New president of Norfolk Ladies County Golf Association set for busy year on and off the course

Jo Ashmore, right, after being pipped to the ladies county title at Barnham Broom this summer by Amy

Jo Ashmore, right, after being pipped to the ladies county title at Barnham Broom this summer by Amy Taylor. Picture: Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Jo Ashmore is gearing herself up for a hectic two years after being elected president of the Norfolk Ladies County Golf Association.

The 57-year-old former county champion from Barnham Broom is looking forward to taking on the off-course responsibilities that go with the prestigious position but has no intention of using that as an excuse to cut down on her competitive appearances.

Ashmore remains a player to be reckoned with at the highest level of Norfolk ladies' amateur golf, having reached the final of the County Championship on her home course in May, and is also an established England senior international. And she will be taking a close look at her diary for next season to ensure she can continue to play in the big events.

'Yes, it will keep me busy but when Ros (Wilkinson) asked me if I wanted to succeed her as president it didn't take me long to say yes,' said Ashmore.

'I was surprised but very honoured at the same time. When the executive committee elected me at the annual general meeting it was a very proud moment and I am really looking forward to my time in office, even though Ros will be a very hard act to follow.

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'Whenever there was a county event at whatever level she always seemed to be there, welcoming people with a big smile on her face. She did a great job for the county and I will do my best to be a worthy successor. I will try and make it to as many competitions as possible, although there may be the odd occasion when I am playing in an event somewhere else and it won't be possible. It's a very exciting time to be involved, with a lot of good young players coming through, and I can't wait for the new season.'

Ashmore is planning to play in the main senior events next year, with performances in those determining if she maintains her place in the England's senior team. There's also the County Championship to aim for again, with a second title still a big target following her defeat at the hands of youngster Amy Taylor this summer at Barnham Broom.

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Her only win in the event remains her 2004 triumph at Great Yarmouth and Caister but with three final defeats now her CV she would love to strike another blow for the senior generation.

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