Latest from the Committee

10.30am at MOORTOWN GC

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: Approved and signed.

CORRESPONDENCE: From Penny Holroyd – thanks for book token, following completion of her term as Comp Sec. From Brenda Parker (Alison Nicholas fund), thanking YVLGA for donation. From Auditor – thanks for gift voucher. From Sarah Arrowsmith – thanks for photo album with memories of her year as Captain. From Julia Tate (NCVLGA) for YVLGA donation of 6 bottles of wine for the End of Season event raffle.

LADY CAPTAIN’S REPORT: Thanks to everyone for their messages of support following the recent AGM. She welcomed FW & MPM to the committee & hoped they would enjoy their term. Approaches have been received from both Cheshire & Lancashire Vice Captains who are keen to run 2nd team matches.

COMPETITION SECRETARY’S REPORT: Since she had only taken over 4 days ago, there was a limited amount to report! PR, JS, PH & KL had received training on the new Seniors package of PUMA. YVLGA tee markers for the 1st tee at competitions have been mocked up. Balls for 2s – PR to obtain quotes. Suitably Sporty – PR to provide dates of YVLGA fixtures & advised that all arrangements to be made between SS & local Pro of Club holding the event.

TREASURER’S REPORT: HD provided a detailed account of the proposed 2019 budget, based on slight growth in subscriptions (0.5%). As there will be 3 away Richardson Trophy matches in 2019, this will be an expensive year for team expenses. A separate detailed budget was provided for the Northern Vets Championships at Rotherham next year.

YVLGA / YLCGA LIAISON & SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP: KL reported that contact had been made with the YLCGA Captain, Helen Lilley, & the rationale behind the new YLCGA Seniors Championship had been explained & accepted. The basic premise is that the new competition is open to ALL affiliated members over 50, not just members of the YVLGA.

FEEDBACK FROM THE AGM: Excellent feedback received from various sources – an informative & well run event. Perhaps in future, the seating at the back of the room could be better arranged to avoid noise from the coffee machine/catering.

FEEDBACK FOM THE NCVLGA ANNUAL MEETING: Held on 10th October. SA reported that the Yorkshire proposal (seconded by Lancashire) that the Best Gross & Best Nett Trophies be won by different people was passed by 9 – 2 (2 votes per county).

WEBSITE / EMAIL: HD has now updated the website to reflect 2019 committee & competitions.


2019 Reps meeting – 22nd August 2019.

World Handicapping System – JS & PR attending a seminar.

(click here for full draft unapproved minutes)

President, Jo Somers welcomed 85 members from 43 Clubs to the AGM which was preceded by the presentation of the Trophies for 2018.

Competitions: 6 out of 10 competitions over-subscribed, whilst others not full. An additional 4BBB competition run for those balloted out of over-subscribed competitions, deemed a success. The Rules & Prizes for each competition had been reviewed & standardised. It had been agreed tp keep current competition formats for 2019. Individual maximum handicap increased to 40 for some competitions. It is each Club's responsibility to prioritise entries from their own club. Penny Holroyd stood down after 3 years as Competition Secretary & Patsy Rochester (Oakdale) was announced as her successor.

Treasurers Report: The Association's current financialnmposition was enviable. It was emphasised that members support for competitions & maximising entry fees, cancellation of events & whether there were 2 or 3 Richardson Trophy away matches affected the year-end balance sheet.

Website: The website & email were now the major source of communication/information. Members urged to look regularly to keep up-to-date.

Lady Captain's Report: Sarah Arrowsmith reported it had been a very busy 12 months & thanked Jo (Lady President) for her support throughout the year & navigating her up & down the A1(M).
Highlights of her year were:
..... Pat Wrightson became our Champion for the 9th time
..... 2 Friendly mataches & 2 wins
..... County Colours presented to Betty Sworowski & Heather Staniforth
..... Sadly Yorkshire came 3rd in the Richardson Trophy
..... Enid Spencer won the YLCGA Challenge Bowl
..... Karen Jobling won the Best Gross in English Senior Women's Championship
..... Julie Wheeldon & Betty Sworowski won the Brenda King Foursomes
......Karen Jobling on being chosen to play for England in Senior Home Internationals
......Karen Jobling (4th), Julie Wheeldon (11th) & Betty Sworowski 23rd in England Golf's Senior Order of Merit
......Karen Jobling & Julie Wheeldon being selected to paly for the North in the Jamboree at Hexham

Committee: Click here to view the 2019 Committee

Date of Next AGM: Monday 14th October 2019 at Sand Moor GC Leeds


(to be approved & signed @ 20th October Committee Meeting)


* 2019 Competition Venues to be put on website ASAP.

* Spring Championship to remain as a Stableford for 17-40 handicaps.

* 9-Hole competition to remain as a 4 Ball Texas Scramble.

* Raffles; income from raffles in 2019 to be given to YLCGA Alison Nicholas Fund & also £50 to each host Clubs’ Lady Captains Charity for YVLGA Competition venues.

* All Competition Rules reviewed & updated showing format, handicap allowance & number of prizes.

* The Am-Am competitions would remain at 90% handicap allowance

* It was agreed that previous year’ trophy winners would not be given automatic entry if a ballot was required, to the following years competition.

* President’s Trophy held every 2 years to remain as a Tri-Am.


* Yorkshire won 3 out of 5 Richardson Trophy County Matches to finish 3rd overall (Beating Lancashire, Northumberland & Cumbria but losing to Cheshire & Durham). This year’s winners were Cheshire (again).

* New County Colours have been awarded to Betty Sworowski (Wath) & Heather Staniforth (Hallamshire) in 2019.


* The AGM will be held on Monday 15th October at Sand Moor GC @ 11am. Please support your Association & meet the 2019 Captain, your new Officials & Committee.

* The Committee discussed & agreed that it was not necessary to change the name of the Association from ‘Veteran’ to ‘Senior’ at this present time.

Club Representatives;

* Feedback from the informal meeting with Club Reps on Thursday 23rd August @ Pike Hills GC near York was both helpful & positive. 31 Club Reps attended & Notes of the meeting & the ‘Q&A’ session are available on the website.

Northern Vets (NCVLGA);

* Yorkshire players Karen Jobling & Julie Wheeldon were selected by the Northern Captain to play for the North at the Jamboree held at Hexham GC in August this year. The North finished runners-up (again) to win the Tony Moffatt Quaich with the South winning overall & receiving the Miller Stirling Trophy.

* The Northern Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday 10th October 2018 at Moortown GC, which the YVLGA Captain & Secretary attend.

* A small working group met in July to organise the poster, entry form & programme for the Northern Championships to be held at Rotherham GC from 21st-23rd May 2019 (for handicaps 20 & under). Information will be available on the website after the Annual Meeting.


                                                              (to be approved & signed @ 1st September Committee Meeting)



* It was confirmed that it is the responsibility of individual players, pairs & teams to find & send replacements (or a marker) to competitions if they are unable to play at the last minute due to illness or injury etc & inform the competition secretary of any name changes asap.

* 2019 Competition Venues to be announced by the end of August & put on website.

* Entry fee for YVLGA Championship to be increased to £18 for 2019 (includes Tri-Am as well).

* Maximum handicap limit for individual competitions in 2019 to be raised to 40, in line with CONGU changes allowing handicaps to increase above 36.This may need to be reviewed in 4-5 years time.


* At the upcoming AGM there are vacancies on Committee for 2 Officials; Secretary & Competition Secretary as well as 4 Committee Members. A general job description for Secretary & Competition Secretary is available on the website. However, if you are interested in any of the vacancies & wish to chat about the jobs/roles then please ring Gill or Penny. The Association needs your support.

* A new GDPR Policy (Security of information) has been agreed & is available on the website. The Secretary is the official ‘point of contact’ regarding any concerns.

Club Representatives;

* Informal Meeting arranged for 11am on Thursday 23rd August @ Pike Hills GC near York. Coffee/tea & biscuits available beforehand. It would be lovely to see as many Club Reps as possible but if not available, then please ask somebody else from your Club to come in your place. This is your chance to ask questions & discuss any issues or concerns before the AGM.

Northern Vets (NCVLGA);

* At the Business Meeting in May, it was announced that Ruth Whitehead (Cheshire) to take over as President for 2019-20 & Barbara Laird (Cheshire) as incoming Vice-Captain at the Annual Meeting in October 2018 at Moortown GC.

* Yorkshire will be hosting the Nortrhern Championships at Rotherham GC from 21st-23rd May 2019 (for handicaps 20 & under).


                                                           (to be approved & signed @ June 2018 Committee Meeting)

Captain Sarah Arrowsmith wished everybody a ‘Happy New Year’ & thanked Sandra Paul for organising the committee lunch at Fulford GC.

Competitions; England Golf have confirmed that they were going ahead with a Senior Women’s County ‘Champion of Champions’ Event to be held at Frilford Heath on 8-9 September, 2018. The Yorkshire Vets Champion in 2018 would be eligible to enter. The date for the Spring Meeting at Wheatley GC has been changed from 9th to 16th April because of work on the course. All Club Reps have been informed & the change put on the website. Competition entries received to date were low but more expected in next 2-3 weeks before new 1st March deadline for all competitions this year. A few teething troubles & late entries are expected. Handicap limits for 2019 competitions was brought up following the allowed CONGU handicap increase up to 54 from 2018 onwards. This was deferred, to be discussed at June meeting.

Finance; Budget update now indicates a lower surplus(c £1.4k) likely for 2018. This was as a result of lower membership numbers, increased prize fund & unknown competition entries at this stage. A 2nd laptop & ‘PUMA’ software licence has been purchased for competitions. Northern Vets subscriptions (£1 per Annual Member) along with Jamboree contributions & insurance payments have also been sent to the NCVLGA Treasurer. Regular monitoring of expenditure will be required over the summer. The 2 year bond has been renewed as best available.

Membership; Annual Membership reported slightly down to 1237No. & Life Members revised to 448No. 10 Clubs have still not responded for 2018 but have been sent reminders. Currently, 58 Clubs affiliated to County Association have no Vets members, & it was agreed to contact & enquire about interest.

Club Reps; Guidelines for Club Reps to be reviewed & updated ASAP.




Captain Sarah Arrowsmith welcomed new President Jo Somers & other new members to the Committee. She was looking forward to an enjoyable year. Jo Somers announced that Karen Leake(Oakdale) had accepted the Past Captain’s invitation to be Vice-Captain in 2019.

Competitions; Harrap Trophy to be kept for winner of Spring Meeting. The Bronze winner of the new Autumn Meeting to be awarded the YVLGA Trophy(from other Spring Meeting) & the Silver winner to be awarded another YVLGA Trophy. There was no need to change to handicap limits for Vets Competitions at this stage following 2018 CONGU changes.

Finance; Overall, a small surplus(c £2k) was estimated for 2018 Budget but this would totally depend on a slight increase in income from membership(due to handicap eligibility change), maximising competition entries(due to change of formats) & no cancelled competitions. In addition, regular expenditure would need to be tightly monitored & controlled. Current investments would need reviewing in January 2018. Slight increases in the number of prizes offered & rationalisation of Competition Vouchers was agreed. Purchase of a 2nd laptop & ‘PUMA’ software licence had been budgeted for & was agreed.

Membership; Karen Leake had accepted the role of Membership Registrar. She had re-sent a lot of membership renewal lists misplaced from earlier in the year & was receiving more changes of Club Reps/contact details. A new spreadsheet to be circulated to Secreatary & Competition Secretary after Xmas.

Club Reps; Meeting @ Pike Hills deemed to be a success & a very useful discussion forum providing valuable feedback to Committee. Date for 2018 provisionally booked – 23rd August(earlier than previous years so propositions/nominations can be submitted before AGM deadline). A list of ‘key dates’ for Club Reps was reviewed & a revised list to be put on website ASAP.

NCVLGA Issues; Yorkshire’s proposal to clarify the winners of Best Nett & Best Gross Trophies @ Northern Championship was deferred until May Business Meeting.

YVLGA Constitution; Committee agreed that a new category of Associate Membership was not required. Non-members were welcome to attend the AGM but not entitled to vote which would be explained at the beginning of the meeting & require no change to the Constitution.


(click here for full draft unapproved minutes)

President, Carol Atack, welcomed 98 members to the Annual General Meeting which was preceded by the Presentation of Trophies to 2017 Ccompetition winners by Captain, Gill Travis

1. Competitions - once again, some competitions proved more popular than others. Average of only 73% full reported by Treasurer. Committee to consider changing future formats to maximise this important income stream. 2 competitions had to be cancelled due to the weather, affecting overall financial outcome for 2017. Some new competitions have been introduced for 2018 - click here for details of competitions and dates

2. Treasurer's Report - small deficit reported as a result of the cancelled competitions. Association balances remain healthy which is reassuring as Yorkshire will host the Northern Championships in 2019 at Rotherham which may incur additional costs. Treasurer requested that electronic payments (EFTS) MUST be referenced with the Club name to enable identification. A covering email to the Treasurer advising that payment has been made would also greatly assist this process

3. Membership - now over 1200 members (resulting in 2% increase in membership subscriptions), thanks to the efforts of Club reps - encouraging members to join & play in the events as well as collecting subscriptions, & remains a crucial role in the Association

4. Members' Survey - 2 surveys had been held over the year & had already influenced 3 changes to competition formats for 2018. Thanks to all members who had completed the surveys

5. Website - now our major communication tool & all members are encouraged to access the website for information & contact details

6. Lady Captains's Report - Gill Travis reported on an exciting & most enjoyable year. The highlights were as follows:
    2017 YVLGA Championships at Crosland Heath - Karen Jobling won her first Championship
    1st Team - Won 4 out of 5 matches to finish 2nd again in Richardson Trophy matches, only losing to a very strong Cheshire team
    Northern Vets Championships at Pleasington - 6 Yorkshire players qualified in the 1st flight & 2 in the 2nd flight. Karen Jobling lost in the semi-final to
    the eventual winner
    Jamboree & Northern team - 2 Yorkshire players (Karen Jobling & Julie Wheeldon) were selected to represent the Northern Counties team which came
    2nd overall in a very exciting event & received the Tony Moffat Quaich
    She thanked all the members for their support throughout the year which had made the experience so enjoyable & wished the incoming Captain, Sarah
    Arrowsmith, success in 2018

7. Constitution Change - A proposition to amend Article 14 to stop Dual Membership of County Veterans Associations was submitted by the Committee. This was amended from the floor to include an increase in the joining handicap from 33 to 35. Amended Proposal Carried. Click here to view revised Constitution

8. 2018 Committee - Click here to view the 2018 Committee

9. Date of next AGM - Monday 15th October 2018 at 11am at Sand Moor GC