I feel very honoured once again to have been asked to serve as President of the Halifax, Huddersfield District Union of Golf Clubs for 2021.
After a difficult 2020 for us all I am happy to report that following a lot of hard work behind the scenes from members of your executive, we are hoping this year to enjoy a healthy calendar of events for you to look forward to and participate in.
As with last year we will endeavour to ensure your safety and enjoyment of the various events and competitions we have traditionally provided
This year we have introduced a new competition in the form of a Handicap Strokeplay event which we hope will appeal to a large number of our members.
I am pleased that the majority of our hard-working volunteer Executive have decided to continue into 2021 as we endeavour to promote, refine and modernise our governance of the game along with our member clubs.
I would like to welcome, Frank Greaves our Teams Manager on to the executive bringing with him his expertise and experience. Frank has been involved in managing and coordinating our YIDU teams for a while which in our recent past has brought considerable success. I sincerely hope the efforts of Frank and our CEO of Teams John Turner are rewarded in 2021 with the same if not improved success.
I would like to also welcome Richard Hanson who is following in his father’s footsteps, a former Union President and member of the executive. Richard will take over the responsibilities for all things ‘juniors’ and I wish him well.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bob Hazleden who is stepping down from this role whilst continuing to assist Richard. Bob has served the executive in this capacity for many years and ensured the smooth running of this section.
A warm welcome too to Iain Pearson of Dewsbury District Golf Club.
Iain has served in many different capacities at his club and was Captain in 2019. He was Rabbit Captain in 2016. He is also a Past President of The Halifax, Huddersfield District Rabbit Golf Association (2019) Iain is currently the Competition Secretary to the Yorkshire Rabbits Golf Association. As a former Senior Police Officer Iain brings a wealth of experience and organisational skills to the Union.
I would also like to thank those members of the Executive who have decided to retire. My sincere gratitude to Clive Richards who has assisted in the smooth running of our competitions and whose face many of you will recognise at the desk when signing in and returning your scorecards.
A fond farewell also to Trevor Pickles from Outlane golf Club who has been instrumental in ensuring the Union golf calendar has been successfully organised and that the complex task of compilation of the various fixtures has been efficiently achieved.
Albert Guest who has worked tirelessly in organising of our Union Dinner for many years has also decided to retire this year. I wish him well and hope he and all the executive members have a happy and enjoyable golfing 2021.
There will be plenty of challenges ahead in 2021 with the new World Handicapping System and Safe Golf initiatives amongst others to take into consideration. I hope to continue with our Unions programme of modernisation with the new and improved website and upgraded systems for competition management.
I would like to thank Glyn Mellor from Elland Golf Club who has agreed to continue as President Elect for 2021 (President 2022) and look forward to continuing working with him during the next year. Glynn has also thrown himself in at the deep end and has ably assisted with the compilation of the fixtures calendar!
It would be remiss of me not to thank our sponsors and their generous contributions, without which our commitment to a professional approach to supporting Scratch and Junior Golf throughout our Union could not be maintained.
Special thanks also once again to my wife Alison for her continued support in my golfing pursuits.
Finally I wish you and your club a happy and successful golfing year in 2021.
Stay safe, stay sane
Andrew Taylor, President 2021.