THE new Lady Captain at Ruthin Pwllglas Golf Club in Denbighshire learned the game on the links at Porthmadog where her grandfather was a founding member.

Ann Ellis Hughes is a former Pwllglas Ladies Club Champion and has an impressive golfing pedigree.

Ann, a music teacher and mother of twins, first played the game on Porthmadog Golf Club's testing Morfa Bychan links, designed by the great five-time Open Champion James Braid in 1905, the same year that Pwllglas was founded.


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Her mum and dad, Oscar and Liz Williams, were members at Porthmadog and her dad actually built a set of steps on the garden wall so he could climb over onto the fifth fairway to play.

Her grandfather, Ellis Jones, was a founder member at Morfa Bychan and a picture of him, resplendent in plus fours, smoking a pipe and wielding a hickory-shafted driver, hangs in their clubhouse.

Ann, a ten-handicapper before she took a break to bring up her children, is now off 20 but has a hole-in-one to her credit while on holiday in France, and hopes to help increase the number of women playing at Pwllglas.

Captains Drive-In Day at Ruthin Pwllglas Club at the weekend; Picture Mandy Jones

Captain's Drive-In Day at Ruthin Pwllglas Club at the weekend; Picture Mandy Jones

She said: "It's a very helpful and welcoming club and lovely to play and I want to encourage more women and girls to take up the game.

"We're lucky to have such a lovely and friendly club in such a splendid setting and hopefully we will see more people taking advantage of it.

"I always enjoy the first hole. You have plenty of room and I'm not always a very straight hitter but it's a lovely approach up to the green and there you're right at the top of the course with all these wonderful views all around you."

Ann is married to retired headmaster Martin Davies and her Lady Vice-Captain, Nia Wynn Davies, is married to Martin's brother, Noel.

Ann drove in to office at the weekend for the annual Captains v Vice-Captains match.