For­mer pro Arthur re­mem­bered fondly

Let's Talk - - Postbag - ALAN COCKSEDGE On be­half of Newton Green Golf Club

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.

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