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Can anyone beat Philip’s ‘Major’ record?

WITHINGTON Golf Club has honoured one of its members with life membership to mark his 64 ‘major’ title wins at the club.

Philip Taylor won the titles during an incredible 33-year period, which began as a 14-year-old in 1953.

He was recently recommended for life membership by former captain Bob Bolton in view of his great record at the club and is now enjoying this new experience.

Philip’s career success at his club and in county and other open competitions is covered in great detail by Mike Casey in a Withington Centenary book and Mike is keen to find out whether any other golfer in the region can match Philip’s feats.

His first handicap was 18 and he soon got this down to scratch. He was a regular for Cheshire County teams and won his county colours and the County Foursomes in 1975 at Sandiway partnering Mike Casey.

Philip also won the Balfour and Houldsworth Golf Society Lancashire Mixed Trophy in 1961 partnering Finola O’Connor to victory and Finola was later to become his partner for life.

He was also a key member of the Withington team that won the Manchester Alliance’s blue riband Dunham Forest Trophy in 1977 – a victory he regards as one of the most memorable days in his golfing life.

Mike Casey said: “Philip’s record of success at Withington is quite staggering with his ‘major’ wins including nine club championships, 11 Spring Meeting Scratch prizes, 13 Autumn Meeting Scratch prizes, four Summer Fourball Matchplay championships, five Peace Cup victories and twice a winner in the Mixed Foursomes championships. He also won numerous monthly medals and Stablefords and he also held the course record from time to time.

“His success and dominance were due to two main factors – a natural talent for golf and a total addiction to the game in his formative years to the exclusion of almost anything else.

“He has always concentrated on the old adage of “it’s not how, but how many.” He was always a tremendous putter.

“Through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s he decided to spend more time with his family in the summer in Anglesey and in 1976 he became so uninterested in the game he gave it up and resigned from the club.

“He returned to play occasionally and served for three terms on the club council with many of his ideas and suggestions on the design and reconstruction of the course being implemented before he finally decided to quit the game in 1986 even though he was still one of the top five players in the club and he still calls in regularly to enjoy the social side of the club.

“How many more ‘majors’ he would have achieved if he had carried on playing defies belief but he is a true legend of Withington Golf Club and fully deserving of life membership.”

Have you got a member at your club that has won more than 64 club ‘majors’? If so we’d love to hear from you. Call 01978 449917, email or Tweet us @GolfersLocal.