I would like to thank the members of Belton Woods Golf Club for electing me as Captain for 2021, it’s a great honour and along with my Vice Captain, Mr Max Bates and the rest of the committee I wish you all a warm welcome.

Our golf courses have matured over the past 30 years to become some of the very best challenges the East Midlands has to offer, with the continued support of the Belton Woods Hotel management and green keeping staff I’m sure this year will see both courses in superb condition again.

With the introduction of the new World Handicap system I hope it encourages more social golfers to gain a handicap and start joining us in our Sunday competitions. The competitions run throughout the year and I look forwards to seeing the familiar faces along with hopefully some new ones.

For those golfers with a Handicap, our teams should be starting to arrange fixtures for this coming season, Team golf is a great format and the A, B and C teams cater for all handicap ranges and abilities, my thanks go to the 2021 team captains, A team, Rob Palframan, B team Nathan Smith and C Team Les Stewart.

I want to congratulate the Seniors Captain, Colin Musson, the Lady Captain, Sue Raynor and the Junior Captain, Andrew Mulhall on being elected for 2021, and wish you and your respective committees all the very best for your coming year.

I will be fund raising for the We Are With You Metal Health Charity. Struggling with Mental health is something that will affect many of us whether directly or indirectly and yet we (mainly men) find it difficult to openly talk about, (as was probably evident during my Captains address at the AGM). I have seen first-hand the wonderful work these people carry out to assist people in dire need and I know that you will get behind me and show your support during 2021. To kick start the fundraising I'll be starting a sponsored diet for this Charity and will keep you updated as to how its going during the year.

The start to our golfing year in 2021 has not been as I had imagined when I was asked by Graham Bell to be his Vice for last year, Let’s hope we can all get through this safely and get back to sunny afternoons,  green fairways and maybe a social beverage in our 19th Hole.

Good Golfing

Dave Hitch

Belton Woods Captain 2021