Captain’s Messages

Brian Cox – Men’s Captain 2020

It is in great honour to be Captain of Birstall GolMen's Captain 2020 - Brian Coxf Club this year, exactly 30 years since my father, George Cox, fulfilled the role. I enjoyed my vice-captain year and was helped enormously by John Meacham, the outgoing Captain.

It has been a very strange time with no golf being played for a couple of months due to the Coronavirus and after anticipating a very busy year, I have not had a lot to do. However, with Competitions soon to be up and running again, I look forward to following the First Team and supporting the Help for Heroes games.

Despite having a much depleted staff due to the virus, everyone who plays Birstall Golf Course has commented on what a great condition it is in and praise should go to Chris and his staff for maintaining it so well during a difficult time.

My nominated Charity for this year is BAGS, a local cancer charity so I hope in the remaining months of the season, I will be able to raise as much as possible to donate to them.

I wish Cindy, the Lady Captain, a fantastic year and would just like to wish you all a happy and safe golfing year.

Brian Cox,

Men’s Captain 2020


Cindy Smith – Lady’s Captain 2020 

Lady Captain 2020 - Cindy SmithWhen joining Birstall Golf Club in 2015 never could I foresee being elected as Lady Captain in 2020. Nor could I have predicted how my tenure would begin; what a year it is proving to be so far!

With so many important dates in our calendar needing to be cancelled (The County Championships, Scratch and Handicap matches , Friendly Matches and the Lady Captains Weekend away to name but a few) alongside the Ladies Committee and Lady Vice Captain Joyce Calow the decision has been made to carry my captaincy over to 2021; thank you to you all for your support with this.

Golf provides an excellent opportunity to socialise and develop friendships that can last a lifetime; being a part of the Social Committee has only helped to reinforce this. It has been humbling to see the support of our members at such a difficult time for all golf clubs and despite the challenges this pandemic has posed, we are still moving forward as a club with ongoing maintenance and improvements around the course. I extend my sincere thanks to the Social Committee, the Greens Staff and everyone involved in allowing this to continue.

Golf also provides an excellent opportunity to fundraise and support local charity and it is one pillar of my captaincy that I am driven and motivated to see succeed. My charity for the year is LOROS, somewhere incredibly close to my heart having cared for my parents, amongst various family members and friends. The care and compassion shown by the staff at LOROS is truly remarkable and they need support from the community now, more than ever, facing a £1.5million deficit to their budget due to Covid-19. I volunteer there regularly and my eldest son (also a Birstall Golf Club Member) works in the fundraising department. Our fund will contribute to a specific project at the Hospice which will be determined at a later date, so Birstall Golf Club Members can know exactly where their money will go and the difference it will make.

There is no doubt that 2020 will be a year like no other, presenting unprecedented challenges to us all. I hope you can join myself and Mr Captain Brian Cox, support us and guide us throughout this season and help us ensure we still thrive as a golf club. I wish you an enjoyable year of golf ahead, but most important a safe year too!

Cindy Smith,

Lady’s Captain 2020