I’m honoured to have been selected as Cheshire Girls Captain this year. In a year when opportunities to play have been reduced, I am really keen to encourage as many girls as possible playing in the county and wider events.
I have been involved with Cheshire for 8 years. Playing in the county is a great experience and gives great opportunities to play in all sorts of events and locations. These vary from short course beginner events for new starters, through to play at world class venues.
When I first started I remember Barbara and my parents walking round while I was playing 6 hole competitions. We then started playing with the rabbits and I remember winning the Cheshire Cat when we played away in Wales.
I have also been away with the County for the Jamboree for 3 years. This was a great experience being part of the team and building friendships within the county that we still have.
Finally, I ended up playing in the full competitions and have played on fantastic courses such as Royal Liverpool for the county events, which wouldn’t have happened without the countyThe county also provides brilliant subsidised coaching again at various levels so that those that want to progress are supported. This can make a great difference to anyone.
The overriding ethos of the County is how welcoming they make everyone feel and I want to ensure that I continue to show that warmth to all. This is the tone set by all the volunteers that run the section, and I thank them all.
So what do I want to do to encourage more?
There are lots of opportunities to play junior opens all round the country. I want to encourage you all to explore these and have a go. Last year I played in St Andrews Junior Open, and there would have been more of us this year but for the cancellation due to Covid.
I also want to encourage all of the girls to challenge their clubs to recognise junior golfers as real players, and allow them to enter the Ladies competitions. I won the Mixed Knockout at my club Ringway this year, and two of the other majors were also won by Junior Girls. However some clubs still won’t allow juniors to enter the competitions. I also won the Margaret Sangster Salver this year – a Cheshire Ladies Event. So one of my jobs I see is to try to encourage you all to go for it, and help bring about this positive change – enter, see what happens!