Former president Alma Truss remembered

Womens Golf South Africa expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of former SALGU president Alma Truss, who passed away unexpectedly on Monday, 2 February.

“We were deeply saddened to learn of Alma’s passing,” said Womens Golf South Africa president, Karen Olivant.

“Alma not only competed at provincial level for many years, but served as the national president of the South African Ladies Golf Union from 2002 to 2005 and president of the Transvaal Ladies Golf Union in 1998 and 1999.

“I personally served with Alma on the SALGU committee during her tenure as president.

“She impressed with her sense of individuality, the manner in which she gave so generously of herself for the pure love of the game. She was certainly one of a kind and we were deeply honoured to host Alma as a past president at our centenary celebrations in April last year.”

Alma was a life member of ERPM Golf Club, won her Club Championship nine times.

She had success in every major championship in the Transvaal, with the exception of the Western Transvaal Championship, and won the Swaziland Championship 10 times. She represented Transvaal at the Inter-Provincial Tournament for many years and earned her national colours in 1963.

A founding member of the East Rand Ladies Golf Association formed in 1961, Alma served as its president from 1963-1968.

She was a tireless volunteer for the Transvaal Ladies Golf Union and looked after the Transvaal Ladies’ Golf League, in particular. She became the office of chairwoman of the league from February 1974 to October 1982 and retired to take up the presidency of the TLGU.

“After Alma’s retirement from the SALGU, she was elected to the Ladies Golf Gauteng committee and served as the League Convener until her untimely death,” Olivant said.

“In a career spanning more than 40 years, Alma served women’s golf in South Africa with enthusiasm and dedication. “Her constant efforts to grow and develop the women’s game was just one of her lasting legacies. Her contribution was immeasurable and her wisdom and sage advice will be sorely missed.”

Alma will be laid to rest on Tuesday, 10 February. The service will be held at 15h00 at the St Michael’s Anglican Church in Bryanston Drive, Sandton.

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