• Jane Alexander has taken the reins at Cathcart Castle GC
• "The game is truly changing," said a delighted Jane
CATHCART CASTLE GOLF CLUB | SCOTTISH GOLF
One of the oldest golf clubs on Glasgow’s south side has elected its first female captain.
Jane Alexander, 57, was unanimously voted into office at Cathcart Castle Golf Club by around 100 members at the club's AGM on Friday night, overturning 122 years of tradition.
And Jane, a six-time club champion – most recently this year – was thrilled to continue giving back to a club that has given her so much pleasure through the years and alluded to the ‘privilege’ it was in such an historic year for Scottish golf.
"It will be a privilege to have a small footnote in the annals of golf's modernisation" - Jane Alexander
“It's particularly satisfying to take on this job in what is an historic year for golf in Scotland, with the amalgamation of our ladies' and men's amateur organisations into the single representative body of Scottish Golf Limited,” said Jane. “The game is truly changing, and it will be a privilege to have a small footnote in the annals of golf's modernisation.
“The future of our game rests with the boys and girls playing today. But as clearly illustrated in the case of my mum – who didn't take up golf until she was in her 40s – this is a sport for all.”
Jane joined Cathcart Castle 32 years ago after being forced to give up hockey following a serious ankle injury. She was vice-captain of the ladies' section during the 2014/15 playing season, and has served on the club's Greens Committee since 2011.
Between shedding her 36 handicap and joining the club’s pre-eminent Greenlees team, which has went from the third to first division in three years, Jane also participated in the Glasgow South Ladies Golf League.
And the decision to make Jane – now retired from her job as events and communication manager at Glasgow Cty Council – captain, is one that seems to have gone down very well with those at the club.
“More than 120 years of tradition has been overturned and we are now living in the modern world,” said club chairman Angus Fraser. “In the last five years we have addressed the equality issue, and tonight is the culmination of that. You could see what the members thought about Jane's election – they were delighted with it.”
After being encouraged to take up golf by her parents and in particular her mother, who was a past ladies’ captain at Cowglen, Jane is keen to bring more young women into Cathcart Castle, which already boasts one of the largest and most active ladies’ sections in the city.
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