THE CAPTAIN of Letham Grange Golf Club who was in charge when it appeared that it might fold stepped down at the recent annual general meeting in the Meadowbank. He is succeeded by Gardiner Arthur.
Nick Jackson led the club through the most difficult part of its history after liquidators decided to close the Letham Grange resort.
And with the backing of his members, he reached an agreement to take on the running of both the Glens and the Old Course and has since been instrumental in leading the club to success.
At the meeting, Mr Jackson stated: “I am fortunate enough to have been asked to captain the club twice, in 1993/94, and again in 2010/11. On both occasions we encountered huge problems with ownership, administrators, closures and uncertainties, and on both occasions we pulled through and survived.
“The events of 2011 though far exceed anything I have experienced before at Letham Grange, and I have been a member since day one. Taking the club from locked doors, closed courses and no evident future, to a membership of over 500, two improved courses and a hugely positive atmosphere has been incredibly rewarding, inspiring. This would not have been possible without the work, commitment and dedication of a large number of people.”
He paid tribute to the committee, though conceding that there were different opinions, different solutions, different timetables and different priorities.
Mr Jackson went on: “We, however, shared one goal and one ambition. That was to keep Letham Grange Golf Club alive, and make it thrive. The committee has been quite simply fantastic, the golf course management team incredible, and the outcome is for all to see.
“We did what we said we would do at the 2011 EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting), we kept the club going.
“We are understaffed, we lack equipment, the weather was largely dreadful and we started off the 2011 season with two courses suffering from neglect. We kept two courses open, we played our competitions, we held Opens, we welcomed visiting parties, and we celebrated our 25 years in operation.
“We achieved all this because we have a magnificent team of greenkeepers. John Galloway and his team have been superb and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
“Our team of volunteers, both in the shop and out on the courses, have made it possible to keep going: without them we would have failed.
“In the very early days of 2011 every penny counted and we were very fortunate that some of our key supporters and friends came forward with some sponsorship, again we owe our gratitude.”
Referring to the club members, he stated: “We asked you to support us, we asked you to stick with us, we asked you to bring your guests and friends to LGGC - you did all that and more.”
Mr Jackson concluded: “I have been very proud to captain Letham Grange Golf Club. It has been an honour and (mostly) a pleasure. Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to be your captain. The club is in fantastic hands with Gardiner and his team. We have a licence to operate through 2012, and I am very optimistic about the future of Letham Grange Golf Club.”
Mr Jackson was presented with an engraved decanter and a very special single malt.