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Ladies' Wins and Successes Continue

Pearson Cup, Mary Forster Bowl, and Daily Mail Competitors from Wimbledon Common Golf Club include Jo Elder, Jane Britton, Madge Corbitt, Joanna Croker, and Janice Brackenridge


WCGC ladies have built on their outstanding success in the Druce Trophy last summer winning 5 out of 6 of their matches in the prestigious Pearson Trophy, a winter team competition for teams of 7 individual lady players. Finishing in 17th place in Surrey out of 54 participating clubs, they narrowly missed qualification for the last 16 by just one game. This is the ladies best result in the ‘Pearson’ to date having entered the event for the first time just 5 years ago. With a team of 7 playing matchplay against some of the giants of Surrey’s golf club communities—Roehampton, The Wisley and West Surrey—these results, for a small friendly club which only started taking ladies some 11 years ago, are exceptional. 

Merlyn Law Smiles
Pearson Captain, Merlyn Law


But it doesn’t stop there…

In the National Association of Public and Proprietary Clubs Mary Forster Bowl, a winter competition for teams of three ladies (which can change for each match), WCGC ladies won their regional group qualifying for the finals at Cherwell Edge Golf Club in Oxfordshire on April 23rd against the five other regional finalists. Watch this space for finals results.

And finally our Lady Captain, Joanna Croker, and Lady Vice Captain, Gilly Briant, have gone through to the 3rd round in the Daily Mail Foursomes. So keep a look out here for future results.

--J.E. Britton
  2 April 2017


Urgent Notice: Ladies' Dress Code Update - April Fools!

Macro political issues have led to a lawyer acting for the Wimbledon & Putney Conservators to review the original 1863 bye-law and grant of rights to both our club and London Scottish, which allows us to play golf on the Common.

The Conservators are reinforcing the dress code, including the wearing of ‘solid’ red tops, as enshrined in the original 1865 men’s dress code. Women were only contemplated much later, in the 1920’s, and a supplemental clause then decreed that ‘women shall only play in a skirt, plain in colour, which must reach below the knee’.

We were advised just yesterday by the Committee, and our lawyers, that until these sensitive critical issues are resolved we should all comply. So please adhere to this, by wearing a long skirt, until I let you know otherwise. It’s a nuisance I know, but as you can see, it can be rather stylish.

 Ladies Golf

Our pro Jeff Jukes was forewarned, and has skirts available to buy and rent in his shop, from today’s date.

Sincerest regards,

--Lady Captain Joanna Croker
  1 April 2017


WAGGS Take Zimmer Frame Trophy

Neil Herbert presents Trophy to John Custance

Wimbledon Ageless Gentlemen Golfers' Society (WAGGS) Captain John Custance accepted the Zimmer Frame Trophy from Club Captain Neil Herbert on Wednesday, 16th November. This notorious trophy goes to the loser of the WAGGS versus Club teams. The Club won this year's match by half a point. The losers and winners were all smiles after the tightly contested match.

WAGGS and Club Teams Celebrate in the Lenton Room

Ladies Tour 2016 to Hellidon Lakes

The ladies' golf tour 2016 to Hellidon Lakes was a tale of weak bridges and strong drinks, Star Wars and All Star Golf. Here's a few highlights of the scenery, selfies, and successes.

Sunday: Nearly there, but do not try to cross this bridge in a bus loaded with 20+ ladies and their golf clubs. 

Weak Bridge Sign
Sunday: Madge Corbitt alights from the bus, dons high-vis vest, and directs traffic as the bus driver does a maneuver.  --Photo by Susie McHugh
Madge Directs Traffic
Sunday: Arrived and awaiting our tee times, the Star Wars themed wedding attendees have The Force. But do we?
Light Sabre Fighters
Sunday: Complete family of Star Wars wedding attendees.
More Star Wars characters
Sunday: Team captain Lindy Ratner and Carlyn Bevan 'drive in' off the 18th. --Photo by Susie McHugh
Lindy and Carlyn in Buggy
Sunday: Martha Hernandez "Hook 'Em Horns" up the hill to the 19th. --Photo by Susie McHugh
Martha Hernandez Hook'Em Horns
Monday: Ann Tibbatts is bundled against the cold.  --Photo by Joanna Croker
Ann Tibbatts Cold
Monday: Juliet Willis, Joanna Croker, and Susie McHugh keep warm in a buggy.
Ladies Bundled in a Buggy
Monday: Gillie Martin tees off over water on the Hellidon side. --Photo by Jackie Reiss
Gillie Martin playing on Tuesday
Monday: Martha Hernandez, Ann Tibbatts, and Jane Britton await the tee.
Selfie Martha Ann Jane
Tuesday: 18th Green as viewed (and cheered) from the bar.
18th Green View from the Bar
Tuesday's 18-hole Bling Ball Team Winners Gilly Bryant, Jane Britton, Madge Corbitt, and Juliet Willis.  --Photo by Jackie Reiss
Monday Bling Ball Winners
Tuesday: Cold golfers coming off the 18th strike a pose with buggies. Lindy Ratner, Susie McHugh, Jo Elder and Eileen Goldsmith.
Cold Golfers Wave
Tuesday: Bling Ball team Jackie Reiss, Karen Owen, Ann Tibbatts, and Caroline Wyld shelter from the rain. --Selfie by Jackie Reiss
Umbrella Selfie
Tuesday: Fishing for their Bling Ball in a Hellidon Lake, it's Caroline Wyld, Ann Tibbatts, and Karen Owen. --Photo by Jackie Reiss
 Hunting their bling ball in a Hellidon Lake
Tuesday: Karen Owen pitches with scenery behind. 
 Karen Owen Pitches with Scenery
Tuesday: Madge Corbitt and our fearless, admirable tour organiser Karen Owen. --Photo by Jane Britton.
 Madge and Karen
 The sun sets over Hellidon Lakes. View from the bar, of course.
 Sunset over Hellidon Lakes

End of Summer Swindle Party Held 3rd September

At the End of Summer Swindle Party, Pat Donaghy won the award for attending the most Summer Swindles and Sam Deenadayal was the season’s overall champion. Congratulations Pat and Sam! 

Pat also won the "Band-Aid" prize for telling the worst jokes. There were no other serious contenders for this award……

The next Summer Swindle is planned to start Thursday, 28th April 2016.

Pat Donaghy and Sam Deenadayal with their prizes, surrounding the Chief Swindler, Paul Willatts.
Pat Donaghy, Paul Willatts, and Sam Deenadayal


Club Captain's Charity Day 22nd August Benefitted Household Cavalry Foundation


WCGC golfers and guests turned out to support the 2015-16 Club Captain on his unique Charity Day in aid of the Household Cavalry Foundation. Photographs from the Captain’s Charity Day can be ordered directly from Paul Willatts or through Emma at the clubhouse. The price for an 8” x 6” colour print in presentation folder is £7. Thirty per cent of monies received will be donated to the Household Cavalry benevolent fund.


TPR Bramwell Household Cavalry

 Household Cavalry Riders
Household Cavalry Logo


European Solheim Cup Captain Carin Koch Launched National Golf Month at Wimbledon Common Golf Club

 Joanna Croker, Carin Koch, and Lauren Horsford

To celebrate the start of National Golf Month on 30 April 2015, Carin Koch played a 9-hole exhibition match at Wimbledon Common Golf Club alongside Ladies Vice Captain Joanna Croker and 18-year-old Lauren Horsford, who earlier that month became Surrey Ladies Champion and was a finalist in the 2014 Telegraph Junior Golf Championship. 

National Golf Month ( included hundreds of free coaching opportunities across the UK aiming to encourage more than 100,000 people to give golf a go for the first time.

This year there was a special focus on encouraging more women to try golf – and 2015 European Solheim Cup Captain Carin Koch teamed up with Kate Hoey MP, the Mayor’s Commissioner for Sport in London and the former Minister for Sport, to launch the participation drive.

The month-long campaign got underway at Wimbledon Common Golf Club, one of hundreds of venues offering National Golf Month linked events and activities during May.

 Kate Hoey, Carin Koch, Lauren Horsford, WCGC Golfers


The club, which until 2005 was an all-male club, now has a thriving women’s section (61 members) and a successful ladies academy, which introduces and mentors new female golfers. (Nine out of the 10 new starters in 2014 have joined the club as full members and are now regular golfers.)

Market research commissioned by Syngenta a golf course turfcare specialist supporting National Golf Month, in 2014 revealed that 5% of women in the UK already participating in at least one other sport or activity said they would be ‘very interested’ in taking up golf, equating to a potential 640,000 new female golfers. Spending time with family and friends, socialising outdoors and stress relief are the key factors that appeal to women about golf.

The research also showed that prospective new players are looking for accessible and affordable coaching opportunities, which National Golf Month aimed to deliver throughout May.

Carin Koch with WCGC WAGGS

“Golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by men and women, boys and girls, and is a wonderful game for life,” said Carin Koch, an ambassador for Syngenta. 

“I started golf when I was young and now, as a mum to two children, we enjoy playing golf as a family. Golf is a healthy, social, outdoor sport and I’d encourage women to get together with friends and family and take part in one of the many National Golf Month free taster sessions and experience for themselves what a fun game golf is.” 

Kate Hoey MP said: “It’s great that National Golf Month is being launched in London and that it has a Women and Girls focus. London Sport is actively supporting the This Girl Can campaign, and National Golf Month is a great example of sport meeting the demand created by This Girl Can and supplying women with more grass roots opportunities to get involved in a wide range of activities. I’m sure that this programme will contribute to London becoming the most physically active sporting city in the world.”

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, talkSPORT presenter Georgie Bingham and 19-year-old Solheim Cup star and Ladies European Tour professional Charley Hull, were among the female personalities also lending their support to National Golf Month.

Doug Poole, founder of National Golf Month, said: “What has happened at Wimbledon Common Golf Club is a great example of how golf is evolving in the UK. The ladies academy is introducing women of all ages and from different walks of life to golf and it’s great to see how, through the coaching and mentoring programme, new players are developing from starters to regular golfers.

“Of course, you don’t have to be a member of a golf club to play golf and there are many starter schemes at different venues throughout the UK, especially during National Golf Month in May when you can sign up for a free taster session or affordable coaching with a golf professional.”

Doug Poole added, “As well as female coaching sessions, we are also encouraging families and lapsed players to take part in this year’s activities and hope that thousands of people will find or rediscover what an enjoyable, social and healthy game golf is.”

Pro Jeff Jukes and Carin Koch

WCGC Golf Professional Jeff Jukes with Carin Koch.

Carin Koch and Joanna Croker

Carin Koch and WCGC Vice Captain Joanna Croker.


WCGC Golf Academies Hold Welcome Reception


New 2015 Men's and Women's Academy members, and Weekenders, got a chance to meet and chat with golf mentors from among the club's members, at a welcome reception held in the clubhouse on 27 April 2015. Photos by Paul Willatts.

Andrew Willson, Tony Carrington, and Dave Logan.
Andrew Wilson Tony Dave Logan
Dave Logan, Susie McHugh, and Otello Damonte.
  Dave Susie and Othello
Joanna Croker, Lindy Ratner, and Mariko Lavender-Jones.
Joanna Lindy and Mariko
Lindy Ratner, Fiona Moore, Valeska Maclachlan, and Joanna Croker.
Lindy Fiona Valeska and Joanna
Lindy Ratner, Kate Simpson, and Fiona Moore.
Lindy Kate Fiona

Swing Studio Opens with Ribbon Cutting by Stephen Hammond MP

Club members, including past and future captains, and pros Jeff Jukes and Gary Clements, were on hand to watch MP Stephen Hammond cut the ribbon for the opening of Wimbledon Common Golf Club's new swing studio, on Friday, 6 March 2015. See coverage of the event in the Wimbledon Guardian.


Chairman Ed Harris and Captain Dwight Lindo look on as MP Stephen Hammond cuts the ribbon.

 Cutting the Ribbon
At the Swing Studio launch: Gary Clements, WCGC Golf Development Manager; Martin Finn, who provided the construction work for the studio; Jack Miles, Club President and Guinness World Record holder; and Jeff Jukes, Head Professional.
Driving Forces of the Swing Studio
MP Stephen Hammond tries out the swing studio.
Stephen Hammond prepares to hit in the swing studio
Past, present, and future captains at the Swing Studio launch: Dwight Lindo, David Thompson, George Gilmore, Les Patterson, Peter Englefield, Des Gore, Janice Brackenridge, Brian Cox, Richard Lennard, Rob Howley, and Ed Harris.
Past Present and Future Captains at the Swing Studio Launch
Pro Jeff Jukes demonstrates a proper swing in the swing studio.
Pro Jeff Jukes in the swing studio.
Jeff Jukes, Jack Miles, and Gary Clements in the swing studio.
Jeff Jukes, Jack Miles, and Gary Clements in the Swing Studio


Fashion Event in the Lenton Room

Tricia Cusden of Look Fabulous Forever hosted an educational evening of makeup, colour, and fashion tips in Wimbledon Common Golf Club’s Lenton Room on Thursday, 6th November 2014. The sold-out event included clothing and makeup shopping, with Tricia Cusden’s specialty line of cosmetics for women over 50, a personal colour consultation by Barbara Crisp of Style Crisp, and the couture creations of Elizabeth Bessant. Raffle proceeds benefitted CHASE children’s hospice and UNIQUE for rare chromosome disorders.

Photos by Paul Willatts.

Ladies gathered in the Lenton Room at Wimbledon Common Golf Club for a fashion evening hosted by Tricia Cusden.
Lenton Room Fashion Evening


Tricia Cusden talks about her Look Fabulous Forever line of makeup.
Tricia Cusden presents


Tricia Cusden describes makeup options.

Tricia Cusden demonstrates makeup application


Tricia Cusden and her makeup artist demonstrate on a model.
Makeup Artist at work


Barbara Crisp tries colour swatches on a model.
Barbara Crisp tries out colours


An Elizabeth Bessant creation in the colour advised by Linda Crisp.
Modeling an Elizabeth Bessant dress


Tricia Cusden, Linda Crisp, model, and Elizabeth Bessant.
Fashion Lesson
The designer herself, and models, in Elizabeth Bessant's creations.
Elizabeth Bessant and models

At the end of the evening, attendees shopped for makeup and clothing, and bought chances on raffle prizes, from the fashion artists. 

The group wraps up


Wimbledon Common Ladies Celebrate 50 Members

The first lady member was accepted by Wimbledon Common Golf Club in 2005! The Ladies Section has steadily grown since and in September 2014 the 50th lady joined. “Many golf clubs are finding it very hard to keep their membership numbers up, so we are delighted that so many ladies want to play on Wimbledon Common” said Lynne Mickleson, Lady Captain. “The introduction of the Ladies Academy had a very positive impact on the number of locals interested in the club for golf and the other social activities we offer."

Below: Members Lindy Ratner and Susie McHugh, golf pro Gary Clements, Ladies Academy member Martha Hernandez, and Clubhouse Manager Emma Pope, at the Stables Open Day, Wimbledon Common, 14 September 2014. Photo by Paul Willatts.

Putters Salute at Stables Open Day


WCGC Golfers "Radicalised" in Wolf from the Door at Royal Court Theatre

The Club were asked to provide a group of 70+ year old golfers for a photograph to be shown as part of the play ‘The Wolf from the Door’now a sell out production at the Royal Court, London SW1. “Catherine (Anna Chancellor) is a middle-aged aristocrat who seeks out a young drifter (Calvin Demba) to spearhead her plans. All the hobby groups of England including an over-70s group of golfers will rise and destroy the Establishment.” In the programme Wimbledon Common Golf Club members were thanked for their help with this production. 

See more reviews of Wolf From the Door, which have been great, with the Daily Telegraph giving it 3 stars. Or see them on stage, while tickets last.

If you catch any of these radicalised golfers around the clubhouse, be sure to get their autograph!

The Wolf From the Door Golfers