Golf continues to break down barriers and old perceptions about the sport – with one Lancashire club electing its first lady president.

Hard on the heels of Scottish club Muirfield voting to accept lady members for the first time, Lynn Hepworth takes over as President at Nelson Golf Club following their recent AGM.

Lynn will lead the club through an exciting phase in its 115-year history as it looks to create a modern approach to looking after its members, attracting new players and developing the 18-hole course, which includes the appointment of a new head greenkeeper.

She is a fantastic example of how you are never too old to take on a new challenge in life.

Explains Lynn: “I was a very keen tennis player until a serious back injury in my late 50s stopped me from being able to run and change direction quickly, which put a stop to me playing.''

“I was presented with a set of golf clubs for my 60th birthday and told to go and learn how to play. I booked a course of lessons, fell in love with the game, and joined Nelson in 2008.''

“I am a firm believer that one is never too old to take up something new. All you need is a bit of determination and a healthy acceptance of the fact that, unlike juniors who just seem to get better and better with time, some days my golf will be better than others!

Nelson GC – which can be found in King’s Causeway, Brierfield – is an enthusiastic supporter of the National Get into golf campaign and is offering a three-month trial membership scheme for those interested in giving golf a go.

Lessons with the club professional Sam Punchard are included – and the club even offers sets of clubs to borrow to help make it even easier to start playing.

Club mentors also help newcomers feel at home both on and off the course.

And a special free taster session event is being held at the club on Friday, June 16, from 6pm-8pm with PGA professional Sam offering tips and advice. It is hoped to be the first in a series of monthly events across the summer.


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