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17th February 2010

Elwyn Ellis (Photo Tom Ward)

Elwyn Ellis, a past President of Cheshire, has been installed as President of The English Golf Union (EGU) at its Annual General Meeting at Woodhall Spa.

In succeeding Norman Forrest at the helm of the EGU, Elwyn is looking forward to spreading the word both at home and abroad while hoping to see English teams complete a string of successes during his year in office.

"I haven't any particular schemes or targets to see happen in 2010 apart from England successes on the fairways," he says. "I will support all the teams but I'd particularly like to see victories in the European Men's Team Championships and the Eisenhower Trophy, while I'm really looking forward to visiting the Masters."

He feels it is also significant that the Brabazon Trophy is being played at Royal Liverpool this year. "The last time the championship was played there was in 1989, the year I was Cheshire President so it is appropriate that it should be there again when I'm EGU President," he adds.

Elwyn was born in Stockport in 1927 and spent most of his early years in Lytham St Anne's, being educated at the King Edward VII School. He learned to play at Lytham Green Drive but his business career in the textile industry took him to Manchester.

He joined Prestbury Golf Club in 1956 and is now an Honorary Life Member, having been captain in 1979 and president in 1980. He is also a member of Royal Lytham and St Anne's and Royal Dornoch Golf Clubs.

Elwyn joined the Cheshire Executive in 1985, was County President in 1989 and Chairman of the Northern Group of the EGU from 1996-98. He spent a long spell on the EGU Council representing Cheshire and is now a vice president and trustee of the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs.

His lowest handicap was eight but he now plays regular social and society golf off 21. He is a member of the Blasters Golfing Society and the Optics GS and has been Captain and President of both. Curiously, he will be the third member of the Blasters to become EGU President following Ted Hill (1974) and John Bennett (1997).

Elwyn has been married to Dorothy for 57 years and they have two sons, Roger and Richard, and a daughter Nicola.

A regular supporter of England and GB&I teams, Elwyn also points to the fact that his duties this year will take him to three of his favourite courses. "Apart from Royal Liverpool, the English Amateur is being played at Little Aston and the Carris Trophy at Woodhall Spa ," he says.

"They are both great courses. I went to Woodhall Spa first in 1957 after reading a Henry Longhurst article about it and it's been one of my favourites ever since. This will be the first time the Carris has been played there so I'm particularly looking forward to that. I am also looking forward to the Boys Home Internationals at Southerness and to the Boys County Finals at Goswick at Berwick . You can't go much further north than that in England. But I just like watching top class amateur golf and I will never have a better chance than this year."

Elwyn is the fifth EGU President to come from Cheshire in the past 20 years. Peter Dutton held the post in 1989, Stuart Cookson in 1994, John Bennett in 1997 and Fred Caroe in 2005.

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