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In The Footsteps of Ryder Cup History


On the 3rd October 1925, Lord Lambourne, the then Lord Lieutenant of the County, drove the first ball, and Charles Whitcombe, J H Taylor, 5 times The Open Championship winner and Harry Vardon, 6 times The Open Championship winner, along with the Club’s first professional, Bert Batley, took part in an exhibition match. Charles Whitcombe was one of the famous Whitcombe brothers. The other two who made up this golfing triumvirate were Reg and Ernie. All three played together in the 1935 Ryder Cup team and were a sporting legends in their lifetime. Ernie’s son Eddie was also a renowned tournament player and but for the 2nd World War would almost certainly also have played Ryder Cup golf. Eddie was later to become the Professional at Chigwell eventually retiring in 1983 after 33 years-service..