A Cheshire golf club is celebrating a year of firsts which has put women firmly in the driving seat.
For the first time in Lymm Golf Club’s 111-year-history, 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, former ladies’ captain and keen all round sportswoman, having played tennis and squash alongside golf.
“Lymm Ladies are a very active force and support the club well, both on the playing and social side,” she said. “I look forward to a great year and to serving all of the members to the best of my ability.”
Meanwhile, Carol Roberts has stepped straight into the role of chair of council for the next three years after spending 2017 as the ladies’ captain. A former European CEO of the Year from her time as a managing director of a national financial services business, she will use her experience to face new challenges as she supports the continual modernisation of golf at club level.
In another first, Jessica Taylor-Booth is the first girl to become the junior captain. The 17-year-old has progressed through Lymm’s very active junior programme and has taken part in Cheshire County girls coaching and is a club ambassador for Girls Golf Rocks.
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 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.”