President Simon Tabel
(Keighley Golf Club)
I certainly didn’t anticipate what was to come when I took over as President at the end of February. We were looking forward to a return to competitive golf after a poor winter and had all our events scheduled, including, for the first time, the new Junior Order of Merit. Chris Foster had got the Union’s Scratch squad fired up and we were both confident that the team would be in with a great chance of YIDU league success.
Just a couple of weeks later it became apparent that the Covid Pandemic was worse than we anticipated & for many of us our last round was on the 21st March and this was already under distancing and no touching flags, rakes etc.
As I write this in early May there is some hope that we will be allowed to return to play, but our YIDU and Union League fixtures have already had to be cancelled, frankly, there was little option. When play resumes it will come with restrictions that we will have to endure. My main hope now this season is that all Clubs survive the financial impact, and if we get any competitive Union golf it will be a bonus.