June 2010

County Week is almost upon us!

This year's County Week is being hosted by Berkshire at Goring & Streatley Golf Club from 14th to 18th June. Do come along to support the team if you can and watch some splendid golf. Remember to wear something RED!

All the details of the match schedules / tee times / squad members can be found in the "County Week" section. The results of all the matches will appear as soon as possible on each of the days. 

JUNIOR COMMITTEE VACANCY -  14 May 2010

After many years on the junior committee Jane Etheridge is standing down at the end of this season, so we urgently need to find someone to take over her current role as County junior girls’ competition organiser.
We would welcome anybody who is a golfer to consider helping us with continuing to offer Bucks girls great opportunities to play!
Please contact Jane Etheridge for further information on 01628 529632.

SQUAD FOR COUNTY WEEK 2010 -  9 May 2010

At the conclusion of the County Championship prize presentation Carole Weir, the First Team Captain, announced the squad of 12 players who will represent Bucks at County Week:-

Harriet Beasley (Woburn)
Anne Bridges (Mentmore)
Jess Burrows (Ellesborough)
Annabel Dimmock (Beaconsfield)
Rachel Drummond (Beaconsfield)
Zoe Fitz-Costa (Beaconsfield)
Natasha Gough (Ellesborough)
Steph Gough (Ellesborough)
Kelly Knight (Ellesborough)
Clara Leathers (Ellesborough)
Carole Weir (Beaconsfield)
Nicole Whitmore (Woburn)

This year's County Week is being hosted by Berkshire at Goring & Streatley Golf Club from 14th to 18th June. Please put the date in your diary and come along to support the team and watch some splendid golf.

ZOE COUNTY CHAMPION 2010 -  9 May 2010

Junior County Captain, Zoe Fitz-Costa from Beaconsfield is the 2010 County Champion. In an all Junior final she defeated club colleague Annabel Dimmock on the 19th hole. More details of the match to follow

Congratulations to both girls on playing some splendid golf in their first ever County Final.

The full results can be found in the "Championships" section.

ALL BEACONSFIELD JUNIOR FINAL -  9 May 2010

The final of the County Champiomships this afternoon will be an all Junior / all Beaconsfield encounter. Eighteen year old Junior Captain Zoe Fitz-Costa will play thirteen year old Annabel Dimmock.

The final at Denham will start at 1.45pm and all support would be welcome.

Full details of the Qualifying Day and the matchplay results to date can be found in the "Championships" section.

COUNTY CHAMPS SEMI FINALS -  8 May 2010

The 36 hole strokeplay qualifying for the County Championships took place at Denham yesterday. Anne Bridges the County Training Officer headed the list of 16 qualifiers for the weekend matchplay.

Following the first round this morning, the County is assured of having a new Champion by the end of the weekend - none of the quarter finalists have held the title before.

Two Juniors have got though to Sunday's semi-finals and both will play a Senior! The line-up for tomorrow's matches is:-
Anne Bridges(Mentmore)  v  Annabel Dimmock (Beaconsfield)
Zoe Fitz-Costa (Beaconsfield)  v  Carolyn Howell (Woburn)
The matches tee off at 9.10 & 9.25am with the Final starting at 1.45pm.

To view the results of the Qualifying Day and the full matchplay results go to the "Championships" section.

NEWS FROM EWGA -  4 May 2010

RULES SEMINAR:

Over 100 women attended seminars to train as EWGA rules officials, able to referee at club and county events and assist the R&A qualified referees at National Championships.

On the recent EWGA Newsletter there is a profile of two of the new officials, one of whom is Bucks member Janet Beale from Beaconsfield. Other Bucks ladies who attended the seminar were Veronica Boulter, Carol Fenwick, Helen Medley and Lois Shoosmith.

NEWS FROM THE USA:

Two of the Bucks students at American Universities received a mention in the EWGA Newsletter:
-  Clara Leathers (Ellesborough / Middle Tennessee State) shared 16th place in the Lady Jaguar tournament in Georgia
-  Nicole Whitmore (Woburn / Nova Southeastern) finished in 11th place at the Peggy Kirk Bell invitational in Florida.

The following item was included in the report on the EWGA website of English students on the US women’s college circuit:-
Abbey Gittings (Warwickshire) and Nicole Whitmore (Woburn) shared fourth place in the Women's Sunshine State Conference Championship in Florida. Their scores helped their college, Nova Southeastern University, Florida, to win the conference team title.

CAROLE WEIR ENGLISH RUNNER UP -  29 April 2010

Congratulations to Carole Weir, the First Team Captain, for a tremendous effort at the English Senior Championship, which was played at Littlestone, Kent from 20th to 23rd April. Carole (Beaconsfield) qualified in equal 10th place to go through to the matchplay stage, and made it all the way through to the final.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS -  29 April 2010

The 2010 County Championships are being held next week, from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th May. There are 37 entrants for the 36 hole Strokeplay Qualifying which will take place on the Friday, with the top 16 going through to the weekend matchplay.

Unfortunately Rachel Drummond, the 2008 County Champion, has had to withdraw her entry as she has received an invite to play in the Ladies Turkish Open. The B.C.L.G.A. wishes her the very best of luck in this Ladies European Tour event.

All the details of the Championships including the Start Sheet for the Qualifying, can be found in "Championships" section. The results will be uploaded onto the website at the earliest opportunity. 

PRE HANDICAP EVENT 25 APRIL CANCELLED - 18 April 2010

The Pre Handicap event due to be held at Magnolia Park on 25 April has unfortunately had to be cancelled as the Organiser, Chris Leach, is unable to return to the UK due to the volcanic activity.


SENIOR TEAM BEATS HERTS
-  12 April 2010

The Seniors' team won their first League match of the season on Thursday 8th April when they outplayed Hertfordshire by 5½ - 1½ at Sandy Lodge G.C.

To see the detailed results go to the "County Teams" section. 

ZOE FITZ-COSTA RETAINS BB&O TITLE -  4 April 2010

Congratulations to Zoe Fitz-Costa who has retained her title of BB&O Junior Champion.
For a full report and photos follow the links within Junior Fixtures.

JUNIOR ABRAHAM TROPHY -  31 March 2010

News has just been received as to the Juniors who have qualified for the Abraham Trophy, which is held each year on the day immediately prior to the English Girls' Championships.

This year it will be played on 26th July at Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, which is the venue for the Under 15 and Under 13 Girls' Championships. It is an 18 hole strokeplay competition where girls qualify on how much they have dropped their handicap in one year.

Congratulations to Luan Skeates from The Buckinghamshire who won the area qualifier and now goes on to play at the Abraham Trophy Final - she will receive an area trophy after the final.

Lucy Matthews (Ellesborough) was 7th in our area and just missed out in qualifying for a place in the final. Abigail and Kirsty Kennedy (Mentmore), Alice Kolowski and Kim Squire (Ellesborough) and Chloe Li (Woburn) also entered but the standard was the best it has ever been and so they also do not progress to the final.

WINTER LEAGUE FINAL RESULTS -  31 March 2010

All matches in the Winter League have now been played. Well done to all concerned for completing the League within the time period. The weather certainly played its part in the competition as some of the matches were postponed on several occasions due to course closure.

Congratulations to Woburn on winning the League with 25 points, 7 ahead of runners-up Ellesborough. The full results and final tables can be found in the "Competitions - Leagues" section.

WIN FOR SENIORS' TEAM -  31 March 2010

The Seniors had their first match of the year on Wednesday 24th March, a Friendly match against Berkshire Vets at Sand Martins Golf Club.

1ST SECOND TEAM MATCH - 24 March 2010

The Second Team played their first match of the year at Studley Wood on Monday 22nd March. For a full report, results and photo, go to the "County Teams" section.

FINAL OF WINTER FOURSOMES - 19 March 2010

The final of the Winter Foursomes was held on Friday, 19th March at Lambourne.

Well done to the winners Sue Clutterbuck & Eve Mandry (Ellesborough) who beat Christine Bodey & Linda Rodgers (Hazlemere) by 4 & 2.

For photos and report of the Winter Foursomes fnal go to the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

DRAW FOR SUMMER COMPETITIONS - 16 March 2010

There has been a great response this year for the summer knockout competitions. As the number of entrants exceeds 32 in the Challenge Cup and the Summer Greensomes an extra Round is being played in those competitions.

The Draw and Rules of all the knockout competitions can be found in the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.

SPRING MEETING & COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS - 25 February 2010

Please note the closing date for these two Meetings:-

Spring Meeting at Buckingham
18 holes Individual Qualifying Stableford at Buckingham
Thursday 15th April - Closing Date: Sunday 7th March

County Championships at Denham
Friday 7th May: 36 hole Strokeplay Qualifying
Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th May: Matchplay
Closing Date: Friday 9th April

N.B. An Entry Form can be dowloaded from the "Fixtures" page


SUMMER COMPETITION NEWS
- 25 February 2010

The Summer Leagues

All the information for the two Summer Leagues have been sent out to the Club contacts. The Results Tables and Rules are now on the website for both the Silver Summer Scratch League and the Bronze Scratch League.

The Summer Knockout Competitions

The Draw and Rules for the Bucks Shield and the Champion of Champions competitions are available on the website.

The Draw for the Challenge Cup, Rosebowl and Summer Greensomes will be done in early March and the details will be posted on the website as soon as possible after that.


WINTER FOURSOMES FINAL - 22 February 2010

The final of the Winter Foursomes has been arranged for Friday 19th March, to be played at The Lambourne Club teeing off at 10.00am. The final is between:-

Sue Clutterbuck & Eve Mandry (Ellesborough) v Christine Bodey & Linda Rodgers (Hazlemere)

For all the results in the Winter Foursomes, go to the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.


EWGA / EGU MERGER TALKS
- 21 February 2010

A statement was issued by EWGA / EGU regarding the Merger talks.

To read the statement as it appears on the their websites:-  Click Here


ANNABEL DIMMOCK PAR 3 CHAMPION
- 17 February 2010

Annabel Dimmock retains the Junior Par 3 Championship.

For full results go to the Junior Fixtures page.


WINTER COMPETITION NEWS
- 12 February 2010

Despite the poor weather the winter competitions are drawing to a close:

Winter Foursomes

Well done to Sue Clutterbuck & Eve Mandry on reaching the final - in an all Ellesborough semi-final, they beat Pat Scotter & Regitta Jensen.

Their opponents will be Christine Bodey & Linda Rodgers from Hazlemere who have been given a walk-over in their semi-final against Nicky Ewart & Dot Kelleher from Denham.
Winter League

There are still some matches to be played that were unavoidably postponed during the period of snow. Some clubs however have managed to complete all their matches.

For all the results in the Winter Competitions, go to the "Competitions - Knockouts" and "Competitions - Leagues" sections.


DRAW FOR BUCKS SHIELD
- 11 February 2010

The Draw for the Bucks Shield was made at yesterday's Delegates' Meeting. The first Round matches are due to be played between 28th March and 2nd May. The competition reaches its conclusion on 3rd September when the semi-finals and final are played at The Lambourne Club.

This year, for the first time, when all the matches in a Round have been played, there is a re-draw to determine the next round opponents. The first of the two Clubs "out of the hat" has the Home venue. In order to retain Home advantage the Home Club must contact their opponent to offer dates by a set date - after this date whichever Club makes initial contact may claim the Home advantage (please see the Rules for clarification).

For the first Round Draw, the dates for the Rounds and the Rules, go to the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.


GPS MEASURING DEVICES RULING
- 8 February 2010

A reminder of the position regarding Distance Measuring Devices:
COUNTY COMPETITIONS:
At the B.C.L.G.A. Executive Meeting on 3rd September 2008 it was agreed to allow the use of GPS and other measuring devices in competitions:-
"In competitions a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g. gradient, windspeed, temperature, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used."
N.B. This new ruling came into effect for competitions starting from 1st October 2009. Their use is not allowed in the County Championships or County Week or ANY JUNIOR COMPETITIONS.
EWGA  RULING:
Also a reminder that as from 1st January 2010 EWGA has decided to allow the use of distance measuring devices in EWGA medals, Australian Spoons and the PING four ball better ball tournament at club level and where there is a local rule in place allowing the use of DMDs.
However, EWGA will continue not to allow DMDs for all regional* and national competitions.


EWGA NEWS OF HARRIET - 3 February 2010

Well done to Harriet Beasley who is mentioned in despatches in the EWGA Newsletter, published on 2nd February. Complete with photograph the following article appears:-

" Woburn's Harriet Beasley was pipped on the 20th hole in the final of the First Flight competition of the Doherty/Jones Challenge Cup tournament at Coral Ridge Country Club, Fort Lauderdale - the third event in Florida's Orange Blossom Tour for lady amateurs. Harriet was among a group of Sterling University students playing on the tour. "

The only disappointing part of Harriet's trip was the fact that the first half was spent in waterproofs! Harriet is now back in England, about to return to Sterling for the second semester of her second year at the University.

To sign up to receive electronically the EWGA Newsletters, go to the Home page of the EWGA website:
Click Here:-  www.englishwomensgolf.org


PAST CAPTAINS' SECTION
- 24 January 2010

A new section has been added to the website "Past Captains" which gives details of the Buckinghamshire Lady Captains' Golfing Society. Whilst this is not part of the BCLGA there are a large number of ladies in the county who are members of the Society as it is open to all Past Captains of clubs affiliated to Bucks.

The section gives contact details for the Society and information of the Meetings and Matches held throughout the year, along with Application Forms for all the events.


COMPETITION ENTRY FORMS
- 24 January 2010

The Entry Forms for all this year's Competitions and Meetings can be downloaded from the website.

KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS:
The Forms for the Knockout competitions can be found on the "Fixtures" page. The closing dates for the Summer Competitions are:
-  Challenge Cup and Rose Bowl:  23rd February
- Summer Greensomes:  1st March
N.B. The matches for the above three competitions and the Bucks Shield and Champion of Champions, start on 1st April.

MEETINGS:
The Forms for the Meetings can be downloaded either from the "Fixtures" page or the "Competitions Meetings" section. The first event of the year is the Spring Meeting (for all handicaps) at Buckingham Golf Club on Thursday 15th April - the closing date for entries is 7th March.


SENIORS' MATCHES IN 2010
- 24 January 2010

Pat Milliner, the Seniors' Captain, would like to hear from any ladies who would be interested in playing in any of this year's Seniors' Matches. To qualify you need a handicap of under 14 and be 50 years or over on the previous day to the match.

There are League and Friendly matches - the dates and full details are included in the "County Teams" section of the website.

To download an the Application Form:- Click Here


WINTER FOURSOMES UPDATE
- 15 January 2010

Due to the prolonged spell of bad weather the following directive was sent on 14th January to the players still involved in the Winter Foursomes knockout competition:-

" The adverse weather conditions have resulted in course closures across the county. Even if the snow melts within the next day or two, which is not forecast, opening the courses may be delayed due to the bad/dangerous ground conditions. An extension will therefore be granted to round 3 which was due to be played by January 19th. This extension is limited to ten days from the day one of the courses where you are members reopens for play. Well draining courses on lower ground may be open several days before those on higher ground and this may mean a change in venue but Executive believe it is paramount to play the matches as soon as the weather and ground conditions permit. "


COUNTY LUNCH CANCELLED
- 13 January 2010

The decision has been made to cancel the County Lunch which was due to be held tomorrow at Harewood Downs. Today's snowfall means that we have been finally beaten by the weather.

As there was some respite in the weather at the weekend and beginnining of the week, it was hoped that the Lunch could go ahead and plans were made for the car park to be cleared of snow today. The new snow, which is still falling has had the final say.

The practicalities of trying to arrange another date are such that the Lunch is cancelled rather than postponed to another date.

For those who were waiting for the County Handbook, which would have been distributed at the Lunch today, for the details and Entry Forms of all the Competitions and Meetings for the year ahead, do remember that all this information is already available on the website.


LADY VOLUNTEER REQUIRED
- 9 January 2010

Help is required for the County Pre-handicap Girls' Events. The good news is that the Junior Pre-handicap section has grown but this means that with the increase in numbers attending, the Junior Committee are seeking a helping hand from lady members on an ad hoc basis, to assist with supervision on Par 3 Courses giving advise on rules and etiquette.

To download a PDF file of a poster giving more details:-  Click Here

If you would like to offer to help out with this worthwhile task, or if you would like to know more about what help is required, please contact:-

Mr Chris Leach
01525 220002
crwleach@btinternet.com


PLAYERS' LOGIN - 7 January 2010

The "Players Login" section which appears below this "Latest News" section is a feature that will be available soon - it will be a facility for players in the county teams (ladies and juniors) to log in to update their player profile to keep the committee up to date with their contact details and playing record.


USE OF DMD's IN EWGA MEDALS - 12 December 2009

EWGA have relaxed their ruling with regard to the use of Distance Measuring Devices. Below is the text of the statement that was issued by EWGA and appears on their website:-

Distance Measuring Devices in EWGA Events

At a recent meeting of the Golf Forum, the R&A and home unions (apart from the EGU) continued to oppose the use of distance measuring devices (DMDs) in their competitions. 
At EWGA we are aware that the decision not to allow DMDs in all EWGA competitions has caused a number of problems, especially at club level.
We know that many clubs have already adopted a local rule to allow the use of DMDs in club competitions but their women have not been allowed to use the devices in EWGA medals.
EWGA has decided to allow the use of distance measuring devices in EWGA medals, Australian Spoons and the PING four ball better ball tournament at club level and where there is a local rule in place allowing the use of DMDs. 
However, EWGA will continue not to allow DMDs for all regional* and national competitions and we continue to advise counties strongly not to allow the use of DMDs in their competitions.
The change will take effect from 1 January 2010.
Emma Lowe (
Championship Manager)
* This will include Medal Finals, regional and national finals of the Australian Spoons and the PING Plate and Grand finals

The BCLGA will continue to allow the use of DMDs in the county knockout competitions and Leagues. They will not be allowed in the County Championships or in County week.


EWGA NEWSLETTER ITEMS
- 7 December 2009

Below are items of news extracted from the latest issue of EWGA's monthly electronic newsletter:-

SENIORS NEWS

The handicap Divisions have been abandoned for the English Seniors' Close and Strokeplay Championships for 2010 - all competitors will play in one field. There will still be handicap Divisions in the Regional events.

The Senior Women's Regional Tournaments are 36 hole events held over two days and are open to any ladies over 50 with a handicap of 20 or better. Details of the four Regional events are:
-  Midlands:  Thursday/Friday, 8 - 9 July at Walmley G.C., Warwicks.
-  Southern:  Wednesday/Thursday, 11 - 12 August at South Winchester G.C., Hants.
-  Northern:  Thursday/Friday, 2 - 3 September at Warrington G.C., Cheshire
-  Brenda KIng Foursomes:  Wednesday/Thursday, 29 - 30 September at Gainsborough, Lincs.
N.B. There is no limit to the number of tournaments a player may enter. On-line entry via the EWGA website will be available from February:-  www.englishwomensgolf.org

JUNIOR NEWS

It's official! Girls' golf is getting better and that is reflected in the new handicap limits for the English U15 & U13 Championships. From next year the limit for entry to the U15's will be 18.4 (previously 20.4) while the limit for the U13's will be 20.4 (formerly 24.4). The Championships will be played at Market Rasen, Lincs., from 27th to 29th July.

There is a new look for the Englsh Girls' (Under 18) Campionships. The 2010 Championships will trial a new format when it changes to a 72-hole strokeplay competition. Traditionally it was played over 5 days and consisted of two rounds of strokeplay qualifying, followed by matchplay in two flights. Next year's Championships at Seacroft, Lincs, will be played over 3 days from 27th July. The entire field will play 18 holes on each of the first two days before a cut is made for the final day's 36 holes. The change reflects the growing interest in strokeplay among young players, many of whom are planning careers in professional golf. The U15 & U13 Championships have been strokeplay events for the last 4 years.


JUNIOR CAPTAINS FOR 2010
- 6 December 2009

2010 Junior Captains
Joint Junior Captains for 2010:-
From left: Zoe Fitz-Costa (Beaconsfield) & Emily Marler (Hazlemere)

At the Junior Autumn Meeting the County Captain, Sue Beresford, announced that there would be Joint Junior Captains for 2010. Zoe Fitz-Costa from Beaconsfield has been the Junior Captain throughout this year but as from 1st January the role will be shared by Zoe and Emily Marler from Hazlemere.

Congratulations to the girls on their appointment, and best of luck to them and the whole of the Junior Section for the forthcoming season.


2010 FIXTURE LISTS
- 5 December 2009

The Fixture List and Junior Fixture Lists for 2010 are available on the website giving dates and details of all events for the forthcoming year. Please note that the lists are continually updated as and when new information becomes available.

The Closing Date for entries is given where known and the Entry Forms and Rules for the knockout competitions and meetings will be uploaded in the near future.