Durham County Veteran Ladies' Golf Association



Our final inter County match this season was a Bronze match against Cumbria played at Blackwell Grange in Darlington on Monday 29thJuly. The shield for this match was presented in 1992 by Mrs Dorothy Harrison (Durham) and Mrs Mouli Moore (Cumbria) and was won last year at Stoneyholme by Durham.  Cumbria were eager to try and win it back just as Durham were eager to retain it!  

Our pairs were:

  1. Maureen Ewart and Heather Milburn
  2. Tracey Watson and Liz Steel 
  3. Carole Zissler and Sue I’Anson 
  4. Carolyn Maxey and Val Facchini 
  5. Jenny Boanson and Irene Allcroft 
  6. Jane Moore and Lorraine Gallagher 

Jennifer Dixon, our Vice-Captain selected our Bronze team and paired them up for the 4bbb match against Cumbria.  Everyone was looking forward to the match and as we set off there was a light drizzle but it was warm.  Within no time at all the weather had improved and our players were all engaged in tight games that swung first one way and then the other. Most of the matches finished on the 17thor 18thholes and this will tell you how finely the match result was balanced.  The end result was a win for Cumbria of 4 points to 2.  PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE PHOTOS

The matches were so close and in fact the result could have easily gone either way. The main thing I noticed was that in every case, all of the players came off the course with large smiles on their faces and new friendships were forged.  That’s the great thing about golf, it can be such a lovely social treat as well as exercise and a test of skill. I could tell that our players were disappointed but I know they all tried as hard as they could and we will just have to channel all of that into our efforts for next year and regain the trophy when we play in Cumbria.

Well done team, well done Jennifer and thank you to everyone who came to Blackwell to support the players.  After the match we enjoyed a lovely meal in the clubhouse and 5 of our players were awarded their County Colours after representing Durham for the first time. They were:

  1. Tracey Watson 
  2. Carolyn Maxey 
  3. Jenny Boanson
  4. Irene Allcroft 
  5. Lorraine Gallagher 

Congratulations to you all and I hope that this will be the first of many matches that you play for Durham in the future. 






Today our Silver Team played their final Richardson Trophy Match at the beautiful Ulverston Golf Club against Cumbria.  The course is a beautiful parkland course with stunning views and 18 picturesque but challenging holes.   Our team was:

Ruth Lindley (2019 Champion)

Marianne Moore

Rosie Preston

Claire Miller

Helen Morgan

Lyn Davison

Julia Elliott

Reserve: Janet Burdis

The practice match was played in tropical warm humid conditions and then the night before the match there were periods of heavy rain with thunder and lightning.  Match day started a little cloudy but developed into a warm day with a slight breeze.  The day was warm but the golf was HOT!Our team played some superb golf and battled on to a 4 ½ to 2 ½ win. 

This is a great way to end our season and is a fitting tribute to all of the players who worked really hard to secure this win.  I would like to thank everyone who has played in and supported the team this season. Thank you to everyone who has caddied for the team and acted as spotters for us in our matches.   President Gill Birkby and Vice-Captain Jennifer have also helped with support and advice and I’d like to thank them also. 





Well done everyone.  







The Richardson Trophy match between Durham and Northumberland was played today at Blackwell Grange. The team was:

Ruth Lindley

Lyn Davison

Julia Elliott

Claire Miller

Marianne Moore

Helen Morgan

Rosie Preston

Reserve: Sarah Hirst

We started strongly with both Ruth Lindley and Marianne Moore winning their matches but unfortunately, the Northumberland team overwhelmed us and the end result was Northumbria 5 Durham 2.  The team tried their hardest and there was nothing between the long games of both Counties. Northumberland were tighter with their chipping and putting which tipped the balance in their favour.  We all just got off the course and sat down for dinner when a storm arrived so at least we didn’t get wet as well! 

I’d like to say a big thank you to all our team players and caddies for all their sterling efforts. 

Our next and final match will be played at Ulverston on 24thJuly when we will line up again to proudly represent Durham and see some great golf and sportsmanship displayed.

Captain Anne


Captains Blog 22ndJuly 2019


Today we held the Open Greensome competition at Billingham Golf Club. There was a large entry and lots of Durham clubs were represented.  I spent the day on the registration desk and it was so nice to greet everyone as you signed in for the competition.  There were lots of smiles and high hopes as everyone went out onto the course. It was absolutely boiling hot but the wind was blowing like crazy and playing conditions were very difficult.  Surprisingly, as people came in off the golf course, they were telling me that they found the putting the most difficult part of the game.

The course looked lovely and I would also like to thank Billingham for their hospitality and the bar and catering staff for their great service during the day.

The results were as follows: 

Best Gross Marianne Moore and Lyn Davison from Brancepeth with 85

Best Nett Helen Pickersgill and Carolyn Maxey from Blackwell Grange with 74.6

Second Nett Jennifer Dixon and Yvonne Dunbar from Brancepeth with 75.6

Third nett Barbara Hillier and Liz Musto from Ingleby Barwick with 76

Nearest the pin on hole 16 was Anne Ingham from Tyneside at 20ft 6inches

Well done to all of our winners and thanks you to all of the helpers who made the day run so smoothly.  

Tomorrow the silver team travel to Ulverston GC to play against Cumbria on Wednesday.  Good luck to the team for our last Richardson Trophy match.

Our next home event is the Bronze team match against Cumbria to be held at Blackwell Grange, Darlington on Monday 29thJuly.  Good luck to our Bronze team. We are the current trophy holders for this tie so let’s try and retain the shield.  

Hoping to see you all on a sunny fairway somewhere soon.

Captain Anne


Our Bronze team played their first match of the season at Morpeth on 4thJuly under the watchful eye of Jennifer Dixon our Vice-Captain.  Our team turned out on a sunny day and played four ball better ball against the Northumberland Bronze team.  These matches have now been running for 27 years and during that time Durham have won 15 times and Northumberland 12 times.  

I’m happy to report that Durham won the match 4 games to 2 and returned home victorious with the trophy! Four players were awarded their Vets County badges for playing in the team. They were Val Facchini, Heather Millburn, Val Neal and Carole Zissler.  Well done ladies and I hope you continue to represent the County for many years.

The Bronze matches are always such fun and the players seem to really enjoy the day.  Well done everyone, I’m delighted that you had such “A good day at the office!”  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE YOUR LOVELY PHOTOGRAPHS.

Captain Anne