Mike ready for a good year in office

DIDSBURY Golf Clubís new Captain Mike Black has enjoyed being a member of his beloved club for the past 34 years when he gave up playing cricket at Sale CC to take up golf.

Mike is still a keen cricket follower.and he also loves going to race meetings.

He said: " Iím a member of a racing club and a Royal Ascot royal enclosure member. I had the honour of representing the racing club when we had a winner at the Royal meeting, greeting the trainer, horse and jockey in the winnerís enclosure. I look a bit of a turkey in top hat and tails though!- I am also a supporter of Godís Own Manchester City.

"My current handicap is 19 and my best was 13 and my favourite course other than Didsbury is the Gullane course near Edinburgh which is like a true golfing village with three good links courses that I have played numerous times

Mike Black


"My favourite hole at Didsbury is the 13th Ė it is not a long hole but the drive has to be accurate or you are in the trees, this is then followed by a shot to a well guarded green with bunkers front, left and right with a drop off the back of the green Ė it gives everybody a chance but can lend itself to bigger numbers.

"My own golfing highlight came many years ago when I was invited to play an invitation day by a friend.

"We set ourselves up for a friendly fourball with a couple of others we knew. After the front nine we had managed 17 points, our partners a few less.

"The club where we were playing had a halfway house so we sat down and had a beer, everybody else seemed to be doing the same -donít know what was in the beer but on the back nine we scored 27 points, to win the competition, take the money and enjoy a good liquid evening. Never come close to it since but one we still talk about!

"The Ladies Captain Lynda Goddard and I are supporting the Alzheimerís Society. We both know too many people affected by it..

"My dream four-ball to play in may sound obvious but can you imagine playing 18 holes with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Gary Player. I could throw Arnie into the mix but unfortunately heís no longer with us. If you couldnít learn from those three you couldnít learn, added to the fact that the tales they could tell about their golfing lives would be priceless. Imagine what those guys could have done with modern equipment.

"My final thought is to take Didsbury Golf Club forward during the coming year.


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