Bob pleased by role at ‘buoyant’ golf club

MATLOCK Golf Club’s 2012 captain is enjoying his new position, after completing his first month in the role.

Bob Whyld took over as club captain from Don Heathcote at the start of 2012. Joining him at the helm will be new ladies captain Veda Kay, who steps into the position vacated by Jenny Simpson at the end of her tenure.

Bob has been a club member for eight years and joined the social committee in 2009.

One of the elements he is keen on emphasising is the club’s strong social side, as he explained: “I am very excited at being club captain for the year.

“I think it’s very important as a club to encourage the social side. We want people to play and socialise, particularly couples, because my wife and I have found from our own experience that it’s a great way of making a lot of good friends.

“I think this is a friendly, open club that is in a very healthy state. It is being managed very well indeed by chairman Peter Beardsley and his team, and the course itself is in fantastic condition thanks to the work of Derek McJannet, his team, and volunteers too who are constantly looking to improve it.

“We are very buoyant in terms of membership with lots of people joining, particularly couples, and we have a good juniors section as well.”

Throughout 2012, Bob, alongside with Veda Kay, will oversee the raising of money for a chosen charity, in this case Cancer Research UK.

They will be looking for similar levels of success to those achieved by Don Heathcote and Jenny Simpson in 2011, which saw £5,800 raised for Hearing Dogs For The Deaf.

“We have a variety of events planned throughout the year. The first mixed captains awayday is to be held to Gainsborough on April 23, to mark the 100th anniversary of the club’s ladies section being formed and there other events to follow.

“We have not set a target because that tends to create undue pressure but there will be fundraising raffles at all open competitions and invitation days throughout 2012 and we hope to get good support from members once again.”

Bob added: “It’s a must to have a good second in command behind the scenes and I’ve certainly got that with my wife Kay. My main objective for the year is to help move the club forward – and to get my handicap down from 14!

“We have a good social scene here and that is proved by the fact that Saturday’s Valentine’s Night event is our fourth social event already this year.

“It’s the first captain’s shotgun event on February 18 from 8.30am too. It was due to be played on the Saturday just gone but the weather obviously put paid to that. 96 people signed up and we’re trying to squeeze another four in so you can see from that the social and golf sides are buzzing and that bodes well for 2012.”

Anyone interested in finding out about membership at Matlock Golf Club can contact the club on 01629 582191.