The Ladies’ Division of the Banff Springs Golf Club has an active and enthusiastic membership who enjoy golfing on one of the world’s best known and most scenic golf courses. Tuesday is Ladies’ Day, but the membership can be found most days of the week honing their skills at the practice facility or out on the course.
Ladies’ Division Links
The 2020 Ladies captain is Judy Tennant.
Banff Springs Golf Club Ladies’ Tournaments
The ladies of the Banff Springs Golf Club have competed for the Ladies Club Championship since 1933. The winner is awarded the Priscilla Hammond Memorial Trophy, which was donated by the Hammond family to celebrate the memory of their young daughter, an excellent athlete and aspiring golfer who died suddenly just after graduating from university. Originally a matchplay competition, today the winner is determined by 36 holes played over two days. Flights are determined by handicap, with the championship flight comprising eight players. In addition to the club champion, prizes are awarded to the 2nd and 3rd best cumulative scores, as well as to flight winners and lowest overall net.
The Ladies’ Senior Club Champion (50 and over) and Ladies’ Super Senior Champion (65 and over) have gross and net winners. Seniors play from the gold tees and super seniors from the red tees for this 18-hole competition.
Early in the golfing season, the Ladies’ Division gathers for the Spring Fling. Each foursome consists of three ladies and one golf course staff member. The aim is to get to know the staff who will be working at the course all summer. The tournament is a scramble format.
The Sowden Trophy, for women golfers with handicaps between 30 and 36, was introduced in 1959 by club member Jennifer Sowden. It was a nine-hole handicap competition; the player with the lowest net score was declared the winner (and it could only be won twice by the same woman). In 1980, the event was changed to an 18-hole competition.
The Ethel Knight Memorial trophy was donated by the estate of Ethel “Tillie” Knight uponher passing in 1993. Knight joined the club as a junior in 1928 and went on to hold various positions on the board of directors as well as win eight club championships between 1941 and 1975. The format is a two-person modified stableford, which teams a high handicapper with a low handicapper.
The Memorial Plate honours female members who have passed away. Until 2003, it was known as the Tombstone Tournament, with rules mirroring the men’s tournament of the same name. Each golfer adds his handicap to the par of the course. Wherever his ball lies after the allotted number of strokes have been taken, the golfer leaves a marker with his name on it. Players with strokes remaining after putting out on the 18th hole continue to the 1st hole. The player who advances his marker the greatest distance around the course is declared the winner.
The Brewster Travel Canada Tournament is an 18-hole handicap event. On the first day of play, each player pays $4 and draws a name for her “passenger” in the Bus Race. At the conclusion of the tournament, the money is distributed 50%-30%-20% to whomever has the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place getters. This event had its origins in 1971 with the Jim Brewster Challenge Cup.
During the Member/Guest, each team is made up of one member and one guest. The format of the tournament has varied over the years.
Captain’s Pin is an 18-hole tournament with prizes for both low gross and low net.
Dating back to 1932, the Ladies’ Eclectic is based on each player’s best score registered on individual holes during official ladies’ competitions. The original rules laid down by the handicap committee stated that it would cost $0.10 for each change of score registered on any hole. The money collected was used to buy a gift at the end of every season to thank professional Bill Thomson for the assistance he provided each week in organizing the ladies’ events. The event is officially called the Gladys Atkin Eclectic, named for one of the club’s original female members. By 1980, the names of winners filled the original “plate” and a wooden stand was added to the trophy. The original 18-hole gross eclectic has been expanded greatly since 1932. Today, two eclectic prizes are presented at the annual banquet—Gladys Atkin is the best gross score from each hole through the season and Moore Eclectic is the best net score.