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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.

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ENGLAND GOLF AWARDS NOMINATIONS  -  26 November

England Golf are asking for nominations for their annual Awards Evening in March next year. 

The search is on to find golf's unsung heroes who give up their time to inspire others to take up and enjoy golf. The eight categories for the awards are:

Young Ambassador of the Year in association with the Golf Foundation

Volunteer of the Year

Lifetime Service Award

Club Coach of the Year

Most Welcoming Golf Club

Strongest Community Engagement

GolfMark Club of the Year sponsored by TaylorMade-adidas

County of the Year

The closing date for nominations is midnight on Sunday 8th January 2017. For full details of the awards and how to make a nomination, please click on the link below:-    
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EnglandGolfAwards2017

ANNUAL MEETING REPORTS  -  20 October 

The BCLGA Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th October at Harleyford Golf Club, commencing at 2.00pm.

The County Captain will give a review of the year and the Accounts will be presented.  The detailed reports from the Executive Officers can be downloaded via the links below - at the Annual Meeting there will only be updates given to their reports and clarification. This should achieve the aim of keeping the meeting to a reasonable length, as was requested after last year’s meeting.  

To download the reports prepared by the Exececutive Officers, click on the links below:-

County Junior Organiser (CJO)

Second Team Captain

Seniors' Captain

Joint Competitions' Secretary - KOs, I/C Foursomes, Bucks Shield  [Updated 23rd October]

Joint Competitions' Secretary - Leagues & Meetings

Handicap Advisor

County Coaching / Training


The other paperwork for the Annual Meeting can be downloaded via the earlier item in the "Latest News":- Click Here

ERIN OFF TO PORTUGAL  -  18 October

Erin Bailey (Flackwell Heath) will be joining an illustrious cast of Juniors for the Daily Telegraph BMW Finals being held in Portugal between 31st October and 4th November.

The Telegraph BMW Junior Golf Championship now in its fourth decade is regarded as the leading competition for both boys and girls in recognising grass roots golf in the UK.  With his victory in 1997 Justin Rose is one of the most notable former winners of this prestigious competition.

The qualifying competitions attract thousands of entrants striving to achieve one of the 21 hotly-contested places. This year’s finalists will again be playing on the North Course at Quinta do Lago in the Algarve. Sky Sports are associated with this competition and will be producing a highlights' programme.

Two years ago the Telegraph launched a Net competition for the first time, which saw a national leader board of the winners from each qualifying event in the boys’ and girls’ sections. The two Net winners win a trip to the Telegraph Finals.

It is this through this Net competition that Erin has won her place to the Finals. Erin played in the BCLGA Junior Summer Meeting at Aylesbury Park on Sunday 17th July – playing off a handicap of 26, Erin’s score of -14 put her at the top of the national leader board. (Erin currently plays off a handicap of 19).

As Erin is the Net winner she does not play in the main competition but gets to play two rounds on the course, has an interview with Sky, and attends a Gala Dinner where she is presented with her prize. Also receives lessons with the Pro....., new shoes, shirt etc.

Well done Erin – enjoy the trip!

FINALS WEEK VIDEO  -  1 October

Great Appetite for Women's Golf

The following article and video was circulated by England Golf on 30th September:-

   
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Filming was completed earlier this month covering the Women's County Finals at Waterlooville Golf Club, and an incredible 49,000+ people viewed the video throughout the week.

The event was a great showcase for first time winners Gloucestershire and also focused on county sport, volunteers, team activities and women's golf.

We plan to film further events next season to highlight our fantastic sport to a wider audience.

 

 

BCLGA ANNUAL MEETING  -  28 September

Harleyford Golf Club, Wednesday, 26th October 2016 at 2.00pm

The meeting will start with the presentation of the county trophies. The County Captain will give a review of the year and the Accounts will be presented.  The detailed reports from the Executive Officers will be available on the website by 20th October - at the Annual Meeting they will only give updates to their reports and clarification. This should achieve the aim of keeping the meeting to a reasonable length, as was requested after last year’s meeting.  

The paperwork for the Annual Meeting can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant link below:
 

COUNTY FINALS SHOWDOWN  -  10 September

Press release from England Golf on 5th September:-

Women’s teams head to Hampshire for County Finals showdown

The stage is set for the showdown for the English Women’s County Finals with six teams preparing to go head-to-head next week at Waterlooville Golf Club in Hampshire.

They include Norfolk, who will make their first appearance at the final for 42 years when they represent the East region. Staffordshire, from Midlands North, will return after an absence of 15 years.

The other finalists are: Gloucestershire from the South West, Surrey from the South, Buckinghamshire from Midlands South and Yorkshire from the North.

The title of English Women’s County Champions is one of the most sought-after and keenly contested in the calendar and county pride will be fiercely on display during the five-day round robin tournament, which starts on Monday, 12 September. 

Yorkshire will be seeking their 12th title, Surrey their 11th and Staffordshire their fifth, while the other three counties are all targeting their first win.

The players will be challenged by the fast greens and tight fairways of Waterlooville’s parkland layout. This will be the first time the club has hosted a national championship and President Stephen Millett said: “The members are very excited that our course has been selected by England Golf and we will be pulling out all the stops to make it a truly memorable occasion.”

Ladies’ captain Allison Bolam added: “This is a great compliment to our club. The prestige of the County Finals is growing every year and it will be thrilling to watch some of the best amateur golfers in the country competing for the title on our fairways - and to see how Waterlooville is meant to be played!”

The competitors include the Yorkshire pair of Curtis Cup player Rochelle Morris and Olivia Winning, the Scottish open stroke play champion who helped England’s women become European team champions this summer.

Two of the youngest players will be Surrey’s Annabell Fuller, 14, and Gloucestershire’s Ffion Tynan, 13. Fuller is a girl international and the winner of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, while Tynan is the English U14 girls’ champion. Norfolk’s team includes girl international, Amelia Williamson, 16, while Surrey’s Martha Lewis is an U16 international.

Inci Mehmet of Surrey and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire have both represented the England women’s team while Jo Ashmore of Norfolk has been a senior international. 

The teams:

Buckinghamshire, captained by Phillipa Cook
Georgina Bowers, Megan Dennis, Denise Goodacre, Daisy Kennedy, Thalia Kirby, Alice Kozlowski, Chloe Li, Lucy Matthews, Lizi Sweetnam and Nicole Whitmore.

Gloucestershire, captained by Andra Knight
Becky Gibbs, Alex Giles, Charlie Hiatt, Ali Kelly, Ebonie Lewis, Caley McGinty, Claudia Ovens, Bethan Popel, Alex Saunders and Ffion Tynan.

Norfolk, captained by Tracey Williamson
Ellie Brown, Jasmine Campbell, Jo Herd, Tiff Mills, Shelley Pleasance, Chloe Rowswell, Amy Taylor, Amelia Williamson, Tracey Williamson, Jo Ashmore, Sammy Martin and Megan Mann.

Staffordshire, captained by Julia Gaunt
Emily Coleman, Emily Brennan, Olivia Raybould, Morgan Thomas, Debbie Warren, Jenny Rhodes, Georgie Taylor, Gina Wilkie, Julia Gaunt and Annette Deeley. 

Surrey, captained by Alison Taylor
Amber Chana, Tana Churchill, Katie Fewster, Annabell Fuller, Charlotte Griffith, Lauren Horsford, Martha Lewis, Inci Mehmet, Katie Shepherd, Alice Spani-Molella and Nicola Taylor.

Yorkshire, captained by Dawn Clegg
Megan Clarke, Megan Garland, Olivia Hamilton, Hannah Holden, Alison Knowles, Rochelle Morris, Olivia Winning and Melissa Wood.

Order of Play
Each match is composed of three foursomes and six singles. Foursomes start at 8.30 and singles at 12.45. Spectators are very welcome.

Monday 12 September:-
Buckinghamshire v Gloucestershire
Surrey v Norfolk
Yorkshire v Staffordshire

Tuesday 13 September:-
Surrey v Yorkshire
Gloucestershire v Norfolk
Staffordshire v Buckinghamshire

Wednesday 14 September:-
Norfolk v Staffordshire
Buckinghamshire v Yorkshire
Surrey v Gloucestershire

Thursday 15 September:-
Buckinghamshire v Surrey
Gloucestershire v Staffordshire
Yorkshire v Norfolk

Friday 16 September:-
Yorkshire v Gloucestershire
Staffordshire v Surrey
Norfolk v Buckinghamshire 

Click here for the championship webpage

COUNTY FINALS WEEK  -  3 September

The County Finals Week is being held at Waterlooville Golf Club, Hampshire from Monday 12th to Friday 16th September. The format will be exactly the same as at County Week, with three foursomes matches in the morning followed by six singles matches in the afternoon.

As winners of the Midlands South Region County Week held at Temple Golf Club in June, Bucks will join the winning team from each of the five other areas at the English Women's County Finals. The other counties who will be playing are:

- Surrey (South)
- Norfolk (East Region)
- Gloucestershire (South West)
- Staffordshire (Midlands North)
- Yorkshire (North)

Full details of the squad and playing schedule can be found in the "County Finals Week 16" section.

SUPPORT & CADDIES:
Support on any of the days will be most welcome - why not come along as a group and watch some fantastic golf. Anyone who would like to offer their services as a caddie for the afternoon singles, please contact:-
Helen Mines   TEL: 07538 306496   helen_mines@btinternet.com

Remember that RED and BLACK are the colours to wear/support.

 

LGU AND R&A SIGN MERGER  -  27 July

The following article appeared on the England Golf website:

27 July 2016

The Ladies' Golf Union and The R&A sign merger agreement

The merger between the Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A has moved close to completion with the signing of a heads of agreement by the two St Andrews-based organisations.

The LGU organises a series of prestigious championships and international matches including the Ricoh Women’s British Open, taking place this week at Woburn, and the Curtis Cup won by Great Britain and Ireland at Dun Laoghaire in June.

Trish Wilson, the Chairman of the LGU, said, “Winning the Curtis Cup showed that the women’s elite amateur game is in a strong position and we look forward to building on this at all levels as we move forward with The R&A.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are delighted to complete the heads of agreement for the merger of the two organisations. The merger will be an opportunity to further develop the world class events run by the LGU and to give even greater support to women’s and girls’ golf. We are looking forward to building on the many synergies between the LGU and The R&A for the benefit of the game.”

The potential merger between the LGU and The R&A was initially announced in February 2015 and discussions took place between the respective boards and the LGU’s shareholders - England Golf, Scottish Golf, the Golf Union of Wales and the Irish Ladies Golf Union – who gave their unanimous support to the proposal.

Plans have been agreed to integrate the staff from both organisations and to implement the agreed governance structure. The LGU’s championships and international matches will run as normal this year with the existing LGU team managing those events.  The business operations of the LGU will be integrated with The R&A group of companies with effect from 1 January 2017.

 

BUCKS SHIELD FINALS DRAW  -  27 July

The Draw for the Bucks Shield Finals' Day took place at the Advanced Level Coaching session held on Tuesday, 26th July.  The semi-finals will be:-

Huntswood/Beaconsfield v Harleyford/Buckingham

Burnham Beeches/Magnolia Park v Stoke Park

The Finals Day is being hosted by Harewood Downs on Tuesday 6th September.  The semi-finals will take place in the morning with the Final following in the afternoon.

 

RICOH BRITISH OPEN  -  25 July

The Ricoh Women's British Open is being held on The Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club from 28th to 31st July. See the article below from England Golf for a chance to win or purchase tickets:-


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Watch the 40th women's british open championship

Tickets are on sale for The Ricoh Women’s British Open. This is one of the golfing highlights of the sporting calendar with the 40th Championship making its tenth appearance at the iconic Woburn Golf Club but first since 1999 and for the first time on the famed Marquess course from 28 to 31 July 2016.

As one of only two women Major’s played outside the US, the Ricoh Women’s British Open is the most international field of the year with the 2016 is beginning to shape up with World No. 1 Lydia Ko and World No. 2 Brooke Henderson seeking to take the title from defending champion, Inbee Park.

Joining them in the star-studded field are 23 other Major Champions including past winners Stacy Lewis, Mo Martin, Jiyai Shin and Yani Tseng as well as household names Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, English legend Dame Laura Davies and local favourite and England Golf ambassasdor, Charley Hull. 

You can go and watch this prestigious golfing event where you're sure to see some of the highest quality golf, simply click on the link below to buy your tickets now.

 

BUY TICKETS HERE
   
 
 

EXECUTIVE AND JUNIOR VACANCIES  -  25 July

Three positions will become vacant at the BCLGA Annual Meeting on 26th October.  Below is a list of the positions with a Job Description to download for each role. There is also a note of the current person in post - do get in touch with them if you would like to hear more of what the job entails (for their contact details go to the "Contact Us" section).

Please click on the job title below to download a PDF file of the Job Description:

-  EXECUTIVE:

England Golf Representative  (Phillipa Cook)
Joint Competitions Secretary (Leagues)  (Sally Harborne)

-  JUNIOR COMMITTEE:- 
 
Junior Competitions Secretary  (Janet Beal)

Anyone who would like to apply for any of the above positions is asked to apply in writing to the Hon Secretary before the end of August.

 

FINAL ENGLISH SENIORS AT BURNHAM  -  17 June

Below is the England Golf website report from the final day's play at the English seniors event at Burnham Beeches:-

16 June 2016

Jackie Foster triumphs at senior championship

 Hertfordshire’s Jackie Foster came from four shots back to win the English senior women’s stroke play championship on a wet day at Burnham Beeches Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.

She returned a closing 77 to finish on 10-over, winning by two shots from Aileen Greenfield of Sussex, who was also last year’s runner-up, and Cheshire’s Cath Rawthore, the English senior women’s amateur champion.

This is Foster’s first major title and, after making her senior debut only last year, it marks rapid progress to the top. “I am so pleased,” said Foster, who is also the Hertfordshire senior champion.

She reached the semi-finals of the English senior women’s amateur in May and was keen to do well in this championship. But she added: “I’m really surprised, I didn’t expect to win in such a good quality field. I just came with the idea of playing the best I could and doing myself justice.”

Foster (Bishops Stortford) avoided any information about the progress of her rivals but for much of the round she was locked in a ding-dong battle for top spot.

She set out four shots behind Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) and one behind Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling (Richmond). But, before long, there was little to separate the three players.

Spencer got off to a slow start, although she hit her stride in the middle of the round and finished tied fourth with Caroline Berry (Bromborough). Jobling started well, but went on to miss too many fairways to maintain her progress and finished tied 13th, alongside Chris Quinn (Hockley) and Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham).

Meanwhile, Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe) and Cath Rawthore (Sale), were playing steady golf in the testing conditions and returned 76 and 77 respectively to move up the leaderboard into second place. Greenfield had nine consecutive pars on the outward holes before a more up and down finish; while Rawthore dropped her shots on the outward half but came home in level par.

Foster’s golf was also extremely composed, despite the heavy rain at the start and finish of her round, which caused a suspension of play for a period after the greens flooded.

She commented: “I found it difficult to tell how wet the greens were and to get the pace right today. There were maybe a couple of putts I could have made but I’m really pleased with the round and very happy with the way I’ve played this week. “

Foster sang the praises of her husband, Ian, who was on the bag, remarking: “It was so important to have a caddy in this weather, it was on and off with the rainwear all the time.

The over 65 trophy was won by Katherine Irving from Castle Royle in Berkshire.

Footnote: On Sunday evening Jackie Foster was in A&E after stepping on a broken ring file and puncturing her foot. However, golf shoes – with their support – proved the perfect footwear and she was able to play without undue discomfort, only revealing the injury after the title was hers.

Click here  for full scores

ENGLISH SENIORS AT BURNHAM BEECHES  -  16 June

Below is the England Golf report from the second day's play at the English senior women’s stroke play championship at Burnham Beeches:

15 June 2016

Sue Spencer extends her championship lead

Staffordshire’s Sue Spencer takes a three-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the English senior women’s stroke play championship at Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire.

She was one ahead after the first round, when she carded one-under 72, and today she extended her lead with a solid 76 for a two-over total – despite the twin challenges of nerves and a long delay for lightning.

Her closest rival is Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling (Richmond), who was runner up in the English senior women’s amateur in May and is right in contention again. One shot behind her is Hertfordshire’s Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford), who scored level par 73 today and moved 14 spots up the leaderboard into third place.

Spencer, from Whittington Heath, has been playing in English senior events for just two years and was in uncharted territory today: “I’ve never been in this situation before and I was a bit nervous, but I started birdie, birdie, which settled me a bit,” she said.

But in the early afternoon the players had to leave the course for almost 90 minutes as thunder and lightning passed over. Spencer was one over for the round and on the 14th when the hooters sounded, but when she returned to the course she bogeyed both that hole and the 15th.

“I felt I lost a bit of rhythm, but having said that I finished par, par, par. I was very pleased with the round and how I handled it all,” she remarked.

Jobling’s aim this week was simply to qualify for the final round, but having done that with ease, she will now be “going for it” tomorrow. Today she added 75 to her opening 76 for a five-over total, settling her nerves with a piece of good fortune on the first hole.

“My first drive went in the rough but I ran a five iron through a gap on to the green and made par. That steadied me, then I birdied the next two and started to relax,” she said.

After that, she kept playing steadily, making some important saves when required and finished with the bonus of a birdie on the last.

Jackie Foster (pictured left) had the best round of the day with her level par 73 and is six-over for the championship. “I’m really chuffed,” she said after balancing three birdies with three dropped shots. “I hit the ball more where I wanted to and chipped and putted well.” (Image © Leaderboard Photography)

Caroline Berry (Bromborough) and Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) played in the same group today and are both sharing fourth place on eight-over after 36 holes, although they arrived there by rather different routes. “I was Steady Eddie, fairways and greens,” said Berry, who returned 76. “It took me six holes to get a par, shockingly inconsistent!” said Russell, who ended up with 77 which included four birdies.

They are joined in fourth place by Cath Rawthore, the English senior women’s amateur champion, and by Lindsey Shaw (Chevin) who was one off the lead after the first round, but slipped back today after struggling on the greens on the outward half.

Also in the top ten are former champion Chris Quinn (Hockley) who shares ninth place with Amanda Mayne (Saltford) and last year’s runner-up Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe), who both scored two over 75 today.

After today’s round the field was cut to the leading 45 player and ties who go forward to play tomorrow’s final round. A total of 46 players made the cut, which fell on 24-over par.

Click here  for full scores

 

FIRST DAY - BURNHAM BEECHES  -  14 June

Below is the report from the England Golf website with the results from the first day's play from the English senior women’s stroke play championship being played this week at Burnham Beeches.

With a +3 round of 76 Denise Goodacre from Lambourne is lying equal 5th, ..... For full report, read on ....

14 June 2016

Sue beats par to lead English championship

Staffordshire’s Sue Spencer blitzed through the closing holes to score one-under par 72 and take the first round lead in the English senior women’s stroke play championship at Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire.

She birdied three of the last four holes as she came home in two-under par and edged past Derbyshire’s Lindsey Shaw, who shot level par 73.

Spencer (image © Leaderboard Photography) is a past Staffordshire champion from Whittington Heath and plays off five handicap. She commented: “This is my best-ever score in an English championship, it was very enjoyable and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

She was part of a low-scoring group with playing partner Ali Hansen (Alnmouth) coming home in three-under par for a total of 76. “Ali had a cracking score on the back nine and for the last couple of holes it was like a match play situation. She did one thing, I did another. It was good fun,” said Spencer, who had the “calming influence” of her husband, Tim, on the bag.

She had some spectacular shots, such as the long putt she holed from the fringe for birdie on 12 and the iron shot to 1ft on the 17th for the easiest of birdies.

Lindsey Shaw (Chevin) also raced home with a very similar finish which featured three birdies over the closing holes. She capitalised on a series of super-accurate approach shots by holing out from 3ft on 15, from 4ft on 16 and from 5ft on 18.

Shaw, who helped England win the 2015 senior women’s Home Internationals and a European team silver, was full of praise for the course. “It’s a very good course and well set up for a championship for senior ladies. It’s fair, if you hit good shots, you get good results.”

Two shots further back are Cheshire’s Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) and Berkshire’s Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham). Dye, another senior international, set off in the first group and her two-over 75 stood as the mark to beat for much of the day, before a late-afternoon flurry of low scores.

Dye, a former champion, was less than impressed with her chipping, but drove and putted well on a course which is playing long after heavy rain yesterday and frequent showers today. “I like it like this,” she added, after signing off with a birdie on 18. “The ball goes where you hit it.”

Behind them is a group on three-over 76 which includes English senior women’s champion Cath Rawthore, who would love to do the title double. “Who wouldn’t?” she asked. “But there’s so many tremendous players who could win this. I’ve just got to keep plugging away and keep patient.”

Rawthore, from Sale, Cheshire, added: “I think this is a really good course, there are no weak holes. It’s risk and reward – and if you hit good shots you get the reward.”

Joining her on the leaderboard is Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire), who was runner-up to Rawthore in the senior women’s amateur and is enjoying the confidence gained from that achievement. Their group is completed by Ali Hansen and Buckinghamshire player Denise Goodacre (Lambourne), who eagled the long second where she holed a 10-footer, but who counted the cost of a three-putt on 17 and a missed two-footer on 18.

“I left a few putts out there, but I was pleased with my game,” she said. She also followed her game plan, formed after the English women’s amateur when the second day was washed out by torrential rain. After a look at this week’s weather forecast Goodacre decided it was “important to get off to a good start on the first day.”

Among the other players who played their way into the mix was defending champion Lulu Housman of Wyke Green, Middlesex, who scored 78 while British senior champion Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) is a shot further back.

After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to the leading 45 players and ties who will contest the final round on Thursday.

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ENGLISH SENIORS, BURNHAM BEECHES  -  13 June

The English senior women's open strokeplay is being held at Burnham Beeches from 14th to 16th June. Below is an article from the England Golf website:-

7 June 2016

Top golfers to help put the swing into Burnham Beeches celebrations

England’s leading senior women golfers will help put the swing into the 125th anniversary celebrations at Burnham Beeches Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.

They’ll be gathering at the club next week for the English senior women’s open stroke play championship – the first national championship to be hosted by Burnham Beeches (pictured) in its long history.

The club is no stranger, however, to major county events and last time it held the BB&O (Berks, Bucks & Oxon) men’s championship it was won by the then amateur Luke Donald.

Next week, over 90 women – including 14 from Buckinghamshire – will contest the title from Tuesday to Thursday, June 14-16. They include the defending champion Lulu Housman of Middlesex and the 2015 runner-up, Aileen Greenfield of Sussex, who went to a play-off before the destination of last year’s title was decided.

Housman is one of a number of internationals in the field, including Cheshire’s Cath Rawthore who won the English senior close championship last month and is a past stroke play champion.

Burnham Beeches is fielding four competitors – Catherine Smith, Henrietta Watkins, Pauline Olliver and Lynn Fitzpatrick – and many more members will be helping behind the scenes to make the event a success.

Patrick Dawson, the club’s general manager, said: “This is new territory for us and there’s a lot of interest among the membership, with a good number putting their names forward as volunteers.”

Other local players include Buckinghamshire senior county captain Liz Keens (Gerrards Cross) and team members Maureen Dawson (Buckingham), Cathy Armstrong (Ellesborough) and Carole Weir (Beaconsfield), who has a good record in English senior events. She’s a past winner of Flight Two in the close championship and has won the handicap prize in the stroke play.

The course is close to ancient woodland and there are many mature trees lining its fairways, calling for accurate play. But, says Patrick Dawson: “It always plays fair.”

The full field will play 18 holes on each of Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14 and 15. The leading 45 players and ties will qualify for the final round on Thursday, June 16.

Click here  for the championship webpage for tee times and, during the event, for news, results and pictures.

GOLF EXPRESS LAUNCHED  -  13 June

"Golf Express" has been launched by England Golf - it offers the 9-hole round of golf as a complete and enjoyable experience that is consistent with the traditions of playing the game. 9-hole rounds are compatible with the Rules of Golf and the handicap system.

Under the slogan of “All the game in half the time” it hopes will be one of the solutions to getting more people playing through promoting shorter rounds that golfers can fit into busy lifestyles in which two hours is now the span for most leisure activities.

 Visit  GolfExpress9.org  for nine-hole opportunities, green fees and offers.

JUNE - WOMEN'S GOLF MONTH  -  13 June 

Below is an extract from the England Golf website promoting Women's Golf Month:-

" England Golf are working to increase participation of women and girls in golf to 'Drive Women's Golf' and get them more involved and enjoying the game. With female membership currently standing at 15% it has been highlighted as a priority area for England Golf.

As part of England Golf’s drive to get more people playing golf and the #thisgirlgolfs campaign, clubs are encouraged to hold women’s activities. We’re making June Women’s Golf Month and all clubs are invited to join in by running women’s Get into golf activities and benefitting from the national promotion through Get into golf, which is supported by Sky Sports.
 
Download England Golf’s step-by-step guide on running women’s activities. This includes an example offer which you can use and adapt for your own golf club. 
 


To see the whole article on the England Golf website click on the link below:- 

http://www.englandgolf.org/page.aspx?sitesectionid=329&sitesectiontitle=Supporting+Women+and+Girls 

 

SUMMER MEETING ENTRIES  -  18 May

The annual Summer Meeting is being held at The Lamborne Club on Thursday 9th June. It will be a three ball alliance competition, the same format as last year's sell-out event at Woburn. Tee times will be from 9.30am.

There are still places available and so the closing date has been extended to Thursday 26th May to give the opportunity for more teams to enter.

To download an Entry Form:-  Click Here

COUNTY WEEK SQUAD  -  8 May

At the prize presentation at the conclusion of the County Championships Phillipa Cook announced the squad for County Week.  The squad has been selected using criteria that was established a number of years ago but in addition, particular emphasis this year has been put on players' ability and performance in foursomes play.

The Squad:-
Alice Kozlowski
Chloe Li 
Clara Leathers 
Georgina Bowers 
Gillian Kinnear
Lizi Sweetnam 
Megan Dennis
Nicole Whitmore 
Shamiso Hatchard 
Thalia Kirby  
 
Travelling reserve:- Denise Goodacre

N.B.  The team squad was selected by Phillipa Cook (County Captain) and Tony Bowers (County Coach), in consultation with Teddy Bevan (County President) and Sue Ashworth (County Vice Captain).
 


THALIA RETAINS THE TROPHY  -  8 May

Congratulations to:-       

the 2016 Bucks County Champion:-  Thalia Kirby (Stoke Park)

and to the runner-up:-  Alice Kozlowski (Ellesborough)

The Dukes course at Woburn played host to the County Championships from 6th to 8th May - the course was in splendid condition and the golf in the match play was outstanding. There were holes halved in eagle and even an albatross!  In her quarter final Thalia holed her second shot on the par five 13th hole.

The final was played in great spirit - a repeat of the 2015 final. Both Thalia and Alice played exceptionally well, with both players scoring 6 birdies beteen them on the front 9. Thalia was 4 up at the turn. After another two birdies each, Thalia went on to win the match 4 & 3. The last time the trophy was retained was in 2000.

Thanks go to Woburn for their hospitality throughout the three days - the staff could not have been more helpful. Thanks also to the referees, Janet Beal and Christine & Ian Bishop.  Most of all a huge thank you to Sally Harborne who materminded the whole event.

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

COUNTY CHAMPS IN PROGRESS  -  7 May

The 36 hole qualifying for the County Chamionships took place yesterday at Woburn Golf Course on the Dukes course. 

Congratulations to:

-  Harriet Beasley (Woburn) on winning the 36 hole stroke play competition

-  Alice Kozlowski (Ellesborough) on retaining the Baxter Bowl for the Intermediate Championship - the lowest aggregate gross score by those between the age of 18 and 25 years

-  Susanna Mitterer (Woburn) on becoming the Seniors' Champion (best scratch score for 18 holes for those over 50 years)

The match play for the top 16 players is now underway with the quarter-finals being played this afternoon. The semi-finals will be held tomorrow teeing off at 9.00am, followed by the final at 1.40pm. The course is in fantastic condition, the weather is set to be even better throghout the weekend and the standard of play is exceptional. All spectators will  be welcome.

The full results of the stroke play and the Draw for the matchplay is available in the "Championships" section of the website. The results will be posted as soon as possible after conclusion of the matches. The results can also be followed on the twitter link:- @BucksLadiesGolf

COUNTY CHAMPS ENTRY  -  6 Apr
A reminder that the closing date for the County Championships is fast approaching - the official closing date is Monday 11th April. There are still places available and so this deadline will be extended by another week.

This year's Championships are being held on the Dukes Course at Woburn Golf Club from 6th to 8th May and are open to any Amateur FULL member of BCLGA with a CONGU Competition handicap of 16.4 or lower.  

The 36 hole stroke play qualifying round will be on Friday 6th May - this will also include the Intermediate Championship (for those aged between 18 & 25 on 1 January 2016) – best 36 hole gross score, and the Seniors’ Championship, an 18 hole stroke play competitio for those over 50 years of age.

The leading players with the best 16 scratch scores go through to the match play stage on Saturday & Sunday 7th & 8th May:

There will also be a Handicap Competition for handicaps 16.5 to 24.4 incl, an 18 hole stroke play competition.

To download an Entry Form:-  Click Here  

Please note that there is a concessionary entry fee of £49 for non juniors who are still in full time education.

SUMMER COMPETITION NEWS  -  30 Mar

Most of the Summer competitions are now underway.

The Summer League matches have started. The number of clubs entered is less than last year. There are 23 clubs in the 4 Divisions of the Scratch League, two less than last year. In the Bronze League there are also two less clubs - 25 clubs, which has led to a re-organistin of the clubs into 4 Divisions rather than the 5 Divisions of recent years.

The number entering the knockout competitions has been disappointing. An extension was given to the closing date to allow more time for players to enter. The Draw for the Challenge Cup and the Summer Greensomes has been sent out and is now on the website. The Champion of Champions Draw will be distributed in the next couple of days.

However the Rose Bowl, the knockout competition for handicaps 21 and above, had a particularly low entry and so the Draw will not be made until the end of April. Anyone in the Bronze Divison who woud like to enter can still do so - the Entry Form is below.

To download an Entry Form for the Rose Bowl:- Click Here  (Closing date 30th April)

WINTER COMPETITION NEWS  -  30 Mar

The winter competitions have almost drawn to a conclusion:-

The Winter League matches have all been played. Congratulations to Woburn on winning the League for the fifth year in a row with 25 points from a possible 30, with Ellesborough as runner-up on 19 points.  Well done to Lambourne as winners of Division 1 and Chartridge Park, winners of Division 2.  

The Winter Foursomes is at the final stage.  Margot Sharp & Karen Robinson (Buckingham) will play Pat Elwell & Janet Allen (Harleyford) for the title.  The match will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th April - venue and time to be confirmed.  Best of luck to all four players.

PACE OF PLAY POLICY  -  30 Mar

As most of you will know "pace of play" has become a real bug bear within the game.  England Golf are very well aware of the problem and have introduced a "Pace of Play" policy.

Below is the text of the e-mail that was sent with the policy:-

" I would be grateful if you could bring this to the attention of all coaches, players etc within your County in order to ensure that everyone is familiar with the new policy. As you will see there is now a real emphasis on players ensuring they retain their position on the course relative to the group ahead. Additionally we have also implemented a procedure whereby players may be ‘randomly’ timed. Players should therefore be very mindful of their pre-shot routines and ensure that they do not fall foul of the new rules. Putting on a glove, taking yardages and selecting a club forms part of the players maximum allotted time and so preparing correctly and being ready to play is crucial in avoiding a bad time and penalty strokes.  

Under the new policy it is very likely that players will receive bad times and ultimately be penalized. This of course is not the intention for the change as we do not wish to penalize players. We are however very serious about improving the pace of play. For information many of the contents within the policy (including the random timings) are also being implemented by the R&A, Scottish Golf and others." 

To download the new Pace of Play policy for all England Golf Championships:- Click Here

SUMMER KNOCKOUT CUPS  -  10 Mar

There is still time to enter the Summer Knockout Competitions:

-  Challenge Cup (singles, handicap up to 20)
-  Rose Bowl (singles, handicaps 21+)
-  Summer Greensomes

The closing date has been extended to Monday 14th March. If you would like to enter, download the relevant Entry Form from the "Competitions - Knockouts" section and send it to Di Bovey, the Competitions Secretary. It would be helpful to send Di an e-mail to say that your entry is in the post to her:-  dibovey@waitrose.com 

 

SENIORS' SPRING MEETING  -  10 Mar


The Seniors' Spring Meeting is being held at Buckingham Golf Club on Thursday 31st March.  It is a three-ball alliance plus singles stableford competition.  The closing date is Thursday 10th March but late entries will be received if these are sent through to the Seniors' Captain by Thursday 17th March.

To download an Entry Form:-  Click Here

R&A and LGU MERGER TO PROCEED -  2 Mar

The Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A are to proceed with a merger of the two organisations. Following an extensive consultation exercise, agreement has been reached on the merger of the two St Andrews-based bodies with the process due to be completed in the coming months.

The LGU organises a series of prestigious championships and international matches including the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the Curtis Cup and the merger will be an opportunity to further develop these world class events.

An announcement was made in February 2015 that a potential merger between the LGU and The R&A was under consideration. Since then discussions have taken place between the respective Boards and the LGU’s shareholders - England Golf, Scottish Golf, the Golf Union of Wales and the Irish Ladies Golfing Union - and there has been unanimous support for the proposal.

Planning is underway to integrate the staff from both organisations and to implement the agreed governance structure. The LGU’s championships and international matches will run as normal this year with the existing LGU team managing those events. The business operations of the LGU will be brought into The R&A group of companies with effect from 1 January 2017.

BUCKS SHIELD DRAW  -  26 Feb

The Draw for the First Round of the Bucks Shield took place this afternoon at the Delegates' Meeting at Gerrards Cross.
The Draw can be found in the "Competition - Knockouts" section.

 

PRESS RELEASE GIRLS GOLF ROCKS  -  23 Feb

 


Issued 22nd February, 2016

Girls’ golf is about to get rocking in Buckinghamshire! 

Girls’ golf is about to get rocking in Buckinghamshire with the launch of a campaign to inspire new players. 

Girls Golf Rocks is all about attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends – with no pressure. Girl golfers from county squads will act as ambassadors, sharing their enjoyment and encouraging other girls, aged five to 18. 

The campaign tees off with free taster sessions on Saturday 30th April 2016, supported by the county girls, at the five clubs taking part: Abbey Hill Golf Centre, Milton Keynes; The Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Denham; Aylesbury Park Golf Club, Aylesbury; Wexham Park Golf Club, Slough; and Gerrards Cross Golf Club, Gerrards Cross. 

Visit www.getintogolf.org/bbo for more information and to book on the taster sessions, which will each be followed by either a light lunch or tea.

Following the tasters with PGA professionals, the five clubs will each offer four-week structured coaching programmes, with the county girl players mentoring the newcomers. All the girls who complete the coaching programme will be fitted with a free seven iron to help them continue to play.

The finale will be a fun par three competition when new young players can enjoy playing with their mentors. 

Sue Ashworth, the Buckinghamshire girls’ organiser, said: “We’re thrilled to have been selected to take part in Girls Golf Rocks. Youngsters are the future of the game and this campaign is a brilliant way of introducing new girls to the basics with the emphasis on fun!  

“Our enthusiastic Ambassadors are raring to go and I know they will share their expertise, personal experiences and love of the game to provide a positive experience for everyone who takes part of the campaign.  We look forward to meeting everyone at the taster sessions - Get Ready to Rock Girls!”

Megan Dennis is the Buckinghamshire girls’ captain and one of the Ambassadors. The 16-year-old, who is a member at Woburn, said: “I started playing golf when I was three and ever since then I have loved it. 

“Golf has brought me so many opportunities and I would really encourage other girls to take it up. Along the way you make some amazing friends and the rewards from practising are great as you can see yourself improving all the time.”

Currently, national figures show that only 1% of golf club members are girls, with an average of just two per club. When Girls Golf Rocks was successfully trialled in Essex last year 90 girls tried the game, 40 went on to take a four-week coaching course; 30 played in the par three competition and six became golf club members. 

It’s running again in Essex this year and in eight other counties, including Buckinghamshire.

Girls Golf Rocks is led by England Golf and supported by the Golf Foundation, county associations and sports partnerships. 

Lauren Spray, the England Golf Women & Girls’ Participation Manager, said: “Girls Golf Rocks sets out to focus on the fun, social and friendship aspects of golf rather than just the playing and coaching side and we’ve had brilliant success. 

“The ambassadors have been fantastic – they all love golf and they’re sharing their enthusiasm with our new players. They’ve also given us lots of feedback and really helped us give us a presence on Twitter @GirlsGolfRocks1 and Facebook.” 

Girls Golf Rocks has coincided with a growing focus on the women and girls’ game and the launch of the video campaign #ThisGirlGolfs which aims to challenge perceptions and inspire participation. The video features women and girls from all over the country and from different walks of life and backgrounds who are enjoying golf for many reasons and fitting it into their everyday lives.

Caption: Buckinghamshire Ambassadors for Girls Golf Rocks (© Leaderboard Photography).

 

GIRLS GOLF ROCKS PROJECT  -  19 Feb

Last year Essex ran the highly successful pilot project "Girls Golf Rocks" resulting in a 21% rise in girls’ golf club membership in their county.  The success of the project was largely due to the support from some of the Essex County Girls. 90 girls attended the first weekend taster sessions, with 20 girls progressing into regular coaching. 

One county in each of the England Golf areas has been selected to run the programme in 2016 & Bucks is the county in our area invited to do this!  The bulk of the work and funding comes from the Golf Foundation, England Golf and the County Sports Partnership with support given by the County Association. 

Seven of our Junior girls will be acting as ambassadors for the project.  They attended a training day at Woburn Golf Club on 30th January where a photo shoot was held to obtain material for the publicity for the project.

Five clubs have been selected to take part in the project:
-  Abbey Hill
-  Aylesbury Park
-  Gerrards Cross
-  The Buckinghamshire
-  Wexham Park

Publicity will be given out at local schools and taster sessions will be held at each of the five clubs on Saturday 30th April.  Follow on coaching will then be held at the golf clubs for any of the girls who show an interest in continuing to learn the game.

We would like to thank the girls involved and the clubs for embracing the chance to participate in this exciting venture.

COUNTY LUNCH AUCTION BIDS  -  27 Feb

The Annual County Lunch takes place next Wednesday, 2nd March at Woburn Golf Club.  As part of the fundraising at the event there will be a silent auction of Four Ball Vouchers, which have been kindly donated by clubs across the county.

A PDF schedule of the vouchers on offer can be downloaded:-  Click Here

Bids are welcomed in advance for any of the vouchers.  If you are not going to be at the Lunch and would like to place a bid, please complete the Form below and return it to Phillipa Cook:-   pjcook6@gmail.com   

For the Form (Word document) to record advance bids for the Fourball Silent Auction:-  Click Here

 

COUNTY LUNCH CLOSING DATE EXTENSION  -  20 Feb


The County Lunch is being held at Woburn Golf Club on Wednesday 2nd March.  The closing date for applications has been extended to Wednesday 24th February.   Please click on the links below for the poster with all the details and for an Application Form:-

             County Lunch Poster              Application Form

If time is running short please send your Application off to the organiser, Helen Mines and let her know that your Form is on its way to her:- helen_mines@btinternet.com 

For more details of the County Lunch, see the previous item in this "Latest News" section.

The County Lunch is the big fundraising opportunity of the year – clubs have very kindly offered 4 ball vouchers, which will be auctioned.  The details of the Lots for the Auction will be available in this “Latest News” section of the website and advance bids will be accepted from those unable to attend the Lunch.
 

HANDICAP WORKSHOPS - WYCOMBE HEIGHTS  -  9 Feb

[ PLEASE NOTE THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN UPDATED ON ADVICE FROM ENGLAND GOLF - 16th February]

England Golf Handicap Workshop - Wycombe Heights Golf Centre, Buckinghamshire
Thursday 25th February, 2.00 - 4.00pm

COUNTY LUNCH APPLICATIONS  -  8 Feb

                       County Lunch 2015
                                            The table centre-piece at the 2015 County Lunch

The County Lunch is being held at Woburn Golf Club on Wednesday 2nd March.  Those who attended last year will recall what an enjoyable occasion it was - great food and company, and at a wonderful location.

The BCLGA will be celebrating its 40th Annual Lunch and "40" will be the special theme for the event.  In addition Teddy Bevan, the County President, will be hosting a Pre Lunch Reception for the Past County Presidents and Past Captains.

Pat Pearce from Dreamflight will be attending and there will be fundraising for the charity and towards County Finals Week via a Raffle and Silent Auction.  

Anyone who would like to play 9 holes of golf prior to the Lunch may do so on the Duchess Course, at a cost of £40. Tee reservations may be made on a first come first served basis directly via the club Reception:-  01908 370756 

Please click on the links below forthe poster with all the details and for an Application Form:-

             County Lunch Poster              Application Form

Tickets are £42 to include a Drinks