This years club AGM took place on Saturday 4th November 2017.
The AGM commenced as always with the presentation of trophies to the various major competition winners.
It then moved on to the formal AGM itself and the handover of captaincy from the outgoing Captain Gary Skinns to the newly elected Club Captain Jillian Howarth. An historic moment with Jillian being the first female to be elected to the role in the club’s 95 year history.
Below is a scene from the AGM with the key players sharing a humorous moment (from left to right: John Douglass Managing Secretary, Jillian Howarth incoming Club Captain, Gary Skinns outgoing Club Captain and Mary Boyle outgoing Lady Captain)
The following day Sunday 5th November, Liphook Golf Club held its traditional ‘drive in’ by the new Ladies’ Captain and the new Club Captain, whereby they hit a ball off the first tee to mark the start of their year of office.
Kathryn Todd, this year’s Ladies’ Captain drove off first, followed by the Club Captain, Jillian Howarth. Both drives went straight down the middle which augurs well for their year in office. The Drive-In raised over £1,000 for the joint captains' charity for 2018 - the Rosemary foundation.
It’s worth noting that the Club Captain’s role at Liphook is not just a ceremonial one. During her year of office, Jillian, as Club Captain, will head up the General Committee which runs the club. She is, in effect, the Club ‘CEO’ for the year.
Jillian is Dublin born and bred. She spent over 15 years working for Aer Lingus before moving to Liphook 20 years ago with her husband Graham. Graham became a member of Liphook in 2000 and Jillian finally decided to try her hand at golf and joined Liphook in 2003, becoming Ladies Captain in 2011. After a year off she joined the General Committee for three very successful years as Chair of Membership before being invited to become Club Vice Captain in November, 2016.
Jillian’s golf handicap has been as low as 14 but in the last few years this has been creeping up. She is hoping that a busy year of golf will help to lower it again.
After a total of five years on the General Committee, Jillian is well versed in the ways of the club and is looking forward to her Captaincy. Historically, Liphook Golf Club had a reputation for being a bit ‘old fashioned’. Today, however, while it is proud of its traditions and values, it is a forward thinking, and a friendly, welcoming club. Jillian is the ideal Captain to continue the club’s progress as it approaches its Centenary.