Members - Ladies


Ping Grand Final

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Well done to Rita Bleasdale and Libby Sturrock who won our club competition earlier in the year with 49 points. This placed them in the top 50 scores in England and made them eligible to play in the Grand Final at Gainsborough. In wet weather they managed an excellent 40 points, which put them in the prizes with fifth place. This is the full write up from the NLCGA web page:

National Success for Norfolk’s Lady Golfers

Fifth Place for Great Yarmouth & Caister Ladies’ pair, Libby Sturrock & Rita Bleasdale, in the Grand Final of the PING women’s Fourball Better Ball at Gainsborough Golf Club.

Libby and Rita achieved a fabulous 49 points to earn their place in the top fifty pairs who go forward to the Grand Final.

Playing off 90% of their handicaps – Libby had 30 shots, Rita 15 – the pair was three under par after the first three holes, leading to a front nine score of 20 points, a number they matched on the back nine. The pair clocked up their 40 points during a rain-soaked round at the challenging 5,864 yard Karsten Lakes Course, leaving them just two shots behind the winners. They were tied with another pair on 40 but on countback came in fifth.

“It was a fantastic event, unlike anything I have experienced in golf,” said Libby, a relatively new golfer. Playing partner, Rita, agreed: “We had a few poor holes but somehow or other managed to hold it together. When I was in a muddle, Libby came through.”

The tournament is run by England Golf and attracted 16,610 women from 885 clubs. Full details and hole by hole results are on the England Golf website.


Lady Captain’s Day

Tuesday 29th August 2017

On a very hot late summer’s day 27 ladies took part in Jean Johnson’s lady captain’s day. The format was a 3 ball Texas scramble with the ladies dressing up in Western gear. By the halfway house the weather was so warm that some ladies were finding the fancy dress a bit too warm. Several were seen disappearing into the clubhouse for a quick change into normal golf gear. The competition was followed by lunch. Winners of the 18 hole scramble were Sally Shaw, Sonia Bensly & Brenda Sadd. The 9 hole winners were Freda Roberson, Carol Varley and Janet Wiseman (with her hobby horse!).

Photo (left to right)
Sally Shaw, Jean Johnson (captain), Sonia Bensly, Brenda Sadd)


Ladies’ Championship and Wharton Cup

Tuesday 15th August 2017

The 2017 competitions over 36 holes were contested by 14 ladies. The weather was good, but not too hot, which made the playing conditions just right. Winner of the Ladies’ Championship for the first time was Jess Rutherford, who shot a gross 74 in the first round. Last year’s champion Dawn Futter was second. The Wharton Cup (handicap trophy) was won by Rita Bleasdale with a nett 138 and Jess was second with a nett 142. This was also the first time that Rita has played in these competitions. Therefore, it was fitting that she won the trophy that was originally presented to the ladies’ section by her aunt Ruth Wharton.

Apologies to Rita for the ‘bell hat’ in the photo.


Captain and Professional competition

Thursday 1st June 2017

Ladies’ captain Jean Johnson and club professional Alex Holmes issued their annual challenge to the rest of the ladies, to try and beat their betterball score. This is a charity competition with the proceeds going to the lady captain’s charity. In good conditions some very respectable scores were returned.

Jean and Alex scored 40 points, which was equalled by three other pairs. However, the captain and professional were the winners on countback. The trophy for the best challenge score was won by Carol Delf and Jess Rutherford.

Photo (left to right):
Alex, Jean, Jess and Carol


Ladies Open Am-Am

Thursday 22nd June 2017

The ladies welcomed six teams of four in their annual open competition. Seven clubs were represented from Norfolk and Suffolk. After the heatwave of the previous week the weather had cooled down somewhat, although there was a 30 minute thunderstorm delay once everyone had teed off. The storm didn’t result in very much rain, so the dry conditions resulted in some excellent scores.

The winners were Gill Barrett, Sue Soar, Jill Ollington and Deborah Darling, from Costessey Park Golf Club, who are regular visitors in this competition. They managed to score an exceptional 93 points.


NLCGA Seniors’ Championship

Thursday 29th June 2017

The golf club played host to the Norfolk Ladies County Golf Association Seniors’ Championship. Thirty seven ladies took part representing fifteen Norfolk clubs. Following the heatwave earlier in June the course provided a stiff test of golf in true summer, links conditions, although the rain two days beforehand made the greens more receptive.

Nevertheless, with some of the best senior lady golfers in the county taking part there were some excellent scores returned. Winner of the scratch trophy was the NLCGA president Jo Ashmore, from Barnham Broom, with a gross score of 75 (nett 73). Dawn Futter and Glenda Winn, from Great Yarmouth and Caister, made the most of the home course advantage to come first and second in the handicap competition. Dawn shot a nett 3 under par 69 to win the handicap trophy and Glenda came second with a nett 1 under par 71.

Photo – (l to r) Glenda Winn and Dawn Futter


Ladies Invitation Day

7th July 2017

Again, we seemed to manage to get the weather right for this annual competition. The previous day had seen thunderstorms and torrential rain across the course for part of the day, but Friday dawned very warm and sunny with a nice cooling breeze.

Twenty eight ladies took part in this betterball pairs competition and made the most of the ideal conditions. There were some excellent scores returned and the golf was followed by a lovely meal in the clubhouse. Overall the atmosphere was a very relaxed and happy one.

Nearest the Pin in two on the 2nd hole – Julie Carpenter
Nearest the Line on the 8th hole – Jenny Tyler
Nearest the Pin on the 14th hole – Julie Carpenter

1st Libby Sturrock and Karen Woodrow 52 points
2nd Sue Allen and Julie Carpneter 48 points
3rd Dawn Futter and Julia Smith 47 points
4th Sarah Steventon and Judith McKinnon 47 points

Photo (l to r)
Libby Sturrock, Jean Johnson, Karen Woodrow


Gillieson Cup

Sunday 21st May 2017

Hunstanton ladies paid us a return visit in the first round of the Gillieson Cup inter-club knockout. Three pairs from each club went head-to-head in this foursomes, matchplay event. The match was keenly fought with Hunstanton the final victors by two games to one.

However, it seems that their secret weapon was ‘banana power’ as their captain, Caroline Richardson, presented them each with a banana in its own storage case just before the match.
Well done to Hunstanton.


England Golf East Region Medal Qualifier

14th May 2017

Congratulations go to Dawn Futter who recently competed in the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Women’s Trophy. This competition is run in partnership with England Golf. The East Region Medal Qualifier was held at Rookery Park Golf Club. There were 85 entries from 6 counties.

Dawn shot a net 73 to finish 1 under par and 4 shots behind the winner. This put her in 8th position with the top10 qualifying for the next round. Dawn will go on to compete against ladies from five other regions in the national final. This will be held in August, during Golf Week, at the England Golf headquarters in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. The overall winner will be England’s female Handicap Golfer of the Year. The top nine players will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 6 September.

They will be joined by the top nine players from the companion men’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am.

The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, playing with a star of The European Tour.


Spring Mixed Open

Saturday 29th April 2017

The Ladies’ Section welcomed 11 visiting pairs and 15 home pairs for their Spring Mixed Open competition. The format was greensomes stableford.

As many of the visitors had played in our mixed open competitions before, it was a relief to welcome them with some quite benign Caister weather. A little cold and overcast for the early starters, but then the sun get out for those with later tee times and the wind was quite light. Since the course had started to dry out there was plenty of run on the ball, but also the chance of a bad bounce.


NLCGA Diamond Knockout

Saturday 22nd April 2017

In the second round Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club recently played host to Royal Norwich GC. The cold, windy conditions that we have experienced this spring continued on the day. However, both teams did their best to cope and some good golf resulted. Great Yarmouth and Caister eventually used the home advantage to win by seven holes.

Congratulations go to the winning team of Glenda Winn and Deirdre Knowles (winning by 6 holes) and Sue Allen and Carol Delf (winning by 1 hole).

The ladies will now have to wait to see whether they have drawn Royal Cromer GC or Wensum Valley GC away in the second round.


Ladies' President's Day

Tuesday 18th April 2017

The ladies of Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club recently helped their President, Joan Chatten, to celebrate her three years in office. On a bitterly cold and extremely windy day the ladies turned out to play in a greensomes competition. With such difficult conditions the winning score of 37 points by Bev Andrews and Rita Bleasdale was highly commendable.
The competition was followed by a very welcome lunch in the clubhouse and a chance to warm up again. Ladies’ Captain, Jean Johnson, presented Joan with a card and flowers to thank her for being President. Joan still has seven months left in office, then a new President will be elected at the AGM in November.

Photo (left to right):
Bev Andrews, Joan Chatten (President), Rita Bleasdale


NLCGA Diamond Knockout Saturday

18th March 2017

Norfolk Ladies County Golf Association have introduced a new knockout competition for 2017. Affiliated clubs can enter a team of four ladies. The format is fourball better ball matchplay, based on Myhill scoring.

In the first round Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club recently played host to Hunstanton GC. Both teams were used to playing in the cold, windy conditions experienced on the day, so it made for a close match. Great Yarmouth and Caister eventually used the home advantage to win by seven holes. Congratulations go to the winning team of Glenda Winn and Deirdre Knowles (winning by 5 holes) and Sue Allen and Carol Delf (winning by 2 holes).

The ladies will now have to wait to see whether they have drawn Royal Norwich GC or Fakenham GC away in the second round.

Photograph (left to right)
Carol Delf, Sue Allen, Jean Johnson (Ladies Captain), Deirdre Knowles, Glenda Winn


Ladies’ Social Event

Tuesday 14th February 2017

This event is the main fundraiser for the Ladies Section of the golf club. To mark the fact that it was Valentines Day the competition was a Pink Peril. Teams of three ladies tried not to lose either of the two pink balls that they were issued with. This is because whoever had the pink ball on a hole scored double points. In a very generous mood the organiser, Sally Shaw, decided that each team should have a spare ball. This was because of everyone’s fear of losing it in the ditches on the 3rd hole! The competition was over 14 holes, but each team had one lady who was only playing 9 holes. In this way we were able to accommodate almost all of our playing ladies.

Many teams managed to hang on to one or both of their pink balls for the whole round. The only team to fail was that of Ladies’ Captain, Jean Johnson. Unfortunately, Jean managed to lose both of their balls. Still, they do say that your golf suffers when you are Captain!

The eventual winners with a massive 78 points were Sally Barber, Jan Tytheridge and Annie Green.
Second were Rita Bleasdale, Carol Varley and Deirdre Knowles with 76 points.
Third were Sue Allen, Linda Croucher and Lisa Tweed with 72 points.


The Captain & Professional Challenge Cup

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Once again, the ladies of Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club recently braved 25-30mph winds to support their outgoing captain, Sonia Bensly, in one of her charity competitions. Apart from trying to stay upright in the conditions, the challenge was for pairs of ladies to beat the score of Sonia and club professional Alex Holmes. Using the betterball format Sonia and Alex managed to score 27 points over a shortened course of 14 holes. However, four of the competing pairs managed to beat this score. The winners of the challenge and the trophy were the new ladies captain, Jean Johnson, and her partner Libby Sturrock, who triumphed in the conditions to score a very creditable 32 points.

Libby Sturrock, Alex Holmes, Sonia Bensly, Jean Johnson (from left to right)


AGM and Trophy presentation

At their recent AGM the ladies of Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club expressed their gratitude to Sonia Bensly for the work she had done during her year as Ladies Captain. Jean Johnson was then welcomed in as the new Captain with Lisa Tweed as her Vice Captain for the coming year.

After the formal proceedings the trophies for 2016 were presented.

The winners with some of their trophies were:
Left to right
Back row: Glenda Winn; Libby Sturrock; Janet Wiseman; Dawn Futter; 
Joan Chatten; Sally Shaw; Sue Allen; Brenda Sadd
Front row: Ann Green; Bev Andrews; Jacki Daniels; Sally Barber.


Sheringham Golf Club 125th Anniversary Competition

As part of their 125th Anniversary celebrations Sheringham Golf Club recently hosted a series of open competitions. Clubs from across Norfolk were invited to send representatives to compete. Dawn Futter and Sue Allen played in the ladies fourball better ball competition on behalf of Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club. They played a true better ball round with Sue scoring very well on the front nine holes and then Dawn taking over on the back nine. This resulted in a final score of 51 points, which is truly exceptional even in the wonderful, late, summer conditions they experienced. Sheringham is always a testing course whatever the weather.

Their score meant that Sue and Dawn won the visitors’ prize. They were presented with an engraved crystal bowl each by Cathy Jefferies, the Sheringham Ladies Captain. 

Photo (left to right):
Sue Allen, Cathy Jefferies, Dawn Futter


Ladies Club Championship

With a hot, sunny day forecast some of the ladies from Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club recently embarked on their 36 hole Club Championship. The competition was divided into two categories, the Club Championship being played off scratch and the Wharton Cup for the handicap section.

36 holes of golf in one day is never an easy feat, but the heat made this a particularly sapping competition, which allowed a true champion to emerge at the end of it. After the final scores were counted Dawn Futter was presented with the Club Championship trophy. She scored a gross 82 for the morning round and 90 in the afternoon. Sally Shaw was second with a gross 185 for the two rounds.

The Wharton Cup was very closely fought, with the eventual winner being decided on count-back over the second round. Both Dawn Futter and Brenda Sadd had nett scores of 148. However, Brenda was presented with the trophy for scoring a nett 72 in her second round, over Dawn’s nett 78.

The ladies were pleased to welcome past captain Marjorie Allen to the club again to present the Club Championship trophy to Dawn. Marjorie originally donated the trophy to the club for this competition. 

Championship 2016 Dawn: Marjorie Allen, Dawn Futter, Sonia Bensly (Ladies Captain)


Wharton 2016 Brenda: Brenda Sadd, Sonia Bensly


Pink Balloon Extravaganza

As her year in office draws to a close Ladies Captain Sonia Bensly chose a ‘Pink Balloon Extravaganza’ for her recent day of celebration. This didn’t really surprise any of the ladies who took part, as they all knew how much Sonia loves to dress in pink for golf. Competitors were greeted on the first tee by Sonia and given a pink balloon to carry. Then they were announced over the public address system by the Club Captain Bruce Sturrock.

The format was individual Stableford with some ladies playing the full 18 holes and others joining in on the 11th tee for the back eight holes. On a lovely, hot summer’s day the ‘halfway house’ refreshments provided by Sonia were very welcome.

The pink balloon allowed each competitor to take a ‘Mulligan’ once during the round. This is a chance to replay one bad shot with no penalty. Prizes were awarded to Bev Andrews for the best first half card and Linda Croucher for the best second half. Prizes were also awarded on three different holes for nearest the line, the rabbit and the bottle.

Afterwards 31 ladies joined captain Sonia for an enjoyable late lunch and a rather difficult quiz. She was also presented with a bouquet and ‘Thank You’ card by Vice Captain Jean Johnson. 

Prize winners’ photo (left to right):
Linda Croucher, Sonia Bensly, Bev Andrews  


Married Couples Trophy

With summer finally starting to show its true colours many of the husbands and wives who are members of Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club recently took to the course in the Married Couples Trophy. This foursomes, stableford competition is traditionally run by the ladies section of the club. Since the playing conditions were so benign it was anticipated that it would be a keenly fought competition. When the final scores were in this certainly turned out to be the case with just two points separating the top three places. Leading the way were Tim and Sally Barber with 37 points, narrowly beating John and Lisa Tweed who had 36 points. In third place were Brian and Jean Johnson with 35 points. 


The East Region Ladies Senior Golf Championship was recently held at Haverhill Golf Club in Suffolk. Ladies from six east region counties took part. Dawn Futter, from Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club, competed in the over 50s group. Conditions were reasonably favourable as the weather was warm, but quite windy with just a couple of light showers. Dawn took this all in her stride and went on to win her group with a nett score of 71, which included 4 birdies, whilst the competition scratch score was 72. Congratulations go to Dawn who has continued the success of Great Yarmouth and Caister ladies in this event, as last year Sue Allen won the over 60s group. 


Ladies Invitation Friday 1st June

The Ladies Section recently hosted their annual Ladies Invitation competition. The 13 pairs who took part were treated to some warm, sunny, summer conditions for this four-ball better ball competition. Each pair consisted of a home player and her invited guest from another club. The competition was as keen as ever with two pairs finally vying for first place. Sally Shaw and Dot Wreford took first prize with 39 points, closely followed by Dawn Futter and Julia Smith with 38 points. The race for third place was even closer with Jacki Daniels and Chris Bridgeman taking the prize with 35 points on count back. Nearest the pin prizes on the par 3 holes went to Sue Hutchins on the 7th and Sally Shaw on the 12th. Unfortunately, no one managed to get straight on to the green on the 14th or 17th holes. Special thanks go to the green staff for presenting the course in such excellent condition, especially after all the rain we have experienced this summer. Our gratitude also goes to Sam for filling most of us up afterwards with her wonderful fish and chips – a Caister speciality.

1st place 
Sally Shaw, Dot Wreford, Sonia Bensly (Ladies Captain)

2nd place
Dawn Futter, Julia Smith, Sonia

3rd place
Jacki Daniels, Chris Bridgeman, Sonia

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