Date: April 27, 2011
Author: Mitsie

Jan Heys Honoured for 50 Years Service to Golf

Bankstown honoured its member, Jan Heys for 50+ Years of Service to their club and to Golf in NSW on Thursday, 21st April. Jan joined Bankstown Golf Club on her 16th birthday 50 years ago. When presenting the award to Jan, Bankstown Golf Club’s President Michael Keeble stated Jan s family history at Bankstown goes back a long way. Her father, Eric Lusk, was President and Life Member of Bankstown Golf Club and her mother, Vera Lusk, was President of the Ladies Committee for a number of years. Eric was also a Life Member of the NSW Golf Association and served as its President (1972-77) as well as President of the Australian Golf Union in 1976. It comes as no surprise that Jan has carved such an illustrious career for herself in golf. What made it special was that Bankstown witnessed her grow in those 50 years as a player, committee member and a major contributor to nurture champions. Jan commented when receiving her certificate: I enjoyed my fifty years as a member of Bankstown Golf Club. My greatest enjoyment has been seeing young players develop their skills and achieve maximum results. From 1996 to 2009, Jan ran a junior program for girls on Saturday afternoons. NSW State team member Allyce Watkinson, NSW Amateur Champion (2009) Justine Lee and 2x NSW Women’s Open Champion (2009 & 2010) Sarah Oh, are just a few of the successful girls she nurtured as juniors during those 14 years. She was instrumental in establishing and managing a Girls Encourage Team which represented Bankstown from 1996 to 2009. During the season, Jan would ensure players had arrived at the course, were ready to compete and would remain to the end of the day s play. She has worked tirelessly at the state level as Junior Girls State Team Manager for the past seven years and with the Jack Newton Junior Golf and Primary Schools Sports Association. She can often be spotted officiating at schools, State and Interstate tournaments. Jan became a Councillor on Women’s Golf NSW (WGNSW) in 2000. She was a member of both the Match and Junior Committees for three years and as Chair since 2004. Post amalgamation with the NSW Golf Association, Jan continues her role with juniors as the State Team manager and helping whenever she can with Jack Newton Junior Golf&aposs tournaments.