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YUGC President2024

Philip Woodcock

Welcome to our new President of the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs, he is the Boys’ junior stalwart Philip Woodcock of Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club.

He began playing golf in 1968 and went on to achieve a single figure handicap. He served the club committee of Scarborough North Cliff from 1984–1997 and during that time was elected Club Captain in 1994. In 1986 he became Junior Organiser for the club and after 34 years of dedicated service to North Cliff, he retired to focus on his role with the Yorkshire Union.

At the beginning of 2014, Philip was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Award for meritorious service to junior golf including honorary life membership of The Golf Foundation.

Philip has been the Yorkshire Boys Chairman/Team Manager since 2016 and he successfully led the Yorkshire Boys team to four England Golf County Finals. Having been runners up in 2016 victory followed in 2017 and 2018 with a third-place finish in 2022 and a second in 2023.

He is also the England Golf Yorkshire Boys Regional Manager.

Living in Scarborough he is married to Shirley, and they have a daughter, Natalie and a son, Simon both married plus two grandchildren, George and Oliver with the third on the way this summer.

During his 37-year career with Barclays Bank he was latterly a Small Business Manager in the Malton area and was an active advisor and board member for The Princes Trust from 1990 – 2008. In 2002 he was awarded the Princes’ Trust ‘Mentor of the Year’ for Yorkshire and Humberside. He retired from banking in 2010.

As President, Philip would like to promote junior golf throughout the county encouraging more clubs to be proactive in introducing children to the sport initially with the aim of recruiting them into the club and building a successful Junior section. Children can learn so much from becoming a member especially in teaching them not only the game, but life skills that will remain with them and be of benefit to them for the rest of their lives.

He would also be delighted to see clubs promote sustainability from within and will be encouraging clubs to enlist a Club Sustainability Champion. This volunteer would lead the club priorities around sustainability to include enhancing nature, reducing resource consumption, developing community standing and taking action for a healthier climate. This is something that every member can contribute towards even in a small beneficial way.

Philip endorses “Respect in Golf” and looks forward to all clubs backing this 2024 initiative and is confident all clubs in Yorkshire have signed up by the end of this year.

Philip has always advocated we are “Team Yorkshire” so let’s all make it the best team in the country by working together for a better future.

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