A word from our new Chairman
A warm welcome to all at North Manchester Golf Club including the newly elected Captain’s, Vice Captains, President’s and the new members to the Committee.
As this is my first publication in the newsletter I would like to make a brief introduction of myself to everybody who doesn’t already know me I’m Andy Sherlock and have been a member of the club for some 12 years. I have always been interested in being involved in the management of the Golf Club with a recent change of position at work and a vacancies on the board means the chance has arisen for me to step up to take on the role as Chairman, it will be a great privilege to take on the role though I am sure it will be an interesting, if not challenging time for me but yet enjoyable having to juggle: work, family and not to mention golfing commitments. I will also have to learn about workings of the Golf Club, staff and members requirements but intend to give it my all.
Taking the role of Chairman means I do have my own ideas to try and help move the club forwards as all of the new committee members will have hopefully giving us a positive future. This will require the assistance and support of everybody involved at the golf club but you can rest assured that any changes and decisions made will keep the clubs best interest at the fore front of our minds and I will always welcome ideas, suggestion and even complaints from fellow members, staff and visitors.
I would like to thank everybody for their continued hard work at the club and the free time given up to help improve the facilities that we have both on and off the course, the addition of the newly built walls and tee built at the first along with the redesign of various bunkers is a vast improvement to what is already a fantastic yet challenging golf course accompanied by the work carried out in both locker-room and function room hopefully indicates the direction of which the club is going.
To finish I would once again like to express my gratitude for the chance to take on the role and would like to wish everybody a successful and enjoyable season at North Manchester Golf Club
Andy Sherlock - Chairman
As everyone is aware North has a very attractive clubhouse from the road and the drive up to the course but unfortunately old buildings require a lot more up keep than a new one.
Over the past few years nothing has been done around the place due to the proposed development, however last year has seen a lot of activity taking place with the men’s locker room being painted along with new ceiling tiles and lighting (Charles Jones) the function room , mixed lounge . small front reception room all being decorated by John Hughes. Derek Hamlett along with numerous other members who spared some time to help out, I appreciated it as did all members.
This year we’re unsure what’s happening with the development at the moment but it’s still on the radar. We want to do the ladies toilets in the function room (ASAP) and the gents in the locker room along with a disabled toilet for the function room but this is going to cost money which we haven’t got at the moment so we’ll be holding a few various fund raising activities so we can do the project and with volunteers from within the club this will help to keep costs down.
Hopefully we will have enough money raised and volunteers in place to make a start at the end of the golf season so as not to disrupt the club during its busiest period.
If anyone has any ideas how we can improve the clubhouse without vast expenditure then please feel free to speak to either myself Andy Bradburn, Howard Lawton, Charles Jones & Paul Thomlinson who are on the house committee we’re always after ideas no matter how big or small.
Andy Bradburn - House Chair
Captain & Lady Captain
Steve has been a member of North Manchester for 50 years; he has the honour of having the playing record for the lowest gross score for the course. He has a supportive family, wife Bronwen, son Martyn who is the golf Professional at Davyhulme Park Golf Club and daughter Stephanie who works for Air New Zealand.
His Favourite colour is blue which is not surprising as his second favourite hobby is supporting Manchester city.
The Captains chosen charity for this year is for the visually impaired and his aim is to raise £5000 to fund a guide puppy. If that aim can be achieved the puppy would be named NORTH after our very own golf Club.
Please support the Captain and give as generously as you can.
My introduction to North Manchester Golf Club was by invitation, by Maureen & Luke Gilmartin, to several social functions.
At the time I was playing Hockey for I.C.I in the Manchester League and also county 2nds. I also played Tennis at Prestwich and was an active member at The Village Squash club and played on the team when required.
As my husband and I were approaching 50 he suggested we holiday at a golf school in Cornwall, where they provided the clubs, to see if we liked the game.
When we returned we were hooked and applied for membership to North in 1991.
In 2000 I won The Manchester Evening News Ladies Knockout competition. Thesemi final & final was held on the same day at Worsley Marriott.
In 2002 I was asked to be Lady Captain of North which was an honour. I have served on the Ladies Committee and also the club council
and for the past few years have been Match Secretary for the Ladies team.
When asked again this year to be Lady Captain I did not hesitate to accept the position.
Hopefully with support from my Committee, the Ladies section and the Club we will have a good year and good golf.
Lady Captain 2019
Vice Captain - Michael Cumiskey
Michael is 58 years old, single, residing in the Chadderton Fold area and he is a
Son of the late John Cumiskey, past Greens Chairman, past Captain and past President of the NMGC.
Michael is currently in his 3rd spell as a member of NMGC, having returned from living in the Republic of Ireland for 8 years.
Retired from the GMP Force due to an injury on duty, having served on the X-Cars Department, and as a Royal/VIP Protection Driver.
Now a local businessman and owner of The Pavilion Cafe, Chadderton Hall Park, Chadderton, which he converted from a derelict building in 2006, and it is now the Hub of the community for the Chadderton Area.
Interests include Music, following Manchester United, and trying to reduce his golf handicap!
Lady President – Julia Gilmartin and Mr President - Charles Jones
It is an honour and a pleasure to be nominated Lady President of NMGC for 2019 - 2020.
I am keeping up the family tradition, as my mother-in-law Mrs Maureen
Gilmartin was Lady President in 2003, and my husband 2007.
With the support of all my family and friends, I am sure it will be a most enjoyable two years of office.
Lady President 2019
Our new President Charles is delighted to be taking on the office, he joined North Manchester golf club in 1999, unfortunately his wife passed away not long after he joined the club. Charles was helped through that very difficult and emotional period by numerous club members.
Since then he has sat on various committees and was captain in 2011 and later part of the board.
New faces are on the board at this present time and Charles believes that with his and others input that changes will be made to the interior of the golf club to try to bring it to the standard of our very good golf course.
He finishes with the statement
“I seriously believe we are about to move forward with excellent people running our golf club”
Archie Preston 2019
Another season has started for inter club competitions and we were drawn out in the preliminary round away at Oldham Golf Club not a million miles away from North but notsomewhere we were relishing playing even though their course was in excellent condition. Local knowledge and going up and around the hill after the 8thhole was always going to be against us.
Fortunately on the day we proved worthy winners with Peter & Julia Gilmartin, Janet Day & Marcus Wood, Dave Smith & Mia Page, Jenny Poole & Paul Thomlinson
coming out on top and leading us to a 4-3 victory.
The next round we have home advantage to Bolton but once again I’m sure this will prove a difficult tie.
At this moment in time we have 8 or 9 men who play in this mixed comp but we will be looking to increase this number if at all possible, as if we are lucky enough to get into the next round then holidays work etc tend to take their toll and it does become harder to put a competitive team out.
Also this would then hopefully boost the internal mixed comps such as the captains and presidents but more so the Luke Gilmartin which is a major board competition at North.
If anyone is interested in playing in any of these events there will be a notice put up where you can add your name and I’ll be in touch regarding future fixtures.