History in the making for Bramley, as first Joint Lady Captain’s stepped up to the helm and they certainly did things doubly good, with Joint Lady Captains’ Twos Day, and many pairs themed competitions, including ‘Me too’s’, mulligans and shenanigans, the year was set to be memorable.
We entered many of the usual external competitions this year including Druce Trophy, Hindhead Salver and continuing with the Annodata UK GC Classic. Also, the new Surrey Wallis Bronze Trophy, in which our team reached the quarterfinals. We also made it through to the second stage of the Pearson Trophy and just missed progressing further by the narrowest of margins.
In March we hosted the ladies Tri-Centenary Salver and were delighted to win against strong teams from Blackmoor and Camberley Heath.
Like many Club's we have a mixed lady’s section ranging from ages to golfing capabilities, but we put our healthy membership down to an open approach to catering for all, which enables ladies to participate in competitions which match their golfing capabilities. We introduced a new Winter and Summer singles knockout, for handicaps of 27 to 38 to run alongside the existing Knockout for lower handicaps. We also added a new 9-hole Cup for the ladies playing later on a Tuesday morning, after the Ladies 18-hole competition. And we continued to see success with the Ladies Club Championships (36-holes) and just as prestigious an 18-hole Senior Ladies Club Championships.
At this point you wouldn’t think we could fit in any more golfing event’s, but oh no, we were only just getting started.
Our Spring and Autumn Meetings went very well and guessing the weight of a spectacular cake made by a lady member, was an eye-catching way of raising funds for charity. Ladies’ Away Break to The Oxfordshire; despite the chilly conditions, a great time was had by all and planning for 2020 2-day break is well underway. Our Exchange Day at Tyrrells Wood was supported by over 60 ladies and the feedback from our visitors was they too had a very enjoyable day playing Bramley.
And when we weren’t playing for Cups, Trophies, Reputation and National events, we also had fun playing team competitions, with varying formats, friendly competitions with the Bramley Old Boys (BOBs), and the thriving Junior section. Also, very enjoyable days playing at home and away in 16 Ladies friendly matches across Surrey/Sussex/Hampshire.
June brought a lovely Summer Invitation, but sadly our Autumn Invitation in September had to be cancelled due to rain, however, it will be back next year as 'Bring a Friend Day', which is less formal and of course kinder on the purse, at the end of a full-on golfing season, but no less enjoyable.
Yet again we had an over-subscribed Ladies Open, which was a bonus as the sun continued to shine and all had a great day.
And finally, but not least, our thriving Academy, which continues to grow with the current 28 lady members, each now having an individual buddy from the Ladies section. Encouraging them on their golfing journey and providing opportunities to play on the course with more experienced golfers, providing an all-round golfing experience.
And when not on the golf course we can't forget the fantastic social side of the Club with many many events, from grand dinners, BBQ's, live bands, themed evenings, to simply catching up with golfing friends over a coffee, when the rain makes it more appealing to stay indoors.
Roll-on next year and even more fantastic Spring and Summer golfing activities