Essex Ladies County Golf


The Girls’ Autumn Meeting took place at Three Rivers GC on 29th October.  22 girls played an 18 hole Stableford competition.  CSS 75. Congratulations to the winners –  

Best Gross  - Alanna Mathews (Colchester) (Gross 81)

1st  Jessica Fellows (Brentwood)  39pts

2nd Amy Knotts (Chigwell)  36pts

3rd Linnae Abraham (Bentley)  35pts 

4th Megan Dawson (Chelmsford) 33pts

5th Zoe McClean-Tattan (Romford) 32pts o.c.b.  Mia Barningham (Colne Valley) 32pts


The Most Improved Player of the Year award was presented to Mia Barningham (Colne Valley) who this year reduced her handicap from 35 to 16.0.   Mia was presented with the Thorpe Cup for the Most Improved Player. 

The calculation for the ‘Most Improved’ player is by a points system for each shot they reduce over the year.   This seems a fair way to calculate as it obviously gets harder to reduce the lower you get.

Cat 1    (+ - 5.4)   2.5 points per shot reduction

Cat 2    (5.5 – 12.4)  2 points

Cat 3    (12.5 – 20.4)    1.5 points

Cat 4    (20.5 – 28.4)    1 point

Cat 5    (28.5 – 36.0)    0.5 point

Notable reductions this year were:

Ciara Rushmer (Langdon Hills) reduced from 13.1 to  7.3  

Amy Knotts (Chigwell) reduced from 15.1 to 7.7  

Romy Bozier (Colchester) reduced from 17.2 to 9.1 

Alanna Matthews (Colchester) reduced from 18.8 to 11.1 

Elle Redgewell (Langdon Hills) reduced from 19.9 to 12.8 

Zoe McClean Tattan (Romford) reduced from 20.6 to 12.0  

Emily Dixon (Thorpe Hall) reduced from 31.3 to 18.0 

Tilly O’Leary (Wanstead) reduced from 36 to 20.2  

Fiona Hardy (Langdon Hills) reduced from 39.3 to 21.4 

Rosie Boyce (Chelmsford) reduced from 45 to 21.4 


The Junior Golfer of the Year was announced at the Girls' Autumn Meeting.  This award goes to Ciara Rushmer (Langdon Hills).

Several girls were considered for this prestigious award.  Aspects that were looked at included player activity at Club, County, Regional and National levels; a commitment to player development, participation in both individual and team events, and evidence of achievement. 

We congratulate all the girls who have played for the County Teams this year and in particular those that have achieved their goals both in lowering their handicaps and winning competitions at their home clubs and at other courses.  Overall it is encouraging the level of commitment that is being shown and the time and effort given to participating in the game. 

We highly commend Amy Knotts (Chigwell) who has been selected for the England East Region Coaching Squad and joins Millie Penfold (Thorpe Hall) and Sophie Wheeler (Thorndon Park) for coaching at Stoke by Nayland.  Amy has had rewards for all her hard work this year reducing her handicap to 7.7, winning the Hunter Foursomes with Kate Gadsby (Chigwell), and representing Essex in both the County Junior Teams and Second Team.

Much thought goes into working out the Junior Golfer of the Year and after looking at the detail of competitions played, consistency throughout the year, reduction in handicap, and selection for County teams we are delighted to announce that the Junior Golfer of the Year award goes to Ciara Rushmer  (Langdon Hills).  Unfortunately Ciara was not at the Girls' Autumn Meeting as she was on a school trip this week in L.A.! 

Ciara reduced her handicap from 13.1 to 7.3.  This was a steady reduction through the year with 31 qualifying scores entered, 9 at her home club of Langdon Hills.  Ciara also entered 5 supplementary scores and had 2 exceptional score reductions.

She played in 7 Junior Opens at away courses – Foxhills, The Bedford, Oak Park, Maylands, Stoke by Nayland, Thorpe Hall, and Hadley Wood.  Ciara also played in the Norman Garon Trust Community Tour, the Essex Schools Championship, and South East Schools Championship.

Ciara played in the County Girls meetings and the Essex Ladies Silver Open Meeting; County 2nd Team and Junior Teams, both at East Region County Match Days and in the East Region Junior Team Trophy  - in torrential rain she managed to score a gross 78 reducing her handicap from 8.6 to 7.3!

In the final of the Logan Trophy Ciara had a close match against Amy Knotts winning on the 17th hole. 

Overall, Ciara has progressed steadily throughout the season and has had some impressive results both in individual competition and in team matches.  We look forward to watching her progress further next year and congratulate her on winning Junior Golfer of the Year 2019.





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