Helen ready for a great year at Prestbury

PRESTBURY Golf Club is celebrating its Centenary in 2020 and their Lady Captain Helen Bolam is delighted to be in the role after 39 years as a member of her beloved club.

Helen said: “I first joined the club as a junior in 1981 when my mother joined but I did not really start playing properly until 1991, taking a break until my youngest daughter turned five in 2003.

“Our superb Harry Colt course layout sells itself and I would encourage golfers of all standards to visit the club where they will receive a warm welcome from both staff and members.

“Our recently refurbished Mixed Lounge and Terrace Room provide a pleasant environment for refreshments prepared and served by our excellent caterers and bar staff.

“My best and current handicap is 20 and with playing more games this year I will be looking to drop it down to 18 or 19.

“My favourite hole at Prestbury is the 16th- because there are no bunkers! It is a cleverly designed par four,378 yards for ladies, and you need to keep the ball on the fairway.

Helen Bolam


“My other favourite courses are a toss-up between Royal Lytham and San Lorenzo in Portugal.

“My hobbies other than golf are walking our dog daily and as my husband and myself are foodies we enjoy trying different cuisines both home and abroad as well as supporting Manchester United.

“My chosen charity for the year is the Dianne Oxberry Trust, set up by the husband and friends of the late North West Tonight presenter who died suddenly in 2019 from Ovarian Cancer. We lost my mother to the disease in 2012, aged just 64, so it is a cause very close to my heart!

“My own personal golfing highlight was to win the Margaret Smith Memorial Salver in 2014. This was a trophy presented to the club in 2013 in memory of our mother, who was Lady Captain in 1996, and is presented to the winner of the best four nett scores in the England Golf Year.

“I was also really pleased to reach the final of the Ladies Foursomes KO last season with my eldest daughter Emma, We played another mother/daughter team in Jayne and Jo Harrison- something I am sure has never happened before in the club’s 100 year history.

“If I could choose three players to join me in a four-ball they would be –Michelle Obama- what a role model for women. She worked tirelessly during her time as First Lady and still does. She is an advocate for trying to alleviate poverty and improve education both in the US and globally, particularly for young girls.

“Then Seve Ballesteros, he was so charismatic and I believe that we would have fun and I would be in total awe of his golfing prowess and hopefully picking up a few tips as we play!

“Finally my late Mum with my late Dad caddying for her just so they can both see how I have improved my game!”


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