Graham is elected to top Sheffield golf post

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KEEN Doncaster golfer Graham Needham has been elected President of the Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs.

Graham, aged 67, who comes from a strong sporting background, steps into the position after previously serving as the union’s secretary for three years and president designate in 2012.

Originally from Pontypool in South Wales, Graham moved to the Yorkshire region where he worked as a sales and marketing executive for British Nylon Spinners in Bradford.

When the company was taken over by ICI he was part of the sponsorship team looking after the Williams Formula One team.

He played county level rugby and cricket, enjoying both sports into his fifties, taking up golf when he moved to Doncaster in 1992.

At that time, he joined Doncaster Golf Club, Bessacarr, where he has served in the positions of both secretary and captain.

He becomes President of the Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs and is looking forward to the new season with anticipation.

Last year the union’s senior team won both the Yorkshire Inter-District League and the Team Championship.

It’s Junior Team won the Yorkshire Inter-District League title and 18-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick, from Hallamshire Golf Club, won Europe’s top junior prize, the British Boys Championship.

Graham takes the reins as President from Trevor Slack.

Wortley Golf Club’s Martin Brewis, of Wortley Golf Club becomes President Elect, while stalwart Eric Ledbury has stepped down as Union’s Treasurer and organiser of Sheffield Union Members Association.

The Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs is the largest district union in England, and includes more than 40 member clubs.