Tees Valley golf stalwart Anthony Abraham, a past president of Yorkshire, has accepted the nomination to become President Elect of the English Golf Union for the year 2010 with a view to becoming President in 2011. The 66-year-old avid fan of golf and soccer says he is delighted and astonished to be considered and is looking forward to the next two years.
He said; "I was almost speechless when I received the letter. It had never crossed my mind that I might be asked. But this is a great honour for myself, my club, the district union and my county."
Anthony (pictured) was born in 1943 in the house in which he still lives in Carperby, Wensleydale in North Yorkshire.
He remains managing director of the family company, which has developed from haulage to a property and garage business.
Anthony was educated locally, then at Earnseat School, Arnside, at Sedbergh School and subsequently St Catharine's College, Cambridge where he read Classics.
At university he played golf for Cambridge Stymies and occasionally represented the Blues team. He was a Category One golfer for many years, representing the Teesside Union on occasions, but never Yorkshire.
Captain of Catterick Golf Club in 1976 (President since 1999 to date) and President of the Teesside Union in 1982, he was elected to the Yorkshire Committee in 1988. He was chairman of the Championship Committee from 1993 -95; and chairman of Junior Golf & Coaching Committee from 1996-2000, a member of the Yorkshire Selection Committee from 1988-2002 and from 2004-6; and was Yorkshire President in 1998.
His association with the English Golf Union began in 1991 when he was asked to look after course development work in Yorkshire. He was appointed to the Junior Committee as regional delegate for Yorkshire in 1996, a position he held to 2001. Together with David Beardall and Dr Frank Harkins, he was instrumental in initiating the North of England Under 16 Championship, and is still closely involved with this event.
He was the Yorkshire representative on the EGU Executive Committee 1999-2001 when he was appointed to a new role as chairman of the National Coaching Committee, a position he held until 2005. He takes great pride in the number of good golfers who have developed their game to high levels after being helped by the EGU Coaching system.
He was a member of the EGU Tournament Panel 2000-2009 and refereed at international level on many occasions. From September 2003 to February 2009 he was Chairman of England Selectors.
Following the establishment of the English Golf Union Limited he was elected to represent the interests of Yorkshire clubs. Always keen to encourage young golfers to stay in education, when he retired as chairman of selectors he was appointed University Liaison Officer and is the England Golf representative on British Universities & College Sport.
Other interests include contract bridge - he is captain of the Wensleydale team in the Yorkshire League - and football. He has been secretary of Carperby Rovers AFC, president of the Wensleydale Football League and is a season ticket holder at West Bromwich Albion.
He is married to Evelyn, a nurse and farmer's daughter from Sedgefield and they have two sons, Charles, a Solicitor in Leeds, and Daniel, a football coach, who runs his own coaching company.
Anthony is the third president to come from Yorkshire in the past two decades - the late Michael Field held the post in 1993 and Michael Doyle in 2001 - and is the third successive presidential appointment from the north of England.