Originally, Vernoncrest Golf Club was Called Vernondale Golf Club, and was established in July 1947. Mrs. Mae Crowder and the following nine women Mmes. Martha Clisby, Anise Clark, Lola Beavers, Georgette Evans, Roberta Jackson Center, Verna Hickman, Lois Hines, Maudelle Richardson, and Mary L. Woodyard had a vision, ideals, and aspirations in promoting the game of golf for women of color in the Los Angeles Area. Vernondale became the first Black Women’s Golf Club on the West Coast, with a membership of over fifty vibrant and enthusiastic golfing ladies.
In 1953, Mrs. Crowder, President, hosted the organizing meeting of the Western States Golf Association, thereby becoming a charter member club of WSGA, which now boost over 33 golf clubs throughout the Western Region.
Vernondale was formally changed to Vernoncrest in 1955, and it was also in that year Mrs. Mary L. Woodyard was chosen as President, remaining as such until her untimely death on November 16, 1970. Her Vice President, Lillian J. Fentress, then succeeded her.
Being dedicated to all that the grand sport of golf has to offer, adhering to rules, competition, sportsmanship and wholesome fun in general, the ladies of Vernoncrest have continuously and successfully promoted outstanding invitational tournaments for the enjoyment of their many golfing friends.
A special part of the Club’s program has been to encourage and support Junior Golf, Scholarships, Breast Cancer Awareness, and the Women In Golf programs. Our active participation and financial contributions to these programs have made Vernoncrest a leader in the Los Angeles golfing community.
Today, Vernoncrest continues to build on the legacy established over 60 years ago. Our club continues to promote golf for women of all playing levels, academic excellence for our children, junior golf opportunities for prosperity and raising funds through our Swing Fore A Cure Golf Tournament for Breast Cancer research, education and treatment.
Consists of a dynamic group of women who share one common thread among others, GOLF.
A helpful tip from my golf coach I’d like to share:
Sink The Six Footers. Practice an aggressive stroke to hole your short putts. Every time you stand over a six foot putt, you have two choices; miss it or make it. I want to make it. My coach expressed, feeling confident about a put this length is just as important as being technically sound. He said, “Accelerate through the putt.” Most players who regularly miss six footers do so because they let their stroke decelerate. To make sure you’re putting aggressively, imagine that the hole is two inches beyond its actual location and putt to that imaginary hole. He instructed me to plan one day to only practice six footers.
He instructed me to hit 100 puts and to follow my routine every time. To make aiming easier he instructed me to pick a spot on the grass to aim to and align myself to the spot. My putting accuracy has increased at least 50%.
The Lovely Ladies of Vernoncrest
Presedent: Susan Henderson
It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Club and to appoint all Chairs of Special Committees.
Co-Vice Presidents: Camille Thornton and Tonia Knightner
It shall be the duty of the Vice President Chairperson of the Board to issue the official call for all Board meetings and to prepare the monthly agenda.
Tournament Chair: June Raiford
It shall be the duty of the Tournament Chair and committee to have direct responsibility to produce monthly club play dates and club tournaments without encumbering monies from the club’s general fund account (profits).
Secretary: Donna Doss
It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep accurate and complete written records of all official business and activities of the club and to bring to every meeting of the club.
Treasurer: LaTanya Chandler
It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to make all deposits of income into the club bank accounts and disburse funds from the club checking account to pay for the club.
Handicap Chair: Karen Brisco-Jones
It shall be the duty of the Handicap Chair to receive from each VGC member in good standing all scores from 18-hole play on a monthly basis.