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In addition to October 2016 being the 25th anniversary of the Stockwood Vale Golf Club, it was also the 20th anniversary of the Senior's Section
The inaugural captain elected was Bob Winter, a lifelong employee of J. S. Fry's of Keynsham.
His vice Captain was Bernard Campling who presided in office 1997 to October 1998.
Bernard introduced the Senior's stableford monthly competition on Wednesday 7th May 1997, which was won by Dave Christopher 22 handicap scoring 49 points off a gross score of 78!
The course at this time was just 9 holes.

Ted Cross Cup (founder member)

The first summer knock-out singles event in 1997 was won by Alan Cotterell who defeated Peter Usher!
Peter Ogden followed Bernard Campling Oct. 1999 to Oct 2000.
John Tantram a former main club captain presided for 2 years and led the team at the inaugural Somerset Bowl Trophy donated by Mendip Golf Club.
Sadly SVGC were defeated in the last match on 2nd extra hole.
The inaugural captain elected was Bob Winter, a lifelong employee of J. S. Fry's of Keynsham.
His vice Captain was Bernard Campling who presided in office 1997 to October 1998.
Bernard introduced the Senior's stableford monthly competition on Wednesday 7th May 1997, which was won by Dave Christopher 22 handicap scoring 49 points off a gross score of 78!
The course at this time was just 9 holes.ior's Open in 2001, the winner being own entry Alan King of Keynsham!

Ted Cross Cup (founder member)

Sadly SVGC were defeated in the last match on 2nd extra hole.
John Tantram also oversaw the first Senior's Open in 2001, the winner being own entry Alan King of Keynsham!
The first summer knock-out singles event in 1997 was won by Alan Cotterell who defeated Peter Usher!
Peter Ogden followed Bernard Campling Oct. 1999 to Oct 2000.
John Tantram a former main club captain presided for 2 years and led the team at the inaugural Somerset Bowl Trophy donated by Mendip Golf Club.


Aerial photograph 1998

 
Absent Friends

Alan Cotterell 1936 – 2018

Alan Cotterell was known as one of the gentlemen of SVGC. He joined the seniors section approximately 20 years ago during the captaincy of Bernard Campling. Alan retired senior clerical position with British Petroleum.
His first venture into golf was when working, he was delegated by senior management to organise a golf day at Bowood Golf Club in Cornwall.
Subsequently he did an excellent job as treasurer for SVGC seniors for many years, and with Captain John Tantram and the senior’s committee, organised the first Senior’s Open in 2001 and several subsequent years.
Alan, playing off a 20 handicap, won the very first Senior’s Summer Singles knockout in 1997.
Laterly, despite the early onset of dementia, he played regularly in the early Tuesday morning 9 hole roll up under the supervision of Keith Shattock.

As written by Dave Christopher.

 
 John Glanville
1936 - 2018
Senior's Captain in 2003 & 2004 and Club Captain in 2006

Prior to his golfing exploits at Stockwood Vale Golf Club, John was an excellent athelete and football left winger on the fringe of first team football with Bristol City. From there he joined Bath City and later played briefly for Merthyr Tydfil.
 

Pat Mailer 1934 – 2018
Pat was born and raised in Perthshire, one of three siblings. He was introduced to the game of golf at an early age by his father. Pat also played football for a local team.
Working as a builder he moved to Cumbria before moving south to Bridgewater, where he worked on the building of the Hinkley Point power station.
He met his future wife and married in Bridgewater and for a number of years Pat would travel to Bristol on a Monday to work on various building projects for Wimpey, before returning home at the weekend.
After a number of years commuting, the family up sticks and moved to Stockwood.
Pat was an early member of the newly opened Stockwood Vale Golf Club.
Pat was a real gent. You had to understand the man and his wit.
He was a stickler for the rule of golf; for example, if someone hit their ball into the hedge he would make sure they complied with the rules by making sure they kept the point where the ball lie and the flag in line before proceeding to take the penalty drop.
Pat had his own colourful Scottish language. This was brought to the fore one day when playing the 2nd, it was Pat’s turn to supply a little something to keep the cold out. From his pocket he produced his whisky flask, which he had had for a considerable number of years. This particular flask had a glass screw top which he promptly dropped and shattered. Not wishing to waste the whisky, the group consumed the contents before teeing off. The rest of the round was played in something of a haze.
A lot of people didn’t realise Pat was a budding racing driver, he could not stand anyone being in front of him.
In the last year or so, due to health problems, Pat did not play a lot of golf but could always be seen at the club to socialise with his mates and help put the world to right.
As written by Mike Newell and Mike Hall
 
Tony Nutt

Tony grew up in The Chessels and Southville.
After the war his family moved to Germany, due to his father being seconded abroad as a Fire Chief.
He served in the Grenadier Guards during his national service. After being “demobbed” he work for W D & H O Wills, a job he hated. Tony married and took over the running of his in laws public house, The Smythe Arms in Long Ashton. Whilst there he joined Long Ashton Golf Club and we believe his best handicap was 13.
Tony remarried and for a short time was the steward at Knowle Golf Club. Tony then worked for his old golf partner at Cadbury Country Club until it was sold and he moved to Stockwood.
In 1998 Tony’s old golf partner, the ex owner of Cadbury Country Club knew Peter Drissell played at Stockwood Vale and asked if Peter would take Tony along to play as he hadn’t played for a few years.
From recollections he won one senior’s tournament, when he beat Alan Peates who called him a bandit.
Tony will be missed by a good number of the older Stockwood Vale members.
As written by Peter Drissell

 


Pat Hopes 1935 - 2016
Pat's funeral was on the 25th November 2016 at South Bristol Crematorium

Thanks to Dave Christopher who has kept a record of SVGC Senior Members who have passed on since the formation of the Senior Section back in 1996

The memorial bench is positioned next to the 18th green