Captain's Welcome

Club Captain - John Flaherty

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Just what is it...

about our club that makes it special? The view from the 9th tee on a summer evening?
The peace and quiet of the 14th green? Walking up the 18th after a great round? Perhaps it’s the laughter, mirth and mischief-makers in the clubhouse? I guess every one of us will have different reasons for being a member here. Me? I just love the place.
Like those who have served before me, being asked to be Captain of our club is an honour. However, I do admit to having swung between feelings of pride, humility, excitement and trepidation during the past two, long years spent as Vice-Captain.

I must place on record thanks, admiration and respect to our outgoing Captain, John Fromings. To say things have been difficult for John would be an understatement – he has held office through the toughest period the club has ever faced yet managed to do this with a smile and no small measure of dignity. Thank you, John.

Having returned to the Committee for the first time since 2008, I have seen first-hand the unswerving effort and, for the most part, unseen hard work carried out on a daily basis by the officers. Our President, Mr. Phil Smith, continues to work tirelessly on our behalf, as do all the secretaries and other committee members. Tom and the boys from the Pro-Shop have kept us all going through restrictions and Mark and his team continue to keep the course in the best condition possible despite the increasingly wet winters. Tina, Carla, Charlotte and the girls keep us fed and watered in the clubhouse and Barrie’s artistic skills continue to brighten things up for everyone - literally.

My charity for the year is the National Autistic Society- the UK’s leading charity supporting people on the autism spectrum and their families, providing support, guidance and advice and helping to create a society that works for autistic people. If you can help in any way, your generosity will be very much appreciated.
Returning to my earlier question, I think Bradley Park definitely means something slightly different to each of us. We may all strive for slightly different things – sub-70 rounds, a sweet swing, 300- yard drives, drop & stop chip shots or killer putts - but ultimately, we strive together, as members of the best golf club in the district bar none.

There is plenty to look forward to for the new season, hopefully some nice summer weather and the odd good round – maybe even a purple patch winning streak? So, I look forward to seeing you all on the course and in the clubhouse over the next 12 months, especially for Captain’s Day on Saturday 16th July for an evening of music and perhaps a little bit of dancing too.

All the very best – John Flaherty, Captain

Rabbit Captain Peter Higham
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First of all...

I would like to say welcome to the 2022/23 season at Bradley Park Golf Club to all members of the Rabbits section. Should the course continue to improve under our very
able Head Green keeper, and hopefully a good summer, we can look forward to a very
enjoyable and successful season.

It is an honour and privilege to be invited to be Rabbits Captain of this most friendly of golf clubs. With your help I am sure we can build on the foundation left by previous captains and committees.

A big thank you must go to the previous Captain, Alan Riley, for his leadership and
organisational ability, coupled with a hard-working committee. Building upon this, I am sure we can be successful both inside the club, and in external competitions.

I would ask all Rabbit golfers to get involved in as many competitions / functions as possible, please make yourself known to members of the committee should you be able to assist in anyway.

There is a very active Rabbits section, hosting intra-club competitions, such as, Rabbits vs Ladies, Rabbits vs Seniors, and Rabbits vs Tigers. It would be nice to have a hat trick of victories in these matches.

I am pleased to announce that Richard Rogers will be our 2023 Rabbit Captain, and wish all the incoming captains an enjoyable and successful season.

I would like to wish all Rabbits a very successful season with whatever targets you have set yourselves. We cannot all win something, but by participating we are all contributing to the success of this club.

Here’s hoping for an uninterrupted season, and may this club go from strength to strength.

Good luck to you all for 2022

Peter Higham - Rabbit Captain

Lady Captain Sue Malins
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To all members...

of Bradley Park Golf Club, unfortunately, due to COVID I was not able to take up the role of Lady Captain in 2021, after being Lady Vice-Captain for two years I am looking forward to 2022 as Lady Captain and a great year of golf.

For the first time this year the Ladies section have joined the White Rose League, which,
combined with the weekend and evening leagues this is going to be a busy 12months for our small group of friendly Lady golfers. Our Competition Secretary, Linda Bemrose, has done a brilliant job of creating a good mixture of club, social and charity competitions for 2022, all we need extra is some good weather this summer so we can enjoy the full calendar of events.

I would like to thank the outgoing captains, Pam, John and Alan for extending their
captaincies over a very difficult 2 years, together with the members of the steering
committee, they have made it easier for the rest of us to carry on playing golf when
possible, putting procedures in place and following government guidelines, which changed regularly.

Thanks should also be given to the Tom, Tina, Mark and their staff for their adaptability
throughout the pandemic, helping to keep golfers and the general public safe, on and
around the golf course.

I am very pleased Carlyn agreed to be my Vice-Captain and look forward to working with her, club Captain John Flaherty, Rabbit Captain Peter Higham and Harris Barnes, the Junior Captain. It will nice to put the past few years behind us and get back to some sort
of normality.

Happy golfing, enjoy each round, good or not so good.

Sue Malins - Lady Captain 2022/23