These historic golf clubs have all appointed women at the top for the first time ever

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 17, 2016 14:57

Several historic golf clubs have all appointed women to key roles at their venues for the first time ever.

The 123-year-old Cathcart Castle Golf Club in Scotland has appointed a woman as its captain for the first time.

“It’s particularly satisfying to take on this job in what is a historic year for golf in Scotland, with the amalgamation of our ladies’ and men’s amateur organisations into the single representative body of Scottish Golf,” said new captain Jane Alexander. “The game is truly changing, and it will be a privilege to have a small footnote in the annals of golf’s modernisation.”

Cathcart Castle chairman Angus Fraser said the members were “delighted” with Alexander’s historic appointment, adding: “More than 120 years of tradition has been overturned and we are now living in the modern world. In the last five years we have addressed the equality issue, and this appointment is the culmination of that.”

Ruth Hartley

Ruth Hartley

The 112-year-old Hindhead Golf Club in Surrey has also broken a barrier – its new president is a woman for the first time. Ruth Hartley, who learnt to play golf while living in Nigeria, was elected following the club’s annual general meeting.

She commented: “I am very proud and humble to be considered as president, but the job will be evolving over the next years with the ongoing incorporation of the club.”

Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel in Suffolk has appointed Christine Langford as its new senior golf professional, the first female professional in the club’s 93-year history.

A five time winner on the Ladies’ European Tour and the first woman professional to be made an advanced fellow of the PGA, Christine succeeds veteran PGA professional Frank Hill, 71, who retired last October.

Christine, 58, said: “I am delighted to make history as Thorpeness’ first woman professional and am honored to follow in Frank’s footsteps. I feel enormously privileged to be asked to take on this role.”

She is also one of only a handful of women to serve on the board of The PGA of Great Britain and Ireland.

Christine Langford appointed Senior Golf Professional Thorpeness Golf Club

Christine Langford

The Lothians Golf Association (LGA) has also appointed its first woman to an elected post on the LGA’s council.

Jean Macnab is a former club secretary at West Linton Golf Club.

“It wasn’t particularly a conscious decision to appoint a woman,” said LGA president Allan Shaw. “It was more to do with the fact that Jean has got the skills we are looking for.

“She’s an accountant and we are asking her to do the finance convenor’s job. She also has a legal degree, so we will get her involved in the impending revamp of our constitution. The fact she has also been club secretary and club captain at West Linton means that background is an important factor as well.”

Shaw added that four women, Karen Ballantyne, Louise Fraser, Sheila Stuart and Margaret Keith are the current club captains at Craigmillar Park, Kingsknowe, Turnhouse and Duddingston respectively, and added that both Broomieknowe and West Linton golf clubs have had female captains lately.


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 17, 2016 14:57
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  1. Col September 17, 18:29

    Good for them .my wife is Capt of pontypridd golf club s Wales and proud to say let’s get into the 21at century.

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