Historic Welsh golf club appoints female president

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham May 27, 2015 15:37

A 109-year-old Welsh golf club has appointed a female president for the first time in its history.

While the appointment may not seem ground-breaking to those outside golf, it is extremely rare that golf clubs, especially historic or traditional ones in the UK, have female presidents.

Janet Davies has been appointed president of Bangor St Deiniol Golf Club after two years as the lady captain. She says she intends to use her position to get the club to recruit more females as members.

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Janet Davies

“It is a great honour to be elected the first lady club president and it is certainly a break with tradition,” she said.

“I was concerned at first how the members at St Deiniol would take to the change, but everyone has been very supportive.

“During my time as a member and latterly as lady captain I have seen a change in attitude at the club, with the ladies’ section becoming more integrated into the day to day running of the club, and the decision making process.

“I aim to build on this and take the club forward as a modern, all inclusive club, where male, female and junior members are all treated equally.

“I hope that together we can build on the success of recent years, and with an enthusiastic group of greenkeepers and volunteers will see the course improve year on year.

“As part of my role as president I hope to be able to complete various projects including encouraging and mentoring new members, male, female and juniors, and also to improve facilities on the course.”

One of the first actions in her new role was to organise a ‘family fun day’ at the club with more than 50 potential junior and lady members attending.

“This is a really nice development to see and shows women can make a huge contribution to their golf club, which can be recognised by their members,” said Hannah Fitzpatrick, Golf Union of Wales director of development.

“It is rare in Wales to see a lady becoming club president, but it helps to show that developing women’s and girls’ golf is a key to increasing club membership in these challenging times.”

 

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham May 27, 2015 15:37
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