ASHTON on Mersey Golf Club’s new lady captain, Lorraine Lyall, got her year in office off to a flying start with a stunning drive at the traditional Drive-in.

Lyall has been a member of her club for five years and is looking forward to a great year ahead.

She said: “Ashton on Mersey is a very progressive and friendly club with the members able to enjoy an excellent, well-maintained nine-hole course with fabulous clubhouse facilities and a very active social calendar.

“We are currently creating a brand new spike bar for the convenience of members and to maximise the potential of the clubhouse.

“The ladies' section has such a good social calendar that we regularly have guests from our surrounding Mersey Valley clubs.

“My current handicap is 33 and I will be looking to drop this as I will be playing three times a week during the coming season.

“My favourite hole at Ashton is the third – a par five with a long dog-leg bringing a number of hazards into play.

"It is a challenging hole where even a par feels like a birdie.

“My favourite course, other than Ashton, is Scotland Run in New Jersey where we lived for six years.

“My hobbies other than golf include volunteering with the elderly for a charity called Cyril Flint. The charity alleviates loneliness by matching up volunteers with clients.

“I also travel back and forth to Toronto regularly where my eldest daughter lives to help care for my grandchildren – although it is a long way to go to babysit.

“Regarding the captain’s charities we are choosing to fundraise for the club development this year but will continue to support the Red Cross and the Wood Street Mission, as we do every year.

“ My own personal golfing highlight is winning the Bridgewater Trophy at Ashton in 2018.”