Society was formed as the result of an inspirational idea of Bill
Blake who had been Captain of Handsworth Golf Club in 1979 and is
recognised as the Society’s “founder”. After completing
his term of office he became aware that some counties retained the
interest of their Past Captains with organised matches through county
golf societies and this initiated his idea of forming a Warwickshire
society for golf captains.
March 1981 Bill approached the Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs
with his idea and they responded favourably by stating that they
would support the formation of such a society. In 1981 there were
36 golf clubs in Warwickshire comprising 8 municipal, 4 commercial,
3 golf societies with no course and 21 member owned and operated.
wrote to the 21 golf clubs owned and operated by their members and
eventually received favourable responses from all. In due course
a date was set for a meeting on 14th September 1981 at Handsworth
golf club where an afternoon competition was held followed by the
inaugural meeting of club representatives.
the meeting approval for the Society’s name Society of Warwickshire
Golf Captains was obtained together with the drawing up of the first
constitution with the elected Council comprising the Captain, Secretary,
Treasurer and 3 Council members. This was amended shortly afterwards
to include the Match Secretary.
the first official meeting, Vic Branson of Sutton Coldfield was
elected as Captain and Bill Blake Secretary together with the three
Council members. The order in which each club would be represented
on the Council and the election of future Captains was also established.
The rule of membership was stated to be “Membership is restricted
to Captains of golf clubs affiliated to the Warwickshire Union of
Golf Clubs, which have their own golf course and are controlled
by a Committee of Members”
preceded the first meeting in the form of a 4-ball better-ball Stableford
competition for the Founders Trophy which had been presented by
Bill Blake. It was also decided to annually hold a Spring Meeting
at the home club of the member voted onto the Council. The AGM would
be held concurrent with the Autumn Meeting at the Captain’s
home club coinciding with the end of his term of office.
design and procurement of the distinctive Society tie with the Warwickshire
Bear motif, blazer badge together with pullovers and shirts soon
Membership has grown to more than 400 today and although the Membership
subscription has always remained £5p.a. the Society’s
bank account can be said to be healthy and looks set to continue
so for the foreseeable future.