Club Captain 2022- John Atha
Following several years as a member it is an absolute honour and privilege to represent the Members and the Club as Captain. I look forward to the role supported by my Vice Captain John Beevers, the Ladies Captain Alison Walker and the Section Captains in supporting the Board of Directors in progressing the Club in these uncertain times. We all know that we have a course to be proud of thanks to our Head Greenkeeper Gary Anderson and his dedicated team supported by a handful of willing volunteers who make the playing of our favourite game pleasurable. We also have our Professional team of Ian Marshall and Jeff Whitham who are always on hand to offer advice, guidance and lessons if required. I look forward to working with our catering team Ron and Jackie Paul and our enthusiastic bar managers Simon and Jade to serve up a pleasant welcome for our Members and guests. With four competition days weekly we all have a chance of recognition around the Club and I wish everyone some success in the events organised by our Competitions Sub Committee. Our Scratch and Nett Teams still play in the top Divisions of their respective Leeds and District leagues and the Scratch Team will be the defending Champions of the Leeds and District Golf Union Scratch Knockout. The Nett Team are also defending League Champions and it will be a pleasure to support these guys. We have a great relationship with the LDUGC and members are encouraged to consider life membership of the Union which entitles you to play in a host of competitions, please click here for further details. My chosen charity for the year is a continuum of last year, The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. The Club have enjoyed a close relationship with this group whose work sadly effects family and friends in the community. Please do not forget folks, if you visit my bunker on the 18th I ask for a small monetary donation in the collection boxes in the 19th or outside of the Pro Shop. If you are a visitor to our website and are looking for a day out on a testing but fair parkland course followed by good food and a welcoming drink then please try Pontefract and District where I am sure you will not be disappointed click here to book a tee time or enter one of our 2022 Open Competitions}. My wife Julie and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our many social functions at the Club. If you are looking for an enjoyable night out with top entertainers please see the notices around the Club. Here’s hoping for a more normal return to life in 2022 following the pandemic after a couple of difficult years for us all. I hope you have a great golfing year and I look forward to seeing you around our lovely facilities.
Ladies Captain 2022 – Alison Walker
At times I find it astonishing that I am the Ladies Captain 2022 of PDGC, I came to golf late in life as playing golf was never on my to do list, as far as competitive sport goes my real passion was hill and fell walking. The only reason I play is my husband Michael started to play golf, it was either stay at home and become a golf widow or join in and I choose the latter. I, like most people at times can find the game frustrating even after sixteen years of playing golf, but the positives of the game far outweigh the negatives, as it has given me the opportunity to visit places I would not normally visit, play at some wonderful courses, including ours and importantly to have met some wonderful people. My chosen charities for 2022 are the Royal British Legion and the Salvation Army. 2021 is the centenary of the Royal British Legion, they were formed in 1921 to help servicemen injured in the First World War and also support the breaved families of servicemen not fortunate enough to make it home. To this day they still carry out this sterling work helping/supporting servicemen and their families affected by modern day conflicts. The Salvation Army was founded in the East End of London 1865 by William and Catherine Booth to help feed and house the poor and look after the elderly. Sadly today in the 21st century their servies are still greatly needed, so any money raised will be divided between those charities. Lastly, I would like to say that I am honoured to be the Ladies Captain for 2022, and I thank the past Ladies Captain’s for choosing me for that role. I hope to repay their faith in me by working diligently for the benefit of the Ladies Section and the Club.