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A Brief History

The Albert Park Golf Club, a private golf club designed and set up the original golf course at Albert Park. They leased the land from the Albert Park Trust. In June 1947 The Albert Park Trust Committee of Management decided that the land should be converted to a Public Golf Course and the lease for the private golf course would not be renewed. The Albert Park Golf Club which was one of the oldest golf clubs in Victoria moved to Keysborough and established what is currently known as the Keysborough Golf Club.

A small group of 20 ladies remained and they formed a club known as Lakeside Ladies Associates and subsequently became affiliated with the Victorian Golf League Associates (VGLA) in 1953 as noted in the minute books of the VGLA on the 20th July 1953. Lakeside was originally only a Tuesday Club and was registered as such with the VGLA. However there was a group of ladies who worked during the week and played at the course on a Saturday or Sunday. Jean Mayer, one of our current Life Members felt sorry for them and asked if they would like to join the club. However, they could not participate in Club Championships as they were held on a Tuesday.

Jean then became motivated to start a Saturday competition. The club wrote to the VGLA to ask if this was possible and at first the answer was ‘No”. Perseverance prevailed and, after discussions with the Victorian Women’s Golf League (League) and more correspondence on the subject, approval was finally received. This allowed members to play on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday and thus included competitions for ladies who worked during the week. The Lakeside Knock-Out Championship, a Match Play competition was started for the Saturday players as they could not compete in the Club Championships held on the Tuesday.

This was quite an achievement as at the time women were rarely seen playing golf on a Saturday, even on a public golf course. These members were known as “Weekend members’ or “Weekenders”. At the Annual General Meeting in 1970 the Saturday players were referred to as “Business Girls”. Initially the number of weekend members was low but, through the encouragement of people like Jean Mayer and Margaret Egan, numbers increased. Sunday golf was subsequently omitted from the syllabus.

The Saturday Players sometimes felt the tees and flags on Tuesdays provided a shorter course and labeled Tuesday players “Tuesday Cheats”. In retaliation, the term “Saturday Sneaks” arose. The weather could also vary on either day, thus reinforcing these expressions. The terms still apply today, as does that of the “Lakeside Luvlies” which appears to have arisen in jest when our members used phrases to refer to groups of ladies from other League golf clubs against which Lakeside competed.

In November 1977 there was a large number of Saturday players and the club decided to make the main day of play Saturday and not Tuesday. Lakeside was still registered as a Tuesday club but permission was granted for Saturday players to compete in the Club Championship.

(taken from “Lakeside Ladies Golf Club – 50 golden years 1953-2003 at Albert Park Golf Course” a book by Margaret Curry celebrating the 50 years of play at Lakeside. This book is still available from our Secretary)

 

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