NORMAN IS PRESIDENT
Norman Flletcher is the Lancashire Union of
Golf Clubs president for 2019-20.
Norman, a member of Chorley Golf Club for 58 years, is well-known for his work with the Professional Golfers’ Association, the Ryder Cup and a number of national golf development projects.
He was the PGA north region secretary before moving to the PGA HQ at The Belfry in 1992 and was assistant chief executive from 1997 to 2005.
A move to the role of director of regional and external relations in 2005 provided a little more time for Norman to continue playing competitive golf at Seniors level.
Norman was Director of the PGAS of Europe from 1994-2010 and a Trustee Director of the
Golf Foundation from 1994-2017.
Norman was involved in the Ryder Cup as a referee from 1985-89 while from 1993 to 2006 he was responsible for Ryder Cup ceremonies and co-ordinating all arrangements for the Royal Household, Heads of State and VIP visits to the event, including logistics and liaison with security services.
He has been married to Kathryn for 45 years and they have two children. THE Rotary Charity Golf Day was set up in aid of Help the Heroes, Prostate Cancer and Local Rotary Charities.
It is an annual event and this year was hosted by Northenden lady captain, Kate Turpie, with considerable help from Northenden Golf club.
The choice of Help the Heroes was particularly relevant as the club rededicated their memorial board to the eight founder members who had fallen in the First World War.
Sadly, the original board and all the names had been destroyed in a fire and it was felt that the board should once again grace the new club house.
Rotary were also keen to support the charity as they had members who had served with the forces in Afghanistan and had contributed to the work of the charity in previous years.
The Golf Day had originally been set up by Eric Patten, one of the Rotary members, to raise funds for Prostate Cancer, but who sadly died before he could enjoy the day.
The overall winner was Andrew Taylor, the vice captain of Northenden with 89 points, who, alongside with 17 other teams had help raise over £3,000 for the charities.
Alongside this a very generous donation of memorabilia from Manchester Old HURLSTON HALL Golf Club in Lancashire has won a national award for its efforts to grow the game.
The club, on the outskirts of Ormskirk, has been presented with the Golfmark award, a reward for its commitment to growing the sport and taking an innovative approach.
It launched a Get into Golf programme in 2017, attracting a mixture of ladies and gents who were looking to play for the first time.
Coaching from the club professional was supported by an introduction to life both on and off the course.
The club also provided a pathway into membership with the first month free followed up by a specially tailored deal. Boys in the form of a special edition tie commemorating the Munich Air Disaster and a signed portrait of Charlton, Best, and Law raised over £1,000 which boosted the total to over £4,000.
The charities received their cheques from Clyde Raine, president of the
Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter at opening of the Remembrance Board where eight poppies had been attached to commemorate the fallen founder members whose lasting legacy is the course the event had been played on.
Receiving the cheques for their respective charities were Tony Collier from Prostate Cancer, and Christine Oakland for Help for Heroes.
Hurlston continues to support the newcomers, with their own fun six-hole competition and further coaching clinics.
Chairman John Walker said: ‘It is fantastic to see the enthusiasm of these new members and, while they may yet not be ready for an official handicap, we are very conscious of the need to continue to provide help and support.’
Hurlston Hall receive their award; From the left, Tim Hastings, club professional, Andrew Chessworth-wiggar, general manager, Adam Mcalister, club support officer in Lancashire for England Golf, John Walker, club chairman and Golfmark lead, and Irene Traynor, club secretary
Larry Mcdonald and Kate Turpie with the new remembrance board
New President Norman Fletcher