EACH, and every year since the club was formed in 1936 an inaugural ball is held to welcome and celebrate the appointment of the new club captain.

This year was a very special occasion as Lesley Sherrard became the first lady member to be take up the role of club captain and the reception given by the members at the recent annual general meeting confirmed it was a very popular appointment.

Following her election Lesley said: “ I am honoured and humbled that the membership has endorsed my nomination for club captain and I will do everything I can to see the club moves forward and builds upon previous captain’ knowledge and experience. It will certainly be a challenge but it is one I am looking forward to."

On behalf of the members club vice president Colin Champ congratulated Lesley and wished her every success in her year of office. The Sherrard family have made a significant contribution to club life at Wenvoe Castle and Lesley is proud to follow in the footsteps of husband David who is a past club captain and former club president.

Lesley’s ‘in-laws’ Mary and Sherry were also members and Sherry was co-author of the History of Wenvoe Castle Golf Club published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the club in 1986.

Lesley’s role will include being chair of the club’s management committee and her considerable previous experience serving on that committee and together with her contribution while a former lady captain will be invaluable in taking the club forward in challenging times which currently affects all golf clubs.

On the magnificent championship golf course lesley has enjoyed considerable success in various club competitions and has represented the Club in tam matches on many occasions.

Three times a runner up in the Ladies Championship leaves a further challenge for the future but no doubt this year will see Lesley concentrating but really enjoying the demanding role of club captain.

For the first time in the 83 years history of the club the name madam captain will be heard in the corridors of Wenvoe Castle and will no doubt bring a smile to the ‘ghost’ of Lady Jenner who will be delighted there is another lady at last taking a lead role at this historic venue.