Our Lady Captain, Fiona Thoburn has chosen to support the charity Alzheimer’s Society.
The Alzheimer’s Society is working towards a world where dementia no longer devastates lives. It does this by giving help to those living with dementia today and providing hope for the future.
It is made up of people with dementia, carers, trusted experts, campaigners, researchers and clinicians. Collectively they have an unprecedented knowledge and over forty years of experience addressing the biggest challenges facing people living with dementia.
Events will be held throughout the year to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
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 is a vibrant and dynamic part of the golf club. The 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. 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).
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.
Ladies Club Championship 2023
Congratulations to our Ladies Club Champion for 2023, Melanie Garland!
Our runner-up is Sarah Phillips with Jill Dowson and Lilibeth Ratcliffe as semi-finalists.
The Bronze Trophy was won by Kathryn Proudlock with Ashley Kent as runner-up.
Elaine Clark won The High Bronze Trophy with Ann Camozzi as runner-up.
Thank you to all the players, their caddies and to all the ladies who came along to support.
Lady Captains Day 2021
The Lady Captains Day was held on Tuesday 15th June 2021. It was a fantastic day with wall to wall sunshine. The ladies were out in force and thoroughly enjoyed the day especially the fun chipping and pitching competition. We were lucky enough to have the evening presentation outside in front of the putting green with the stunning 18th hole as the backdrop.
Thank you to everyone who took part in supporting the day as it had been long awaited!
Congratulations to all who won prizes! The Captains Prize was won by a past Captain, Helen Clealand.
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: Caroline Ruddick