Eddie – 60 years on
Eddie Birchenough is a well known Honorary Member and active supporter of Cavendish and we are always delighted to welcome him ‘home’ and any of his golfing guests, to play our very special course.
Eddie has introduced Cavendish to many influential golfing colleagues over recent years and this has certainly helped to raise awareness for our great course.
Yesterday we were delighted to welcome Eddie and Dr Tom Cutting, a Royal Lytham member, but also the official doctor for the Seniors Open Championship.
Tom is originally from the East Midlands, did his medical training at St Andrews and now lives in the North West.
Tom has a passion for golfing history and is involved with the historical team at Royal Lytham.
Tom also collects golf clubs and shared that he has a personal collection of 60 putters!
His wife said he could not possibly know all the clubs he had in his collection, but surprised her by successfully recognising all of them through feel alone whilst blindfolded!
Now that’s impressive!
Tom had never played Cavendish and was looking forward to the experience after hearing about it from Eddie. Ironically with all the sets of clubs Tom has, he forget to pick his own set up from his locker before setting off and had to make do with an ‘interesting assortment’ of oddments!
Despite the odd clubs his 6 h/c skills shone through – a bit like the scene from the film ‘Tin Cup’ for those who have seen it.
Tom and Eddie thoroughly enjoyed the course and Tom would love to return and try the course using some of his hickory sticks! They played with Richard Atherton and Mike Watson.
To say Eddie ‘knows’ the course is somewhat of an understatement.
Eddie showed two pictures he found dating back to 1958 when he was just 17 years old.
They were taken on the 3rd tee and yesterday, where we attempted to recreate the poses – 60 years on!
Eddie regretted that he was no longer able to get the rotation he used to enjoy!
Eddie lived at Nithen End Farm on Manchester Road and for some time was a caddy at Cavendish. It was interesting to see Eddie taking the old ‘Caddy Routes’ through the course as he played!
Eddie became an accomplished golfer and turned professional, competing at the very highest level for many years.
He played all over the world including 20 times at Augusta.
Eddie’s last job was as Head Professional at Royal Lytham and St Annes GC where he served with distinction for 27 years and was intimately involved in 4 Open Championships held at Royal Lytham. Eddie is a golf writer and an all-round thoroughly nice man.
Any young local golfer cannot fail but be inspired by these images and the knowledge that a local person can achieve so much.
PGA Honours Eddie
In March of this year the PGA awarded Eddie Honorary Membership of The Professional Golfer’s Association for his total commitment to the Association since turning Professional.
This is a great accolade and demonstrates how highly Eddie is regarded in the sport by his peers.
We are all extremely proud of Eddie and all he has done for the game of golf … and for Cavendish.
Congratulations Mr Birchenough from all your friends and colleagues at Cavendish.