McKenna to put seal on career
Published 07/12/2011 | 05:00
THE appointment by the ILGU of Mary McKenna as president elect puts the seal on a wonderful career for one of Ireland's greatest women golfers.
McKenna -- who was awarded an MBE last August by the British queen in recognition for her services to sport -- will take on the role of president in January 2013, when current president Marjorie McCorduck (Roscrea) completes her two- year term.
Domestically, the highlights for McKenna as a player were winning eight Irish Ladies Close titles and helping Leinster to dominate the Ladies Interprovincial series for 20 years.
The Donabate GC member played for Ireland for 24 consecutive years from 1968 through '91 and was dropped in 1992. However, she won her place back again in '93, which was the ILGU Centenary Year.
McKenna played for Great Britain and Ireland on nine successive Curtis Cup teams from 1970 and on the Vagliano Trophy (Great Britain and Ireland versus Continent of Europe) 10 times.
Her leadership qualities were recognised by captaincy of the Irish Ladies team for two years from 2002 and later the Girls Junior European team in '06.
McKenna was also honoured with the captaincy of the GB&I Curtis Cup teams in 2008 and '10, and the Vagliano teams of 1995, 2007 and also '09.
She was a member of Alison Nicholas' back-room team for the recent Solheim Cup victory over the USA, and is on the ILGU's high performance committee supporting the development of the game at all levels.