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Year of memories for Chester captain

CHESTER Golf Club captain Paul Walker is fast approaching the end of his year in office and he reckons it’s been one of the best years of his life!

The Leeds United fan who hands over to his vice-captain Fraser Fowlie next month, said: “It has been fabulous. An honour and a privilege to have been captain of such a great club.”

In a year crammed with great memories, he has two real highlights. “My Captain’s Day was one. I welcomed the first group onto the tee at 7.30am and the last at 2.30pm. I worked in the halfway house during late afternoon and took in a few holes with my eldest son Mark as he took photos of some of the action. All the winners returned to the club during the evening to collect prizes and there was a great turn out from members and past captains who all enjoyed a marvellous meal as we then danced and drank the night away.

“The other highlight was my other son Gavin hitting a hole-in-one on our third hole during our Cayzer Cup in late June. It was great that he did it in my year as captain and I was able to present him with a bottle of Champagne.

“I have lots of other great memories like presenting Keith Thomas with Champagne after he also aced the third hole and handing the Club Championship trophy to our first-time winner Dan Percy.”

Walker has played an active role within the club for many years and currently sits on the management committee. He has also been chair of marketing, match and golf.

He teamed up with lady captain Gail Powell to raise funds for Dial West Cheshire, improving the lives of disabled people. “We have raised about £12,000 so far and both Gail and myself plan to return there to see how the money will be spent,” said Walker, who has become friends with some of his fellow captains at other clubs during the year. “I have got to know Peter Scullion (Vicars Cross), Tony Mapp (Upton) and Mike Brereton (Eaton) well and we have had some tremendous battles during the scratch match series. We have played golf together at Caldy, Wallasey, Heswall, North Wales and other local courses. They really are a great bunch of people who have represented their clubs with dignity, pride and passion.”

Walker has enjoyed teaming up with club pro Scott Booth for the Winter League, which has just reached the knockout stage. “Playing with Scott has been an eye opener as to how the game should be played. Great ball striking, super putting and fun to be with. We have qualified for the main shield event and Scott is just waiting for me now to contribute towards winning a hole!

“I have put my heart and soul into being captain and am looking forward to handing over to Fraser. He has been an excellent vice-captain and has become a close friend. He will be a very modern-day captain, which is something that all clubs now need.”

If he had to give the incoming captain one piece of advice? “I would simply say just enjoy every minute as time goes so quickly.”

Walker’s last official role will be on March 6 at the club’s AGM.