Renowned English golfer Bridget Jackson has accepted an invitation to become an honorary member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Ryder Cup hero and double Masters champion José María Olazábal has also become an honorary member.
During a notable amateur career, Bridget Jackson played in the Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland on three occasions and as an England international for 11 years.
She has served as Chair and President of the former English Ladies’ Golf Association and President of the Ladies’ Golf Union. She was made a MBE in 2003 for her services to women’s golf.
Bridget Jackson said: “I am delighted to accept this invitation to become an Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. I have been fortunate to be involved in golf throughout my life and have always enjoyed being able to give something back to the game. I look forward to representing the club and playing my part in continuing its great tradition of supporting golf.”
Keith Macintosh, Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, said, “I am very pleased to welcome Bridget Jackson and José María Olazábal as honorary members of the club.
“Bridget has graced the game for many years as a fine amateur golfer and exceptional administrator, while José María is one of golf’s outstanding champions and has achieved notable success throughout his career as a player and as Ryder Cup captain. Both of them thoroughly deserve this recognition.”
Bridget Jackson won the British girls’ championship in 1954 and two years later triumphed in the English and German women’s championships. She won the Canadian title in 1967.
Initially included as a reserve in the GB&I team for the 1958 Curtis Cup against the United States, the withdrawal of Philomena Garvey led to Jackson playing in the match for the first time, which was tied 4½ – 4½, at Brae Burn. Jackson also played for GB&I in the Curtis Cup in 1964 and 1968, and the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe on four occasions. In 1973 and 1975, she was the non-playing captain of winning GB&I teams in the Vagliano Trophy.
In 1964, Jackson was England’s playing captain in the first ever Espirito Santo Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships, winning a bronze medal. She also won the Home Internationals with England on six occasions.
Following a successful playing career, Jackson became a talented golf administrator and was chair of the English Ladies Golf Association from 1971-72 and President from 1993-95. She became President of the Ladies’ Golf Union in 1998 and subsequently an Honorary Vice-President. She has also been President of Handsworth Golf Club and Royal St David’s Golf Club.
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