Golf club set for an­other change

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Golf Club is on the hunt for a new man­ager and res­i­dent golf pro­fes­sional.

Club pres­i­dent Leo De­lahunty con­firmed in a let­ter to mem­bers that gen­eral man­ager and golf di­rec­tor Paul Riley had re­signed and of­fi­cially fin­ished in the role yes­ter­day.

Mr De­lahunty said Mr Riley had re­signed to pur­sue an­other op­por­tu­nity.

“Paul’s ap­point­ment in June last year has en­abled Hor­sham Golf Club to show the value of hav­ing man­age­rial lead­er­ship as well as golf lead­er­ship,” he said.

“The in­crease in mem­ber­ship, spon­sor­ship and golf ac­tiv­ity dur­ing Paul’s time has shown us all what can be achieved at the club.

“The board and I ap­pre­ci­ate the com­mit­ment, ef­fort and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude that Paul has given us, and we are cer­tainly a bet­ter club now than we were 12 months ago.

“We wish him and Jess ev­ery suc­cess in their per­sonal en­deav­ours and look for­ward to see­ing them visit us in the fu­ture.”

Mr De­lahunty said the board had again re­viewed its op­er­at­ing struc­ture to pro­vide the best sus­tain­able out­come for the club.

“Con­se­quently, we are look­ing to ap­point an­other man­ager, as well as a pro­fes­sional

golfer to give the on­go­ing golf lead­er­ship and fo­cus the club needs,” he said.

“In the short term Ellen Scott will cover off on the day-to-day man­age­ment over the next few weeks.”

Mr De­lahunty told mem­bers the club had made ‘pos­i­tive ad­vances’ in the past 12 months with ‘sig­nif­i­cant’ in­creases in mem­ber­ship, spon­sor­ship and ‘en­cour­ag­ing’ fi­nan­cial im­prove­ment.

He urged mem­bers to con­tinue their sup­port and pa­tron­age.

He also stressed the club was con­tin­u­ing to have fi­nan­cial dis­cus­sions with its bank re­gard­ing op­tions go­ing for­ward.

“Paul’s ap­point­ment in June last year has en­abled Hor­sham Golf Club to show the value of hav­ing man­age­rial lead­er­ship as well as golf lead­er­ship. The in­crease in mem­ber­ship, spon­sor­ship and golf ac­tiv­ity dur­ing Paul’s time has shown us all what can be achieved” – Leo De­lahunty

“These dis­cus­sions have been pos­i­tive but there is lit­tle more I can add at this stage apart from re­in­forc­ing the strate­gic im­por­tance of the com­mu­nity fund dur­ing these dis­cus­sions. We will be able to give a de­tailed update in the near fu­ture,” he said.

Mr De­lahunty said the club was look­ing at mem­ber­ships with plans to sign off on new-sea­son de­tails at a board meet­ing on Mon­day, fol­lowed by an ex­plana­tory mem­bers meet­ing in mid to late May.

The Hor­sham dis­trict and broader Wim­mera com­mu­ni­ties raised more than $300,000 late last year to res­cue Hor­sham Golf Club from fi­nan­cial disaster.

The club was car­ry­ing over­all debts of $1.39-mil­lion but needed money to pay im­me­di­ate bills to pre­vent it from go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Hor­sham Golf Club is based at iconic and his­toric Hor­sham Golf Course, which sits on a ex­ten­sive sand belt on the south­ern edge of Hor­sham.

The course, a long-time at­trac­tion for vis­it­ing golfers and at times listed among Aus­tralia’s best in­land lay-outs, un­der­went a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion af­ter be­ing rav­aged by a Black Satur­day bush­fire in 2009.

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