Congratulations to Lilley Brook’s Jenny Clink who has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Golf in the King’s New Year Honours.
Jenny first started playing golf with her mother as a young girl at Tenby. She met her late husband, Mike, in a bunker at Pinner Hill and has shared her love of the game throughout her life, inspiring new players and taking on a host of roles at club, county and national level.
Jenny’s commitment to the sport was recognised eleven years ago when she received England’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her services to golf.
At county level Jenny has been Gloucestershire’s county captain and president. She also helped to found the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership to promote the grass roots game and encourage more people to play golf and join clubs.
At national level, she chaired the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), which later merged with the English Golf Union to form England Golf. She also represented the association on the executive of the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU).
As well as her administrative roles, Jenny has had close involvement with championship golf, both as a sought-after referee and as an England captain. She steered teams to victory in two women’s Home Internationals and to two bronze medals in European team championships.
Jenny was also manager of an England side which won the gold medal at the European girls’ team championship – and which included Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, who both played in Europe’s 2017 Solheim Cup team.
Jenny was appointed as England Golf President in 2019 and at the time of her announcement as President Elect in 2017, she said “This is the most incredible honour and I am very proud to be able to repay some of the good things that the game has given me”.
We can’t imagine how proud she must be to have received the British Empire Medal in the King’s New Year’s Honours this year – we are extremely proud of you Jenny and pleased that your lifetime commitment to supporting the development of the game of golf and inspiring, motivating and incentivising junior golfers across Gloucestershire with “Jen’s Birdie Bonuses” has been deservedly recognised.