Durham Ladies Association celebrates centenary year

Female golfers from across Durham and beyond celebrated 100 years of golf in the county at the Durham County Ladies Golf Association’s centenary lunch at Hardwick Hall.

Members of clubs from across the county were joined by current and former officials and players as well as representatives from Northumberland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Durham’s men’s union, and England Golf.

Diana Elsy, DCLGA president, said: “The centenary lunch was a wonderful social event, a chance to meet up with golfing friends to celebrate the last 100 years of ladies’ golf in Durham, and look forward to the next stage of golf in the county.”

Past players travelled from West Sussex, Manchester and Aberdeen to be part of the event alongside members from the association’s founding clubs – Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street, Ravensworth, Seaham, Seaton Carew, South Shields, Tyneside and Whickham. Boldon, Dinsdale and Wearside were also founding members of the association, and all the clubs received a memento to mark their part in the last 100 years of women’s golf in Durham.

As part of the event, Jenny Lucas (nee Lee Smith) spoke about her career – from amateur golf in the North East to winning the first Women’s British Open before earning 12 professional wins. Anne Biggs also created a presentation on various teams in the County going back to 1959, which can be viewed online here.