68 years old
I was born in Wallasey, the eldest of 5 children, my folks were amongst the first tenants on the newly built Leasowe estate in the mid 50s. I went to Birket Primary and then Wallasey Grammar School, where I developed a love for rugby and made some lifelong friends including my regular golfing partner, the very irreverent Peter Stafford.
I went up to Bangor University in 1970 (I think) to read Economics, play rugby and be near my future wife Jane. We came back to the Wirral to get married, work and play rugby at New Brighton F.C.
After teacher training at Liverpool University, my first job was teaching Econ. and Maths at Calday Grange G. S. I worked later at Pensby Boys, Wirral LEA and then The Mosslands School in Wallasey, where I was Headteacher for 11 years.
I met my wife Jane when I was 15. We have been married forever, well 44 ish years. We have 2 children, Alex , who used to be a member at Caldy, and Lindsey. Both have 2 children themselves and both live and work in the Manchester area.
I took up golf towards the end of my serious rugby playing days and was fortunate to find that as a 28 year old, there was no waiting list for a then colt. I used to do quite a bit of private tuition those days to help fund my membership subs
My lowest ever playing handicap was I think 5.8, I never made Category 1, but was asked to captain the club scratch team in the days when all matches were foursomes and as much about the camaraderie and beer as the golf.
I have had 2 stints on the Handicap committee. One many years ago, before the advent of computers, when it would be 10.00pm before you got home on a Saturday night, having to work out the competition results and handicap adjustments with pen and paper. Having retired , I was asked to join the committee for a second time and took over as chairman in 2019. I have to say I have loved my time on the committee, they are a great bunch of people, always willing to lend a hand and at the heart of everything that goes on at the club.
Proudest Golfing Moment
After being elected as Captain for 2020, I guess it has to be winning the Captain’s prize a life time ago , but actually I probably felt more proud managing the Caldy team of marshals at Hoylake for last year’s Walker Cup. Our team was the best, the most cheerful, the most efficient and the most fun.
I’ve been asked to identify 3 people who would make up my ideal 4 ball. Well I’m not one for the cult of celebrity so I’m going to stick mainly with friends. Pete Stafford, Paddy Hehir and Whitney Houston. I doubt if Whitney has ever played golf but Pete and Paddy wouldn’t care!
Charity for the Year
You may have noticed the Guide Dogs logo at the top of the page. This is the charity I have chosen to support during my year as Captain. I know the Caldy members are very supportive of charities and I will be running a Charity golf day on the 11th October 2020 please come and join us on the day. If you wish to find out further information on the Guide Dogs charity just click on the logo.