Julia Boland named as new ALPG president

The players like her and golf officials respect her.

So it seems former LPGA Tour player Julia Boland was the perfect candidate to take over as president of Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) when long-serving official Shan Waugh stepped down last week.

Julia Boland Julia Boland (Credit: LET)

Boland has spent the past two-years as vice-president to Waugh and appeared the perfect candidate to steer the ALPG into the future.

Waugh stepped aside at last week’s AGM after serving as president for six years and on the board for the past 11 years.

“I feel the time is right for both the organisation and me personally to step away,” said Waugh.

“I feel completely comfortable knowing that our Vice President Julia Boland is moving into the President’s role.”

“Julia 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 said she was honoured but admitted to mixed emotions as she took on the role of president.

“It has been an honour to serve as vice-president under Shani and I have learned a lot in the past two years,” she said.

“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.”

ALPG CEO Karen Lunn also thanked Waugh for her dedication:

“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.”