Quite often in messages of this nature, ‘Thank You’s’ are tucked away in the last couple of lines. I think ‘Thank You’s’ are very important, so here I go. Thank You to:-
- My family. Without their total support and understanding I simply would not have the time or freedom to do this job
- The officials, friends and members of Bradley Hall Golf Club who over the years have been kind enough to allow me the experience of being Club Captain, President, Captain of Captains (Halifax Association) and now support me in this post. Scratch golfer to rabbit, senior to junior, all have been generous in their words of encouragement
- A Union stalwart for many years, the late Brian Taylor has always been about with his expertise, advice or a wise word touching the many areas of golf club life. I suspect his fingerprints may well have been on my nomination for this post.
- Members of the Union Executive who guided me into office and who have been warm and welcoming during my term as President Elect. Thank you, the Union Members, for electing me.
Golf is about enjoyment and having fun. I would like to think that at the end of my year as President people will view the Union Executive as people who are friendly, approachable and who have a sense of humour, not an outdated group who are struggling to be in touch with the 9,000 + golfers in the Union. I think the Union Executive does not get the press or credit it deserves. Let me tell you, they are a splendid group, who work very hard on your behalf.
I congratulate Brian Webb, President 2015 on a job well done and I thank him for his guidance throughout the year.
Welcome and congratulations to John Turner of Crow Nest Park Golf Club on his appointment as President Elect. I have known John (Mr Crow Nest) for some years and have found him to be one of life’s gentlemen. He is, in this appointment, a square peg in a square hole and I look forward to sharing the coming year with him.
This is a very special year for my Club, Bradley Hall and of course myself. A once in a lifetime staging of the Yorkshire Inter District Union of Golf Clubs 6 man team competition takes place at Bradley Hall in September. I wish our Union team every success and all members of the Union a healthy and enjoyable year in golf.
Stuart B Naylor. President 2016.