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Wirral man gets set for Cheshire presidency role

HESWALL’S John Roberts is looking forward to a great year as president of the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs.

He began playing at the Wirral-based club with his four handicap father at the age of 14 then he joined himself at the age of 18.

John said: “As to my time in golf I am afraid that it is wholly unspectacular so far as playing is concerned. I am now 67 years old so I have been a member a long time and was the captain of the club in 2002.

“My current handicap is 19 and my lowest was 14, as a result of a rather extraordinary round of golf about 12 years ago.

“It was a Stableford competition on the shorter winter course in 2003 and I had one of those once in a lifetime rounds where everything just goes right. I had a round of 74 gross off a handicap of 18 for 51 points!

“Had it been a Monthly Medal my nett score would have been an incredible 56!

“I went on to win the competition by a mile and was immediately cut by four shots.

“Other than that one round my high points would have been winning Division B in a medal back in the 1980’s and winning the Summer Fourball Knockout in 1996.”

He joined the Cheshire County Executive Committee in 2004 and served for five years until 2008 when he resigned due to not having the time to devote to it. He was re-elected in 2013 and became deputy president in 2014.

Professionally I was called to the bar by Middle Temple in 1970 and practised as a barrister on the Northern Circuit until 1993 when I became a Circuit Judge and I retired from the bench at the end of 2012.

“It is a great honour to serve CUGC as their president along with a great committee,” said John, who is urging members of all the affiliated clubs to log on to the county website.

“It is both the source of information about and the means of access to the resources of the CUGC and within the site you can find extensive current and historic information and records concerning county golf in Cheshire, together with links to our affiliated clubs, county and national partners.

“It also provides details of all of our fixtures for 2015 and enables you to gain direct access to our Championship Programme and submit entries to individual events online.

“There are also details about the Cheshire Card and the EG Members Benefit Package for which it is well worthwhile taking just a few minutes to register on.”

For further information, visit www.cheshiregolf.org.uk.