Message from Alan Shaw, President 2016
I am looking forward to 2016 my second year as President, having really enjoyed 2015. Will Bowe’s win as Champion of Champions being the highlight of a good year all round for our County Juniors, County Seniors and the County squad.
We move into the 2016 season under the new sponsorship of the Gary Wolstenholme Academy based at Carus Green. We are very grateful for their involvement and look forward to a successful season together.
Although 2015 still saw an overall reduction of golf club members some clubs did actually see an increase. The hard work by clubs together with Becky our county partnership officer is beginning to show benefits and let’s hope that we see a flattening out of the reductions.
We are continuing our county initiatives, together with the Ladies Association to market all the Cumbria clubs and Golf in general. The new mobile phone App will be available in time for the new season following testing and initial trials early in the year. The App will provide a CDH based handicap certificate as well as marketing information of all clubs in the county.
We are again planning to hold the area meetings for the clubs in March to discuss and agree any future initiatives to assist the clubs in recruitment and maintenance of membership.
We are also introducing several changes to our county competitions this year, to try and counter the fall off in numbers. The county match play draw will be made following the stroke play championship with the top 16 players eligible. We are also considering introducing net prizes to encourage more category 2 golfers to enter. Other actions will be considered as the year progresses.
A survey of all category 1 and 2 golfers will be carried out in January in conjunction with the clubs contact lists, to establish concerns and thoughts as to how we improve participation in county events.
Overall I believe that 2016 will provide an opportunity for all clubs and members to promote this great game of golf and encourage more and more active members. Wishing you and all our teams a great golfing season.
E. Alan Shaw