Leading British golfer returns to her Clitheroe roots

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A VISIT from a former member of Clitheroe Golf Club was the highlight of a spring effort held by the ladies’ committee of the club.

Guest speaker was Kirsty Taylor, who learned her golf at Clitheroe Golf Club where her parents Ted and Jean Ann Speak and her brother Gary are also members, She described her climb through the ranks to become a Curtis Cup player, a former British strokeplay champion, winner of the Wales Ladies’ Championship in 2005 and playing in the Ladies’ European tour. She also gave amusing accounts of the time she partnered Laura Davies at the World Cup in Sun City, South Africa when she represented England. After a remarkable recovery from a serious brain tumour, she has now retired from the professional scene and has signed up as an Ambassador for Golf Roots which introduces thousands of youngsters from all backgrounds and abilities to golf, She was warmly thanked by Lady Captain Jan Burrows for her interesting and amusing talk before a large audience.

The event included various stalls selling delicious home-made cakes and biscuits, and a wonderful flower and plant dislay together with jewellery, handbags and scarves by County Vogue which all did a brisk trade while the ladies enjoyed coffee and biscuits.

The afternoon raised the magnificent sum of £644. 59p for club funds and a raffle raised £428 for the Lady Captain’s charity “Help for Heroes”.