A Message from the 2018 Captain
Mr Andy Todd
To be asked to be Captain of Teesside Golf Club was a big surprise and very flattering and after a little thought I was thrilled to accept Gordon Milestone’s offer to become his Vice captain. During the year it has been great to get to know him and his wife Janet better, again thank you Gordon for asking me to be your Vice Captain.
We have welcomed three new members onto the Executive Committee this year in Mick Cowley, Lee Norman and Mike Wicks and I am sure they will do the club proud. At the same time we have lost three long standing Committee members in Burt Perry, Steve Charnock and John Taylor and I would like to personally thank them for their contribution over the years and I know they will be happy to offer any advice I need over the coming year, thank you gents.
This year I have chosen MAIN as my charity who offer help to families in the local area who have children on the autistic spectrum and their services are many fold. Please check out their website iammain.org.uk I hope you can support me in raising their profile and hopefully a nice amount of money.
This year I am putting a focus on supporting our Greens staff to enable them to turn the course out as well as possible; after all this is the main reason we are members of a golf club. We are always on the look-out for willing volunteers to help out around the course and if you have some time to give please approach Tony Foster our Greens Chairman to see what you can do to help. I would like to thank Gary Evans and our green staff for their hard work along with the current volunteers who help around the course and clubhouse, your time and effort are appreciated. Not forgetting our trusty Pro Stewart Pilgrim who as always is very approachable and keen to assist all of our membership in their golfing endeavors, I look forward to working closely with him this year.
I am eager to play a round of golf with as many members as possible this year and will be keen to hear ideas on how we can improve both the course and Clubhouse. As you are probably aware times are becoming tougher for golf clubs in general and the best way to challenge and overcome this is together. We have already had some good suggestions given to us in how to entice new members to the club so please come and chat with both me and my Vice Captain Dave McGuinness so we can exchange ideas.
I would like to thank our club sponsors and I cannot express how important they are to help with the costs in running a modern Golf club. If you know of anyone who may be interested in sponsoring the club please direct them to me or our club Marketing and Sponsorship Chairman Mike Wicks.
I was really pleased when Dave McGuinness accepted my offer to be my Vice Captain and I am absolutely certain he will be a fine Captain and a great addition to the Executive Committee. Dave is a good golfer playing off a handicap of 6 and he still has ambitions to lower this further.
I wish our new Lady Captain Maria Makin every success for the coming year and the same sentiment applies to our new Junior Captain Jacob Miller, I will attempt to assist them both as best I can.
The clubhouse would not be the same without Ian and Sharon and their fantastic staff who have been producing top quality food and service for longer than I have been a member and their reputation for this is well deserved, I know this year will be no different. During the year the club puts on various functions and my wife and I regularly attend these and really enjoy them so please try and support these when you can, you will have a good time.
I would also like to thank my wife Sue for her unwavering support and not giving me a hard time over spending so much time on golf club business, she has even agreed to move our holiday back three months so it doesn’t conflict with my duties. I am sure I will have to treat her when the year is over.
Finally, to all of our members have a great year and hopefully the sun will shine for us.
Captain Teesside Golf Club 2018