Yorkshire golf: Liz Roberts is Huddersfield GC's lady captain in landmark year

Vicki Wimpenny, Huddersfield GC's lady vice captain, left, Liz Roberts, new lady captain, centre, and Jean Gee, outgoing lady captain.
Vicki Wimpenny, Huddersfield GC's lady vice captain, left, Liz Roberts, new lady captain, centre, and Jean Gee, outgoing lady captain.

LIZ ROBERTS has been welcomed in as Huddersfield GC's lady captain in their 125th anniversary year.

Members of the ladies' section gathered at Fixby to hear reports from all the team captains on performances over the past year.

Outgoing Huddersfield GC men's captain Nick Ledgard.

Outgoing Huddersfield GC men's captain Nick Ledgard.

Outgoing captain Jean Gee spoke about the highlights from her year as lady captain before officially handing over the mantle.

She presented Roberts with her lady captain's badge and wished her every success for what will be a busy year.

Roberts, a member for over 20 years, is a highly proficient skier as well as golfer and was a very popular choice with all the members.

The club have been busy arranging events to mark their 125th anniversaryand activities planned include a hickory shaft event and a visit from past PGA Captains.

Gee said: "I would like to thank all those members who have made my year so enjoyable and particularly our hard-working and dedicated men's captain Nick Ledgard, who has been a great support to me throughout.

"We will soon welcome Liz and Parnell (Reilly, 2016 men's captain) for what is to be a very exciting year for us all at the club."

Outgoing men's captain Nick Ledgard said: "With everything that the club has planned for this special year I am sure that a fantastic summer is ahead of us.

"I would like to thank my fellow captains of the club: Tom North has been an excellent junior captain and Mich Dearman a brilliant rabbits’ captain.

"I would also like to thank Jean Gee, our lady captain. She has been ever present and presided over another fantastic year for the Fixby Ladies. It has been a pleasure to be captain alongside Jean.

"At the AGM almost 12 months ago, I pledged and committed to represent the members to the best of my ability and uphold the finest traditions of the golf club.

"Only they can decide whether I have managed to do this in a satisfactory manner. However, I have tried my utmost to do this every day of my term in office and it has been an honour and privilege to do so.

"I wish everyone at the club much success and happiness during the coming celebratory year and wish our incoming captains - Kaylem Billy, Ian Hill, Liz Roberts and Parnell Reilly - my best wishes. I am sure that they will form a fantastic team and ensure that the club goes from strength to strength."

Sue Johnson is stepping down after three years as the first lady president of the club.

She commented: "I had a certain amount of apprehension in accepting the position. I was conscious of the honour but also the recognition offered to the ladies. On their account I felt I should accept the invitation and I am delighted that I did.

"The position has been the icing on the cake of a journey in golf administration stretching nearly five decades. The ladies will understand when I say, I am looking forward to once again being a feather duster, although I will miss my parking space."