An Interview with Dave Warrington, original member of the club.
When did you join the club?
I joined the club in November of 1972, having moved here from Nigeria.
How old were you at the time?
40 years ago I was 36 years old
What were your family circumstances?
I had three children aged 9, 7 and 5. Simon who was the youngest, is a member of the club. I came from Nigeria where I had been working for 14 years as an Administrator for an American company who built foundations for large scale construction projects. My job was to get the site up and running ensuring everything was in place such as equipment and stay there until the completion of the job when everything was packed up and shipped to the next place. Before that I lived in Cheshire having originally come from Stockport.
What was your handicap when you joined the club?
I was playing off 5 at the time. At 76, I now play off 13
Which way around were the holes when you joined?
The holes were the same way round that they are now. They changed after I left to join Rochester and Cobham with the 9's reversed. They are now back the way they were originally.
What was the club house like?
Downstairs where the Pro shop is now, was the spike bar in those days. The Pro shop was where the gym is now. The upstairs bar was run by club stewards the Jarvis's (Shirley Jarvis, who works in the Deangate bar now, is related by marriage and also ran the bar with her husband years ago). Upstairs was also accomodation for the stewards. They left to run the Coach and Horses pub in Cooling which no longer exists.
How did you book for competitions?
You used to have to queue up to book a tee time and a place in the competition. At one stage some people queued up from 5am to get a time. There was no Internet in those days.
What clubs and balls did you use?
I had some clubs made in Australia called PGF's and of course the standard balls of the time the Dunlop 65's. These balls were the old smaller size and were wrapped individually in paper. I believe Ted Hedger still has some of these small balls wrapped in paper! Of course there also no buggies in those days either and very few people had trolleys.
What was the first important competition you won?
I won the club championship in 1974. I was on the course from 8am to 8pm as it was 36 holes and I was one of the last out in the afternoon. When I came in they knew I had won almost immediately. I remember that I never got a trophy for winning and my name on the board was down as Mr. T. D. Warrington as my first name is Thomas. It was changed recently to the correct name.
How many members were there?
There were around 900 members. Joe Penfold was the secretary and there were a lot of competition cards to mark, which would take ages. In those days committee members did a lot of work organising and checking competition entries and scores which took a lot of time so the results were not available immediately like they are with the new scorecard kiosk.
What is your golfing History?
I Started playing golf at age 11 in Stockport at Romiley Golf Course and was taught by an old Scottish pro. He used to play "putt for a penny" and "nearest the pin for a penny", which made you concentrate as a kid because there was money involved. I went to St Bee's school which had it's own Golf course. I got down as low as 1. I got to play in Public school golf tournaments at places like Wentworth and Sandwich. At one competition the Halford Hewitt Cup we were written about by Henry Longhurst in the Daily Telegraph, when we beat the highly fancied Rossall in 1962. We also played against Radley when Ted Dexter was in the team. (Editors Note:If you are interested, check the results for the late 50's and early 60's for the name TD Warrington on the past results page of the Halford Hewitt Website). After leaving Deangate Ridge, I rejoined 10 years ago as I stopped playing Golf when I was working. I played Cricket and Golf and had a cricket trial for Lancashire. Stan Worthington told me to Give up Golf as it would ruin my cricketing ability, later my golf coach told me Cricket would ruin my Golf Swing!