25 Years of Brampton Park Golf Club

25 Years plus
Brampton Park Golf Club– a personal view of the highlights

Brampton Park Golf Club became a reality some 25 years ago in June 1991 – originally under the ownership of four entrepreneurs (‘Portedge Limited’) – and is now a successful wholly owned members club firmly established in the community of Huntingdon.

The following is my perspective of those 25 years in terms
of key highlights/events and to me what has allowed the Club to become what it is today.

The ‘Kingmakers’

We owe a massive thanks to the team who put together the
plan to create a members club back in 1996 – it was a major undertaking to create the business proposal and raise the capital to secure the down- payment.

Ray Gamble,  Howard Birley, Mike Mullen, Mike Sanders, Vince Davies, Matthew Staveley,  Lydia Molyneux – we owe you a significant thank you for allowing the members to take control.

The ‘Mastermind’

To John Barry – a Stonecheck Chairman - who without his
drive and determination we would never have had the Driving Range, the car park lighting, and the initial re-surfacing of the car park.

John set in place the Stonecheck investment strategy for their estate – ‘he made it happen’.

Doug Poole is now carrying with the same success and
determination.

Sam Torrance opened the Driving Range and our Lady Captain Brenda Davey of that year remembers it as a great day in our history.

Pat Doyle

The bridge on the 15th, works on the 4th, 17th and 3rd holes - all without the expertise, dedication, and work of Pat Doyle would not have been possible.

Our Community

Our Captains have raised over £100,000 for their Captains
Charities over the years – very very few clubs can match this record.

Many charities have attended the AGMs over the years to
collect their respective cheques and have been overwhelmed by our success and commitment.

We probably have in June Cowper the most successful raffle ticket seller in the East of England!

Brampton Park can be proud to be a Community Amateur Sports Club – a role model in the community.

Our Good Golf

In these 25 years we have produced some quality golfers
playing for the County through our junior ranks – Owen Davies, Simon Burns, David and Rob Mallett,  James Reeson, Vicki Power, Megan Taylor , Nick Hollin, Adam Pedlar to name but a few.

Who remembers Gary Wolstenholme’s 62 in the Mid-Amateur Championship – including a tee shot into the water at the 4th?

Jon Sharples’ hole in one during the Club Championship with a 7 iron on the 7th day of the 7th month in the 7th
year of the new Millennium  - 07.07.07!

The good old days of the Anderson Tankards – when we could place a wager on the successful pair – pity the R & A rules ended a great
Friday evening and then the golf on Saturday.

Nick Page – he rescued Invitation Day and made it a key
event in our calendar.

Winning the CAGU Inter-Club Greensomes League in 2017 – well done to Steve Pinner and his team!

Why have we never won the ‘Jock Stewart’ - maybe in 2018 Ian?

Some of our Ladies Club Champions – Mo Poole, Lesley Ince, Megan Taylor, Roz Irons – well played – the Club Championships are great days in our calendar.

Mike Gays – an inspiration in overcoming personal adversity – making his mark now in European tournament golf.

Cuthbert and North, Poole and Davies, Kesseler and Williams,

Zarate and Robinson, Kamper and Prince – all formidable foursomes opponents!

Mac Buchanan – we wish him well – never going to win the Club Championship but a real character.

East Anglia Open Professionals insisting on playing off the
Ladies tee on the old 4th!

Our BPGC Chairman and their AGMs

Thanks to our Club Chairman over the years – who never seem to be thanked but have put in tireless hours of work – Mike Edwards, Norman Ewing, Mick White, Alan Wood, Lesley Ince, Roger Knight, Vince Weatherhead and
Martin Shirley.  They have been ably supported by their General Managers over the years – John Prout, Matthew
Staveley, Pete Holland,  Bill Evans, Richard Oakes (deceased), Lisa Charlton, Mick O’Driscoll and Al Currie.

The 1997 AGM when we spent 45 minutes discussing the length of socks allowed on the Course!

Jayne Butcher (deceased) coming out to the front of the AGM to model a pair of denims as acceptable dress in the clubhouse.

Our Captains and their Committees

The Captains Projects have made a significant contribution
to the Club and its facilities – the bridge at the 4th, Wall Clock, bar awning, Conservatory scoreboard, 15th hole fence, Bar shutters, Driving Range pug – are some examples.

Personalised logo’d hand towels from David Creek at
Hawkstone Park Captain’s Weekend in 2004 together with badger head-cover prizes – still have mine!

Golf Trick specialist at James Robertson’s Captains Day!

Fancy Dress Day for Ladies Captain’s Day – sailor suits in
2015!

Our Life Members

To our Life Members – Pat Doyle, Jim Chilton, Bill Evans – we wish you well and thank you for your contribution. We remember with fondness
Vic Skerry, who we lost in 2016.

The Irish Connection

The annual Connemara event – every 2 years we have the
pleasure to welcome our friends from Connemara and always looking forward to visiting them – a great event in our calendar – Don Bermingham would be disappointed if we did not mention it!

Those that we can’t thank

There are a number of members who put many hours of time into the Club – and we can’t thank them – James Robertson, Ian Wileman, Judith Parsons, Dougie Leighton , Kay and David Perry, Ray Miller  – a few special names to remember. They would be proud of what we have now and are missed.

Alan Wood



































































































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