• ladies section history

The Ladies Section at Greenock Golf Club was founded in 1912, and the Championship was first played for in 1924 when it was won by Mrs J M Galloway.

We have had 5 honorary members over the years - 1968Miss E T Caird and Miss J Tennant, 1970 Miss K W McNeil, 1981 Mrs J Wylie, and 1991 Miss I L Stewart.

Our last surviving honorary member Miss Kathleen McNeil sadly passed away in December 2006. Kathleen was born in 1916 and lived all her life in Greenock. She practiced as a solicitor in the firm of W W & J McClure where her father, Charles P McNeil had been a partner and the owner of the family drapery business.

From the age of 4 Kathleen took up golf and as well as playing at Greenock played at Kilmacolm, Shiskine, The Ladies Club Troon, St Rule and Renfrewshire Ladies County Golf Association. Kathleen had a lengthy career in golf administration and from 1957 to 1959 was the non playing captain of Renfrewshire County Ladies. She was also chairman of the County from 1965 to 1967 and 1974 to 1975, and president from 1982 to 1985 and honorary vice-president of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association . Also Kathleen was past president of the Ladies Golf Union from 1987 to 1988 and from 1991 she was honorary vice-president of the Ladies Golf Union, and was awarded an MBE for services to golf.

In the last few years of her life Kathleen wrote a very interesting article regarding her memories of Greenock Golf Club. A transcript of this follows.

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The history of my golfing life as a golf member of Greenock Golf Club

My father Charles P McNeil, was elected to the Committee of the Club around 1924 and was Captain about 1927. In those days there was a boy members section but no girls section, which my father thought some what unjust !! So when he joined the Committee or had become Captain, he made a move to have a girls section of 30 girls - the Committee had given way rather reluctantly and asked that the numbers of girl members was to be taken of the numbers allowed of the Ladies Section (which I think (?) had been allowed at 300) and the ladies were very much annoyed to this reduction as there was a flourishing section in these days (more ladies of leisure then!) I don't remember how many girls did join at the beginning.

I may say, I did play golf (?) on holidays since I was 4 years old (at Elie on the children's course.) Then at St Andrew's (on the Jubilee.) But that was all until I was founder junior girl members at Greenock.

I must say, all the lady members at Greenock were very pleased at the time and interested to have the girls playing, and encouraged us no end.

Kathleen McNeil

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Lady Captains

1912 - 14 Miss J.D. Carmichael

1979 - 80 Mrs R.G. Duthie

1919 Miss J.D. Carmichael

1981 - 82 Mrs J. Hall

1920 - 22 Mrs R.H. Rowan

1983 - 84 Mrs N. Jagger

1923 - 26 Mrs W. Fyfe

1985 - 86 Mrs R.L. Hutchison

1927 Mrs R.H. Rowan

1987 - 88 Miss E.M. Blackmore

1928 - 30 Mrs J. Drummond

1989 - 90 Mrs E.P. Houston

1931 - 33 Mrs D. Pattison

1991 - 92 Mrs M. Neilson

1934 - 35 Miss J.M. Campbell

1993 - 94 Mrs P. K. Sweeney

1936 - 37 Mrs J. Galloway

1995 - 96 Mrs M.G. Thompson

1939 Miss D.Carlyle

1997 - 98 Miss H.F. Armstrong

1946 - 47 Miss J. Hughes

1999 - 00 Miss J.L. McKillop

1948 - 49 Mrs J.M. Watt

2001 - 02 Mrs R.A. Brabender

1950 - Mrs J. Millar

2003 - 04 Mrs S. Austin

1951 - 52 Miss K.W. McNeil

2005 - 06 Mrs F. Bryant

1953 - 54 Mrs J. Tennant

2007 - 08 Mrs S. Cook

1955 - 56 Miss M Nicol

2009 - 10 Mrs C. McDougall

1957 - 58 Mrs W.M. Watson

2011 - 11 Mrs M. Paul

1959 - 60 Mrs J. Stewart

2011 - 13 Mrs K. McGill

1961 - 62 Mrs R.C. Houston

2013 - 15 Miss S. Macdougall

1963 - 64 Mrs J. Wylie

2015 - Mrs M. Connelly

1965 - 66 Miss J. McArthur

 

1967 - 68 Miss M. McFadyen

 

1969 - 70 Miss J.C. Tierney

 

1971 - 72 Mrs H.S. Crawford

 

1973 - 74 Mrs G. Paton

 

1975 - 76 Mrs J.G. Goudie

 

1977 - 78 Mrs A. Yeaman

 

 

Lady Champions

1934 Mrs J. Galloway

1981 Mrs T. Forbes

1935 Miss D. Carlyle

1982 Mrs T. Forbes

1936 Mrs J. Millar

1983 Mrs T. Forbes

1937 Miss L.M.M. Pollock

1984 Mrs T. Forbes

1938 Mrs J. Galloway

1985 Mrs R.L. Hutchison

1939 Miss D. Carlyle

1986 Mrs M. Neilson

1947 Miss L.M.M. Pollock

1987 Mrs T. Forbes

1948 Miss K.W. McNeil

1988 Miss G.H. Rae

1949 Miss L.M.M. Pollock

1989 Mrs T. Forbes

1950 Miss K.W. McNeil

1990 Mrs C. McDougall

1951 Miss K.W. McNeil

1991 Mrs C. McDougall

1952 Miss K.W. McNeil

1992 Miss L. Brabender

1953 Miss K.W. McNeil

1993 Mrs C. McDougall

1954 Miss K.W. McNeil

1994 Mrs C. McDougall

1955 Miss K.W. McNeil

1995 Mrs C. McDougall

1956 Mrs J. Wylie

1996 Miss L. Brabender

1957 Miss K.W. McNeil

1997 Miss D.M. Fisher

1958 Miss K.W. McNeil

1998 Mrs C. McDougall

1959 Mrs J. Wylie

1999 Mrs C. McDougall

1960 Miss K.W. McNeil

2000 Miss L. Brabender

1961 Mrs R.C. Houston

2001 Mrs C. McDougall

1962 Miss K.W. McNeil

2002 Miss L. Brabender

1963 Miss K.W. McNeil

2003 Miss L. Brabender

1964 Mrs R.C. Houston

2004 Miss L. Brabender

1965 Miss K.W. McNeil

2005 Mrs C. McDougall

1966 Mrs R.C. Houston

2006 Mrs C. McDougall

1967 Miss K.W. McNeil

2007 Miss D. M. Fisher

1968 Mrs J. Wylie

2008 Mrs C. McDougall

1969 Miss K.W. McNeil

2009 Mrs C. McDougall

1970 Mrs T. Forbes

2010 Mrs C. McDougall

1971 Mrs R.C. Houston

2011 Mrs C. McDougall

1972 Miss K.W. McNeil

2012 Mrs C. McDougall

1973 Miss K.W. McNeil

2013 Mrs C. McDougall

1974 Miss M.A.P. Beveridge

2014 Mrs C. McDougall

1975 Mrs J. Wylie

2015 Mrs C. McDougall

1976 Mrs J. Heron

2016 Miss D.M. Fisher

1977 Mrs T. Forbes

2017 Mrs C. McDougall

1978 Mrs J. Heron

 

1979 Mrs J. Halliday

 

1980 Mrs T. Forbes