Colonial Girl in Captaincy Terror
When the Captain of the Press Golfing Society asked me to be his vice-captain two years ago, I must admit, I hesitated. Not because the thought of addressing a bunch of delightfully cynical journalists a dozen times next year scared the hell out of me. Or knowing I would have to humiliate myself with a speech in French during our annual Wryter Cup clash given my questionable grasp of the language. The reality was that my newspaper was going through a somewhat trying period and playing any golf, let alone captaining a prestigious society seemed ridiculously ambitious.
But after some thought and several Pinots, I thought, why ever not.
Can you imagine the pride of holding the honour of being only the third lady captain during a 108-year history? After all, the News of the World had played such a supportive and pivotal role in the PGS since its launch in 1904. What could possibly go wrong?!
In recent weeks, I turned to a list of eminent former captains for inspiration. From the late Sir Emsley Carr to Bob Warren, a who’s who of Fleet Street greats presiding over a society of intrepid journalists in search of silverware, friendship and decent wine.
I was relating this jaunty tale to another respected former captain at the Captain’s Dinner last week. He considered it for a moment, turned to me and retorted: “Barlow, you’re a girl, you’re from the colonies and your newspaper has sunk without trace … they would be positively turning in their graves.” Thank you for those honeyed words!
To that end… my Captaincy year has officially begun.
Gawd help me!
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Best of luck with your Captaincy! Any trips to Ireland planned drop me a line, ye would be most welcome.
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I wish you well in your new position and trust you will handle it with great aplomb.
“Barlow, you’re a girl, you’re from the colonies and your newspaper has sunk without trace … they would be positively turning in their graves.”… Hilarious ! Congrats Hayley, bad news for APG.. we may face some problems in Porthcawl with you as a captain.
Your newspaper may have sunk without trace but I somehow doubt you will! Sadly, nothing can be done about you coming from the colonies however.
Too funny, thanks Nev
Go Hayley! You’ll be amazing xx
Thanks Irina, will give it my best shot. x
Good luck for an exciting year! Your surroundings look a little more plush than ours but the ladies do feature quite prominently….
Your pix still look enormously good fun!