Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fair Way to Go for Women's Golf Wear

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fair Way to Go for Women's Golf Wear

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Byline: By Vicky Pepys

Vicky Pepys thinks it must be par for the course.

Where is ladies' golf going? It's remaining steady for sure.

Matfen Hall in Northumberland reports that one in five members of its golf club is a woman. It prides itself on being a forward-thinking club, which obviously appeals.

Golf fashion is also remaining steady. It's sometimes forward thinking, but its design seems to have peaked. That's not a criticism. It's right for what it does. It fits in with all the rules and often cleverly evolves so that it's easy to do a little something every season to top up current styles.

Ann Lightle[OK], 41, of Consett, County Durham, agrees that women's golf attire seems to evolve rather than change distinctly with the seasons. But to dress comfortably rather than fashionably has always worked for her. Her last golf game resulted in her team from Slaley Hall winning the Northumberland Ladies' County Golf Association Norah Percy Shield.

Ann's been too busy setting up her own business as a holistic and Bowen technique therapist at Fifth Element in Whickham, Gateshead, to play recently. But as she says: "Once a golfer, always a golfer."

Ann had a short cut to golf stardom recently when she took a call from her husband Geoff asking if she could help his pro-am partner Carl Mason, who had a back problem. Carl was playing in the De Vere Northumberland Seniors' Classic at Slaley Hall. Ann worked on him both before and during the tournament and shared in his excitement at not only breaking the course record on the Saturday, but going on to win on the Sunday, where he publicly thanked her for her help.

With golfers as well as footballers and cricketers regularly attending the centre, she's constantly aware of sport, but also sports kit. "Prepare for the elements and be comfortable," is her motto and as play can be affected by clothing she has always avoided anything that could hamper her performance.

"I'm 5ft 2in, so regular tops needed tucking in. That's far too bulky round the waist for me and affects my golf swing. I prefer slightly shorter tops that sit on top of the trousers. …

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