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Richard is new Captain of County Armagh Golf Club

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Richard is new Captain of County Armagh Golf Club thumbnailCounty Armagh Golf Club’s new Captain Richard Stewart is congratulated by outgoing 2016 Captain Martin Oliver.

COUNTY Armagh Golf Club unveiled its new Captain for 2017 - Richard Stewart - on New Year's Day.

Members and friends packed the city clubhouse for the inauguration ceremony when 2016 Captain Martin Oliver presented Richard with his new Captain's blazer.

Richard has been a member of County Armagh Golf Club since 2002 and Public Relations Officer for more than 10 years. For the past year he has served as Vice Captain to Martin Oliver during his term in office as Captain.

Playing off a handicap of 13, he regularly enjoys the company of colleagues in club competitions and has represented the club on the Pierce Purcell Foursomes and Rossmore Cup teams.

Speaking at the Captain's inauguration, Richard said: "I am absolutely delighted - very humbled and very honoured - to be Captain of County Armagh Golf Club for 2017. I can't think of a better way to get the New Year started.

“I was in my late 30's when I joined the Club - in 2002 - invited to become a full member by the then Captain Damien Murray.

“I was 'gifted' the post of PRO - and for more than 10 years years now I've been writing about the members as well as taking photographs - for the local papers - and our club website.

“I've loved every minute of it and it's a role which has allowed me to get to know so many of our members and to work very closely with so many of our Club Captains.

“In recent years the men at the helm of this great club have had many difficult challenges to deal with. I would commend their courage, vigour and foresight.

“My hope is that I - like all those who have gone before me - can be just as courageous and capable, energetic and successful as Captain for 2017

“Having been a member of Council for the last five years, I've witnessed much of the efforts of Captains and Council at close hand. In the last year I have learned much from Captain Martin Oliver. It's been a pleasure to work closely with him.

“Looking forward, I am very fortunate that I have a Council - with some new faces on board, a mixture of youth and some very great experience of all things golf - which will help guide me through 2017.

“The GUI and ILGU proposals for One Governing Body will also offer me personally an opportunity to work closely with our ladies and especially our new Lady Captain Gail Steed and Lady Vice Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney.

“I would also congratulate Lady Captain Gail and Lady Vice Captain Elizabeth in their new roles, and I wish them, our President Walter Neville, our club teams and all of our members, a very happy and prosperous New Year."

Richard has selected the very popular and long-serving member and Council member Colm Shannon to be his Vice Captain for the year ahead. Paddy Burns, as Honorary Secretary and Pat McAleavey as Honorary Treasurer, will also assist the new Captain during his tenure.

Meanwhile, the Captain's Inaugural 9-hole stableford competition played on New Year's Day, was won by Ian O'Hea, with a winning score of 22 points.

Martin Oliver's Captain's Farewell competition was won by Ciaran McCreesh with a winning score of 33 points.

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