Another first for president Heather

Heather Cawdry, who chartered the events of 100 years of ladies golf in Yorkshire in 2000, is creating her own bit of history.

The long-standing Lightcliffe Golf Club member has taken over as president of the Yorkshire Ladies County Golf Association. She is the 29th person to hold the office and the first from a Halifax club.

“I am very honoured to be chosen,” said Heather, who joined the Yorkshire executive in 1994 and was this area’s first captain of the county ladies’ body in 1998.

During her three years in that role, she wrote the history of the Association in its Centenary year.

As president, she will be the front person for ladies golf in the county, supporting the teams and members of the county.

“I will have a general watching role. I will be the chief supporter and do what I can to help,” she said.

The first of three busy summers will start with practice events leading up to the Yorkshire Ladies Championship at Hallamshire, which gets under way on May 9.

Heather is hoping Yorkshire’s season will extend to the English county finals at Belton Woods, Lincolnshire in mid-September.

The white rose side are current county champions and hope to fend off opposition from the likes of main rivals Lancashire to reach the finals again.

Heather’s interest in golf developed as a youngster when she caddied for her step father Colin Swain at Bradley Hall Golf Club.

The 20-handicapper has been a member at Lightcliffe since 1971 and lives close to the nine-hole course. She is also a member at Huddersfield GC.

The Lightcliffe club helped produce Alex Keighley, currently head pro at Fixby, and Heather is hoping Hannah Holden will break into the county team this year and younger sister Georgia may eventually follow.