To all members and visitors to Ravensworth golf club I welcome you as captain for 2018.
I believe its a huge honour and a privilege to become captain of any golf club but to captain Ravensworth is extra special.
I joined Ravensworth at the age of 11 years old when I used to caddy for my father who is also a member of Ravensworth and immediately fell in love with the game. I'm proud to say I have represented the club team in both leagues for over a decade and I managed to gain selection for Durham county picking up 16 caps and my county colours along the way. I have also captained the North of England boys team against Scotland boys national team.
The golf club was established in 1906 and is one of the finest golf courses in the north east of England. The course is a fabulous test for golfers of all levels. I am extremely proud to bring guests here and enjoy their reaction to the fantastic views overlooking the beautiful countryside and now internationally famous angel of the north. All of which can be admired from the clubhouse balcony.
I am extremely looking forward to managing our club teams in the north durham league which takes place on a Tuesday night and also the Newcastle and district league on a Thursday which we became champions in 2014. I welcome all members to come support the lads as I know myself how much home support can have a positive affect on the performance of the players.
I have been extremely fortunate in the fact that i served my vice captaincy alongside our captain in 2017 Kevin Goodfellow. He truly was a fantastic captain last year and done everyone proud at the golf club. He has taken time to help and guide me through all procedures and what it takes to Captain this fantastic golf club.
My Vice Captain for this Year is Craig walker. Craig is a popular figure in the golf club and has been a loyal member for 12 years. He is a very good friend of mine and I have no doubt in my mind he will do a great job next year.
Lastly I would just like to wish all members and none members a very happy and successful golfing season, the golf club is clearly moving in the right direction so lets keep progressing and keep the momentum moving forward.