Worksop Golf Club start centenary year in style

Club captains, officials and special guests pictured before the start of the Worksop Golf Club Centenary Ball held at Worksop College on Saturday night.
Club captains, officials and special guests pictured before the start of the Worksop Golf Club Centenary Ball held at Worksop College on Saturday night.

Almost 200 members and guests kicked off Worksop Golf Club’s centenary year in style, at a special ball at Worksop College this month.

Captain Steve Webster welcomed the President of Notts Union of Golf Clubs Martin Hathway, and his wife Jackie, along with Bassetlaw Council chair Sybil Fielding and Ray Fielding.

Also in attendance was the club’s lady captain Ainee Sam, and vice captains Roy Dexter and Janice Beevers.

Master of Ceremonies was Mr John Bower, the chair of directors.

The centenary ball was the first of a series of big events the club will be hosting this year to celebrate a special milestone.

There will be an entire week set aside in July for golfing events, including a competition for the men and lady captains of the Notts golf clubs, battling it out at Worksop for centenary crystal.

Mens, ladies and junior Centenary Championships will follow, and a ‘tri club’ challenge with two other clubs celebrating 100 years, Wheatley and Oakdale.

And on the May Day Bank Holiday the Hickory Shaft Golf Society will play the course, before a presentation on the golfing attire of 100 years ago.

Members will be able to join in on the day.

Worksop are also hosting some major tournaments this year, including the Logan Trophy, an Englush Golf Union event for amateurs over 35, and the Sheffield Union Open Championship.

Secretary manager Alan Mansbridge revealed the club were hoping to have their famous exports Lee Westwood and Mark Foster in attendance this year for an event.

He added: “Worksop Golf Club and its members are going to be very busy in 2014 and we had a great start with the successful centenary ball.”

“The whole event was organised by Shirley Stokes who along with her helpers need lots of thanks as the evening was a great success and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.”

“The entertainment was a local band ‘Heads will Roll’ and they were accompanied by a disco on the night.”

Other social events this year will include ‘An Evening With...’ and visits by a male voice choir, along with a balloon race, centenary quiz night and a ‘Ten Decades of Music’ night.

While keen to celebrate the club’s rich past and history, they’re also looking to the future this year, and hoping to increase the membership numbers.

Mansbridge said: “The course and clubhouse have seen some big improvements recently, we are a friendly and welcoming club and there are still a few membership places available.”

“For those aged between 18 and 29 we have a 50 per cent reduction offer, and we’d like to see an increase in the ladies section.”

Visitors can play a part in the club’s landmark year, with the clubhouse open for meals including Sunday carveries, and a function room available for parties ranging from 50 to 110 people.

For more information on membership or using the club’s facilities, call 01909 477731.