Vicars Cross member Barbara is ready for a great year
Barbara Baird, a member of Vicars Cross Golf Club since she took up the sport in 1976, has served on the committee for many years and was Lady Captain in 1990. She is honoured to have been invited to be the Captain for the Cheshire County Ladies Golf Association in 2017.
Barbara is a native of Pembrokeshire and attended Cardiff University, where she read Zoology and Geology and also represented the university hockey team for three years.
Following her marriage to John, they moved to the Chester area where she taught at Ellesmere Port Grammar School for Girls and continued her hockey career with Chester Ladies as well as representing the Cheshire B team.
When she retired from hockey she joined John at Vicars Cross Golf Club where she found the transition to golf relatively easy and within a few years became a single figure handicap player and won the Club Championship on a number of occasions.
She represented the Club in various team competitions for many years, being a member of the teams which won the Percival Trophy in 2010, the West Cheshire Shield, and also the East West Shield in 2012.
Karen has also represented Wales at Junior and U21 level and in addition to representing Cheshire as a junior she has also played for Glamorgan, Essex, Oxfordshire and Northumberland.
Barbara’s interest in the administrative side of the game was quickly recognised at the Club and she soon became Competitions Secretary and later Ladies’ Club Secretary before she was invited to be Club Ladies’ Captain in 1990.
She has also served as the West Cheshire Shield Secretary and in 2013 was invited to be the Captain of the West Cheshire Past Captains’ Society.
In 2008 she joined the Cheshire Executive and served as County Junior Organiser for five years during which time both Bronte Law and Gemma Clews were members of the junior squad.