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Dai Rees and Eric Brown with the Ryder CupWe returned to Bishop Auckland in high spirits but there would be little to cheer about in the coming years. It was to be the last win for a team from the British Isles, although they came close in the famous tie at Birkdale in 1969, under Eric Brown’s captaincy, which ended with Jack Nicklaus conceding that famous two footer to Open Champion, Tony Jacklin, after Jacklin had made a forty-five footer at the previous hole to stay in the match. It was a gesture that made Nicklaus a crowd favourite in Britain forever after. The US Captain Sam Snead was not so impressed.

After seven years the time came to leave the last of the eleven golf clubs I had served as a professional. My active career in the profession had spanned thirty-six years, over half of which I had spent in the North East.

I was proud to have put my name on many of the trophies won by my brother Charles and was sad to leave, for I had happy times there. But, as you will see later, there will always be Gadds in the North East.

Mr. Jake Lodge makes a presentation to Mr. Bert Gadd