Women golfers in the driving seat

A Cheshire golf club is celebrating a year of firsts which has put women in the driving seat.

Lymm Golf Club

Left to Right:  Gillian Brown, Diana Broady, Carol Roberts and Jessica Taylor-Booth.

For the first time in Lymm Golf Club’s 111-year-history the members have elected women to serve as Club President, the Chair of Council and the Junior Captain.

What’s more, the membership has also voted to give their Captain and Ladies’ Captain equal status.

Diana Broady will serve as the Club President for 12 months. A retired physiotherapist at Warrington Hospital, she is an active member of over 30 years, a former Ladies’ Captain and keen all round sportswoman, having played tennis and squash alongside golf.

She commented: “Lymm Ladies are a very active force and support the club well, both on the playing and social side. I look forward to a great year and to serving all of the members to the best of my ability.”

Carol Roberts has stepped from the 2017 Lady Captain’s role straight into that of Chair of Council for the next three years. She has recently retired as the managing director of a national financial services business and was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award for services to the leasing industry and was previously the European CEO of the Year. Now Carol will use her experience to face a different set of challenges as she supports the continual modernisation of golf at club level.

Jessica Taylor-Booth is the first girl to become the Junior Captain. Jessica, who is 17, has come through Lymm’s very active junior programme. She has taken part in Cheshire County girls coaching and is a club ambassador for the Girls Golf Rocks programme. At the recent combined Captain’s drive in, a very nervous Jessica smashed a superb 200 yard drive in very unforgiving, wet conditions to mark a historic year for Lymm Golf Club.

She later said: “I was very nervous about the drive in, but I’m really looking forward to my year as Junior Captain as there’s loads going on for the juniors at Lymm”

Gillian Brown is the 2018 Ladies’ Captain and for the first time, the Captain and the Ladies’ Captain at Lymm Golf Club hold equal status. Gillian is serving alongside Captain Alan Dagger and said: “It is an honour and a privilege to take up the role as joint captain and I will work tirelessly for the benefit of the club and the membership”

Lymm has a long tradition of encouraging women and girls to take up golf. It has over 110 female members and there is a very popular Silver Rabbits group, which welcomes new women golfers to the club and supports their development and progress onto the course.

For younger girls Lymm has worked very successfully with England Golf to run Girls Golf Rocks at the club and will be throwing open a welcome to local girls for a free Girls Golf Rocks taster session on Saturday April 28th at 2pm.

Alison Lysons, England Golf Club Support Officer said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Lymm Golf Club to help their continued development of golf for women and girls and it’s exciting to see these four taking on such important roles at the club. I’m sure they’ll all have a really successful year.”

Caption, from left: Gillian Brown, Diana Broady, Carol Roberts and Jessica Taylor-Booth.

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