It is with great pleasure and pride that I submit my first report as President of the Australian Golf Heritage Society. l appreciate I have big shoes to fill following on from retiring President, Bruce Nairn. Not only has Bruce done much for the Society but has contributed significantly to golf administration across the country and he will be sadly missed. I wish him well in his retirement. As a result of his wonderful contribution and, in accordance with the constitution, the AGHS Committee recommended at the 2014 Annual General Meeting that life membership of the Society be conferred upon him. It was put to the meeting and was unanimously passed with acclamation.
Other changes at the AGM were that Michael Sheret was appointed Captain unopposed and Jim Glenday retired as the Golf NSW representative to be replaced by Gerry Bush. John Lock was re-elected Secretary and Steve Doorey was re-elected Treasurer. Tony Doggett, Norm Richardson and Alan McDonald were elected to the Committee.
lt is also pleasing to note that since the AGM Tommy Moore has returned to the Committee as the representative of the NSW PGA.
lt is my sad task to record the passing of our Patron, Kel Nagle. Kel had been a wonderful supporter of the Society. He will be missed in many ways by his family and friends and l would like to take this opportunity to extend our condolences on behalf of the Society and its Members.
ln closing, I would like to compliment Michael Sheret and Norm Richardson who have done much to continue our research into the history of golf at state and national level.
Work continues at the AGHS Museum to make it more user friendly and plans are in place to further improve this facility.
I wish our members a Happy New Year and I undertake to make sure our Committee makes every endeavour to enhance the aims of the Society.