Longley Park player Joan Reilly struck a blow for Women Power this week when she was one of the first females allowed in St Andrews after 260 years.
The Royal and Ancient members voted overwhelmingly (85%) to turn tradition on its head and allow women in the club – the vote was on the same day as the Scottish referendum.
Afterwards Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, said: “The R&A is now a mixed-sex club. This is an important and positive day in the history of the R&A.
“The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men.”
He confirmed a “significant’ number of women in prominent positions within the golfing community” will be fast-tracked into membership at the exclusive club.
Joan was in Scotland accompanying husband and Bradley Park professional, Parnell, to the Ryder Cup.
She was last spotted reclining in the clubhouse’s big bay window overlooking the first tee enjoying a glass of something fizzy.
She had first enjoyed a full tour of the clubhouse by friend and St Andrews professional Jim Farmer.
As Joan was too busy enjoying herself, Parnell told the Examiner: “Joan is over the moon. She has been made to feel very, very welcome. Everyone here has been great.
“It is absolutely about time that women were allowed in St Andrews, I genuinely believe it can only be for the betterment of the game.”
Way to go, Joan!