Durham County Veteran Ladies' Golf Association

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Hello Everyone,

The season has got underway and I don’t know where the year is going to, it’s flying by in such a whirl!

The Silver Spring Meeting went ahead at Blackwell Grange Golf Club in Darlington and started off with the medal round on Monday 6th May.  It was a cold rainy day and all of our ladies did us proud with some very good scores.  On Wednesday 8th May the first and second round knock-outs took place and my goodness, the weather really tested the players. It rained all day and greens staff had to be on standby to squeegee greens as water gathered on a number of them. Undaunted, our valiant players continued to give us a fantastic display of skill and determination and I was completely in awe of the high level of play that I saw.  Finals day came on Friday 10th May and I’m pleased to say that the weather improved.  Once again, we were treated to a fine demonstration of the game at its best.  In the end Ruth Lindley triumphed in a keenly fought final match beating Claire Miller on the 17th hole. Full details of all prize winners can be found by clicking here. Thank you to everyone who helped to organise and run this competition.  It all ran smoothly and in spite of the weather it was an enjoyable three days. Congratulations to all of our prize-winners and thank you to all of our competitors for taking part.

June is a busy month as we have the Cheshire Richardson Trophy match on the 7th followed by the popular Bronze Championship at Wearside on 13th.  We then play the Lancashire Richardson Trophy match on the 17th at Blackwell Grange.  I would ask that as many of our members as possible please come along (and bring friends) and support our players in their matches as this would get our competition season off to a really positive start.

Hope to see you all soon on a fairway somewhere in Durham!

Anne

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AMERICAN SCRAMBLE 

I’ve been really looking forward to getting the golfing season started and what better way to get things going than with the ever-popular American Scramble?

Whitburn Golf Club was a new venue for this competition but the club made us very welcome and their staff could not have been more helpful or accommodating.  They served us teas, coffees, scones and I saw lots of very tasty looking food being carried out of the kitchen too.  The course was very enjoyable and presented a challenge for our players. The weather was cold but we were so lucky that the previous day’s mist and rain did not make an appearance so we all stayed dry.

It was a very big field and in the end our winners romped home with a superb net score of 64.5. Very well done to them and thank you to everyone who attended.  I noticed that amongst the players in teams that won prizes a lot of them had attended the Vet’s coaching events that had been held over the past couple of months. Is that a coincidence? Or does it confirm that the more you practice the luckier you get? I’ll let you decide………..

With every competition we seem to learn more.  It was clear from some of the feedback I received that in future we need to have bigger intervals between tee times for this event.  There were times when there were a couple of teams waiting to play on a tee. That will change for next year because it is important that everyone enjoys their games and nobody likes waiting around to play.  I would also ask that players keep in mind their own pace of play. A few groups did fall behind due to slow play and this is very frustrating for other competitors.  Please please keep up with the game in front of you and if you are unable to do that then call the game behind you through. This will ensure that there are no big gaps in the field and everyone keeps moving.  

Thank you to everyone who helped to run the competition. Your help, enthusiasm and dedication is very much appreciated.

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Captain Anne Blogging 

I hope you have all been making the most of this mild weather and have been playing lots of golf. Even though it has been a bit nippy, it’s still been quite glorious outside and in the main it’s also been quite dry.  Time to get clubs regripped, tidy out the golf bag and buy a new glove for the start of the season, maybe even have the old swing checked over by the Pro.  I’m really looking forward to the season and I hope that we can enjoy some of that lovely warm weather we had last year.

We have had to change the venue for the American Texas Scramble and this will now be held at Whitburn on Monday 8thApril.  I know that Hartlepool has traditionally been where this competition has been held but I hope that Whitburn will also prove to be a popular venue and that we enjoy the same support and enthusiasm that this competition has always had. A great big “THANK YOU” to Whitburn for accommodating us.

The Tyneside Skills Challenge (for potential Silver team players) that was due to be held on 3rdFebruary, unfortunately had to be cancelled due to snow.  However, this was rearranged and held on Sunday 24thFebruary.  Well, the saying is that every cloud has a sliver lining and this certainly proved to be the case here.  Instead of a cold, frosty, damp day we ended up playing in glorious sunshine on a bright clear day (once the early morning fog had burnt off!)  Players from all areas of the County arrived and practiced putting, chipping, bunkers and pitching. We then played the par 3 course then retired to the club house for coffee.  Gary Vickers the Tyneside Pro was fantastic and arranged the day for us with lots of variety and his enthusiasm and help was greatly appreciated by everyone who attended. Thank you very much Gary.  Our President Gill Birkby took lots of photographs and you can see these by clicking HERE.  I’d also like to thank Tyneside Golf Club for their welcome and hospitality.  They have a fantastic six-hole par three course there which is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Our next event is the “Duncan McCarthy Mind Matters” session which will be held at Durham City Golf Club on 4thMarch. This has proved to be very popular and is fully booked. I’m looking at this as a golf lesson for the mind and I’m looking forward to hearing what Duncan has to say.

The Pro led coaching sessions at Cocken Lodge  (22ndand 25thMarch) and Blackwell Grange (11thMarch) have also proved to be popular with the Blackwell session fully booked and the two Cocken Lodge sessions almost fully booked.  It is really great that our members are supporting these events and that many of us are still looking to improve our golf games and trying to make an impact on our handicaps. Long may it last!

Hope to see many of you at Whitburn for the first competition of the season.

Captain Anne

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Hello Everyone,

Even though we’ve not been playing our competitions your committee have been busy behind the scenes organising various events for members to help get us all ready for the start of the season.

On 24th February we held the “Mind Matters” session with Professional Performance Coach Duncan McCarthy.  This event was held at Durham City Golf Club and was attended by over 60 of our members. Duncan shared his advice and tips for dealing with negativity and promoting positivity and self-belief.  The audience had the opportunity to ask questions and benefit from Duncan’s experience of working both with professional and amateur sports people.  I received lots of very positive feedback from this session which was well received by players of all standards.  Thank you to Duncan and to Durham City Golf Club for their hospitality.

On 11th March we held a group coaching session at Blackwell Grange Golf Club in Darlington. This was very well supported and I’m pleased to report that this year (unlike last year) the sun was shining and it was a lovely bright day.  The Club Pro Peter Raine arranged chipping and pitching stations then a session on the driving range with longer clubs. This was topped off with a light-hearted friendly 9 hole Texas scramble which everyone seemed to enjoy very much. Photographs from the day can be seen by clicking this link.  Thank you to everyone who supported this event. It was a great social get together as well as an opportunity for a bit of practice and I saw lots of very happy faces and could hear laughter and cheers ringing around the course. Great!

 We  have held our second and third coaching events at Cocken Lodge.  The days were very popular and enjoyable and on the third event the sun shone, which was great.   We have learned new skills and we hope to put these to good use as the season gets going. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ALL COACHING PHOTOS

 

Have fun, keep practising and let’s have a great golfing year

Captain Anne