GOLFERS in Cardross have elected a female club captain for the first time in their club’s history.

Vicky Hendren was unanimously voted in to the post at Cardross Golf Club’s annual general meeting recently.

She will occupy the role for the next two years, as the club makes plans to celebrate its 125th anniversary early in 2020.

While the club has had a ladies’ section, with its own captain, for many years, Vicky – who has previously served as lady captain – is the first woman to be elected to the role of overall captain at Cardross, and will join 124 years of men’s names on the display of captains on the clubhouse wall.

A spokesperson for the club said: “The club has recently committed to pursuing a comprehensive modernisation.

“This involves a new executive committee to improve the clubhouse, the course and most importantly engage more ladies and children in golf at Cardross.

“Vicky has been a member for some years, is a local teacher and was part of the military locally in an earlier life. She spearheads a new era for the club, and is committed to highlighting the opportunities for women to play golf in our home area.”

Founded in 1895, the Cardross course was recently recognised as one of the best in the west of Scotland.

It played host to the men’s Scottish Professional Championships in 1992 – a competition which was won by Aberdeen’s Paul Lawrie, who would go on to win the Open Championship seven years later at Carnoustie, his only triumph in one of the sport’s major tournaments.