Club Captain 2023- John Beevers
It was a great honour and pleasure to be asked by the Past Captains to be the Club Captain for 2023.
My family has a long association with the Club which began with my grandfather, Jack Wilkins, in the 1950’s. He became Club Captain in 1983 so it is a personal highlight for me to be following in his footsteps. My father joined in 1967 and joined me as a junior member at the same time. My brother joined not long after and when they were old enough my two sons also joined. When I added it all up it came to in excess of 175 years of membership between us and we have always enjoyed our time at the Club, either playing on the course or socialising in the clubhouse.
In my time at the Club there have been many changes both on and off the course and this has been necessary to keep the Club moving forward to provide the best facilities for members. In my year as Captain, I will endeavour to ensure the Club continues to develop in the best way possible for everyone.
Having played for the Club’s Junior Team back in the 1970’s I completed the circle last year when I played for the Seniors Team. The Club has excellent sections (Ladies, Rabbits, Seniors, Tigers and Juniors) which provide opportunities to make new friends and play other courses and I would encourage all members to get involved with the relevant section.
The social side of the Club has recovered well following the enforced lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 due to the covid pandemic. The 200 Club events and Tuesday quiz night are always enjoyable evenings, I thank those members who attend these and myself and Debbie look forward to seeing some new faces during 2023. We are also looking to hold some new and different social events so please look out for these.
My charity for the year is Prostate Cancer which is something that affects one man in eight and my aim for the year is to raise both awareness and funds to support this worthwhile cause.
I look forward to meeting as many members as possible, new and old, during 2023 and wish you all an enjoyable and successful golfing year.
Ladies Section Captain 2023 – June Highley
I would like to thank the Past Captains for asking me to become the Ladies Captain for 2023 and I’m really looking forward to my year. I am immensely proud and honoured to represent the Section and the Golf Club and will do my very best to be inclusive and to make it a fun and enjoyable year for everyone.
Although I came to golf late, it was 2006, I come from a very sporting and competitive family, and I have played sports all my life. I have competed in Badminton, Table Tennis and Hockey. When I was a lot younger, I represented Ireland in Tenpin Bowling and played County Camogie (Hurling) for Dublin. The only sport I now play is Golf and although I like to play my best all the time and we all know how unrealistic that is, I really do enjoy it and having joined Pontefract & District Golf Club in 2012, I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed the social aspect of the Club.
I met my husband Frank in Ireland on 1st May 2008 and when he asked me on the 1st Tee at Tramore Golf Club if I was married and I answered no, he said you’ll do for me and the rest as they say is history.
Trying to choose a charity this year was a very difficult decision. I could have chosen Diabetes UK or Motor Neurone Disease, both of which have had a huge impact on my life. But I’ve decided on a local Charity, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. They do a fantastic job and are funded by charitable donations only. They are a very worthwhile charity and I hope the members will lend their support.
I would like to wish all the Members and Visitors to this wonderful Club, a great golfing 2023.
Seniors Section Captain 2023 – Peter Hale
Tigers Section Captain 2023 – Tom Stanley
Junior Section Captain 2023 – Teagan Harper
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