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Message from the Captain

Dear Members

Just thought I would send you all a message to say hello and welcome to new members, along with greetings to existing members and friends from your now Captain.

As I mentioned at the AGM in January, it has been a somewhat strange couple of years for the golf club, gladly a couple of years to which we can now, hopefully, say goodbye and good riddance.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the now Vice Captain Phil Waring and our Club Manager/Professional James for their helmsmanship of the club in very trying times.

I am very much looking forward to working with our new Management Board Chairman Mr Alan Holden and his team who will continue to push forward the success of the last twelve months. I would also like to thank everyone who has agreed to help out on Committees, Captain Our Teams and Volunteers whose help continues to be invaluable and greatly appreciated.

Looking forward, with the help of my wife Gayle, Rob Wyke, Wendy Wyke and our Steward John Spencer, along with the Beer Festival Committee, we have a few events planned for this season. I hope you will want to support these events throughout my Captaincy year. (please keep a look out for details of up coming events)

With this in mind I would like to invite you all to a Captain’s Welcome Event in the Golf Club at 7pm on Friday 1st April 2022, to include hotpot supper, charity raffle and background entertainment. At this event I will be introducing you all to my chosen Charity which is Milly’s Smiles, the founder of which will be giving a short presentation about her charity on the night. For information the Charity website is www.millyssmiles.org

Another date for the diary is Bank Holiday weekend on August 26th, 27th, 28th and this will be our annual Beer Festival weekend. I hope that you will support this as well as you have done in previous years. I will be asking for the usual volunteers nearer the time and would appreciate any help you can give.

I have been a member at Blackburn Golf Club for 20 years and would like to say to you all that it is an absolute privilege and honour to be asked to be your Captain for 2022. BGC means a great deal to me, especially after leaving Cricket and Rugby behind which gave me so much joy. I can honestly say that we have something very special here at BGC, something that I didn’t think I’d ever find again after so much team sport.

Being a member of the Golf Club enables me to continue to be part of a team and everything that goes with it, including friendship, camaraderie, support and most of all good times.

I want to thank you all for making the last 20 years amazing and I promise to be the best man that I can be to represent our club in the way it well and truly deserves.

Finally, as they say in the films, “My door is always open” come see me, ring me, shout across the car park if you like. I will endeavour to help where I can.

With My Best Regards and wishing you all much luck for the season.

Captain (Gary Bolton)