Archive for June 8th, 2017

Nelson elects first woman president

GOLF continues to break down barriers and old perceptions about the sport with one Lancashire club electing its first woman president.

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Lynn Hepworth (pictured) took over the role at Nelson following a recent annual meeting and she will lead the club through an exciting phase in its 115-year history as it looks to create a modern approach to looking after members, attracting new players and developing the 18-hole course.

She is a fantastic example of how you are never too old to take on a new challenge in life.

Lynn said: “I was a very keen tennis player until a serious back injury in my late 50s stopped me from being able to run and change direction quickly, which put a stop to me playing.
“I was presented with a set of golf clubs for my 60th birthday and told to go and learn how to play. I booked a course of lessons, fell in love with the game, and joined Nelson in 2008.

“I am a firm believer that one is never too old to take up something new. All you need is a bit of determination and a healthy acceptance of the fact that, unlike juniors who just seem to get better and better with time, some days my golf will be better than others!

“But it is a great way to keep active and have a super social life.”

Lynn, who was a teacher for 40 years, said: “We have a super Ladies section, and they have been very supportive in my early days over things like playing in competitions, rules and etiquette. I was very proud to be elected Lady Captain in 2014 and Vice President in 2015 – and am looking forward to some exciting times for the club.”
The club is an enthusiastic supporter of the National Get into golf campaign and is offering a three-month trial membership scheme for people interested in giving golf a go.

Lessons with the club’s PGA professional Sam Punchard are included – and the club even offers sets of clubs to borrow to help make it even easier to start playing.

Club mentors also help newcomers feel at home both on and off the course.

And there’s a special free taster session on June 16, from 6pm-8pm, with Punchard offering tips and advice. It is hoped to be the first in a series of monthly events across the summer.

The club has embraced a wide-ranging approach to promoting the event including using social media as well as a leaflet drop in the surrounding area at places ranging from schools, to gyms and hairdressers.

It is actively looking to build its junior section further, following the success of last year’s free summer camps, which it hopes to repeat, along with creating links with local schools and community groups. The course recently hosted the Lancashire County Boys’ Championships as part of its commitment to junior golf.

The club has also introduced a new Membership and Marketing Committee, under the chairmanship of Phil Wright, which aims to raise awareness of the club in the local community as well as improving the member experience and lines of communication within the club.

Debbie Barber, development officer for the Lancashire Golf Development Group, said: “It is great to see a club like Nelson proving that the old images of golf are changing fast. They are taking a proactive and modern approach to looking after their members in the right way and attracting new players of all ages.

Get into golf opportunities include FREE taster sessions and low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.

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