BOLTON Golf Association's assistant secretary Michael Lay will be the next president of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs.

The 58-year-old Bolton Golf Club member has been announced as president elect for the 2018-19 season by the Lancashire Union.

He will officially take up the role in March.

Lay said: "I am obviously delighted to be nominated as county president and as a proud Lancastrian look forward to representing the county and its members in 2018."

The former detective superintendent with Greater Manchester Police became a member of the board of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs in 2012, serving on the junior committee before becoming chairman of the SSS and affiliation committee.

He has been a member of Bolton Golf Club for 15 years and has served on the club's handicap and greens committees, acting as greens chairman when the club hosted the Lancashire County Championship in 2015.

Lay is a three-time former winner of the Bury Golf Championship and is still a category one golfer, with a best handicap of one.

During his 30-year career serving with GMP he won the English Police golf championship and was selected to represent the British Police golf team.

As a Bolton schoolboy he was passionately interested in all sports and became a county standard footballer.

He has been married to Karen, also a Bolton golfer, for 24 years and the couple have a son, James.