CAROL Broadbent is delighted and honoured to be the first-ever lady to be the president of Sale Golf Club in its 104-year history.

She said: “At Sale we had a president and a lady president up to 2012 and since then, with changes in equality, the club decided to just have a sole president.

“I recognise the tremendous honour the club has given me in nominating me as their first female president – it will probably take a while for our members not to address me as ‘lady president’ but I am to be known and addressed as madam president.

“I am a southerner, born in Swindon, moved to Lymm in 1994 and joined Sale GC in 1995 and was delighted to be invited on to the ladies' committee in 1998.

“I served in various roles including three years as social chairman of the club and together with my husband Peter, who has been a captain at Sale, organised our council day out.

“I joined Jack and Sue Barrett as a member of the centenary committee in 2005 until the centenary in 2013 and was proud to organise the centenary dinner and dance at Lancashire County Cricket Club, which was a great success.

“When I became lady captain in 2008 it was a pleasure to have Maureen Howie as my lady president. Sadly, she passed away last December but was happy to know I had accepted the role of president for the coming year.

“Being the first female president of the club there may be a few things in the president’s ‘bible’ that might need slightly amending to suit but I am sure I will enjoy a busy year playing golf, attending presentations and socials and supporting the teams in their many matches and knock out competitions.

“My congratulations also go to our captain Gareth Moore, lady captain Moira Forster and junior captain Adam Carr.

"I look forward to giving them my full support and hopefully we can all enjoy a very happy and successful year.”

WGTB Golf Competitions have been running for the best part of 20 years providing value-for-money-golf across the North West for men, mixed groups and juniors with the ever-popular men’s days out as their main event.

This BB Stableford features five qualifying competitions at different clubs each month from April to August with the final being at Ashton-under-Lyne on September 15 and the main prize being fabulous Etiqus timepieces for the winning pair.

Defending their title will be Stockport star Tony Gregory and his partner Charles Beadle of Bramhall GC.

Also in the action are two Mixed Pairs competitions at Didsbury and Heaton Moor as well as the Joanne Morley Junior Challenge at Sale on Sunday, October 22.

Event organiser Ken Wardle said: “All the details of our competitions and how to enter them can be found on our website as well as other golf news in the region.

"Through our competitions we also support the Golf Foundation, a charity that does so much to help develop junior golf, and last year we were delighted to present them with a cheque for £500.”