Officers and Officials

Honorary Life President: Derek Holden

Derek Holden was born in Southport, educated at King George V School, and joined Hesketh Golf Club in 1950.  He became the Club’s youngest captain in 1967 and was invited to be captain again in 1985, the Club’s centenary year. He served on the Council for fifteen consecutive years, five years as Chairman, and in 1989 was honoured with Life Membership, to be followed by Honorary Life Presidency in 2006.  Having been proposed by Arnold Bentley, he was delighted when, in 1982, he was accepted for membership of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.  He was elected President of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs in 1997 and has served on their Executive ever since.
A keen amateur photographer, he has taken many of the photographs that record the history of the golf club, some of which are to be seen in various locations within the clubhouse. 
In 2012 he played an important role in launching a successful appeal to acquire what had become known as the Hitler Trophy, probably the most important artifact in the history of Hesketh Golf Club.

Gentlemen's Captain: Jeffrey B. Watkins

Born in Liverpool in 1944, raised in Childwall, attended Rudston Road County Primary, and Ryebank High School.

A keen sportsman at school, played Football, Cricket and Athletics representing the school at all sports. On leaving school, trained as a Radio and Television engineer in a family business, before joining Liverpool Fire Brigade in 1962. Jeff Served operationally at many Fire Stations throughout the city, including Brigade Headquarters at Hatton Garden and attended the Fire Service College at Moreton in Marsh, finally resigning in 1977.

Jeff Met Sylvia his future wife, at the Childwall Young Conservatives in 1962, happily married since 1965, have two daughters Lynn and Karen and are proud grandparents to Antony and Kate. 

On leaving the Fire Brigade in 1977, Jeff joined a local Southport Fire and Security company as Technical Sales Director, leaving in 1996, following an approach by Thorn Security to join their new Radio Fire Detection division in London.

Staying just for a short period, he was then persuaded to join the EMS Group in 1996 as Regional Director, with Sales and Technical responsibilities for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Isle of Man and Malta, before finally retiring after 14 years service in 2010.

A lover of music, he played rhythm guitar for a number of bands including The Phoenix Five, formed during his time in the Fire Brigade and performed at many charity events throughout Liverpool in the 1970s.

A member of Charnock Richard Golf Club 1996 to 1998, Hurlston Hall Golf Club 1998 to 2004.

Having organised and enjoyed many Corporate Golf Events at Hesketh Golf Club, he applied and was accepted for membership in 2004.

Became Junior Organiser in 2006 prior to retirement.

An active member of Council, served on the House Committee during 2010, Chairman of House 2011, elected Club Chairman from 2012 to 2016.

Ladies' Captain: Elizabeth C. Otto

Elizabeth (Ina) was born in County Cork in the Republic of Ireland. A farmer’s daughter having 2 brothers & 4 sisters.

She attended a local primary school followed by a secondary education at the Presentation Convent School in Cork City to gain her leaving certificate qualification.

Elizabeth then trained as a Registered Nurse & Midwife at St. Finbarr’s University College Hospital in Cork City. Followed by working at the London Clinic, Devonshire Place (London) where she met her Husband Andrew then a Law Student.

She next worked as a Casualty Sister at the Royal Liverpool University Teaching Hospital, continuing with Post Graduate Education to gain further qualifications as a Health Visitor & Specialist Community Public Health Practitioner. Elizabeth worked part time locally until retiring in 2013.

From an early age she enjoyed outdoor pursuits including horse riding & tennis. In the UK she learned to sail gaining her R.Y.A.I certificate. As a family they have enjoyed kayaking & skiing

Both she and her Husband enjoy foreign travel, particularly city breaks with a group of friends. They have 2 adult sons who they enjoy spending family time with.

Golf was the last sport which Elizabeth took up and she continues to enjoy it greatly. During her year as Lady Captain she hopes to play golf with as many members as possible & would like to see more Ladies taking up Golf as a sport.



Barry Witherup (Chair), Jeff Cummins (Treasurer), Stephen Jones (Chair of House),  Simon Norris (Chair of Greens), Robin Stevens (Chair of Handicap), Peter Watson, Margaret Melville, Derek Madden, Jim Breen, Julie Scott

Greens Committee:

Simon Norris (Chair), Derek Madden, Jim Breen

Handicap Committee:

Robin Stevens (Chair), Julie Scott (Handicap)

House Committee: 

Stephen Jones (Chair), Peter Watson Margaret Melville, 

Ladies' Committee:

Mrs Elizabeth Otto (Ladies’ Captain), Mrs Judith Hartley (Ladies’ Vice Captain), Mrs Lesley Madden (Ladies’ Secretary), Mrs Christine Rushton (Ladies’ Treasurer), Mrs Joy Bury (Ladies’ Handicap Secretary), Mrs Sue Gray, Mrs Sile Hamilton, Mrs Sarah Dick

Junior Committee:

Scott Astin

Marketing Committee:

Barry Witherup (Chair), Secretary/Manager

Finance Executive:

Barry Witherup (Chair), Jeff Cummins, Simon Norris, Stephen Jones, Secretary/Manager

The Gentlemen’s Captain, Ladies’ Captain, Chair and Treasurer are members of all committees.