STYAL Golf Club’s new lady captain Susannah Middleton is looking forward to playing more golf in her year of office as well as participating in other activities.

Susannah has been a member of the club for nine years and leads a busy life.

“I have recently chosen a new career path as a teaching assistant at a lovely primary school in Sutton and previously I worked in nursery and management for 30 years.

“I did not play much golf over the winter and last year struggled due to my father’s ill health.

“This year however and having school holidays, shorter days, I am aiming to play at least once or twice a week.

“I enjoy running, cycling and tennis and on April 7 I ran the Manchester Marathon in memory of my dad who died last October.

“To date I have already raised over £2,000 for my charity this year East Cheshire Hospice, where my dad spent 22 days in the hospice and as a family we cannot thank them enough for the care and support they provided.

“I’m very much looking forward to my year ahead as lady captain, especially as we celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary.

“Styal is a lovely club to be a member at.

“I made my dad proud at the marathon and will continue to make him proud in my year ahead.

“It was an honour to be asked to be lady captain and I’m going to ensure I enjoy my year ahead with the support of my family, friends and members of Styal.”

Susannah, a Tottenham Hotspur football fan having been born in north London but now lives in Macclesfield, highlighted her golfing background.

“My current handicap is 14, my lowest being 13, and my favourite hole at Styal would have to be the new sixth par 4.

“Another course I like to play is Wilmslow. I find it challenging and have always relished playing there.

“My mum is a member there. Both my parents have been captains there and my dad was also president.”

She added: “My own personal golfing highlight would be when playing in a a mixed greensome competition several years ago.

“My partner Steve James put his ball in the rough beyond the eighth green.

“I took my 9-iron and had to play a blind shot over the trees out of the rough.

“I placed it on the green. I’ll never forget that shot!