County president Gilchrist steps down – and then takes another role
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Doug Gilchrist stepped down as president of the Norfolk County Golf Union at the recent annual meeting – and promptly took up a new role!
After completing his term of office, Gilchrist was nominated, seconded and elected as the new captain of Norfolk's senior team, and will now be hoping to make his presence felt on the course after being a very popular figure off it.
The outgoing president thanked all the officers, volunteers and helpers who had assisted him throughout his four years of service - while the assembled audience gave him a fitting ovation for all his hard work.
The new man at the helm is the familiar figure of Mundesley's Graham Turner, who introduced Chris Taylor of Eaton as his vice-president.
The appointment of Dereham Golf Club's Stuart Goodman as new county treasurer was formally approved as were the re-appointments of county secretary Mike Devlin, junior secretary Norman Blanch and county captain Kevin Webb.
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Webb's decision to have another crack at the Anglian League title, having led Norfolk to a highly encouraging second place last season following a couple of lean years, was confirmed some time ago.
He will be joined by former professional and Costessey Park colleague Ian Rollett, who was appointed second team skipper at the annual meeting.
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Rollett, who is likely to be a playing captain, takes over from Dereham's Richard Wilson.
The pair will now be gathering their thoughts ahead of the opening league fixtures of the season on Sunday, May 7.
Norfolk's first team start their campaign at home to Northamptonshire at King's Lynn while the seconds travel to take on the same opposition at Kingsthorpe,
Webb will then have another big event to prepare for, the annual Eastern Counties Foursomes, which are being staged as usual at Seacroft in Lincolnshire.
The popular three-day competition runs from May 19-21.
Meanwhile an Easter Fair was held at Bawburgh Golf Club to raise money for the lady captain's charity, the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind.
A total of £221.16 was raised through a raffle and cake sale.