JODIE Bastable has recently taken over as junior captain at Burnley Golf Club.
The Glen View club, steeped in tradition, has not had a female junior captain in over 100 years of existence.
The 17-year-old took up golf when she was a pupil at Blessed Trinity RC College, where she was encouraged by her PE teacher, and has been playing ever since.
Jodie was the only girl at her school with an interest in golf, and has celebrated wins in the adult and junior league.
Now studying for her A-levels at Burnley College, Jodie is still heavily involved with the sport.
She was first inspired to pick up a set of golf clubs by her grandfather, Terry Bastable, who is also a member at Glen View.
Terry believes that Jodie had the ideal temperament for golf and spoke of her fantastic reputation at the club: “She enjoys it and never gets flustered. She’s a very popular young lady up there.
Jodie, who has managed to get her handicap down to just 28 from 56 over the past few years, has been a member of Burnley’s team in the Junior Pendle League and is already eligible to play with the ladies.
Grandad Terry added: “We’re hoping it will encourage other schoolgirls to follow Jodie and give it a go.
“It’s not a sport that young girls usually think of but all the facilities are there – they even get lessons from the professional.”
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In the first monthly medal qualifier, Gary came top of Division One with an impressive 71-3-68, and son Chris won Division Two with an excellent 82-17-65, with Gary’s brother Steve third (73-5-68).
Hamish Miller claimed runners-up spot (74-6-68).
M. Bennett was second in Division Two (84-18-66), with Jamie Archard third (84-16-68).
Division Three winner was Jed McCabe (87-19-68), ahead of Ian Carruthers (89-20-69) and Rob Wilson (91-21-70).
Nearest the pin were Andrew Miller at the sixth and Archard at the 17th.
The first mixed competition of the season, the Sadie Walker Mixed Foursomes was won by Alan Kelly and Rose Pearson, with a score of 86-18-68.
Second was Andrew Miller and Lynn Whitaker with a score of 90-21-69.