I think I started playing golf in ca 1986 firstly with my then husband and also with my works golf society (no Ladies Academy in those days) – like a lot of Ladies I am an ex-hockey player. I joined Thorpe Wood in 1992 and was originally Captain in 1998 – conveniently for me, as I worked full time, I was on maternity leave for most of the year and so could play quite a lot of golf. Since then my golf has been sporadic due to bringing up my children and work but I can now commit my full attention to it. In fact it was the main thing that has kept me sane during the pandemic and it was so nice to socialise with all the Ladies at Nene Park once we could. For those that have played with me they can confirm that my golf is occasionally wonderful, sometimes average and sometimes dire – frequently it is all three in the same round but I struggle on.
Since Thorpe Wood and Orton Meadows merged and became Nene Park we have had the opportunity to play on two courses which gives us much more variety – although I am not sure my driving accuracy has improved round the big lake at Orton. We also have a much larger Lady Membership after the merger and also with the Ladies coming from the Academy who have subsequently joined Nene Park and play in the competitions. This is all good news for the club and long may it continue.
Most members will say that Nene Park is a friendly and inclusive club and that is how I would like us to be remembered – this has been a great help, following the pandemic lockdown periods, to some members who are on their own and I know I couldn’t wait to meet up with friends again even if we did socially distance, unintentionally, on opposite sides of the fairway.
I would like to say thank you to Pam Cox who has not had the best of Captains years and wish her well with her health and I hope to see her on the golf course soon. The Committee have done a sterling job whilst we have not had a Lady Captain and I know I will continue to receive their help and advice (luckily).
The Ladies Charity for 2021-2022 is Peterborough Women’s Aid (peterboroughwomensaid.co.uk) a local based charity providing safe refuge for women suffering from abuse in Peterborough and the surrounding area as well as outreach support, support groups and advice on a variety of related issues.