Captain’s Message (Gerard Killen)
It is a great honour and privilege to have been elected as your Captain for 2016. 2016 is another historic year for our club with the election of our first ever female President. I would like to congratulate Geraldine on her election and look forward to working with her in the coming year. I know that she will be a great ambassador for our club.
The outstanding achievement of our Juveniles last year in competitive golf has set the bar at a high level and I look forward to building on that success in the year ahead. I would like to wish our Juvenile Convenor, Conor every success in the coming year and would ask any members who have a few free hours to volunteer to assist Conor during the summer months with the juvenile section. These young people are the future of the club and we need to do all we can to encourage them and develop their golfing skills.
I would like to thank all the Team Captains for 2016 , for volunteering to lead the various teams. I fully appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into getting teams together and organising matches. I wish you and your teams every success and look forward to meeting you all and will endeavour to attend as many matches as I can during the season to lend my support.
The Ladies section within the club continues to grow from strength to strength and I would like to congratulate Lady Captain Assunta on her election to office and look forward to sharing a successful year with her. I welcome the incoming lady Secretary Carmel Hanvey and am confident Carmel will bring a new enthusiasm to the ladies section and I look forward to working with her.
My nominated charity for the year is the Mid Down MS Support Group.This is a local charity which is very close to me and my family. It is run by local people for local people who are affected by MS and I would ask members to support this worthwhile cause in whatever way they can. I have left some collection tins in the clubhouse and the golf shop and will be seeking sponsorship for my charity day on the 9th September. My overall target is to raise £3,000 for the Group. If I raise more than this amount I will donate it to Daisy Lodge which the club also supports. All donations will be much appreciated.
Finally I would like to thank all those members who have congratulated me and sent me best wishes for my year in office. I look foward to meeting as many members as possible throughout the year and would like to wish you all a very successful and more importantly enjoyable golfing year. Remember, golf is only a game.