It has been a life in golf.
Tim is one of those people who started out as a volunteer in the game and then moved into Professional Club Management. He also spent time working in the administration of County and regional golf.
He was first involved on a club committee when only 18 years of age, having been asked to stand and then successfully elected to the main committee of Royal North Devon, the oldest club in England. Work took him away from this, but a few years later he was back in harness at the Warren GC, Dawlish in South Devon where he still lives and plays. From the early 1980s until the late 1990s Tim served that club as Chairman of Competitions, of Greens and ultimately as Club Captain at the age of only 37 in 1998.
In 2001 the chance came to move into club management at the Warren, where Tim then spent 6 years as Club Secretary before movinng to the same position at Staddon Heights GC in Plymouth, where he worked for 9 years before moving to Torquay GC where that management career ended in 2018.
In 2000 Tim was elected to the Devon County Union Executive and volunteer roles in Course Assessment and in Golf Development. He was the County’s lead course assessor and undertook many rating visits to set Standard Scratch Scores at courses across Devon. He was also the founding Chairman of the Devon County Golf Partnership, leading that organisation for 5 years to the appointment of the first full time Development Officer for Devon. During that time Tim spoke at the first County Development Conference at Woodhall Spa.
As a golfer Tim was first in category 1 handicap as a 14-year old and has stayed there ever since. Thanks to a desire to play everything (if not the talent), golf success was perhaps restricted as a younger man, although there are two Devon Under 16 titles, a Youth’s Championship and 2 County Scratch Foursomes Championships, plus a runner’s-up spot in the County Amateur Championship, losing a final to former English Amateur Champion Jon Langmead in 1988. By one of those strange circuits of fate Jon is now heavily involved with Tim’s Home club, the Warren.
It is as an older player and now Senior that things have improved. Once the team games gave Tim up his handicap dropped to scratch in his early 40s. He is now a regular part of the Devon Senior side, and played top foursomes and singles in the County’s undefeated 2017 season, losing only one game in ten. In 2017 he also won the first English Seniors Order of Merit event of the season, the West of England Seniors at Burnham and Berrow, shooting 143 for 36-holes to win by a margin of 5 shots from a very strong field including a number of internationals.