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A message from the President
I sit here looking outside at a grey and wet winter day and reflect on what should have been our Centenary Season. We managed a very successful Annual Dinner at Elland Road in March, probably the largest gathering they have managed all season however, the dreadful Covid 19 Virus changed everything and the end of March saw golf shut down completely until the middle of May.
The Leeds & District Union Scratch, Nett and Junior League matches were all cancelled for the season along with Yorkshire Inter District Union Senior and Junior representative league matches. However, we managed a window of opportunity when restricted golf and clubhouse access restarted mid-July and we were able to stage a limited no of events, details and results of which can be viewed on the website.
It was our sincere hope to play the November Alliance at Pontefract on the 5th November with another full field but alas the second phase of Covid -19 forced a lockdown until the 2nd December and refunds had to be made. The ongoing restrictions have also forced the regrettable cancellation of the very social and enjoyable Annual Charity fund raising Xmas Alliance, kindly hosted each year by Scarcroft Golf Club. It is also not practical to believe that we will be able to successfully stage the January and February Alliances scheduled early in the New Year.
Whilst many of us will feel rather deprived of our usual LDU competive golf and social calendar, spare a thought for our junior section who have also suffered, many of whom were in the final year of representing the Union in Junior Team matches and also those who were hoping for their first opportunity to represent Leeds and District for the first time. All of that, of course could be considered rather selfish as golf has actually got away rather lightly compared with many other sports and of course many businesses have suffered significantly throughout this period.
This year our Centenary Celebrations have not been what we had anticipated. The Union formation date was in September 1920, we have therefore re-scheduled our Centenary Programme commencing next year 2021 with competitive Centenary competitions to be played throughout the 2021 playing season – details will be available on our website early in 2021.
This year has certainly been challenging for all of us. However, The Executive and our Sponsors have shown great commitment and loyalty throughout this difficult period. We owe our thanks to our Main Sponsor – Andrew Thirkhill of Age Partnership for his continued support and to Maurice Ludwell of Ludwell Electrical for his sponsorship of the 2nd Div Team Championships and Steve Cavanagh of The Copier Company for the Junior Order of Merit. The continued support of our Sponsors and you our Members have enabled us once more to make a significant donation to The Leeds Childrens Charity helping younger less fortunate people in our City.
The Executive have worked extremely hard in ensuring that as many of the scheduled events as possible in the second half of the season took place, with Covid restrictions safely adhered to at the Clubs that kindly hosted us. My thanks to both the hard-working Executive Members and indeed the Clubs for all their contributions.
The camaraderie and friendship of our membership as displayed at the oversubscribed Alliance Events is plain to see and I am sure we are all keen to resume to normal golf as soon as possible. Hopefully the much talked about Vaccine is around the corner and we may consider ourselves to be on the 18th hole but please remain vigilant and do not relax on the final drive.
At this time on behalf of myself and the Executive of the Leeds & District Union I wish you and all your families a Safe, Happy Christmas and New Year.
PLAY SAFE STAY SAFE
Geoff Mortimer – Leeds & District Union President