The Ladies Section was formed in the 1920’s with a very small number of lady members. Numbers increased over time and play continued during the Second World War. At this time sheep grazed on the course and there were bomb craters along the 11th fairway. Times have changed and the course has been much altered and is now much more challenging. It is also in much better condition with improved drainage, which is necessary on the London clay soil in this area.
The first Lady Captain was Mrs Betty Allitt in 1927. There are now 13 past lady captains who are still playing members.
The Section is very friendly and holds many matches with other local clubs and the Mitrebeens (veterans) of our club. These matches are much enjoyed and many friendships have developed over the years as a result of these regular fixtures. A fairly recent addition has been games played with the GOMS (Grumpy Old Men!!). These have been much enjoyed and always followed by lunch and a few drinks.
The ladies play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The main competitions are usually played on the Thursday. There are now 61 members in this Section with numbers increasing all the time. The Ladies Club Scratch Championship is the highlight of the year and played for a very prestigious trophy, which was presented to the Ladies by Kath Gear, wife of Frank a past President of the club in 1991. Story told was that this trophy was given to them as a silver wedding present from their best man who had “rescued” it from the French. The Ladies play for some 27 trophies during the year and also play matches against 13 other clubs in the area. Although these are called friendly matches and played in good spirits, they are nonetheless very competitive.
Chestfield was fortunate to have Wanda Morgan, a very famous golfer as a member. She won the British Ladies Open in 1935 and was Kent Champion 7 times and also played in the Curtis Cup 10 times. All this happened in the 1930-50’s.
There is a thriving social side when coffee mornings, lunches, craft displays and other events are organised. Members, ladies who no longer play and friends enjoy these get togethers.
The Ladies Section is in the very good hands of this year’s Captain Mrs Yvonne Bridge and her committee.