Here at Thorndon Park, we are proud to have amongst us members who have made an outstanding contribution to the game. From touring professionals to leading amateurs and decorated members of the PGA, Thorndon Park is their chosen home course to enjoy their passion for the game.
Beverly has been involved with golf since she was 18, graduating from pitch and putt courses to become Essex champion in 1972. She joined Thorndon Park the following year.
In 1978, Beverly was one of the founder members of the Women’s Professional Golfers' Association, of which she became Chairman. She had two wins on the professional tour, and in 1981 was one of the first lady professionals to gain PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) membership, deciding then to concentrate on teaching.
Her C.V. makes impressive reading:
- PGA Master Professional
- A qualified R&A (Royal & Ancient Golf Club) referee.
- A respected lecturer at European teaching conferences in Germany and Spain
- After-dinner speaker
- Author of ten books on golfing technique
- A reputed teacher; coaching for the English Ladies’ Golf Association, county teams, aspiring young professionals as well as club members.
Another milestone in Beverley’s career came when she was invited to join the BBC TV commentary team, subsequently working with BBC Scotland, Australia’s Channel 7, South African Broadcasting, ESPN and TWI.
In 2002, the British P.G.A. broke with 104 years of tradition when they invited Beverly to become the first woman to Captain the Association. As Captain of the P.G.A., from 2005 until 2007, Beverly was an ambassador for the Association, representing them at all the official functions and major golf events, including the Open Championship, Ryder Cup and the U.S. Masters.
Beverly, who has now retired, was Lady Captain of Thorndon Park in 2012.
Born April, 1938. Chigwell, Essex. Sally Bonallack.
Joined Thorndon Park Golf Club in 1956, along with brother Michael Bonallack.
German Champion 1958.
English Champion 1968. Runner up 1969, 1970.
Played Curtis Cup in U.S.A. 1962.
English International 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1968 and 1970.
Captain of English Team 1977, 1978 and 1994.
Captain British Team in Commonwealth Championship in Sydney Australia 1995.
Captained British Team in World Team Championships in The Philippines in 1996.
Became English and British Selector for four years.
Won Essex Ladies County Championship 13 times. 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1984, 1985, 1997.
Won Essex Ladies Seniors Championship 2011.
Born in Brentwood, Essex, Mark started caddying for his father who encouraged him to take up the game at the age of 11.
At the age of 20, Mark won English Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 1984 and turned professional two years later. Mark has twice won in Austria - the Mitsubishi Austrian Open in 1991 and the Hohe Brücke Open in 1994.
His debut season on the Senior Tour was a success with the Englishman storming to victory at the 2014 SSE Scottish Senior Open by five shots at a blustery Fairmont St. Andrews.