Durham County Veteran Ladies' Golf Association


 Hello this is your new Captain Jennifer with my first blog. 

 It’s been a busy week! Last Monday our AGM was held at Brancepeth Castle G C and it was nice to see how many ladies attended . Thank you for all your kind wishes for the coming year. This Monday my first event was held at Beamish Park G C. I decided to bring forward our annual “Christmas Waltz” from December as it can be very cold and frosty and usually we only play 9 or 12 holes. With this in mind I decided October would be a good choice, to hold an “End of Season” event with a Halloween theme. But I didn’t dress up as a witch with a broomstick!

 Invited to play are Past Presidents, Past Captains, Silver and Bronze Team players.  We were extremely lucky with the weather, although it was very cold the sun shone for most of the day and we did play 18 holes, with the players saying how much they had enjoyed the course. A scheduled stop before playing the 13th hole for a “sloe gin” and our President Lesley Still providing us with a selection of Halloween treats was enjoyed by everyone. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Beamish for their hospitality and congratulate them on the presentation of the course following the constant rain over the last few days. Also to Neil and his team who provided us with a warming bowl of soup and sandwiches, just what we needed.  Also to our Past Presidents Ruth Emeleus, Dorothy Harrison and Betty Staincliffe along with Durham County Vice Captain Chris Pascall who came and supported us. It was lovely to see you all.

The winners with a score of 69 points were 
Chris Pullan, Aileen Carter and Helen Morgan. 

2nd place winning on the back 9, with a score of 67 points were 
Cathy Bowerbank, Julia Elliott and Joan Sanderson.

 3rd place Anne Wraith, Heather Morgan and Di Spence.

 Thanks to Claire Miller my Vice Captain and everyone who helped on the day.Our next event is the Coffee Morning at Brancepeth Castle G C on Friday 22nd November, please come along and bring a friend.  That’s all for now. I’ll look forward to seeing you all again soon. 

Jennifer Dixon
Captain DCVLGA



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. 




 The Jean Wood Trophy, one of our most popular competitions of the year was played on a glorious sunny day at Beamish Park Golf Club on Monday 16th September.  The course is one of my particular favourites and it was great to see a large field enjoy such a lovely day. The greenkeepers had managed to get the course in lovely condition and the staff in the clubhouse were busy serving fresh scones and other lovely things to eat.  The winning team was Alyson Chapman, Julie Armitage, (Boldon) and Debbie Ryan (Chester-le-Street)  with 76 points. Well done to them and also to Alison James from Blackwell Grange who won nearest the pin.

 On 23rd September we played the Autumn Singles at Woodham.  The most repeated phrase I heard in the clubhouse afterwards was related to how many balls players had lost!!! Certainly, a course better for knowing and this was reflected in the scores. Congratulations to the winners, well done!!  Please see the main page for full results of this competition.  I would like to thank Woodham for allowing us to host this competition and hope that we will be back soon.

 The 9 hole competition which was due to be played at Barnard Castle on 2nd October has sadly had to be cancelled as only 9 teams entered and it was not considered that this was going to be viable.  We plan to hold this competition again next year and hope for better support in order for it to go ahead. 

 I’d like to thank those of the members of the committee who helped to run these competitions and also all of our members who support the association by attending our events throughout the year. Thank you all very much and I hope you have had a very enjoyable golfing season.

 (And thank you Anne for all the hard work you have put in this year so that we can enjoy ourselves. Ed.)

Jean Wood Anne

Captain Anne




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.