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Adam prepares for Open challenge

By David Birtill

THESE are exciting times for Adam Moule following his recent appointment as managing secretary at Royal Birkdale.

And looming high on the horizon is the Open Championship, which returns to the Southport links for the 10th occasion in July.

Moule, previously incumbent for a decade at Manchester’s Marriott Worsley Park Golf Club, succeeded Mike Gilyeat who sadly died suddenly last year.

“It’s a big change for me but I’ve been made very welcome,” he said. “I’m getting myself up to speed with everything related to Royal Birkdale but noting that it takes at least 12 months to get to know a golf club through a full season.

“It’s a very friendly club and I’m pleased with how progressive it is particularly given its rich history. It’s also a family orientated club and that’s been very visible since I arrived here.”

Moule, who lives in Buckshaw Village, in Chorley, is not unduly upset by the fact that the only view from his office window is the car park!

“If I strain my neck I can see the first tee but being denied a fuller view is a blessing in disguise. If I could see the course all the time I would want to be out there all the time as well!”

He still keeps in touch with his former Worsley Park colleagues. But he added: “My main focus is being over here getting to know the club and all its intricacies and preparing for an exciting season ahead.”