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Siobhan makes history for Ringway

By Geoff Garnett

SIOBHAN Grayson has become the first Ringway member to be chosen as the Cheshire Girls captain.

Siobhan, who successfully completed her GCSE’s at Lymm High School last summer, is now in the sixth form at Lymm studying A levels in maths, physics, chemistry and drama balancing between her strength in STEM subjects and interest in following her Dad into engineering and her love of drama as well as enjoying her golf and looking to get more girls into golf in Cheshire.

Siobhan said: “I’m honoured to have been selected as captain this year. In a year when opportunities to play have been reduced, I am really keen to encourage as many girls as possible to play in the county and nationwide events.

“I have been involved with Cheshire for eight years. Playing in the county is a great experience and gives great opportunities to play in all sorts of events and locations and these vary from short course beginner events for new starters, through to play at world class venues.

“When I first started I remember my parents walking round while I was playing six-hole competitions. We then started playing with the rabbits and I remember winning the Cheshire Cat when we played away in Wales.

“I have also been away with the county for the Jamboree for three years. This was a great experience being part of the team and building friendships within the county that we still have.

“Finally, I ended up playing in the full competitions and have played on fantastic courses such as Royal Liverpool for the county events, which wouldn’t have happened without the county!

“Cheshire also provides brilliant subsidised coaching again at various levels so that those that want to progress are supported. This can make a great difference to anyone.

“The overriding ethos of the county is how welcoming they make everyone feel and I want to ensure that I continue to show that warmth to all. This is the tone set by all the volunteers that run the section, and I thank them all.”

So what does she want to do to encourage more girls into golf?

She explained: “There are lots of opportunities to play junior opens all round the country. I want to encourage you all to explore these and have a go.

“I also want to encourage all of the girls to challenge their clubs to recognise junior golfers as real players, and allow them to enter the Ladies competitions.

“I won the Mixed Knockout at my club Ringway, and two of the other majors were also won by junior girls. However, some clubs still won’t allow juniors to enter the competitions. I also won the Margaret Sangster Salver last year – a Cheshire Ladies Event.

So one of my jobs I see is to try to encourage you all to go for it, and help bring about this positive change – enter, see what happens!”