Club News

Captain

We are a month into the clubs 121st year and we as current members should be extremely proud to say that we are members of Helsby Golf Club. I have talked to various new members and there is one underlying comment which comes through, and that is, that we are an extremely friendly and welcoming golf club.
Due to Covid 19, we have not been able to have the number of social events at the club as we would normally have, and I hope for both the club and next year’s officers, that normal service will be resumed.
We have also not been able to have the number of competition presentations that we normally have for assorted reasons. M&H put together a presentation event on Saturday 27th November for all the major Gents competition winners to try to rectify this. Next year’s Captain and M&H will be working together to improve next year’s competition presentations, as any winner, major or otherwise should be proud and look forward to receiving their presentation in front of their peers.
In closing I would like to personally thank the following:
* The Directors for their work and dedication both through the challenging issues caused by Covid 19 and for their extremely good management of the club
* My fellow officers for their support and hard work
* Both past and present Secretaries and our Treasurer
* All the club’s staff and our caterer
* The artisans and volunteers along with the Chairs and members of each committee
* Our Professional and his team
* You the members
Members form the Board of Directors, and the various committees which run and organise our club, and we do need to see fresh faces coming forward who want to assist in the running or organisation of our club, please consider if you can spare your time to do this.
Chris Stubbs
Captain HGC

Lady Captain

After yet another Covid lockdown on 5th January 2021, we were finally able to return to golf on March 29th just ahead of the new Qualifying season. The introduction of WHS in November 2020 meant that as well as remembering how to play golf, we also had to get used to a different handicap system where we had to get our heads round Handicap Index, Course Handicap and Playing Handicap and forget about Reductions Only and Buffer Zones!
We were however straight into competitions with a mix of Ladies Team events of different descriptions, together with individual Stablefords and Medals and our full complement of Board competitions. We introduced a 4BBB Summer Pairs Knockout in 2021 to replace the abandoned 20/21 Winter League. This was well supported by the ladies and won by Viv Nagle and Pam Thompson beating June Ryder and Les Thornhill in the final. The 4BBB competitions we organised this season also proved to be popular.
We were fortunate to have only 2 Wednesday competitions abandoned due to torrential rain and mostly had good weather for our weekend competitions. The worst day weatherwise was on my Lady Captain’s Day in August, but I was delighted to see so many ladies turning out to play in quite miserable conditions. At least it had stayed dry for the Fish and Chip competition on the evening before and that was also well supported.
We had a super day for our Exchange with Wilmslow Golf Club, also in August, in which 47 ladies participated. Signage on the course could have been better and there were a few challenging holes, particularly the Par 3s, which caused a few holdups. Nevertheless we all had a good time. Debbie Briscoe, Sue Saunders, Gillian Pay and Les Thornhill were the winners with June Ryder, Mo Burns, Sharyn Butler and Sue Atkinson coming in a close second.
At our end of season supper in early October, we had a very interesting talk by Jenny Barker, one of the UK’s leading artists in the field of glass fusion. The evening, including the presentation of outstanding prizes and a delicious meal provided by our chef, Dave, was a great success.
My charity for 2021 has again been the Neurotherapy Centre in Saltney near Chester and to date we have raised £2,728 through charity competitions, donations, and cake sales. The cake sales at the club Opens (Ladies and Seniors) during the year were very successful, raising over £640. We also held another Macmillan Stableford competition this year to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care and through this competition, together with donations and sales of Cakes in the Clubhouse we raised £730.84. I am very grateful to all who provided delicious cakes and/or helped out at the half way house / clubhouse and / or donated cash to these worthy charities. We still have to take account of the money in the bottle by the bar which is shared by Captain and Lady Captain’s charities so please remember to put your 50p into the bottle as and when you land in our Charity bunker on 6th hole!
Thanks to everyone who has supported me in my extended term of office, particularly the members of the Ladies Committee, most of whom have also been in office for both 2020 and 2021. It has been an interesting and challenging couple of years as Lady Captain which will leave me with many happy memories. I shall miss the parking space, but I am looking forward to taking a step back and just playing golf. I wish Pauline Ford, Lady Captain Elect, every success in her year of office and promise her my full support.
Chris Marsden
Lady Captain

President

I would like to extend a very warm welcome (if not belated) to our new members. I hope you are making new friends, playing in competitions and enjoying the course and club house facilities here at Helsby GC. This season we have returned to as near as normal to our golfing life. We have completed a full fixture list of competitions. The course has been superb, especially the greens. A huge thank you to all the hard work Danny and his team have done along with Paul Collins, committee and Artisans.

The highlights of my year were hosting President's day for Ladies and Gentleman. The ladies were blessed with fair weather and sunshine. The halfway house was a hive of activity and Pimms and snacks were had by all. I believe some would have preferred to stay at the halfway house instead of continuing their round! We all enjoyed scones, cream and jam before the presentation. Gill Smith was the winner of President’s day for ladies.
President’s day for the gents brought rain, wind and flooded greens, and almost having to cancel the competition. This however did not stop the gents enjoying the halfway house beverages and snacks. Steve Preston was the winner of the President’s day for Gentleman. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Presidents dinner was a huge success and around eighty five members attended the function. We all enjoyed Prosecco and canapes to start the evening off which put everybody in a good mood as the dance floor filled quickly. The evening would not have been a success without the hard work of Dave and his catering team and Rob and the bar staff who looked after us all. Thank you to Colin and Julia and all our friends for their help over the two days.

Helsby Golf Club is in a superb position with increased membership and a course we are truly proud of. My thanks go to the Directors and committees for their hard work. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as President. I thank you the members, for your help and support over the last two years. As the new year will fast approach, I would like to wish a successful and happy year to the following:

Incoming President - Martin Mann
Incoming Captain - Martin Edmunds
Incoming Lady Captain - Pauline Ford

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kathleen Wilkinson
President

Board of Directors

Dear members, I write this article only 24 hours after our 8th Annual AGM and I am pleased to say that I and the fellow Directors still live to tell the tale! On a serious note, it was fantastic to hold this meeting in person and see so many friendly faces instead of holding them on Zoom as we have had to do over the past 18 months.
My reflections of the last few months have been one of great pride, pride in the fact that as a Board of Directors we were sat in a daze just over 18 months ago at the onset of Covid worrying about our health, our club, and our future. Last night at the AGM, we presented a set of accounts and a message that the club is in good health, and I am full of optimism for the future.
To help us maintain our financial stability I would ask that all members please continue to support the golf club by not only playing golf, but by using the wonderful clubhouse facilities. Next time you play, instead of throwing your clubs in the boot and driving home, maybe pop up to the bar and see Rob or Julie and have a sandwich, a coffee, a tea or maybe something stronger. Next time you are feeling peckish or fancy Sunday Lunch with the family, come and have one of Dave the chef’s wonderful carveries or if you have hit one slice too many, drop into the shop and see John or Josh for a lesson. Don’t forget too that we have a clubhouse that is perfect for parties and functions so next time you are planning an event, consider using it.
We have a wonderful club, and we have wonderful members. Let’s make sure we get the most out of our membership and use the facilities available to us and in our own small way, contribute to making Helsby Golf Club even better.
Finally, I would just like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Christian Lindley
Chairman – Helsby Golf Club

Secretary

Once again, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the members of Helsby Golf Club for giving me such a warm welcome into my role as Secretary of our fine Golf Club.
Having now been in post for 18 months which has actually flown by I have to say it been my pleasure to help assist and guide the club through some of the most difficult times any business has ever had (well at least in my lifetime)
I would like to welcome Gill back and give a big vote of thanks to Jayne for all the hard work she put in during Gills maternity leave.
It’s been a real learning experience to work with all the fantastic committees, Golf professionals, Greenkeepers, House team and the Board of Directors over the past 18 months and we now as a club find ourselves in a much stronger position in many ways which is all due to the fabulous team work and support of our members.
One of our highlights of the year has to be the new course signage and I would like to give a big vote of thanks to our 15 sponsors most of whom enjoyed our sponsors day with the team from DD Decs coming out victorious and prizes being won by Nick Cunniffe, Mark Ellams and Jonny Maddocks.
We are looking forward to welcoming our new Officers for the 2022/2023 season and wish them a very special year.

Kieran & Gill.
Secretary’s Office.

Professional

We have just taken our latest delivery of Autumn/Winter clothing range from Oscar Jacobsen and Under Armour offering some great Christmas gift ideas for golfers. We have a wide range of crested garments only available at the pro shop.

A wide range of winter base layers, winter boots, thermal hats, snoods and waterproofs are available in store.

Christmas Lesson vouchers are now available to collect and are valid for 12 months, another great gift idea for the golfer who has everything!

Raffle tickets are available for the Proshop Christmas raffle in store.

Free gift wrapping is available for Helsby Golf Club members for any items purchased in the pro shop in December.

JUNIORS

The budding golfers who have enrolled on our junior programme have now all had the experience of taking what they have learned on the practice area onto the golf course.

There will be a new recruitment drive in early spring time as we increase the amount of places we have available in an extra class.

Membership and Marketing 2021

At the end of 2020 we had seen our Membership rebound somewhat from the COVID crises, partly due to the successful member referral scheme. We are pleased to report that the growth in Membership has continued into 2021 and is reflected in the table.


We are pleased to have gained new Members from a wide range of clubs, across a range of Handicaps (from a sample of 64 new members 13% had 0-8 handicap, 55% were 11-20, 22% greater than 20, and only 7% with no handicap on joining). Looking to the future, we have more work to do on recruiting female golfers, so the successful pilot coaching session held by John in the Autumn will be followed up by further sessions next Spring. Thanks to John and Josh, the Junior Academy got off to a terrific start in the summer with 20 Juniors joining the program, we look forward to many of them joining our Junior ranks in future.
In addition to Membership activities, the team have:
* re-aligned our Visitor Fees and removed the low cost golf offer to reflect the quality and status of our course
* Developed our new Website which is ready to launch to bring a more modern feel, with upgraded club images and which is easier to manage and provides our own visitor booking and payment platform
* Held our first Sponsors Day in October, having benefited from a significant investment in upgraded signage during through the year
* Promoted the club through various articles and publications both on line and in the press
* Secured new and exciting reciprocal agreements for the benefit of our Members
* Many thanks to Kieran, John, Kathryn and Simon for their hard work and support during the year.

Regards

Jim Thomas

Greens

Work is ongoing around the course including the following:

The new Sponsors signs to be erected on the back nine along with the officers parking signs in the car park

Drainage work to be carried out on and around the 13th fairway that will link into the 12th drainage system

Drainage work to be carried out on the 16th fairway nearing the 17th winter tee

Drainage repairs to the 7th fairway

Weather dependency will determine work in all areas, however certain holes will be closed during the 'week' (Monday to Friday) during prolonged wet periods to alleviate stress.

The Members will be notified via email and the notice boards.

Please can we take this opportunity to ask that if you use a trolley, to park it at the orange post and to keep it off fringes and aprons – this will protect our course during the winter weather.

Huge thanks must go to our fantastic greens team, the Artisans and volunteers who all work tirelessly to maintain our course throughout the year. A special thanks also to Jon Jenkins for his bunker crusade!

Paul Collins
Greens

House

Obviously after a very difficult eighteen months, we are happily now realising the full potential of the Club once more. We have, in fact, held some very successful social events since July, including President’s Night, Captain’s Night and Lady Captain’s Night. Additionally, there have been Grill and Steak Nights – all well supported, especially the Grill Night in conjunction with the Art Exhibition when it was so good to see new faces in the Clubhouse.
We must thank Dave and Julie for all they do for us. Take a bow. Particularly, when the Clubhouse was closed, they kept us going with snacks at the half-way house and it gave us all the opportunity to catch up with friends we had not seen for months, outside in a safe environment.
Dave also provided take-away Sunday lunches – another hit. He is hoping to start serving Sunday lunches in the New Year but has held the odd one recently.
We are an enthusiastic House Committee and I’m pleased to report that Roddy Snedden is now on board as House Director. We are always looking for suggestions for different types of social events and improve facilities in the Clubhouse – please let us know if you have any ideas. We would particularly like to see new members at our social events so again, any suggestions will be welcome and please contact me.
Carolyn Clothier is re-introducing the popular Film Nights, the first one taking place on 2nd December – the details will be posted on the social board.
We also have the following planned – so please make a note in your diary –
* Christmas Party on Saturday, 11th December – an occasion to dress up! We are hopeful of good support as it promises to be a fantastic night, with great entertainment and great food - certainly an event not to be missed!
* 9 hole Competition on Wednesday, 29th December - starting at 10.00 am followed by a festive sandwich lunch, glass of vino and Christmas quiz. House will be organising this and the notice will be displayed shortly.
* Burns’ Night on Saturday 22nd January
* Tribute Night planned for Saturday 12th February
* Drive-in Saturday 26th March
* Annual Ball Saturday 23rd April
We are mindful that some of the kitchen equipment needs replacing urgently.
It was agreed at the Annual Meeting on 18th November that finance is available to replace ovens and the dishwasher. This should certainly make things easier for both Dave and Julie.
Also, the wheels have been set in motion to refurbish the toilets and shower areas in the Ladies’ locker room as these badly need updating. Quotes are being obtained and hopefully work can commence sooner rather than later.
We are all well aware that we need visiting societies and outside functions to generate income from the bar. We welcome these but, at the same time, the needs of our members should take priority.
Before I close, I should like to say a big thank you to Rob for so efficiently running the bar. We are grateful for all his help. Thanks, also, to Carolyn, Margaret and Pauline, our stalwarts on House Committee. Since the last Newsletter we have a new Secretary and we thank Kieran for all his help and support.
Well, it is goodbye from me and all members of House.
Very best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year.

Barbara Leigh – House Committee

Catering

Firstly, I would like to thank all the members, the House Committee and the Board of Directors for their continued support throughout the past 2 years which, due to covid19, have been very difficult.

During December I will be continuing with the snack offering and will also be putting more specials on in the form of snacks and more substantial meals – watch this space!

I also have a couple of festive Christmas menus on offer – either a 2 or 3 course set menu or a 2 or 3 course choice menu. The details are below, and I appreciate the support of those members groups who have already booked functions in. These menus are available to members and non-members, so please feel free to share with your family and friends.
If anyone would like to book or enquire about the festive menus or any other functions, please contact me – hgcchef@outlook.com

In January, I plan to offer Sunday lunches and I am currently looking into a pizza oven so I can do a fresh pizza menu. I will also be revamping the current snack offering.

I would like to personally thank Kieran and Gill in the office for all of their help and suport!

Many thanks and I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Dave The Chef

CHRISTMAS MENU 1
Winter Vegetable Soup
Smooth Farmhouse Pate, Cranberry Chutney, Brioche and Rocket Salad
Prawn and Avocado Cocktail with Buttered Brown Bloomer

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Roast Turkey served with Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets, Roast Potatoes, Buttered Greens, Carrots and Parsnips

Slow Cooked Topside of Beef, Smoked Bacon and Mushroom Sauce, served with Roast Potatoes Buttered Greens, Carrots and Parsnips

Roast Salmon Supreme, Crushed New Potatoes, Creamed Leeks, Green and Carrots

Veg Nut Roast with Roast Potatoes and Season Veg

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Sticky Toffee Xmas Pudding with Brandy Custard
Fresh Fruit Salad with Ice Cream
Fruits of Forest Cheesecake with Spiced Winter Berries

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Coffee and Mince Pie

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£17 for2 courses (including Coffee)
£20 for 3 Courses (Including Coffee)

CHRISTMAS MENU 2 (Set menu)*
Winter Vegetable Soup

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Roast Turkey served with Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets, Roast Potatoes, Buttered Greens, Carrots and Parsnips

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Sticky Toffee Xmas Pudding with Brandy Custard

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Coffee and Mince Pie

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£15 for 2 courses (including Coffee)
£18 for 3 Courses (including Coffee)


Please contact Dave Brinkley for bookings/enquiries – hgcchef@outlook.com

Helsby Golf Club Member Benefits - Reciprocal Golf Arrangements

One of the great benefits of being a member at Helsby Golf Club is being able to take advantage of agreed reciprocal arrangements with local golf clubs.

Helsby members will need to show proof of membership and generally book in advance through the relevant pro shop. The current list of participating clubs is as follows:

SALE GOLF CLUB

Members can play golf free of charge at Sale with a maximum tee booking of 2 x 4 balls per week. Tee bookings on non-competition days, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

WYCHWOOD PARK

Wychwood Park will allow 1 x 4 ball free of charge per day and then further bookings on the same day are chargeable at the appropriate members guest rate. The rounds are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Preferential rates are also available at the hotel on site.

HUYTON AND PRESCOT

Members can play golf free of charge at Huyton and Prescot with maximum tee booking of 2 x 4 balls per day and the rounds are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

HURLSTON HALL

Members can play golf free of charge at Hurlston Hall with a maximum tee booking of 2 x 4 balls per day and the rounds are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

RHUDDLAN

Members can play golf free of charge at Rhuddlanwith a maximum tee booking of 2 x 4 balls per day and the rounds are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

GOG MAGOG - CAMBRIDGE

When Helsby Golf Club and Gog Magog Golf Club celebrated their centenary year together in 2001, an arrangement was agreed whereby all full members qualify for reciprocal membership. This allows full members of Helsby to play golf and use the clubhouse at Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge on up to two occasions per year free of charge.

ASSOCIATION OF JAMES BRAID COURSES

Helsby GC is a member of the Association of James Braid Courses, comprising of over 300 courses in 6 countries – England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and USA. Full members of Helsby GC are able to play at any of the Association courses at preferential green fee rates.
The Association and list of associated courses is managed nationally by Henley Golf Club and the current list of courses may be seen via the following link – http://www.henleygc.com/membership_benefits
Tee reservations must be made in advance stating that the booking is under the “Association of James Braid Course scheme”.
Bookings will only be accepted based on Club tee availability and cannot be accepted with any other offer.
Preferential rates are for members of member clubs only and NOT for a group or societyMany of our members at Helsby have already played some of the above courses under these reciprocal arrangements and have provided great feedback so why not plan a day out and use this great membership benefit!
A big thank you to our professional John O’Neill who has secured some of the new arrangements and will continue to seek out opportunities for further deals.

Board Winners 2021 - Men

Congratulations to all the following Board winners – a special mention should go to Club Champion Steve Roberts who retained the Club Championship trophy for the second year. Well done to all!

COMPETITON
Partridge Cup - Wayne Hawkins
Richmond Trophy - Duncan Goodall
Centenary Trophy - Dave Pilkington
Shankland Trophy - John Evans
Briant Bowl - John McLaren
Captain’s Prize - Duncan Goodall
President’s Prize - Steven Preston
Ward Trophy - Steve Daley
J V Fletcher Salver - Peter Dolan
Club Championship - Steven Roberts
Challenge Cup - Neil Johnson
Challenge Plate - Simon Pay and Jordan Pay
Jubilee Trophy - Martin Jones
Jack Speed Trophy - John Price
E W Lloyd Trophy - A Matu and B Matu
Dave Kitchen Quaich - Carl Robinson
Brewery Cup - Michael Wiggins
E J Harding - Jon Sharpe
R H Bell Salver - June Ryder and Jeff Hughes
Norman Littler Trophy - Daniel Kimber
Ex Captain’s Putter - Gary Pollitt
Ex President’s Putter - Tony Robinson

Ladies Prize Winners

LADIES TROPHY WINNERS 2021

It was good to get back to a full season of competitions after the COVID interrupted 2020 season and congratulations to all the Ladies Trophy winners pictured.

Jubilee Plate – Carolyn Clothier
Nora Astbury Trophy – Gill Smith
Sue Wright Flag – Christine Edmunds
Derek Leigh Centenary Trophy – Glenys Goodier
Whitfield Salver – Carolyn Clothier
Margaret Briggs Rosebowl –Jarmila Lee
Captain’s Day for Ladies – Pam Thompson
President’s Day for Ladies – Gill Smith
Joe Shepherd Cup – Judith Salisbury
Lady Captain’s Day – Julie Grey
Crowder Trophy – Barbara Prince
Medal Final – Sue Hannan
Isobel Shaw knockout Trophy – Glenys Goodier
Challenge knockout Trophy – Kathryn Hoather
Order of Merit – Lady Captain, Chris Marsden
Summer Pairs knockout - Pam Thompson and Viv Nagle

Well done Ladies!

New Norman Littler Trophy

In recognition of Norman Littler and his outstanding service to Helsby Golf Club over the 70 years he has been a member, the Past Captains donated a new “Norman Littler Trophy” for an annual competition. The first competition for the trophy took place in the summer with around 75 golfers taking part and the winner on the day was Daniel Kimber.
After the presentation, Norman and his wife Audrey enjoyed chatting to members and it was also an opportunity to catch up with some golfers he had coached as Juniors – the photo shows from left to right – Steve Cunniffe, Norman Littler, Marc Stoneley and Julia Wilkinson. They are all now single figure handicappers – a great coach Norman!

2021 – A Year of Double Victory For Duncan!

It has been a memorable year of golfing success for 86 year old Duncan Goodall here at Helsby.

Duncan, who lives in Helsby, has been a member of our club for 29 years and currently plays off a handicap of 29. His first success was in June when he won the Richmond Trophy (one of the major competitions) with a great score of 5 under par. Not content with that win, he then went on to win the Club Championship which was 2 rounds played on consecutive days in July. He scored an overall 8 under par for the competition and was presented with the trophy by club Captain Chris Stubbs.

He was delighted to win both major trophies and credits much of his success to our former pro Chris Cousins who helped him remodel his swing and also our current pro John O’Neill for coaching him recently with his chipping game. Whatever the reasons for the success, it has been a great year for Duncan with impressive scoring – well done!

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Fred Whitfield

Helsby members who support the annual Powered Wheelchair Appeal MEGA (Merseyside Entertainers Golfing Association) event may be familiar with the name Fred Whitfield – he is one of their players. Our Chair of Greens, Paul Collins recently had the opportunity to spend some time with him and Paul confirmed that Fred is a really interesting character and he enjoyed his company very much!

Fred was born in Widnes and from his teens became a lifelong Everton FC supporter. As a youngster he even got as far as a trial with the club but it didn’t sadly work out. He started work with ICI initially but then went on to join the Cheshire Police force.

He got hooked on golf in his teens and started playing at Allerton Municipal Golf course. He was instrumental in forming the Runcorn Police Golfing Society and their home course was here at Helsby! He remembers playing with Steve Kennerley and learnt a lot from the pro at the time – Ian Wright. In 1983, he was promoted to a Sergeant and when based at Wilmslow, was delegated to organise the Manchester Open and one of the perks was an invite to play in the pre tournament Pro - Am. He was delighted to be paired with Tony Jacklin and admits it gave him a real insight into professional golf at the top level.

Following a heart attack in 1983, he had a triple heart by pass and retired from the police just short of completing 30 years service. Back to good health, he entered the 1994 Seniors British Open with his brother Frank as his caddy. He rubbed shoulders with the good and great and played with Christy O’Connor in the practice round! He made a great start and after round 2, was in second place to the legend that is Arnold Palmer. Sadly, he fell away after that but took away great memories and had the taste for Seniors golf at the top level. It also made him decide to try and join the Seniors tour.

Next, he went to Florida to the Seniors Q school and in doing so, had to forfeit his amateur status so he is in name only a “golf professional”. Sadly, he missed out by 2 shots and returned to the UK. Rules prohibited him from attending the European Seniors tour Q school, however the executive committee (after much deliberation) allowed him to do just that and he then qualified at Peralada in Spain and was delighted to gain his Players card for the 1997 schedule. That decision allowed many more age 50 plus golfers to go through the same process and Fred believes the tour in enriched by a more diverse collection of individuals from all walks of life.

He remained a Tour member for 5 years playing in European Seniors events in the UK and Europe and won the German PGA International event in a strong international field. At the turn of the century he lost his players card and turned his focus to golf and charity. He was appointed the Tour Pro for the Celebrity Golf Tour – effectively a Celeb - Am event to raise money for charity. It was hugely successful, raising over £2 million for various charities. Fred loved being involved in this – playing golf, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous (Johnny Mathis, John Miles, Sir Norman Wisdom, Stan Boardman to name a few), world class golfers and fundraising! He now loves being involved in the MEGA set up, helping local golf clubs to raise funds and particularly enjoys returning to Helsby.

As you will see, Fred has lived his dream, played golf all over the world at a good level with some wonderful people and says he would do it all again in a heartbeat!

Thanks to Fred for sharing his story!

Art Exhibition in The Clubhouse

In October, we held our annual Art exhibition in the clubhouse and it was great to be able to do this after missing last year due to COVID19.

Around 30 pieces of work were displayed for a couple of weeks and they included a variety of portraits, landscapes, and abstract works by members and non-members.

There are some very talented artists out there and we really appreciate them choosing to display their work at Helsby!