Julia Boland elected as ALPG President.
Former LPGA Tour player Julia Boland has been elected to succeed Shani Waugh as the President of the ALPG, effective immediately.
At the ALPG AGM held on Sunday 11th March, Shani Waugh informed the membership that she would not be re-standing for President of ALPG. Waugh had been the ALPG President for 6 years, having served on the ALPG Board for 11 years.
The outgoing President said that she felt that now was the right time for her to move on,
“Having been on the ALPG board for 11 years and President for 6 of those the time is right for both the organisation and me personally to step away. I do so feeling completely comfortable knowing that our Vice President Julia Boland is moving into the President's role. Julia has served on our board for two years and is an extremely sharp and articulate woman who cares very much for the ALPG and its members. Given the push to improve the industry for all women I know Julia is the perfect person to lead our organisation into his very exciting phase”
Boland was honoured to be asked to take on the role of President commenting on her predecessor,
“It is with mixed emotions that I take on the role of ALPG President. It has been an honour to serve as Vice-President under Shani and I have learned a lot in the past 2 years. The ALPG is in a very strong position and there is so much positivity around women’s sports in Australia at the moment which we need to build upon. We have been working closely with our colleagues at Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia and it can only be beneficial to all of us in the industry to continue to work together for the betterment of our game in Australia. I would like to very sincerely thank Shani for the enormous contribution she has made to the ALPG over the past 11 years and wish her and her family all the best for the future”
Karen Lunn ALPG CEO also thanked Waugh for her dedication,
“I want to say a huge thanks to Shani for all of her hard work over the past 10 or so years. There have been many times when I have witnessed Shani making personal sacrifices to fulfil her role as President and I feel that we have been fortunate to have her involved for this long. I wish Shani nothing but the best for her Shani Waugh Golf School in WA and trust she will also enjoy spending more time with her daughter Alex.”
Lunn also paid tribute to new President Boland,
“Julia has played at the very highest level as a professional which obviously is an advantage, but it is her off course accomplishments which I believe make her an outstanding candidate for President. Julia was one of the most respected players on tour when she played, she is honest, respectful and is never one to shy away from a challenge. In my opinion, these strengths combined with Julia’s scholastic achievements and common-sense approach make the perfect recipe for the ALPG Presidency”