New Lady Captain Drives-In
Shelagh Herbert's historic drive-in on New Year's Day
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A Force 8 gale didn’t deter Shelagh Herbert and a crowd of spectators for the first ever Royal Jersey Lady Captain’s Drive In to take place on a New Year’s Day.
112 guests then joined together for drinks, a welcome speech and a New Year’s Day lunch where over £480 was raised for Ovacome.

Shelagh then spoke to the assembled members and guests and a transcript is below -

"Happy New Year everyone and thank you to both the Club Captain Robbie Messervy and of course Louise together with all the past Captains for supporting me today and I hope I can count on the support of the membership going forward.

I voiced my thanks to Louise at the AGM on behalf of us ALL for the sterling work she has put in over the last two years as Lady Captain and I will endeavour to continue to move the club forward on behalf of all golfers during my term of office. Thanks again Louise for all your hard work.

I am particularly pleased that my family is here to support me. I have watched a lot of family members playing a great deal of sport over the years (hockey, athletics, netball, tennis, gymnastics, ballet, marathon, triathlon, swimming, cross country, touch rugby – and I have probably missed some) and so I am pleased that I have got my own back today. I think I would have probably done a better job on the 1st tee with a hockey stick in my hand but felt that wouldn’t have been the done thing so my token gesture was, of course, to use a hockey swing to hit the golf ball.

As you can see I am setting a new trend with my photo; not only by having it taken outside, but also by including the iconic Gorey Castle in the background that we all see each time we tee off at the first. I managed to convince the photographer Stuart McAllister to go for a natural fresh air option having just returned from a holiday with a good tan at the time of the photo shoot. The tan has since faded.

The first ever Lady Captain’s Drive In was on a Tuesday morning and was initiated by Nicki Langly Smith in 2004 when she took office as Lady Captain. That was a great initiative but now, 13/14 years on, at the AGM this December under our new rules and regulations history was made as ALL members and not just Ladies could join in the election of the Royal Jersey Lady Captain. And today of course we have the Lady Captain’s Drive In taking place on a New Years Day just like the Club Captain – and not on a Tuesday. Things move on.

I am pleased to say we raised a total of £482.00 from the Drive In despite the wet and wild weather and it was Martin Viney and Hedley Cox who guessed where the ball was going to land. I am delighted that through Martin and Hedley’s generosity the total amount will be going to OvaCome, my chosen charity.

OvaCome supports women throughout their experience of ovarian cancer. The charity supports women and family members and I hope you feel able to give generously throughout my captaincy. The vision and values of Ovacome are: care, support, education, raising awareness, research and campaigning. Angie De Figueiredo and Karen Le Cornu have kindly agreed to assist me with Ovacome fund raising.

Oh, and by the way the Lady Captain’s bunkers are to be all bunkers on the 10th hole. They aren’t Ladies bunkers of course so I would be delighted if anyone at all who visits them would like to donate to Ovacome in the moneyboxes dotted around the Club House.

Tim has already offered to go in lots of bunkers this year and apparently and most especially when he is playing against me – he has in fact pledged that he will donate £1 for every bunker he visits on the course during the year and not just on the 10th hole. No doubt his playing partners will remind him of his foolishness. If any one would like to offer a similar pledge to boost the Lady Captain’s Charity then I would, of course, be very glad to know.

My Lady Captain’s Charity Challenge will take the form of an opportunity for mixed pairs to play against Tim and me. A sign up list will go up during the course of the next few weeks with some specific dates and probably early on a Friday morning.

We will have other events over the year to help generate funds and we will aim for these events to be available to all members.

During my term of office I am hoping to flag up the theme of ‘Women In Sport’ so I am sure there will be some articles posted up, some guest speakers in 2019 our 125th year and a number of other ways of raising the profile of women in sport, as after all, the best place to start is in your own club."

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