We’d like to formally announce Graham Lindley as our 2020 & 2021 Golf Captain!
Graham has been a part of Patshull Park history long before it was a hotel, having been brought up locally in Seisdon and has been playing golf here since for over twenty years.
Graham tells us…
“Every Captain thrives to achieve things during their term. Due to coronavirus, all hopes I have for this year are currently in the lap of the gods. It’s a very difficult time for everyone, but I’m staying positive and I’ll be ready when the restrictions are lifted.
Last year was a pleasure to assist past Golf Captain Mal Mitchell in bringing the Triangular trophy home to Patshull, removing it from the grasp of Telford and Worfield golf clubs . Retaining it and attempting to bring more trophies home to Patshull is on my agenda for my term, along with wearing the Club Captains badge with pride and doing my best to represent the club with honour and commitment.
My nominated charity for 2020 will be The Midland Air Ambulance, which being based so close to the estate is a vital service to us and our local community. I’ve also already donated to Compton Care through a golf competition we held for one of our late members in January. If there are any other charities that I can help during my journey as Captain I will too.
Luckily it appears that I am to carry on as Captain in 2021 which means I can carry on with planning a full Captain’s year and be ready to represent the club next year too.
This summer many events have understandably had to be cancelled. Like many members, I’m remaining optimistic so I’m continuing planning for Captains Day on 23rd August, although time will tell if this goes ahead on this date. Having the opportunity to Captain the club in 2021, I will at least be well practised in the planning part for next year!
What is your history with Patshull Park?
Having been born and bred a few miles from Patshull, my history with the estate stems from before there was a hotel and golf course. In the early 1970s, my family would have days out fishing on the Great Lake, and I become a member of Pattingham Junior Anglers, fishing many of the pools on the Patshull estate.
The first time I played golf I was around 14 and played with friends in the summer holidays on organised sessions set up by local clubs.
After a short hiatus from the area, my family returned to manage the Dartmouth Arms in Burnhill Green from 1986 until 1997 and my father become a golf member at Patshull Park where I was given the opportunity to try the course and I was hooked!
I joined Patshull Park as a member in 1998 after playing the course many times as a guest for the previous five or six years. In 2003 my late father Brian Lindley became Golf Captain of the club but sadly passed away during his term. My mum Mary took on the running of the 8th tee hut, known to many a thirsty golfer. As a memorial to my father, we have a memorial bench outside the 8th tee hut as well as a tree that we planted to the right side of the 7th green.
Being asked to be Golf Captain and following in my late father’s footsteps only had one answer and that was yes, making a bit of history on the way.
To say that I am proud to serve the Club is an understatement.”