Dave Turner becomes 115th captain of Seaton Carew Golf Club

Dave Turner has described his great pride in becoming Seaton Carew Golf Club’s 115th captain.

The Hartlepool-born 56-year-old, who has lived in Seaton Carew with his wife Ann since 1988, has been a member at the 10th oldest golf course in the country since 1992.

Dave has taken over the honour from Norman Bagley, who served an extended two years as captain because of the Covid pandemic.

The handover of the captaincy, at the club’s annual general meeting, coincided with Seaton Carew being named in National Club Golfer’s Top 100 rankings – claiming 46th best in England following significant improvement under course manager Tom Coulson.

Dave, a former Dyke House pupil who has two daughters and a third grandchild on the way, said: “At last – having been vice-captain for two years due to Covid it is a great honour to take over.

“Having looked at the photographs of the previous 114 captains displayed in our new Captains Corner in the Bunting Lounge, I am confident I will have the highest playing handicap of them all at 26!

“Norman steered the ship brilliantly during the last two years – the last captain to have two years was during the Second World War.”

The AGM also saw Irene Allcroft named the new lady captain and Louis Westmoreland as the junior captain. Eddie I’Anson also became vice-captain of the club.

It was also confirmed that outgoing professional Clifford Jackson has been nominated for an honorary life membership following 14 years of service to the club.

Dave added: “My chosen charity to help during my captaincy is the Macmillan Nurses. All monies raised will go directly to the Hartlepool section. Long-serving member and former captain Ian Philips has done some fantastic work with the charity over the last 30 years, and it will be nice to help the continued efforts to support the charity.”