Durham and Northumberland unions welcome new presidents

The new presidents of the Durham County Golf Union and Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs have been welcomed to their respective positions ahead of the 2024 season.

In Durham, Bishop Auckland’s Gerry Johnson became the 36th president of the county after receiving his badge of office from out-going president David Proud.

A former captain of Bishop Auckland and Ganton, Gerry is also a member of The R&A. In his acceptance speech, he expressed his gratitude at being given the honour of being president for the next two years while also paying tribute to David for his dedicated and diligent service to the union.

In Northumberland, Arcot Hall’s Paul Brennan has succeeded Ian Harrison as president of the union. The county’s voting representative at England Golf, Paul is also a member of the board of the Northern Counties Golf Union, and chairman of the Newcastle & District Golf League.

“It’s a tremendous honour to become president,” said Paul. “I’ve enjoyed being part of the executive and the many other roles I’ve had in golf, both at Arcot Hall and beyond – and I’m sure the next two years will add to all those fantastic experiences.

“Watching and being part of elite amateur golf is brilliant – I’ve loved it ever since I was captain of Arcot in 2012 and look forward to seeing the best players compete in more matches and events. We’re in a good place as a county and I’d love to see us enjoy some more success, while making sure to enjoy every minute of the next two years.”

Meanwhile, Durham also has a new county captain with Rockcliffe-based Mike Greener taking on the role with the support of new vice-captains Mark Walker (Bishop Auckland) and Jonathan Ward (Durham City).