History has been made by Monifieth Golf Club with the appointment of their first ever female captain.
Taking over the tees is Jackie Brown the first lady captain in the club’s 157 year history, who will proudly lead the club for the next two to three years.
Jackie was quick to set the tone in the male dominated club stating in her acceptance speech that gender was irrelevant and the good of the club was at the heart of a successful captain.
She told the Guide & Gazette: “I’m honoured. It is an achievement but I don’t want it to be about males and females. The main importance is on the individual’s capability to do the job.”
An experienced council member and previous ladies captain, Jackie can also draw on her wealth of experience from her time at Bonagrass Hockey Club, where as well as playing indoor and outdoor hockey for 30 years she undertook a number of committee appointments.
She commented: “I golfed at Monifieth as a junior and had to make a choice between golf or playing international hockey. Bonagrass was the biggest club in Tayside and I had many roles in my time there.
“Being a people person, able to communicate and keep members informed, is a key element of the position.
“When I was elected I felt quite emotional, I hadn’t realised my emotions were up there and had even imagined there might be a coup from the men but I have had a lot of support from them.
“I have a good relationship with them and I make it my business to go and speak to people and see what their needs are to make sure we are providing what they need.”
Monifieth Golf Club was founded in 1858 and has had a lady members section since 1925 and have been full members since 2002, with several serving on the club management committee sinc then.
Colin Cairnie, links board member at the club said: “Jackie’s appointment is a good move for the club. It is unusual for a male dominated club but the reaction from the members has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Jackie will hold the position for two to three years.