TIM SEATON, a former Cambridgeshire county champion, is the new club manager at Fixby where he takes over from the retiring Sue Dennis.
Mrs Dennis will move in as captain of the Yorkshire Ladies County Golf Association at the end of this season, currently filling the role of vice-captain.
Mr Seaton, 52, who moves to Fixby, the oldest established club in Huddersfield, from Headingley, the oldest in Leeds, said: “I had a lovely time at Headingley and was not looking to leave but the Huddersfield post came up and it was too good an opportunity to miss.
“Huddersfield is a leading club in Yorkshire and England, being the place where the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs was founded. It’s a massive step up the ladder for me to work here.”
Brought up in Cambridge, he was born in Doncaster – “So I can claim to have Yorkshire blood” – and is a member of the famous Gog Magog club in the university city.
No mean player, Mr Seaton sports a one handicap and has been Gog Magog club champion on nine occasions while making over 250 appearances for the Cambridgeshire county team over 34 years. He captained the team in 1992-93.
He was an England boys’ international and has played in all the English and British major championships. He entered the Senior British Open last season, won by Tom Watson at Muirfield, but just missed out on qualifying at Dunbar.
He played in the Yorkshire Amateur championship at Moortown last year and intends entering again this season at Alwoodley where last season he played in the British Mid Amateur, a tournament since scrapped by the R&A.
He could even turn out for Fixby’s scratch team if required. He said: “I’ve been asked about that, though there is a bunch of good and young players here. But if I’m called on, I’d be pleased to play – providing I'm playing well enough.”
Mr Seaton is a trained accountant who was involved in the IT industry prior to moving into golf club administration at Headingley.
Mrs Dennis, who has spent six years at Fixby after serving as secretary of the English Womens Golf Association, has already commenced duties with Yorkshire, being involved with the county second team’s traditional annual match against the Yorkshire Scratch champions, namely Ganton who ironically beat Fixby in the final. She will be on duty at the Yorkshire championship at Alwoodley on May 6-8.
“I take over as Yorkshire captain at the annual meeting in November and though it is not a full time job, the work comes in substantial chunks at times. And it will also be nice to spend some time at home and play a bit more golf,” she said.
Meanwhile, a Fixby quartet of Richard Broadley, Fraser Scholefield, Neil Williams and Jarred Ellison, contested today’s Hawksworth Trophy at Bradford, the second Eagle Golf-Yorkshire Order of Merit event of the season following last weekend’s Auchterlonie Spoon at Selby.
Broadley won the Hawksworth a couple of years ago but it remains to be seen how he tackles 36 holes at Bradford as he is suffering with a mystery stomach complaint about which he has consulted a specialist and for which a clear diagnosis has yet to be defined.
County player Simon Bell, from Baildon, defendsw at Bradford where 24 players off scratch and better, plus as many again off one and two, were in the big field.
Marcus Armitage (Howley Hall), a junior at Fixby last season though he didn’t represent the club in any event, won the Auchterlonie with a brilliant first round 66 – the SSS soared to 73 in the wild, wintry conditions – then added a 73 to finish two better than Manchester’s Neil Self (Stand) and Rotherham’s Sam Haywood.