There have been many players at Bromborough with significant achievements in the game of golf over the years. This page is currently under construction and will be expanded to contain their relevant details during the Summer of 2020. Some of the golfers that will be listed are:
Ernest Hassall 1885 - 1974
After helping his father to layout the original 9 hole course, Ernest Hassall rapidly became an outstanding golfer. In 1905 at the age of 20 he won the first of four Captain’s Prizes and became a regular Cheshire County player. He was a semi-finalist in the Irish Open Championship in 1919 when he lost to a young Tommy Armour on the 19th hole and made his debut for England against Scotland at Royal Cinque Ports GC, at Deal in 1923. England selection on a regular basis followed in 1924 and 1925.
He played to a very good standard throughout his long golfing career, was elected as Captain of BGC in 1950 and at the age of 87 was awarded the honour of hitting the first shot to the new 10th hole that was opened in 1972 - pictured below:
Gladys Ravenscroft 1888 - 1960
Gladys Ravenscroft was born in Rock Ferry in 1888 and played her early golf at Formby before joining Bromborough where she received expert tuition from Fred Robson - see below. She was a member of Bromborough Golf Club during her remarkably long career as a county player and England International. Gladys’ finest golfing achievements included victory in the British Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Turnberry in 1912 and then, in the following year, became the first English player to win the United States Women’s Championship, held at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware. In 1914 she collected the Silver Medal in the British Ladies’ Amateur Championship. She also won the Cheshire Ladies Championship in 1912, 1913, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1926 and 1928, finishing as runner-up in 1927, 1936, 1948 and 1949. She represented England in International matches in 1911-14 and again after WW1 in 1920,21,25 and 1930.
In 1911, at the age of 23, she was made Lady Captain at Bromborough, was elected again in 1920 and 1921, served a fourth term in 1929 and finally again in 1949. In 1912 to mark her win at Turnberry she was made the Club's first Life Member.
In 1915, Gladys married Lieutenant Alfred Temple Dobell in a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Her daughter, Elizabeth, known as "Bah", also enjoyed a long and successful golf career and her family, the Nottingham's, donated the Clock Tower on the new Clubhouse as a memorial to her.
Having played golf for a number of years at Hoylake she was influential in the campaign to allow lady members and forward tees. She was an obvious choice to be their first Lady Captain in 1958 although, at that time, the ladies’ club was known as Hilbre Ladies’ Golf Club, before later becoming the Royal Liverpool Ladies’ Golf Club. Her portrait is still displayed in the BGC Clubhouse:
Fred Robson 1885 - 1952
Fred Robson was born at Shotton, on the Welsh Bank of the River Dee, on the 25th of April, 1885. He was one of five brothers who practised their golf on an area of sea turf that is nowadays the site of Connah’s Quay Power Station. In 1901 Fred was employed as a caddy at the newly-opened Chester Golf Club. He became proficient at the art of clubmaking under the tuition of John Hughes, the Professional at Chester Golf Club whilst he was an Assistant there.
He was a professional at Bromborough between 1908 and 1910 when he was tempted to move to West Surrey for financial considerations. Fred Robson’s teaching ability was already apparent during his early days and one of his pupils was Gladys Ravenscroft, see above. Her unorthodox putting technique was the result of Robson’s advice; she faced the hole from behind the ball with her right foot parallel to the line of the putt, with the toe of her left foot turned towards the ball.
Robson’s appointment as Professional at Bromborough in 1908 coincided with his arrival on the big-time golfing scene. He achieved eighteenth place at the Open of that year, held at Prestwick and went on to achieve 5 top 10 finishes securing his place in the Great Britain Ryder Cup teams of 1927, 1929 (winners) and 1931. His best result in The Open was tied for 2nd, 6 shots behind the legendary Bobby Jones at St Andrews in 1927. He had 3 tournament wins as a Professional.
Fred Robson played in the first professionals’ match against the USA, the forerunner of the Ryder Cup, at Wentworth on the 4th and 5th June 1926. In his singles match he comfortably beat Cyril Walker by 5/4, and won his foursomes in partnership with Edward Ray. Great Britain were victorious by the colossal margin of 13½–1½. Selection for the inaugural Ryder Cup team followed in 1927.
Later he became official coach to the Walker Cup Team in both 1947 and 1949.
According to Darwin, many golfers of the post-war generation regarded him as ‘so famous a coach that they forgot what a fine golfer he was. Team appearances:
England–Scotland Professional Match (representing England): 1909 (winners), 1910 (winners)
Coronation Match (representing the Professionals): 1911 (winners)
Great Britain vs USA (representing Great Britain): 1926 (winners)
Ryder Cup (representing Great Britain): 1927, 1929 (winners), 1931
Fred Robson during the Ryder Cup at Moortown Golf Club in West Yorkshire, April 1929. Standing, centre, is Gene Sarazen (1902 - 1999) of the USA. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
To read a fuller history of Fred - click here
Gordon Edwards 1934 - 2015
Gordon Edwards 1988 Winner of the English Seniors Open Golf Championship
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Representation at Country level is the normal benchmark for inclusion.