Captain’s Foreword 2020
Just over a year ago I received a call from Neil Dillon asking me to be his Vice-Captain. I must be honest and say I was totally shocked. I was not expecting or looking for it but on reflection, I was delighted and honoured to be asked and will be very proud to captain Lurgan Golf Club for the next 12 months.
As I reflect back on my year as Vice-Captain, it was definitely busier than expected but most enjoyable. I have been privileged to have had insight into how the club is organised and run, and it is great to see our finances are in good shape. Our strong financial performance just does not happen by chance. In my opinion, it is due largely to the effort and commitment of the full-time and part-time staff at our club. This includes those on greens and in the bar, office and academy, who are ably supported by our PGA Professional Peter Hanna and his team, and Micky and Coleen at Bunker 43. I would also like to mention the officers and members of the Council, especially those who take on Convener roles. They volunteer their time and expertise and provide leadership and decision making to keep this club on track. They all deserve to be congratulated and supported.
I would like to welcome Garfield Bell as my vice-captain for the year. Garfield has been a great asset to the club and I have no doubt he will be a great Captain when his turn comes around in 2021. Garfield has kindly agreed to retain the Teams Convener role, which I am delighted about. I am also pleased that all the Team Captains have been confirmed as we get ready to compete for trophies and hopefully build on the great success of Tom Douglas’s B&D team last year.
I wish also to extend a warm welcome to Ladies Captain Julie Jordan, Club President Ian McMurray, Ladies President Eileen McCann, Junior Boys Captain Andrew Cooper and Junior Girls Captain Grace McSherry. I hope you will all have a successful and enjoyable year.
For this year’s Captain’s charity, I have chosen the Stroke Association in recognition of the tremendous work that it does. We have all experienced the devastating impact a stroke can have on friends, family and colleagues. I hope that you will all support me in raising awareness and funds for this worthy charity. To kick-start the fundraising I will be running a Captain’s charity bunker at the 10th hole. This will run in conjunction with the Lady Captain’s charity, Horse Riding for the Disabled, to raise awareness and funds for both charities. Donations will be voluntary; you can donate as much or as little as you wish – all donations will be greatly appreciated.
To conclude, it is a great honour to be Captain and I am certainly looking forward to 2020. I hope I can carry on the great standards set by out-going Captain Neil and out-going Lady Captain Pat, who have both done a remarkable job. Finally: enjoy your golf, enjoy the club and enjoy the social events we will be running. I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible as the year progresses.