Yorkshire lady accepts invitation to take reins of national body in just under two years’ time
Marian Rae has taken up the nomination to become President Elect of England Golf for 2015 with a view to becoming President in 2016.
“I’m honoured to be invited to take on this prestigious role and equally I am humbled by the list of my predecessors, both men and women,” said Marian, who chaired the championship committee of the former English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) and continued in the role after the merger which formed England Golf.
She has also been the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, holding the office in the year of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and is a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire.
“There is a great contrast between golf and civic life and they have both put each other in perspective.” she said.
Marian says there is much to look forward to in her year of Presidency which will include the 90th birthday of the Queen, who is patron of England Golf; the Curtis Cup will be played in Ireland; golf will return to the Olympics at Rio 2016; and it will be the 125th anniversary of her club, Lindrick, in Yorkshire.
Marian took up golf in her early 30s, learning the game at Lindrick, where she has been a member since 1976, and at Elie in Scotland, where the family spent their holidays.
She progressed quickly and began playing for her club, commenting: “Matches and championships took me all over Yorkshire and I have made many longstanding friends.”
She was ladies’ captain in 1988 and junior organiser for eight years. Next, Marian became involved with the Yorkshire Ladies’ Golf Association, serving as county captain in 2000, the association’s centenary year.
In 2004, she was elected a member of the executive of the English Ladies’ Golf Association, which became EWGA. Marian chaired the championship committee from 2009 for four years, remarking: “I very much enjoyed organising our championships and working at the various host clubs around the country. You meet so many good people who put in their time for the sake of the game.
“Being President will give me another opportunity to show appatiorecin to all the clubs which go to such trouble to host our championships and to thank all the volunteers.”