1947 displayed in the Arrowe Park clubhouse also include Johnny
Bulla’s 67 and those of two Open Champions: Dick Burton’s 69 and
Henry Cotton’s 72.
In 1993 I was invited back to Brancepeth Castle for their 70th
anniversary celebrations. I played in a special exhibition match
with Lancôme Trophy champion Mark Roe, who was to win the French
Open the following year - sixty years after my victory. We were
joined by TV commentator and former Ryder Cup player, Ken Brown and
two promising local youngsters – Jonathan Gill and Scott Young. I
was 84 years of age and it was almost seventy years since I first
set foot on the Brancepeth course. It was a most enjoyable day and
at, that evening’s dinner, the club bestowed Honorary Life
Membership upon me - a great privilege and a wonderful way to set
the seal on my golfing life. What memories that beautiful place
holds for me.