Nick is the new pro at Ogden

Nick Krzywicki is surprised to be leaving Elland Golf Club but says the lure of joining Halifax was too strong to resist.

The 41-year-old will leave Elland after 17 years as professional on Saturday, April 13 to fill the same role at Ogden from the following Wednesday.

Krzywicki fills the slot vacated by Dave Delaney, who moved across town to Bradley Hall several months ago.

Former Crosland Heath junior Krzywicki, who worked for Nigel Hirst at Dewsbury for eight years before switching to Elland in 1996, said: “I can’t wait to go to Halifax.

“I didn’t see myself ever leaving Elland but I just couldn’t turn down a chance to go to Ogden.”

While Bradley Hall and West End may have more members, Krzywicki still believes his new club has plenty to offer. “It needs to be Halifax’s premier club and we must promote it to get the members back.

“It is always ranked among Yorkshire’s top five courses.”

Krzywicki, who lives in Almondbury, Huddersfield, comes from a footballing background. His father Dick famously went past Bobby Moore and shot beyond goalkeeperGordon Banks in Wales’s 1-1 draw at Ninian Park in 1970, when England were world champions.

Halifax’s incoming captain John Le Pelley said: “Nick has lots of ideas and is keen to promote the junior and ladies sections of the club.”

Halifax have offers aimed at boosting membership.

Any full playing member who joins will be able to have their wife/partner or child under 18 join for free.

New lady members will pay only £100 for the first year while four full playing men can join for the price of three - that’s £600 each.

For a limited period full membership is £660for the first year to new members.

Le Pelley said Krzywicki’s forte was teaching and the new pro planned to hold junior coaching sessions and forge links with local schools.

Halifax’s first competition of the year is tomorrow.