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Captain-elect Alex creates history
ALEX Keighley will create history next year when she is appointed the first woman captain of a PGA region which has traditionally been exclusive the men.
The Huddersfield Golf Club professional, who was nominated at the PGA in Yorkshire annual meeting, said: "I was asked a couple of days before and I was delighted to accept. I enjoy being a club pro and I’m looking forward to the challenge."
Alex had an impressive amateur career ahead of joining the paid ranks in 2003, representing Great Britain and Ireland and playing in the Ladies British Open, which she considers her finest achievements.
She is also a director of TGI Golfer Partnership and at 34 is understood to be the youngest professional in PGA in England and Wales (North) to take on the captaincy, succeeding Hawarden’s Alex Rowland next March.
"It’s a bit different so I’ll see how I handle it," she said.
Alex jumped at the chance of taking over as head pro at Huddersfield from Paul Carman in 2012, having worked as his assistant for nine years.
She was originally a member of Lightcliffe Golf Club and among her other playing successes were winning the English U21 Strokeplay and English Mid-Amateur championships prior to embarking on a six-year spell on the professional circuit.
"I didn’t make much money but I had a great time," she revealed. "It’s a tough industry but I gained a lot from it as well as during my amateur days soI felt I had sufficient experience to teach.
"I don’t miss playing - it’s a bit of a ‘been there, done that situation’ but being a PGA professional intrigues me and I absolutely love it!" she added.
Annual Turkey Trip 2016
We went, we played, we didn’t conquer but we had an amazing time!
My team of Tracey Jeffries, Christine Barnett and Kathryn Hughes set off for the TGI Pro Am in Turkey. Kathryn was the winner of the longest drive and won a bag, umbrella and towel.
This Pro Am is the largest in Europe and this year it was held at the gorgeous Sueno Deluxe Hotel in Turkey.
The competition was supported by Golf Kings and was a great success. If you wish to organise any golf trips please contact myself for more information.
Alex becomes TGI Golf Partnership Board Member
I am proud to become the first female PGA Professional to sit on the board of the TGI Golf Partnership. I am one of two changes to the board decided at the group’s AGM last week as TGI Golf looks to the new breed of PGA Professionals.
TGI Golf chairman Paul McEvoy (Clitheroe GC) said: "The role of the PGA Professional has changed dramatically over the last few years and both our new board members have been at the forefront of a new breed of PGA Pro. They both have great qualities and desire in their own businesses and I have no doubt they will be great assets to the board.
"TGI Golf has always been a forward thinking organisation and by introducing an element of youth to the board of directors we believe we’ll continue to move forward and help PGA Professionals from all backgrounds to strive."
It is a real honour to join the board and I’m looking forward to working closely with my fellow board members and everyone involved in the group. Throughout my career I’ve often been the ‘first lady’ to do this or that, and it’s always a nice feeling. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring a new perspective to the discussions and decisions made.
Alex crowned Glenmuir WPGA champion
As most of you are probably aware by now I won my first Glenmuir WPGA Professional Championship in dramatic fashion at De Vere Carden Park.
I was preparing for a play-off with overnight leader Tracy Loveys but the three-time champion saw a four foot par putt lip out at the par five 18th to hand me the title by a single stroke.
The final round saw me three shots adrift of Loveys but birdies on 10 and 13 helped me to a 71.
I’m really delighted to win, I haven’t won for a long time and this is my fifth attempt at the Glenmuir where my best has been second, I was expecting a play off, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
I double bogeyed the 18th in the first round so wasn’t very happy but I played very solidly the following day. I had a number of birdie chances on the front nine so it could have been an even better round.
I have to thank my partner, former tour caddie Russell Simpson for his caddying skills. He does all my thinking for me and saves me loads of shots with his experience.