LADIES AND GIRLS AT WILLESLEY PARK GOLF CLUB
If you are considering trying golf as a sport, or you are already a golfer, here are a few bits of information on our very friendly Ladies’ Section which you might find useful in your search for a golf club (we think ours is excellent!!).
Our ladies and girls membership covers all ages and levels of ability. We offer an Introduction to golf package if you are right at the beginning of your golf journey, a supported Academy scheme, and full membership. As a junior girl you can join the established junior coaching run by our Head PGA Professional, Ben Hill. If you are an established golfer, Willesley is very proud to be active at county level, with successful scratch and handicap teams. We also support the County Girls teaching programme.
We actively encourage ladies and girls to obtain a handicap and to join in with our playing members, but also to be part of the very active and varied social diary. Willesley has a Ladies’ committee who work hard to ensure we have a fantastic golfing and social diary. They also ensure our interests are represented in the club and we are compliant with England Golf and the R&A Golfing directives.
Ladies’ competition days are on Tuesdays, although competitions are also held on a Sunday. We have an increasing number of working ladies and we are actively considering how we can improve their experience, whilst also recognising that women with parental responsibilities or girls in term time education may also have limited ability to regularly get involved with the Ladies’ Tuesday diary. There is also an informal ladies roll up and play on Thursday mornings. We are in the process of putting together a buddy system for new members, however, it is our experience that there is always someone in the Ladies’ section to play a round of golf with. An active WhatsApp group makes this easier.
The club also has weekly qualifying competitions on a Monday and Wednesday for all members. In addition to our handicap qualifying competitions and Ladies’ Cups, we enjoy a wide variety of relaxed formats including team, knockouts, mixed and social golf. There are also drawn competitions to bring the different handicap divisions together.
We have a programme in order to support the development of beginner female golfers. It can often be quite daunting taking up golf or joining a golf club for the very first time. When you first start to learn golf, completing 18 holes can seem an impossible task. We have all been there, but know that with the help and support we offer, the journey is absolutely possible and achievable.
To that end, we have a Golf Academy, managed by our Golf Professional. You will take part in a structured developmental programme that will measure your progress and prepare you with the necessary knowledge and skills to take onto the golf course. If you migrate to the Academy from an introduction to golf group, our experience has shown that the group stays together and provides peer support to share your successes and challenges, and in the process you make firm golfing friends.
FUN AND FRIENDLY
Not all our golf is serious! During the year we hold fun competitions, away days, invitation days, open competitions and friendly team matches against other clubs in the area. The friendly matches are popular and well supported.
Any other information you may need please contact our Pro Shop who will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
LADIES COMMITTEE 2020/21
“A proactive group that runs the Ladies Golf, seeks to promote the sport and encourage the Ladies to participate in a range of activities on and off the course”
Lady Captain – Jayne Mansfield
Jayne followed in her mother’s footsteps joining Willesley in 2000. She currently captains the Handicap League team. Lady Captain in 2020 she is now in her 2nd year due to Covid-19
Lady President – Helen Summ
Helen has been at the club since 1956. Both her parents were members. A county player for many years. County Captain twice, Club Captain twice and now Lady President. Helen is happy to help anyone!!
Lady Vice Captain – Karen Burton
Karen has played Golf since she was 18. She joined the Club in 2000 reducing her handicap by 12 shots since then. She was Lady Captain in 2014. Karen enjoys her Golf both here and also at opens across the Midlands.
Handicap Secretary – Jean Keller
Jean joined the Club 30 years ago and was our Lady Captain in 2004. She is responsible for monitoring and reviewing all the Ladies Handicaps. Her husband, Keith, is the current Club President.
Secretary – Linda Wood
Linda takes the minutes for the Committee and represents Willesley at the Ladies County meetings. Linda is also a Director with a responsibility for Governance and Compliance
Sarah Kington – Sarah has been a member for 28 years and was our Lady Captain in 2002. Sarah has a wealth of experience to bring to committee decisions. Sarah also helps on the desk at our opens, invitation day and coffee mornings, as well as collecting prizes for our charity raffles.
Mary Grimley – Mary has been a member for 25 years, greatly enjoying her Golf and the friendships she has made. She is currently part of the Women in Golf initiative at Willesley.
Judith Maudsley – Judith joined Willesley in 2015. New to the Ladies Committee a year ago and holds the responsibility for the Open events. She also sits on the club’s social and handicaps & competitions committees. Judith works part-time, but is very flexible on Golfing days and prefers to play during the week, rather than weekends. Her husband is also a member if anyone would like to play mixed Golf.
All our committee members are available to contact by phone, and their numbers can be found in the members area of the website. They are all happy to answer any questions you may have, or help with any difficulties. Not forgetting Golf – they are very happy to play a round or a few holes with anyone, so please don’t be shy!
”Good evening Jayne. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you (and all the ladies) last night. I was really nervous about the whole day/night as I was well out of my comfort zone but all the ladies made me feel so welcome. I have never been in a room so full of strangers yet made to feel like one of the gang!!! Lots of ladies introduced themselves and I feel bad that I won’t remember half their names. My goodie bad was a lovely surprise too. The whole experience was amazing and I am looking forward to belonging to such a great group of inspirational lady golfers. Thank you once again”