A century of golf in Sutton Bridge

Author Norman Davis at the launch of his book on the history of  Sutton Bridge Golf Club' with long-serving members Rod Wilson, Nick Scrimshaw and Richard Wright.
Author Norman Davis at the launch of his book on the history of Sutton Bridge Golf Club' with long-serving members Rod Wilson, Nick Scrimshaw and Richard Wright.

Sutton Bridge Golf Club celebrates its centenary next year and to mark the event, a long-standing member has written a definitive history of the club.

Norman Davis (75) spent about 18 months going through club records dating back to 1914 in order to put together the limited edition book that has already proved popular with members.

Only 300 copies have been publised but since its launch about a month ago, about 170 copies of the book have been sold so far.

Norman of Wisbech, a member of Sutton Bridge Golf Club for 42 years, said: “It’s been a terrific thing for me to do as I have a great affection for the golf club and I found it very interesting.

“The book is a history of the golf club, but it’s also about Sutton Bridge itself because there are details about the development of the Victorian docks which form the basis of the golf course.

“There are items about players and caddying in the 1930s, but it’s not a dull book because it has a lot of humour and cartoons in it.”

Some of the club’s most prominent members are mentioned in the book, including John Heib who is a former Lincolnshire champion and played in the Open Championship as an amateur.

There are also details about former club secretary Ken Buckle, who held the role for 28 years, and successful ladies golfer Joan Jarvis.

Norman said: “John Heib was probably the best golfer the club ever had, but Ken Buckle was rated as one of the best players as well and Joan Jarvis who was our longest-serving and most successful lady golfer.”

“A lot of people are buying the book as a Christmas present and everybody who has bought it speaks very highly of it.”

Club secretary Colin Fawcett said: “The book itself is extremely well-presented and very well-produced.”

The book is priced £12 and available from Norman on 01945 582447 or from the golf club itself on 01406 350323.