It’s a Win situation for past presidents

March 14, 2018

All 16 living former lady presidents of Shepparton Golf Club.

: Former lady president and 100-yearold Win Wilson with new president Sally Nayler.

As Shepparton Golf Club opened its new season last Wednesday, it used the occasion to reflect on the great people who’ve made the club what it is.

Among them was club legend, and now centurion, Win Wilson, who turned 100 on Saturday.

Wilson was president in 1970-71, and is the oldest of the 16 former presidents still living.

With all 16 at Wednesday’s opening day lunch, Wilson was honoured to be back with the club she loved.

‘‘I loved the club back then, and I still do,’’ she said.

‘‘I still come out when I can, and it is still improving and seems to have got back to something really good again.

‘‘It’s special coming back because there’s still presidents here.’’

Wilson clearly couldn’t get enough of the club, going on to be captain and treasurer after her stint as president.

‘‘We worked hard and it was different to how it is now, we even did all the cooking ourselves,’’ she said.

New president Sally Nayler said the club was thrilled to have people like Wilson still involved.

‘‘It’s fabulous, we knew last year when she was here at 99 she’d be back,’’ Nayler said.

‘‘I didn’t think I’d make it,’’ interjected Wilson.

‘‘Oh, we all knew you’d make it,’’ Nayler said with a laugh.

‘‘This is the opening day of the season, and it’s also Presidents Day, so all the ex-presidents come along. It’s a special day.’’

Wilson reflected she hadn’t played in quite some time, having given up the sport in her 70s.

‘‘The trouble was the people I used to play with gave it up, so I gave it up too — many years ago now,’’ she said.

And with the club’s main winter season to kick off, Nayler said she would carry on the legacy of presidents before her.

‘‘I’m proud to carry on the tradition of being the president, I’ve only just started my term, so there’s a long way to go,’’ she said.

‘‘And I’m following in the footsteps of some real legends.’’

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