The Ladies’ Section is an important and integral part of West Byfleet Golf Club with currently around 100 lady members, participating in ladies and mixed competitions and the many social events held at the club.
The Ladies have a very active golfing calendar, with competitions, either qualifiers or fun, played on Thursday and either Saturday or Sunday each week.
We also play many friendly matches against other local clubs both during the week and at weekends.
2020 Ladies' Captain Drive-In
Our Ladies’ Captain Sandra Gaede and the Ladies’ Committee made a very noisy song and dance of the traditional “Drive-in’ on January 1st 2020. They arrived on the 18th green to songs from the film Grease, dressed as Sandy and the Pink Ladies. Past Ladies’ Captain, Penny Coase, putted out on the 18th green, gave Sandra her brooch, then they all shimmied to the 1st tee. In front of an audience of West Byfleet members, friends and family, Sandra changed her shoes, took her driver and hit a very good shot to mark the start of her year as Ladies’ Captain for 2020.’
C hosen charity for 2020
For 2020 The Captain and Ladies Captain wanted their chosen charity to have a focus on child mental health. Surrey Care Trust ticked all their boxes in providing learning, training and mentoring to support young people and adults in improving their chances in life.
Based in Woking, Surrey Care Trust work across Surrey to help children, families and adults improve mental wellbeing, improve skills, gain qualifications and contribute to society.
A variety of fund raising activities will take place during 2020.
Our activities during 2019 have included:
Ladies Spring Meeting: Our first main ladies event of 2019 took place early in May. Congratulations to Susan Warwick who won the Locke-King Cup in the medal and to Sue Austin and Susan Warwick who won the Bleakdown Cup in the foursomes event for the second year running.
Invitation Day: We held our formal invitation day on 16 June and the succesful pair was Julie Mabbott and her guest, Anne Westcough.
Ladies Championship: This 36 hole medal competition was played on Sunday 16 June and was won by Kath O’Connor. Our Ladies Captain, Penny Coase, was the successful winner in the Handicap event. Congratulations to both ladies.
Ladies Captain’s Day 2019: This year on 27 June, the Caribbean came to West Byfleet when our colourful starters joined the Ladies' Captain on the first tee. There was a splendid turnout of brightly attired ladies and our winner this year was Carrie Larwood.
Charity Day: We avoided the thunderstorms this year and had a very successful and enjoyable day raising money for Momentum on 26 July. Great golf was played and our evening auction, together with other fundraising events throughout the season, enabled us to hand over a cheque for £25,000 to Momentum after Finals Day in September.
Autumn Informal Invitation Day: On 26 September 22 teams competed in a fun team event in our Autumn Invitation. Yvette Stephens and Vanessa Nichols together with their guests from Redlibbets and Highgate Golf Clubs were our worthy winners.
If you have never been to West Byfleet Golf Club before, come and visit us some time. Ring the office or pop into our excellent proshop.
We have an excellent programme of competitive and fun competitions for all our members, from experienced players to those completely new to golf, and everyone has the opportunity to join in to play and have a good time. Thursdays and Saturday or Sunday mornings are when the ladies section run competitions and fun events and there is also a roll-up which meets on a Tuesday morning.
Our Ladies’ Captain heads up the Ladies’ Committee who meet once a month to plan the smooth running of all ladies' events, be they golf or social meetings. The Committee works closely with the Office Admin team to organise all friendly and competitive matches and has a voice on the club Main Committee to ensure that the views of the Ladies Section are fully represented.
As a club within Surrey we are affiliated to Surrey Ladies County Golf Association and as such are eligible to play in the following competitions:
The Hicks Trophy & Hicks Plate - A scratch singles match play with a team of five playing Surrey clubs, both home and away. Normally players of handicaps between 1–12. First round losers qualify for the Hicks Plate. West Byfleet has won the Hicks Plate in recent years.
Pearson Trophy – A handicap competition for players with handicaps of 13 – 32. A drawn competition of 4/5 other Surrey clubs who play both home and away. The winners of each group play against each other. The overall winner then represents Surrey against other counties.
Centenary Bowl & Centenary Plate - An interclub scratch singles , match play with five players playing both home and away, open to players with a handicap of 10 and over. West Byfleet has been a winner of the Centenary Plate in recent years.
Derry Cup & Helme Shield - A team of three players with low handicaps play other Surrey Clubs, both home and away, in an interclub scratch singles match play.
Alongside these are a number of very popular “friendly” ladies and mixed matches played home and away against other clubs. Over the years these matches have led to many strong friendships being formed.
Bridge -For those keen to play cards there is a well organised regular Bridge Club where members and friends can join in organised events, or meet anytime to play, chat and have afternoon tea.
A truly warm, friendly welcome always awaits visitors and guests and you are sure to enjoy the challenges of our beautifully maintained golf course.
We also welcome new golfers who are moving into the area or who just wish to change golf clubs!
The details of our joining fees, five and seven day memberships, as well as application forms, are available on the “ How to join ” page.