Centenary celebrations underway

The Northumberland Ladies County Golf Association’s centenary celebrations are underway following a 12-month delay due to Covid-19.

The busy calendar of events includes special centenary competitions at every club in the county with a prize provided by the NLCGA, a Centenary Lunch in October, and county events at the six founding clubs of the association.

The first meeting of the association took place on Friday November 12, 1920 at Gosforth Golf Club with 28 women representing six golf clubs – Alnmouth, Benton Park (now Arcot Hall), Gosforth, Hexham, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. Today the association represents more than 1,400 female golfers from 39 golf clubs.

This year’s events began in May with the Spring Meeting at Gosforth. Elaine Elliott (Whitley Bay) beat Sarah Phillips (Gosforth) to the gross prize as Vicky Corner (High Gosforth) beat Diane Cairns (Seahouses) to the nett prize.

Meanwhile, The Jubilee Trophies will take place at Tynemouth on June 3. Northumberland will then welcome the county teams from Durham, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Lancashire to County Match Week at Alnmouth (June 28-July 2). Hexham will host the President’s Trophy on July 27, while the Captains v Secretaries match will take place at Arcot Hall on Aug 9, and the Autumn Meeting will be staged at Whitley Bay on Aug 23.

On Octber 7, the NLCGA will welcome guests to the Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park for a Centenary Lunch with one of the county’s most-decorated players, Jenny Lucas (nee Lee Smith) as guest speaker. For a full diary of events and matches go to www.nlcga.co.uk