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Wynnum Ladies Golf History stories

History of Women’s Golf Wynnum, the third oldest golf club in Brisbane, formed in 1922. The official opening  day by the Governor, Sir Matthew Nathan on the 26th January 1925.

During the first 75 years of the club Mrs W. (Minnie) Bell served as Associate Honorary Secretary for 29 years consecutive years until she retired in 1958 and was the first women to receive life membership in 1953.

Mrs A.H Smith was a very prominent Associate member in the club’s formative years, she was the first associate Club Champion and held the title for five consecutive years. In 1929 she shared the handicap mark of honour among Queensland Associates with that year’s club champion Mrs G. Middleton and was President of the Queensland Ladies Golf Union.

Mrs R.(Kath) Duthie was the longest serving Associates President, from 1936 – 1939 and again from 1949-1956 a total of ten years.  She also served on committee in 1935, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, & 1944 and a Four Ball Match Play Honour Board Event is staged each year in her memory.  Her husband Bob was also Club President for three years.

Mrs. Kath Duthie died 19th April 1967, and in memory of his wife, Bob Duthie notified the Associates’ Committee that he wished to donate a memorial trophy in her honour.  The Committee unanimously decided that this trophy should be an Honour Board Event played approximately 19th April (Anniversary of Mrs. Duthie’s death) and to take the form of a 4 Ball Match Play Event for mid week players. 

However, at the Associates’ Annual General Meeting on 17th November 1967 it was moved and carried that the 4 Ball Match Play Knockout Event would be for all Associates.  As we no longer have weekend players, it has reverted to a mid week event with a qualifying round of Fourball Stroke Play, 16 pairs qualifying. 

The event was first played in 1968 and continues to this day, it is keenly contested by all participating Associates.  It is one of our most popular Honour Board events.

Grace Hughes was born in 1903 and had her first game of golf at Victoria Park Golf Club in late 1945, she soon joined Wynnum Golf club for ease of transport from her home at Morningside. Her husband Jack soon joined her and together they spent time watering the greens, raising money and spirits with singing around the piano on Saturday nights.

Grace was a stickler for the rules and etiquette on golf, any questions just ask Grace she will tell you the rule and the page it is written on.

Grace was on the Associates committee for six years, three years as President and received life membership in 1989. Grace was a tower of strength and support for her husband Jack who had a long and distinguished term as Honorary Secretary and as the club’s first Secretary Manager.

The Jack Hughes Memorial Day is played each year in memory of her husband’s work and Grace never failed to attend the club on this day to present the trophy. Even when she was no longer able to play herself, she still attended the presentation of the trophy. Grace continued to played golf after a hip replacement at Bulimba Sporting Club up until the ripe old age of 96. At 100 she entered a nursing home and died just short of turning 103.

Gertrude Olds was a long time member of the Wynnum Golf Club in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  She was the Associates captain from 1945 to 1954 and Club Champion in 1950, 51, 52, 53 & 54 as the honour boards will attest, she played off 7.  Although her husband (also long serving club member) Clarrie passed away in 1981.

Gertrude can still swing a club and was honoured at the opening of the Kaley Golf Club in 2002.


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