Autumn Training Days
The second on the County Squad's autumn coaching days was held at Tiverton Golf Club on Sunday 12th November following the previous session held two weeks earlier. The two sessions were specifically structured to short game skills and Tiverton's excellent new short game facilities were a perfect venue. County coach Tiffany MacKenzie had set up a number of putting and chipping skill tests and drills which gave the girls plenty to practice over the winter months, some of which can be done from the comfort of the living room!
Jess Bradley, Devon's own Ladies European Tour player, kindly attended both sessions and held a question and answer session with the girls. The questions were wide ranging from how difficult was the jump from the amateur ranks to the professional game, course management and planning, practice and fitness schedules, pre and post shot routine, nutrition on and off the course, life at university in America, mental approach to stroke play and match play, life on tour and many more. We thank Jess for her time. A few faces fell when she told us that the food to take on the course was bananas, cereal bars and nuts and definitely not chocolate and Haribos!
After lunch the girls played a competitive 9 hole 3 person team event.
Many thanks to Tiverton Golf Club, Jess Bradley, Tiffany MacKenzie and Sally Charnock for two excellent sessions.
Devon Ladies' 2nd Team
2nd Team Match v Dorset - Bulbury Woods Golf Club - 16th July 2017
The final match of the season for the second team took place on 16th July at Bulbury Woods, Dorset. The course has narrow, tree lined fairways and some very tricky greens.
The 3 foursomes in the morning were pairings of Meg Rossouw (Yelverton) and Helena Standen (Saunton), Lorna Elliott (Dartmouth) and Emily Morey (East Devon) and Lexi Dart (Churston) and Charlotte Husband (Exeter), Charlotte making her debut appearance for the 2nd team.
The state of play at the 9th was nail bitingly close with 1 down, 2 up and an AS, but still a long way to go. With 2 clear wins and a hard fought third match ending on the 18th, 1 down, we were fired up going into the afternoon singles with a 2-1 points lead.
The afternoon singles saw Rebekah Nicholls (Dainton Park) making her debut for the 2nd team, giving Charlotte a rest and a turn in the buggy. Again the state of play at the 9th was extremely close with 3 matches AS and 3 matches 1up. The team was getting tired as the weather became extremely close with the threat of some rain, which luckily didn’t arrive. However, the girls were not going to be beaten, and by the 15th hole we were 1 match down, 1 match AS and 4 matches up, it was looking good. Finally 3 matches ended on the 18th with 2 wins and 1 half. 1 match finished on the 16th 3-2 down. Lastly two matches finished on the 17th with wins of 3-1 and 2-1.
We ended the day with an extremely good win of 6½–2½.
The matches were played in excellent spirit with both sides enjoying the competitive element.
2nd Team Match v Cornwall - Yelverton Golf Club - 11th June 2017
County Vice Captain Chris Longden reports:
The main part of my responsibilities as County Vice Captain is to manage the County 2nd Team.
Our first Inter-County Divisional match was at home against Cornwall. The venue was Yelverton on Sunday, 11th June and the format was Foursomes Matchplay in the morning followed by Singles Matchplay in the afternoon.
At 7.30am I received a phone call from the mother of one of my team to say that her daughter was not well enough to play. I had already lost my reserve the day before from tendonitis. Help!!!!
A frantic phone call to the County Captain Angie Hickey, with a plea to bring her clubs, solved the morning Foursomes problem. However, I still needed a player for the Singles match in the afternoon. Luckily, Lesley Pascoe agreed to come and play in the afternoon. Grateful thanks go to the County Captain and the County Selector for stepping up to the plate and playing in the team.
Unfortunately we lost all 3 matches in the morning going 3-0 down. 2 of those matches lost 1 down on the 18th, they were hard fought but Cornwall had the edge over Devon with their putting.
It was all to play for in the afternoon, we needed to win 5 matches to beat Cornwall. The team was all fired up to try their best but we lost the first match 3-2, with Lexi Dart having a strong opponent.
Helena Standen and Laura Tregelles won their matches. Helena with an outstanding 6-5 and Laura winning on the 18th with 2 up.
The last 3 matches were still going strong with Meg Rossouw battling it out to the 18th and losing 1 down. Lesley Pascoe lost 2 down on the 18th and Lorna Elliott lost 3-2 on the 16th, after fighting back from 4 down, to a 20ft putt by the Cornwall player .
The final result was 7 matches to Cornwall and 2 to Devon.
Cornwall were excellent opponents on the day and tough to beat.
Tyler Trophy - Yelverton Golf Club - 21st May 2017
The annual Tyler Trophy match between the DCLGA 2nd Team and the Junior Girls was played at Yelverton on Sunday, 21st May 2017. The match was played in glorious sunshine with a testing wind. Both sides fielded a team of 7 players and Devon Junior Girls went on to win 4½ - 2½.
The Tyler Trophy was presented to the winning team by Sally Tyler and her mother who were present to support both teams as they played.
Practice Match at Woodbury Park
Eleven members of the county squad met at Woodbury Park on Sunday 23rd April for a foursomes match. The number of players participating was down due the demands of public exams, the clash of a national college golf event and injury. It was a valuable session as it enabled the management team to look at foursomes pairings for the forth coming season. The standard of golf was very high but everyones concentration was tested by what was going on close by on Woodbury Common. The billowing smoke from the fire was clearly seen and the sound of fire engines and helicopters were clearly heard. All players played 17 holes but we were greeted by the sight of fire service vehicles being reversed towards the lake on the 18th and hoses being unrolled. The lake was going to provide a water supply to fight what turned out to be the 100 acre fire on the common. The Hotel had been evacuated although the Clubhouse was still open. Match abandoned!
Coaching Event at Woodbury Park
On Saturday 11th March DCLGA County Squad members were invited by Devon Golf Ltd to attend a coaching event they had organised at Woodbury Park. The day consisted of two talks one by Andy Lamour, a physiotherapist, who has worked at England Golf and with a number of tour professionals and the other by John Bickerton, an ex European Tour player. Both talks were very interesting giving an insight into what it is like to be on tour and helpful tips to help players of all abilities. John then held a short game clinic. Unfortunately John had a shoulder injury so Gary Milne, the DG Ltd County Coach, stepped up and hit the shots John was describing.
The players were also able to go on the Srixon Tour Bus and have the lofts and lies of their clubs measured and new grips put on their clubs.
We would like to thank Devon Golf Ltd, Srixon and Woodbury Park for a great day.
County Squad Assessment Days
County Squad Assessment ays were held at Saunton Golf Club on the 5th and 12th February 2017. Tiffany MacKenzie, the County Coach, had arranged well structured and organised days. The morning session on each day comprised of a putting skills challenge, a short game skills challenge, Trackman Data Collection & long range pitching skills. After a quick lunch the players played 9 holes of stroke play golf. All these tasks were competitive with token prizes for each challenge. Valuable information was collected and will provide the basis for the coaching days to follow.
It was dry but rather chilly!