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Captains Message

A Message from the 2020 Captain

Mr Mark Thorpe

It seems a lifetime ago and completely out of the blue that I was asked by Dave McGuinness to be his Vice Captain and ultimately become the Captain of Teesside Golf Club for 2020. My time has arrived, and I couldn’t be more proud and privileged to be Captain of this fine club and I thank everyone for your kind words and encouragement. I’m sure I will call upon past Captains and long standing members for advice during my tenure and I give special thanks to Steve Wood for his guidance and support.

Mike Wicks decided to step down from committee this year and I thank him for all his hard work and contribution to Teesside Golf Club. I welcome Tony Sedgewick and Burt Perry to the executive committee, and I know both will work hard in their roles for the good of all at the club.

I have decided to support the Great North Air Ambulance Service as the club charity for 2020. This charity needs no introduction and its life saving service to our area and beyond requires huge public contributions. Please support our fund-raising events through the year to help provide them with the much needed finance they require to continue their excellent work.

Our club benefits from having a steward and stewardess who have been with us a long time and continue to provide the members, visitors and all our guests with fantastic food, drink and great hospitality. Ian, Sharon and their staff have a great reputation that is well deserved and are the envy of many local clubs in the TSU area. During the year the club runs various functions that are great nights of fun and entertainment, please come along and support them – you will not be disappointed!

Our professional Stewart Pilgrim has also been with TGC for many years and he too is a fantastic asset to our club. He carries out unheralded work behind the scenes in promoting Teesside Golf Club and we thank him for that. Stewart provides us all with top class professional service and I look forward to working closely with him during the coming year. Special thanks go to Stewart’s wife Rebecca who has been brilliant in promoting the game with our ladies, juniors and the eagles and has kindly taken on the role as our Junior Welfare Officer. Teesside Golf Club take part in the Northern Junior golf tour a great event to promote junior golf, our course and facilities.

Special praise must go to our junior section which has recently produced some very low handicapped golfers under the guidance of our JLO Lee Norman. This section is open to all levels of golfer, all age groups for both girls and boys where they play competitively but with fun. If you have a child or relative that wants to try golf please seek out Lee or call in the professional shop for details.

Again, this year we must continue to focus on our course. Tony Foster our greens chairman ably supported by Lee Norman and Tony Sedgewick with Gary Evans our green keeper have a programme to continue with course improvements and presentation and we are investing in new equipment that will improve efficiency. Willing volunteers are always greatly appreciated so please see Tony or Lee if you can spare some time. May I thank Mick Bentley for his fine floral displays around the clubhouse and putting green that provides a wonderful first impression.

I wish our new Lady Captain Rebecca Pilgrim every success for the coming year along with our new Junior Captain Daniel Norman. Best wishes also to our TSU team managed by Paul Hutchinson and his assistant Chris McCann who are focused on promotion back to the first division. Every success also goes to Gordon Milestone and his senior’s team on their campaign in the TSU 2nd division. We also have a great competitive Rabbits section ably run by Frankie Hine and best of luck to him and his team. All members wishing to represent our teams please contact the respective team captains/managers.

Special thanks to our club sponsors who provide much needed support to help us with the costs on running a busy golf club. If you know of any business that maybe interested in sponsoring the club please see me or our marketing and sponsorship chairman Joe Kay or our professional Stewart Pilgrim.

May I also thank you our members for your continued support of Teesside Golf Club. I encourage you all to provide any suggestions that you feel could improve our course or facilities. Please pass them to me or any member of the committee. I will endeavour to play with different groups throughout the year and look forward to hearing your ideas.

I have to say I was delighted when Joe Walton accepted my invitation to be my Vice Captain for 2020. He has worked tirelessly for the club over the last few years on committee and I have no doubt he will go on to make an excellent Captain. I wish him great success this year and look forward to working closely with him.

I thank my friends and family for their fantastic support. They know what being Captain of this club means to me and appreciate the time I will spend in and around the club while performing my duties.

Finally, to all our members and visitors, enjoy the course and facilities, play well and have a great year.

Mark Thorpe

Captain Teesside Golf Club 2020