About us

Along with the English Women's Golf Association the aim of the Essex Ladies County Golf Association is to promote Ladies golf in the county of Essex. Anyone who is a member of an affiliated club in the County is automatically entitled to membership, anyone who is a member of an affiliated club outside the County can be an individual member, but no player can be a full member of more than one County Association in one year.

ELCGA celebrated its centenary year in 2000. Early records show that the Essex County Secretary Miss Harris from Halstead attended the Central County Committee meeting at Aberdovey on May 16th 1901, which was during the annual championship. A record of probably the first inter-county match between Essex and Kent appears in the April 1901 edition of Golf Illustrated when Essex were beaten 6 to 1!

Sadly no minutes exist until 1936 and no record of the Championship until 1923 when Miss M Parkinson was the winner. The inter-club Silver league started in 1926 when Thorpe Hall were the winners and the Bronze league in 1929 when Wanstead were the winners.

ELCGA run a variety of competitions and events throughout the season. For a small fee club's can enter teams for the Silver Shield, Bronze Shield, Silver Trophy and Harris Bowl leagues. The leagues are of a 'round robin' nature with a draw placing teams in sets according to the number of entries. Each team plays a match with a home or away draw. The Silver Shield, Bronze Shield and Silver Trophy are played off scratch, the Harris Bowl is played off full difference in handicap between players. The winner of each set progresses to a quarter, semi and final to establish the current year's winner.

The Munro Foursomes is a scratch foursomes event where each club can enter one pair. Play is at a neutral venue, a draw is made at the start of the season and it is a knock-out competition. Mrs Olive Munro presented the shield for this in 1950 – the year she was county champion.

Open meetings are held in the spring and autumn with a chance for all members to meet and play with others in their handicap range. Meetings are held at various venues around the county and there are scratch and handicap prizes including lovely cups presented by ladies like Miss Harris, our first secretary, and Mrs H H Raphael who was president of the Romford Ladies Club in 1901 and according to Golf Illustrated in that year was not only a patron and official but also a player of note herself. The handicap meeting organisers also run two Seniors meetings each year.

ELCGA has 1st and 2nd county teams which play matches within the East Division. Our opponents each year are Bedfordshire, Cambs & Hunts, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The 1st team matches are played during one week in June with each county hosting the event every six years. The 2nd team has one-day matches throughout the season, home one year away the next with the final match being played by all six teams at one venue which is held in a different county each year.

There are also Seniors’ one-day matches played against Cambs & Hunts, Suffolk, Middlesex, Surrey and Kent.

There is a very active junior section with a junior team representing the County with matches against the other East Region Counties. More details can be found on the junior page.

Liaison between County and club members is via Delegates who meet County officials four times a year. Here an exchange of information is possible and decisions on all kinds of issues can be made. The Management Committee also meets several times a year and there are three sub-committees which report to Management.