Reading Golf Club.
The first Reading Club was formed at a meeting held at the Queen’s Hotel on Saturday February 11th 1899. Amongst those present were; Mr E M Fletcher, Dr G M Wilcockson, Mr Hugh Hawkins, Major Nelson, Mr Herbert Sutton, Rev W C Eppstein, Mr R F L Holme, Mr Seon, Mr A L Goadby, Mr C H Dodd, Mr A C Bartholomew, Mr J Sanger, Colonel Bazett, Mr A S Cooper, Mr S Wheeler junior, Mr S Hayward and others. Mr Fletcher was elected chairman. Mr Walter Palmer’s offer of ground for the course at Norcot Farm was considered and accepted. The subscription was to be £2/2/0 a year for men and £1/1/0 for ladies. It was to be a nine hole course to start with but It was hoped to eventually extend it to 18 holes. Mr Seon was appointed Hon secretary. The professional was Albert Bryant. The course was still appearing prior to WW1.
The result of the monthly competition for Mr Walter Palmer’s Challenge Cup played on January 3rd 1900; A C Bartholomew, 94-9-85; S S Wollaston, 94-6-88; G E Seon, 107-15-92; L M Henly, 108-12-96.
The ladies monthly competition for Mr W Berkeley Monck’s Cup took place on Thursday 4th January 1900, played over nine holes; Miss E Austin, 58-12-46; Miss S Austin, 67-15-52; Mrs Wilcockson, 83-30-53.
Below, result of a one sided match played at Reading against Ewelme on Wednesday 10th October 1900.
|S S Wollaston||0||E R Morres||4|
|D A T Wilmot||1||L Palmer||0|
|A C Bartholomew (Half)||0||W Neil (Half)||0|
|E M Fletcher||6||F R Hedges||0|
|H A Copeland||6||F E Hedges||0|
|G E Seon||6||W G Curtis||0|
|Com F L Laurence||6||S A Bennett||0|
|Capt C J Baker||2||Reverend E B Mackay||0|
In 1903 the secretary was G E Seon.
Result of the monthly competition for the Walter Palmer Challenge Cup played on Wednesday February 4th 1903.
|H E Wallis||101||20||81|
|S S Wollaston||85||3||82|
|W M Childs||107||24||83|
|F W Keeble||109||24||85|
|S W Laurence||106||21||85|
|G E Seon||94||8||86|
|A L Goadby||107||20||87|
|Capt F L Lawrence RN||102||13||89|
|W M Dimbleby||109||18||91|
|A C Bartholomew||100||8||92|
The monthly ladies competition for the W Berkeley Monck Challenge Cup played on Thursday February 5th 1903.
|Miss B Wallis||111||25||86|
|Miss A Weedon||113||18||95|
|Miss H M Philbrick||149||25||124|
The fourth annual meeting was held in the pavilion on Wednesday 18th March 1903, the president, W Berkeley Monck, in the chair. The secretary’s report showed that membership had increased, and the course was now much busier. A further three year extension had been added to the lease. The question of extending the course to 18 holes was raised, the matter was referred to the committee for consideration and report. The following officers were elected; president, W Berkeley Monck; secretary, P W Howse; treasurer, S G Collier; committee – A C Bartholomew, H A Copeland, W M Dimbleby, E M Fletcher, S Hayward, Capt F L Laurence, R.N; H J Lawrence; R Ritson; G E Seon and S S Wollaston. A vote of thanks was made to the retiring secretary, Mr G E Seon, after four years service.
On Saturday 26th March 1903 Mr A Bowman Smith of the Reading Club won a competition played on the private course of Mr Arthur W Sutton, Buckleberry Place, Woolhampton. Mr A Bowman-Smith playing off a 16 handicap won with a bogey score of 4down. Mr Sutton had given a Challenge Cup to be competed for annually for players of the Reading and Crookham Golf Clubs.