NEW SADDLEWORTH Golf Club captain Dean Jagger’s introduction to the sport was as a means to make money.
The 59-year-old from Greenfield revealed he used to caddy as a schoolboy at Oldham where he joined initially as a junior member.
Dean moved to Saddleworth in 1986 with the forthcoming year the pinnacle of his time at the club.
Dean, who plays off a handicap of five, has won three majors at Saddleworth, the Vice-Captain’s Prize, Wharmton and President’s Prize. The number would have been higher but for losing out on several others after card play offs.
While a member at Oldham, Dean captured two majors, the Club Captain’s Spoon and Fawcett Cup. He also won a gold medal in Round Table’s National Sporting Week when he was representing Oldham 197 Round Table.
Dean will be joined on the Saddleworth fairways by wife Sarah who recently joined the club. Her parents Clive and Felicity Heginbotham were members at Oldham.
Dean, who is an engineer by trade, is excited by the future for Saddleworth, a club that is faring well as the sport faces challenging times.
He said: “In my opinion we are very much on the up. It has always been a lovely club and the course is playing remarkably well with the greens fantastic.
“All privately-owned clubs have to finance themselves and, as we are in such a beautiful spot, we are marketing ourselves as a great venue for weddings.
“The clubhouse has been refurbished and there is a patio and room for a marquee. And we are in an ideal position to host small and medium-sized weddings.”
Dean and Lady Captain Ann Walsh will be raising funds for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, their joint charity.
He is looking forward to the weekend of August, 4, 5 and 6 when on consecutive days the club will hold a pro-am, club championship and Millgate Trophy.
Meanwhile, Ann Walsh is remaining as Lady Captain for a second year as her successor, last season’s Vice-Captain, was forced to pull out through injury.
It was decided the 71-year-old from Delph should remain in office to provide stability.
She explained: “I think it will be beneficial spending another 12 months on the management committee as I know the members and they know me.
“The continuity should bring strength and hopefully I can help the women’s section have a slightly stronger voice.”
Ann added Saddleworth has a “thriving” women’s section – the offer of free membership for the first 12 months, introduced in November, has attracted 47 new members.
She joined Saddleworth in 1994 after drifting into golf later in life – before she played tennis, netball and badminton.
Ann, a PE teacher who progressed to become assistant headteacher at Grange School, also followed in the footsteps of her mother Dorothy Spencer who was Lady Captain at Oldham.