This month’s issue of Rough Notes has been expanded to accommodate a pullout feature on the club’s - and perhaps one of Scotland’s - most memorable women golfers, Betty Barbour.
Arriving in this world one hundred years ago this month, on 26th August, 1913, Betty Russell Mcfarlane, as she was born, lived a life worthy of a Hollywood bio-pic. Wartime codist in Japanese held Burma then translator at Allied Command Control in Germany, she returned home to excel in the roles of wife, mother, teacher, Primary Advisor and much more, whilst at the same time dominating local golf for six decades.
Winning the Colvend Championship on 29 occasions, and many more local titles besides, her reign stretched from the Thirties to the Nineties, and included several terms as Colvend Golf Club President. A woman President? At a time when only men were deemed capable of such responsibility? You better believe it. Just par for the course for Mrs Barbour.
If you want to find out more about this remarkable lady, an online copy of the pullout included in printed copies of Rough Notes is available to read or download in Adobe PDF format by clicking on the "read more" link below.
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