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Ladies mark 10-year milestone

LADIES at Bowring Park Golf Club are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their switch from another local course that was closed down.

In September, 2004 St Michael’s Golf Club in Widnes received the devastating news that the land it was built on – previously a chemical tip – was deemed to be unsafe and would be shut with almost immediate effect.

The ladies from St Michael’s were determined their club would not close and the committee members at that time worked hard to find an appropriate replacement course and decided that Bowring Park was to become their new home.

The club changed its name to Bowring Ladies Golf Club; the ladies were welcomed by the existing club, but the course had not previously been used for ladies golf so it had to be measured by the LGU.

In April 2005, Molly Daly, the lady captain for 2005 teed off for the first time at their new home.

Today Molly is an honorary member as is Elsie Jones who was lady president at the time.   Seven previous St Michael’s members still remain playing members at Bowring Park, notably Doris Coles who was the treasurer at the time of the move and despite being 83 years young, still plays every week.

This year’s Drive-In for the 2015 lady captain, Terry Aldcroft, was celebrated with more gusto than usual with the previous St Michael’s playing members teeing off alongside the many new members, 27 in all. Unfortunately, the weather decided not join in the celebrations and heavy rain and gale force winds shortened the competition but did not dampen the celebrations.