Sutton Bridge Golf Club starts centenary year of celebrations

NEW FLAG: Members and guests at the start of Sutton Bridge Golf Club's centenary year. Photo SG (Tim Wilson): SG180214-128TW
NEW FLAG: Members and guests at the start of Sutton Bridge Golf Club's centenary year. Photo SG (Tim Wilson): SG180214-128TW

Sutton Bridge Golf Club celebrated a milestone on Tuesday – reaching its 100th anniversary.

A special flag raising ceremony was held at the club to mark the start of what will be a year of events to mark the centenary.

Chairman Barry Irwin said the event was held 100 years to the day that the first meeting of the club’s founder members took place.

Barry made a speech welcoming up to 70 members and partners to the start of the centenary celebrations, and Colin Seymour, a member for 67 years, raised the flag donated by members Fred and Jane Rose.

A plaque commemorating the historic occasion, and containing original memorabilia, was unveiled by Brian Bowser, a relation of one of the founders, and Captain John Caney displayed the founder members’ book from 1914.

Barry said: “There are lots of events going on throughout the course of the year. There is a gala dinner on May 3, which hopefully will be well supported. It’s a milestone and there probably aren’t that many clubs that have reached their centenary because golf clubs are dying out at this moment. The biggest issue is the average age is going up and up – at Sutton Bridge it is 68.”

Member Norman E Davis has written a centenary book, Best Kept Golfing Secret in Lincolnshire.