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Rudd takes leading role

PUBLISHED: 09:24 10 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 06 July 2010

IT was nine years ago when Maggie Rudd and husband Ivan decided to have a go at golf.

After several rounds on various par three courses they got the golfing bug and joined Rookery Park to experience a real golf course.

IT was nine years ago when Maggie Rudd and husband Ivan decided to have a go at golf.

After several rounds on various par three courses they got the golfing bug and joined Rookery Park to experience a real golf course. Three years later, when Maggie retired, she took the game more seriously and eventually won the LGU Bronze Medal and the Sawyer Cup, despite a 10 on the final hole, due to finding a series of bunkers.

Another successful season in 2008 saw her win the Club Handicap Championship, the Warner Cup and the Bronze Medal again. She then decided to put her skills as a maths teacher to good use and became the ladies' handicap secretary. From there she progressed to vice-captain and now takes on the top job.

Both she and her husband visit their son, Chris, in New Zealand and all three play golf on a course with such steep undulations that a mishit ball can run downhill across up to three fairways. It is an effective way to keep weight under control. The club has the odd name of Kidnappers and requires a five mile journey along the driveway before reaching the clubhouse.

The theme for the traditional high jinks at the lady captain's drive-in centred on the Barclay Bear. This came from the Rudd's residence being the former Barclays Bank where Maggie ran children's parties when her own children were small.

The new captain's actual drive, however, suggested more of a tiger than a bear as she hit the ball long and straight down the middle of the fairway.

A feature of her year in office will be a joint golfing event, with club captain David Wright, designed to raise money for the Breast Cancer Campaign. It will be held on September 16 and entry forms can be obtained from her on 01502 584478.

The new lady captain's aim for the year is to help make her section more inclusive, with seniors, juniors and those in between pulling together to create a truly welcoming atmosphere and hopefully attract some new lady members.

David Batley

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