JAMES Washington, assistant secretary of the Halifax, Huddersfield Union, has moved into full time administration in golf on being appointed secretary-manager of the Bradford club.
It is the realisation of an ambition by Washington, who has succeeded long serving Trevor Eagle at Bradford on being selected for the advertised post.
Marsden member Washington, 34, who lives at Meltham, is no stranger to club administration, having served for a year as honorary secretary at Ryburn.
His first experience on that side of golf was at Meltham where as a ‘young lad I helped out, doing anything that needed doing’.
He also carried out temporary duties with a number of other clubs, including being involved in the planning for the centenary year at West Bowling, a Bradford club which recently folded when the course was sold for light industrial purposes under a council regeneration scheme.
Washington, who previously ran his own bedding manufacturing company, has also been actively involved with running Halifax, Huddersfield Alliance events with secretary-treasurer Barry Isles.
He said: “My new job is full time so I’ll be unable to attend Alliance match days but otherwise I’ll do what I can. And I will continue as assistant to Halifax, Huddersfield Union secretary John Lawrence.”
The prestigious Bradford club – popularly known as Bradford Hawksworth – is among the longest established clubs in Yorkshire, being formed in 1891.
It is actually sited in the Leeds area, in Hawksworth village, Guiseley.
Bradford’s most famous member is Rodney Foster, Yorkshire’s most capped international who was county champion on five occasions. He represented Yorkshire 125 times.
He made 16 appearances for Great Britain, including playing in five Walker Cup matches against the United States and was non-playing captain for the 1979 match.
He made 43 appearances forEngland, was non-playing captain in the 1978 Home Internationals, also filling that role at the 1977 European Team Championship.