Amanda Kilner brings young approach to job as Skipton's lady captain

Amanda Kilner is new captain

Amanda Kilner toats her appointment

First published in Sport

Amanda Kilner should feel at home as Skipton Golf Club’s youngest lady captain.

The 34-year-old quite literally grew up there as her parents Stephen and Pam Wilcock were the club steward and stewardess.

She began playing under her father’s guidance aged seven and has since gone on to become an accomplished six handicapper.

At one point the legal secretary was playing off a handicap of two and she has hopes of repeating the achievement in the future.

For now her main focus is on her role as lady captain and she speaks with real enthusiasm about the task.

A slipped disc in her back prevented her from performing the cermonial drive in this week, but Amanda doesn’t expect it to be long before she is back in the swing.

“By the middle of the month I will be going down to the driving range o hit a few balls and when the brighter weather comes I will be playing every evening.

“I love playing and I love this club. It is such a great place to play and to be the youngest lady captain is a real honour.

“I was asked if I would be interested in being captain. I didn’t think when I said yes that I would get my turn so soon.

“It is going to be interesting combining my full-time work with the job of lady captain, but I am, looking forward to it.”

One of Amanda’s big hopes is to attract new members to the Skipton club.

She said: “Last year we had an open day and that attracted a number of new lady members and I hope we will do the same again.

The big event of the year for Amanda will be her Captain’s Day on July 30. “I will have to get planning for that,” she said.

Two people whose support will be key in the coming year are her husband Paul and vice-captain Sue Yuel.

Paul is a 16-handicapper and Amanda admits: “It is a good job he loves golf.”

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