INTERNATIONALLY renowned tax consultant Nigel Clay is the new captain of Redditch Golf Club having taken on the role at the start of the month and has pledged to continue the good work of his predecessor, the 2014 captain Phil Guise.
Clay, who joined Redditch Golf Club ten years ago, said: “This is a challenging time for most businesses and golf clubs are no exception.
“Phil has left a strong legacy with a club that has had an exceptional sporting year and is now poised to build its membership through increased connection with our local community, both golfing and business.
“Our club at Lower Grinsty Lane on the west side of Redditch not only has a superb golf course, it also has very good facilities for business and we intend to grow the club’s commercial activities.
“To drive this we are very pleased that we have now had our first General Manager, Sue McDevitt, for a year, and we have highly motivated club members on all the key committees to support her.”
Clay will be supported in the coming year by new marketing committee chairman Stuart Mee, who was formerly the club’s honorary secretary.
He is joined as club captain by Viv Hind who is captain of the club’s ladies’ section and they have elected to pool their resources for their respective captains’ charity events.
“Viv and I decided that we would both like to raise funds for research into Parkinson’s Disease during our year in office and that it made sense to combine our efforts,” he said.
Redditch Golf Club runs a number of charity events on behalf of the captain’s charity every year and details of a rolling programme will be announced shortly.
On the membership front, Clay hopes the club will be able to build on the successes of 2014 which saw an increase in ladies membership and a significant resurgence in the junior section.
“Not only do we have a number of younger members joining the club, whether they already play or are joining to learn, we also have one of the most successful junior sections in the Midlands,” he said.
“Our assistant pro Alex Richardson and the junior section manager Steve Butler have been responsible for the number of younger members in the club continuing to grow and we want to maintain this momentum and build on it.”
The new vice-captain of Redditch Golf Club, who will assume the captain’s role on December 1 next year, is former RAF Group Captain Cas Capewell.