With this month's magazine being our 75th edition, we have asked North East golf clubs to identify any of their members who will be celebrating their 75th birthday this month. And we do have one golfer who has that honour and we wish Alan Whittle from Consett Golf Club a very happy birthday.
Alan started playing golf in 1964 at Crook Golf Club in County Durham where remained a member until 1980. He served on the committee for eleven years and captained the club in 1976. Alan recalls that year with fond memories, he said: "I was the captain at Crook in 1976 and that was the year the course opened as eighteen holes. It was a very busy year because we also opened Crook's new clubhouse."
During that period, Alan also played at South Moor Golf Club. He said: "I was the Foundry Manager at Blairs near the Redhaugh Bridge in Newcastle, it's not there anymore and with living in Lanchester by the time I got to Crook, the nights had gone so I joined South Moor for a couple of years."
In 1980, he joined Consett Golf Club and has remained a member there to this day. Alan recalls: "Geoff Cook was captain when I joined and I have enjoyed my time here at Consett. I served as House Manager for seven or eight years and was the Club Development Manager for a period. More recently I was the treasurer of the Seniors Section and up until 18 months ago, organised and ran the Seniors Opens."
Sadly, Alan now has a medical problem which has prevented from playing his beloved game but his condition is improving and he hopes in the coming months, to bring his clubs out of retirement and resume playing the sport he misses so much.
In the meantime Alan can only watch from the clubhouse where at the very least, he does have Golf North East to keep him company - we would like to take this opportunity to wish him the very best for the future.