Ladies Golf: 25th Anniversary of the Anne Boleyn Trophy

October 09 2023 | Golf

25th Anniversary of the Anne Boleyn Trophy

The first Anne Boleyn Trophy competition was held in 1998 and is one of four major Trophy competitions held each year at Hever Castle Golf Club (located one mile down the road from the Castle & Gardens).

In the early days, it was a tradition at Hever Castle Golf Club for the Lady Captain to establish a Trophy competition hence the introduction of the Anne Boleyn Trophy Competition. The Trophy itself was donated and named by Louise Tonge who was Captain at the time of the competition’s inception in 1998.  The winner of the 1998 match was Jocelyn Broughton.  Other notable winners include Karil Greenhalgh who won 3 times in 2004, 2007 and 2022.

This year’s competition was played on Saturday, 9th September 2023 on a warm, sunny day with a good turnout and the course playing well, thanks to Head Greenkeeper Rob Peers and his team. The winner was Christine Speed, who started playing golf in 2015 before joining Hever in late 2019. Christine works very closely with Membership Manager, Steve Clayton and Director of Golf, Peter Parks on encouraging ladies to join the club or to upgrade from a 9 hole membership to an 18 hole membership. She said: “I chose Hever as the ladies were very welcoming and I liked the course. The clubhouse is lovely and the course is well maintained. I am keen to promote Hever as a good place for ladies to play. I want to see the section prosper. We have about 60 members who enjoy playing golf socially but not always in competitive matches. We want to increase our numbers and encourage more ladies to take part in competitive golf”.

Christine was closely followed by runners up Gill Hepburn and Karil Greenhalgh, both previous winners of the Trophy. As customary with Trophy competitions, the afternoon finished with a meal in The Waterside and this was followed by an awards ceremony to bring to a close the end of a successful and enjoyable day.

See also: Ladies golf: Hever Castle Golf Club’s bid for more female players