Heskin new president of ladies golf in time of change

CORK woman Ann Heskin is the new president of the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union (ILGU). She replaces outgoing president, Ita Butler of Elm Park.

Ms Heskin has served as a player, administrator and council member and assumes the highest office at a time of change and progress in the ILGU.

A member of Cork, Lahinch and Killarney golf clubs, her home club is Douglas where she won eight All-Ireland Senior Cup Medals.

She is also a five-time winner of the Munster Ladies’ Championship. In 1983 in her second term as Irish non- playing captain, Ireland won the European Team Championship at Royal Waterloo Golf Club in Belgium.

As vice captain to Elaine Bradshaw in 1980, Ireland won the Home Internationals and Ann fulfilled the role of senior selector from 1987 until 1996.

She represented Munster in the inaugural Inter-pro championship in 1964 and continued through to 1984.

That term included Munster’s first win in the championship in 1980. She followed her sister Oonagh (Fitzpatrick) onto the Irish International team in 1969, though they never played on the same team together. Her final match for Ireland was in 1977.

“I am delighted to take up the role of president in this exciting time of change for the ILGU,” she said. “The success we are achieving through our strategic plan will continue for everyone from our top players all the way down the line,” she added.

Ann Bradshaw has been nominated president-elect and will take up the presidency in 2007. She was first nominated as council representative from the western district in 1989 and spent another three-year term on the council from 2002.

A member of County Sligo GC, she has been chairperson of the rules and regulations committee for the past two years. A daughter of one of Ireland’s greatest amateur players Cecil Ewing, she follows in her father’s footsteps as he held the GUI presidency in 1970.

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