Meet the Club Representatives

President - Andrew Hill

President – Andrew Hill

Andrew joined Hazel Grove in July 1972 and has always played a very active part in the club’s teams and beyond. He is delighted to accept the role as HGGC President and said it was a great honour, he also stated how proud he was to be able to follow in his father’s footsteps. Andrew’s father was Malcolm Hill (who many of you knew well), Malcolm also served as both Captain and President during his years as HGGC’s longest serving Professional – a very high honour indeed.

Andrew, a Category 1 golfer who plays off 1, has been playing golf since being very young and has shared his love of the game ever since. He won the Cheshire boys in 1975 and played for England boys in 1977 and 1978 (where Harry ‘the Dog’ Davies caddied for him). He made his debut for the Cheshire Men’s team in 1978 and played for them 169 times in total – what an accomplishment!! Andrew then went on to win the Men’s County Championship at Prestbury in 1992 – how proud are we at Hazel Grove? He still currently plays for the Cheshire Senior Team.

Andrew has acquired the nickname Bond because of his passion for Bond films and, like James Bond, he has a charming personality and a great sense of humour underneath the quiet unassuming character he portrays. He reckons this is possibly the reason why women find him so irresistible! This year we are eagerly anticipating being both shaken and stirred by this lovely guy called BOND.

Andrew inspires both old and new members alike. The one thing he probably isn’t aware of in his new role is the obligation, as President, to play mixed golf!!! How will he cope with that?? OR more importantly, how will the Ladies of Hazel Grove Golf Club cope with that??

He said of his appointment “I am absolutely delighted to be elected as HGGC’s President and look forward to working with the other dignitaries as well as representing the club and its members during the next 12 months”.

Andrew will be supported in his new role by the Captain, Lady Captain and Junior Captain, as well as his many friends at the club and we all wish him well and hope he has a great year.

Captain - Simon Ashton

Captain – Simon Ashton

Although Simon has strong family roots in Lytham, he has lived in Marple since 1982. He met Anna at University in Manchester in 1978 and they married in 1985. They have 2 teenage children and (almost as important) 2 cats.

Simon is a solicitor and, during his career, he spent several years sitting as a part time Judge across North Wales and the North West of England.
As one of 9 children, there has always been a significant degree of competitiveness in whatever he does. Life in the Ashton family is dominated by 3 things – sport, sport and sport! Both Anna and Simon volunteered at the London Olympics and spent a wonderful few weeks in London throughout the event.

Simon is a member of Marple Cricket Club where he played for many years and still enjoys the occasional visit to watch and support the teams. He also played competitive squash at the same club for many years. He still takes part in triathlons and is a devotee of parkrun and all it stands for. He is the Treasurer of Marple Swimming Club and a season ticket holder at AFC Fylde, currently in the National League but destined for greater things. He is also a member of Stockport County’s Supporters Co-operative.

Simon is proud to be a life member of The Grove and is looking forward to a busy year on many fronts: social, golf (especially Winter League with Roller) and assisting in what will undoubtedly be a progressive year of change for the club. He also looks forward immensely to associations with Lady Captain, President and others at the club including all sections.

He is a great believer in charity begins at home and any funds raised will go towards a club development initiative (to be announced in time) and Bone Cancer Trust, part of which will be a first ever charity golf day for the Trust’s benefit.

Lady Captain - Margaret Farrell

Lady Captain – Margaret Farrell

Margaret lives in Cheadle Hulme with her partner Martin, who is also a member of HGGC and he bakes great cakes!

Margaret first joined HGGC in 2006 when she was offered a complimentary round of golf to see how she would fare on the course and meet some members. Needless to say she said she didn’t play too well but decided this was a club she wanted to join as it was a “proper” golf club and not a “hotel linked” course (which was where she was previously a member). She certainly has no regrets about joining HGGC, she said the camaraderie and support of the members is fantastic.

“It is a privilege and a great honour to be Lady Captain for 2018-2019 and the support from all the membership has been overwhelming. I will endeavour to represent Hazel Grove Golf Club to the best of my ability. It will be an exciting year, not only for myself, but for the club as a whole as we look forward to new challenges, one of which for me will be to play some great golf with Mr Captain and our Professional James Rowlands. I hope they have strong shoulders!

I have the support of a superb committee and it’s good to have some of the newer lady members taking up various roles, all of whom – I’m sure – will have a great input to the smooth running of our Ladies Section.

Apart from our outstanding course, our social events are varied with tribute nights and games nights plus seasonal celebrations – they are all extremely popular with our members so combine this with excellent food, great staff and great entertainment and you are guaranteed to have a great time.

What more can I say, it’s a fantastic club, you should come along and give us a try – just ring the Pro – we’d love to meet you. If all else fails, remember, Keep Calm and Carry on Golfing, preferably at Hazel Grove”.

Junior Captain - Harry Hanson

Junior Captain – Harry Hanson

Harry joined Hazel Grove in August 2016. He went on to reduce his handicap from 45 to 32 in his first year then just two years later he is down to 11!

In 2017 Harry won the Jack Lees Trophy and the Junior Championship and in 2018 he won the Junior Centenary Trophy as well as the Singles Knock-out. Harry is also an integral part of the junior team.

“It’s a great honour for me to be appointed Junior Captain of Hazel Grove Golf Club. We have a thriving Junior section here superbly run by Kathie and Paul Glazier, with great support from our Pro, James Rowlands. I really would urge any young people in the area to come along and try out such a great game on a great course. We always welcome new members, regardless of ability”.

We all wish you a great year Harry. Congratulations.