Sally is new county president

Sally Irlam has been appointed president of Somerset Ladies’ County Golf Association, following on from Joan Cumming, also of the Weston club.

IN a first for Weston Golf Club, and indeed for the whole of England (with the exception of one club in Kent), two members have been appointed consecutively as president of Somerset Ladies’ County Golf Association.

Sally Irlam (pictured left) recently took over from Joan Cumming, who had a successful two years in office.

Sally, the former HTV presenter Sally Alford, and widow of the late golfing legend George Irlam, has also created another first. Her mother, the late Ruth Alford, was also county president, the only mother/daughter combination from Weston Golf Club to hold this role.

Sally started golf at the age of 12 and with her mother’s encouragement (she was a county player), rose to the ranks of the county first team, when – yet another first – she and her mother played foursomes together for Somerset.

In a strange situation, Sally had to play against her mother in the semi-finals of the county championship one year, managed to beat her, and went on to win the final.

Sally hopes to particularly concentrate on the juniors during her two year term of office. “After all,” she said, “they are our future.”

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