New man wants to show all members what the union provides each year
Peter Whitehead is relishing the challenges he has undertaken by becoming the new Cheshire County Secretary at Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs Ltd and also acting as Company Secretary.
He took over the role from Steve Foster, who had been in the position for 15 years, progressing Cheshire into being one of the most respected counties.
Whitehead started his golf as a junior at The Mere Golf Club, joining his dad in the late 1960s and, apart from ten years when he worked in the Midlands and played at Kidderminster Golf Club, he has been a member at The Mere – where he was secretary from 2005 to 2012.
“I became involved with the CUGC from 2010 to the present as administrator for the Life Members Association for the CUGC, organising from start to finish seven or eight cost-effective Gents BB Pairs Golf Days per year with an average of over 160 golfers per event creating extra revenue for the county,” said Whitehead.
“One of the early tasks in my new role will be seeking a replacement to take over the running of this highly successful golf society.”
Whitehead is also looking to make members of Cheshire’s affiliated clubs aware of the opportunities the Cheshire Union provides for them each year and show that it offers them to members of all abilities – not just the top county players.
“We offer relevant advice to our affiliated clubs through correspondence from myself and the Board, our Delegate meetings, the Cheshire Golf Development Group and two Club Support Officers.
“Opportunities include the County Life Membership scheme which can be obtained via the county website and the Cheshire Card, which can be obtained from club secretaries giving discounted green fees at a large number of clubs in England as well as Cheshire.”
Last year, Cheshire was the first county in England to host a nine-hole championship, staged at Alderley Edge GC, with men, ladies and juniors able to enter. Following its overwhelming success, it will be held again this year this year at Hale Golf Club on Wednesday, August 22.
The Mixed Pairs Foursomes staged each year at Vale Royal Abbey is another innovative competition that has grown in strength year after year and this will be held on October 7, when affiliated clubs can enter their top mixed pair to compete in the hotly contested event.