Churston Ladies (founded 1902)
Welcome to Churston ladies’ section of Churston Golf Club, founded in 1902. We are an active and friendly section. Our weekly Tuesday competitions are followed by a presentation, the ideal social get together to meet and get to know everyone. Booking for competitions and friendly games is on-line. We welcome working ladies, who are able to play in most competitions on the weekend before a Tuesday competition.
Churston ladies represent the club in three Devon county team competitions, as well as the Annoddat team competition, thus catering for a range of handicaps. We also have a thriving vets section with friendly matches against neighbouring clubs and a monthly three ball team fun competition for everyone to enjoy.
Our club professional Glenn Richards runs a Get into Golf programme for complete beginners to golf.A member of the ladies’ committee is solely responsible for new members and will introduce you to other new members .
CHURSTON LADIES PLEASED TO BE BACK PLAYING AGAIN AND EVER HOPEFUL!
Thanks to a Churston Lady ( Heather Jeffreys) for the poem
A GOLFER’S DREAM
I must be off to the links again,
for the call of the fairways wide,
is a loud call
and a clear call
that cannot be denied.
It fills me with a mad desire,
to realise my dreams,
of tee shots long and irons strong,
to the heart of all the greens.
Then all I want is the magic putt,
and the straight and powerful drive,
to complete the course,
using skill and force,
in a brilliant 65!
Following the ladies'( Zoom) AGM at the beginning of November, Churston welcomed the new Lady Captain, Iris Butler. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, Iris had to delay her drive in which hopefully, will now take place in December.
We pride ourselves on our friendly welcome through mentoring of new members at every level.
We have two lady directors and a ladies’ committee of ten, who meet monthly.
“Thrilled to bits” is how Iris Butler describes her election as our new ladies captain.
Iris has certainly paid her dues, having been a committee member, chairman of our handicap committee, ladies competitions secretary and has also served as a Board member.
She moved to Torbay 50 years ago from her home in Hereford to take up a post as clerk to the consultants committee at Torbay Hospital.Her career in the health service continued at Exeter before she returned to Torbay as deputy director of Human Resources, and then director before retiring in 2008.
It was then that she took up golf and on the course she has flourished too, now with a handicap of 24.Her main relaxation is to enjoy walking, one that has stood her in good stead since the pandemic overtook our lives. During lockdown she and Sheila Jarvis walked each day from their respective Paignton homes, and then met up on the seafront for a socially distanced walk.
And often along their route they came across other Churston ladies doing just the same thing. And now they will be doing it again!In good weather she can be found curled up in her summerhouse, enjoying the sunshine and her garden surroundings, and reading. She is chairman of the Paignton Heritage Society and a member of the Friends of Oldway, one of the team which has recently been busy renovating the tea rooms there.Lockdown also forced her to add to her (by her own admission) limited cooking skills to the extent she can now produce a “proper” evening meal!
Aged 72, Iris has a brother and sister in law, two nieces, a nephew and two great nephews.
Realistically, she says, her year looks like being anything but normal, but she is planning ahead to include as many activities as is safely possible for the ladies section. “It is a great privilege and honour to be Churston’s ladies captain”, she said. “And I am very much looking forward to it and to the support of my vice captain Sue Petulengro and the new committee”.
She has chosen Devon Freewheelers as her charity for the year (known to most us as blood bikes) or, to give it its full title, Devon Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service.. Its team of volunteer riders, drivers, call handlers and fundraisers provide a round the clock service, supporting the NHS in delivering essential whole blood, blood & other medical samples for testing, medication, patient notes, medical equipment, tissue samples and donor breast milk to hospitals, and other NHS establishments and patients throughout Devon. It is a 100% voluntary organisation.
We have many lady members who play golf for the competition, fun exercise and friendship.
In July 2017 we successfully renewed our GOLFMARK accreditation. While working towards this the ladies’ section decided to use the Recruitment Action Plan to promote woman’s golf. The ladies’ section worked very hard to produce a three stage plan.
Get swinging, take it to the course followed by a taster membership. The project proved extremely successful and will provide a great platform for growth in this section. Find out more in the PDF link below.