GOLF Clubs and most other sporting organisations at grass roots level rely heavily on the services of volunteers to play a big part in their success and sustainability.
Astbury Golf Club recently lost a marvellous member Harry Gannon who typified this voluntary service.
A club character he joined the club in 1967. He was a four handicapper, a team player and organiser serving also as a director and Captain and eventually became a life member.
He was always available to support the club and for as long as anyone can remember had been the handicap secretary of the men’s section.
Harry had his own style and would often (before it became non PC) adjust a member’s handicap where he felt it was appropriate.
A good example being when Harry noticed that a particular player’s scoring was regularly better than his handicap might suggest and he reduced his handicap to reflect his standard of play more accurately.
The player approached Harry and bitterly complained and Harry suggested that he write to the handicap committee to complain. This was accepted and Harry disclosed that the committee was just one person and that was Harry himself.
On the Monday, Wednesday and Friday men’s rollups Harry could always be relied on to pass out the winnings fairly and accurately keeping just a little back to fund the Roll Up Christmas Party or as it was affectionately known as ‘Harrys Do’ – which will no doubt carry on for many years to come.
In honour of Harry’s outstanding service to the club that he loved the Directors have honoured him by renaming the Flag Competition - The Harry Gannon Trophy- in his honour and promoting the event to a board competition.
Photo & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett