Boonah Golf Club members recently elected its first female president in the club’s 93-year history.

Ms Bernice Dover, 66, was elected unopposed, together with a new management committee, at a special general meeting.

Ms Dover, a former human resources professional with some 30 years experience nationally and internationally, said she wanted to “build the club’s reputation as one of the best nine-hole golf course in Queensland, maybe even Australia”.

“Visiting pros and other well-travelled golfers are constantly telling us what a great course Boonah is, with our abundance of birds and other wildlife and the magnificent backdrop of the Scenic Rim mountains,” she said.

“These compliments are also due to the efforts of our excellent grounds staff and willing volunteers who keep the course in top condition. 

“One of my goals as president is to spread the word far and wide and attract visiting golfers to come and have a hit and see for themselves. 

“Our course is only an hour’s drive from Brisbane and 90 minutes from the Gold Coast.”

Boonah Golf Club’s first woman president Bernice Dover (centre) pictured with club champions Anne Alletson-Brown and Warren Maudsley.

Ms Dover heads up a management committee of seven comprising Royce Fitzgerald (vice-president), retired accountant Ray Southwell (treasurer), Caz Osborne (house committee chair); Warren Maudsley (greens and grounds committee chair); Wayne Martin Jnr (captain) and Scott Bailey (vice-captain).

Ms Dover, who plays off a 28 handicap, played well in the recent club championships winning the Dulcie Ebenston Memorial Trophy for women’s best aggregate nett.

The men’s champion was 60-year-old Warren Maudsley and the women’s champion was Anne Alletson-Brown, age 79. 

Both are past club champions but for Anne it was a special achievement in that it marked 62 years since she won her first club championship at Boonah at the age of 17.

“Anne’s latest win caps a truly great golfing career during which she has represented both Queensland and Australia,” Ms Dover said. 

“She was introduced to the game at Boonah by her mother, another golfing great, Meg Nunn, whose name lives on through the annual State-wide ladies’ inter-district competition – the Meg Nunn Salver.

“The championships were also an emotional win for our men’s champion, Warren.

“On holing the winning putt, Warren pointed to the sky in a tribute to his late father, Murray, who had recently passed away.” 

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