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Scottish golf steps foreward - and backwards

22nd January 2014

There are not all that many lady members of golf clubs, certainly in Scotland, who are club captains of the joint membership of men and women.

The most recent addition to the short list is Fiona Byiers, recently appointed overall club captain at Inverallochy Gollf Club, south of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire.

Fiona Byiers, pictured, was born in Galashiels and educated there before moving to Methlick for her senior education. Fiona is married to Neil and they have two sons, Colin and Craig and a granddaughter, Stephanie, aged 3.

Fiona started golf at Longside and joined Inverallochy in 1999; She has a handicap of 22 and has been Ladies Captain at Inverallochyt 2004-2006, 2008-2010 and again in 2013.

Inverallochy member George Young, who is secretary of the North-east District of the Scottish Golf Union, commented:

"With the Equality Act and the ongoing move towards the amalgamation of the SGU and Scottish Ladies Golf Association it was only right that we at Inverallochy accept Fiona's nomination for Club Captain."

One Step Forward but another backwards at the same time

Writing in "Scotland on Sunday" John Huggan Point-Missers Of The Year (Golf Club Section)

Only in golf would this sort of nonsense go on. When some forward-thinking members of the grandly titled and all-male Royal Burgess Golfing Society (instituted 1735) proposed entry into the 20th century - the 21st would obviously be too much to ask - through the introduction of female members, the club's mechanism for agreeing change creaked into action.

After a bit of verbal back and forth from both sides, a vote was taken. That vote decided if a second vote could take place, one that would decide whether or not a third vote - this one (finally) to decide whether or not to let these "aliens" in - could be held. I am not making this up.

To the surprise of, one suspects, precisely no one, the dinosaurs still living amongst the current membership "won" the day. There will be no women members at Royal Burgess any time soon. Yet again, golf's wider image is a figure of fun - Neanderthal men living in caves.

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