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Minutes of the Delegates Meeting held at Merlin Golf Club
On Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 11.30am.


Officers: Helen Davey (President) Sue Roworth (County Captain) Vicki Stevenson, (County Vice Captain) Jenny Potter (Hon. Secretary) Jacquie Lang ( Competition secretary) Cath Andrew (U-18 Junior Organiser) Mary Robson (Handicap Advisor &Truro)

Delegates and Club Representatives: Ros Thomas,  (Cape Cornwall)  Jill Tucker, Glen Thom (Bude) Jill Jones (Carlyon Bay), Linda Hobbs(China Fleet), Sally Ingle (Falmouth), Pat Crowsen (Killiow), Bridget Christophers (Launceston) Jill Simmons (Mullion) Lorna Parfitt (Newquay) Mandy Wright( Perranporth), Brenda Morton (Porthpean), Marilyn Horobin ( Praa Sands) Caroline Hume-Kendall (St Enodoc) Annette Underhill, Cathryn Hewlett, Jill Philips (Tehidy), Ann Eddy ( West Cornwall)

  1. 1. Apologies for Absence: Jean Anne Evers ( St Austell), Glennis Bateson       ( Budock Vean), Angela Anderson ( Tehidy),Margaret Ware (China Fleet) Jenny Dunbar (Looe) and Sue Phillips (Junior Organiser)

  2. Minutes of Delegates Meeting held on 6th June 2018- (already circulated) - to be confirmed as true record. The minutes were signed as a true and accurate record of meeting
  1. Matters Arising:

    1. League Play Off Champions Trophy. Due to one of the Division winners being unable to field a team we were forced into a change of format this year. The format used was a team aggregate Stableford, with all scores to count. Should there have been a tie it would have been decided on a countback of all back nines. This format would work however many teams played.

      A player from each team played in each group and this proved to be very successful and popular with all the players. The Delegates that played in the finals confirmed it had a much more celebratory feel, which was what Killiow had originally intended. It was agreed by the Delegates that we would stick with this format which would avoid all the disruption caused by teams being unavailable.

    2. Delegates had been asked at previous meeting to discuss any changes that could be made to the league to improve it. No clubs felt that any changes would improve the league format. It was decided to leave as is
  2. Officers Reports:
    County Captain: ICMW 2018 was considered a fantastic success, quoted by many as the best Match week for organisation, venue & Course, weather and above all the welcome and catering @ St Enodoc. My thanks to the officials of the CLCGA who worked long and hard hours to ensure its success.  Unfortunately we didn’t win and we were in a great position do so but the week turned on a couple of crucial missed putts v Devon.

     Yes it was a close as that!

    But Team Cornwall made their best effort and we were there to win. It wasn’t to be and so to me it doesn’t matter where we finished - it s irrelevant to our aim for the week. My thanks go to the hard work and commitment shown by a great team of players. & my thanks to St Enodoc Golf Club which have been personally and publicly expressed.

    However Gloucestershire went on to represent the SW in the National Finals held @ RND in a weather hit event. Several changes in format due to poor weather forecasts saw Gloucestershire crowned National Champions which was well deserved for the 2ND time in 3 years.

    Formats changed daily, so there was a need for changes in Team Structure, strategy and GLOS proved to have the strength in depth and so it showed after an extremely close finish on the last day with at least 3 teams in contention! I felt privileged to witness and be a part of their success.
    So Roll on next year when Cornwall take on Woodbury Park .
    Good luck to Vicki & your team.

    A well supported Jubilee the Final Competition of the year saw (30) teams enjoy St Enodoc, the welcome, the course, the format & the tasty food. PROCEEDS were IN AID OF THE MERMAID CENTRE. Some very low scores were returned in the varied conditions. A slight twist in the format led to a Birdie Fest _ 22 -2’s!  A team from Launceston lead the field followed by the home club St. Enodoc. I have donated the ‘Jubilee Jug’ and it was won this year by Bridget Christophers, Cath Hopkins & Avril Starling from Launceston Golf Club.
    On the day £923 was raised for The MERMAID CENTRE.
    Thank You - to all clubs who donated the Raffle Prizes. The Raffle alone raised £293. Over the 2 years of my Captaincy .. £1958 has been raised for the Mermaid Centre.

    Finally the League Play Offs due to the late withdrawal of one of the teams- we reconsidered the format based on discussion @ Delegates following last year’s event.I have to say from a personal point of view (I was present at both) - it was a great success -a real celebration to embrace a year of competition and hopefully something for teams to aim for in future seasons!

    Over the 4 years I have been involved I have enjoyed;
    Chairing meetings, involving you the Delegates in discussion;
    Meeting as many of you as I could in County run events;
    Enjoying & sharing the highs & lows that Golf & Sport brings!

    My final reminder to you all:

    • Is your responsibility to represent your clubs & to express your views and your clubs
    • To communicate any decisions & outcomes to your members ;
    • & finally to encourage your members whether Silver or Bronze to enter CLCGA meetings- as for £22 for a days’ golf and food is an absolute bargain!
    • Finally Vice Presidents Final takes place @ St Enodoc Golf Club on Sunday 21st October 0924 between Anna Sendall( Perranporth) & Hana Dobrowski(Bude & North Cornwall.

    County Vice Captain: There has been lots happening since the last delegates meeting in June. I was at St Enodoc for South West Match week which Sue has reported on already and has thanked all the county officers for their hard work in making the week so successful. I would like to add congratulations to Sue on all her hard work organising everything so well for the week, both the arrangements for the Cornwall Team and for the event as a whole. Our match against Gloucestershire literally could have gone either way and the fact that Gloucestershire then went on to win the National Finals shows how close Cornwall are.

    At the end of July the second team played Devon at Truro GC. There seems to be a theme for second team matches and once again the weather was so bad first thing that it was debatable if the course was going to be playable! However we did play and we beat Devon by 5 1/2 / 3 1/2. As we had already beaten Somerset at Weston Super Mare this meant we qualified for the regional final against Gloucestershire.

    The final match was played at Taunton and Pickeridge at the end of September and I’m delighted to report that Cornwall beat Gloucestershire for the third consecutive year to become South West Regional Second Team Champions. The score was 5 1/2 / 3 1/2 once again.

    Last weekend I spent a very enjoyable day watching the league play offs which we have discussed already today and I would like to reiterate how successful the day was and how much it was enjoyed by the teams involved.

    The final match  for the second team will be a friendly match against the junior girls this Sunday at Truro.

    County Treasurer: The CLCGA financial year ends on 30th September so all the accounts are now with the auditor these final accounts will be presented at the AGM in December.

    CGU have collected subscriptions for this year and report 1,648 lady members. There are still a small number of clubs that have not returned their subscriptions.
    Hosting Match Week at St Enodoc expenses £8,278. England Golf Contributed £2,000 towards the event.
    Total income from meetings during the year £18,812, vouchers issued during the year £3,322.
    Total income from raffles £1,526.

    After 6 years I shall be retiring from the post of Treasurer at the AGM. One or two members have shown an interest but as yet the post has not been filled. If there are any members interested I would be happy to discuss what is involved.

    County Secretary: Jenny said that everything seemed to be going along smoothly. There is still no action on the merger with the CGU.

    I am still waiting for some entries for the 2019 Gammon. If your club hasn’t yet sent this in, don’t miss the deadline. This year the Gammon was won by Perranporth in a tight match against Tehidy Park. The score did not reflect how close the matches were.

    I hope everyone is swatting up on the new rules, coming into effect in January 2019.They have been simplified and appear to be more user friendly. There is a Rules seminar at St Mellion in November for up to 3 members per club. Details on the England Golf website. I am attaching a list of 20 of the changes to the rules.

    Fixtures for 2019 are finalised and are attached. Venues for 2020 will be organised in the New Year, if any clubs would like to be considered let myself or Jacquie know. We can guarantee to be able to use everywhere offered but it helps to know who would like to be considered.        

    Competition Secretary:
    Division 2 Autumn Meeting:   We were welcomed to Falmouth on a Sunday for a change
    Handicap Cup – Sally Ingle Falmouth  36 points
    Runner Up . -  Linda Radley St Mellion  36 points
    3rd - Jennifer Dunstan Falmmouth 35 points
    4th – Judith Beeton Falmouth 34 points
    5th - Jacquie Lang  Perranporth 34 points
    6th -Toni Noventa Falmouth 34 points
    Aggregate Cup Rosie Broger Bareham Perranporth 63 points

    Division 1 Autumn Meeting: We were welcomed to Killiow.
    Handicap Cup – Claire Hosking Cape Cornwall  nett 63
    Runner Up – MelByrne Killiow nett 69
    3rd – Michelle Cowles Truro nett 70
    Scratch Prize – Cara Rowe Killiow 78
    2nd - Caroline Hume Kendall St Enodoc 83
    3rd – Penny Cartwright St Enodoc 83
    Aggregate Cup Sarah Shobrook Perranporth (75&72) 147

    The question of if we should continue with the Pre Championship reception. The numbers have dwindled considerably over the last few years.  After some discussion it was decided that we will trial not having a reception at next year’s Championship and look at it again at the June Delegates Meeting.

    Junior Organiser: The girls have been busy playing golf over the summer months making the most of the lovely weather we have had.  Though, when the Junior County Championships were held at Perranporth Golf Club in July, the girls were faced with strong winds and showers.

    Winner and Junior County Champion for 2018, was Junior County Captain, Laura Andrew from Truro Golf Club with a gross 78.  The Runner Up Salver was won by Kira Barnes from West Cornwall Golf Club, with a gross 84.  Winner of the Handicap Cup was Maisie Drewett, from Falmouth Golf Club, with a nett 78 and the Stableford Cup was won by Maddie Watson, from Carlyon Bay Golf Club, with 30 points.

    Presentation of the trophies was kindly done by County President, Helen Davey.

    Throughout the summer the girls have been playing in the Junior Opens across the County and we have seen some great scores come in, most notably Lizzy Nile, from Carlyon Bay, who scored 54 points at the St Austell Junior Open. Once again, I have run the Order of Merit alongside the Junior Opens and, for the second year running, winner of the Scratch Cup is Kira Barnes, from West Cornwall (now St Enodoc) with a 69 point lead and now plays off a handicap of 5.  Winner of the Handicap Cup is Lizzy Nile who started the Order of Merit playing off a handicap of 33 in April and now plays off 21.  Other great handicap achievements have been Sophia Hallett, from Mullion, who has dropped from 29 to 17 and Charlotte Luke, from West Cornwall, who has dropped from 27 to 18.

    On Friday 3rd August U14 Girls played a match against the U12 Boys at Carlyon Bay Golf Club. There were 6 singles matches which the girls won by 4.5 to 1.5. 4 of the younger girls played a 9 hole Stableford event but despite some great scores the boys were too strong on the day.

    At the beginning of September the Girls played in the first Junior Autumn Meeting which I set up to run alongside the County Boys’ competition.  This was held at Mullion Golf Club and you couldn’t have asked for better playing conditions with plenty of sunshine and just a gentle breeze.  County Captain, Sue Roworth, presented the prizes and a brand new trophy which we have dedicated to her in recognition and thanks for all the help and support she has given the Junior Section in her 4 years in post as Vice Captain and Captain.

    Winner of the Roworth Cup was Laura Andrew with a gross 76.  Runner Up was Hannah Body from West Cornwall with a gross 82 and winner of the nett was Sophia Hallett with a nett 68.

    At the end of September the Girls played in our Home Friendly against the Devon Girls which was postponed earlier in the year due to bad weather.  This was held at Launceston Golf Club and I took a young squad of 8 to play of which 2 were new recruits.  Cornwall were 2-1 down with the last match all square after 16.  Knowing this, the girls dug deep and showed their fighting spirit by winning the 17th and halving the 18th to give us a very credible draw.

    Other achievements from some of the Girls at their home clubs this year have been Sophia Hallett becoming the Mullion Ladies Bronze Scratch Champion, Kira Barnes becoming the St Enodoc Ladies Club Champion and Laura Andrew becoming the Truro Ladies Club Champion.

    Coming up we have a match against the County Ladies 2nd team at which some of our girls will be playing for the 2nd team and we also have the Dallas Scramble which is to be played at Newquay Golf Club on Sunday, 28th October.
  1. Buggies: Certificates have been received from:
    Janet Hawken- Porthpean
    Nancy Bailey - Bude
    Margaret Richards - Tehidy
    Liz Shrivell - Tehidy
    Gillian Harper – St Austell

    Jenny reminded everyone that the certificates are valid for one year so keep tabs on them so they are renewed.
  1. A.O.B.

    Brenda Morton Porthpean asked about if it is acceptable to restrict entries on Open Day posters to a maximum handicap. Jenny replied that it is up to Clubs what restrictions they put on their own competitions. It needs remembering that 54 handicaps are just in another handicap category and players in this category should be encouraged to play.

    Ros Thomas Cape Cornwall queried the format of the Bronze Shield after this year’s event at Bude. Ros explained that it had been an exceptionally long day, 6 hour round and quite soul destroying for players and caddies alike. Jacquie explained that last year at Truro it had all run smoothly and not such a long day. It was felt that Bude was not an appropriate venue for a Bronze medal competition and the suitability of courses for the competition is being taken into account when fixing the venues now.

    Pat Crowsen Killiow Women in Golf charter issued from the R&A  This si a statement of intent to increase numbers of women in golf, inclusive environment etc. A letter was sent out to Club Captains in September. See if you can see this so you can find out how your club could commit to the charter

    Vicki Stevenson County Vice-Captain Patricia Davis has retired as Press Officer and we are looking for someone to take this on. It involves writing reports after competitions and submitting for press and social media.

    There being no more AOB the meeting was closed at 12.35pm
  1. The next meeting will be held at Merlin Golf Club on 20th February 2019 at 11.30