As newly elected Captain of Helsby Golf Club for the season 2022/23 I would like to welcome all new members to the club and thank loyal members renewing their membership again for their support this year. I was delighted to be elected to serve for a year as Captain and along with the other newly elected officers will do my best to represent the club as all my predecessors have done. I have been inundated with cards and goodwill messages and thank everyone for their support at the beginning of the golfing year.
Over the past few years the club has rightly focused on prioritising work on the golf course itself. This is paying dividends with returning visitors and societies wanting to play on our excellent parkland course and greens. We also have a very full membership in all sections for this coming season. This is of course testimony to our Board of Directors ; Secretary and office staff ; previous outgoing officers who remained in post for two years to steer the club through a pandemic together with the wonderful efforts of our artisans ; green staff and other employees on the hospitality and catering side who work so hard for the club all year round.
The Club have a new young and enthusiastic golf professional in Josh Hall who has recently taken over from John O’Neill and we wish him well this year. I am sure the members and club will do everything to help Josh make a success of his new role and improve the practice facilities for golf tuition wherever possible.
Growing up, the golf season always seemed to start in early April when the Masters at Augusta hosts the first major in America , however this year March produced some lovely spring sunshine for the Captains drive in which heralded the start of the golf season at Helsby Golf Club. It is right that at the drive in the Captain toasts the members and club itself and wishes all members whether playing or social members a very healthy , happy and successful year for 2022/23. I echo these comments here and for any visitors thinking of playing a round at Helsby or joining the club would urge you to come and see for yourselves what a great course we have and what a friendly club we are.
My charity for the year is the Golf Foundation who have a stated aim of taking golf into schools so children who would not otherwise be able to afford or get access to the game can be encouraged to try it out. I hope you you will agree that participation in this age group is vital and will lend support to this worthy cause.
I extend my best wishes to all.