Durham County Veteran Ladies' Golf Association

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