Mothers & Daughters
The Mothers and Daughters is a unique event in the amateur ladies golfing calendar. Mothers and daughters, from all over Britain, travel to Royal Mid-Surrey to compete in this prestigious 27-hole foursomes scratch event.
When it was first played at Ranelagh in 1932 it was only open to members of the Veterans' Ladies Golf Association. However, in 1962, the organisers decided the event should become an Open event, with a change of host venue to Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club; the Club has hosted it annually, on a Saturday in April, ever since. In fact the competition has never looked back and is always over-subscribed. There is no actual handicap limit but places are given to the 64 lowest combined handicaps on the last day of entry.
From the very early days the Mothers and Daughters attracted the crème of the amateur game. Pam Barton won it with her mother in 1935, the year before she became British and United States Champion. Other distinguished winners have included Angela Bonallack with daughter Glenna, Jill Thornhill with daughter Caroline and four-time winners, Liz Boatman with her daughter Alex.
However, the event was dominated from the 1960s to the early 90s by the virtually unbeatable partnership of Angela Uzielli and her mother Peggy Carrick. They won an incredible 22 times together, before Angela decided to pair up with her daughter Caroline, a higher handicap, only to win again in 1996. Angela Uzielli, who sadly died suddenly in 1999, had enormous enthusiasm for the Mothers and Daughters and has left an extraordinary legacy; her feat will surely never be matched.
Higher handicaps should not be deterred as there are handicap prizes as well as scratch and there is always a broad range of golfing abilities. Mothers and daughters can choose their playing partners if they want to play with friends or the competition organiser, Frances McAdam, can pair competitors up with suitable playing partners.
For any golfing mums and daughters out there who have never played in this historic open event it is a must: great golf and great fun.....although some pairs claim they just come for the "delicious lunch"