Warwickshire Golf Captains


Formation History

The Society was formed as the result of an inspirational idea of Bill Blake who had been Captain of Handsworth Golf Club in 1979 and is recognised as the Society’s “founder”. After completing his term of office he became aware that some counties retained the interest of their Past Captains with organised matches through county golf societies and this initiated his idea of forming a Warwickshire society for golf captains.

In March 1981 Bill approached the Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs with his idea and they responded favourably by stating that they would support the formation of such a society. In 1981 there were 36 golf clubs in Warwickshire comprising 8 municipal, 4 commercial, 3 golf societies with no course and 21 member owned and operated.

Bill wrote to the 21 golf clubs owned and operated by their members and eventually received favourable responses from all. In due course a date was set for a meeting on 14th September 1981 at Handsworth golf club where an afternoon competition was held followed by the inaugural meeting of club representatives.

At the meeting approval for the Society’s name Society of Warwickshire Golf Captains was obtained together with the drawing up of the first constitution with the elected Council comprising the Captain, Secretary, Treasurer and 3 Council members. This was amended shortly afterwards to include the Match Secretary.

At the first official meeting, Vic Branson of Sutton Coldfield was elected as Captain and Bill Blake Secretary together with the three Council members. The order in which each club would be represented on the Council and the election of future Captains was also established. The rule of membership was stated to be “Membership is restricted to Captains of golf clubs affiliated to the Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs, which have their own golf course and are controlled by a Committee of Members”

Golf preceded the first meeting in the form of a 4-ball better-ball Stableford competition for the Founders Trophy which had been presented by Bill Blake. It was also decided to annually hold a Spring Meeting at the home club of the member voted onto the Council. The AGM would be held concurrent with the Autumn Meeting at the Captain’s home club coinciding with the end of his term of office.

The design and procurement of the distinctive Society tie with the Warwickshire Bear motif, blazer badge together with pullovers and shirts soon followed

Our Membership has grown to more than 400 today and although the Membership subscription has always remained £5p.a. the Society’s bank account can be said to be healthy and looks set to continue so for the foreseeable future.

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