Captains 2020 Welcome

John Fromings – Club Captain

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I am proud to address you from the privileged position of Captain for the 2020 season. I have been a member of Bradley Park Golf Club for over 25 years and in that time, I have, hopefully, gained some insight into the cohesion and camaraderie that characterizes the Club. Central to it all are you, the members and behind the scenes are the officers and members of the committees who work tirelessly and assiduously to ensure its continued success and viability.
Whilst I thank all officers and committee members for their valued input and hard work, I would particularly like to thank the following officers who are standing down from their roles at this year’s AGM. Thank you to our retiring Madam president Sandra Shillito for her unstinting commitment, hard work and shrewd leadership, over the last two years, in guiding the club through some difficult times of threat and rapid change. To Bob Balcam for his services as Club Secretary who is standing down after 3 years of efficient stewardship in the role. To Steve Barraclough, who is standing down after afull 10 years in post as Treasurer of the Club and also to Alan Riley who is standing down from his role as Handicap Secretary.
I would also like to thank the Captains of all our sections for their effort and commitment over the last year, Michael Hanson, Immediate Past Captain, Ben Page, Rabbits Captain, Sheila Harrison, Lady Captain and Michael Edwards, Junior Captain. Thanks also to the captains of Bradley Park’s representative teams. Finally, thanks to Tom Wild and all his staff in the pro shop and notably the Green Staff who have maintained a service and golf course we can be justly proud of during a particularly difficult climatic year. Last, but by no means least, thanks to Tina and the clubhouse staff for looking after our social needs throughout the year.
Looking forwards I would extend my best wishes and congratulations to the incoming Captains; Alan Riley, Pam Flaherty and Matthew Pickett who, along with myself, will hopefully have an enjoyable and successful year. Congratulations also to the Vice Captains, John Flaherty, Sue Malins and Peter Higham.
Finally, good luck to all the Captains of the Scratch, Handicap, Rabbits, Ladies, Senior and
Junior Teams and all the golfers selected to represent these teams. Representing the Club is great way to play other courses throughout the Union and meet and socialize with other golfers.
The Club has a very comprehensive and diverse competition programme over the year. I would urge all members to explore the Club V1 Members Hub for up to date news and information. This app is ably and efficiently supported by regular updates, via e-mail, from our Competition Secretary, Linda Bemrose, whom I’m sure you will agree, did a superb job last year in her first year in the post.
My charity for the year is the ‘Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice’ – a local charity supporting children with, sadly, life shortening conditions and their families across West Yorkshire.
Finally, may wish you all an enjoyable year of golfing on our superb course in an atmosphere of conviviality and friendship that the club has traditionally engendered over the years of its existence.
All ths very best – John Fromings, Captain

Alan Riley – Rabbits Captain

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May I welcome youall to the2020/21season at Bradley Park. Hopefully we will
experience another fantastic golfing year with outstanding weather and course
conditions.
I am proud to be the Rabbit Captain at Bradley Park for 2020 and hope to continue
the traditionof dedicated, hard-working and enthusiastic Rabbit Captainsby promoting
Rabbit Golf inside and outside the Club in the forthcoming year.
I would like to thank our outgoing Rabbit Captain, Ben Page, for everything he has
brought to the Rabbit section and wider club during 2019. I would also like to thank
all members of the Rabbit Committee for their tremendous work in 2019 and in
anticipation of their support in 2020.
We have a very active Rabbit Section and this will continue in 2020 and I encourage
you to take part in as many events as possible – a high number of entrants is a great
way of thanking the people who work very hard to make our competitions and social
events the successes they are.
I am pleased to announce that Peter Higham will be our 2021 Rabbit Captain and
would like to take this opportunity to wish all the incoming Captains a very enjoyable
and rewarding season.
I am looking forward to 2020 being a good golfing year, playing with friends old and
new and, finally, I hope you all have an enjoyable and successful 2020.
Alan Riley – Rabbit Captain

Pam Flaherty – Lady Captain

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Dear Members,
I am not quite sure where the time has gone since Sheila asked me to be her vice-captain, but here I am looking to the future and the Captaincy of Bradley Park Ladies section. Firstly, can I say congratulations and thank you to our outgoing Captains, Sheila, Michael, Ben and Michael for all their hard work during 2019.
When I was first Captain in 2011, I said that ‘this hugely frustrating game of ours draws me back time and again, and I am either an eternal optimist or a ‘glutton for punishment’, I’m not sure which!’ Well, things haven’t changed, and nine years later, it is still the same. I’m sure most golfers feel just the same!
Having been on the committee for several years now, I can honestly say that there is a truedesire to make sure that Ladies golf thrives and continues to grow at Bradley Park. Our Officers all work extremely hard and hopefully, their efforts will be enhanced by a ‘flag cracking’ summer, where we can enjoy the sun on our backs and experience the satisfaction of a good drive, or a sublime putt!
As a club, we have had trying times recently, with an uncertain future on the horizon, but I hope that it is apparent to all, that we intend to maintain high standards of leadership and loyalty to Bradley Park.
I would like to wish John, Alan and the new Junior Captain, good luck for the coming year. I know I will get the support I am going to need, from all the committee members, and I would particularly like to thank Sue Malins for agreeing to be our Lady Captain for 2021.
In conclusion, may I say that I hope I can fulfil the role of captaincy to the same high standards as my predecessors have shown, and I would like to wish you all a great golfing year.
Best wishes.
Pam Flaherty – Lady Captain