Welcome to our second newsletter. In this issue we aim to provide an overview of the activities that have taken place over the summer for the benefit and enjoyment of our members.
At the front of house, we have continued with ‘business as usual’, focusing on what we can offer our affiliated members. As you will read here, this covers a broad spectrum of programmes, which includes encouraging new players into the wonderful game of golf; providing opportunities for our highly competent golfers to compete in events; running a comprehensive range of competitions for all levels of golfers; organising the leagues; providing clubs with support through course assessments; providing referees; handicap advice and, of course, rules advice.
Behind the scenes we have been making good progress in amalgamating the finances of the previous organisations and developing the new business strategy.
Golf will see a number of changes in 2019 and 2020 with new rules and the introduction of the Worldwide Handicap System. A key role for Hertfordshire Golf is to support clubs and members with understanding and implementing the changes.
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Chair of Hertfordshire Golf
Hertfordshire Golf runs nine county teams playing over 70 matches with the East Region and South East counties. The Boys u18s were the most successful in 2018 and won the South East League, closely followed by the Boys u16s who reached the final in their league. Many of our teams were runners up in their own leagues and will be hoping to go one better and win in 2019. Read more
Hertfordshire Golf (HG) and England Golf (EG) are offering support to all clubs for the roll out of the new Rules of Golf in January 2019.
England Golf is staging a series of rules workshops around the country, including one at Aldwickbury Park GC on 29th November. Each club has been invited to send three representatives to this meeting.
Hertfordshire Golf will be running rules meetings at several clubs around the county in January. These will be open to all Herts golfers, not just the members of the host clubs. Details of times and venues have recently be sent out to club managers and representatives. Read more
In 2018 Hertfordshire Golf has administered well over 40 events, providing members with opportunities to play competitive inter club golf. The events include the County Championships, various individual, pairs and team competitions, the Scratch League for Men and Ladies, various knockout events. We stage events for schoolchildren and these are well supported. The most recent team championship attracted 72 players and 25 schools were represented. We also provide two developmental golf tours for juniors – the Futures and the ITour.
Over 1500 qualifying rounds have been recorded for handicap purposes.
Men’s and Ladies’ Scratch League matches
Hertfordshire Golf runs Scratch Leagues to offer the chance to both male and female golfers to play regular competitive golf. The ladies' Ovaltine League has been played since 1967. In 2018, 41 teams of five players competed culminating with overall victory for Harpenden in the final. Read more The men's league has been run since 1989. The top two divisions play both foursomes and singles, while the lower divisions play singles only. In the recently completed season, 39 teams of eight players competed. Hadley Wood ensured overall victory by defeating second placed Letchworth in the very last match of the season. Hadley Wood also prevailed in the B League which is run for larger clubs who are able to field a second scratch team.
The Course Rating Team has been out in force and has completed the rating of seven courses since April. Each course takes between four and five hours to complete and many hours after that to document, verify and submit the data collected on the course. The rating process also provides a slope value for the course which will be made available to the clubs in time for the introduction of the World Handicap System in 2020. Next season it is hoped that a second team will be formed and therefore increasing the number of courses rated during the year. The new prospective team leaders are currently being trained both on the course and by the regional assessor.
The first ladies’ bridge drive of the winter season was held in early November at Mid Herts GC. Details of future events can be found on the website.
Hertfordshire Golf continues to work collaboratively with England Golf to provide opportunities for juniors and adults, male and female, to get into golf, into regular participation and ultimately into golf club membership. A variety of initiatives are now up and running successfully in Hertfordshire. Read more
Volunteers - Are you able and willing to help Hertfordshire Golf?
Apart from a small staff at Chesfield Downs, Hertfordshire Golf is run by a team of dedicated volunteers. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run golf in the county. Your skills could be extremely useful.
Do you have a passion for the game of golf? Are you willing to offer your time, effort and experience for the greater good? Do you have a strong desire to help with the promotion of golf and to safeguard the longevity of the game, a desire to gain more experience or knowledge and to make a difference, to give something back? Then hopefully you will find volunteering highly rewarding, fulfilling and satisfying. Read more
The Board of Directors is made up exclusively of volunteers, all of whom have a passion for golf and a desire to see Hertfordshire Golf excel at all levels. Would you like to get involved? Any adult club member can be nominated by their club as a candidate for election to the Board of Directors at the AGM, which will take place in March 2019. The Hertfordshire Golf Ltd Board meet approximately every two months and most of the directorate, dependant on individual skillset, are given direct responsibility for a certain aspect of county golf, some with their own committees, which report to the Board. If you would like to find out more about what is involved, please contact the County Secretary.
County Secretary: Louis Matamala, email: email@example.com Tel: 08081 682333.
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Thursday 21st March 2019
Tomorrow (Friday 22 March) sees the start of the Ladies London Foursomes at The Berkshire, a Scratch Foursomes match play competition open to all clubs within a 55 mile radius of central London and each club may enter one pair. Of the 64 clubs who have entered, thirteen are from Hertfordshire,
Thursday 14th March 2019
Wednesday 13th March 2019