ELLAND Golf Club are resigned to losing their long-time professional Nick Krzywicki.
After serving the Hammerstones club wonderfully well for the last 17 years, Krzywicki is set to take over the vacant professional spot at Halifax Ogden later this month.
The position at Ogden became vacant a couple of months ago, when David Delaney decided to move to Bradley Hall, along with his assistant Tim Pollard, and although the Halifax club chose not to replace them over the winter months, they will surely be delighted with their new appointment.
“Ogden were not advertising for a new pro, but they did ask me for my opinions, clearly liked what I had to say and then promptly offered me the post,” admitted Krzywicki, who began his club professional career at Elland as a 24-year-old, having been trained by Nigel Hirst at Dewsbury for eight years.
“It will certainly be the end of an era.
“I wasn’t looking to leave Elland and it will definitely be a wrench, but it has come at the right time, particularly as we are starting a family this summer.
“But I am not leaving Elland and cutting ties completely, as I have agreed to continue doing one afternoon’s coaching each week, and look after the juniors there,” added the 41-year-old who lives in Almondbury.
“My dad (former Welsh international, West Brom and Huddersfield Town footballer Dick) has also retired now, so I’m hoping he can help out a bit in the shop at Halifax.”
As far as Elland are concerned, they have decided to leave the position vacant for the time being.
Social members are being requested to leave their tear-off slips in an ‘honesty box’ in the club’s foyer, while officials and committee members will undertake the general duties and running of the club until a decision has been made on whether to appoint a replacement.
“Obviously we are all very sad that Nick is leaving the club, but wish him well in his new venture at Ogden,” said Elland secretary Paul Green.
“We are extremely grateful to Nick for all the excellent work he has done for the club over the years and for the amount of members he has brought into the club.
“He’s done a lot for Elland, but this opportunity has come at the right time for him and he goes with our best wishes.
“At this point in time we are not jumping in to find a replacement, and for the time being the club’s officials will be taking on the competition duties that Nick used to fulfil.”