Romiley Golf Club is looking to celebrate its 125th anniversary in style

Audrey and Martyn pictured with the draft of the book

Written by Geoff Garnet

Like many other golf clubs which have endured a difficult two years due to the effects of Covid 19, Romiley Golf Club is planning an exciting and busy year in 2022 as the club celebrates its 125th anniversary.

In addition to the many events planned throughout the year, one of the highlights will be the release of their celebratory book ‘The Next 25 Years’. Two stalwarts of their scenic but challenging journey, Audrey Jones and Martyn Wilson have teamed up to write the informative book.

Martyn first joined Romiley in 1978 and served as club treasurer from 2001 to 2004, and became club captain in 2006. A move away from the area saw him leave in 2016, but he has since returned to 2020. He has been golfing since he was nine and his club highlights include winning the Captain’s Award, President’s Award, singles and four-ball knockouts.

Martyn said: “Mike Cope, the chairman of the centenary committee in 1997, wanted to continue recording the history of the club and had asked for volunteers to write years 101 to 125.

“The success of the ‘First 100 Years’ and ‘Centennial Year’ books published in 1997 and 1998 prompted us to approach the Council to write the new book. We think it is fitting that this chapter in the Club’s history be recorded and hope that readers will be entertained and informed.

Audrey joined Romiley in 1996, was Lady Captain in 2012 and was the first female president in 2018. Since 2013 she has been active in creating and participating in the club’s lottery administration committee.

On the course, she twice won the Lady Captain award. Audrey said, “We wrote the table of contents first and used it as a template. We wanted to include as many member names as possible, and also record some of the fun incidents that happened alongside the big developments and changes.

“The book covers significant events related to the club, the course and the clubhouse, golfing achievements and the reorganization of the management structure. We acknowledge the help and assistance of many members and hope that we have not overlooked anything important. The release is scheduled for the start of the 2022 gaming season.

All members had the opportunity to pre-order a printed copy which will be available for free from a one-time print run. The book will also be sent to national and local golf associations and local libraries. A PDF copy will also be available on the Club’s website.

Anyone who would like a printed copy for themselves can contact the club on [email protected] by February 12.

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