Tuesday, 22 November 2011

May Hughes receives Honorary Membership of LLCGA

This is Lesley's speech on presenting the Honorary Membership.
May Hughes has been a member of LLCGA since 1979 and played for the County Team between 1983 and 2010. May was selected for this year’s team but decided it was time to hang up her red jersey.
During that time, especially in the 1980s and early 1990s, Lanarkshire were a very successful team and May was part of a winning team that qualified for and won the Scottish County Finals on 4 occasions.
May was County Champion in 1993, 2003 & 2004 and runner-up on 3 other occasions. As well as being a very successful golfer, May served on Committee from 1996-99 and she was County Captain in 2008 and 2009 in our Centenary Year.
Since becoming eligible for Seniors and Vets golf May has twice been West of Scotland Vets Champion in 2008 and 2010, was runner up in the Scottish Vets Championship in 2010, represented the Scottish Vets Team on five occasions and this year represented Scotland in the Senior Home International Matches.
May, in recognition of your outstanding contribution and commitment to Lanarkshire Ladies County Golf Association over many years I would ask you to accept Honorary membership of our Association.
This was May's Reply
Many thanks Lesley for your kind words
Listening to the dates from 1979 it’s quite scary to think that 32 years seem to have passed by in a flash.
I was very fortunate to be part of a very successful Lanarkshire Team in the 1980’s and 90’s when appearances at the County Finals was a regular occurrence.
My initiation to foursomes at this time was under the watchful eye of our president Ann Prentice and my lasting memory of that training was that losing a match was not an option.
The decision taken to retire from Inter County matches was not taken lightly. It was always a privilege to pull on a bright red jersey and play for Lanarkshire. The experience gained and the friendships made over three decades will always be very special to me.
As I have now reached an age that I am eligible to participate in senior events, the competitive edge gained from playing County Team Golf has been invaluable.
To therefore receive an honorary membership of Lanarkshire for playing golf and having the opportunity to serve on committee and the privilege of being county captain in centenary year is indeed the icing on the cake.
I am proud to now be an honorary member of this great County and I will continue to offer support in any way I can in the years to come.
My thanks again to Lesley and the Lanarkshire committee for bestowing this honour.