Rosemary Barford

Rosemary Barford

Captain 2021

A very warm welcome to all Lady Captains & Secretaries both past and present, to our website, Sussex Lady Golf Captains.  My name is Rosemary Barford and I am honoured to be the Association’s Captain for 2021.

SLC&SGA was formed in 1962 by Miss Joy Graham of Royal Ashdown Forest GC for FUN!  Additional founder members were Miss Margaret Ackford from Bognor Regis, Mrs Jackson from Cooden Beach and Mrs Leonie Law from Goodwood.  Joy Graham was Captain until her death in 1982.  In May 1964 membership stood at 132 and currently stands at 450.  The first match against another County was played at Liphook in 1963 v. Hampshire since when matches have been extended to include Berkshire, Kent and Surrey.

Membership is open to any lady who has been a Captain or Secretary of a Sussex Golf Club and we hope that existing members will encourage other past Lady Captains or Secretaries in their Club to join the Association.

We have our usual friendly but competitive programme of meetings and matches against nearby Counties and any member with a handicap high or low can participate.  Please see Events & Entry Forms page for details, together with results.

I look forward to meeting many members during the course of the year and wish you all a very successful and enjoyable golfing year.

If you would like to join our Association please click here to email us.


Match vs Berkshire Past Captains 23rd August 2021 at Seaford

Our Association recently played our only Home match of the  season, against the Berkshire Past Captains, at Seaford Golf Club.  With stunning views across the sea and the downland countryside  Seaford is always a popular venue with players from Sussex and  other counties.

The weather was very kind to us and the Course was in excellent  condition. A total of 32 ladies played for the two teams, the format  was Better Ball Matchplay. Even though Sussex had the home  advantage we were unfortunately the losing side, though a number  of the games went to the last couple of holes. The final score was  5 ½ to 2 ½ to Berkshire. After the game a Summer Buffet was  enjoyed by all the ladies. The Berkshire Captain, Barbara Shanks,  was very gracious in her speech. Most of her ladies had had a very long day travelling to the South Coast, coping with the summer  traffic and road works. Hopefully all 32 players had had a lovely  day!

Thank you to all the Sussex Ladies for playing.

Rosemary Barford



President’s Competition with SGC Monday 16th August 2021

This annual event took place at Crowborough this year where our President Brenda Clift paired sixteen of our lady members  with sixteen Sussex Past Captains for a Four Ball Betterball competition. The pairings were announced amongst a lot of joviality and this continued for the rest of the day. The Crowborough mist stayed away and so did the sun but everyone kept dry. The course was challenging and played very long but everyone seemed to enjoy their game. A special mention must go to the Greens staff who were still putting the paths back together after they were destroyed in the torrential rain of the previous week.

After a very tasty meal Brenda Clift (SLC&SGA President) and Brenda Gilbey (SLC&SGA Vice Captain) announced the winners and made the presentations. Karen Spicer and Mark Dunn were third on countback with 36 points, Wendy Shergold and Keith Hayward were second also on 36 points and the winners with very commendable 38 points were Joanna Greenstreet and Simon Watts.

Unfortunately Rosemary Barford (SLC&SGA Captain) was unable to attend, everyone wished her well and we expect to see her out and about very soon.

Mixed Meeting 5th August 2021 at Ham Manor


Thursday August 5th saw the SLC&SGA hold our inaugural mixed event at Ham Manor Golf Club in West Sussex. A field of 30 couples played a Better Ball stableford competition.

There were four prizes for Nearest the Pin, but difficult conditions meant that only two were awarded. Winners of bottle of wine were Jackie Lee from Pyecombe on the 4th hole and Todd White from Cowdray on the 13th. The best score on the Front Nine with 21 points were Sylvia Huggair & Trevor Goswell from Willingdon. Also on 21 points were Elaine & Tas Violaris from Cuckfield who secured the prize for the Back Nine.

In third place were Margaret Moore & Ed Brooks (Haywards Heath) with 40 points, second were Jenny & Paul Dixon (Cottesmore) with 41 points. On countback the winning pair, also with 41 points, were Jo & Rod Maddams from Slinfold. The prizes were Vouchers from the Pro Shop.

Ham Manor proved to be an excellent venue and made us feel very welcome. Touches included the SLC&SGA logo painted on the first tee. A delicious buffet lunch followed the golf.

The Event Organiser was Joanna Greenstreet who did a wonderful job, both before and on the day. Helping her doing the cards was Lesley Talbot. A very big Thank You to both ladies!