It was a wonderful sunny day on March 25th that saw 48 ladies from five counties play an AM-AM at Newcastle under Lyme GC, writes MG lady editor and MGALS organiser Mandy, pictured here. 

Players came from Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and Cheshire plus a few from as far away as Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Our catchment area grows ever larger, this is our fifth year of events and in total we have enjoyed nine MGALS  events in total.

It never fails to reinforce how we love to golf but we also love to party and socialise. Our men folk often join us on our trips that include an overnight stay and always there is a great atmosphere and camaraderie.

Friday was no exception and once everyone was on the course we were able to take some great images and catch up with our new members. I was pleased to meet the girls from GIGS (Girls in Golf Society) and to learn of their concept of bringing like- minded women with different sexual orientation together. As we said before, it’s not easy for many hetrosexual  women coming into golf as it is, and these ladies plus ones from different ethnic groups feel even further challenged.

Newcastle GC is congratulated on their hospitality and the course was in great condition. Thank you to Club Manager Richard Beech and Toby Goodwin in the Pro shop, plus all of the staff that served us on the day.

On this occasion I put on a putting competition ‘Who could get the closest putt to a bottle of champagne?  Congratulations goes to Janet Sheargold from The Shropshire GC.

We had two Nearest the Pin competitions, Jan Chapman from Cannock Park GC won on the short 4th, and she again won Nearest the Pin in two shots on the 17th.

There were some great scores and the winning team (L) with 88 points were ex 3 Hammers Ladies Love Golf Girls, Lesley Smith, Jane Aston, Jan Greenfields and Lisa Devereaux. In the picture above, two of the team had to leave early.

2nd place (C) went to Sam Smith, Bridget Locke and Coleen Painter from Brocton GC, and Eileen Geddes from Whittington Heath, with 86 points,

In 3rd place (R) with 85 were Carol Webster, Sue Turner, Sandra Bickerton and Jan Chapman, also ex Ladies Love Golf girls.

The Ladies Love Golf women have since moved to clubs in Shropshire and Staffordshire, eg Shifnal and Bloxwich.

Our next MGALS event is a spectacular one – ‘The Borders Challenge’ – Sunday and Monday September 25th and 26th.

The Agenda:  An AM-AM at Oswestry GC followed by a 3-course meal, overnight stay at a local hotel (players to book rooms themselves,) then golf the next day at Llanymynech GC, followed by sandwiches and chips and the presentation. Full details and how to enter will be on our events page here very soon,  but for now please email me on ladyeditor@midlandsgolfer.co.uk if you are interested in taking part.