The Ladies Section
The welcome offered to lady members in the early 1900’s set the Club apart from many other clubs at that time and this has continued through to the present day. The Ladies’ Section of the Club was formed shortly after the Club was established
The Ladies' Section now has almost 100 members and is a vibrant and dynamic part of the golf club. The Ladies' Section extends a warm welcome to players of all abilities, and whether a novice or a seasoned handicapper, Gosforth Golf Club is a friendly and beautiful place to play golf.
The Ladies play competitions on Sundays and Tuesdays. Nine hole competitions are played throughout the year to encourage those who are new to the game or who have less time to spare. There are also informal roll ups on Mondays and Fridays and Fun competitions in the winter. Social mixed competitions and mixed trophy competitions are held in the summer.
Three Ladies’ Open Competitions are held each year. These Opens are very popular and well attended by members and visitors alike. There is an Open Team Event in April, an Open Texas Scramble in July and an Open “Waltz” in September.
The ladies have an “Away Day” every year normally in August. This is always well attended and a great day out.
The Ladies' Section has three teams entered in the local leagues playing in the 1st,4t and 6th divisions. In addition we also have a team entered in the Evening League which is played over 9 holes, and is arranged for those who work and/or aren’t selected for the league matches. The Ladies' Section also has a TR Percy team and the Norah Percy team (made up of ladies with higher handicaps).
The Gosforth Ladies have had a very successful year in 2019.
The Northumberland County Championships were held at Gosforth Golf Club this year. Sian Oakley was the County Captain in 2019, taking Northumberland to their highest placing in County Match Week in many years. This year, 2020, is the Centenary of the Northumberland Ladies County Golf Association (NLCGA). Gosforth Golf Club was one of the six clubs that formed the Association in 1920 and will host one of the big Centenary competitions in May.
Sam Malone won the Gosforth Golf Club Championship in 2019, beating Lynne Liddle in the final on the 18th hole.
There was great success at County level in 2019. Our 1st Team were the winners of the 2nd Division and will play in the 1st Division in 2020. Our 3rd Team won the 7th Division and so are promoted to the 6th Division. In singles events, Melanie Garland won the prestigious Nora Baker Trophy for the best gross score at the Spring Meeting. Gosforth Golf Club won both the team prizes at the Spring meeting and another team prize at the Autumn Meeting. Pauline Rourke was a member of the winning partnership who won the 4BBB competition. At Veterans competitions, Annette Storr won the prize for the Bronze section and Gosforth Golf Club won the Millennium Trophy.
Our club is well represented at County administration level. Bernie Legg is the Secretary of the NLCGA, Yvonne Steane is Handicap Advisor and Yvonne Coutts is a County Committee member. Lisa Hamlin is the England Golf Northern Region Representative and will be responsible for the organisation of County Match Week, which will be held in Northumberland, at Alnmouth Golf Club, in June. Jane Benn and Jan Coates are delegates on the County Vets Committee.
If you do decide to join us, we will appoint a lady member to introduce you to other members and if you are new to the game she will be able to mentor you through the game and rules etc. and take you out on the course. Ladies “Get-into-Golf” beginners’ courses are held throughout the year to encourage ladies to take up the game of golf. There is regular social media communication between members of the Ladies' Section so that everyone is kept fully informed
The R&A Women in Golf Charter
A commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf
We, Gosforth Golf Club call on everyone involved in golf to play their part in developing a culture that values women’s involvement in every aspect of the sport, from participating to pursuing a career.
Our aim is to increase the number of women and girls playing and working in golf.
To achieve this goal and to enable women to flourish throughout golf, we recognise the need for a fundamental shift in culture. There is a clear ethical need for change and the potential economic benefits of growing the sport through more women and girls playing are substantial.
The R&A commits to playing a leading role in this process and to working with affiliates, partners and the wider golf industry towards achieving this goal.
In signing this Charter, we Gosforth Golf Club commit to making tangible efforts to develop a welcoming and inspiring environment for women. We will do more to attract women into golf, to remain, and to have rewarding careers.
Is a statement of intent from the golf industry and Gosforth Golf Club, to unite and to focus gender balance at all levels
Commits us all to supporting measures to increase the number of women, girls and families playing golf
Calls for positive action to encourage women to pursue careers in all areas of the sport
Recognises the need for change that creates an inclusive environment within golf and our golf club
Signatories commit to activate this Charter by:
Developing and implementing an internal strategy for enhancing gender balance at every level
Establishing senior management responsibility and accountability for gender balance and inclusion, which is discussed and reviewed at committee/board level with Gosforth Golf Club
Strongly advocating more women and girls playing and working in golf.
Working with key stakeholders to develop and embed a more inclusive culture.
Promoting the Charter and our goal of encouraging more women and girls to play golf and work in golf.
How we at Gosforth Golf Club plan to achieve this
1. Deliver two initiatives annually commencing April and August targeting women/girls and families that are aligned with key England Golf campaigns and monitor performance based on these initiatives
2. Promote a membership pathway, for women/girls and families to progress within the club by introducing an academy style membership
3. Have designated Champions/Mentors within the club who can assist and support new participants and members to assist in achieving their goals
4. To achieve and maintain 30% female representation on our Board of Directors by actively promoting these positions linked to appropriate role descriptors that are not gender specific by being specific in our recruitment process.
5. To become a SafeGolf accredited club and ensure policies and procedures remain up to date by recruiting the right people who are committed to achieving these goals.
6. Appoint a designated Charter Champion within the club who can assist with the promotion and reporting of the charter
Charter Champion: Susan Jopling