The 2nd team county matches are for low handicap players who enjoy competitive but sociable golf. Players ideally will have a single figure handicap index, as matches are played off scratch. 2nd team players are typically a mixture of juniors aspiring for the 1st team and experienced ladies. There will be a couple of county training sessions, with Tony Bowers the ladies county coach, in the spring combined with the 1st team, juniors and seniors. Early in the season the 2nd team join the 1st team and juniors for two practice matches (friendlies) which are often foursomes match play.
The county 2nd team plays in the Midlands South Region which is split into South - Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, and North - Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire. Every year the South teams play each other and so do the North. Then at the Midlands South Second Team Finals in August the counties who finish top of each North/South area, play each other for the Trophy. The second placed teams in each North/South area and third placed teams also play each other at the Finals. Our two league matches against Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be one home and one away - these alternate each year. Each match has a team of between 6-8 players. The day starts early with coffee and bacon/egg roll with 3 foursomes scratch matchplay games in the morning. This is followed by a light lunch and 6 singles scratch matchplay games in the afternoon (strict handicap order even though the matches are scratch). The day finishes with a sociable afternoon tea. Most of the team will play morning and afternoon, but you can just play in one of these if you don’t fancy playing 36 holes. These matches are both competitive and sociable and extremely enjoyable. Buckinghamshire won the Midlands South Second Team trophy in 2018 and 2019 and we would like to get back to winning ways this year. Buckinghamshire will host the Midlands South Regional finals in 2024.
Katie Reid, from Gerrards Cross Golf Club, is the 2nd team captain for 2023 and 2024. She is very keen to widen the pool of players and would like to hear from new players who have a single figure handicap index and would like to be included in the 2nd team squad. There is no requisite to attend county training or commit to all games, if you can only play/train on one date you are very welcome.
Please email her on email@example.com to express and interest.
The county training dates are:
Sunday 19th February at Burnham Beeches
Sunday 16th April at Woburn
Combined 1st/2nd/junior friendlies
Monday 3rd April v Bedfordshire (H) at Gerrards Cross 10.00am first tee, 2 foursomes and 3 singles.
Saturday 27th May v Middlesex (A) at Sudbury, 11.30am brunch first tee 1pm
Saturday 29th April v Oxfordshire (A) Frilford Heath 8.00am first tee
Sunday 14th May v Berkshire (H) at Gerrards Cross 8.00am first tee
Midlands South Regional Finals
Tuesday 8th August at Edgbaston Golf Club.
SECOND TEAM MATCHES 2019
Sunday 9th June - League Match v Oxfordshire (H) at Harewood Downs GC
Sunday 30th June - League Match v Berkshire at Reading Golf Club
Sunday 19th July - Midlands South Second Team Finals at Wellingborough Golf Club