Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Peggy Reece, past ELGA president, dies at 89

Gloucestershire’s Peggy Reece, who was a past president of the English Ladies’ Golf Association, has died just a few weeks before her 90th birthday.Mrs Reece was known throughout the country for her charm and her long memory and she was regarded in her home county simply as “Our Peggy.”
Elizabeth Earnshaw, who chairs the operational board of the English Women’s Golf Association, said: “Peggy was a remarkable lady who always took a great interest in people. If you had a conversation with her she would remember it next time you met, even if it was months or years later.”
Peggy Reece held a host of top golf jobs and was a fine player. She reached the final of the English championship in 1961 and captained the England team at the 1966 Home Internationals. She was an England selector in 1977 and was president of the former English Ladies’ Golf Association in 1996/97. She was South West champion five times and Gloucestershire champion 10 times between 1952 and 1979 – additionally reaching the final of the competition in 1987 at the age of 67.
She played her first county match for Gloucestershire in 1948 and represented the county over the next four decades – with the exception of one year off to have a baby. Peggy was the first woman to be president of her club, Henbury, and she was county captain twice and county president.
A memorial service will be held on Friday 9th April at 1 pm at Christ Church, Redhill, North Somerset.
Lyndsey Hewison

Press & PR Officer