Diane Bailey is set to become the president of the Ladies' Golf union next February after accepting the nomination for the role.
Bailey, who will succeed current president Brigid McCaw after the organisations annual general meeting, is a former top amateur player who won the British Girls’ Championship in 1961. She also finished runner-up in the Ladies British Amateur Championship the same year.
Having represented England in the 1960s and ‘70s, she was capped for Great Britain & Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy match against Continental Europe. She also featured in the World Team Championship (Espirito Santo Trophy) and twice in the Curtis Cup.
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Adding to that, the Ladies’ Golf Union nominee is a vice president of her home club, Reigate Heath. Recognition of her good work has led her to be given honorary membership of the club, as well at Enville and Walton Heath, too.
Ladies' Golf Union role is a ‘privilege’ for Bailey
Having spent over 60 years playing the game, Diane Bailey is hopeful she can use her experience and love for the sport to continue the ‘high standards’ set by her predecessors.
“I am honoured and so delighted to have been invited to become president of the Ladies' Golf Union,” said the former Curtis Cup star.
“Golf has always been such an important part of my life and to be given this great opportunity to represent and support women’s golf and the Ladies’ Golf Union is an enormous privilege.
"Golf has given me so much pleasure and I can hardly believe I have been playing this great game for over 60 years." - Diane Bailey
“The past presidents of the Ladies' Golf Union have always set such a good example and high standards and I know I have very hard acts to follow, but I look forward to the challenges, to renewing old acquaintances and to meeting many lady golfers at events throughout Great Britain & Ireland during my two years as president.
“Golf has given me so much pleasure and I can hardly believe I have been playing this great game for over 60 years.
“It’s been a wonderful journey and I very much look forward to continuing it as president of the Ladies' Golf Union throughout the next two years.”
Header picture taken from Ladies' Golf Union website.