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Links Golf Club Conquer in Spain

A team of five lady golfers representing Links Golf Club, Newmarket, have won the Annodata UK Golf Club Classic at the Barcelo Montecastillo Resort in Jerez, Spain. Having won through six rounds played over the course of the year to earn a place in the semi-final, team captain Sarah Greenall, along with fellow members Edie Douglas, Naomi Pilmer, Marcella Tuttle and Carol Wigham, flew to Spain on 19th November for the last two rounds accompanied by a band of caddies and supporters.

 Following a practice round on Tuesday 20th November, battle commenced in earnest on Wednesday 21st. Facing tough opposition from a strong Ferndown team in the semi-final, Links managed to edge a 3–2 win, with Marcella Tuttle, Naomi Pilmer and Sarah Greenall, playing in the anchor position, gaining the vital points. With the overall score at 2–2, Greenall’s match in particular was nail-bitingly close, with a two-hole lead being gained and lost twice, but a flurry of three further successive wins on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes was sufficient to close out the match on the 16th green by a 3 and 2 margin. With the other winning semi-finalist being Glenbervie GC from Scotland, the team went to sleep that night as the best in England.

Finals day arrived bringing overcast skies and with the forecast of rain, which materialised early in the round. Keeping the same order of play as that for the semifinal, MarcellaTuttle led off against the powerful, but occasionally wayward, ball striking of Alison Goodwin. Drawing on her considerable experience of playing against similar opposition in county matches, Marcella found herself dormie 7. However, Alison started to fight back, winning the 12th, 13th and 14th holes. Dormie 4. Tension on the 15th eased as Marcella halved the hole to achieve a 4 and 3 winning margin. 1–0 Links. The second match of Edie Douglas, against Alison’s equally powerful sister Helen, went against the Newmarket team, match score 1–1. Carol Wigham and Naomi Pilmer both built strong early leads but faced determined resistance from their opponents down the final stretch. Sarah Greenall, meanwhile, having built a four-hole lead by the 12th against a very steady Margaret Tough, experienced a wobble of her own, losing three holes on the trot to stand just one up on the 16th tee. Winning, solid pars on the 16th and 17th holes, however, closed the match out 3 and 1 in her favour. 2–1 Links. With Carol Wigham and Naomi Pilmer both now playing the 18th, and the team needing a point from one or other of them to take the trophy, all of the other players, caddies and supporters rushed to follow the action. Wigham finished her match in style, winning 2 up to clinch the trophy, followed minutes later by an exultant Pilmer winning 1 up. 4–1 Links. Ladies’ Captain Lesley Ellis was there to congratulate the winners: “I have never been prouder. What a tremendous achievement! The ladies just held their nerve and kept battling. We were never behind. We’ve all had a few tears of joy. Either that or it’s the Rain in Spain!”

 A sumptuous gala dinner that evening was followed by the trophy presentation. In her acceptance speech Sarah Greenall paid tribute to the focus and commitment of the team in prevailing under adverse conditions on the course as well as giving credit to Michael and Liam from organisers Matchplay Golf and sponsors Annodata for a supremely well-organised competition.

 “We had some thrilling and tense matches against Ferndown and Glenbervie,” she said. “As the anchor match, all I could do was to play as best as I could, keep a cool head and hope that the team would prevail. We were well aware that our opponents in the semis and finals had also battled through six rounds to get to Spain and were going to put up quite a fight.

 “The unusual levels of rainfall affected the matches and the course was playing very long. But our team was unbelievably dogged and absolutely refused to give up, despite the conditions and really tough opponents.

 “To win overall and be crowned Annodata UK Golf Classic champions for 2018 is a fantastic achievement, and I am thrilled to bits for the team, our ladies’ section and the whole of Links Golf Club.”

Season Finale AM AM

Prize Score Name Club
Winners 92 pts Sue Hill, Ruth Lawton, Claire Tonner, Eileen Webster Girton
Runners-up 89 pts Jill Gamlin, Pat Nixon, Sally Pinnock, Liz Wainwright Ely City & Gog Magog
3rd Place 88 pts ocb Alison Ord, Penny Craddock, Diane Clements, Pat Binham Lakeside Lodge
Nearest the Pin – 5th Margaret McCall Girton
Nearest the Pin in 2 – 12th Paula Offer Bourn

Autumn Greensomes

Prize Score Name Club
Trophy 74 pts Paula Offer & Lindy Clemmow Bourn
Runners-up 70 pts (ocb) Teresa Dyson & Pat Atkin Barkway Park
3rd Place 70 pts Sue Kent & Sue Williams The Cambridgeshire
4th Place 69 pts (ocb) Emma Norman & Shona Kent March
Best Score: AM 39 pts Elaine Randall & Debbie Foster Bourn
Best Score: PM 37 pts Janet Johnstone & Eileen Webster Girton

Mary Cole Rose Bowl

Prize Team Score Name Club
Mary Cole Rose Bowl net 213 Sarah Greenall, Marcella Tutttle, Lynn Lambert Links Newmarket
Runners-up Trophy net 225 (ocb) Kiyoko McLellan, Jenny Jarvis, Josie Seward Royston
3rd Place net 225 (ocb) Joanne Jones, Margo Banks, Pauline Moore Lakeside Lodge
Lowest Net Score net 70 Dawn Hackshall Bourn

Veterans’ Cup 2018 Winners

Veterans’ Cup Best Scratch Gross 79 Grace Eastment The Cambridgeshire
Seniors Veterans’ Cup Best Scratch (over 69) Gross 86 Linda Kelsey Saffron Walden
President’s Salver Best Net Net 68 Carol Harrison Ely City

2018 Ladies Opens within Cambridgeshire

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Bourn Golf Club Thursday 28th June 18 Hole Stableford – Teams of 4 Download
Saffron Walden GC Tuesday 14th August 18 Hole 4 Ball Better Ball Download
St Ives Golf Club Friday 8th June Stableford Waltz Download
Ramsey Golf Club Thursday 13th September 18 Hole 4 Ball AM AM Download
Lakeside Lodge Wednesday 2nd May 18 Hole 4 Ball AM AM Download
The Cambridgeshire Monday 29th October 18 Hole 4 Ball Stableford Download
Saffron Walden-Charity Day Tuesday 5th June 18 Hole 4 Ball Stableford Download
Royston Golf Club Tuesday 27th March 18 Hole 3 Ball AM AM Download
The Gog Magog Tuesday 24th July 18 Hole 4 Ball Betterball Download
Girton Golf Club Wednesday 25th July 18 Hole 4 Ball AM AM Stableford Download
Ely City Golf Club Wednesday 20th June 18 Hole 4 Ball AM AM Shop Download
Girton Golf Club Wednesday 26th September 9 Hole 4BBB-18 Holes Greensomes Download
Lakeside Lodge ‘Pat Thornley Charity Day’ Friday 5th October 18 Hole 4 Ball AM AM Stableford Poster & Entry Form

England Golf announces VAT changes for proprietary clubs
with regards affiliation fees from 1 April 2018

A concession which has allowed proprietary golf clubs to treat affiliation fees as VAT-exempt is being withdrawn by HMRC.

Membership subscriptions at proprietary clubs have always been subject to VAT, but HMRC has previously allowed affiliation fees to be treated as a disbursement and, therefore, exempt. Please click here to read HMRC’s guidance on this change.

This decision has been made despite lobbying by England Golf and comes into effect on 1 April 2018. From that date proprietary clubs who re-charge affiliation fees to their members as a disbursement will have to charge VAT at the standard rate of 20% on their members’ affiliation fees to England Golf and to their County Union or Association.

This means that for 2018 the England Golf affiliation fee of £8.25 will need to be charged with 20% VAT of £1.65, making a total of £9.90. The County affiliation fee will also need to have VAT added and will need to be declared as output VAT on the club’s VAT return.

The withdrawal of the concession only affects proprietary clubs and non-profit making members’ golf clubs should continue to treat affiliation fees as VAT exempt, together with membership subscriptions.

England Golf is continuing to ask all clubs to continue to show affiliation fees separately to the main subscription when billing their members. This tells the member exactly what they pay to the different organisations and highlights to them that they are a member of England Golf and their County Union or Association, as well as their club.

County Sweaters

The County Competitions Secretary holds a small stock of County sweatshirts and lambs wool
V-neck sweaters (Glenmuir) which are available to purchase.

Sweatshirt £10  (was £14.50)
Sweater £30  (was £37)

If you would like to try or buy one, please contact the County Secretary or County Competitions Secretary
NOTE: We do not currently hold any stock of county polo shirts, as a guide in you want to get your own, the colour would equate to the light blue offered by Glenmuir (Paloma style)

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