Cheadle Golf Club’s Judith Sandford is delighted and so pleased for her club that she has been nominated for the England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year award that will be decided at the Awards Evening in London in March.
Judith used ‘Get into Golf’ to give a new lease of life to the ladies’ section at Cheadle Golf Club.
Back in 2012/13, when Judith was ladies’ vice-captain, she realised that membership was declining and feared that section would fizzle out in five years.
But in the last six years, she’s helped introduce 60-70 women to golf, and over half have joined the club, making the section a vigorous, growing group.
Judith got together with the club’s professional to launch Get into Golf beginner lessons and create a pathway into membership for the new golfers, working with a new group of beginners every six months.
Jacquie Popplewell, the 2019/20 Lady Captain was a member of Judith’s first beginner group.
She said: “Without Judith’s passion to get ladies playing golf, her enthusiasm, patience, encouragement and commitment to help me play golf, I would not have had the smooth transition from total beginner to competitive golf and would certainly not be next year’s Lady Captain.”
Photo & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett