By David Birtill
TERRY Gilbert, who has died from pancreatic cancer two months after diagnosis and on the evening of his 69th birthday, was once described by Today’s Golfer as one of the best-respected club-makers in the business.
He was also in demand as a coach, having starting his career at Altrincham Golf Club under the tutelage of the legendary Hugh Lewis, the first professional at the Belfry and a past PGA captain.
Gilbert was to gain invaluable knowledge in crafting clubs when he joined Alex Robertson as Ringway assistant. After a spell at Lilleshall he went on to teach future professionals not only in playing but in the art of club repairing.
He then linked up with Reg Cox as a teaching pro at Gog Magog where he taught undergraduates and the Cambridge Blues.
Next stop was Royal Worthington Golf Club in Suffolk where he was renowned for being one of the first to customise clubs. He also had spells at Kendal and West Kilbride then Sale.
Gilbert was always in demand at Cranford driving range in Stockport, and even taught the French national team and the French Prime Minister.
He subsequently became known for making clubs from his premises in Sale, Northenden, Stockport and Carrington for players the world over.
Gilbert, who left the PGA in 1985, also had a reputation as a fine player and among his wins were the Newmarket Championship and the Suffolk Open.
He is survived by daughters Deborah, Louise, Rebecca and son Christopher and his 91-year-old mother Shirley.