Mark Taylor takes on role at Monty’s former club Ilkey

Mark Taylor, Ilkley Golf Club's first full-time secretary/manager.
Mark Taylor, Ilkley Golf Club's first full-time secretary/manager.
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ILKLEY Golf Club, former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie’s club during his days as an amateur in Yorkshire, has appointed Mark Taylor as its first full-time secretary/manager.

Taylor, who worked initially as a PGA professional before moving into golf club management, will have responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day running of the club and will be the first point of contact for visiting parties.

He has more than 10 years’ experience in the golf industry, becoming a PGA qualified professional after completing a PGA Foundation degree at the University of Birmingham.

He began his golfing career as an assistant professional at Moor Allerton where he was later promoted to senior assistant professional.

At the beginning of 2010 he moved over to club management and was appointed club secretary at Knaresborough Golf Club. Two years later he was promoted to general manager.

Taylor said: “Ilkley is a fantastic club with a wonderful course and I have always admired the way it operates. When the opportunity arose to become secretary/manager I leapt at the chance to take up the role.

“I appreciate this is a new position at the club and I am looking forward to meeting the members and helping to ensure visitors have a memorable day so that they want to return.”

Club president, Peter Walker, commented: “Mark joins Ilkley Golf Club with excellent credentials and we believe he will work well with the committee and prove to be a great asset to the club.

“Mark secured the position against 18 candidates who applied for the post from all corners of the United Kingdom and beyond. On behalf of the club, I wish him every success for the future.”