2015 NEWS

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5th February, 7 - 8 pm, at Brickhampton Court GC

8th February, 9.30 - 11 am, at Thornbury GC

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Texas Scramble held at Sherdons 21st September 2014

From Lorna Sparkes GLCGA Partnership Representative

The end of season 9 hole Texas Scramble was held at Sherdons Golf Centre, on a glorious Sunday afternoon.

Four teams of three were sent out, with one of these now quite experienced beginners taking on the role of team leader, being responsible for marking the card with their gross score, and making the decisions as to which ball to use.

An added requirement for this event was to use three tee shots from each player. This made for some interesting debates as the players calculated which ball was in the best position into the green, and which ball was sitting better!!

Some very impressive drives were witnessed and a few shouts of “ yes” were heard as the putts dropped in from distance; it was great to see the ladies really having fun and being very complimentary to their playing partners.

A delicious cream tea awaited the ladies on their return to the club house.

For Gail and myself, it is rewarding to see how some of these ladies have progressed during the past two years with several joining clubs and acquiring handicaps. One lady is now down to 31 …. how good is that?!

Winners:- Jean Bailey,Amanda Procter & Sue Moore - gross 42

Runners up:- Julia Jamieson- Black, Julia Coward & Jane Barton - gross 44






Partnership Challenge Vase - Canons Court, Gloucestershire

From Ladies’ Representatives Gail Howells and Lorna Sparkes

A slightly larger entry than last year saw 15 ladies play a Medal competition over 18 holes in glorious weather in a superb setting. Canons Court golf course must have some of the best views in the Cotswolds with the tip of North Nibley monument just peeping over the top of the trees.

The course presented many challenges for our ladies with handicaps of 30 or above -- hedges, ditches and long grass to mention just a few. However they stuck to the task and many improved their performance on the second nine. It was great to see everyone giving encouragement and praise to their playing partners throughout the day.

We made the presentation while the ladies tucked into a well deserved two course meal and coffee and, in the true tradition of seasoned golfers there were lots of discussions over missed opportunities and if only...

Many ladies exchanged details to keep in touch and hopefully arrange to play together again in the near future. This is one of the aims of the ‘beginner’ events organised by the Gloucestershire Golf Partnership.

Our congratulations go to Lita Heyward, winner of the Partnership Challenge Vase 2014 with a gross score of 107

Runner up was Jean Bailey with a score of  110.
1st Nett:  Alison Garside 111/78
2nd Nett:  Helen Heat 113/80

1st Stableford:  Debbie Pearson 27pts
2nd Stableford:  Jenny Homer 24 pts on count back 9 holes.
3rd Stableford:  Delia Rees 24 pts 

We would like to thank Sam and everyone at Canons Court Golf Club for their hospitality and the use of the facilities.

Our next event for beginners of all levels will be on Sunday 21st September at Sherdons Golf Club. More details will be posted on the website shortly.

Happy golfing ladies!


Lorna Sparkes Presenting the Prizes
        The Gross Winners
          The Nett Winners         The Stableford Winners      




Coaching at The Windmill Golf Academy with Emma Brown

From Partnership Representative Gail Howells

Fourteen ladies joined Emma Brown at the Windmill Academy on Thursday 22ndMay for a two hour session of coaching. It was pleasing to see newcomers as well as some ladies who have been to other events organised by the Partnership.

Emma started by doing some team games to get the ladies warmed up and ready for action. Putting was the focus for the first part of the session with ladies working in pairs playing a speed game to hit a target, demonstrating that, without any training, everyone could hit the target. How quickly they got the idea!

Next Emma pointed out a few of the basic skills of putting and the ladies quickly improved.  She reminded them that that we can practise putting just about anywhere without fancy equipment – very important!

The lesson then moved on to chipping and longer shots with all the ladies quickly showing how they could improve their swing and aim.

A great session! Many thanks to Emma who always makes the coaching so enjoyable. Many of the ladies have certainly ‘got the bug’ and hopefully will be out on the golf courses playing this summer.






WI Ladies On Course

From Partnership Representative Lorna Sparkes

From driving range to golf on course in four lessons! That is what 15 W I Ladies have achieved.

The ladies had four lessons earlier in the year at local golf clubs and on 29th May they took part in a nine hole Texas Scramble at Sherdons Golf Club, playing in threes with an experienced player as their guide around the course.

They all enjoyed putting into practice what they had learned on the range and, even on a very damp day, everyone came anyway saying:- “ That was fantastic! When can we do it again?”

To round off the morning lunch of lasagne, salad and chips went down very well!

As always, a big thank you to Sherdons for the use of the course.

The winning team:-

1st: Joanne Ottley, Pat Watts & Pam Howells - 46 gross won on countback from

2nd: Janet Stenton – Kathy Quant – Hilary Haden = 46 gross (Denise)


Winners L-R Joanne, Pat, Partnership Representative, Lorna Sparkes, Pam & Sherdons owner/manager Richard Chatham




Report from Lorna Sparkes, CGP Representative

4th April

Eleven ladies entered our Spring Texas Scramble  held at Star Golf, Ullenwood, on one of the nicest Spring morning this year.

Four teams of three set off on a shot gun start.

Several of the ladies had been on this event previously, and it was great to witness some good improvements not only in their swings, chipping and putting, after the lessons from last year, but also in their Etiquette -- trolleys being pulled around to the back of the green and clubs being got ready while others were on the tee. Great to see Ladies!

As usual a great morning was enjoyed by all and finished off beautifully with our usual Lasagne, chips and salad at Cotswold Hills Golf Club, where we were welcomed by Ella Huggins, the Lady Captain, and very honoured that Brian Griffiths, the Club President, also joined us.





Report from Gail Howells, CGP Ladies' Representative

We were delighted to have been invited to hold one of our events at Bristol & Clifton Golf Club and on Thursday 6th March 15 ladies from around the County braved the elements and played a nine hole Bowmaker competition. We had five teams of four players, three beginner ladies and a more experienced helper in each team. We counted three scores on the par 4 and 5 holes and all four scores on the par 3 holes.

It was a very cold but dry start to the competition, but unfortunately the weather closed in and all the teams had to finish in the rain. But spirits were certainly not dampened and Lorna and I were greeted with smiling faces as the ladies finished on the ninth hole – amazing!

Special thanks to the volunteers who helped on the day. The beginner ladies appreciated guidance on some of the rules and etiquette of the game as well as tips on how to play certain shots. The course was challenging for some but everyone said how much they had enjoyed the opportunity to play on a longer course.

After a delicious warm meal we awarded prizes to the first 3 teams

1st Lita Hayward, Sandra Tyrell, Ann Dawson and Alison Leatt - 55pts

2nd Jean Bailey, Caroline Williams, Liz Reid and Liz Hale - 44pts

3rd Barbara Hart, Leslie Gallant, Gaye Davis and Jane Watts - 34pts

Thanks to the Bristol & Clifton Golf Club for offering us the use of their facilities and to Liz Hale, the Bristol and Clifton Ladies’ Captain, for helping to arrange the event.

We would like to thank everyone who attended on the day and Lorna and I look forward to seeing you at some of our events this summer.


Damp .... But Undaunted!






From Lorna Sparkes, CGP Ladies’ Representative:

Our 2014 programme  started with two Rules & Etiquette Roadshows held at Shirehampton Park and Brickhampton Court Golf Clubs. Many thanks to both venues for their hospitality.

It was fantastic to see so many attend these roadshows!  Some 130 in all – club ladies and several from our beginners’ section were joined by youngsters from Gloucestershire Girls’ Golf, the County Academy, the boys’ under 14s , plus some interested mums and dads! All enjoyed Sue Rawles excellent presentation of the rules of golf. Sue, a member of the Championship Panel of England Golf and an active Referee for many years, makes the whole thing immense fun as well as being informative!

As always “Many thanks Sue!”






Beginners Enjoy the Bowmaker at Thornbury GC

19th September 2013

Twenty three ladies enjoyed a Beginners’ Bowmaker at Thornbury GC on Thursday 19th September  -- including six who had had such a good time at the recent WI Taster Day that they just wanted more!

The forecast for the day was very gloomy. However more than half of the game was played in the dry and the rain, when it arrived, did not dampen spirits one little bit! 

All players were given a handicap depending on experience and played in teams of four -- with two scores to count on the first hole, three on the second, four on the third and so on. This gave everyone the chance to contribute to the score.

The format also gave the ladies who were marking the cards quite a challenge and the Partnership organisers, Gail Howells and Lorna Sparkes, had their work cut out doing the final totals!  But it was all good fun. 

It was hard to believe that some of the ladies had only been playing for a short time -- the standard of golf was very good with lots of pars and a couple of birdies and not too many lost balls!

A presentation to the teams with the three best scores was followed by a hot lunch.

The event has encouraged some of the  ladies to sign up for further coaching sessions in October and one is planning to join the Par 3 club at Thornbury.

A very successful day!

A special thanks to all the helpers who joined in and gave great encouragement to their teams, and many thanks to Thornbury Golf Centre for hosting the event.

For further information about the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership events keep an eye on this website or contact Lorna at Gail at


The Thornbury Bowmaker -- A Day of Fun!



The WI Takes to Golf!

From CDO Debbie Casling

Right from the start the Avon Federation Ladies’ WI groups have relished  their introduction to golf. Around 100 enjoyed the coaching earlier in the year, with some taking up further lessons and even involving their husbands !  

Two Away Days were arranged for them because of the size of the area - the first at Thornbury where 18 took on the par 3 course playing a 'drop out' Texas Scramble with a 'Professional' player -- the term used by them for their experienced lady helpers!.  Hoots of laughter and squeals of delight when drives went into the distance and putts were successful.  All this excitement was followed by a ‘light lunch’ -- a massive piece of lasagne, garlic bread and salad !!  Winners of the day were Von Kettle (The Orchard), and WI Members Pam Pass, Linda Muller and Elizabeth Arney with 31 .

The second of the two days was held at Mendip Spring Golf Club and the ladies’ section members were on hand to give guidance and advice to the players there.  This slightly longer course than Thornbury did not deter the players at all!  After the first shaky shots the confidence grew and grew -- and they were off.  Again a superb lunch followed with prize presentation and the winning team for the day was Dee (Mendip Spring) and her WI Ladies Pat Gould, Jen Hodges and Wendy Preedy with 47 .

On both days the enthusiasm was brilliant and many were the telephone numbers exchanged around the tables at lunch! 

I would like to thank all the 'Professional' Ladies for giving up their time to come along and help the new golfers. And of course many thanks to Thornbury Golf Club and Mendip Spring Golf Club for their welcome and helping to make both days such a success.



              The Thornbury Winners               The Mendip Winners
                 Players at Thornbury                 Players at Mendip Spring


Painswick GC -- Beginners' Day

Monday 22nd July from Lorna Sparkes 

On another exceedingly hot morning,  15 high handicap ladies plus nine volunteers helpers  joined forces to form 12 pairs to play a nine hole Greensome   (stableford) competition on the sun scorched course on Painswick Beacon.

For  many this was a new format of play, and the score card  was given to the newer golfer so that, with a little help, she could learn the intricacies of stableford scoring. A few basic rules of go9lf are also explained ….. although for some it was all just a bit confusing! - ”Why do I have to count it if I didn’t hit it” one lady asked.   

The challenge of Painswick was enjoyed—the views of the Cotswolds  with wild flowers in full bloom  and  beautiful butterflies aplenty more than compensated for golfing problems!

However, we did have one outstanding winner and several other scores were very impressive.

Thanks must go to Painswick Golf Club for their very generous reduced green fees for the beginner ladies and courtesy for the helpers,  enabling us to spend a little more on prizes!

The Club Secretary, Ann Smith, gave each high handicap lady a 2 for 1 voucher to encourage them to come back and play Painswick in the Autumn when the course plays a little easier.  Honest!


1st         Ann Smith and Jane Roche                    21 pts

2nd        Sarah Taylor and Meg James                  15 pts

3rd         Kate Dymoke and Julia Jamieson- Black            14 pts

4th         Helen Thompson and Caroline Williams 13 pts


Putting on the 18th



Sherdons Golf Centre

 Report from Lorna Sparkes

The latest initiative is The Ladies’ Challenge Bowl played this year at Sherdon’s Golf Centre on 11th July.  It is planned to make this an annual event, played at different venues.

Twelve ladies played 18 holes and three played nine holes, medal play, on a glorious summer day.

For some of the players this was their first attempt at a serious competition, and many were very nervous as they approached the first tee, with one competitor saying ‘she was so nervous she couldn’t eat any breakfast’.

They set off in 4 x 3 balls and kept up a good pace around the course. There were some really excellent shots  …. plus  several visits to the bunkers and the ditches! But all kept going and we even had a couple of birdies on the par 3 holes.

Our 9 hole ladies joined in with the first 9 holes and were just so delighted to have been invited.

Many thanks to Richard Chatham, owner of Sherdons  Golf Centre,  for allowing us the use of the course and for presenting the prizes, and also a big thank you  to  his staff , especially Sara who looked after the catering and laid on a lovely spread.


Winner of the Ladies Challenge Bowl                    Gross 99 – Helen Heat

Winner of the Stableford Prize                               39 points on count back – Jean Bailey

Winner of front 9 – Sheila Smith- Justice               Winner of back 9 – Jan Igglesden

Nearest pin – Sandie Tyrell                                    Longest Drive - Helen Heat

Putting competition                                             16 putts on 9 holes – Jean Bailey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Stop Press: This message was received from the winner, Helen Heat.:“I have to say a huge thank you to you for yesterday. Having battled nerves in the morning, I really enjoyed the day and was seriously amazed to have won, very proud of myself and it has given me confidence to keep going. Thank you so much for organising and doing these events as I can't be the only one to appreciate the opportunity it gives people to get into the game better.”

Now that really makes all the organisation and effort really worthwhile!


 Trophy Winner Helen Heat with Richard Chatham    Stableford Winner Jean Bailey    In the pink! Players Sue Gallagher, Val Menzies & Shirley Hambling


Broadway Golf Club

Last year Broadway hosted taster sessions with the club pro Martyn Freeman for WI ladies – a joint venture by the County Golf Partnership and the Women’s Institute.

Several of the ladies caught the 'golf bug'  last year and continued to play throughout the winter on local pay and play courses.  So Martyn arranged a set of four lessons in April and the group returned as ‘improvers’.

Ladies' Captain Sonia Ward and Vice Captain Ann Fairbairn invited them for coffee and cakes and a chat about the game.  Since then Martyn's classes have continued and it is now intended, with the assistance of some of the Broadway ladies, to run a 9 hole Scramble event for the improvers in September. 


The Orchard GC /County Partnership Day   

Tuesday 18th June 2013

From Alexis Hill, The Orchard County Delegate

Sixteen visiting Ladies and eight Orchard GC Ladies enjoyed a Bowmaker competition at The Orchard GC today. There were eight teams of three with an Orchard lady playing in each team. The weather was kind and everyone enjoyed their game. This was an opportunity for Beginner Ladies to play over 18 holes and to have a go at scoring throughout the game.

I hope everyone was able to take something positive away with them from their matches. Liz Watts, one of my team, was delighted to come out of a bunker in one, on two separate occasions and  both Liz and Julia Coward were very pleased that they got over the water on the 5th.

One Lady scored a birdie and another out drove The Orchard Ladies on their longest drive hole - how exciting was all that!! Lorna Sparkes (County Partnership Rep) set up a putting competition which the Beginner Ladies could enter, either while they were waiting to go out or as they came in.

Competition results:

Longest Drive (Beginners) Kate Dymoke (9th hole)  The Orchard: Chris Lyle (10hole)

 Nearest Pin (in2 Beginners) Julie Jameson-Black (16th hole) The Orchard Ladies failed to acheive a winner on the 2nd hole!

The competition winners were Chris Lyle's team with Corinne Clark and Val Menzies.

 The Putting competition was won by Helen Shuttleworth. Well done, Ladies!!!

A delicious buffet, followed by strawberry pavlova (to die for!) was prepared by Mrs Lyn Mann, our current Ladies Captain , ably assisted by her husband, our Club President, Mr Mike Mann




 The Bowmaker Players
 The winning team: L-R Chris Lyle,
Val Menzies & Corinne Clark



Golf Evening for Beginner Ladies

From organiser Gail Howells
Sixteen enthusiastic ladies, of all ages, turned out on a beautiful sunny evening at the Windmill Academy, Bristol on Thursday 30th May for our first 'summer' event of the year. It was lovely to welcome ladies who had not attended any Partnership events before as well as two complete beginners. 

Windmill professional,Emma Brown, began the session with a few 'warm up' games, where the ladies worked in two teams to earn point. A healthy competitive spirit was evident from the star and a draw was a diplomatic result!

The sun unfortunately gave way to the rain and longer than planned was spent on the driving 
range. However useful coaching tips on the long game and time to practise was much appreciated by all. 

On the putting green the ladies faced several challenges.The most interesting  for them seemed to be to aim at a target from various parts of the green -- not easy on a surface that resembled glass! It was interesting to see how quickly everyone improved after only ten minutes. All managed to reach the target and there were even a couple of ‘holes in one’!

A big thanks to Emma for a great evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
If you are interested in getting involved with any Partnership events please contact Lorna Sparkes or Gail Howells





2013 Spring Away Day

On a beautiful Spring morning 25 very enthusiastic Ladies turned out to play at the Star Golf Centre at Ullenwood,  the sky was blue and the sun was shining but it was only 3 degrees!!!

That did not deter our ladies, wrapped up in hats, gloves and waterproofs , seven teams of three and one team of four set off playing a Texas Scramble, each team assisted by a helper,  giving encouragement and explaining some rules as they played.

Some great shots were made -- and some not so! -- but everyone enjoyed the morning which was rounded off nicely with a hot cuppa and a delicious lunch at Cotswold Hills GC.

Grace Taylor, President of Cotswold Hills GC ladies’ section, presented the prizes to -:

1st :-Val Jones – Sandie Tyrell – Corinne Clark – Helper Mo Dixon  38 shots

2nd :- Caroline Williams – Jen Dwight – Julia Coward – Helper Gail Howells  40 shots

3rd:- Shirley Hambling – Jean West – Bev Howard – Helper Angela Canty – 42 shots (on cb)


All Rugged-up for Spring!






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