Ballyliffin Golf Club

Golden Jubilee Commerative Booklet 1947 - 1997

Lady Presidents

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This Club and its members have always been very close to my heart and I therefore felt very honoured to be invited to serve as Lady President for this, Ballyliffin's Golden Jubilee year.

I have been involved with the Ballyliffin Golf Club for a long number of years now. I started playing golf in the early 60's. In those days there was no Clubhouse, we used what was known as the "smoke room" in the Strand Hotel. I can assure you that many a good evening was had there. I was introduced to the game by my late husband Martin, a devoted and active member of the Club since the very early days. Martin served the Club faithfully as both Captain (1963- 1964) and President (1989- 1991 ), I feel very proud of my husbands achievements and Martin's contribution to the Club was acknowledged when he was made an honorary member in 1995.

In 1965 it was decided to form a Ladies Branch. I was present a the first meeting in Tullys Hotel, Carndonagh. I have witnessed many changes at this Club since then. Ballyliffin Golf Club has gone from strength to strength and I am confident that the good work will continue.

I would like to thank my fellow golfers and especially the Ladies Branch of Ballyliffin Golf Club for the support and assistance they have given me during my term as Lady President. I look forward to serving Ballyliffin Golf Club in the future.

Finally, Walter Hagen and I are often accused of having the same philosophy on life; "I never wanted to be a millionaire; I just wanted to live like one," Let me commend to you his advice on the game of golf; "Never hurry, never worry and be sure to smell the flowers along the way ."

Mrs Maire Hopkins

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