Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Confident Club Faces Future; Retired Golf President Proud of Taking Organisation in a Modern Direction

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Confident Club Faces Future; Retired Golf President Proud of Taking Organisation in a Modern Direction

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

GOLF: Success is a team effort and Michael Walker admits he has had a good team backing him at Rockhampton Golf Club.

Two weeks ago Walker stood down after three years in the top job with the club and reflected on what has been achieved over that period of time.

"I made my decision at Christmas," he said.

People don't just jump into the president's job at a club like Rockhampton; they first have an "apprenticeship" to serve. Walker, however, hadn't really intended to journey down the path he eventually undertook; he merely wanted to attend an annual meeting as a club member.

"The wife warned me if I went to the AGM I'd get on the committee," he joked.

That was exactly what happened and after spending a few years on the committee and as vice-president at the club, Walker took over the main job.

Rockhampton Golf Club has one of the finest courses around and its current financial situation is sound.

So what did Walker see as his main contribution.

"I reckon galvanising club spirits," he said.

Walker said the club had become tired while the old committee, under Ron Murphy, had done a good job in keeping the operation ticking over.

However, a new direction was required with different revenue streams sought and consequently a plan was drawn up to make the Rockhampton club the best it could be while increasing numbers and ensuring a larger revenue from its core business - the playing of golf.

"The club was in dire straits when I joined the committee," he reflected.

"It was tired and just staying afloat. We needed a new image."

The strength of any club is its membership and Rockhampton Golf Club has more than its fair share of "movers and shakers", but this resource had not been fully tapped.

The club required a path to follow and consequently a "strengths and weaknesses" analysis was undertaken.

That report, once adopted, became the cornerstone of many of the decisions made, and still being made at the club.

Increasing membership was on the agenda, but it was recognised that even this could be tackled differently as not everybody automatically wanted full membership. …

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