Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Around the Greens

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Around the Greens

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PIONEER Valley Golf Club has elected former Mackay Golf Club secretary/manager Pat Foley as its new president for 2011.

Foley, who has been a member at Pioneer Valley since resigning from Mackay in July 2008, brings with him a wealth of golf club administration experience having managed two clubs in Melbourne before moving to North Queensland in 2007.

Pioneer Valley secretary Kay Craig said the club was thrilled Foley had taken on the role after being approached by herself and outgoing president Peter McNichol.

"Pat was initially sounded out for a committee role 12 months ago, but work commitments meant that he couldn't commit the time needed for such an important role," Craig said. "This year, however, he was keen to take on the role when nominated."

The opportunity to be involved at Pioneer Valley has once again ignited Foley's passion for the game and golf club management, but he said he believes that taking up a committee role is his chance to give something back to the game that he has earned a living from for most of his adult life.

"Having experienced the ups and downs of golf club management in a paid role for many years, being involved with a great little country golf club like Pioneer Valley really is a thrill," he said.

"The members are all great people, the atmosphere is the friendliest I've ever experienced in 25 years of playing the game, and the course is always in fantastic condition.

"The club's position out here at Mirani sets it up perfectly for the next 10-15 years. The expected growth in the population out here over that period is going to be enormous for the club. Already there is another subdivision planned less than half a kilometre down the road."

Retiring president Peter McNichol has taken one step back and will work closely with Foley in the role of vice-president.

"Having the full support of the retiring president is going to be an enormous help. It says a lot about Peter and the club as a whole that he is willing to continue his involvement despite the enormous dedication he has shown over the past three years," Foley said. …

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