When the DCLGA came into existence in 1922 it was a very different organisation from the one we know today. The founder members, for the most part, were privileged and influential ladies. They met at Ravensworth in 1921 and decided to form a Ladies' Club for the County of Durham.
In those early days many of the Officers served for very long periods. Helen, the Marchioness of Londonderry, was President from 1922 to 1959. She was succeeded by Mrs. Phyllis Laing who served for eight years until 1968 when it was decided that Presidents should serve only four or five years.
The first Lady Captain was Mrs. Miller-Potts who served from 1922 to 1926. She was then Treasurer from 1927 to 1947. There were no meetings or changes of personnel during the war years.
Other ladies who gave many years of service include Miss Sivewright, Secretary from 1928 to 1934; Mrs. Laing, Treasurer from 1947 to 1960; Mrs. Durkin, Secretary from 1947 to 1960 and Mrs. May Lowery, Match Secretary from 1953 to 1960 and Secretary from 1961 to 1969. Our current most senior Past President, Mrs. Florence Kinsella, was the youngest Lady Captain 1963/64, Treasurer from 1968 to 1980 and President from 1981 to 1984.
The names of many of these 'founder' members are immortalised in the trophies presented at County Competitions today. These events, open to all members of the Association, give ladies the opportunity to meet, and play with, or against, members of the other clubs in Durham County. Club teams compete in matches for the Anderson and Sivewright Shields, both named after Association Secretaries.
Durham County has produced many first-class players, some of whom have been recognised by the England selectors. In recent years, some of our former Junior players have gone on to scholarships in America. Ellie Givens and Anna Scott, are currently earning their stripes as professionals. Three of our members, Cathy Bowerbank, Faye Sanderson and Christine Pascall were chosen to be England Team Captains, great personal achievements and an honour for the County.
The DCLGA are proud of the achievements of individual members but we are also keen to encourage all lady golfers regardless of their golfing ability.