At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Club, held on 10th May 2021, Mrs Ann Brown was elected as an Honorary Associate Member of Malone, in recognition of her many years of service to the club, the ILGU and the R&A.
Ann has been a member of Malone for many years, and has served on the Ladies Committee for a number of years. In 2017 she was elected Lady Captain of Malone. She is a former Captain of the Senior Cup team and still plays for that team and other teams at Malone, in addition to her regular competition and social golf. She is always very willing to share her knowledge with Malone members and often helps with ruling and handicapping questions.
Ann has been hugely involved with the administration of golf in Ulster and Ireland. in the past few years her experience and knowledge has been further recognised within golf administration in both GB and Ireland. Her contributions are too numerous to mention, but the following are some of the positions she has held:
Board Director of the Irish Ladies Golfing Union
National Chair of Rules of the ILGU
Temporary Member of the R&A (due to her being on the Board of LGU)
Championship Limited - an R&A committee overseeing the integration of the LGU following its merger into the R&A, its aim being the promotion of womens golf.
Ann was Chair of CONGU from 1st April 2019. CONGU was the Council of National Golf Unions, whose purpose was to develop and monitor the Unified Handicapping system. This came at a crucial time, as CONGU was starting to implement the transition into the World Handicapping System in 2020.
Ann is also an experienced and well-respected golf referee, and has refereed at the following tournaments:
The Open Championship,
AIG Women's British Open,
Women's Amateur Championship,
Vagliano Trophy at Royal St George's,
Ulster Mixed Amateur Strokeplay Championship.
Malone has been honoured in recent years to host both the Vagliano Trophy and th All Ireland Ladies Finals (the first time to be held in Ulster) and without doubt Ann's prominence in golfing circles has been a major reason for these events coming to Malone.
Ann has now retired from all these roles, except in an advisory capacity, and the Club has great pleasure in recognising her considerable work and achievements over the years by election to Honorary Associate Membership.