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Greenmount stalwart receives life membership

A GREENMOUNT senior has been honoured with life membership at his home club after reaching the 60-year membership milestone.

Arthur Gardiner was at the club╒s Annual Dinner to be formally awarded the honour with a VIP group that included fellow life members Vincent White, Sid Launders and Maureen Cowie, club captain Phil Walsh, lady captain Julie Hutchings and Arhtur╒s wife Margery.

The 72-year-old, who has lived in Greenmount all his life except for four years in London when he was at University studying law, retired in 2004 and was a chartered accountant in private practice. He was a partner in a firm in Bury.

He first got into golf when, for his 13th birthday, his father bought him a second hand set of hickory shafted golf clubs which he had cut down. He had a go at golf to please his dad and the rest is history!

Greenmount has been his only club although there was a time when he considered joining an 18-hole course but decided against it.

He doesn’t play golf now as he has had two operations on his spine and suffers from arthritis. His lowest handicap was five and he played off single figures for 30 years. He has had two holes in one.

Although he doesn’t play anymore he still gets involved helping out on the desk in open competitions and giving advice on some Company and legal matters and also things to do with the history of the club. He supports most of the social functions and enjoys a hearty meal when he joins Margery after a mixed competition.

At Greenmount he has been captain, president, treasurer, chairman of finance and is now a life member. He served on council for many years.

In the Bury area he has been president of the Bury District Golf Association and is currently president of the Bury and District Past Captains Association.

He has won some of the majors over the years including President╒s Prize and the Club Championship.

His daughter Helen played as a junior and obtained a handicap but glandular fever and a place at Oxford to study law put an end to her golfing career.

Margery took up golf in ╘self-defence╒ and is now a keen player. She has been lady captain and lady president at Greenmount and in 2013 was president of the Manchester and District Ladies Golf Association.

His maternal grandparents were founder members of the club and both served as captains.

His mother played for a short time but her passion was tennis and badminton. His dad, Ben, was a keen player and also captain, president and a life member. He was also a chartered accountant and had been chairman of the finance committee as well as serving on council for many years.