Meet the Club Representatives

PRESIDENT Pauline Brackett

PRESIDENT Pauline Brackett

Pauline lives in Hazel Grove and has been a member of the golf club since 1991. She was married to Bernard (who was also a long-standing member) for 50 years but sadly Bernard died last year. They have 2 children Darren and Amanda, as well as 5 grandchildren which should keep her very busy.

Hazel Grove Golf Club was very much the core of their lives (and still is for Pauline). Along with a great team of people, Pauline and Bernard were both heavily involved, and did a great job, of organsing many of the club’s social functions, as well as participating in lots of other club activities. They have always been big supporters of the club and it’s great to see Pauline still attending lots of social events.

Pauline is also a keen bridge player, playing at the Brookdale in Bramhall as well as the Hazel Grove Golf Club bridge group who are very welcoming. She also runs the Ladies Opens and the Mixed Opens (for which lots of volunteers are needed), and the camaraderie is second to none (cream teas at the halfway hut are always a great hit). New members are made very welcome and there is a buddy system in place to make sure they are sure of a game and well looked after.

Pauline says:-
It’s a great honour to be President of Hazel Grove Golf Club and I would like to thank the members for electing me. I’m looking forward to playing more golf and fulfilling my role as President with great enthusiasm”.

CAPTAIN Iain Cole

CAPTAIN Iain Cole

You won’t miss Iain whether it’s on the course or in the club. He has a distinctive sense of dress which is colourful at best and is a good indication of how he approaches golf. Bandanas, plus fours and a variety of golf socks in different combinations. ‘Fore’ is a cry to warn golfers of approaching errant shots, in Iain’s case this has a meaning all of its own. “You have been warned!”

Iain is a proud Scot, born in Falkirk and raised on the links in Fife before moving south in 1971. Having trained to be a PE teacher and sports psychologist he decided the Civil Service was the better career choice and has been mixing project delivery and policy (Alcohol and other tax stuff) for over 30 years. Iain is married to Ruth, a teacher and together they have two grown up daughters: Lorna, who has just started her teaching career and Mhairi, who is doing a gap year in Africa before going to university next year.

Iain has played golf all his life and joined “the Grove” in 1987-88 and has been an active member ever since. His attitude to golf is all about fun and tradition. He runs a summer solstice getting members out on the course at sunrise and has recently introduced a hickory challenge to remind golfers of all ages what old clubs can do.

About his year as Captain, he intends to tackle it with the same attention to detail that he puts into all his plans to give them the best chance to succeed:

“I am humbled, yet honoured to be Captain of this great club, especially at a time when we are seeing it coming back to its best. I want to devote my time to increasing our profile, representing the membership in all spheres and putting our club firmly on the local map. My vision is to put in place the cornerstones for growth that will give us all a sustainable future. My passion is to ensure we carry forward the ambitions, that everyone I speak to in the club talks about, become more of a reality over the coming year and into the years that follow.

I will probably play more golf over the coming 12 months than I have played for a long time, but I can assure you I will give every one of my playing partners 100% of my focus, energy and commitment, as if it was my first and only game of the year. I have lots of golfing challenges I want to undertake and would like the club to join in with. Above all else I want everyone who plays golf at the Grove this year to enjoy it, have great memories, good company and walk off the 18th with a smile. The 19th will be waiting in anticipation.”

Lady Captain, June Dawson

LADY CAPTAIN June Dawson

June lives in Cheadle Hulme, is married to Bob (who most of you know) and they have 2 sons and a beautiful granddaughter. Both sons have played in the club’s notorious “Glove” competition but have been warned to keep any stories to themselves!

June has been a great asset to Hazel Grove Golf Club since she arrived, she gets involved in many activities but the one she is really well known for is the beautiful flower arrangements which adorn our tables throughout the year.

“As Lady Captain I’ve been thinking back to when my husband (Bob) and I first came to Hazel Grove on a taster day, we both knew it was a perfect fit. The members we met socially, and then went on to play 18 holes with, were so friendly and helpful. Since then those members have become firm friends.

My aim as Lady Captain is simply to have fun on and off the course. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support offered by the membership and I’m honoured to be part of this club and hope to represent it to the best of my ability, both on and off the course.

I have the support of a superb committee, all excellent at their individual roles, and I know this will mean a happy smooth-running year.

I’m looking forwards to playing golf with Mr Captain and our Professional, James Rowlands. Both are fantastic players so I hope to pick up some useful points.

Apart from our outstanding course, another great aspect of our club is the social events. Throughout the year many varied functions from quizzes and race nights to themed evenings, are very popular with our members and their friends (all of who are a great support). All this, combined with excellent food, great staff and great entertainment means good fun is had by all.

Don’t take my word for it, come along and meet me at a taster day, ring the Pro now.

JUNIOR CAPTAIN Jamie Allen

JUNIOR CAPTAIN Jamie Allen

Jamie started playing golf at the age of 12 when he joined Hazel Grove Golf Club. He thinks much of his, and the Junior Section’s success, is down to the hard work of the Junior Organiser, Kathie Glazier (along with her husband Paul) and James Rowlands the Club Professional. He has thoroughly enjoyed being a member at HGGC. Throughout his time in the Junior Section he has had great support from the rest of the Junior Members, the Junior Organisers and the club members in general. Currently Jamie plays off a handicap of 16.

Jamie has been a regular member of the HGGC Junior Team in the Derbyshire & Cheshire League. He strives to be a mature, well-mannered and confident Junior Member and is always willing to support newcomers into the Junior Section.

Jamie is currently studying A Levels in Maths, Chemistry and Economics at Fallibroome Academy in Macclesfield. He wants to gain an apprenticeship in engineering or surveying once he has completed his studies. He is currently working towards gaining the Gold Award in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Jamie says:-
“I am delighted to be chosen as Junior Captain. I am looking forward to representing Hazel Grove Golf Club and hope to retain the Derbyshire & Cheshire League for the 3rd time in succession. I feel the role of Junior Captain will increase my confidence. I’m hoping to reduce my handicap and win another major in my last year as a junior. I’d like to wish all the Juniors, Captain, Lady Captain, President and Members lots of success for the coming year.”