A Somerset golfer who has shared her love of the game for over half a century has been honoured with England Golf’s Lifetime Service Award.
Jenny Hobbs of Bath Golf Club was presented with the award – sponsored by Your Golf Travel – at a glittering ceremony last night at Lord’s when the spotlight shone on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf.
She was honoured alongside Olympic champion Justin Rose, Masters champion Danny Willett and Solheim Cup player Charley Hull as well as other players and heroes from the grass roots game.
Jenny, who is featured in a specially filmed video, was recognised for her decades-long contribution of inspiring fellow players, encouraging juniors and supporting her club, county and country.
“If she had been paid for the hours given to golf she would be a rich woman,” said Bath Ladies’ Captain Louise Buxton. “When Jenny reaches heaven if there is no golf course she will set about its organisation!”
Jenny remarked: “I’m absolutely overwhelmed, this is marvellous and terribly exciting!” Her award includes a one-night stay with two rounds of golf, for four people at a UK Marriott Hotel and Country Club, given by Your Golf Travel.
She first learned golf as a school leaver, taught alongside a neighbour’s son at a local municipal course by a professional/greenkeeper. “All I remember is that he used to wear a long coat but he gave us jolly good lessons and I have been passionate about golf ever since.”
She cherishes the friendships made and the health benefits gained. “I would recommend it rather than depending on the NHS,” she added.
Jenny, 83, has been a member of Bath Golf Club since 1969 and is known throughout club, county and region as an unstinting volunteer.
At the club, she’s been ladies’ captain three times, has sat on the general committee and still organises the ladies’ friendly matches.
In the ladies’ centenary year in 1983 she played 100 holes in a day to raise funds for the celebrations. Then, at the age of 80, she played 80 holes in a day to raise over £1300 for the captain’s charity!
Jenny has been closely involved with the county association, playing second team golf and serving as Somerset President before being made a life member. She’s also a keen supporter of the Bristol and District Ladies Golf Alliance and of South West golf, with many particularly fond memories of her days on the regional committee. At national level, she has been involved with training England teams.
What’s more, she’s still a winning golfer who collected three trophies last season!
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