President Parky hands over to BBC presenter

Chris Hollins
Chris Hollins

Strictly Come Dancing winner and BBC Breakfast sports presenter Chris Hollins is to take over from Sir Michael Parkinson as president of The Oxfordshire Golf Club.

In the honorary role, Mr Hollins will act as a figurehead, attending functions, playing the course, mixing with members, and operating as an ambassador.

Tim Pettifer, club general manager, said: “Everyone at the Oxfordshire is delighted to welcome Chris Hollins as our new president, and we hope that he will both enjoy his time here and help the club grow even more.”

The appointment coincides with the announcement that a brand new nine-hole course is to be built at the club this year.

Mr Pettifer said: “The nine new holes that are to be added will make the course even more exciting, and both members and non-members will benefit from this new stage in our development.”

After leaving school, Mr Hollins played football for Charlton, Queens Park Rangers and Aldershot Town. He then attended Durham University and Oxford, where he played first-class cricket for the university.

The presenter has reported from several World Cups and Masters tournaments, as well as appearing on Watchdog, The Food Inspectors and most famously Strictly in 2009.