Annual Meeting 2014 Worplesdon
3rd November, 2014
It was great to have a larger field of 16 this year for the Annual meeting at Worplesdon including two new members.
The course was in superb condition and as always we had a fabulous lunch.
The Scratch prize was won by Fiona Edmond with a score of 80 and the Handicap prize by Jane Powell with a 76 nett.
17th Ladies Varsity Match at Rye (18th March 2014)
22nd March, 2014
The 17th Annual Ladies’ Varsity Match at Rye Golf Club
The ladies’ golf teams of Oxford and Cambridge enjoyed a fantastic fixture list throughout the first two terms, which culminated in the Ladies’ Varsity Match held in March. This year, the ladies met on the 18th of March at Rye Golf Club in East Sussex for the 17th Ladies’ Varsity Match.
The inaugural Ladies’ Varsity Match was played at Walton Heath Golf Club in 1998. According to tradition, both the Men’s and Ladies’ Varsity Matches has since returned to Rye every five years. Previous Ladies’ Varsity Matches have been won by Oxford (2004) and Cambridge (2009). The format of the match is three foursome matches that are played in the morning, followed by six singles matches in the afternoon, with a total of nine points to be allocated.
The morning foursomes began with Cambridge Captain Courtney Gill and Francesca Bastianello playing against four times Varsity veteran Nicole du Plessis and her partner Marina Holden of Oxford. Despite it being hard fought, Cambridge won the match on the 15th hole with a score of 4 and 3.
The second match was played between the sisters Katie and Emily Wingrove, representing Cambridge, and Oxford Captain Lise Loerup and her partner Sabrina Sayeed. Both sides exhibited some excellent golf, but when Oxford missed some strategically important putts, Cambridge were able to take the lead early on in the match. However, Oxford managed to keep the match alive until the 18th hole, when Cambridge’s Emily Wingrove hit a brilliant recovery (from the 9th for-green!) to secure Cambridge their second point.
Also in the third match, Cambridge, represented by Emily Faldon and Hannah Groom, managed to take the lead in the match early on. They played against Oxford players Sarah Johnson and Audrey Davies. In spite of an excellent recovery by Oxford at the turn of 9 holes, Cambridge eventually managed to pull ahead to secure a 5 and 4 win on the 14th hole, thereby scoring a total of three out of three possible points in the morning foursome matches.
Cambridge’s former Captain Iona Stevenson against Oxford’s Tessa Sandberg played the reserve match. Here, Oxford made a convincing victory of 5 and 4 over Cambridge.
Down 3-0 at lunch, Oxford knew they were at a disadvantage, but were determined not to go down without a fight. However, the conditions for the afternoon matches would turn out to be significantly more challenging with both teams struggling against the strong winds that is not an unfamiliar challenge to anyone who have played golf at Rye.
Cambridge started the afternoon strongly with their lowest handicap player, Francesca Bastianello, facing Oxford’s Captain Lise Loerup. With nothing to lose for Oxford, this was sure to be an intense match, and it certainly lived up to that expectation. Both players started off strong, and the match remained very close; however, Lise was able to slowly but steadily grind away at Francesca. With three up after 15 holes, Oxford was guaranteed at least half-a-point, but Francesca was determined not to give the match away easily. After a wonderful birdie by Francesca on the 17th, a par three, the match continued until the 18th hole. However, Lise managed to keep cool from tee to green on the 18th and eventually won the match 1 up, thereby securing Oxford their first point of the day.
The second match was between Nicole du Plessis facing Emily Faldon. This match saw a rather quick finish, where Emily won the match after 11 holes with a score of 8 and 7. Cambridge’s Captain Courtney Gill managed an equally impressive achievement in her match; here, her experience and determination resulted in a 9 and 8 win against first-time Varsity player Marina Holden.
The fourth match featured Katie Wingrove against Sabrina Sayeed. Sabrina was prepared for a re-match after losing to Katie in the morning, and was for a long time leading the match. However, Katie was equally determined and in the end, the match ended with a tie after 18 played holes and both players secured half-a-point for their teams.
Following them was the fifth match, consisting of Emily Wingrove for Cambridge and Oxford’s Sarah Johnson. Sarah fought valiantly, but with her consistent game, Emily took the lead and consolidated the match to achieve a solid 3 and 2 win.
The final match of the afternoon provided much excitement for the spectators. Hannah Groom faced Audrey Davies, and Audrey was keen to secure a Dark Blue point after losing to Hannah and her partner in the morning foursomes. Despite the fact that Cambridge had already secured a win overall, neither player was willing to give up. A brilliant birdie on the 17th by the very determined Audrey secured Oxford the final point of the day.
Overall, with a score of 6½ points for Cambridge and 2½ points for Oxford, the Light Blues were able to retain the trophy for a second year. The day turned out to be very enjoyable for both the players and the supporters. Rye was as always in an excellent condition, and fortunately for everyone, the sun came out to make the weather enjoyable, in spite of howling winds. The players exhibited excellent sportsmanship, and the spectators were treated to excellent golf played by both teams and many exciting matches. All told, it was a very successful day, which will be remembered by everyone. We are all looking forward to what awaits next year.
Results: (Cambridge names first)
Courtney Gill and Francesca Bastianello beat Nicole du Plessis and Marina Holden 4 and 3.
Emily Wingrove and Katie Wingrove beat Lise Loerup and Sabrina Sayeed 1 up.
Emily Faldon and Hannah Groom beat Sarah Johnson and Audrey Davies 5 and 4.
Francesca Bastianello lost to Lise Loerup 1 down.
Emily Faldon beat Nicole du Plessis 8 and 7.
Courtney Gill beat Marina Holden 9 and 8
Katie Wingrove and Sabrina Sayeed tied after 18 holes.
Emily Wingrove beat Sarah Johnson 3 and 2.
Hannah Groom lost to Audrey Davies 3 and 1.
Tessa Sandberg (O) beat Iona Stevenson (C) 5 and 4.
Final score: Cambridge 6½; Oxford 2½
2013 Annual meeting
26th January, 2014
The Annual meeting was again held at Worplesdon and this year we had a slightly larger entry. Let's hope that this trend continues.
It was a great day and there were a number of good scores.
Congratulations go to Gillian Kinnear who won the Scratch prize with a 76 from Lisa Webster with an 82.
The Handicap prize was won by Lynn Arch with a 69 nett from Lis Henniker Heaton with 75 nett.
OCLGS vs OULGC at Huntercombe
3rd December, 2013
OCLGS vs OUGC at Huntercombe golf club
30th November/1st December 2013
A lovely crisp winter weekend for golf with the sun shining despite it being pretty chilly. Great weekend of golf at Huntercombe Golf Club and meeting the new Oxford girls, as well as catching up with old faces. After 5 singles matches on Saturday, the university were 3 vs 2 up. The years event saw the ladies dining with the mens’ society at Trinity college, which was a fabulous location and dining experience. Hopefully this new found relationship with the men’s society will continue for many years. Golf on Sunday saw a new society team, which gave us (OCLGS) the lead winning 2.5 matches vs 1.5 matches. So the overall result was a half over the course of the weekend.
A big thank you to Huntercombe Golf Club for hosting us over the weekend, and Trinity college for their fabulous hospitality.
Varsity March report 2013
26th March, 2013
Match Report – Iona Stevenson – Cambridge University Captain
The Ladies’ Golf Varsity match was, as always, the culmination of a successful season for both the Cambridge and Oxford teams. Despite the weather we have experienced this year, which resulted in the cancellation of a few fixtures, the teams arrived at the end of the season having both enjoyed a fantastic fixture list and several exciting and tense finishes!
This year’s match was the 16th Ladies Varsity Match, and it was held at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent. Both sides were delighted to return to this beautiful but challenging course, just two years after the match was last played at the club. In 2011, Oxford, won here by 5-4. And with Cambridge having only two returning blues, against Oxford’s four, the match result was hard to predict. Cambridge was looking to win after two successive Oxford victories, after losing heavily 7-2 last year.
In the wind, Royal Cinque Ports is a very challenging course but this year’s match was played in brilliant sunshine with very little wind, albeit the rain the previous week had left a few instances of casual water on the fairways and several water-filled bunkers (luckily for many of us, these were labelled G.U.R.!). The greens played beautifully and all those who played were grateful for the ground-staff’s valiant efforts to keep the course in such excellent condition.
The morning foursomes began with Cambridge pairing Sydney Burlison and Theres Hoyos taking on Oxford Captain Lise Lørup and Denise Orenstein. The Oxford pairing was ahead in a closely fought start, but was gradually overcome by the stronger Cambridge pairing with the match finishing on the 15th.
Iona Stevenson and Emily Faldon took on Oxford’s Nicole du Plessis and Alexis Tchaconas. The Cambridge pair took an early lead, which Oxford never quite managed eliminate. After some interesting back-hand shots which allowed Cambridge to make par on the 8th, and some unlucky lies in the tough Cinque Ports rough, Oxford were beaten, at the 11th.
The final match of the morning was played by returning blue Courtney Gill and newcomer Francesca Bastianello. Despite a bad start from Cambridge, who lost a ball on the first tee, they manufactured a run of good holes to beat Oxford on the 12th hole.
The Reserve match was nip and tuck the whole way round, and duly came to a tight finish on the 18th, with Oxford managing to win on the final hole.
At lunch, then, Cambridge were leading comfortably, 3 – 0. But with Oxford having just won the reserve match, things were clearly still in the balance, with all to play for in the six afternoon matches. First out after lunch was Theres Hoyos who was paired against Denise Orenstein. Theres managed to take the lead early on, and despite a few bad lies later in the round, was able to close out a win on the 16th hole.
Second up was Oxford’s captain, Lise Lørup, who took on Sydney Burlison in another close match. Both players were recording low scores, but Sydney proved too strong as the match progressed, with some consistent putting and great long iron play.
Francesca Bastianello took on Sixtine d’Angelin in the third match. Their match was very close, but Francesca wouldn’t let it go and it duly went to the 18th where Francesca emerged victorious winning 2 up.
Emily Faldon took on Alexis Tchaconas, and was never behind. She played a great front-nine, in near par figures, to beat Alexis on the 10th.
Courtney Gill took on Nicole du Plessis, and the two returning blues has a very good match. Despite going ahead early on, Courtney was unlucky and found herself in a number of bunkers as well as some bad lies, so could not repeat her victory in 2012. Oxford was victorious, securing their first point with a win on the 16th.
Iona Stevenson and Sophie Godard Desmarest teed off last, and played an extremely close match. The match was distinguished by some very aggressive shot making, with only two holes halved in the entire round. Although Iona was never behind after the 2nd, her lead was never secure, with Sophie getting to within one hole by the 17th. Sophie took the 17th with a great par, she was unlucky to get stuck in the rough on the 18th and had to concede victory as the light began to fail.
Cambridge duly won five of the six singles matches in the afternoon, to add to their three foursome victories in the morning so finished as 8 – 1 victors. Both teams were very grateful for the support of the Stymies, Divots and Blues which made for a great atmosphere at the finish.
The match was followed by prize giving and dinner where, despite the historic rivalry between the universities and the competitive nature of the matches, a good time was had by all. Everyone who played was very grateful to those who took the time to attend and support, and hope that they also enjoyed the day.
Results: (Cambridge Names First):
Sydney Burlison and Theres Hoyos beat Denise Orenstein and Lise Lørup 4 and 3
Iona Stevenson and Emily Faldon beat Nicole du Plessis and Alexis Tchaconas 8 and 7
Courtney Gill & Francesca Bastianello beat Sophie Godard Desmarest & Sixtine d’Angelin 7 & 6
Theres Hoyos beat Denise Orenstein 3 and 2
Sydney Burlison beat Lise Lørup 5 and 4
Francesca Bastianello beat Sixtine d’Angelin 2up
Emily Faldon beat Alexis Tchaconas 10 and 8
Courtney Gill lost to Nicole du Plessis 3 and 2
Iona Stevenson beat Sophie Godard Desmarest 2 up
Harriet Boswell lost to Sabrina Sayeed 1down
Final Score: Cambridge 8; Oxford 1
2012 Annual meeting
4th February, 2013
The Annual meeting was held at Worplesdon on Friday 5th October.
The conditions were tricky and the scores were all very close.
Congratulations go to Lisa Webster who won the Scratch Prize with 84 and also the Nearest the Pin and Jane Powell who was second on countback with 90.
Lis Henniker Heaton won the Handicap Prize with 78 and Joan Weight, our new captain, was second on countback from 2 players with 82.
15th Ladies' Golf Varsity Match
29th March, 2012
Joan (Weight), Gilly (Webb-Wilson) and I (Lisa Webster) made the trip to Hunstanton last week to watch the university teams contest the 15th Ladies' Varsity in glorious weather. The result was an emphatic win for Oxford, though the Cambridge team put up a good fight which isn't quite represented by the 7-2 score. The course was in magnificent condition and the greens fast and tricky enough to give rise to a reported 6-putt in the Blues' match later in the week!!
Please see match report by Oxford captain Nicole du Plessis below and photos uploaded into Facebook OCLGS group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/8306062629/) - tried to put them in the gallery but it wouldn't work!
The ladies’ golf teams of Oxford and Cambridge enjoyed a fantastic fixture list throughout the first two terms, which culminated in the Ladies’ Varsity Match held in March. This year, the ladies met on the 19th of March at Hunstanton Golf Club in Norfolk for the 15th Ladies’ Varsity Match.
The event was founded in 1998, and the inaugural match was played at Walton Heath Golf Club. Since then, it has only been played at Hunstanton on one other occasion, in 2001 during the captaincy of Gemma Westaby (Cambridge) and Claire Forryan (Oxford), a match which was won by Oxford.
Though Oxford enjoyed a very successful period in the early years of the Varsity Match, in recent years it was Cambridge who had flourished on the course. Their winning streak was broken by Oxford last year, so this year was certain to be a hard-fought match to see whether Oxford would be keeping the trophy for another year, or whether it would be returning to Cambridge once more. With its long and tricky holes, strategically placed bunkers, and fast greens, Hunstanton would prove to be a challenging location for this
The morning began with four times Varsity veteran Gillian Kinnear and her partner Lise Loerup of Oxford playing against Rebecka Ahl and Cambridge captain Kim Bergman. Despite it being hard fought, Oxford were punished by some difficult ball positions out on the course, and Cambridge managed to close out the match on the 15th.
Also finishing on the 15th was the third foursomes match, between Oxford captain Nicole du Plessis and her partner Sixtine d’Angelin and Cambridge’s Iona Stevenson and Harriet Boswell. Both sides exhibited some excellent golf, but Oxford took a quick lead in the match and finally clinched it when Cambridge had to concede the 15th.
The middle match was close and both sides fought extremely hard. Oxford fielded another veteran player, the previous year’s captain Min-Yee Tseu, and her partner Melanie Walsh. They played against Courtney Gill and Georgina Harris. Despite this being a very close match, Oxford eventually managed to pull ahead, and Min-Yee and Melanie secured a 2-1 lead for Oxford at lunch.
Unfortunately, Ashley Menante of Cambridge suffered an injury shortly before the Varsity Match, and thus was unable to play, meaning that Cambridge did not have a reserve. Therefore, there was no one for Oxford reserve Sophie Godard Desmarest to play against, and the reserves match had to be cancelled. However, both players still attended the match to support their teams.
Down 2-1 at lunch, Cambridge knew they were at a disadvantage. However, they were determined not to go down without a fight. Oxford only needed three points for their win, but they would not be easy to get.
Cambridge started the afternoon strongly with their captain, Kim Bergman, who faced Oxford’s Lise Loerup. After facing each other in the morning, this was sure to be an intense match, and it certainly lived up to that expectation. Both players played beautiful golf, and that match remained very close; however, Lise was able to slowly but steadily grind away at Kim until it finally ended with her winning the 17th to take the match 2 and 1.
The second match saw Rebecka Ahl facing Gillian Kinnear. Another intense match, this one saw a quicker finish, as Gillian sought revenge for her loss in the morning. Rebecka fought back gallantly, but in the end Gillian’s determination and experience won out and led to a 5 and 3 finish. Sixtine d’Angelin managed a similar achievement in her match against Cambridge’s Georgina Harris, playing steady, consistent golf and closing with a win on the par three 14th.
The fourth match featured Courtney Gill for Cambridge and Min-Yee Tseu for Oxford. The closest match yet, this one went down the 18th, and featured the only Cambridge win of the afternoon. Despite playing with an injured shoulder, Min-Yee was on top of her game throughout, and Courtney fought hard to get her well-earned point for the Light Blue side.
Following them was the fifth match, consisting of Iona Stevenson for Cambridge and Oxford’s Melanie Walsh. Iona fought valiantly, but long-hitting and consistent Melanie quickly took the lead and consolidated it to achieve an impressive 6 and 5 win.
The final match of the afternoon was one that provided much excitement for the spectators. Oxford captain Nicole du Plessis faced Cambridge’s Harriet Boswell in a match where there was never more than a hole or two in the difference. Despite the fact that Oxford had already secured a win, neither player was willing to give up. On the 18th tee, the match was all square, and everyone turned up to watch the exciting conclusion to the day. Harriet fought hard, but the match eventually went Nicole’s way, to bring in the final point for Oxford.
With a score of 7 points for Oxford and 2 points for Cambridge, the Dark Blues were able to retain the trophy for a second year. The day turned out to be extremely enjoyable for both the players and the supporters. The condition of the course was excellent, and fortunately for everyone the weather was fair.
Despite the intense rivalry between the players on the course, everyone was still able to have a good day. The players exhibited excellent sportsmanship, and the spectators were treated to top quality golf played by both teams. All told, it was a very successful day which will be remembered by everyone, and we are all looking forward to what awaits next year.
Results: (Cambridge names first)
Kim Bergman and Rebecka Ahl beat Lise Loerup and Gillian Kinnear 5 and 3
Courtney Gill and Georgina Harris lost to Min-Yee Tseu and Melanie Walsh 4 and 2
Iona Stevenson and Harriet Boswell lost to Nicole du Plessis and Sixtine d’Angelin 4 and 3
Kim Bergman lost to Lise Loerup 2 and 1
Rebecka Ahl lost to Gillian Kinnear 5 and 3
Georgina Harris lost to Sixtine d’Angelin 5 and 4
Courtney Gill beat Min-Yee Tseu 1 up
Iona Stevenson lost to Melanie Walsh 6 and 5
Harriet Boswell lost to Nicole du Plessis 1 down
The reserve match was unfortunately not played due to the fact that one of Cambridge’s team members was injured prior to the match.
Final score: Cambridge 2; Oxford 7
Autumn meeting 2011
2nd January, 2012
We had a fantastic day for our Autumn meeting at Worplesdon and the scratch prize was won by Jane Powell with a score of 79 the runner up was Lisa Webster with a 80. The handicap prize went to Sarah Moore with a nett 74 with new member Paula Vanninen runner up with a nett 75.
OCLGS Autumn meeting held on 7th Oct 2011
SSS 72 CSS 74
Spring Meeting 2011
6th February, 2011
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Spring Meeting 2010
3rd May, 2010
A select field of 8 players enjoyed good conditions on 11th April. We have a new winner of the Scratch Salver in Hilary Smyth (nee Allen) who just pipped Lisa and Lynn Arch. Lynn showed her consistency by following up winning the Autumn meeting handicap cup with taking the honours in the handicap prize here too.
OCLGS SPRING MEETING
Held at Frilford Heath 11 April 2010
AM – Individual Medal: Par & SSS 73 CSS 73
SSS +2 or better
Lis Henniker Heaton
Autumn meeting 2009
21st November, 2009
Difficult conditions (especially challenging pin positions) met the 17 members who turned out for the Autumn meeting. Only four were within their buffer zone and the scratch was won by captain elect Lisa Webster with a fine gross 76 while new member Lynn Arch played beautifully for her net 73 to win the handicap cup. At the AGM we said thank you and goodbye to Captain Phyll Youngman and Secretary Rachel Hogley and welcomed Lisa as new Captain. Other Committee members can be found on the home page.
Varsity Match Results
26th April, 2009
The Ladies’ Golf Varsity Match
The ladies’ golf teams at Oxford and Cambridge enjoy a fantastic fixture list, playing against many prestigious clubs between the start of term in October and the annual varsity match in March, when they finally face each other. This year the 12th match was hosted by Rye Golf Club on Tuesday 24th March. The first match was held in 1998 and, although Oxford dominated the first seven matches, winning six of them, Cambridge are catching up and the tally now stands at 8 matches to 4.
On paper, Cambridge were the stronger side, having lower handicaps and more experience than the Oxford team, whose 2008 players had all graduated at the end of that year (with the exception of Amy Bilderbeck, who had been the reserve at Royal Liverpool and was promoted straight to the captaincy). With all the matches played off scratch, Oxford knew they had to come out fighting. Amy and her partner, Jennifer McSloy took an early lead with an excellent 3 at the short 2nd in tricky blustery conditions. However, the opposing captain, Leanne Mullen, and her partner, 2-handicapper Louisa Tarn, showed their class as the match progressed and they emerged convincing winners at the 14th. The last match proved to be similarly one-sided, despite tremendously long hitting from the Oxford pair, tidier play around Rye’s immaculate and difficult greens proved the decisive factor. By contrast, the second match was fought to a nail-biting finish, with the Cambridge pair making a good par on the 18th to narrowly take the third point of the morning for the light blues.
Cambridge only needed to win two points from the six afternoon singles but Oxford went out determined to make them fight for every one. The top match was a high quality game between the lowest handicapped players on the two teams, with Louisa eventually getting the upper hand over Oxford’s Gillian Kinnear and closing out the match on the 15th. The match-winning point was secured a short time later on the same green when Kate O’Donnell prevailed over Jennifer McSloy. The remaining matches were played to a conclusion with each player keen to prove their skill and resolve. Jennifer Hauschild put in a gutsy performance against the significantly more experienced Cambridge captain, but hopes of a win against the odds were dismissed at the 17th. When Katie Taylor secured another hard-fought point against the Oxford captain, it was in danger of looking like a white-wash, but the remaining Oxford players had other ideas. In the fifth match, Alex Walvis had struggled to adapt to the links conditions but battled with herself, as well as her opponent, to stay in the match. She managed to get to 1 up going down the 18th but Cambridge’s Etta Martin Smith was not to be denied some reward for her consistent good play and won the hole to secure a half. Her team mate, Alexia Sohet, was not so lucky in the exciting final match; although she fought back from 2 down to square the match after 17, Oxford’s Lucy Webb-Wilson holed a great putt for a birdie to win her game and salvage some honour for the dark blues.
Despite the historic rivalry between the universities and a strong desire to win on both sides, all the matches were played in fantastic spirit. The many spectators who turned out to watch were treated both to fine golf and sincere sportsmanship. Friendships were formed which will last beyond university. Both past and present golfers are invited to become members of the Oxford and Cambridge Ladies’ Golfing Society, which was founded in 1991 to provide competitive golf for alumnae and to promote women’s golf at the two universities.Results (Cambridge names first)
Leanne Mullen & Louisa Tarn beat Amy Bilderbeck & Jennifer Mc Sloy 5&4
Kate O’Donnell & Katie Taylor beat Gillian Kinnear & Jennifer Hauschild 1 up
Etta Martin Smith & Alexia Sohet beat Alex Walvis and Lucy Webb-Wilson 3&2
Tarn beat Kinnear 4&3
Mullen beat Hauschild 2&1
O’Donnell beat McSloy 4&3
Taylor beat Bilderbeck 2&1
Martin Smith halved with Walvis
Sohet lost to Webb-Wilson 1 down
Final score: Cambridge 7 ½ Oxford 1 ½
In the match between the reserves, Cambridge’s Angharad Porteous beat Jane Han 5&4.
Match results - Draw with Walton Heath!
26th April, 2009
Well done to members of OCLGS who drew with Walton Heath in their triangular match against the Legal Ladies on 4th April 2009.
Spring Meeting 2008
6th April, 2008
Sadly no results to report - this year's Spring Meeting was cancelled due to snow!
Ladies' Golf Varsity Match 2008
3rd April, 2008
Phyll Youngman, Barbara Hicks and I (and a good number of other spectators) were very privileged to watch the unfolding of the 11th Ladies' Golf Varsity Match at Royal Liverpool last Wednesday, 26th March. The day had started with very heavy rain but this had cleared by the time the girls teed off for the morning foursomes. The rest of the day was lovely; quite a breeze but also sunshine!
The match was contested in extremely good spirit by both sides and, once the initial nerves calmed, all the players seemed to enjoy the event. Cambridge triumphed this year in a closely fought battle. The final score was 5 1/2 - 3 1/2. They started strongly, taking 2 1/2 points out of 3 from the morning foursomes - all of which went to the 18th.
Oxford fought back with convincing wins by captain, Fiona Johnston and past-captain, Emma Parr in the top two singles matches, bringing the points briefly level. However, Cambridge captain, Jenny Heathcote and new recruit, Louisa Tarn were both in fine form and their wins ensured that Cambridge only needed a half from one of the two matches still alive to win the trophy for a third time. A 3&2 victory for Oxford's Kate Turner was not enough to stop the light blues - the final point was secured by Leanne Mullen on the 16th green.
I have posted some photos in the Gallery. The full collection is on Facebook for those of you who use it.
In the reserves match, Oxford's Amy Bilderbeck beat Victoria Bryan. Fortunately for Cambridge, the ladies have not (so far!) established a tradition like the men of having the result of this match decide who pays for the dinner!
We were treated to some very fine golf, wonderful hospitality from Royal Liverpool and I am delighted to report that the future of our Society looks to be in good hands. Thank you to all the girls involved - we are so pleased that most of you are already members of OCLGS and we look forward to seeing you at our events in the future - I particularly hope that we shall see a strong field at the Ladies' Niblick in November. We hope that you will enjoy many opportunities to renew the friendships you made last week and over the last few years and that you will make many more as you become more involved with OCLGS.
Full results (Cambridge players first):
Louisa Tarn & Leanne Mullen beat Fiona Johnston & Emma Parr (1 hole)
Jenny Heathcote & Michaela Bacon beat Kate Turner & Emma Carroll (1 hole)
Katie Taylor & Rebecka Ahl halved with Nicole Saad & Meredith Riedel
Rebecka Ahl lost to Fiona Johnston (8&6)
Katie Taylor lost to Emma Parr (7&6)
Louisa Tarn beat Nicole Saad (5&4)
Leanne Mullen beat Meredith Riedel (4&2)
Michaela Bacon lost to Kate Turner (3&2)
Jenny Heathcote beat Emma Carroll (6&5)
Victoria Bryan lost to Amy Bilderbeck (6&5)
The Big OCLGS Weekend
16th October, 2007
We had rather mixed success with our big weekend of OCLGS events. The Autumn Meeting was well supported but numbers at the Niblick were very disappointing. Participation in events was a major item for discussion at the AGM and the Committee will be following up various suggestions over the next few weeks and months.
Thank you to everyone who supported these events, and to the clubs at Worplesdon and Littlestone for hosting us once again. We are incredibly lucky to be able to play at such wonderful venues.
OCLGS bank details
17th September, 2007
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Spring Meeting 2007
11th April, 2007
12 members were treated to beautiful sunny weather as they competed for the Spring Salver over Frilford Heath’s Red Course. Ann Arscott played a super round of golf – 83 off her handicap of 11 gave her a net 72 (one under the standard scratch score of 73) – but unfortunately lost out on the first prize in both the scratch and handicap in count-backs on the back 9 holes. I sneaked in for the gross prize, while the handicap was won by Sally Turnbull. After a lovely lunch, for which we were joined by Phyll Youngman who kindly came to support and present the prizes, we played three-ball six-somes for the afternoon prizes. First place here was taken by Sarah Mace and Alison Evans. The full array of lilac Society jumpers also looked very impressive out on the course!
1st Lisa Webster 83 (back 9 of 41) - winner of the Spring Salver
2nd Ann Arscott 83 (back 9 of 42)
3rd = Sarah Mace & Judith Dingle 85
1st Sally Turnbull 88-16-72 (back 9 of net 33)
2nd Ann Arscott 83-11-72 (back 9 of net 36.5) - won 2nd Scatch
3rd Joan Weight 92-16-76 - takes 2nd prize
Six-somes (16 holes):
1st Alison Evans & Sarah Mace - 30 points
2nd Joan Weight & Margaret Berriman - 27 points
3rd Angela Payne & Lis Henniker-Heaton - 26 points
Ladies' Golf Varsity Match 2007
28th March, 2007
This was the report in the Daily Telegraph:
Oxford fought back to win the Ladies' Varsity Match 6-3 at Woodbridge after surprisingly falling 2-1 behind in the morning foursomes. The long 16th proved a tricky hole in the biting Suffolk wind, but Oxford avoided such problems in the afternoon singles, winning the first five matches against a battling Cambridge side who, on handicap, were certainly the underdogs. Elaine Evans salvaged some much-deserved pride in the final match, beating Emma Carroll, who is studying philosophy, on the 18th green. Earlier, Evans, partnered by Cambridge captain Jo Reeve, had fallen on the 17th green of their foursomes to Carroll and Kate Turner - so honour was saved.
OCLGS weekend - 12-14 October
17th February, 2007
Through an unavoidable clash of dates, this year the Autumn Meeting will be held on the Friday before the Niblick weekend. We realise this may have an impact on numbers but would like to sell this as an opportunity to have a really fun whole weekend of golf and good company.
It will be possible to play on any one of the three days in question and it would be great to see people coming to get involved even if they can't commit to the whole weekend. However, we really hope that a good number of you will make arrangements to be able to play in the whole thing. Why not ring a friend or two among the Society's membership and arrange to come down together?!
New captain - Phyll Youngman
17th February, 2007
The Committee is delighted to announce (rather belatedly, though it was in the AGM minutes) that Phyll Youngman has been elected Captain of the Society. Phyll takes over from Sarah Moore, who has worked incredibly hard for us over the past five years.
Please show your support for Phyll by making this a really successful year for OCLGS.
Your Committee is now composed as follows:
Phyll Youngman - Captain
Jane Powell - Treasurer
Lisa Webster - Secretary
Rachel Howell - Membership
Louise Elmes - Fixture & University Liaison
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have an queries about the Society and its events and activities.
15th OCLGS Autumn Meeting
5th November, 2006
By Lisa Webster
On Friday 13 October, we were once again the guests of Worplesdon Golf Club for our Autumn Meeting and AGM. The fog was not quite thick enough to prevent us starting on time and by the back nine it had cleared into a beautiful autumn day. 17 members turned out for the day and everyone seemed to enjoy their games. Congratulations to all the winners - results below.
Following a delicious lunch we adjourned to the Ladies' Lounge for our AGM. The minutes have already been circulated to those members who have provided us with an email address. Paper copies can be requested from the Secretary, Lisa Webster.
On behalf of the Committee and all the members, I would like to thank Sarah Moore for all her hard work and dedication in her five years as Captain. I would also like to welcome Phyll Youngman in as the new Captain of OCLGS and wish her all the best for her term of office.
Autumn Meeting results:
1st Scratch: Clarissa Bushell (80) Winner of the OCLGS Spoon
(2nd Scratch: Sarah Mace (81))
3rd Scratch: Nicola Marshall (82)
1st Handicap: Sarah Mace(81-6-75) Winner of the Handicap Cup
2nd Handicap: Jill Pardey (95-19-76) On a count-back from Kate O’Kelly
Competition Scratch Score for the day was 75 (SSS=72), reduction only.
4th OCLGS Ladies' Niblick
5th November, 2006
By Sarah Moore
This was held last weekend, for the fourth time, at Littlestone and was again a great success. We were incredibly blessed with the weather – two gloriously sunny days with only a light breeze, certainly by Littlestone standards - although the turnout was slightly disappointing with only 10 players. However what we lacked in quantity we made up in quality with half the field off single figure handicaps and the four semi-finalists playing off 6 or less (and it was particularly encouraging to have three players who have either recently left or are still playing at University).
The Saturday morning medal was won by Louise Elmes with a score of 82, on countback from Lisa. The quarter finalists were as follows and in this order: Louise, Lisa, Judith Dingle, myself, Fiona Johnston, Jenny Harvey, Joan Weight and Barbara Hicks. Louise, Lisa, Fiona and Jenny all won their matches, by varying margins, so the semi-finals were Louise versus Fiona and Jenny against Lisa.
As in previous years we had drinks in the clubhouse followed by an excellent dinner. The evening was probably a bit quieter than previous years and this was put down to the absence of Cathy Staveley, as well as the fact that almost half of the players were either nursing nasty colds and sore throats or on antibiotics!
On Sunday morning we held a Stableford competition for those who had not made it to the semi-final – this was won by Judith Dingle, on countback from Barbara. In the main event, Louise beat Fiona 4&3 (becoming the first Cambridge finalist) and Jenny beat Lisa 3&2 in two high-quality matches.
The final was also an excellent match and we all went out to watch from the 13th. Louise was 3 up early on but Jenny fought back holing some good putts and they reached the 17th hole all square. Both the 17th and 18th were playing into the wind and both players did very well to halve them in par. The 19th was also halved in par with Louise making an excellent chip. So to the 20th (getting further and further from the clubhouse!) which is a par 5, although reachable in two, especially after two fine drives. Jenny was over the back in two, half-way up a hill, while Louise was on the green – advantage Louise we all thought. But Jenny holed her chip, a fantastic shot under pressure, and Louise’s putt narrowly missed. There is no disgrace in losing to an eagle and I know that Louise is already looking forward to next year. So we now have a fourth name on the trophy and we will look forward to the next instalment in 2007.
I would like to record our thanks to Littlestone who were again fantastic hosts - very friendly and generous, and to Lisa who organised it for the first time. I would also like to thank everyone who played this year, many of whom are here today, and to encourage you all to put the date in your diary for next year - October 13th/14th 2007, which is a week later than normal. It really is a great weekend, whatever your standard of golf, and it would be lovely to see a few more people there. Next year Barbara Hicks has kindly offered to donate a trophy for the Sunday Stableford and we may consider making this an ‘open’ event, so that people can come down just for the day if that is easier.
OCLGS Spring Meeting
25th April, 2006
Sunday 23 April 2006
12 members of the Society met at Frilford Heath last Sunday to play for the Spring Salver. Despite the drizzly conditions at the start, the weather stayed mostly dry, if rather grey. However, the apparently benign conditions did not prevent the Blue Course, with its numerous water hazards, thick gorse bushes and challenging rough, providing a thorough examination of our golfing mettle at the start of the season. Only one player managed to beat her handicap and consequently the Competition Scratch Score (CSS) was calculated at 73, two above the SSS of 71.
The day was nonetheless hugely enjoyable and it was just a shame there were not more members there to take part. The morning round decided the individual prizes and, after a delicious and relaxed lunch (apart from the number-crunching for the CSS calculation!), ten players contested the foursomes competition. I think the three-ball sixsome got one or two funny looks from Frilford members out on the shorter but delightful Green Course; however, they maintained a fairly brisk pace so hopefully no-one complained!!!
1st Scratch - Lisa Mason (79)
2nd Scratch - Judith Hanratty (82)
1st Handicap - Ann Williams (70)
2nd Handicap - Judith Dingle (75) - on a countback from Claire Tuck
1st Foursomes - Claire Tuck & Joan Weight (35 points)
2nd Foursomes - Ann Williams & Angela Payne (31 points)
Spring Meeting 2007
The date for next year will be confirmed shortly. Please let us know if there are reasons which stand in the way of you taking part as we are keen to get as many people involved as possible. We are trying to avoid the Easter holidays, while getting the latest date possible for weather and playing conditions but without incurring summer green fee rates. A survey done a couple of years ago suggested the membership was fairly equally divided on whether the event should be on a weekday or at a weekend - hence keeping the Spring Meeting on a Sunday, while the Autumn Meeting is a Friday - but there may be other factors which we have not considered. Please use the message board on the website to set up an open debate or contact a committee member directly.
Ladies’ Golf Varsity Match
11th March, 2006
Tuesday 21 March 2006This year’s Ladies’ Varsity Match was played at North Berwick Golf Club to coincide with the Blues’ Varsity Match at Muirfield. This year Oxford regained the trophy and reversed the heavy defeat of last year, winning by 8 points to 1. The brief report below has been compiled from Oxford captain, Jenny Andrews' post-match email - hopefully a fuller report will follow (I would be grateful for any submissions!).
It has been a wonderful few days up in Scotland, and we were amazingly lucky with the weather, having practised in freezing cold fierce wind on Monday, Tuesday for the match was glorious, cold but sunny and perfect for the match. We won 8-1 and reclaimed our dignity after last year and it was a great few days, playing at Gullane on Sunday, then North Berwick on Monday and Tuesday. I was lucky enough to play at Muirfield yesterday and, as it is Varsity week, we were allowed in the clubhouse, which was quite an experience to have lunch with all the men. Something to remember!
Any more matches?
11th March, 2006
The Committee is very conscious that OCLGS is very concentrated in the South East of England at the moment. We would really like to broaden out our fixture list if there is enough support for matches further afield. Any member is entitled to arrange a match between the Society and any recognised golf club after gaining the permission of the Committee, so please let us know if this is something you think you could arrange. The message board on the ‘Members only’ section of the website could be used to canvass opinion – put up a suggestion and see what response you get. I personally would love any excuse to get up to Yorkshire … !
11th March, 2006
As part of our continuing commitment to support ladies’ golf at Oxford and Cambridge, OCLGS has just launched an appeal to raise funds for the two universities from amongst its members. We hope that the appeal will be generously supported, especially by those members (growing rapidly in number) who have enjoyed the benefits of university golf since the inception of the ladies’ teams in the 1997-8 season. For more information, members can log in and click on the ‘Appeal’ button. The amount raised will be updated on the website at regular intervals.
Your new Committee
11th March, 2006
Last October, two Committee members who have given a huge amount of time and devotion to the Society completed their two terms. Between them, Alison Mayne and Cathy Staveley have served 12 years and handled the major roles of Secretary and Treasurer respectively. We are tremendously grateful to them for all their time and effort.
They will be a hard act to follow but the new Committee will be working hard to try! They are:
Captain: Sarah Moore
Secretary: Lisa Mason
Treasurer: Jane Powell
Membership: Rachel Howell
Fixtures & University Liaison: Louise Elmes
AGM and Autumn Meeting
11th March, 2006
Members of the Society met at Worplesdon Golf Club on Friday 14 October to participate in the Autumn Meeting and attend the Annual General Meeting which followed.
The OCLGS Silver Spoon was won by Jane Powell with a gross 78, from Louise Elmes (79) and Margaret Berriman (80). The Handicap Cup was won by Louise Elmes (nett 73) after a count-back from Lis Henniker-Heaton. The Longest Drive was won by Bec Lawes and Nearest the Pin by Libby Klugman. The afternoon foursomes competition was won by Joan Weight and Rosemary Merry from Lis Henniker-Heaton and Jill Pardey. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who came to support the event.
We hope to have the minutes of the AGM and Committee meetings available on the ‘Members only’ section of the website in the near future.
The Ladies’ Niblick
11th March, 2006
Congratulations to Clarissa Bushell, the third winner of the OCLGS Ladies’ Niblick. Clarissa, a former captain of the Society, was also the inspiration for this wonderful event so it was particularly fitting that she walked away with the trophy.
Played in glorious weather over the challenging links of Littlestone Golf Club in Kent on 8-9 October, the Ladies’ Niblick is a knockout tournament for all members of the Society. Competitors played a medal round on the Saturday morning and the top eight went forward into match play that afternoon, while those eliminated took part in a consolation foursomes competition. A dinner was held at the club on Saturday evening.
The semi-finals and final were played on Sunday. In the first semi-final, the inaugural champion, Lisa Mason defeated Louise Elmes on the first extra hole. Behind them, the defending champion, Claire Forryan went down to an in-form Clarissa on the 17th. The final went to the last hole but Clarissa maintained the lead she had held for most of the match and clinched the beautiful trophy donated by Mr Philip Truett of Walton Heath.
We are very grateful to Littlestone Golf Club for their support of this tremendously enjoyable event, to Alison Mayne, who did an incredible amount of work behind the scenes, and to everyone who took part. We hope to see even more of you there next year!