Northumberland looking to build on 2021’s success

The Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs is looking to build on its success last season with a new management structure for the county’s men’s team and the appointment of a new president. 

In 2021, the county celebrated phenomenal success with national titles for Phil Ridden and Andrew Minnikin, a third Big Six win in four events for the men’s team, and a first English Boys’ County Finals win.

Newcastle United’s Ian Harrison, who served as the county’s secretary for six years and has held a number of positions within golf in the region, was installed as president at the county AGM at Ponteland Golf Club.

“It’s a huge honour and privilege to become president of the county,” said Ian. “I’ve done lots of different roles in county and league golf, and I hope my two years as president will be a lot of fun. Our success last season was outstanding and we have some highly talented players in Northumberland right now. I’m looking forward to seeing what they achieve this year.” 

Meanwhile, a new management structure for the county’s men’s team has been put in place. Graham Forrest has taken on the role of captain, while Phil Ridden will serve as team manager with the assistance of Simon Coultas and Mark Laverick. All four have been instrumental in transforming the boys system.

Graham said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to take on the role of captain. The success of our players in recent years is all down to their hard work and commitment. Our role is to create a structure which identifies the best players and allows them to play their best golf. We have two reigning national champions and a national title-winning team of juniors right now and our winter sessions have gone well. It’s going to be an exciting season and we’re looking forward to getting started.”