New Saddleworth Golf Club captains keep family traditions alive

IT IS very much a family affair for both Charles Nicholson and Pam Tomlinson, Saddleworth Golf Club’s new captain and lady captain.

Charles is following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather who were captains at Saddleworth while Pam’s brother and uncle have both been captains of the club.

It was no surprise Charles, who lives in Grasscroft, began playing golf at Saddleworth 37 years ago given his links with the club.

His grandfather Fred was captain in 1954 while father Keith held the post in 1986 as well as being president.

Lady Captain Pam Tomlinson and Captain Charles Nicholson
Lady Captain Pam Tomlinson and Captain Charles Nicholson

“I have looked on the boards and don’t think there is another case of three generations of one family being captain so it is special,” explained 51-year-old Charles.

Charles plays off a handicap of six – he has been as low as five – and he has won four majors, the Ladcastle Trophy, Vice-Captain’s Prize, Committee Cup and Wharmton Trophy.

An accountant with Manchester-based Baker Tilley, Charles also held the purse strings as treasurer at Saddleworth for 23 years.

Charles, who is married to Christine and who has daughters Rachel and Catherine, is mindful of the difficulties faced by golf clubs in the current economic climate.

“A lot of clubs are struggling and cannot rely simply on subscription. It is crucial other income streams are explored,” he said.

Lady captain Pam also has strong family links at Saddleworth where she has played for the past 23 years.

Her father Eric Entwistle was a former president of the club, brother Allan is the current president and a former captain as was her uncle, Robert Entwistle.

It was husband Barry who persuaded Pam to take up golf once her two sons Paul and Martin were growing up.

Pam, 64, readily admits she has enjoyed more success as a crown green bowler in 38 years playing for Uppermill than as a golfer.

However, last year 18-handicapper Greenfield-based Pam captured her first golfing major Mr President’s Prize which was especially sweet as her brother was president.

Pam, who works for the family plumbing and heating business, has also scored a hole-in-one at the 10th at Saddleworth.

“You cannot see the hole from the tee and I hit a bad shot high into the air and was looking for the ball for ages not realising it had gone into the hole,” she recalled.

Charles and Pam will both have a shared charity raising funds for Alzheimers.

Pam will be holding a fashion show at the club on May 14. It is being staged by Lucy Cobb, of Uppermill, and there is an open invitation. It starts at 7.30pm. She also has a charity golf day planned for October.

Find out more about Saddleworth Golf Club on their website.

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