Jane’s golfing journey from novice to captain

Jane Lakin

Where will golf take you? Just seven years ago Jane Lakin didn't even play golf – and now she’s a lady captain.

Jane was heading for retirement and looking for a new challenge when she saw an article in the local paper about get into golf beginner classes in Gloucestershire.

Today she’s a regular in the league teams and the lady captain at Brickhampton Court Golf Club. This is her story:

“The newspaper article hit the spot!  I needed a new challenge, something which would get me out in the fresh air, in good company, learning something that I could hopefully improve at.

“I had played hockey and squash in the past, and still played league tennis. So, with some trepidation, I made contact, and turned up, keen and very, very green, at the driving range at Brickhampton Court Golf Club.  The coach was fun and encouraging – and the journey in golf was underway!

“I did know a couple of the ladies, but soon met loads more like me, who enjoyed sport, fresh air and a good chat afterwards over coffee.

“I love the game! When you play well, you want to do it again, when you play badly you want to sort it out!  This was just the challenge I needed, as I was at an important stage in my life – empty nest with the boys having left home, and imminent retirement.  

“I’ve been a bit of a career girl, but I’ve always loved sports, preferably playing, and golf has become a really important part of this new stage in my life.

“I started by just playing for fun, particularly appreciating the support I received on the Tuesday nights ladies’ 'turn up' on the nine-hole course at Brickhampton. Then, it was on to the 18-hole course and it wasn't long before the competitor in me meant that the friendly games developed into league matches.

“So, in  just a few  years, with lots of support from fellow players, lady captains and coaches,  I now play regular league games across the county, and have been 'encouraged' to become the Lady Captain at Brickhampton this year. What an honour!”

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