It is my pleasure to make this captains address regarding Normanton Golf Club at Hatfeild Hall. The club has a local membership, with lots of good people within it, that will ensure all new members and visitors of a warm welcome both on and off the course.
Normanton 20 years ago was a 9 hole course of which I was fortunate to be a member, with its membership coming from the surrounding coal mining areas steeped in its history and traditions. The club was on the outskirts of the town and looking to expand to 18 holes when the opportunity arose to sell the old club for building land and purchase the new existing Hatfeild Hall course at Stanley.
The rest is history, since the move the club has a far larger and diverse membership. The club house has gone from porta cabin to the fine imposing listed building you see today. The course has matured and improved beyond all recognition due to the hard work and dedication of past and present Members, Directors and Greens Staff. The greens are the envy of many with their generous size and quality and most importantly played on for 12 months of the year, a testament to the greens staff.
Regarding myself, I have been happily married to Brenda for the last 42 years and have twin daughters, Melanie, who lives in Hull and is married to Karl with the apple of my eye Grandson Joseph, and Janine lives in Pollington with her partner Adam. Family and friends are very important to me and through golf and cricket I have made lifelong friendships which I treasure, so come along and join me at a fantastic club full of great people and make a few new ones of your own.
The club has a number of thriving sections including the Rabbits, Tigers, EGGS (seniors), Ladies and our re-formed Juniors, something for everyone. Normanton plays in the Leeds and District Scratch and Nett leagues playing against the best golfers in the area, if your good enough, play, if not support is always welcome.
2017/2018 Normanton Golf Club Captain
The two charities I have chosen are Prostate Cancer UK and the Alzheimer’s Society, both having affected friends, family and club members in the past and present.
I have chosen the large bunker to the front right of the 18th green as my charity bunker anyone who has the misfortune to go in, please donate a £1 in the jars found in the Pro Shop and 19th.
For a second year, due to the generosity of the retiring Captain Shaun Stanley, members can still purchase a 'get out of bunker free' ticket known as the Golden Exemption Ticket.
Anyone wanting to make a one-off donation to the Captain’s Charity, by purchasing a ‘Golden Exemption Ticket’ for £5.00, will not only be supporting two amazing charities but they will also be exempt from paying the £1 fee into the charity jars for the whole season, regardless of how many times they end up in the bunker! In addition, there will be an added incentive of an end of season ‘Golden Ticket Prize Draw’!
Each Golden Ticket has a unique number and anyone who has purchased a ticket will automatically be entered into the end of season prize draw. The two winning tickets will be drawn at the October 'Club Presentation' Evening and the winners will receive £100 of golf vouchers, donated by myself. There is obviously no restriction to the number of tickets you purchase, and they will be available in the Pro-Shop, behind the 19th Bar and in the office.