Our New Captains
I have been a member of the Club at Mapledurham since 2003 and first picked up a golf club when I joined the club and immediately got hooked on the game. This was all made possible by the hospitality shown by the Club members who taught me all aspects of the game, from how to hold the golf club to how to behave appropriately on the golf course!
I, along with my wife Lisa and two children are all active members at the club. Both my children, aged 7 and 9 are coached by Andy Wild and will be hoping to get their first handicaps this year. Lisa can often be seen in the gym or the pool training for triathlons.
As club captain for 2020 my aims are to ensure that I continue the good work done by previous captains and support the volunteers who do a great job. Specifically I will be:
Organising events to raise money for our chosen charities – Alzheimers Society & Sue Ryder
Working closely with the committee on all matters. Specifically, Sean Edgar to ensure that competitions are run smoothly and effectively. Liaising with Jeff Gardner, to ensure that the new handicap system is communicated and rolled out effectively. Supporting Kim Kennedy and David Mehigan in running the Club Matches
Working in partnership with Andy Wild & Hannah Robb to implement an effective juniors’ section at the club
Planning a great Captain’s Day and looking at organising some more fun activities throughout the year
I am a huge believer in the fact that any sports club is only as good as the members want to make it, so I would actively encourage everyone to take part, step up, share ideas, actively take part and support the captains throughout 2020!
Lady Captain Note
A little about me.
My Mam Paula first put golf clubs into my hands when I was 5yrs of age on a beach off the east coast of Ireland. When I was 8 and made my holy communion the money I was given paid for my first set of clubs. When I was 18 and finished school, my present was a driver.
I come from a long and proud line of lady golfers, my granny has been lady captain twice and my aunty was also lady captain. This was the same year that I was lady Juvenile Captain. My Mam has won many medals and is well known for being lethal in match play. This may trigger something with some of you as last year I won the club mixed singles knock outs, little did anyone realise I was on the phone to my Mam after every round discussing the strategy for the next.
When I first joined Mapledurham and even up until recently I was always taken back at the prominent position that the charities hold within the club. Both Khayyam and I were very keen to support both the Alzheimer’s society and Sue Ryder this year. For myself, I am a Lead Specialist Nurse in our local hospital the Royal Berkshire. Within my role I have had the privilege to see the incredible work that these charities do. They do not just support the person with the disease but provide incredible support to the families and communities who also bear the burden of these terrible illnesses. As a large golfing community many of us will come into contact with these amazing charities and I have no doubt that we will provide them with great support this year.
I am a proud lady golfer and exceptionally proud to be your lady Captain for 2020. I will endeavour to continue Sue’s amazing work in encouraging ladies to participate in competitive rounds of golf while ensuring that the game is played in the good spirit and fun that it should be.