#WhyIGolf: Mary Richardson

Craigmillar Park’s Junior Convenor explains why supporting young people is a privilege and why this is the most rewarding job she's ever had

As part of Women & Girls’ Golf week, Scottish Golf have been catching up with the hidden heroes of golf in Scotland.

They chatted to Craigmillar Park’s Junior Convenor Mary Richardson about all things volunteering and golf…

So Mary, where about do you volunteer and what’s your role?

I am currently the Junior Convenor at Craigmillar Park in Edinburgh, and I am also a member at Dunbar in East Lothian.

What’s the best thing about volunteering?

I have been involved as a volunteer with golf for many years with my club, county and with the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association (now Scottish Golf).  My current role as junior convenor is probably the most frustrating and time consuming one, but by far the most rewarding.

Watching and supporting young people as they learn and develop, make friends, have fun and fall in love with the game, as I have, is such a privilege.

Also, it is fantastic to see so many young girls take up golf and join our club – we currently have 25 girls, just over a 3rd of our junior membership and to watch them walking up the fairways, chatting, laughing and enjoying their golf, always puts a smile on my face.

What is your most memorable volunteering experience? 

I would have to say my most memorable volunteering experience was as both manager and minibus driver for the Scottish Ladies Team at the Home Internationals in Wales in 2014, mainly due to the scary experience of driving on some very dodgy roads but also the great bunch of girls involved, the many laughs and the singing in the minibus!

What do you love most about golf? #WhyIGolf

I love golf mostly for the friendships. Through golf I have friends of all ages, all over the country and internationally as well. It’s a game where people of different ages and abilities, men, women, boys and girls, can play together.  And for young people, not only does it keep them fit and active, and out in the fresh air, but it also teaches them honesty and integrity and helps develops their social skills.

What’s your first golfing memory?

Playing badly with a hockey swing (nothing has changed) on a hockey team golf outing.

Advice to any women or girls thinking of trying golf for the first time?

Give it a go – you can start at any age. Speak to your club and get some lessons from your local Pro. Group lessons are a fun way to start.  You will have such fun and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

Dream playing partner?

Catriona Matthew

Favourite course in Scotland and why?

Dunbar – I like to be beside the seaside!  Love the course, love the views, love being a member there.  It’s like being on holiday all the time – Sunny Dunny!

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