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Wilmslow Golf Club lady captain talks about her year

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Elizabeth Black looks forward to a great year at Wilmslow

Wilmslow Golf Club’s new Lady Captain Elizabeth Black has been a member of her club for the past 15 years after beginning golf at Alderley Edge GC where she was Lady Captain in 2001.

She is looking forward to being busy and successful, both on and off the course with a very full and active year to come.

Elizabeth said: “I took up golf when my twin sons were due to go off to university and I was giving up teaching. I joined Alderley Edge GC where my husband Ian was already a member. Not having done much sport since school days I was surprised how quickly my handicap started to drop and how much I enjoyed competitions, matches and mixed golf.

I played a full part in the ladies’ section, holding various jobs on the committee as well as serving as Lady Captain. When Ian retired, he joined Wilmslow and I followed in 2002 and served for three years on the ladies’ committee, and so I was thrilled to be asked to be Lady Captain this year.

Golf has become a major part of my life and I may play four times a week in the summer- a match, knock out round, a mixed event and ladies’ day – but in the winter perhaps once a week if the weather allows.
My handicap has wavered around the low teens mark since I joined the club, and now I play off 13 which enables me to play in the Bell Cup and Cheshire A and B teams throughout the summer.

Match play is great as you play one hole at a time when you need to be that precious one shot better than your opponent.

I also enjoy playing in Mixed Opens with Ian and supporting Cheshire Ladies and Senior’s events which provide an excellent way to play other courses around the county.

The past year has been particularly busy doing ‘play-ins’ with new male members. It is often the first time they have ever played golf with a woman but they survive and admit to enjoying it after playing nine holes then having a drink and a chat. It is a pleasant introduction to the club and the bonus to me is that they have a wife who may be encouraged to join.

Since I think that practice is so important for all levels of golf, I have started a ‘Practice and Play’ session each Thursday morning for any ladies who like to turn up for 45 minutes of practice then off on the course for a few holes before a sandwich and chat.

The idea is to enable them to devise a simple practice routine before they go out to play, and if the weather is poor we come inside to chip and putt, talk about rules, do some stretching exercises and finish with a cup of coffee – fun but functional!

Many of the ladies who joined the club last year through our very successful Taster Package are coming along to enjoy the sessions.

My chosen charities are The Christie, Macmillan Cancer Care and the East Cheshire Hospice, and there will be plenty of events to raise funds during the year.

Regarding my favourite hole at Wilmslow I ought to say that it is the ninth as it is where I got a hole in one or the 14th where I nearly got another…

But it is probably the seventh where you must know your club lengths to avoid cross bunkers, you’ve got to be accurate with your approach to avoid three greenside bunkers, then judge the gentle slopes to the pin. It is wonderful in the autumn with the colours of the leaves on the trees.”


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