Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association Honorary President Mrs Phyllis Wylie celebrates her 100th birthday today, Friday 12th August 2011, and the executive and members of The Ayrshire Golf Association join with many golfers and golfing bodies throughout Britain and beyond in extending sincere congratualtions and best wishes to 'Phil' on this remarkable achievement.
The following article is reproduced courtesy of Colin Farquarson from www.scottishgolfview.com
Phyllis Wade Wylie – “Phil” to her many friends – the oldest surviving Curtis Cup team player, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Friday in Troon, where she has lived for many years.
Phil played for
Great Britain and Ireland against the in the fourth Curtis Cup match at Essex County Club, Massachussets in 1938. United States
The GB and I team, which included legendary Scots Helen Holm and Jessie Valentine, had crossed the
Atlantic by ship in those pre-commercial flight days.
In 1938 the Curtis Cup ties, foursomes and singles, were all played over 36 holes. GB and I led 2 ½- ½ at the end of the first-day foursomes but an American team, with Patty Berg in its line-up, won five of the six singles on Day 2 to claim the Cup 5 ½-2 ½.
won the match but my abiding memory is how happy I was to be playing in a Curtis Cup match and what great fun we had,” recalls Phil. United States
“I think that’s the biggest difference between players of then and now. We all enjoyed ourselves, win or lose, and we weren’t afraid to show it.”
In 1939, Phyllis Wade married Surgeon-Capt J I Wyle, a Scot who was a naval officer. They had one son, Ian.
“I have been a widow for many years but living happily in Troon,” says Phil whose home overlooks the 17th green of the Royal Troon course.
"I don't get about so much these days; I'm a bit unsteady on my feet."
But she has a twinkle in her eye.
|Phil with the Curtis Cup|
at St Andrews in 2008
Photograph courtesy of
Cal Carson Golf Agency
She had a dream come true at the 2008 Curtis Cup match at the Old Course, St Andrews where she entered the hallowed Royal & Ancent clubhouse to attend the Past Curtis Cup Players’ Dinner and was able to hold the Curtis Cup in her grasp.
She was English women’s amateur champion as Phl Wade in 1934 and 1936 and was Hampshire county champion in 1933, 1935, 1937 and 1938. By now rated as one of
’s leading players, she was first reserve in attendance for the 1936 Curtis Cup match at Gleneagles. England
Remarkably, she did not take up golf until she was 16 or 17 years old and not until she was 18 (1929) when she left school did she play regularly.
“Father was a keen golfer and got me lessons with Reg Whitcombe (the pro at Parkstone Golf Club. who had been a Ryder Cup player,” said
Phil played regularly in international matches against
from 1934 to 1949. France
Australia and N.Zealand with GB team in 1935.- it took the party some time to reach there by ship and the tour last more than a couple of months – and Phil won thew New Zealand women's foursomes with Mrs. Greenlees in 1935.
Having moved up to
, Phil became Ayrshire champion in 1954, which was no mean feat with players of the calibre of Helen Holm to beat. Scotland
The members of her “next-door neighbours” Troon Ladies Golf Club have planned a celebration tea for Phil which will be attended by another Troon resident, Shona Malcolm, Chief Executive of the Ladies Golf Union.