Captain's Messages

Captain's Message - June 2024

Hello Everyone
I hope you are all enjoying the sunny days we are having at the moment and that at last you have been able to get out onto the golf course. It’s amazing how courses are starting to recover from the wet weather. Green staff must be beginning to breath a sigh of relief.

Early in May Hallamshire GC hosted us all for the Championship weekend. The course was in excellent condition, our thanks go to all the Greens staff for putting in the hard work to get it to such a high standard.

We were really pleased to celebrate our new YLCGA Champion, Grace Lambert. Grace played Mia Eales-Smith in an exciting final with them having to go down the first extra hole to determine a winner. As expected, it was a very close and well fought final with Grace managing to hold her nerve on a final putt. Our commiserations went to Mia who played some fabulous golf all weekend.

Emma Brown won the Seniors prize and Ruby McLellan the 18-hole competition on the Sunday, very well done to both.
Following the Championship, we were able to make the selection for the 1st team to represent Yorkshire at County Match Week. We have a good mix of youth and experience and are now looking forward to the tournament which is at Lancaster GC 16 – 19 June. If you are able to get over to Lancaster to see any of the play and fly the flag for Yorkshire we would love to see you. As ever for this event we have a number of stalwarts who do caddying duties but it is always good to see some friendly faces around the course supporting. I can assure you there will be some excellent golf and a great feeling of camaraderie.

The Inter Club Championship is now well under way with some teams having almost completed all their matches. Although a little way off yet I’m looking forward to being at the finals and enjoying the buzz and excitement there always is on those days.

We also have the County Foursomes coming up with three prior to County Match Week and three straight after. Marian, Lesly and myself are hoping to split them between us so hopefully there will be one of us at each event.

As you can see it is a very busy time for us but, as always, it really is great to see so many of you. As I have said previously, please come and have a chat if you see us, it’s what makes it all so enjoyable and worthwhile.

With my very best wishes

YLCGA Captain

Captain's Message - Easter 2024

Easter Greetings

I can’t believe April is just around the corner. Although we have had such a wet winter, for me it seems to have flown by. At least here at the YLCGA the winter months give us time to do a lot of our admin work and I am no exception.

One of the tasks I had was to apply for World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) status for our Championship. I am pleased to say, so long as the competition reaches the necessary criteria, the Championship will qualify. This is a boost for our women and junior girls. The Championship this year is at Hallamshire GC on 10, 11 and 12 May. Full details are on the YLCGA website. I look forward to seeing some of you there and remember even if you are not playing, we always welcome spectators.

Whilst the Challenge Bowl won’t be a WAGR qualifying event, it’s a fabulous three days with something for everyone. This year it is 2, 3, 4, July at Hickleton. Again, full details are on the website

Remember we have competitions going on throughout the year, all at great venues so have a look on the website and get your entries in.

Now that the nights are pulling out and clocks leaping forward this weekend, I am sure everyone is getting itchy feet and wanting to get playing golf again. The Inter Club Championship starts next Monday and whilst I don’t expect many of you will be playing your first match on Easter Monday, I am sure many of you will soon be getting into the full swing of it. I wish those of you who are playing for your club, success and enjoyment.

Vice-Captain Lesly and I look forward to seeing many of you at the events and having a chat with old friends and new.

For now, I wish everyone a Happy Easter.
My very best wishes
YLCGA Captain.

Captain's Message - January 2024

Welcome to the first Captain’s message of 2024.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

I know that, due to the terrible amount of rain we have had, many of you have not been able to play much golf. Whilst I’m sure you will be honing your putting skills on the sitting room carpet; this time is a great opportunity to be looking at competitions and paperwork for the coming season.

The Competition’s team have asked me to remind you that you must be registered on Golf Genius to enter any of the YLCGA competitions. Also, that the entry to them all is open and can be accessed via the website.

I am delighted to tell you that we now have two new Inter Club Secretaries, Sue Rushbrook Secretary and Karen Leake Assistant Secretary. They are currently busy focussing on getting to grips with the process involved in running the leagues. I am sure you will join me in wishing Sue, Karen and their subcommittee every success in the year ahead.

Forms in relation to Inter Club fixture dates are available on the website. Could clubs please complete the relevant form(s) and return to either Sue or Karen as stated on them.

I’ll be updating you all again in the near future.

With Best Wishes

Captain's Welcome - November 2023

Welcome to my first message as Yorkshire Captain.

It doesn’t seem so long ago that Lynn Wallis, former Captain and Competitions Secretary, encouraged me to stand as Inter Club Assistant, never thinking that one day I would be asked to become the Captain. But here we are.

We are really pleased to be welcoming some new members onto the Executive this year; Carla Pawson as Junior Organiser, Sue Rushbrook, Inter Club Secretary and Annette Jackson, East Area Representative. Also coming back onto the committee, Heather Muir, Treasurer and Jane Schofield, West Area Representative. We are always looking at moving the YLCGA forward and I am sure the new members will bring fresh ideas and energy to the group.

We are also delighted to welcome Marian Rae as the President. I know Marian will bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the organisation.

During my year as Vice-Captain I was really pleased to meet so many of you. Not only at competitions but also at some of the Area Representative’s get-togethers. I’m hoping this year to meet even more of you, so please do come and speak to me at events. It’s good to be able to discuss things and share ideas and I’m always ready to have a chat!!

Finally, Lesly and I are looking forward to an exciting and successful year and hopefully with your help we can achieve it.

With Best Wishes