Ladies Competitions & Winners
Senior Ladies March Competition - 18 March 2019
After what seems an eternity of gale force winds & heavy rain, a calm Tuesday presented itself with beautiful conditions for golf.
Our senior ladies gathered for their monthly get together, and whilst the course was in very good playing condition, they did have to negotiate the odd puddle after a very wet and windy weekend.
Charlotte was on good form to win the competition, with Janet Broomfield coming in second.
We all look forward to many more bright and sunny spring days in the weeks to come.
Our winner Charlotte
and runner-up Janet
St Andrews Foursomes - 5 March 2019
The Successful Pair
The winter woollies were back after the brief respite of early Spring weather a week ago. On a more typical March day with a glimpse of sun accompanied by a biting wind, we played this variation of the usual format by selecting who should play the second shot.
Scores were pretty low given it was the first 18 hole competition for a few months, however Judi and Sue managed to hold everything together to run out the clear winners this week. Well done to them!
1st - Judi Monico and Sue Cribb, 31 pts
2nd - Hilary Denny and Rosemary Harris 27 pts
3rd - Barbara Talboys and Lyn Allen 25 pts
Hilary Continues her Winning Start to the Year
26 February 2019
Hilary is certainly building up her winnings in 2019 having been placed in all competitions, except one this year. The final non qualifying 13 hole competition of the winter was held on a balmy sunny day with summer clothing dusted off for an outing. 25 ladies took part with the top 3 ladies recording good scores to take the spoils. Congratulations to this weeks winners.
Onwards to the 18 hole competitions which recommence next week, be ready for those handicap changes!
1st - Hilary Denny - 25 points
2nd - Janet Broomhall - 24 points
3rd - Anne Foulkes - 22 points
The Winning Ladies
Roll the Dice Fun Texas Scramble - 19 February 2019
The fun competitions continue in advance of the qualifying events which are only a few weeks away. This week, we found ourselves with a fine winter day which brought out 24 ladies in six teams who tried out this unusual form of scramble, which involves selecting the drive to take by the roll of a dice. It ultimately proved quite popular, with whole teams potentially cast into the boondocks or down into the sand if the auguries were against you, or in for a birdie, if you were lucky.
Well done the winning team who just sneaked in ahead of second place.
1st Margaret Seabrook, Sue Cribb, Noreen Tattam, Anne Foulkes, 49.1 nett (6.9)
2nd Dot Moroney, Sue Glover, Hilary Denny, Heather Houchin, 49.8 nett (9.2)
Hilary Starts Her Year as She Means To Go On! 5th February 2019
In the Ladies Greensome 13 Hole Competition yesterday, Ladies Captain Hilary and her partner Charlotte seemed determined to set the pace at the start of Hilary's big year.
Although there was a relatively small field, there were plenty of other competition winners out there so all to fight for. In the end though, victory came down to just one point on the 18th hole. The top three were as follows:
in 3rd with 20 points on Countback were Toni Miller & Barbara Talboys
runner's up with 20 were Sheila Fairey & Heather Houchin
but the winners on 21 points were Captain Hilary and her partner Charlotte Walsh
Well done to them - this clearly bodes well for Hilary's year.
Winner - Ladies Captain, Hilary Denny
Winner - Charlotte Walsh
13 Hole Stableford Updates 22 & 29 January 2019
Competitions have proved successful for a different group of ladies over these past 2 weeks. Winning scores have remained consistently in the low 20's with runners up often being determined on countback. If you can score 23 points, you could be in with a good chance of winning.
On the 22nd, Barbara Talboys won with the best score of the year so far - 24 points
She was followed by 5 ladies with 20 points, Charlotte Walsh took 2nd and Hilary Denny 3rd all on countback.
On the 29th, Margaret Seabrook claimed the top prize with 22 points, Anne Godden came 2nd with 21 and Noreen Tattam was 3rd on countback with 20 points.
Senior Ladies 9 Hole - 21 January 2019
The 2019 Salver competition set off on a chilly January morning with a brave cohort of 8 ladies, including Maureen who was welcomed back after a long break. The pond on the 15th was covered in ice, which did not stop one determined lady from trying to rescue her ball, only for it to find a hole to slip through! Thankfully nobody went in after it.
Well done to Sue Marsh for your winning score and being the current top of the leaderboard.
1st Sue Marsh - 16 points
2nd Hilary Denny - 13 points
3rd Sue Hancock - 11 points
Social time after
This Week's Winner
Ladies 13 Hole Stableford - 15 January 2019
A day of mixed fortunes both weatherwise and for our players' scores. The morning ladies had a dry and mild game, whereas the ladies teeing off at lunchtime found themselves dealing with spray rain for their first few holes.
In the end it brightened up, some went on to play the full 18 whilst others retired for coffee and a chat. The winners all came from the afternoon session this week, with Dot emerging victorious after quite a long wait.
1st - Dot Moroney, 23 points
2nd - Anne Foulkes, 22 points (cb)
3rd - Carol Farnworth, 22 points
Ladies First Competition of 2019
8 January 2019
Our first ladies competition dawned fabulously sunny with clear blue skies, you could be forgiven for thinking Spring is trying to peep around the corner in early January.
With the course dry, less muddy and the greens playing well 21 of us played the Stableford 13 hole competition with some continuing to 18 as it was such a mild day. Scores were close at the top of the leaderboard and the first spoils of the year went to Jane who pipped Hilary and Carol by a single point.
1st - Jane Anderson, 23 points
2nd - Hilary Denny, 22 points (cb)
3rd - Carol Farnworth, 22 points
Ladies Year End Christmas Competition & Dinner - 11 & 14 December 2018
Is it really nearly 2019? The ladies had a great day of golf with much laughter, wrapped up against the cold on one of those fabulous and bright sunny winter days. The course looked splendid shrouded in early morning mist, before clearing for a sunny afternoon when all the Christmas jumpers on display sparkled in the sunshine.
On Friday, we met for our annual festive Christmas Dinner. The tables were beautifully presented with decorated top hats as the centrepiece which were auctioned off at the end of the evening for the two Captains' charities.
Festive prizes were awarded to the top 5 from Tuesday's 13 hole competition, congratulations to our winners.
1st - Sue Hancock, 25 points
2nd - Sue Cribb, 24 points
3rd - Hilary Denny, 23 points
4th - Jane Anderson, 22 points (cb)
5th - Anne Foulkes, 22 points (cb)
Pics from the Golfing Day
Kimbolton Cup - 4 December 2018
This historical trophy match between the Lady Captain's and the Secretary's teams is played in Foursomes format over 13 holes.
It was the most beautiful sunny morning for us to play and setting off with the sun on our backs was a real treat. The individual matches were played in a jovial atmosphere with some close results.
Yet again Sheila's team clinched victory 4 matches to 3 and we all retired for a soup lunch in the clubhouse.
Trophy Return Waltz & Lunch - 27 November 2018
Dot, Jane & Chin Fern Waltz to Victory
It was grey, damp, a bit mizzly but not too cold as 28 of us set off for a fun waltz around a shortened 13 hole course due to inclement weather expected early in the afternoon. What a good decision that was given the torrential rain that arrived just as the final group got back to the Clubhouse.
Scores were good with the one 4 ball of Brenda, Mary, Paddy & Louise obviously scoring highest with 54 points. However as the competition is for teams of three the top 3 scores were much closer with Dot, Jane & Chin Fern taking the prize. Post game, we gathered for a soup lunch, kindly donated by Tim Bailey our Senior Men's Captain - Thank you!
1st - Dot Moroney, Jane Anderson & Chin Fern - 49 points
2nd - Maggie Olney, Heather Houchin & Hilary Denny - 47 points
3rd - Francis Godfrey, Noreen Tattum & Sheila McKenzie - 46 points
Senior Ladies 2018 Season Finishes On High - Nov 18
The Senior Ladies crowned their most successful season for many years with a decisive win in their final match of the season against St Neots. The team has only lost one of their matches this year - a very impressive performance, which bodes well for 2019.
The Section is going from strength to strength having seen a thirty-percent increase in membership this year and the introduction of two new trophies.
We look forward to starting the new year on a positive footing.
A Qualified Success for Hilary - Nov 13th
The final Ladies qualifying round of the season was played on a beautiful sunny November morning with balmy, breezy autumn conditions.
With another good turn-out, competition was bound to be fierce, but the scores reflected the changing nature of the course and good scores were hard to come by. In the end, our own Ladies Vice-Captain won the money with 31 points, closely followed by Helen Nellis and Linda Lewington.
The Tyley Cup - 30 October 2018
You can tell the season is drawing to a conclusion when it is time for the much loved Tyley Cup match between the Treasurer & Handicap Secretary. It was a very cold Tuesday morning making those long hot days of summer seem a very distant memory but with the promise of Debbie's lovely home made soup for lunch, 6 four-balls set off into the gloom of a Bedfordshire Autumn day.
What a close group of Foursomes we all enjoyed, with it going down to the wire of the final group before we could all warm up with a delicious lunch of tomato and basil soup before the result was announced.
The Handicap Secretary's Team won by 4 matches to 2 and Treasurer, Sam presented the trophy to Handicap Secretary, Jane. The winning team can be seen celebrating their win below.
Sam and Jane say a big Thank You to all who turned up to play and to make this a lovely , friendly day again.
Senior Ladies Rose Bowl - 17 October 2018
Hilary Triumphs to take the Rose Bowl Home
The senior ladies sections season drew to a close with the Rose Bowl competition. In order to qualify and thus compete for this beautiful trophy, you must have played a minimum of two senior competitions throughout the season.
It was a still Autumn day, misty at first but with the sun managing to make an appearance before the end of the round. Balls were not travelling as far in the heavy air which made for lower scores than we have seen this summer, our more normal conditions have returned.
Post match the ladies had a lovely lunch before the trophy was awarded to the 2018 winner.
1st - Hilary Denny, 34 points
2nd - Carol Farnworth, 25 points (cb)
3rd - Leila Bradley, 25 points
The Winning Trio
Lovely Autumn Colours
Doff Gillett & England Golf Medal - 13 & 16 October 2018
Charlotte earns another cut!
Summer conditions seem to have disappeared very quickly given the rain we have seen since Saturday resulting in slower running balls and less distance covered. For the first time in months we had a ' reduction only' competition on both days.
Saturday was rained off part way through and today the scores where high with the exception of our winner who recorded a 2 shot under CSS score earning herself a handicap cut for the second week on the trot.
1st - Charlotte Walsh, Nett 73
2nd - Jane Anderson, Nett 76 (cb)
3rd - Margaret Seabrook, Nett 76
Ladies Presidents Putter - 9 October 2018
What a fabulous Autumn day for the Ladies Presidents Putter with a field of 36 ladies taking part. The warmth of the sun on our backs, a dry course and the prospect of a lovely afternoon tea made for a splendid afternoon.
Roger Willis and his wife, Jane joined us for afternoon tea in the clubhouse post competition and presented some lovely floral planters to the winners.
Scores were very high indeed for our winner who earned a significant handicap cut, and a number of other ladies also saw cuts too. A fine day for many as our competition season draws to a close. Many thanks to Roger for the lovely floral prizes.
1st - Jane Anderson, 39 points
2nd - Charlotte Walsh, 34 points
3rd - Linda Lewington, 33 points
Grannies Day Out - 29 September & 2 October 2018
There is always a good field for this popular event which is played towards the end of the season. All ladies may enter but only a Grannie can take the trophy home.
The course looked resplendent with its Autumnal hues and scores were tight with the trophy winner being victorious on countback. How often has that happened this season, that back 9 is very important!
1st - Charlotte Walsh, 35 points (cb)
2nd - Judi Monico, 35 points
3rd - Sam Turnbull, 34 points
Charity Cup, EG Medal & Joan Baxter Trophy - 15 & 18 September 2018
What a change in weather fortunes between Saturday and Tuesday. Saturday was warm, Tuesday - gale force winds making the going very tough. 25 ladies turned out between the 2 days to play in these trophies rearranged from earlier in the season.
The Charity Cup entry fees are donated to the Lady Captains Charity. The Joan Baxter Trophy is played by the ladies who won or were runners up in England Golf medals over the previous rolling 12 months. It is therefore possible to have 2 trophy winners as we did this week. This year, this was the outcome.
Charity Cup and England Golf Medal
1st Linda Lewington, Nett 73
2nd - Sue Cribb, Nett 74 (cb)
3rd - Lyn Allen, Nett 74
Joan Baxter Trophy Winner
Barbara Talboys, Nett 75
Saturday Trophy - 1 September 2018
Sue Snatches the Trophy on the Back 9
You know Autumn is coming when we get round to the only Saturday competition of the year. What a glorious sunny morning, slight chill in the air to start, but soon the jumpers were off as the mercury rose to the mid 20's again.
New ladies joined us for their first competition, others returned after a long absence but 2 ladies battled it out in a repeat of Tuesday afternoon. This time, Sue Cribb emerged victorious to claim this lovely trophy.
All players stayed for lunch in the club house - what a great mornings' golf we had.
1st - Sue Cribb, 36 points (cb)
2nd - Jane Anderson, 36 points
3rd - Carol Farnworth, 35 points
Marie Curie Trophy - 28 August 2018
Jane Clinches Victory
A large field of ladies participated for this popular trophy competition, where £1 of each entry fee is donated to the Marie Curie Charity.
It was lovely to play on a calmer day, with the course looking much greener than in recent weeks. The ball didn't run as far which made for some tight scores with 4 ladies coming in on 34 points. Countback was the order of the day - the Back 9 being the deciding factor this week for so many of us.
1st - Jane Anderson, 34 points (cb)
2nd - Grace Belcher, 34 points (cb)
3rd - Sue Cribb, 34 points
Daily Mail Foursomes - 21 August 2018
Heather & Dot Birdie & Par their Way to Success
We are getting used to the sun being out for our weekly competition and the resulting scores the dry conditions are helping to deliver. 24 ladies in 12 pairs played for the chance to progress to the regional finals of this UK national competition. Foursomes medal play is not the easiest of formats but one pair came in with an excellent score following a birdie on the 12th and 4 pars giving themselves a good chance of qualifying.
1st - Dot Moroney & Heather Houchin - Nett 69.5
2nd - Judi Monico & Grace Belcher - Nett 71.5
3rd - Noreen Tattam & Helen Nellis - Nett 72.5
Ford Trophy - 31 July 2018
The fabulous weather continues to bring out the best in peoples games with another week of high scoring golf. Ladies are out of the running with scores of 35, a number that would be an outright winner earlier in the year. Almost half the field secured scores in excess of 30 points.
This week we had 3 ladies with 38 points who all achieved significant handicap cuts - Congratulations to them.
1st place & Trophy Winner - Mandy Mayes, 38 points (cb)
2nd - Toni Miller, 38 points (cb)
3rd - Wendy White, 38 points
A Summer Scorcher for 2018 Ladies Members Day
What a summer scorcher for this annual event to celebrate our Ladies section. The heat and humidity meant the 18 hole medal Shelagh Hughes Trophy was changed to a 9 hole qualifier to accompany the 13 hole fun Greensomes event in the afternoon. The 9 hole qualifier format certainly doesn't allow any margin for error as you run out of holes before you can rectify any disasters.
Some great scores fielded by our ladies and Sue Bailey claimed victory again and took the Trophy.
Post golf we all enjoyed a hot roast dinner on what was the hottest day of the year so far.
Shelagh Hughes Trophy Winner for best nett score - Sue Bailey, Nett 32
Results - Silver Division Results - Bronze Division
1st - Dot Moroney, Nett 36 1st - Sue Bailey, Nett 32 (cb)
2nd - Sam Turnbull, Nett 37 2nd - Edna Turner, Nett 32
Nearest the Line on the 12th - Judi Monico
Nearest the Pin on the 6th - Edna Turner
Greensomes 13 Hole Fun Competition
1st - Sue Cribb & Sam Turnbull
2nd - Sue Marsh & Brenda Beard
3rd - Judi Monico & Chin Fern Griffiths
Sue with her Trophy
Time for Dinner
The Kathleen Cook Trophy & England Golf Medal
Well what can we say about this competition?
The scores were outstanding and I should think those ladies coming in with with a Nett 70 and Nett 71thought they would be in with a chance. But no, in the desert dry conditions 3 ladies fielded magnificent scores of Nett 66, 67 and 68 earning themselves a good handicap cut.
1st - Wendy White, Nett 66
2nd - Edna Turner, Nett 67
3rd - Sam Turnbull, Nett 68
Top 3, Wendy, Edna and Sam
Elspeth Plumb, Veterans 9 Hole Trophy - 20th July 2018
The Mediterranean sunshine continues to shine on our well baked course. The ball rolls further than we expect and results in some fantastic scores for many of our ladies.
Pictured alongside our Seniors Captain Hilary Denny, is the trophy winner Sue Hancock receiving her prize.
Post competition the ladies met for tea and cakes.
1st - Sue Hancock, 23 points
2nd - Maureen Dawson, 21 points
3rd - Mary Mills, 21 points
Super Scores for the Pauline Sampson Trophy
Another baking hot day started the Festival Weekend off with the Ladies Pauline Sampson Trophy. With the course running well in these continuing Mediterranean conditions, some fabulously high scores were recorded amongst the ladies, resulting in some significant handicap cuts.
1st, Brenda Beard - 40 points
2nd, Mandy Mayes - 39 points
3rd, Barbara Talboys - 36 points
Beale Bowl Boost For Rosemary
A great win this week for Rosemary Harris in the Beale Bowl. With a good turnout and high scores all round on a blissfully cool day, the top performers were as follows:
1st Rosemary Harris
2nd Paddy Richardson
3rd Linda Lewington
4th Joan White
Texas Scramble - 3 July 2018
A break from qualifiers led to 33 ladies in teams of 3 playing this enjoyable format on yet another gorgeous sunny day. Summer 2018 continues to deliver on the sunshine front.
Choosing which ball to play and ensuring everyone played the appropriate number of drives kept us all on our toes.
1st - Sam Turnbull, Sue Cribb & Jane Anderson
2nd - Paula Parker, Susan Coxon and Brenda Beard
The Midsummer Trophy - 19 June 2018
On a glorious summers day, 13 pairs of ladies played for this popular and aptly named trophy. Some good scores were recorded resulting in the Lady Captain winning on her birthday with Brenda Beard.
1st - Judi Monico & Brenda Beard, 41 points
2nd- Sue Marsh & Margaret Seabrook, 39 points (cb)
3rd - Barbara Talboys & Sue Bailey, 39 points
Judi & Brenda can be seen celebrating their win.
Ladies Jubilee Flag Trophy
A very dreary & wet start for the morning ladies, resulted in some people wishing they had stayed at home. However later in the day it brightened up so the afternoon ladies had a drier and sunnier round. Ladies were chasing the 'Flag' and trying to get to the furthest point on the round with their individual SSS of 72 plus their handicap. Mandy Mayes played a magnificent round reaching the 19th hole to secure the trophy for herself.
1st Mandy Mayes
2nd Susan Coxon
2018 Ladies Championship
On World Ladies Golf Day, Bedfordshire Ladies gathered for their annual Championship event. Club Captain, Jim Godfrey accompanied by Keith Turner acted as starters to see off the individuals competing to be Club Champion, best gross score and Savill Salvers, best nett score both played over 36 holes.
In the afternoon more ladies joined to compete for the Millennium Trophy, best nett score over 18 holes which also includes the 1st round of the Club Championship played in the morning.
In the evening, we gathered for a carvery dinner, prize giving, speeches and to congratulate Sally on her 14th win of this lovely trophy.
All the results
Club Champion (Best Gross over 36 Holes)
Winner, Sally Shayler – 147 Gross
Runner Up, Margaret Seabrook – 163 Gross
Savill Salver (Best Nett over 36 Holes)
Silver Division Winner, Margaret Seabrook – 149 Nett
Runner Up, Chin Fern Griffiths – 153 Nett
Winner, Jane Anderson – 146 Nett
Runner Up, Sheila Fairey – 155 Nett
Millennium Trophy (Best Nett over 18 Holes – excluding 1st place winners above)
Winner, Chin Fern Griffiths – 73 Nett
Runner Up, Sue Bailey – 75 Nett
Congratulations to all the winners who are pictured with their trophies.
Veterans Spring Trophy - 30 May 2018
A gloomy and wet morning slowed conditions considerably and reduced the field of participants. Nevertheless a small group of dedicated senior ladies turned out to compete in the inaugural competition for this pretty trophy played over 13 holes.
1st place, Heather Houchin - 22 points
2nd place, Trish Hind - 15 points
Ladies Ping 4BBB - 29 May 2018
Some tight scores this week for this national competition with the top two teams potentially moving forward to the next round. 39 was the winning score, with 4 pairs tied on 37 points. Torrential rain caught out the last few groups coming home but this did not impede the final group of four who 'swum' in as the two winning pairs.
Congratulations to Paula Parker & Susan Coxon with 39 points and winning for the 2nd year in succession and Janet Broomhall & Mandy Mayes coming in 2nd on countback with 37 points.
MacMillan Trophy - 22 May 2018
The largest field of ladies in 2018 met to play for the MacMillan Trophy which had been rescheduled following the poor weather in April. All competition entry fees are donated to the MacMillan charity.
1st place - Frances Godfrey, 34 points
2nd place - Chin Fern Griffiths, 32 points c/b
3rd place - Louise Wells, 32 points
Adams Trophies & Dinner
On a fabulously sunny day, with the course in magnificent condition the annual Adams Day Trophies were competed for. Three trophies were available, Adams Trophy for Division 1 & Adams Cup for Division 2 played over 18 holes. The Adams Salver was played over 9 holes by the senior ladies.
1st Sally Shayler - Nett 75
2nd Toni Miller - Nett 77
1st Helen Nellis - Nett 70
2nd Jane Anderson - Nett 74
1st Edna Turner
In the evening the ladies gathered for the annual dinner and a talk by Joe Nellis about the background to the evolution of the school in Ghana that is Ladies Captain Judi's charity this year.
Enjoying the Adams Dinner
Sue Claims her Second Win of the Season
Sue Bailey claimed her second win of the season advancing to the next round of the Senior 2000 competition. The competition was played over 2 days and she was the clear winner of the England Golf Medal with a Nett 73. Close behind were Louise Wells on countback (74) and Dot Moroney (74).
Hilary Hops to her First Win of the Season
At last a Tuesday dawned dry and sunny, if a bit breezier than some would have liked. 26 ladies turned out for only our second qualifier of the season, the Bunnie Smith Trophy. Hilary ran out the winner, closely followed by Jane and Margaret.
1st place - Hilary Denny, 32 points
2nd place - Jane Anderson, 30 points
3rd place - Margaret Seabrook, 28 points
Congratulations to Hilary on her first win of the season.
Sue Claims First Trophy Competition of the 2018 Season
After the wettest start to the season that anybody can remember, our first qualifier of the year was played on the 24th and 27th March in the form of the Nesta Ednie Stableford.
The field was smaller than usual for a qualifier as code red had returned but Sue Bailey ran out the winner with 26 points.
Well done to all ladies who played in such difficult conditions.
1st Sue Bailey - 26 Points (cb)
2nd Hilary Denny - 26 Points
3rd Lyn Allen - 25 Points
Winner, Sue Bailey
Margaret Marches to 4 Club Victory
In the ladies 'Three Clubs and a Putter' Competition over 13 holes last week, some excellent golf was played in cold and breezy conditions. Good scoring was, of course, harder to achieve with just three clubs for all the shots from tee to green, but some managed the challenge better than others. With all the results in, the best scores were as follows:
in 3rd place with 17 points was Anne Foulkes
in 2nd with 19 points was one of our Past Ladies Captain's, Helen Nellis
but the overall winner with 21 points was another Past Ladies Captain, Margaret Seabrook
Congratulations to Margaret and well done to the others who came so close.
Some hot refreshment was enjoyed by all afterwards at the 19th hole as everyone warmed up again.