I am delighted and honoured to be elected as Captain of the Seniors’ Section for the coming year. I have been a Member at Newark for just under four years, joining from Belton Woods, but I actually tried to join 25 years ago, only to discover there was an eight year waiting list!
The first thing that struck me when I joined the Seniors was just how friendly and welcoming everyone was, from the then Captain and Secretary – Trevor Harris and Peter Smith – to those just rolling-up on a Monday and Thursday. Nothing has changed: this is still the friendliest group of golfers you could find anywhere.
The last two years have seen significant changes in the way the Section is run. I think we can now have a year of consolidation although I am keen to expand the membership, not just to people new to Newark Golf Club, but also among those existing Members who are now 60-plus.
We have a fulfilling programme of regular roll-ups, more than 20 competitions, and 30 matches against neighbouring clubs. I can guarantee that everyone who supports these matches will get a game. And where else can you get the chance to play some of the best courses around just for the price of a meal?
I wish all Seniors - current and future - birdies not bunkers and plenty of pars as we have an enjoyable 2019 together.