The Norfolk golfing community is in mourning after the death of one of the finest players the county has ever produced.

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Ten-time county champion Peggy Carrick, who won her first title 75 years ago, passed away on Thursday at the age of 96.

During a life-time of involvement in the game in Norfolk she was not only a player to be reckoned with but served the county in numerous administrative posts, while also being club captain at Royal Norwich and Hunstanton.

She also took great pride in the golfing achievements of her daugher Angela, who won the British Amateur Championship in 1977 and also represented Great Britain in the Curtis Cup before she died at the tragically young age of 59.

Peggy Carrick, nee Bullard, was born in Norwich in 1917 and was soon making her mark as a golfer. She served as captain at Royal Norwich in her teens and in 1939 won the first of her Norfolk Ladies Amateur titles.

The Second World War then interupted her progress, but once golf was back on the agenda she continued to win the most prestigious title on the county calendar on a regular basis, with further victories coming in 1947, 1949, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1965 and 1977.

Her final triumph emphasised her longevity as a competitive player, coming as it did when she was nearly 60 years old. Her talent didn’t go unnoticed at national amateur level either, with the England selectors often calling on her services.

Peggy continued to compete in the county event well into her 70s – and carried on playing the game she loved at Hunstanton into her 80s.

Her name lives on in the annual Carrick Cup competition for women’s sections in Norfolk that was named in her honour, while her devotion to the game was also highlighted by the amount of work she did behind the scenes.

She was county secretary from 1955-56, county captain from 1963-65 and 1976-77 and county president from 1994-96 and also worked as handicap secretary for many years. She was an honorary life member at Royal Norwich, Hunstanton and Dereham Golf Clubs.

Peggy’s husband John Carrick, whom she married in 1939, was a prominent Norfolk farmer and also a fine golfer. They lived at Castle Farm, Swanton Morley, which is still owned by the family.

Peggy had four children – John, Angela, Judy and Bob, who recently retired as secretary at Hunstanton. She played with her daughter, later Angela Uzielli, in the national Mothers and Daughters competition on numerous occasions, and they proved to be a dominant force, winning the event a record 21 times.

Peggy spent her final years at Eckling Grange care home in Dereham.

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