2020 Presidents Report

Western Australian Business Ladies Golf Association (Inc)

Presidents Report to the 2020 Annual General Meeting

Preseason Day

Our preseason day was held at Gosnells Golf Club on Sunday 16th February with 71 players on course.  This was followed by a more relaxed format of a cocktail style buffet which was enjoyed by all in attendance.  Many thanks to the Gosnells team for hosting a fantastic day to start our season.

The results were;

Club of Origin Winner:            Gosnells 107 – Jo Calvo, Nadia de Vries, Charlotte Hall

Club of Origin Runner up:       Pinjarra 101 – Corrina Rudler, Sam Vongyer, Lexie Sutton

Gross Winner:                         Charlotte Hall – Gosnells

Nett Winer:                             Glenda Roberts – Royal Fremantle


This year we experienced the unprecedented event of an international outbreak of the virus known as COVID-19 which was subsequently classified by the WHO as a global pandemic.  As the virus entered our cities and outbreaks of infections started to spread rapidly, our Government took steps to put our cities and people into major lockdowns.  This included the closure of all non-essential businesses, schools and universities, sporting arenas and activities and people were asked to work from home.  In WA, the most stringent of these measures extended from March through to July.  

From a Golfing perspective, a lot of courses were closed and the private clubs that remained operating were restricted to 1 or 2 players per fairway, clubhouses and facilities closed and strict social distancing measures were put in place to enable them to continue to operate for their members. 

It was evident very early in the year that the WABLGA season would be significantly impacted.  As a result, the Foursomes event planned for April and Pennant season scheduled for July and August were cancelled along with the May delegates meeting.

Email communications were sent to the Club Delegates on a 6 weekly basis to keep them informed and notices were placed on the WABLGA website the keep its membership base updated. 

As the restrictions began to reduce, we saw the opportunity to get the Championships back on track. This was achieved by extending the closing dates for the qualifying rounds and providing considered flexibility to enable clubs to maximise the participation for their members.

2020 WABLGA Championships

This year there were 104 nominations to compete in the championships. Of the 12 Clubs, there were 8 clubs that participated in the qualifying rounds.

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the host clubs Bunbury, Mosman Park and Pinjarra for their commitment and support to WABLGA which enabled us to make these events happen. 

I also would like to thank Maura Morrissey for being the roaming rules official at the Finals.

The results were;

Division 1        Stacy Dhu (Pinjarra) def Jaks Scott (Royal Fremantle) 2/1

Division 2        Allison Adams (Royal Fremantle) def Jo Calvo (Gosnells) 2/1

Division 3        Bev Thompson (Gosnells) def Linda Silverlock (Royal Fremantle) 3/2

Division 4        Jocelyn Bollands (Mosman Park) def Deb Whatley (Bunbury) 4/2

Congratulations to each of the division winners and the runners up.

2020 WABLGA Champion Perpetual Trophy (Awarded to the division 1 Champion)

Winner:  Stacy Dhu – Pinjarra

Other Competitions and Trophies

There are several other competitions that run-in conjunction with the Championship rounds based on one or both qualifying rounds. The results for these trophies were;

Maureen Thomas and Patsy Best Perpetual Trophy (best gross over 2 qualifying rounds)

Winner:           Stacy Dhu – Pinjarra (15 above Par)

Runner Up:      Leith Elliott (24 above Par)

Betty Newman Trophy (best nett over 2 qualifying rounds)

Winner:            Jaks Scott – Royal Fremantle (-6)

Runner Up:     Norma Holmes – Royal Perth (-3)

Eileen Dawson Perpetual Trophy (5 best team nett scores of 2nd qualifying round)

Winner:           Pinjarra – Karen Martin, Stacy Dhu, Corrina Rudler, Kathy Elliott, Stephanie Brakespeare

Runner Up:     Royal Perth – Leith Elliott, Norma Holmes, Ann Prior, Jill Penter, Sarah Ridge

Silver Spoon donated by Golf WA

Winner:           Jenny Freeman (-7) – Bunbury

Runner Up:     Jill Penter (-4) – Royal Perth

Many thanks to Golf WA for their continuing support to WABLGA and donating the Silver Spoon.

Foursomes Championships & Royal Fremantle to the rescue

It was with some persuasion and perhaps the added benefit of being a member at Royal Fremantle, the club agreed to retain the fixtured date of the 2nd August (originally scheduled to host the WABLGA Pennant Final) for WABLGA to host another event which gave us the opportunity to run the previously cancelled Foursomes Championships.

We had 80 players on course which was followed by a buffet lunch.  It was fabulous to see all our golfing friends again from the various clubs and we were honoured to have our Life Member Maureen Thomas join us for lunch and presentations.

A special thank you Royal Fremantle for “holding the date” and hosting a fabulous event.

Gross Winners:            Donna Parsons – Mosman Park & Allison Adams – Royal Fremantle (91)

Gross Runners Up:      Shonna Gobby – Mt Lawley & Beth Deeley – Bunbury (92)

Nett Winners:              Maura Morrissey & Jocelyn Hudson – Royal Fremantle (76)

Nett Runners Up:        Janet Cowan & Beverly Thompson – Gosnells (76.5)

Closing Day

This year’s event was hosted by The Western Australian Golf Club on Sunday 18th October and we had 60 players on course for a 7.30am shotgun start followed by lunch and presentations.  It was a fantastic day and although the numbers were down on previous years, those who attended enjoyed a beautifully presented course and delicious buffet lunch.  Many thanks to WAGC for hosting such a fabulous day to close the season.

Nora Watts Foundation Trophy

Winners:      WAGC – Lynne Edwards, Lynette Clohessy & Debra Renfrey

Runners up:    Mosman Park – Eve Broadley, Jodie Benny & Jocelyn Bollands

Individual Events

Gross Winner:     Lynette Clohessy – WAGC

Nett Winner:      Eve Broadley – Mosman Park

2020 Charity – Street Chaplains

The fund raising for 2020 was significantly reduced predominately due to the Pennant season being cancelled.  Over the past 3 years we have raised in excess of $8,000 whereas this year the total fund raised were $1,802.   It will be proposed that we retain the current charity for the 2021 season when nominations are called for at the AGM.

2020 Membership

This year, despite COVID-19, we had 171 members from 10 clubs compared to 203 last year from 12 clubs.  We were advised early in the year as the COVID-19 restrictions commenced that The Vines and Melville Glades would not be participating in the 2020 season and we do hope they re-join us in 2021.

I would like to acknowledge our Life Members Maureen Thomas and Patsy Best for their continued participation in WABLGA.  I believe we all appreciate their depth of knowledge and history of our Association and welcome their attendance at our events.

Thank you to the WABLGA Committee of Stephanie Brakespeare, Sandy Colson and Pat Dunstan for their efforts and support throughout the year.  It was a pleasure to work with such an efficient and collaborative team.

I wish to extend a very special thank you to Stephanie for her outstanding contribution to the WABLGA committee over the past 4 years.  Stephanie spent the first 3 years as Secretary and her final year developing the new role of Events Co-Ordinator.  She has left us with very solid foundations in these areas which will significantly assist any new Committee member coming into those roles.

As we close out the year, I would like to thank the Club Delegates and Members for their support.  I sincerely hope that our 2021 season will be a lot brighter and that we can return to our normal program of events. 

Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the past Presidents of WABLGA, Jill Penter, Julie Lepp and Maura Morrissey.  It has been with their support, guidance and knowledge that I have managed to navigate my way through this most challenging year and my first year in the role of President.

I wish you and your families a very safe and happy festive season and hope you enjoy some summer golfing along the way.

I look forward to seeing you all in 2021 at our Pre-Season day in February.

I ask that this report be received.

Linda Silverlock

2020 Championships

The WABLGA Championships were completed at Pinjarra Golf Club on Sunday 20 September in very poor weather conditions. The results were:

Div 1 Stacy Dhu (Pinjarra Golf Club) def Jaks Scott (RFGC)

Div 2 Alison Adams (RFGC) def Jo Calvo (Gosnells GC)

Div 3: Bev Thompson (Gosnells GC) def Linda Silverlock (RFGC)

Div 4: Jocelyn Bollands (Mosman Pk GC) def Deb Whatley (Bunbury GC)

Congratulations to the winners and well done to the 60 players who put in qualifying scores across the 4 divisions.

Thankyou to the host clubs: Bunbury GC (QF), Mosman Pk GC (SF) and Pinjarra GC.

Div 1 Champion: Stacy Dhu
Div 2 Champion: Alison Adams
Div 3 Champion: Bev Thompson
Div 4 Champion: Jocelyn Bollands

2020 Perpetual Trophies

The following WABLGA Perpetual Trophies were presented at Closing Day at WAGC by Life Member Maureen Thomas.

WABLGA Champion Perpetual Trophy Winner: Stacy Dhu, Pinjarra Golf Club
Patsy Best and Maureen Thomas Perpetual Trophy (Best Gross)
Winner: Stacy Dhu, Pinjarra Golf Club
Betty Newman Perpetual Trophy (Best Nett)
Winner: Jaks Scott, Royal Fremantle Golf Club (accepted on her behalf)
Eileen Dawson Perpetual Trophy
Winner: Pinjarra Golf Club – Karen Martin, Stacy Dhu, Corinna Rudler, Kathy Elliott, Stephanie Brakespeare
Silver Spoon Trophy (donated by GolfWA)
Winner: Jenny Freeman, Bunbury Golf Club (accepted on her behalf)
Nora Watts Foundation Trophy
Winner WAGC – Lynnette Clohesssy, Lynne Edwards, Debra Renfrey

2020 Closing Day

The WABLGA Closing Day for 2020 was held on Sunday 18 October at the Western Australian Golf Club. Sixty players participated in the event which was followed by a lunch and presentations for the the Nora Watts Foundation Trophy, being the main event for Closing Day, and the WABLGA Perpetual trophies for 2020. Thankyou to WAGC for hosting the day and organising good golfing weather.

The host club took home the Nora Watts Foundation Trophy:

Nora Watts Foundation Trophy 2020 Winners: WAGC
Lynne Edwards, Lynette Clohessy, Debra Renfrey

Nora Watts Foundation Trophy R/U: Mosman Park GC
Eve Broadley, Jodie Benney, Jocelyn Bollands (absent)
Gross Winner: Lynnette Clohessy, WAGC
Nett Winner: Eve Broadley, Mosman Park GC

WABLGA Update 30/06/2020

WABLGA Members update

Foursomes at Royal Fremantle Golf Club

I am pleased to advise we have secured Royal Fremantle Golf Course to host our deferred Foursomes event on Sunday 2nd August 2020.  Tee off is a shotgun start at 7.45am followed by lunch and presentations.

Championships & Silver Spoon

We have now locked in all the revised dates for the qualifying rounds for the Championships and the confirmed courses for the finals are;

  • Quarter Final – Sunday 6th September @ Bunbury Golf Club
  • Semi Final – Sunday 13th September @ Mosman Park Golf Club
  • Final – Sunday 20th September @ Pinjarra Golf Club

Delegates Meeting No 3 – 25th August

The next delegates meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 25th August at Royal Perth Golf Club.  Confirmation will be advised to the Delegates closer to the date.

 Closing Day Sunday 18th October

WAGC have advised they are still holding this event in their fixtures but it is still in a “to be confirmed” status. 

Stay safe and happy golfing.


Linda Silverlock

WABLGA President

Notice to all WABLGA Members

WABLGA 2020 Pennant Season

It is with deep regret to advise the committee has come to the difficult decision to cancel the WABLGA 2020 Pennant season. With the current COVID-19 restrictions, most Club courses are only open to their members and they are not currently in a position to commit to when they will be open to guests and/or external events.  As the Pennant season was due to commence on the 29th June, it is unfeasible for us to obtain alternative courses at this late stage.

Championships & Silver Spoon

We are going to resume these events and have asked all clubs to complete a revised Qualifying Rounds nomination form as the qualifying dates have been extended.  Although we have not fully secured the courses for finals due to start in September, we believe we have sufficient time to make alternative arrangements if required. We look forward to your participation to make these events enjoyable and successful.


We recently received confirmation from Royal Fremantle that they would retain our fixtured date of Sunday 2nd August (originally for the Pennant Finals) for us to hold a Foursomes event.  The format will depend on where things stand with COVID-19 restrictions and may dictate our options for competitor numbers and post-game presentations and meals.  Further updates on this event will be provided as they materialise.

We trust you understand the decisions undertaken by the committee to date have been made with the full consideration of our WABLGA members and the overall health and wellbeing of our greater community.

Happy golfing and please stay safe and well.

Kind regards

Linda Silverlock

WABLGA President

2020 Pre-season Day

Many thanks to Gosnells Golf Club for hosting a marvellous day to start our season. Results:

Gross Winner: Charlotte Hall, Gosnells

Nett Winner: Glenda Roberts, Royal Fremantle

Runner up Club of Origin: Pinjarra 101 (Corrina Rydler, Sam Vongyer, Lexie Sutton)

Club of Origin 2020: Gosnells 107 (Jo Calvo, Nadia DeVries, Charlotte Hall)

2019 Closing Day

Many thanks to Melville Glades Golf club for hosting us. Congratulations to all our winners on the day and throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you all again for another great year of golfing in 2020.

Nora Watts Foundation Trophy winners: Lake Karrinyup Country Club

LKCC: Sandy Spence, Kate Rennie and Sheila Klimczyk

Nora Watts Foundation Trophy RU: Western Australian Golf Club

WAGC: Diane Wood, Helen Egan, Debra Renfry

Nett Winner: Stephanie Brakespeare, Pinjarra

Gross Winner: Penelope Radonovich, Royal Perth

2019 Championships

L-R: Patricia Ryan, Julie Jackson, Lyn Johnson, Jill Penter, Minke Terblanche , Leith Elliot, Lyn Harling, Shantalea Terry

It was a great day for the Championship finals, with some hard fought matches. All those that reached the finals should be congratulated and the winners in each division celebrated.

Special acknowledgement goes to Minke Terblanche, our WABLGA champion for 2019.

Thanks also to the ladies of Lake Karrinyup, Pinjarra and Mosman Park for their hospitality and hosting of this year’s event.