The ladies of Royal North Devon Golf Club have been celebrating their 150th birthday this week with a string of competitions and events, all topped off with a night of dancing!
The Ladies Section of the Royal North Devon Golf Club was founded on 8 June 1868 when Reverend Gosset invited local ladies to form a Club. 150 years later, the section is still going strong, and they've been celebrating their anniversary in style with a weekend of competitions and events, all topped off with a night of dancing!
The section is one of the oldest in the world, which comes as no surprise given that Royal North Devon Golf Club is the oldest links course in England, founded in 1864.
In the lead up to the special anniversary weekend, over £20,000 has been raised by a small sub-committee at Royal North Devon Golf Club who have been working extremely hard over the past few years to raise funds to help cover the costs of the ladies' sections 150th celebrations.
On 7 June, a fourball better ball competition was held for all of the lady members and invited guests from Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset. Also invited were Jill Edwards, President of the LGU 2011/12, Judith Hanratty, an ex New Zealand International, and Carolyn Maynard, Devon County President. The day received a lot of praise, not only for the wonderful condition of the course but also for the meal that followed.
The following day, and the day of the sections' 150th birthday, the ladies had a fun competition on the putting green and then a clinic held by Christine Langford. Christine is the teachig professional at Thorpeness Golf Club following her career on tour. The day was followed by a formal evening reception for members and their families, which included a question and answer session with Christine Langford and, of course, a very special birthday cake.
As for the rest of the weekend, Saturday saw a fourball team event that was won with an impressive score of 97 points, a hog roast, ice cream from the local ice cream van, and an ABBA tribute band which had everyone dancing 'till they dropped. With everyone feeling possibly a bit jaded after the weekend's festivities, the final day of celebrations on Sunday was reserved for the annual Michael Pailthorpe Mixed Greensomes event and prizegiving for the year's tournaments, including the ladies' most recent medal competition for the new 150th salver.