Former pro Arthur remembered fondly
Arthur Davey, the former professional at Newton Green Golf Club, near Sudbury, (Let’s Talk April 2018) was born in Bungay in 1895, where he joined the local club as an assistant to L A Larke.
After completing war-time service, he moved to become professional at Newton at the age of 24 in 1919.
He stayed there for 60 years, making him the world’s long serving single-club professional when he retired.
He was known for his selfeffacing benevolence and diffident charm. He died, aged 97, in 1992, and is buried in the village churchyard near his wife, who was born in Newton.
In 2009 the club introduced Davey Membership, a new-style, affordable, pay and play route into golf.
In 2014 the club further honoured Arthur by creating a new starter’s shelter on the first tee, built as an exact replica of his old hut as shown in the background of your picture printed on page 65 of ‘Memory Lane’ (Suffolk edition).
In recent months the rotting former hut, which stood across the main A134 road near the old first hole, has been demolished, with housing taking over the site.
The opening of the hut in 2014 with, left to right, club chairman Peter Philpott, Jean Davey (Arthur’s daughter-in-law) and club president Mike Oliver.