By Geoff Garnett
ONE of Brookdale Golf Club’s long-serving members, George Burns, has seen his 58 years of membership and outstanding service recognised with life membership.
The native Scot spent his formative years in Motherwell and somewhat unusually he did not get involved in golf before he moved to work in London at the age of 24. There he got the golfing bug after joining a local golf society and then looked to pursue this seriously when he moved to work in Manchester in 1957. It was hard to get memberships in golf clubs at that time as they had long waiting lists and serious entry fees but thanks to George Glass, a former prisoner of war (still going strong at the age of 102), he joined Brookdale in 1958.
In the following years he showed his talent with a best handicap of eight. He won numerous competitions and played for the club’s teams.
George has also been vice-captain, captain and board member as well as serving in many other voluntary organising roles for many years.
George said: “I love everything about Brookdale Golf Club which has some great views around the course with my favourite being in May when there are many blossoms around the course and clubhouse.
“The club has always been very competitive and I play a regular 15 holes in the Wednesday competitions and off the course it is a very sociable, friendly and welcoming. I have greatly enjoyed my time there and it is a great honour to be made a life member.”
George Burns is pictured with Brookdale captain Doug Unsworth.