CHRIS Sherlock and Anna Lomas, captain and lady captain at Ashton for 2018, both come from families steeped in golf.
And the pair were also juniors at the club at the same time.
Chris is the fifth member of his family to be captain at Ashton as he is following in the footsteps of dad Ian, grandfather Alan Broad, uncle Peter Broad and grandmother Helen Broad, who was a former lady captain.
Indeed, this year is extra special for Chris as his father is also the current club president. His grandfather has also served as club president.
Chris is at the age of 34 the third youngest captain of the club, having been introduced to the game by his father at the age of four.
It was Chris’ father and grandfather who introduced him to the sport.
Chris, who today plays off a handicap of five, has won eight majors and also plays for the club’s ‘A’ and Dunham Forest Trophy teams.
He has also scored two holes in one, but lags well behind his father who has hit an incredible 11 aces.
Chris, whose brother Andrew is a member at North Manchester Golf Club, is relationship director in the property team at Barclays Bank.
Married to Emma, the couple have a two-year-old daughter Bella who was enrolled as a member aged only one month.
Bella already has her own set of clubs as she is the fourth generation of the family to be members at the club.
Chris, who lives in Ashton, is raising money for the Seashell Trust, a national charity supporting children and young adults with complex learning disabilities.
“A friend died and it was the charity he supported and seemed the natural things to do,” he said.
Chris is also planning to reintroduce an historic club competition, a captains v presidents team match that hasn’t been played for in more than 75 years, having first been competed for in 1912.
Chris has set out his objectives for the year, explaining: “I am a big believer in that you only get out of life what you put in.
“I believe being captain is different for everyone. Some see it as a figurehead role, some as social/front of house.
“Personally I see it as being managing director of a small and extremely diverse company, after all we have 650 members.
“I am fortunate to have a fantastic committee that works tirelessly to deliver for members and visitors alike, ensuring we remain the best course in Tameside.
“In recent years we have continued to make many improvements and this year we will see the installation of a state-of-the-art indoor swing studio which, when completed, will be the best in the area.
“Captains are traditionally older people who often see it as a ceremonial role, but my approach will be completely different.
“It is about stewardship and about helping put the club in a better place. Hopefully it will be much stronger at the end of my year.”
Meanwhile, Anna Lomas similarly comes from a family that has golf engrained it its DNA.
“My dad and brother play the game and I was encourages to take it up,” explained the 36-year-old mother-of-two from Ashton.
Anna met husband Andy at the golf club – both are single-figure handicaps with Andy off two and Anna nine. Their daughters Melissa, 10, and Ava, 7, are also both junior members.
Anna enjoyed a successful 2017, winning five majors at the club – three individual and two in mixed pairs events partnering club president JJ Lewis.
She also played for the ladies’ team in the Bell Cup, Archie Preston Mixed Foursomes and Lancashire Shield.
Anna says it is the fulfilment of a dream to be lady captain, explaining: “It is something I have always wanted to do, but the children are older and are able to help me.”
Anna, a secretary at Tameside General Hospital, has chosen the Tameside Macmillan Unit as her charity for the year.
uu Wayne Sanderson scored a hole-in-one at Ashton’s 16th only two weeks after joining the club.
And there was also an ace on the same 95-yard hole for Neil Sidebotham.
It was the 15-handicapper’s fifth hole-in-one and it was achieved on a temporary green.