Webb gets unique second presidency

Bryan and Joan Webb
Bryan and Joan Webb

Halifax-Huddersfield Union presidents get a year to learn the ropes before taking office.

But for Bryan Webb, who it was announced this week will succeed Dave Pullen in 2015, that will be like teaching your grandmother to suck eggs.

Huddersfield Golf Club’s Webb, who will shadow Pullen when the Saddleworth member takes over from West End’s Philip Thompson in March, has already done the president’s job before.

That was for the Bradford Union in 1992 when he played at Cleckheaton.

Webb, who is 72 and still works as a broker selling insurance to golf clubs, believes he could be unique in holding the presidency of two different Yorkshire Unions.

He admits he was surprised to be asked.

“I only joined the executive a couple of years ago so I am a relative new boy.

“But Fixby has not had a president since Rodney Taylor in 2000 and it must have been time for another.”

Webb is excited at the prospect of taking the Halifax-Huddersfield’s top job.

“It’s a long time since I did it for Bradford but I enjoyed it then.

“Every Union does things slightly differently but I do know what to do.”

March 18, the new date for the local Union’s AGM, will certainly be a special day in the Webb household.

Bryan’s wife Joan, an interior designer, becomes Lady Captain at Fixby on that date.

Webb has played golf for around 40 years, having been encouraged to take up the sport at Cleckheaton by insurance clients after moving over from Manchester. He still plays off 11, having had a handicap of five at his peak.

The Webbs live at Honley and have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren.

Bryan is the Union’s Scratch and Handicap League secretary and junior development coach. “I may have to discard a job when I become president,” he said.