Duddingston appoint first lady to their board

Duddingston clubhouse. Pic: Pam Grigg
Duddingston clubhouse. Pic: Pam Grigg
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Duddingston Golf Club officials have appointed awoman to the board in a ground-breaking move by the Capital golf club.

Margaret Keith’s election to the vacant post comes at a time when amalgamation is being sought in Scottish golf.

“While Duddingston are committed to providing opportunities for all, regardless of gender, it is probably unusual for a woman to hold a board position,” said a club spokesman.

“Margaret, though, had input a decade or so ago when her professional expertise regarding Health and Safety and Risk Assessment was particularly welcome at the time of the clubhouse re-build.

“During the past five years, Margaret has assisted the Scottish Golf Union as a volunteer doing course rating which determines the Standard Scratch Score for every course.

“Also, her voluntary contribution at Duddingston has included taking a major role in landscaping and visitors will see an enormous difference between the 15th and 17th fairways where winter work has meant enhancing the pond feature to an unprecedented degree.”

In other developments at Duddingston, honorary membership has been conferred on two-long serving members, Ian Wood and Norman Mair, in recognition of their services to golf as journalists.

“It is surely good that we have been able, in these instances, to get away from any parochial idea associated with honorary memberships,” said Bill Flockhart, centenary year captain, who proposed the nominations.

Also, life memberships have also been conferred by the club on Alex Milligan, Ian Hoseason and Mike Power after completing 50-year tenures at the club.

Power, in an acceptance speech on behalf of all three, estimated he had played approximately 110 rounds per year at three-and-a-half hours each round.

Or ... “about two and a quarter years of my life on the golf course!”