England’s Trish Wilson will take over as chairman of the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) at the annual general meeting on 23 February 2013 in Dublin.
Trish, from Chelmsford in Essex, was previously chairman in 2008, and was instrumental in initiating the modernisation of the organisation, which is the encompassing body for ladies’ amateur golf in Great Britain & Ireland. Part of that project saw the role of chairman being redefined, and the term of office being extended from one to three years.
Trish is a past LGU councillor, English selector, and captain of both club and county. She is also a highly experienced rules official having refereed at events including The Open Championship, the Ricoh Women’s British Open, the US Women’s Open and this year’s Curtis Cup match at Nairn in Scotland. She is currently the LGU’s representative on the R&A’s Rules of Golf Committee.
Trish brings a quiet determination to protecting the legacy of the LGU, promoting the game and further developing the organisation as a strong voice for ladies’ golf.
She said: “The LGU is world renowned for the high standard of the championships and international matches it hosts, and the focus has to be on continuing to develop and improve our events, both on and off the golf course. The GB&I victory in this year’s Curtis Cup at Nairn gave ladies’ golf a huge boost and I would hope the LGU can capitalise on this to promote the game to new participants and supporters.
“The LGU has a major role to play in encouraging golf at all levels and working in collaboration with other organisations, both in golf and outwith the sport, in the best interests of the game. The world of golf is constantly changing, and the aim will be to keep on top of these changes and make the best of the opportunities arising from them as the LGU works towards its stated goal of becoming financially self-sufficient.
The LGU has also announced that Tegwen Matthews of Wales, who steered the GB&I Curtis Cup team to victory in June, will again be captain for the 2014 match in the USA. She will also be captain for the 2013 Vagliano Trophy match against Europe in France. Scotland’s Elaine Farquharson-Black will captain the Junior Vagliano team, which is played simultaneously.