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Oswestry’s new captain is itching to get going

JASON Harris has become one of the youngest captains in the history of Oswestry Golf Club after taking over as the Shropshire club’s new skipper this month.

The 49-year-old was due to drive-in on April 4 but will have to wait amidst the current pandemic.

“It’s too early to say when the re-arranged drive-in will be, but rest assured it will happen. Hopefully it will be a great way to signal golf is back to normal at Oswestry.

“It is really strange and unprecedented feeling to be the new captain during a pandemic. It almost doesn’t seem real, but I am still very proud to be one of the youngest captains Oswestry has had.

“It’s great that the club are looking to younger members for this honour and I’m delighted that my vice-captain for the year is younger again,” said Jason who lives in Oswestry and has worked in sales for more than 30 years.

“I was shocked and very privileged to be asked to take on the role,” explained the former Llanymynech member who switched membership to Oswestry eight years ago.

He added: “My father first got me into golf when I was 17-years-old.

Jason, along with new lady captain Margaret Evans, has chosen the Shropshire Blood Trust as his charity for the year.

“It will be great to see members and visitors helping us raise lots of vital funds for this wonderful charity. I have two official away days planned and there will be some more unofficial trips with friends of the golf club. I am also hoping my Captain’s Day and party will still be able to go ahead and, if they do, I will try to make them very inclusive for all members.”

The Captain’s Drive-In will now take place once the club re-opens. “I’ll be hoping to have good support from my friends and family, and I would be a liar if I said I won’t be nervous, but I am going to try and enjoy it. I will probably need a few stiff drinks before I tee off!

“My main aims for the year are to support all of our teams, make everyone feel welcome and to bring renewed harmony to the club.

“I am passionate about the game and the club and, when we get back playing again, I am looking forward to representing Oswestry at home and away.

“I am confident that people will be more appreciative of playing the game and that they will support the club more than ever once things get back to normal. Unfortunately, it takes something like this to realise what matters in our lives. Obviously, family is first and then the things we really miss! I am hopeful that we will see a surge in membership and confident that people will be more appreciative of what they have and hopefully we can all behave in a more harmonious way.”