Lady Captain's Diary: Becki, Howley Hall Golf Club
Tell us about your Howley Hall Golf Club and its ladies’ section?
We have approximately 45 lady members at Howley Hall Golf Club of various abilities and age range. We have a competitive section who regularly take part in external competitions and away days.
Tell us about your Captain’s Day
I organised a Lady Captains Charity day on the 9th June to raise money for my chosen Charity Diabetes UK. My sister Helen was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2007.
The day was a team event which attracted over 150 players. Over £2000 pounds was raised. I then had my lady captains day on the 19th July. Lady members played a team event and took part in some on course challenges. Again money was raised for Diabetes Uk.
Have you organised any trips?
I organised a friendly match with Bracken Ghyll GC at the start for the year.A My lady captains weekend away to Forest Pines in May which over 30 ladies attended. A number of ladies also had a day out to the Ladies British Open at Woburn. I’ve also arranged a number of social events including bowling.
How much time have you put in?
I have put as much time as possible whilst working full time. Being Lady Captain takes up a lot of time and effort and being organised and planning things well is key.
What do you think of the Equality Act and what impact if any has it made on your club?
The Equality Act has helped our club immensely. A number of initiatives have been introduced at our club over the last few years, including the new 54 handicap and golf for people with disabilities. Offering new initiatives increase our membership potential and desirability.
What do you think golf could do better to attract more women and girls into joining clubs?
Golf in the media is portrayed as fun and fashionable, this isn’t always replicated in ‘real life’ and sometimes golf seems unattractive and old fashioned. Although I am a believer in traditions I think ladies golf needs to reflect the professional game which will make it fun, attractive and more appealing to ladies and girls.
What are your three favourite courses in your county and why?
Huddersfield Golf Club – I was a member there for 2 years, the length and difficulty helped me reduce my handicap to 2. Ganton GC – A true test of golf !. Wakefield GC – I won the Northern Girls Championship there.
Would you consider being Lady Captain again? I have thoroughly enjoyed my year however I don’t think I would want to be lady captain again, not before retiring anyway!
My top moments as captain:
1 Captaining and playing in The Mail on Sunday Team and making the quarter-finals.
2 Winning away days at Wakefield, Fulford and Moortown with a great group of friends.
3 Winning a holiday to Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus at Lady Golfer’s This Girl Golfs event at The Mere.
4 Competing in the Longest Drive final at High Leigh Park. 5 Playing at Frilford Heath in a Your Golf Travel lady captains competition and meeting Charley Hull.
BECKI’S DOS AND DON’TS
DO Have fun and get involved as much as you can.
DON’T Neglect your friends and family. Being captain takes up a lot of time, but make sure you still make time for the people that mean the most to you.
DO Stick by your decisions, you can’t please everyone.
DON’T Take everything on yourself, your committee are there to help you.
DO Be organised, things will run smoothly if you are. DON’T Neglect your own golf. I still make time to play and practise.
Becki set up her own Lady Captain’s twitter account for members and the world to follow here year, take a look back at all the great things Becki has done via twitter:@ .Find out more about Howley Hall Golf Club via their website.
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