Congratulations to Cheryl Thompson on recognition of your long history of achievements in the Toronto Golf Club and its predecessor Kilaben Bay Golf Club.
Cheryl’s Parents Cec & June Halloran introduced her to our founding club at Kilaben Bay, where Cec signed her up and paid her membership dues of 10/- when she was 12 years old. It was a golfing family with Helen her Sister and her Brother Max all making their mark as Junior Champions. Since then she has achieved many golfing records:
- Cheryl participated in Junior Schoolgirls competition and was selected in the State Junior Coaching Squad during her teens. She qualified 7th in the State Junior Championships.
- She was a Foursomes Championships co-winner over 10 times between 1966 and most recently in 2015, and a co-winner of the Mixed Foursomes Championships many times from 1973 to 2009.
- An Annual Medal winner in 1979 and 2000
- Club Champion in 1979-1980, 1983 and 2005.
- Winner of Captains Trophy, Presidents Trophy (3 times), Consistency Trophy, Mary Woodward Trophy (twice), Melva Henry Trophy (1979); Prosper Ellis Trophy; co-winner of the 4-Ball Match Play KO (twice as recently as 2015) and Singles K.O. Match Play winner (3 times).
- An integral member of the Toronto Ladies Pennant Teams over the years.
However this award is not based on longevity in the club, nor on golfing achievements; there is a set criteria that needs to be met and Cheryl has well and truly achieved those over the years. Her commitment to Toronto Golf Club, has seen her persist in taking the culture of our club forward from those early days. In addition to her golfing achievements, Cheryl has volunteered her energies and time to serving the golfing community.
- She acted as handicapper for 2 years (1999 – 2000),
- Captain for 9 years (2001 – 2009),
- District Representative for Toronto.
- She has devoted innumerable voluntary hours in the promotion of golf, sacrificing her own leisure time, and continues to support new Committees by sharing her knowledge of golf and procedural matters.
- Volunteered many hours and donated trees and plants for the garden working bees, organised by the ladies in earlier years.
- Holds Rules Accreditation and continues to advise on rulings and assist others with her professional and technical knowledge.
- Maintained our Honour Boards, recording both Men and Women winners. (These records would have been lost except for her diligent record-keeping and commitment to Toronto Country Club’s history.)
- Cheryl also ensures that our patron Melva Henry is kept involved in the club, and is integral in keeping the history of our Toronto Country Club alive.
Working life, family, commitments to the local community and life’s unexpected highs and lows, reduced her frequency of play from time to time, but not her unwavering commitment to Toronto Country Club or service to the District Committee, but most importantly to the lady membership – an invaluable dedicated contribution for the betterment of the Golf Club and golfing community.
Cheryl is held in the highest esteem by all Toronto and Hunter District Golf club members, and is considered to be a person of admirable integrity and loyalty.
Her professional technical skills and administrative knowledge she shares with a generosity of spirit, encouraging and guiding new and older members. Last but certainly not least, her positive attitude under life’s adversities is an inspiration to all who know her!
An initiative commenced by our past President Faye Butler, and Captain Sue Puddey in May 2015, has been carried on by the present committee to ensure that these wonderful achievements are recognised. Today this has been realised.
Congratulations Cheryl, we laud you and are proud to have you numbered in our midst and are truly excited to see you recognised today for your inspirational involvement in our great club and for the part you have played in making it a great club.
It is with great pleasure that Toronto Country Club awards Life Membership to Cheryl Thompson.
Sue Puddy & Val Smith
Toronto Country Club