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PUBLISHED: 15:39 28 June 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

THE WAY WE WERE: Current ladies captain Joan Buckerfield, left, and members get in the spirit of the occasion. Pictures: DICK HARDING

THE WAY WE WERE: Current ladies captain Joan Buckerfield, left, and members get in the spirit of the occasion. Pictures: DICK HARDING

ROYSTON Golf Club celebrated the centenary of ladies golf in the area with an event that brought together more than 50 years of members. With a week of celebratory events the club recognised the 100 years with a memorabilia day at the golf club, which wa

MOLLIE THOMAS: “Golf certainly kept me fit.”

ROYSTON Golf Club celebrated the centenary of ladies golf in the area with an event that brought together more than 50 years of members.

With a week of celebratory events the club recognised the 100 years with a memorabilia day at the golf club, which was attended by 30 past captains, including Jane Drake (2006), Pam Bonnett (1999), Joan Clark (1986), and Gwen Driver (1973).

Current ladies captain Joan Buckerfield said: "We had more than 80 people attend which was fantastic.

"It was lovely to catch up with former captains and old members.

DAPHNE HADDOCK: “Nice to talk about the old days.”

"It's a very special year for the ladies, not just the current players, but all those who have been part of the club - a hundred years is a brilliant landmark and it's an honour and a privilege to be the captain at such an important time."

Club members Gillian Drewery, Kathy Musgrave, and Ann Swann also produced a centenary book that charted the history of ladies golf in Royston.

The book features the origins of the club and the changes it has seen over the years.

They also set up a display of photographs and articles about various competitions and matches, as well as having a number of scrap books on hand.

Treasurer Ann Swann said: "It has been hard work but seeing how the work has gone down has made it all worthwhile.

"Everyone has been discussing different stories and sharing their memories.

"Researching the history has been a real eye-opener and everyone involved has learned so much.

"The club was founded as a separate club from Royston Golf Club, but that all changed in 1956 and certainly for the better. It really is incredible to think how much ladies golf has changed - and particularly the clothing!

"It's also been great speaking to some of the older members. It appears golf has kept a lot of them very youthful - perhaps it's all that fresh air?"

Ninety-five-year-old Mollie Thomas, who was the ladies captain in 1952, said golf had certainly kept her feeling young.

She said: "I only stopped playing a few years ago. It certainly kept me fit. I used to be good and had a handicap of six, although the game was a lot different in those days.

"We wouldn't have been allowed in the club house, that's for sure."

The 1950 captain Daphne Haddock, 85, said: "I haven't seen a lot of these people for so many years, I'd forgotten what half of them looked like.

"It's been an enjoyable day and nice to talk about the old days."

The club also took part in a number of celebratory matches, including a competition using hickory shaft clubs, before holding a dinner and dance.

Kathy Musgrove said: "The week has been a great success and the perfect way to celebrate our centenary.

"I wonder what the next 100 years hold?

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