Following the delayed Club Annual General Meeting in May, three new members were elected to serve on council for the next four years, in place of the three outgoing members, Richard Kendrick, Brandon McMaster and Philip O'Sullivan. The three new members are Ivan McMinn, John Rodgers and Ben Brennan.
" I am 58, and have been married to Judi for 25 years. We have two children, Nick (23) and Saskia (21). I haven't managed to get Saskia into golf yet, but Nick and I enjoy many hours of father/son time on the Malone fairways (and also in the rough at times!)
I retired three years ago from Danske Bank, having thoroughly enjoyed 36 wonderful years with Danske (previously Northern Bank); for over half of that career I was involved in the Business and Corporate side of the bank - in fact seventeen years ago I was the writer of the application which lent Malone the money to build the wonderful bar extension which we all enjpy.
"Retirement" for me was never going to be a jacket and slippers affair, and I have a number of business and charitable interests. As one who has survived a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2011, I have a special interest in cancer-related charities and good causes, and currently co-chair the Steering Group of the NI Cancer Strategy; I am Chairperson of Cancer Focus NI, and also of NIPANC (Northern Ireland Pancreatic Cancer). I also chair CSNICC (Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club), and am a Trustee of the Presbyterian Children's Society. In addition, I hold a number of business-related directorships.
I was honoured by Her Majesty in her 2021 Birthday Honours for services to Charity and the Community of Northern Ireland.
I really value my Malone membership, and will be doing my best to add value to Council at Malone."
John learned his golf from his grandfather and his Corgi dog, on the slopes of Cairndhu. He subsequently forgot all that he had been taught for a considerable number of years! House membership at Malone in 1988 cost him £202, and alongside several famous names, he was in the first cohort of six-day members in 1996, and elected to full Ordinary Membership the following year. His previous spell on council saw him involved with House and Entertainment
Winner of back-to-back April Medals in 2004 and 2005 (and nothing since!), he has enjoyed a lengthy association with Pierce Purcell teams which should really have done better than quarter-finals. He travelled for sixteen years with Malone Rangers to lively venues in the West of Ireland and elsewhere. He was invited to join the Moonlighters in 2018, and was part of the team to beat the Pirates for the first time in living memory.
John was formerly a solicitor, who is glad to have put that life behind him and forget the little law that he once knew. He is married to Iona, and for short periods of time they delight in the company of eight grandchildren!
Ben is 32 years old and been a member of Malone Golf Club for nearly 18 years. Now playing off a handicap of 1, Ben started his golfing career playing for the Jimmy Bruen and Fred Daly teams for Malone and has more recently played the Belfast and District Cup and Captained the Junior Cup team.
Wanting to give something back to Malone, Ben joined the Council to provide input on diversity and gender equality and continue to make Malone a great club to be a member of.
Ben is looking forward to the next 4 years on Council and is hoping that, along side all the expertise and experience the council holds, Malone will continue to prosper and be a diversified golf club in Belfast.
We are extremely grateful for all the hard work and time give to the Club over the past four years by outgoing council members Richard, Brandon and Philip in their various roles with House, Handicap and Competitions, Malone News, and Juvenile convenor.