Continuing our feature introducing the SCLGA team, Carol Smith joined us in November 2013 as our Honorary Treasurer (she looks after your money and does the sums for us!) after two years as County Registrar managing the County Cards. When not on the golf course, Carol is a Parish Clerk which she describes as ‘part accounting, part secretarial, part research, part advisory, part policy making.’ She’s a member of glorious Goodwood, and with a playing handicap of 5 she has represented the County in both the 2nd and Senior teams.
How did you get into golf?
I got my first handicap in 1999 although I had been playing a couple of times a year for about five years. I remember trying to kid my husband that I played decent golf when I joined him on a business trip to Nevis in the Caribbean – I then had to play 9 holes with hubby and his Chief Executive which blew my story apart – embarrassing or what!?
What’s your favourite course in Sussex and why?
Goodwood of course – I just love the views from the top of the Downs course. Followed very closely, in no particular order, by West Sussex, Rye, Highwoods and the Dyke – aren’t we lucky to have so many lovely courses in Sussex?
What’s your most memorable moment on a golf course?
Tricky one that. My first ever hole in one at the current first hole at Goodwood. I never saw it go it, I was picking up my tee peg and when my playing partner Gavin said ‘it’s gone in’ my first reaction was ‘oh s**t’! It’s a close run thing with beating Karen Sykes in our home match when I played for the Dyke – I think she was having an off day!
What’s your golf aspiration for 2014?
To be consistent and get my handicap down to 3. I really really want to play at Littlestone in the Seniors Intercounties event later in the year – 3 might just help get me there.
Where will we see you this year?
I’ll be playing at a lot of County events this season including the Kathleen Rider, Jerdein, County Championships, Beryl Pockett and Seniors A for definite. Hope to see many of you there