Our Captain this year is Steve Abbott. He joined the Club in 2015 when he and his wife Jan returned to Burton-in-Kendal having spent the previous 12 years in Hong Kong. Steve and Jan have four children and nine grandchildren.
Before going to Hong Kong, Steve was a member of Shrigley Hall Golf Club, near Macclesfield and
when he left in 2003 to travel to HK, he had a handicap of 11, heady times ! Steve was not a member of a golf club in HK and just played Corporate and Social Golf when the opportunity presented. Current handicap is 17 but he believes he can get a couple more shots off that, this year, if we get out on the course.
Main interests are sport, he played many years of football and cricket in West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Somerset before hanging up his boots. A Leeds United supporter, lucky to be watching them through the Revie years (or the glory days) !
In addition to sport, Steve enjoys travelling both in the UK and around the world and most of all he enjoys spending time with his family.
Steve is honoured to be Captain and during his year he wishes to try and unite the club bringing members closer together and letting more play an active roll in the fortunes of the club. He is determined the Club will emerge stronger, when the Coronavirus is beaten.
Steve’s chosen Charity is St John’s Hospice, which started in Silverdale of course. Jan is a volunteer at St John’s.
We will be reintroducing a Captains' Charity bunker, 50 pence for going in the bunker front right of the 18th green.
Jean Baines is our new Lady Captain for 2020. A local lady born and bred in Carnforth, now living in Nether Kellet. Some of you may know her from her career of managing or teaching swimming and lifesaving at Carnforth Swimming Pool, (or even attending the same school).
Jean took up golf in 2008 when her husband Robin was Captain at Casterton Golf Club. She joined Silverdale Golf Club in 2017 after having some lessons with the SGC golf professional and then being encouraged by some of the Silverdale ladies to join the club. A decision which she has never regretted. The course may be challenging, but the friendly atmosphere from the club members and the professional golf staff and greenkeepers, more than compensates for this.
Her aim is to encourage more ladies of any age and any standard to ‘discover’ the game of golf and to share in its all-round benefits: fitness, camaraderie, the social life, golfing holidays and the stunning views from the course.
When Jean is not golfing, you can find her taking on different roles of Driver Training or Deputy
Registrar (Ceremonies) or simply relaxing with her family.
Jean’s chosen charity this year is North West Air Ambulance. The charity has been chosen because it takes advanced healthcare to the scene; reaching, treating and transferring patients to definitive care as quickly as possible, and ensuring they are transferred to the best treatment centres thus improving chances of survival and reducing the risk of long term injury. Her Dad was an ambulance officer for 30 years and she realised at a very young age how important this service is for saving lives.
Both Mr Captain, Steve Abbot and Jean are committed to supporting each other’s charity and all proceeds from events held will be split between the 2 charities.