Margaret looking forward to a great year at PGC
Interview & photo by Geoff Garnett
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PRESTBURY Golf Club’s new Lady Captain, Margaret Simons (pictured) is a relative newcomer to golf, but is honoured to be chosen for her exciting role at the club in 2019.
Margaret lives just two minutes drive from the club and her bungalow backs onto the course by the 11th green. After starting golf ten years ago she joined Prestbury in 2010 begining a whole new chapter in her life after retiring from work as a community pharmacist for 22 years.
Margaret said: “From the outset of joining Prestbury I was made to feel very welcome by all of the ladies and the warmth and friendship has been ongoing throughout my whole membership.
“I am so lucky to be on the doorstep of this wonderful traditional members’ club with a challenging course that I never tire of playing.
“The social life in the club is very active and we are supported by excellent catering facilities. Currently the club is undergoing a major refurbishment for all members to enjoy.
“We have a very buoyant ladies section who are very welcoming to not only established golfers but also complete beginners who feel ready to embrace the game.
“I attained my best handicap of 18 in 2018 but it is now 19. During the season I play probably three times a week, sometimes four, playing in opens, ladies and mixed competitions.
“My other hobbies are walking and doing three keep fit classes a week at Carla Gilder Fitness.
“I am also a fan of Manchester United having being brought up as a 'red' in a Catholic family of five brothers and sisters. Many years ago when my father had a box at Old Trafford, I went to many of the matches, although as a young girl I was more interested in the coca-cola and chipmunk crisps!
“My favourite course other than Prestbury is Freshwater Bay GC on the Isle of Wight which has the English Channel on one side and the Solent on the other. An extremely challenging course where lost balls over the cliffs really are lost!
“My favourite hole at Prestbury is the 12th as I see it every day from my kitchen window – it is one I feel confident in when I play it and can regularly get my two Stableford points.
“My own golfing highlight was getting a hole in one on the short par three at Mellor and Townscliffe in a ladies open – it was a complete fluke as I had never played the course before. Luckily for me I got £150 from my golf insurance which paid for the drinks in the Clubhouse afterwards!
“My chosen charity is the Alzheimer’s Society as my husband’s mother was diagnosed when she was only 58 so I have experienced at first-hand what a devastating disease dementia is.
“My chosen players in a four-ball would be my dad who very sadly had a massive stroke at Northenden Golf Club in 1994. He was Captain at Northenden in 1983-84 and loved his golf and he would have been so proud of me being the Lady Captain at Prestbury. I would have loved to have had a game of golf with him
“I would also choose Donny Osmond – a teenage heart throb (need I say more!) and Michelle Wie, an inspirational lady golfer who would hopefully give me some tips.”

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