2019 Match Reports

WC&AGS vs The Lady Taverners Ladies, Thursday 8th August

Played at Sunningdale Heath in Surrey, the players enjoyed a lovely bacon roll and coffee on arrival. The weather was good, and the heather was the best they had seen for a good few years – very pretty unless you landed in it!!

Taking on the short but tricky course, the pairings were Ali Thornber-Taft and Clare Mulvaney, Jane Thornber-Taft and Anne Crawley, and Carol Brown-Kenyon (CBK) and a friend of Mulvaney’s, Liz Shutler. Anne Crawley and Jane particularly enjoyed the chance to nip through the fence and pay a very quick, slightly illicit visit to Sunningdale course next door!

A lovely day was had by all, rounded off with tea, sandwiches and homemade cake.  WCA&GS came out overall winners 2-1. Hostess Chris Watmough was very pleased as it was only the 2nd time we have won the trophy. Thanks to all WC&AGS members who turned out.

WCAGs vs Lady Taverners 2019

WCAGs vs Lady Taverners 2019


WC&AGS vs MCC, Wednesday 5th September 2019
In the annual fixture against the MCC men’s golf society, the regional rotation found the players visiting Fulford Heath in Birmingham.

With the WC&AGS having won the 2018 fixture 5-1, the MCC were out for a bit of good-natured, gentlemanly revenge. Only 2 players on their side had handicaps above 20 – they meant business! Fortunately our team was just as strong, and we’d borrowed a couple of guests from Fulford to bring in some local course knowledge.


MCC vs WCAGS, Fulford Heath, 2019

Clarkie (nominated captain for the day) and local member Georgina had the honour of teeing it up first, and found themselves playing against former England batsman, Dennis Amiss and the man with the best stripy MCC socks, Dan O’Sullivan. A steady start from Georgina gave our first pairing a one point lead after 9 holes.

Second out were Claire Jenkins (also a member at Fulford) and Shirley Taylor. Whirl had clearly packed her “A” game in the car that morning, scoring a whopping 5 pointer on one hole! Third pair were Jane TT and Fulford guest Louise Parker, who looked fairly handy playing off 12.

The fourth pairing were Ali TT and Coral, who had a very close game until a shift of momentum/better stamina kicked in on the 15th, 16th and 17th eventually putting daylight between their score and the MCC chaps.

Fifth group on the course were Baggie and Lesley. Despite the MCC’s skipper Brian Thompson having also nicked local member and seniors captain Andy Harris (playing off 8), Baggie is also a member at Fulford and put her local knowledge to exceptionally good use. At one point, smoke was seen over the course (ok, big black clouds) as Baggie was on fire – she said she’d played “the round of my life!” and scored an enormous 42 points on her own.

The final pairing were Ruth Bailey and Chris Knight. Bails, having made a characteristically late entrance, and Chris were up against MCC stalwart Julian Batson (13) and Tom Crisp (15) – perhaps the MCC’s secret weapons were being deployed last?

In the first group, Clarkie eventually began to find some long drives on the back nine, and also contributed a 4-point birdie 2 on the signature 16th hole – par 3, uphill, over water. Not a daunting tee shot at all!


The Signature 16th Hole at Fulford Heath – uphill, over the water

The back nine was more clear cut than the front, and Clarkie and Georgina ran out winners by 5 points.

As first pair back in the clubhouse, Clarkie was keeping track as the pairs came in and it soon became clear the WC&AGS were on for a big win. There was very nearly a whitewash until the last group arrived back having halved the match – allowing the MCC to salvage a small amount of pride!

The scores were:-

Dan O’Sullivan (15) and Dennis Amiss (16) Sarah Clarke (17) and Georgina Foxwell (20) 36-41 WCAGS win
John O’Driscoll (15) and Trevor Shepherd (16) Claire Jenkins (17) and Shirley Taylor (24) 33-38 WCAGS win
Jonathan Harris (14) and Bob Cooke (22) Jane Thornber-Taft (18) and Louise Parker (12) 35-36 WCAGS win
John Lockwood (12) and Rupert Morris (18) Ali Thornber-Taft (22) and Coral Handley (23) 35-37 WCAGS win
Andy Harris (8) and Brian Thompson (21) Maria Bagust (19) and Lesley Smith (20) 28-44 WCAGS win
Tom Crisp (15) and Julian Batson (13) Ruth Bailey (11) and Chris Knight (22) 36-36 Halved

Final result: WC&AGS won 5 1/2 to 1/2

WC&AGS retain trophy

Dennis Amiss presents the trophy on behalf of the MCC

After a lovely two course meal, the trophy was presented by Dennis Amiss to Captain Clarkie. Huge thanks to Sue Redfern who did all the organising with Fulford but was unable to actually take part due to the ICC World T20 qualifiers clashing with our fixture – how rude! Next year’s match will be played at High Post in Wiltshire on Friday 4th September 2020.


2018 Match Reports

WC&AGS vs MCC 2018

In the first fixture since the decision to introduce regional rotation of the match against the MCC, both teams travelled to High Elms in Kent on a sunny August morning.

The course was in great condition, and so apparently was the golf of the WC&AGS! Playing 4 ball better ball, Pauline Weeks was in particularly fine fettle, chipping in from off the green and barely missing a putt.

The final score was a resounding win for the WC&AGS 5-1. The meal in the clubhouse was wonderful, made all the sweeter by Jo Osborne receiving the trophy on behalf of the team, which has been in MCC hands for far too long!

Thanks to all WCAGS ladies who played:-
Standing, L to R: Carol Brown-Kenyon, Ruth Bailey, Angie Bainbridge, Shirley Taylor, and Pauline Weeks
Sitting L to R: Mary Pyl, Clare Mulvaney, Remi Russell, Jo Osborne, (Radhi, playing for MCC), Kate Brown, Sandy Gristwood and Sarah Clarke.

WC&AGS vs MCC 2018

WC&AGS vs MCC, High Elms, 2018

The 2019 fixture will be played at Fulford Heath near Birmingham on Thursday 5th September 2019.

2017 Match Reports

WC&AGS vs Lansdown Golf Club Ladies
We had problems with The Lady Taverners match, communications between their players and a confusion over the date (their confusion not ours) resulted in a cancelled event. Chris W has agreed to organise next year!

The match v Lansdown was successful, in spite of rain early on, it cleared and off we went. Numbers were down, but we had three pairs and Pam C played a singles match with the Lansdown Captain of the Day. Thanks to all WCAGS members who turned out. We won quite comfortably, 3-1, and retained the Centenary Plate.

Pam receives the Lansdown Trophy

Pam receives the Lansdown Trophy

Good weather, well not bright warm sunshine, but no rain. Problems with numbers gave me a headache…however, we called on some Lansdown ladies who had been members of our Society previously, Guin Slade and Trish Ritchie with another Lansdown Past Lady captain filling in. As usual the MCC brought out some big guns, but with the format, 18 holes better ball Stableford, with the Lads playing off the white blocks and their card, while we played off the Ladies card results in a much fairer format. Unfortunately we lost 3-2, BUT if we had gone over overall points we would have WON!!!

Excellent post match meal. It was sad to hear that Alan Shine, the one-armed bandit of past matches, had died whilst on holiday. Alan had organised these matches for many years and was always full of fun and some dubious jokes!! It is important we keep these matches going, I know that Lords are very keen, as this fixture with the Chaps is the longest standing fixture in the history of the MCC Golf Society. The present organiser, Brian Thompson, has said there is no objection to this fixture being moved, but would hope to keep it in the South West/South East.

The Trophy is held in the trophy cabinet at Lansdown under lock and key.

My thanks to all WCAGS members who played, it is a drag to come down for just one match, but hopefully we can maintain playing these two matches. Jo in fact, got up at the crack of dawn and drove several thousand miles there and back to play against the Lansdown Ladies..dedication or what?!

Dates brought forward due to course maintenance, this involves hollow tyning!! Bath Race Days! And there is a pretty congested fixture list. Dates booked are August 28th v Lansdown Ladies and the 29th v The MCC.


2016 Match Reports

WCA&GS v Lady Taverners – June 10
This match was held at the Sunningdale Ladies Course in Surrey. To put it politely the Lady Taverners are a bunch of bandits. All teams scored par or more! However, our first couple, Val and Ruth, lost by 36 points to 43, (FORTY THREE). Pyl and Shirley scored 40 points and lost to 47, (FORTY SEVEN). Jo and Francis Pope (a guest player from Lansdown) halved their match scoring 39 points apiece!

WCA&GS v Lansdown Ladies – September 20
This is the warm up game ready for the big-one against the MCC. It gives our players a chance to learn the course and prepare accordingly i.e. have a few beers. The format involved 6 holes of singles stableford, 6 holes of foursomes and 6 holes of Greensomes. Unfortunately, the opening holes were marred by the fresh application of fertilizer on wet greens making putting impossible and everything coming into contact with the ball turning blue. Playing today were Coral, Anne, Ruth, Pyl, Jackie, Gill, Pip, and Pam and the WCA&GS recorded a victory by 3 and a half matches to 1 and a half. Norma came along to support and over drinks recounted the story when on England duty the sleeves of her nightie had been sewn up – somehow can’t see that happening to Andrew Strauss.

WCA&GS v SW MCC– September 21
This was a very hard fought match against the MCC who loaded their team with some very good (low) handicappers! They were out for revenge from last year, but as always rising to a challenge the WCA&GS played their socks off and tied the match, with four games being decided on the 18th green. Playing were Clare, Ruth, Anne, Jacki, Pip, Gill, Pyl, plus guests from Lansdown ladies. A splendid carvery was devoured after the match, followed by jokes and speeches. Pip keeping us on tenterhooks with hers. These matches are fun so please look out for the sign-up sheets at Ullesthorpe.

Autumn 2015 Matches Report

Friday 12th June saw WCAGS at Sunningdale for their match against the Lady Taverners. Unfortunately, the WCAGS lost.

Lady Taverners trophy

Founder Member Norma Izard (who donated the Trophy) with Marion Buckle on behalf of the Lady Taverners

Two matches played and success in both! Tuesday 22nd September we played the Lansdown Ladies, four pairs per side and ran out winners by 4 matches to nil! Played in good weather after a bit of a squally start. Good to catch up with Jackie Court, Gill Smith and Stocky, who wangled a day off work!!

Some brilliant scores, especially from Coral and Pyl – racked up 48 stableford points between them scoring a superb 26 points on the back nine. Match played in very good spirit and Norma was welcomed into the after match chat and drinkette!
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Autumn 2014 Matches Report

WCAGS v Lady Taverners – 13th June, Sunningdale Ladies’ Golf Club

On a VERY hot day in June, eight WCAGS gals converged on Sunningdale Ladies’ Golf Club to challenge The Lady Taverners in our return match. The format was four ball better ball Stableford. Pride was at stake, as we had been well beaten last year and we needed to redress the balance. Chris was Captain of The Day fo4 us and she marshaled her troops in readiness for the battle.

So, our team of me, Chris, June Edney, Pyl, Shirley Moore, Susie Garner, Ruth Bailey and Pauline Weekes, sailed forth into the Surrey undergrowth (lots of tees and gorse) with a warning to watch out for adders on the eighth!! For those who have not played Sunningdale, this is mainly a par three course, but this is not to be sniffed at as a 213 yard par three is a challenge for any lady golfer. The Patron of Sunningdale is Prince Andrew, but alas he did not arrive to present the trophy – probably because there isn’t one!
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