HISTORY has been made by the female members of two Leeds golf clubs.
While Moortown’s Margaret Calvert has been presented with a framed certificate to mark a remarkable 70th year of membership at the Harrogate Road course, Sophie Olley is the first girl to captain Headingley’s junior section.
The 26-handicapper’s amazing feat will have club secretary’s across the country scouring the record books, but just as staggering is the fact her husband, Roger, has also racked up 50 years at Moortown.
Club secretary Peter Rishworth told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “A combined membership period of 120 years as members of the same club must be some kind of record!
“Both Margaret and Roger, who plays off a handicap of 18 now, are very much active members and play regularly.”
Olley, who is also a junior member at Moortown, has already been offered a golfing scholarship at Murray University in Kentucky.
The 17-year-old has been playing in the predominantly male junior competitions in Leeds and District and Yorkshire circles for the past couple of years.
A pupil at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, she has quickly progressed through the golfing ranks to represent Headingley at county level – playing for the Yorkshire Girls and the Yorkshire Ladies second team.
The talented youngster is the third generation playing at the Adel-based club. Her grandmother Jean and her father Steve are both active members at the city’s oldest club.
Olley’s goal is to play golf professionally but, being a level-headed young lady, she is keen on keeping up with her education “just in case”.
Two terrific tales from different ends of the golfing spectrum – and definitely ones to savour for all the right reasons – but the burning question now of course is can anyone beat the Calverts record either individually or as a married couple?
If there is a longer membership record out there, as unlikely as it seems, the YEP wants to know.
So if you think you, or someone you know, qualifies, or even comes close, then email some details to me at: email@example.com, or phone me on 0113 2388413.